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Infineon Technologies has signed agreements with four organisations to boost the AI ecosystem in Singapore. This follows the company revealing plans to make Singapore its global Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation hub by 2023.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat witnessed the event held at Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore.

AI Singapore (AISG) is a national program office that develops AI engineering capability for companies as one of its main workstreams.

In this collaboration, AISG will help Infineon develop company-wide AI literacy, enable their staff to upskill themselves and learn data science and AI in Python and recognise their internal AI talents via the Chartered AI Engineer professional qualification.

“AISG is excited to play a part in contributing to Infineon’s digital transformation and training journey. As the national AI program, our key thrusts are to anchor deep national capabilities in AI and to groom local AI talents,” said Laurence Liew, Director of AI Innovation, AI Singapore.

“As AI becomes more pervasive and with Singapore moving into becoming a smart nation, it is important that our people are not only AI-aware, they will also be AI-enabled and ready to be producers and users of AI products and services,” Liew added.

NUS Institute of System Science (ISS) will support Infineon in developing AI competencies including customised training programs focused on building AI skills to solve problems within the organisation. Infineon will collaborate with NUS-ISS in talent development for AI-related job positions. 

NUS-ISS will also provide AI and machine learning consultancy services. “Artificial Intelligence is rapidly shaping the future of work, and NUS-ISS is proud to have supported AI adoption in industry for more than 30 years,” said Khoong Chan Meng, CEO of NUS-ISS.

“We are honoured to partner closely with Infineon on training programs, projects, talent acquisition and community engagement to deepen and harness AI and machine learning skills to drive digital transformation efforts,” added Khoong. 

“Through a holistic and collaborative approach, we are looking forward to developing digital leaders and change agents to support Infineon’s plans moving forward.”

SGInnovate and Infineon will collaborate to support the development and growth of AI start-ups in technology sectors in Singapore. 

As a leading Deep Tech investor, SGInnovate will identify potential start-ups to work with Infineon on their problem statements. Infineon will partner with SGInnovate in reaching out to and growing the AI ecosystem in Singapore, tapping on SGInnovate’s over 55,000- strong Deep Tech community for joint events and community engagement activities. 

SGInnovate will also support Infineon in the search for AI experts and talent via its network and marketplace. 

“Collaborations between the public sector, corporations and startups are critical in fostering a vibrant Deep Tech ecosystem, especially in providing support for the commercialisation of scientific research, scaling high-potential startups and nurturing talent,” said Dr Lim Jui, CEO of SGInnovate.

“By consolidating our expertise and network, I am confident that our partnership with Infineon will unlock greater opportunities for startups to tap on the power of AI and bring to market practical innovations that can solve industry and global challenges,” added Dr Lim.

“We are pleased to work with Infineon to deepen AI capabilities in Singapore and hope that more corporate players can join us as we continue our push to grow a thriving Deep Tech economy,” said Dr Lim.

Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is a global leader in IT services, digital and business solutions, which partners with customers across the globe including leading semiconductor companies to simplify, strengthen and transform their businesses through its comprehensive industry expertise and a global network of innovation and delivery centres. 

In addition, IT services and consultancy firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Asia Pacific, will collaborate with Infineon in exploring AI, machine learning and related technology including data management concept, data science support, data engineering support and AI platform architecture. 

Furthermore, TCS will provide Infineon with training, knowledge ramp up and knowledge transfer through best practice sharing, seminars, expert talks and benchmarking exercises. 

“TCS has been leveraging its deep domain expertise in the semiconductor industry, and its investments in research and innovation in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable our customers to scale from proof-of concepts to the industrialization of AI solutions, to further their growth and transformation aspirations,” said V Rajanna, Global Head, Technology Business Unit, TCS.

“We are excited to partner with Infineon in this strategic initiative, and use our contextual knowledge to help them harness the power of machine learning and AI to transform different aspects of their business,” added Rajanna.

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