SGInnovate: Venture catalysts for deep tech, research based start-ups in Singapore
January 19


SGInnovate 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

Deep Learning Institute Fundamentals Workshop with SGInnovate and NVIDIA

Organised by NVIDIA and SGInnovate

SGInnovate partners with NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) to offer hands-on training to developers, data scientists, and researchers looking to solve real world problems with deep learning across diverse industries such as self-driving cars, healthcare, online services and robotics.

This full-day workshop covers the foundations of deep learning and offers hands-on training in Image Classification, Object Detection, and Neural Network Deployment using popular frameworks.

You will receive a Beginner Level certificate from Deep Learning Institute!

Attendees MUST bring their own laptops

You will learn to:

  • Understand basic of deep learning by training and deploying neural networks. 

  • Implement common deep learning workflows, such as image classification and object detection.

  • Experiment with data, training parameters, network structure, and other strategies to increase performance and capability.

  • Deploy your neural networks to start solving real-world problems.

Upon completion, you’ll be able to start solving problems on your own with deep learning.


08:30 Registration
09:00 Deep Learning Demystified (lecture)
09:45 Break
10:00 Image Classification with DIGITS (hands-on lab)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Approaches to Object Detection with DIGITS (hands-on lab)
15:00 Tea Break
15:15 Neural Network Deployment with TensorRT (hands-on lab)
17:15 Closing Comments and Questions
17:30 End

Lab #1: Image Classification with DIGITS
Deep learning enables entirely new solutions by replacing hand-coded instructions with models learned from examples. Train a deep neural network to recognize handwritten digits by:
• Loading image data to a training environment
• Choosing and training a network
• Testing with new data and iterating to improve performance
On completion of this Lab, you will be able to assess what data you should be training from.

Lab #2: Object Detection with DIGITS
Many problems have established deep learning solutions, but sometimes the problem that you want to solve does not. Learn to create custom solutions through the challenge of detecting whale faces from aerial images by:
• Combining traditional computer vision with deep learning
• Performing minor “brain surgery” on an existing neural network using the deep learning framework Caffe
• Harnessing the knowledge of the deep learning community by identifying and using a purpose-built network and end-to-end labeled data.
Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to solve custom problems with deep learning.

Lab #3: Neural Network Deployment with DIGITS and TensorRT
Deep learning allows us to map inputs to outputs that are extremely computationally intense. Learn to deploy deep learning to applications that recognize images and detect pedestrians in real time by:
• Accessing and understanding the files that make up a trained model
• Building from each function’s unique input and output
• Optimizing the most computationally intense parts of your application for different performance metrics like throughput and latency
Upon completion of this Lab, you will be able to implement deep learning to solve problems in the real world.


Dorien Herremans:

Dorien Herremans is an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design, and has a joint-appointment at the Insitute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR . Before that she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp, where she also got an MSc in commercial engineering, management information systems. She worked as a Drupal consultant and was an IT lecturer at the Les Roches University in Bluche, Switzerland. Dr. Herremans' research interests include novel applications in the intersection of machine learning/optimization and music.


Oh Chin Lock:

An experienced educator, Chin Lock has been with Temasek Polytechnic for more than 10 years. He has played an instrumental role in launching courses in the areas of Business Analytics and Big Data Management, and played a key role in building industry collaboration and staff capability in other key areas such as machine learning, agile software development, IoT and cyber security. Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic, Chin Lock was in industry designing and building software products for both large enterprises and an e-commerce start-up.   He has a keen interest in innovation and technology.  Chin Lock holds a MSc in IP Management and a BSc (Hons) in Computer & Information Sciences. He is a senior member of the Singapore Computer Society where he also serves as ICT career mentor. 


DLI Attendees Pre-Workshop Instructions

1) You MUST bring your own laptop to this workshop.

2) Create an account by going to to getting to the workshop.

