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  • 11 Nov 2021 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    Nov 25, 2021

    Robots perform heart surgery: reality. Robots help the elderly get up from bed: fiction.

    In the robotic world, the line between fiction and reality is counterintuitive. The growth in robotic technology is now entering a golden age. At home, vacuum robots clean our floors autonomously while we are at work. In hotels, delivery robots deliver items to our rooms. On the road, self-driving cars take us to our designated destination with minimal human help.

    The next generation of robots offer significant opportunities for improving our quality of life as well as in meeting some of society’s most pressing needs – the current pandemic and aging population.

    In this webinar, Professor David Hsu will share some insights into the latest robot technology development, dispel some unrealistic expectations, and most importantly, have a conversation to speculate on what lies ahead, why some robots succeed more than others, and what all these mean for Singapore.

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  • 2 Nov 2021 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    FACTS is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Michel Bosman from National University of Singapore, will be the invited speaker for our upcoming FACTS Seminar on "Nano-optics in the Scanning TEM”.

    Please find details below – we hope to see you online!

    Date: 9 Nov 2021, 10 am (Singapore)
    Zoom link:

    Meeting ID: 978 2457 4615  
    Passcode: 090524


    Materials can be patterned to change the way in which they interact with light. They can be made to absorb in specific wavelength bands, have polarization-dependent colour, or light can even be trapped on a surface. These properties can be engineered by controlling one or more resonant modes, such as Mie resonances, surface plasmon resonances and bound states in-the-continuum. In this presentation, it will be shown that the scanning TEM (STEM) can be a unique and useful tool to measure optical properties at the nanometer length scale. For example, it will be demonstrated how monochromated electron energy loss-spectroscopy (EELS) can be used to measure femtosecond electron dynamics in plasmons with nanometer spatial precision. By combining this technique with STEM-cathodoluminescence, it is also possible to visualize light that is trapped on surfaces in so-called bound-states-in-the-continuum. Quantitative, nanoscale measurements even allow us to directly measure the coherent interaction length of these optical modes.

    About the speaker:

    Dr Bosman is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore and a Scientist at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, specializing in Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM). He is trained at Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) and at the University of Sydney, with postdoctoral experience in Australia, the UK, and Singapore. His research focuses on nanoscale sample characterization using electron spectroscopy and on the development of experimental nano-optical techniques in the STEM, such as monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS).

  • 11 Oct 2021 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Healthcare AI has shown great potential in diagnosing and combating diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Currently, to train a high performing deep learning model, a large number of high quality, accurately labeled data, as well as substantial computing resources, are needed. These data are unlikely to be found especially during early phases of a disease outbreak. Moreover, deep learning models can give overly confident predictions on out-of-distribution data, which may be misleading to the diagnosticians. We will describe two techniques to enable rapid identification of novel diseases like COVID-19 under limited data. The first technique addresses the challenge of label scarcity, and makes use of a conditional generative flow and a classifier for conditional synthetic data generation. The second technique helps detecting out-of-distribution inputs to a deep learningbased classification model. The model uses modern anomaly/outlier detection algorithms to analyze the outputs of a supervised classification model in order to identify potentially novel diseases. We present case studies using real-world medical image data and show the efficacy of proposed techniques.

    29 October 2021

    1300 – 1400h (UTC +8) 

    Zoom Meeting Link: S0pzZlE2QT09

    Meeting ID: 927 7144 3204

    Passcode: 196792

  • 13 Sep 2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Date: 21 September 2021

    Time: 16h00 - 17h00

    The Centre for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), an international collaboratory at the National Research Foundation, will be having a webinar on 24 September, Friday. Each month, different CREATE entities would be hosting the webinar to showcase their research, and to engage the audience for potential collaborative opportunities.

    Zoom Meeting Link:


    Webinar ID: 815 3793 5447

    Passcode: 672078

  • 13 Sep 2021 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    When can Singapore Welcome Her First Nobel Laureate?

