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SINGAPORE:At the opening of Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) 2018 today, Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, announced that the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has developed the Built Environment Robotics Research and Development (R&D) Programme that focuses on three key areas of research, development and deployment, namely in (i) automated construction manufacturing facilities, (ii) on-site assembly and (iii) smart and sustainable assets which include civil engineering works and facilities management. The programme’s first Open Grant Call will be launched today to generate innovations, create new opportunities for collaboration, encourage investments in research and innovation, and contribute towards the transformation of the Built Environment sector.

Dr. Koh also witnessed the signing of an MOU between Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) and ITE to collaborate in the development of industry-relevant Certificates and Certificates of Competency in the areas of Robotics, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Automation Engineering and Artificial Intelligence for ITE graduates. SIAA member companies will also provide internship places for ITE students.

A second MOU was also signed at SIRE 2018 between SIAA and the Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR) to establish a strategic alliance to explore opportunities for collaboration between Singaporean and Korean companies / robotics interests. KAR represents 160 member companies, research laboratories, institutions, government-affiliated organiSations in South Korea.

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