Forging a Strong Collaboration to Anchor Deep AI Capabilities and Develop Local AI Talent for Singapore’s Engineering Cluster

In an effort to anchor deep AI capabilities and develop the local AI talent for Singapore’s engineering cluster, AI Singapore (AISG) recently signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and SMRT Corporation accordingly.

The signing ceremony was held in conjunction with the annual National Engineers Day (NED), an engineering festival for students, in collaboration with their partners. Miss Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, who was the event’s Guest of Honour, witnessed both signings.


The MoU with IES will drive cluster-wide adoption of AI solutions by its member companies in the engineering sector in Singapore. The collaboration will also seek to grow certified local AI engineering talent through AISG’s talent programmes such as AI for Industry, AI Apprenticeship Programme and the AI Certified Engineer certification programme. 

“AISG is honoured to partner with The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and the AI Professionals Association (AIP)* to identify up to 20 AI projects, which will be supported under AISG’s 100 Experiments (100E) programme in the engineering sector in Singapore, as well as train up to 50 Singaporeans as Certified AI Engineers through AISG’s AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP®) over the next two years,” said Laurence Liew, Director of AI Innovation, AI Singapore. “In addition, AISG will partner with Google Cloud on this initiative, providing participants in the programme advanced Cloud AI technology and expertise to help them on their journey.”

In the second MoU signed with SMRT, they will be the first organisation in Singapore to collaborate with AISG on multiple AI projects under the AI Engineering Hub (AIEH) programme. The AIEH programme consolidates between 3 to 10 100E projects under a single organisation via a Master Research Collaboration Agreement to streamline the approval process.


The day culminated with another related exciting announcement. ST Engineering Electronics, one of IES’s member companies, received a Letter of Award from AISG for their 100E project on AI-based Object Recognition for unmanned surface vehicles. This will include providing an AI engineering team that comprises a Principal Investigator, project management, mentors, engineers and AI Apprentices.

*Founded in Singapore, AIP is the first grassroot – driven association for engineers and professionals working in AI-related roles. At the same event, an MoU was signed between IES and AIP to develop and promote joint learning and development programmes for the engineering communities in Singapore