Singapore, US partner on AI for disaster relief

28 June 2019

Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) have expanded co-operation in developing artificial intelligence (AI) capability to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

The DSTA and DoD said in a joint statement on 27 June that they have held a “multi-day technology exchange” to promote collaboration around “AI focusing on HADR”. The exchange took place ahead of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit, which was held 26–28 June and themed around the effects of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies’ on defence and security.

“This partnership between JAIC and DSTA will foster the use of AI capabilities to enhance defence operations as well as help save lives and livelihood by reducing search and discovery timeframes, enabling more informed and timely resourcing decisions,” said the statement.

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