3) MAKE SURE your laptop is set up prior to the workshop by following these steps:

a) Ensure websockets runs smoothly on your laptop by going to

b) Make sure that WebSockets work for you by seeing under Environment, WebSockets is supported and Data Receive, Send and Echo Test all check Yes under WebSockets (Port 80).

c) If there are issues with WebSockets, try updating your browser or trying a different browser. The labs will not run without WebSockets support.

d) Best browsers for the labs are Chrome, FireFox and Safari. The labs will run in IE but it is not an optimal experience.

4) Please remember to sign in to the same email address as for event registration, since class access is given based on the event registration list.

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    • Ms Yasmin Bylstra, Senior Genetic Counsellor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM)

    • Dr Timothy Low, Head of Medical Affairs Asia Pacific, Shire and Member Board of Directors, Farrer Park Hospital

    • Mr Vivek Puthocode, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific

    • Moderator: Dr Joseph Mocanu, Principal, Health & Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman Singapore

    Date: 28 February 2018

    Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911


    10:30am - 11:00am: Registration

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    12:00pm - 12:30pm: Q&A with Audience and Networking Lunch

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    Date: 5 March 2018

    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911



    5:30 PM – 6:00 PM - Registration

    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM - Blockchain Evening – Insights from the Netherlands

    7:00 PM – 7:30 PM - Q&A and End



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    Blockchain Dutch Government

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    Marloes is the project leader of 30 blockchain projects within the Dutch Government and has done several rounds with pilots in the Netherlands. She is now helping the pilots reach the next level and building an international network with governments working on blockchain.

    Dr. Mark van Staalduinen
    The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research(TNO)

    BLOCKTEST – The first Blockchain project in Singapore in close collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) together with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Our focus is to define the first steps towards Blockchain Security-by-Design. As we all know, blockchain has a tremendous potential, and a the same time an infinite list of security incidents.
    During the presentation, Dr. Mark van Staalduinen will share our background, our vision and the first results since the project started October 2017.

    Mark received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (DUT) in 2003, and his PhD from DUT’s Department of Information and Communication Theory in 2010. Mark has been employed by TNO since 2007. Since January 2016, he holds a position in Singapore to strengthen international partnerships.

  • The TensorFlow and Deep Learning group is the biggest Deep Learning group in Singapore and regularly holds events at Google and SGInnovate.

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    In this talk Sam will go through the basics of building various CNNs combining the Keras, Estimators and Dataset APIs in TensorFlow. He will show how these various parts of TensorFlow can be used together to make models and pipelines for image classification that will easily work on CPUs and GPUs. Some of the elements he will cover include Convolution Layers, Pooling Layers and Dropout.

    Date: 6 March 2018

    Time: 6:45pm - 9:00pm

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    Programme Agenda: 

    6:45pm – 7:00pm: Registration

    7:00pm – 7:40pm: Intro to CNNs - Dr. Martin Andrews 

    7:40pm – 8:30pm: Building CNNs with TensorFlow Estimators and the Dataset APIs - Sam Witteveen

    8:30pm – 9:00pm: Networking

    9:00pm: End

  • This seminar is intended for SMEs and entrepreneurs who are looking to use technology to enable the elderly who choose to "age in place" safely and comfortably. We believe that this will be through identifying Solutions and Models through the use of Artificial intelligence, Robotics and other Technologies which are quickly coming on stream.

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    Join our panel of experts as they share insights on what it takes to be successful. Learn how to build great companies, overcome critical challenges, how to create a breakthrough product, raising initial capital and more!

    Presented by SGInnovate, the Startup Stories Medical Robotics Panel discussion will share valuable lessons, pain points, success stories and what it takes to go from research to commercialisation. Science fiction is becoming reality as the emerging tsunami of robotics and automation reaches through all lines of business and commerce and society. We’re at an inflection point now and things are about to get interesting!


