Science, Technology and Policy Workshop 2018

Event Date:
16 Jul 2018 12:00 AM - 20 Jul 2018 10:00 AM
Event Venue:

Science, Technology and Policy Workshop: The Future of Work

16 - 20 July 2018 | CREATE Tower, Singapore

The Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Workshop brings together graduate students from Singapore, Europe and the United States to jointly explore the role and impact of science and technology in public policy, and to contextualise this understanding based on the realities in Singapore as it plans for the future.

In its third year, the STP workshop puts the spotlight on science, technology and policy issues related to Industry 4.0, namely: artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, robotics, and governing disruptive changes. Specifically, participants will be exposed to topics including the implication of industry 4.0 on the future of work, education and skills training, and on governance.

The workshop is jointly organised by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and TUMCREATE (established by Technical University of Munich). It is hosted by the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), a programme under Singapore’s National Research Foundation.


The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Expose graduate students to issues at the intersection of technology and policy faced by Singapore’s government. These insights will help students in their research in technology policy and may open new research directions for faculty and students.
  • Advance discussion about the policy implications of the smart nation initiative, in particular as they relate to data governance.
  • Contribute to the larger effort of building a technology and policy focus in universities in Singapore, in conjunction with ETH Zurich, MIT, and TU Munich.

Key Themes

  1. Optimising an intelligent workforce: limitations and advantages of AI systems, review of various technologies in academia and industry with consideration of the evolving role of human intelligence in the workforce.
  2. Securing a connected workforce: data sharing implications, data sharing laws, risks and benefits from automated additive manufacturing pipelines
  3. Robotics and mobility at work: Smart Mobility, National Robotics Program, Autonomous Vehicles
  4. Governing disruptive changes: managing the ambitions and fears associated with advances in autonomous systems and artificial intelligence in Singapore’s context


The programme is developed to help students understand the complexities of formulating policies at the interface of science and technology. Over the course of five days, participants will be introduced to issues and key players in the areas of AI, cybersecurity, robotics, and disruptive changes.

A series of presentations, dialogues, and site visits will provide ample opportunities to

interact with representatives from government agencies, academia, and industry, and allow students to apply their knowledge to a policy-relevant context.

Participants will consolidate their understanding of the overarching themes through debates and group discussions, where they will jointly develop their analysis and solutions for assigned topics, including:

  1. Impact of AI on decision making
  2. Impact of robotics on the future of work
  3. Role of education and human development in the face of disruptive technologies
  4. Impact of disruptive technologies on Governance: Cybersecurity
  5. Impact of disruptive technologies on Governance: Ethics

The students will compile their findings and recommendations for the above topics in a written report, to be presented on the final day, with agency representatives and decision-makers joining in the ensuing discussion.

Programme Highlights

Optimising an intelligent workforce

  • Systems Engineering Challenges and Opportunities by Prof Lui Pao Chuen, NRF Advisor
  • Regulation and Governance of AI and Data by Assoc Professor Araral Eduardo, Co-Director of Institute of Water Policy – LKYSPP
  • Visit to SG Innovate to understand Building Deep Tech Startups
  • Visit to AI Singapore

Securing a connected workforce

  • Cybersecurity Research Focus at NTU by Prof Thambipillai Srikanthan
  • Executive Director of Cyber Security Research Centre at NTU
  • Vulnerability Analysis for Certification and Governance for Cyber-Secure Smart Nation by Prof Liu Yang, School of Computer Science and Engineering, NTU
  • Risks and Benefits from Automotive Additive Manufacturing Pipelines by Prof Chua Chee Kai, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NTU
  • Visit to Desay Automotive SV Israel Aerospace Industries
  • Visit to iTrust Cybersecurity Lab at SUTD
  • Visit to Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) Centre, SUTD

Robotics and mobility at work

  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics by Mr Quek Tong Boon, Chief Executive of National Robotics Programme, SERC, A*STAR
  • State of the art in AVs (TBA) by Prof Chris Zegras, Lead PI – FM, MIT
  • AI 101 for Non-Specialists by Assistant Professor Bryan Low, Department of Computer Science, NUS and Deputy Director of AI Research & Technology, AI Singapore
  • TUM Cargo Robots demonstration by Prof Alois Knoll, TU Munich
  • Visit to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Centre, Land Transport Authority
  • Ride on Autonomous Vehicle hosted by SMART

Governing disruptive changes

  • Talk by Ms Cheryl Chung, Deputy Director (Strategic Planning), LKYSPP
  • Talk by Prof Eko Riyanto, Acting Subject Head, Public Policy and Global Affairs and Associate Chair (Academic), School of Social Sciences, NTU
  • Data Science & Artificial Intelligence for the Public Sector by Dr Daniel LIM Yew Mao, Acting Deputy Director, Data Science & Artificial Intelligent Division, GovTech and Acting Deputy Director, Policy and Governance Directorate, Smart Nation and Digital Governance Office
  • Talk by Mr Foo Piao Zhou Director of the Planning and Programmes Division, SkillsFuture SG
  • Visit to Urban Redevelopment Authority's Digital Planning Lab
  • Visit to One North hosted by JTC Corporation