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Nanyang Polytechnic partners with Microsoft to launch the Centre for Applied AI

By Glenn Chua - on 15 Jun 2022, 12:03am

Nanyang Polytechnic partners with Microsoft to launch the Centre for Applied AI

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Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Microsoft are partnering to launch the Centre for Applied AI (C4AI), an initiative to help SMEs experiment with and utilise artificial intelligence in their businesses. Supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, the initiative will also see some full-time diplomas certified to help grow Singapore's AI talent.

The C4AI comes as part of Singapore's pivot to a digitally inclusive nation, and aims to help Singapore with its Smart Nation goals. Ms Jeanne Liew, Principal and CEO of NYP, said this of the C4AI and its contribution:

The Centre for Applied AI will be a key resource centre for companies to leverage expertise from both NYP and Microsoft as they learn, curate, and adopt AI to boost productivity and capabilities in a sustainable manner.

For SMEs, NYP will work with them through the C4AI to help identify the possible use cases for applying AI in their work and to create a roadmap for AI adoption in their businesses. Being a collaboration with Microsoft, businesses can expect utilisation of the company's cloud services, mostly centering around Microsoft Azure. Through the C4AI, NYP will also hold workshops to help SMEs identify key areas to adopt AI solutions, and will be working with companies such as Tiger Analytics, YITU to help speed up this adoption.

For NYP learners, two full-time courses, the Diploma in Applied AI & Analytics as well as the Diploma in AI and Data Engineering, will receive the Microsoft Certificate in Visual Analytics and Azure AI Fundamentals certification upon completion. NYP learners will also get the chance to work on industry collaboration projects, as well as the chance to work on projects led by AI Singapore, a National University of Singapore-hosted programme aimed at bettering AI in Singapore.

Finally, the C4AI is already beginning its journey through some of its AI solutions. This includes the realm of shopping, through a smart shelf and store management system it developed with OMRON, SKALE and ACCSS Digital, as well as in CNC machining, through an AI-powered coolant analyser built with Microsoft Power BI and Azure.

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