    Date: 8 Mar 2018 (Thursday)

    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street




    5:30 PM - Registration

    6:00 PM - Opening Address by SGInnovate

    6:05 PM - Introduction of Panellists

    6:10 PM - Panel Discussion

    7:00 PM - Q&A

    7:30 PM - Networking & End




    Dr Benjamin Tee
    President’s Assistant Professor
    National University of Singapore

    Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is current President’s Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore and staff scientist at IMRE-A*STAR. He has developed and patented multiple award-winning materials and sensing technologies in electronic skins. He is named one of the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovator (Global), and is one of the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. He has also co-founded Privi Medical, spun out of his experience as a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow. His research work on electronic skins has tremendous potential to advance global healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics future.


    Colin Tan
    Chief Operating Officer

    Colin Tan leads the management and product development activities at EndoMaster. He started the operations of the company with the 2 co-founders and has since grown the company in size through fundraising, product development and resource management. Colin spent the first half of his career working in medical device start-ups in San Francisco before moving to Singapore to continue his journey in Asia. His expertise includes start-up management, fundraising R&D and operations in medical device companies. He has a keen interest in the future and possibilities of robotics and artificial intelligence in medicine.


    Jeff Tang
    Chief Technology Officer
    HOPE Technik

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    Dr Joseph Ng
    Chairman, Gynecologic Robot-Assisted Cancer & Endoscopic Surgery
    National University Hospital

    Dr Joseph Ng is an American Board Certified Gynecologist-Obstetrician. He completed his basic medical training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, in the USA. Dr Ng has special interests in preinvasive diseases of the female genital tract, zero-impact surgical treatment of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer therapeutics. He is a founding member and Chairman of the GRACES gynecologic robotic surgery programme at NUH and is a regular on the international lecture circuit for Gyn robotic surgery. He is constantly championing access to robotic surgery and zero-impact treatment for all women who require gynaecological surgery. His practice welcomes all women who require gynaecological surgery and provides Well Woman Care for women who are keen on staying healthy and keeping well.



    About Startup Stories

    Startup Stories takes place once every quarter at SGInnovate. You can expect to hear from successful startups talking candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a platform for budding technopreneurs and the tech ecosystem to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our lives.

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    Speaker: Jon Sugihara, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users Group, Google



    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Google Next Billion Users (NBU): Opportunities and Product Development in NBU Markets
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Event End


    Date: 13 March 2018 (Tuesday)
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

  • The newly-founded Singapore Kaggle Machine Learning Group intends to bring together people with interest to improve their machine learning skills and build a portfolio of projects while tackling real world machine learning challenges. While most of the materials (Stack Overflow, Kaggle etc.) and courses (Coursera, Edx etc.) are available online, we believe in learning by sharing, networking, presenting and helping each other. We would like to organise gatherings where we discuss a challenge together or even form a team.

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    Date: 14 March 2018
    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    6:30pm – 7:00pm: Registration
    7:00pm – 7:20pm: "TensorFlow Speech Recognition Challenge" talk by Heng Cher Keng
    7:20pm – 7:30pm: Q&A
    7:30pm – 7:45pm: Overview of the group and team forming talk by the organizers
    7:45pm – 8:30pm: Team forming session
    8:30pm: End of event & further networking at BK Eating House

  • Artificial intelligence will be a key driver in the global precision medicine market, which according to Global Market Insights Inc. is expected to grow to USD 87.7 billion by 2023. Brendan Frey, the CEO of Deep Genomics, was quoted in the MIT Technology Review, saying “For the first time in history, our ability to measure our biology, and even to act on it, has far surpassed our ability to understand it. The only technology we have for interpreting and acting on these vast amounts of data is AI. That’s going to completely change the future of medicine.” The result will be more targeted therapeutics and risk reduction models, leading to better clinical decision support across disease areas.

    Co-presented by SGInnovate and ACCESS Health International, a panel of experts from artificial intelligence, genomics, and healthcare will discuss how machine learning will accelerate the development of personalized medicine and change our understanding of the genome/disease/environment interface.


