Singapore is working towards being a Smart Nation. This signature initiative will see the nation's top-ranked universities, the government and the private sector come together to improve Singaporeans' lives, create more job opportunities, and build stronger communities.
Established in 2016, the Smart Nation Research Cluster, led by Professor Ho Teck Hua, the deputy president of research and technology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will contribute to the Smart Nation Initiative by developing strategic capabilities in data science, analytics and optimisation, and cybersecurity. This cluster brings together researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds including engineering, mathematics, medicine, computing, and the social sciences to create powerful solutions that will not only enhance the way we live, work and play, but will also better protect us from cyber threats.

Smart Nation Research Cluster comprises:

  1. Institute of Data Science

    The Institute of Data Science (IDS) agglomerates, and further builds on, substantial strengths in data science and analytics in NUS. IDS coordinates and supports data science research initiatives across NUS. The value of the solutions that IDS can provide is through combining the expertise from multiple disciplines to tackle a problem from an all-round angle. In this way, solutions derived will actually be more superior than those derived singularly by each discipline. IDS seeks to collaborate with industry partners to contribute to innovation and solutions across a diverse range of sectors, including industry, government, community services and of course, education. IDS will also educate a next generation of "brain-heavy" data scientists.


  2. National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory

    The National Cybersecurity R&D laboratory (NCL) is a shared national infrastructure that provides computing resources, together with repeatable and controllable experimentation environments, for the cybersecurity R&D community. The infrastructure includes a compute cluster that provides a wide range of provisioning mechanisms, security data and services. NCL aims to provide a platform that fosters and encourages collaboration among researchers in academia, the industry as well as government bodies through the sharing and validation of research outcomes. The laboratory was established in November 2015 and is funded by the National Research Foundation.


  3. NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory

    The NRF-funded NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory is a collaborative effort between researchers from NUS and Singtel to investigate cyber security problems and technologies in four areas relevant to Singapore and Singtel's future business strategy: (1) Predictive Security Analytics; (2) Cloud, Network and Data Security; (3) The Internet of Things and Industrial Control Systems; and (4) Future-Ready Cyber Security Systems (enabled through development of novel quantum technologies).

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  4. Institute for Operations Research and Analytics

    The NUS Initiative in Institute for Operations Research and Analytics will leverage and mobilise NUS’ existing strengths in diverse disciplines to create integrated capabilities in modelling and computation, to conduct translational research on innovative business models and practices, and to mount a new multi-disciplinary PhD program to attract students and scholars to conduct cutting edge research in NUS.


  5. Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium

    The Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium offers a forum for engagement between academia, companies and government agencies. Such engagement is envisioned to enable greater translation of use-inspired research, and greater deployment of cutting-edge technologies in companies. The consortium promotes the bond between academia and industry in the area of cybersecurity via mechanisms such as cyber-camps, technical updates and seed grant disbursement for joint projects.


  6. Singapore Data Science Consortium

    The Singapore Data Science Consortium (SDSC) is a national partnership between the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, the National University Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).The Consortium will be the key platform in Singapore for industry to access the latest data science technologies, applications, and expertise from the academia to create innovative solutions that solve real-world challenges. The SDSC will help the industry to identify and shape their data science problem statements, match companies to the relevant potential R&D partners, and conduct industry engagement events and workshops to allow companies to understand the possibilities that data science and data analytics can bring to their business and operations.


  7. Virtual NUS

    The Virtual NUS programme will tap on NUS' world-class expertise in data science, operations research, cybersecurity, machine learning, and the behavioural and social sciences. This programme will see the transformation of NUS' flagship Kent Ridge Campus into a living, digital community (test-bed), which will allow design, development and testing of innovative big data applications and solutions that can change the way we live, learn, work and play. Virtual NUS will generate valuable dynamic and panel data about the people and their activities on NUS campus which can be used for the design, development and testing of these new applications and solutions.

    Research Projects
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"We will harness the expertise and infrastructure in the Smart Nation Research Cluster to capture big data, compute and analyse it, and create innovative, practical solutions to real-world problems in Singapore."
Prof Ho Teck Hua
Programme Leader, Smart Nation Research Cluster
"Institute of Data Science has the potential to shape a transdisciplinary data-driven research agenda that is not only impactful but can potentially restructure how we do research."
Prof Tan Kian Lee
Institute of Data Science
"Data science provides us a golden opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research that integrates fundamental and translational research, creating new technology that can transform industry and the economy."
Prof Shen Zuowei
Institute of Data Science
"National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory is a shared national infrastructure that will help us to stay ahead of the fast-changing cybersecurity threats."
Associate Prof Chang Ee Chien
National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory
"The consortium seeks to bridge the gap between state of-the-practice and state-of-the-art cutting edge research in cyber-security, software and financial technologies (FinTech)."
Prof Abhik Roychoudhury
Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium
"Cyber security is of paramount concern. The NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab will develop holistic solutions for security analytics, secure smart grids, and other key elements of the Smart Nation."
Prof David Rosenblum
NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Laboratory
"We want to provide a platform for talented young scholars to pursue their dreams in academia, and to be a go-to place for forward looking industrialists to check and test their ideas."
Prof Teo Chung Piaw
Institute for Operations Research and Analytics
"We will work alongside fellow world-class colleagues to tackle demand generation and supply management problems in the domains of healthcare, logistics and transportation."
Prof Andrew Lim
Virtual NUS

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