► DSTA and MIT collaborate on Artificial Intelligence research

15 October 2021 – Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have paired to accelerate the pace of progression in the area of artificial intelligence (AI).

The collaboration was announced on the sidelines of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit 20211, and brings renowned MIT researchers and DSTA technologists together to distil insights and elicit AI discoveries, use cases and potential applications.

Leveraging the Master Research Agreement established in 2018, a pilot run was held last year. Both organisations recognised the value of collaborating to seize promising advancements in AI – from the use of AI to enhance cognition and decision-making; countering asymmetric threats and disinformation; or examining ways to make AI more accessible and dependable. Joint research projects have commenced, and are expected to run for three years.

“In the global emerging technologies field, AI research has been a particularly exciting space on the cusp of game-changing findings and applications. Collaborations with leading research institutions such as MIT ensure that DSTA is primed to translate such innovations into capabilities for defence and beyond,” said DSTA’s Deputy Chief Executive (Information) Gayle Chan.

“AI is central to much of our CSAIL research and I am optimistic about what the future holds!

I believe AI will improve our lives in many ways, some of which we’ve only begun to imagine. Together with DSTA we can accelerate the pace of progress and put our thought work into tangible technological applications,” said CSAIL director and MIT professor Daniela Rus.