    • Dr. Robert Morris, Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Jeremy Cao Sujie, General Manager, BGI Asia Pacific
    • Dr. Ngeow Yuen Yie Joanne, Senior Consultant, National Cancer Centre Singapore
    • Dr. Devanathan Raghunathan, Principal, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL)

    Moderated by: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

    Date: 15 March 2018
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Health Futures – AI and Genomics panel discussion
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking

  • High-impact deep learning applications from machine translation to self-driving cars are transforming the global economy, and enterprises have begun to deploy deep learning to unlock new opportunities and achieve competitive and strategic advantage. Join SGInnovate and IBM as we explore the vast potential of deep learning through this four-part series.

    Deep Learning Potential and Reality:

    • Challenges with applying Deep Learning in enterprise
    • Identifying candidate use cases that can benefit from Deep Learning

    Applied Deep Learning in Enterprise: Lessons from Trenches

    • Supporting fast learning cycles in enterprise workflows (Demos of Tensor, Caffe running on DSX and IBM-WDP-AE)
    • Framework and network architecture design (Demo with IBM Caffe DSX IBM-VISION Brain)
    • Using Cloud and SPARK to scale (Demo with WDP - IBM AE)
    • Using GPU to accelerate learning cycles (Demo with IBM PowerAI))

    Date: 21 March 2018
    Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    6:30pm – 7:00pm: Registration
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Deep Learning Potential and Reality
    7:30pm – 8:30pm: Applied Deep Learning in Enterprise, Lessons from Trenches
    8:30pm – 9:00pm: Q&A and Networking

    Speaker: Manprit Singh, IBM Watson Cognitive Solutions Architect

    Manprit Singh is IBM Watson Cognitive Solutions Architect and mentor. He has been an integral member of the IBM Watson team since the inception of the business. He strives to help businesses realize the relevance and reality of AI. Helping customers harness the potential of Watson Cognitive platform capabilities is his focus. He consults customers in identifying use cases that have high potential of benefiting from cognitive infusion. Then helps customers build minimum viable products for those use cases and also mentors in realization of these MVPs into sustained products and offerings.

    Manprit brings a broad range of industry and technology delivery experience into his current role at IBM. Before joining IBM Manprit held engineering positions at, Siemens Healthineers and Microsoft consulting. At IBM he has worked as DevOps consultant, Software Architect and Product manager for Watson IOT. He has extensive experience in helping IBM clients be successful with IBM software.

  • Join SGInnovate and Microsoft’s Corporate VP for AI Business, Steve Guggs, in an exclusive fireside chat on Microsoft’s latest developments in AI and how the company’s deep investments in the field are advancing the state of the art in machine intelligence and perception, enabling computers that understand what they see, communicate in natural language, answer complex questions and interact with their environment.

    Date: 22 March 2018
    Time: 10am – 11:30am
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street

    10:00am – 10:15am: Registration 10:15am – 11:00am: In Conversation with Steve Guggs, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for AI Business
    11:00am – 11:30am: Q&A and End

    Speaker: Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, AI Business, Microsoft

    Steve Guggenheimer is the corporate vice president of Microsoft's AI Business. In this role, he is responsible for helping to build a new generation of AI based solutions along with moving the broader AI conversation and platform forward. Over his 20+ years at Microsoft, Steve held leadership roles in strategically important areas including close to a decade helping to build Microsoft’s hardware and software ecosystem as the head of Developer Evangelism (DX) and the OEM division. He has also worked on the product teams for Microsoft’s Application Platform, Windows, IE, MSN, SQL Server, Visual Studio and more. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching rugby, playing golf and cheering on his hometown Seattle Seahawks.

    Before coming to Microsoft, Steve was at Spectra-Physics Inc., where he worked with lasers and helped develop and market new products. Steve Guggenheimer received a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in engineering management from Stanford University. He also serves on the board of Muzik and with his wife leads the Guggenheimer Family Foundation.

