​NTU Singapore and AI company SenseTime set up Talent Programme

Published on : 30-Jan-2019

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SenseTime, the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) today launched the SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme to nurture researchers working at the forefront of AI related fields such as deep learning and computer vision.
Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) under its Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP), the new tie-up will see selected PhD candidates earn their postgraduate degree at NTU while working on SenseTime’s research projects. 
The research projects will address areas related to deep learning, an aspect of AI that is concerned with emulating the learning approach that humans use to gain certain types of knowledge, and computer vision, which involves computers identifying and processing images like human vision does, and then providing the appropriate output, action or analysis.
This is SenseTime’s first university talent programme in Singapore. Besides joint supervision from NTU and SenseTime, candidates may also get the opportunity to carry out research at SenseTime’s facilities in other cities beyond Singapore.
Founded in Hong Kong in 2014, SenseTime has developed a wide range of AI technologies such as face recognition, image recognition, object recognition, video analysis and autonomous driving. In 2018, SenseTime was entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to establish the National Open Innovation Platform for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence on Intelligent Vision, making the company the 5th national AI platform in China (along with Baidu, Alibaba Cloud, Tencent and iFLYTEK).
Mr Jeff Shi, Vice President of Strategy, SenseTime, said, “With our tremendous R&D and commercialisation experience in AI, we deeply understand that one key factor to success is talent. Through the SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme, SenseTime aims to cultivate a batch of local AI experts who would help drive the country forward in the AI era. Leveraging our expertise in AI, we hope not only to develop potential AI experts, but also to enrich the ecosystem in Singapore by advancing AI technology together with local communities as well as public and private sectors.”
NTU Singapore is recognised as a leading university in AI research, ranked second globally by Nikkei and Elsevier for having the most-cited research papers in AI and data science, after computer giant Microsoft. NTU is also part of the Global AI Academic Alliance, an initiative by SenseTime, which brings together top-notch universities worldwide to promote international collaboration in AI.
NTU Provost and Vice President (Academic) Professor Ling San said, “Artificial intelligence and digital technology play indispensable roles in the future economy. The SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme will give our PhD students a rigorous environment to learn and apply new knowledge and ideas. At the same time, they will also gain valuable skillsets from close interactions with the industrial mentors at SenseTime.”
The SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme is part of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) Industrial Postgraduate Programme, an initiative to train postgraduate students in R&D through working on projects with companies in Singapore.
Mr Ang Chin Tah, Director of Infocomms and Media at EDB, said, “Singapore’s ambition is to be a world class centre for AI and tech innovation. We are proud to partner with SenseTime and NTU Singapore to launch this programme, which will build up a strong pipeline of local AI talent to tackle problem statements across healthcare, security, finance, and smart cities.”
The four-year SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme is open to Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents.
Candidates will have to meet the university’s admission and academic requirements and would have obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other related areas.

Successful candidates will join SenseTime as full-time employees while pursuing full-time PhD studies at NTU.
The programme will support each candidate’s tuition fees for four years, as well as provide a monthly stipend of S$5,000. The candidate may also have the opportunity to work on SenseTime’s projects in other cities, in addition to financial support for conferences and other benefits.
Application for the SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme is open, and deadline for the August 2019 intake will be on 8 March 2019.
Interested applicants will need to submit their applications concurrently to NTU and SenseTime.
NTU admissions portal:
SenseTime-NTU Talent Programme email:


Media contact:

Ang Hui Min
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Email: huimin@ntu.edu.sg

Franky Chan
Public Relations
Email: frankychan@sensetime.com

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has also been placed the world’s top young university for the past five years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg  

About SenseTime

SenseTime is the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) company and the largest pure-play AI company which is focused on computer vision and deep learning. The company takes the leading position in the industry in many areas, including the total amount of financing and valuation. Entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to establish the National Open Innovation Platform for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence on Intelligent Vision, SenseTime is the fifth national AI platform in China (along with Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Tencent and iFLYTEK).

With the mission of leading AI innovation to power the future, SenseTime has independently developed a deep learning platform, supercomputing centers, and a range of AI technologies such as face recognition, image recognition, object recognition, text recognition, medical image analysis, video analysis, autonomous driving, and remote sensing. In doing so, SenseTime has become China’s largest AI algorithm provider.

SenseTime leads the market in almost all vertical industries, including smart city, smartphone, mobile Internet, online entertainment, automobile, finance, retail, education, real estate and so forth. The company boasts more than 700 customers and partners in China and overseas, including world-renowned institutions and companies such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Honda, Alibaba, Suning, China Mobile, UnionPay, Wanda, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, Weibo.

The company has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kyoto, Tokyo and Singapore.

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