Limited, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR’s Institute of High
Performance Computing (IHPC), has announced their collaboration to develop
innovative new technologies for vessel traffic management in the Port of
Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
(MPA), says a release.
predictive technologies will leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI)
and big data analytics to optimize the management of Singapore’s port and
surrounding waters, which sees an immense volume of seaborne trade and traffic.
The technologies will also be validated using real-world data to improve the
forecasting of congestion and identification of potential collisions and other
risk hotspots before they occur at sea.
The research and development for these
new maritime technologies has been conducted under the guidance of the Urban
Computing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (UCE CoE), a public-private
partnership consisting of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research
(A*STAR), SMU, and Fujitsu, that was established in 2014.
The outcomes of this research and
development phase, as well as the practical knowledge and experience gained
through the project trials, will be integrated into Fujitsu’s future maritime
As a result of the collaboration between
Fujitsu, IHPC, and SMU, several key technologies are being developed for
improving the management of maritime vessel traffic. .
Singapore develops future capabilities that will enhance our port operations,
research and innovation will remain key to the maritime industry. As part of
the recently launched Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, MPA is
supportive of collaborations among local Institutes of Higher Learning and
technology companies to explore new technologies that will raise the standards
of navigational safety within the Port of Singapore. We look forward to further
testing the research outcomes at the MPA Living Lab,” said Capt. M Segar,
Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), MPA.
“A*STAR is delighted to deepen our
existing partnership with Fujitsu, SMU and MPA to solve challenges faced by
Singapore and other maritime nations. Such a private-public partnership model
leverages capabilities from both public institutions and industry players,
strengthens our collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach, and
enhances our collective ability to develop innovative solutions that can meet
future maritime needs,” said Prof Alfred Huan, Executive Director of A*STAR’s
“Multi-agent technology has been used
extensively in coordinating the movements of unmanned aerial vehicles and
unmanned ground vehicles. In this project with MPA, SMU is breaking new grounds
in research by proposing a next generation maritime traffic coordination
technology that is akin to air traffic control, yet respecting major
differences and constraints between air and sea navigation. With the advent of
autonomous ships, this technology can potentially disrupt vessel traffic
management to reduce human errors and improve navigational safety,” said
Professor Lau Hoong Chuin, SMU’s Lab Director and Lead Investigator of the UCE
“Enhancing navigational safety is an
enormous challenge as there is no single right path for how to achieve it. That
is why we value the collaboration with A*STAR and SMU to welcome bold ideas. We
also appreciate the support by MPA to examine the applicability of the
solutions, and this is a great match with Fujitsu’s emphasis on “co-creation”.
We are pleased to not only contribute technologies, but also to have provided a
platform to integrate and test the technologies by different parties,” said
Shoji Suzuki, Corporate Executive Advisor, Fujitsu Laboratories. “Fujitsu aims
to contribute to enhancing the navigational safety of the Port of Singapore
with the technologies proven through the collaboration.”