  • This event introduces Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia (YSI SEA), a non-profit organisation that aims make a sustainable impact through youth empowerment. Listen to the founders pitch their global youth movement to develop a more sustainable world and join YSI SEA in its journey to bring the talent and passion of youth all over the region to realize this vision.

    A regional chapter of a global movement, YSI SEA was created in response to the enormous tide of sustainability activism in Southeast Asia. Our fully funded 14-week programme will guide the 18-25 year old participants to create a sustainable product with a global impact, culminating at the Singapore Sustainability Conference, on 29 July 2018, where these prototyped concepts are pitched to angel investors, venture capitalists and business accelerators. We create strong teams and stronger start-ups.

    Learn more about YSI SEA and how we can partner up to push the sustainability agenda.

    Date: 27 March 2018
    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    5:30pm – 6:00pm: Registration
    6:00pm – 7:00pm: Co-Creating Sustainability with YSI SEA
    7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking

    Speaker 1: Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation

    Yen-Lu is the co-founder & executive chairman, WholeTree Foundation / Over-The-Rainbow, co-founder & chairman, Singapore Creations Etc, managing partner, WholeTree Ventures, and a founding partner, Fatfish MediaLab. He has worked in the technology, media, and venture capital industries for 35 years. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, Yen-Lu is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, having spent many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs and young businesses. He served as executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, serves as mentor to INSEAD, NUS, SIM, SMU, and on numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, while advising the government on such matters. As a social entrepreneur, student of spirituality and seeker of truth, Yen-Lu understands the importance of mental wellness as a life priority. He has given numerous talks and been featured in the media on this issue. He believes that every young person has a voice, an innate gift, and deeply held aspiration - that needs to find creative fulfilment. And when we nurture the seeds of these innate gifts with attention, acceptance, and love - and by providing the right environment, and giving it purpose - these seeds sprout and grow, and the human spirit with its deepest aspirations finds fulfilment. Everyone can embark on this journey of self-discovery, healing and transformation, to attain true happiness and optimal wellbeing.

    Speaker 2: Sai Surya, Managing Director, Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia (YSI SEA

    Surya has a vision for a world with more sustainable and inclusive practices. A strong believer in Sustainable Development, he founded YSI SEA with Singapore as the hub in 2017 to accelerate the pace of sustainable development in the region. Working closely with a capable and passionate team of Singaporean youth and Southeast Asian volunteers, he manages the strategy of the Non-Profit Organization. As one of the youngest co-founders to be admitted to Enchant VC’s accelerator programme for his previous venture, Carrycott, he believes that sustainable entrepreneurship is the way forward. Surya will be representing the YSI movement to unpack the organization’s vision and how YSI SEA aims to empower Southeast Asian youth to make a measurable impact.

  • Singapore has a well-structured and active energy innovation ecosystem with local research programs, test-beds and energy start-ups emerging. Corporations are eyeing Singapore to host their innovation centres and start-up accelerator programs. What does it take to build scalable energy start-ups from Singapore?

    Date: 28 March 2018
    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

    6:30pm – 7:00pm: Registration
    7:00pm – 7:05pm: Introduction & Welcome
    7:05pm – 7:15pm: Presentation by Startup Energy Transition Award on energy innovation in Germany
    7:15pm – 7:25pm: Pitch by EverComm
    7:25pm – 7:35pm: Pitch by Sunny Irrigation
    7:35pm – 8:15pm: Panel discussion
    8:15pm – 8:30pm: Q&A


    Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Founder, EnRupt

    Katarina has 15 years of professional experience in energy from government & consulting in Europe, Middle East & South-East Asia. She founded EnRupt, the energy company of the future, and is supporting the transformation of the energy sector to be closer to the customer, using cleaner, renewable sources, and leveraging digital technologies. She is supporting this transformation by building partnerships between young, innovative startups and corporations.

