France and Singapore have announced plans to create a Joint Research & Development Laboratory to develop artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to be applied in cyber defense. The lab is an example of the long-standing defense technology cooperation between the two countries.
Why it matters: The agreement between the countries will lead to potential research around computer vision to monitor image and video feeds for possible threats across varied environments, natural language processing to extract and summarize data for analysis, AI for geospatial analysis, and AI for visual recognition to enhance sense-making capabilities.
- This research facility is the first that the Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has developed with another country.
- According to Mindef, the facility will take a “global and multidisciplinary approach to develop artificial intelligence capabilities for impactful defence applications.”
- “Digital and dual-use technologies like AI are rapidly evolving today,” said Chan Heng Kee, Mindef’s Secretary of Defence. “By bringing together leading researchers in Singapore and France, we can accelerate our research to tackle shared security challenges.”