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A*STAR and Fujitsu Set up First Centre of Excellence to Build a Greener Singapore

March 26, 2013

SINGAPORE and TOKYO, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

The Centre leverages on high performance computing (HPC)-enabled R&D
technologies based on real-world data to enhance Singapore’s urban sustainability & create

key innovations for industry development

1. Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Fujitsu
Limited (Fujitsu) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the creation of the
first Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Computational Social Science and Engineering in
Singapore, to identify technological solutions and opportunities for sustainable urban
development in key areas such as transportation management and energy efficiency with
HPC-enabled technologies based on real-world data.

2. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed today at Fujitsu’s Tokyo headquarters
between Dr Raj. Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR, and Mr Kenji Ikegai, Corporate
Senior Executive Vice President and Representative Director, Fujitsu, in the presence of
Mr S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home
Affairs, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

3. Facing similar challenges and demands on infrastructure and energy usage, both
Japan and Singapore need to develop long-term urban sustainability solutions to ensure
high standards of living, ample work opportunities for the populace as well as quality
economic growth.

4. The CoE will utilise data from various agencies in Singapore to derive an
understanding of complex dynamics within the city and exploit the power of modelling and
simulation to guide both critical decisions and implementation of solutions. This, in
turn, will create greater efficiencies in resource usage and allocation as well as
generate vital growth opportunities in new areas. Some potential areas are described
below:

        - Transportation Management: An efficient and sustainable transportation
          system demands the ability to monitor and understand the travel behaviour and dynamics
          of commuters, road users and network systems. The insight can be leveraged to optimise
          transport services, project future demand, identify tipping points and assess system
          performance.

        - Energy Management: This involves analysis of the dynamics of energy supply
          and demand, such as using technology to track energy consumption while reducing
          wastage, and optimal energy management.

        - Computational Social Systems: The development of computational systems and
          methods for near-to-real-time processing of social information such as the consumer
          behaviour and lifestyle of the populace to enhance public, business, healthcare and
          educational needs/services and communication for the sustainability for urban living.

5. The Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) will lead the collaborative
effort within A*STAR by drawing upon its capabilities in HPC-enabled analytics of
real-world data provided by various sources, as well as its knowledge of complex systems
and social behaviour. Fujitsu will leverage on its broad field knowledge on big-data and
supercomputing-enabled simulation to pursue their joint research work within the CoE.

6. Both parties envisage that the collaboration will effectively address issues faced
by modern cities in planning and implementing urban sustainability initiatives. The
partnership will also unlock further economic opportunities through engendering key
innovations for industry development and creating local employment opportunities.

7. “This collaboration marks another milestone in our long-term partnership with
Fujitsu and we are excited that they have taken this opportunity to expand their
activities in Singapore. The joint investment in resources and sharing of know-how will
focus on tackling deep and complex problems facing metropolitan areas and facilitate the
development of new approaches in big data. It is highly anticipated that insights and
outcomes derived from the research will drive further innovations and create prospects
that may be applied to other big cities,” said Professor Alfred Huan, Executive Director,
IHPC.

8. “By participating in building a smart city through the use of high-performance
computing and big data, Fujitsu’s goal is to develop new skills and practical experience,
create the next generation of solutions, and establish new business models for global or
ASEAN companies moving into Singapore,” said Mr Masahiko Yamada, President, Technical
Computing Solutions Unit, Fujitsu Limited.

9. Other partners in this COE include institutions and government agencies from both
Singapore and Japan such as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore’s
National Research Foundation (NRF) and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, Fujitsu’s research
and development organisation. The partners will convene across a series of workshops,
projected to start in April 2013, to identify the research themes to be jointly studied by
the CoE.

10. The CoE is expected to undertake projects by the end of this year through a team
of engineers and researchers from Singapore and Japan.

About the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)

As a national research institute supported by A*STAR through its Science and
Engineering Research Council (SERC), the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)
was established in April 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a
strategic resource for scientific inquiry and industry development. IHPC seeks to power
discoveries through advanced methodologies, techniques and new tools in modelling,
simulation and visualisation. Its core research areas are in the realm of complex-coupled
systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, large-scale systems, digital modelling, adaptive
and collaborative computing, data mining and analysis, computational electronics and
electromagnetics, computational materials science and chemistry.

For more information about IHPC, please visit http://www.ihpc.a-star.edu.sg.

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for
fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and
innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences
and engineering research institutes, and six consortia & centres, located in Biopolis and
Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity.

A*STAR supports Singapore’s key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and
industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in
the universities, and with other local and international partners.

For more information about A*STAR, please visit http://www.a-star.edu.sg

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company
offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu
people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power
of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702)
reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year
ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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        Singapore
        Stephanie TIU (Ms)
        Corporate Communications, SERC Shared Services
        Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
        DID +65-6419-1422
        Mobile: +65-9828-2141
        Email: stephanie-tiu@scei.a-star.edu.sg

        Japan
        Fujitsu Limited
        Public and Investor Relations Division
        Inquiries: https://www-s.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/inquiries/index.html

SOURCE Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)


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