    In the latest itineration of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list, Clarivate has identified 81 HCRs with a Singapore primary affiliation. 88% of the Highly Cited Papers published by these HCRs were when they were affiliated to a Singapore organization, rather than their previous works elsewhere. This means the local research ecosystem has supported the creation of these impactful works over the past decade. 

    With the high number of HCRs from Singapore, the next milestone to look forward is for Singapore to soon welcome her first Nobel Laureate. To that end, Clarivate has since 2002 released an annual list of global researchers that are “Nobel Class”. Dubbed as Citation Laureates, to date 59 of them went on to win the Nobel prize, 29 of them within 2 years of being listed.

    Join our webinar with Professor Andy Hor, Professor Barry Halliwell, David Pendlebury and Inn Beng Lee as they walk through and unveil insights of Singapore journey towards achieving research excellence, and global recognition of research impact.

    The full agenda can be viewed on our website : Clarivate

  • 10 Sep 2021 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join us at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) inaugural virtual Robotics Symposium to experience how science, technology and innovation can offer solutions to overcome some of the challenges brought forth by the pandemic.

    Jointly organised by NP’s Robotics Research & Innovation Centre and our industry partners, this half-day symposium will focus on the latest innovations and best practices in robotics, and how it can transform your organisation.

    This event is free, but register today as places are limited! Click HERE to register for the event on 12 October, 2021.

  • 9 Sep 2021 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    This is a free webinar on 10 September 2021

    Time: 10am onward

    Venue: Zoom

    Zoom ID: 6265414020

    Password: 123456







  • 2 Sep 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    AMR designers continue to be challenged to find effective sensors for obstacle detection and SLAM. Designers often combine LiDAR with stereo vision, resulting in an effective but complex and expensive solution. A trending solution from sensor manufacturers is the combination of sensor technologies in the same body to provide a more efficient sensor fusion. Often this forces the combination to be reduced to the sensing field of the stereo camera which traditionally has a smaller horizontal sensing field vs. LiDAR.

    In this webinar, you will learn about new solutions combining large field-of-view stereo vision and active projection to provide a new and improved option for AMR navigation. The webinar will discuss the benefits of a 360° stereo vision sensor family with the addition of active projection to allow operation in complete darkness and with improved depth accuracy. It will show how vertical field-of-view can also be exploited so obstacles above or below the traditional LiDAR sensing plane can be detected.
    In addition to learning about the solutions, the webinar will also highlight ways to take advantage of these solutions and will provide techniques for integration into existing navigation stacks including ROS & ROS2.

    Attendees of this webinar will learn:

    • The availability of large field-of-view stereo depth cameras with active projection for low-light environments.
    • The trade-offs of major sensor technologies to pick the best one for your use-case.
    • How to integrate sensors which combine stereo vision with active projection into ROS based navigation systems.

  • 6 Aug 2021 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Major technological innovation is driving substantial automotive industry changes in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Join our Realizing the Future of Mobility Now Summit in partnership with the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and gain technical insight from speakers including the World Economic Forum®, SAE Industry Technologies Consortia® (SAE ITC), Foretellix, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, KPMG, Stantec GenerationAVTM, Aurora Labs, Great Wall Motors and Deepen AI.

    This event will launch virtually over three days, Aug.11-13, 2021, helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers navigate the complex safety, security, quality, performance, regulatory and sustainability challenges related to emerging autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES). Hear what industry experts have to say about:

    Day 1: Autonomy, Connectivity and Electrification – the Future of Transportation

    Aug. 11, 2021
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m. SGT

    • Welcome and introduction - Lam Wee Shann, Land Transport Authority; Sajeev Jesudas, UL; David Low, ARTC
    • Role of Process Measures in Ensuring the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles - Mary Joyce, UL; Erich Meier, Method Park by UL
    • LIVE Panel: Future of Cybersecurity for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - Zohar Fox, Aurora Labs; Jako Fritz, UL; Stanislav Lincer, Great Wall Motor Company China. (Moderated by CheeKheong Lin, UL)