    Katarina excels in execution, where she can manage multiple work streams and teams in changing conditions. She is also on the Board of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (Industry association, HQ in Belgium) and Female Founders (Non-profit, HQ in Singapore). She is always looking out for opportunities to support energy sector transformation and champion gender equality.

    Rick Sheridan, Co-Founder, Sunny Irrigation

    Where tech meets social entrepreneurship is Rick’s comfort zone

    Rick brings technical and management acumen built over years developing new embedded hardware products and bringing them to market. His primary interests are renewable energy, small volume prototyping and manufacturing, consumer electronics, sustainability. Rick has extensive emerging markets work experience. His specialties are: Business - Product management, Operations, Emerging markets, China sourcing, user testing, P+L projection, pricing, negotiation AND Tech: team-sourced product ideation, product development, lab prototyping, Six Sigma Green Belt.
    Rick graduated from MIT and InseaD.

    Nilesh Jadhav, Program Director, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

    Mr Nilesh Y. Jadhav is currently a Senior Scientist and Program Director at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He leads the EcoCampus initiative at NTU, which is a combination of R&D, test-bedding and industry collaboration to achieve a high impact sustainability showcase for Singapore. Before taking over this initiative formally in April 2014, he led the research group on Sustainable Building Technologies at NTU. He has been involved in writing the Technology Primers on Smart Grids and Solar Technologies for the Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat and also was the project lead for developing Singapore’s first Technology Roadmap in the area of Energy Efficient Building Technologies with the Building Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. He serves on the board of the Singapore Green Building Council and also as council member of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS).

    T. Singaravelan (Velan), Director- Energy Partnerships, Evercomm Uni-Tech Singapore Pte Ltd

    Velan is a professional IT veteran who successfully transitioned himself from a corporate fintech environment to being one of the key personnel responsible for driving the rapid growth of a clean tech start-up in Singapore. With his own unique experience, Velan strongly believes that it is never too late for anyone to make significant contributions within a start-up environment. He is very passionate in helping others get through this difficult transition.

    Prior to joining EverComm, he was a strategy consultant and project manager with 20 years of experience in the digital banking industry across Asia Pacific.

  • In conjunction with the inaugural SupercomputingAsia 2018, SGInnovate, Nurture.AI and the National Supercomputing Centre are presenting a dedicated conference track on AI High-Performance Computing (HPC) for start-ups, with panel discussions on AI HPC in data science, fintech and biotech.

    Date: 29 March 2018

    Time: 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Venue: Pisces 2 & 3, Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa


    1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: AI High-performance Computing in Fintech

    Last year, global banks like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan released strategy reports on harnessing alternative datasets for financial trading, while Blackrock announced a massive overhaul to focus on quantitative trading. We have seen AI being applied to all areas of finance from KYC and AML compliance, to fraud detection and customer identification. When high-performance GPU computing is made more readily accessible, what will be the implications for the financial industry? What possibilities are there on the horizon?

    2:20 PM – 3:10 PM: Will AI High-performance Computing Replace Data Scientists?

    Evolutionary Algorithms, Meta-Learning, Transfer Learning and Hyperparameter Optimisation methods like Bayesian Optimisation have come together in recent years leading to solutions like AutoML and Datarobot that allow for the automated building of machine learning models. With the availability of high-performance GPU computing facilitating these methods to explore a greater search space in a shorter amount of time, does it mean the replacement of most data scientists?

    3:10 PM – 4:00 PM: AI High-performance Computing in Biotech

    We have seen deep learning creating breakthroughs in all areas of biotech and healthcare, from medical image classification to the identification of precursor microRNAs. With high-performance GPU computing made more readily available and optimised for neural network training, what further possibilities might it open up? What are the implications for corporates, and the ways doctors, healthcare practitioners and scientists work in the future?

    4:30pm – 6:00pm: AI6 Challenge Top 3 Winners Presentations