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Microsoft and Nanyang Polytechnic establish Ambient Intelligence Computing Centre

Zafirah Salim | March 4, 2015
Graduating NYP-SIT students will be amongst the first in Asia Pacific to be skilled in latest Microsoft Azure Machine Learning technology at this new centre.

Final Year Nanyang Polytechnic School of Information Technology student Ang Chin Hao from the Diploma in Engineering Informatics sharing about his project - a control system for security or crowd personnel to heighten security - as Ms Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore looks on.

Microsoft Singapore has signed a three-year partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to launch today an Ambient Intelligence Computing Centre (AICC) at the NYP School of Information Technology.

According to a joint media statement, the centre is purpose built to meet the increasing demand of professionals who are trained in ambient intelligence to support Singapore's smart nation vision.

Ambient intelligence refers to the insights and predictive capabilities gathered from multiple connected devices, termed Internet of Things (IoT), by applying machine learning in the cloud.

Essentially, the AICC aims to enable the development of trained ambient intelligence professionals through three key focus areas. Firstly, it provides training for NYP students and staff on ambient intelligence, IoT and machine learning capabilities through knowledge-transfer and capacity-building.

Secondly, it undertakes industry projects leveraging IoT and machine learning technologies to improve the consumption of citizen-centric services and transform the way of work across different industries.

Lastly, AICC serves as an envisioning centre for NYP and Microsoft to showcase industry projects enabled by machine learning to potential partners and customers.

Developing innovative solutions

With the establishment of AICC, final-year NYP-SIT students will be amongst the first in Asia Pacific to be skilled in the latest Microsoft Azure Machine Learning technology. Equipped with the relevant skill sets, students can leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform to collect IoT sensor data, while using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning to incorporate predictive analytics to create ambient intelligence environments.

Students will also be able to experience the full data science life cycle with real world data by importing and cleaning data, building predictive models and deploying them into production for real world usage.

Through the practical hands-on training provided by the AICC, NYP-SIT students will possess relevant industry knowledge and skill sets to expand on the Smart Nation Platform. Coupled with guidance from NYP and industry experts, students will be able to develop innovative solutions and undertake industry projects that apply their newly-gained ambient intelligence and cloud computing skills in real-life scenarios.

For instance, one of the pilot final-year projects at the AICC features a control system for security or crowd personnel to heighten security. The system aids the personnel to perform work functions such as car plate recognition and face recognition through an intelligent smart glass camera. This enables security personnel to better monitor public safety and allow them to quickly verify if a vehicle or a person imposes a threat so that they can take appropriate action.


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