    Day 2: Laying the Groundwork for Autonomous Vehicles

    Aug. 12, 2021
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m. SGT

    • Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index - Satya Ramamurthy, KPMG in Singapore 

      As the world prepares for a new reality in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, changing user needs and ESG considerations can accelerate the next round of AV development and deployment around the world. This presentation covers KPMG’s Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index (AVRI), which looks at AV readiness across 30 countries and serves as a guide to AV development and deployment for policymakers and businesses. Attendees will gain a better understanding of:

      • Overview and coverage of KPMG’s AVRI framework;
      • How countries rank on AV readiness based on the four key pillars and subcomponents;
      • Initiatives of leading countries; and
      • Key takeaways for putting AVs on the road to ubiquity.
    • Autonomous Vehicle Deployment and Challenges Facing Regulators/Policy Makers - Andrew Smart, Stantec GenerationAV™

      Deploying autonomous vehicles within any community or environment comes with unique challenges and opportunities. Currently, across the world there are little to no national frameworks when it comes to regulations or policy related to AVs, leaving it up to individual jurisdictions to determine their best path forward. This has fundamental impacts on safety and infrastructure requirements. Safety standards are very much still evolving, prompting the question: how do we ensure safe operating environments and plan for this process from a regulatory perspective? Key to our mission is integrating evolving technology and various applications and interactions with existing infrastructure, all while instilling public confidence.

    • LIVE Panel: The Role of Simulation and AI in Verification and Validation to Improve Safety in Autonomous Vehicles - Bill Taylor, kVA by UL; Ziv Binyamini, Foretellix; Goh Kah Khoon, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence; Carl Squire, IPG Automotive USA. (Moderated by Mahmood Tabaddor, UL)

    Day 3: Solving the Autonomy Safety Challenge

    Aug. 13, 2021
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m. SGT

    • World Economic Forum Safe Drive Initiative - Michelle Avary, World Economic Forum; Mohammad Musa, Deepen AI
    • Assessing Autonomy Safety - Jody Nelson, UL

      This presentation will detail the typical functional safety assessment process and provide an overview of the differences between functional safety and autonomy safety. It illustrates how workers can apply the basic concepts of the functional safety assessment to conduct an autonomy safety assessment.

      Attendees will gain a better understanding of:

      • Key aspects of a functional safety assessment
      • Notable differences between functional safety and autonomy safety
      • Key aspects of an autonomy safety assessment
    • LIVE Panel: Autonomous Vehicle Safety including SAE® and other Standards Activities, TR-68, UL 4600 Standard, ISO 21448 (SOTIF), ISO 26262 (Functional safety) - Nicholas Alexiades, UL; Edward Straub, SAE ITC; Marcelo Ang, National University of Singapore. (Moderated by Jody Nelson, UL) 

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  • 19 Jul 2021 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business models have found favor with both providers and users of advanced robotics systems. Attend this online session on July 21st to learn how companies are employing RaaS models business , along with the various business, legal, technical and operational aspects of the approach.

    One general trend among technology providers – including robotics companies – is the migration away from selling products to selling services. For some types of robotic firms, a business model that relies largely on hardware sales is simply untenable. As such, service-oriented business models are becoming more common in the robotics sector where the high upfront capital expenditures for systems and risk aversion to new technologies on part of potential customers can impede growth. In this webinar, the business, legal, technical and operational aspects of the Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business model will be analyzed and discussed. Examples of companies embracing and successfully employing a RaaS approach will be provided.

    This webinar will cover:

    ·        RaaS Benefits for End-User Companies

    ·        RaaS Benefits for Robotics Solution Providers

    ·        Challenges For Robotics Companies

    ·        RaaS Business Models

    ·        RaaS Technical Models

    ·        Commercial Examples & Case Studies

    Date / Time – Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT

    Registration at:

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