NRF representatives visit UMI IPAL's founding institutes CNRS and IMT

24 Mar 2016

CEO of NRF Prof Low Teck Seng, Ambassador of Singapore to France Mr Zainal Arif Mantaha and Director of CREATE Dr Lim Khiang Wee visited Institut Mines-Télécom on 18 March. They met IMT CEO Philippe Jamet,  Deputy CEO Francis Jutand, Director for Research & Innovation Christian Roux, and Director for International Affairs Michel Pavageau.
UMI IPAL facilitated the meeting, that was focused on the industry of the future.

Adapted from IMT website
Photo credit: Institut Mines Télécom

The event followed a work meeting at CNRS headquarters, founding institute of IPAL, exploring ways to deepen collaboration ties.
Photo credit: CNRS


CNRS President Alain Fuchs visits IPAL

20 Nov 2015

Alain Fuchs, President of the French Centre for Scientific Research, one of the founding members of IPAL, visited the lab @ ICube on the NUS campus on November 6th, 2015. IPAL's research topics were presented by our PhD students in the presence of its CNRS supervisory institutes: Jean-Yves Marzin, direcotr of INSIS, and Anne Doucet, Director of International Relations for INS2I.
More information of the LKYDVP website.


IPAL @ France Singapore Innovation Days - IOT as a smart nation enabler

19 Nov 2015

IPAL took part in the France Singapore Innovation Days that took place from November 11 to 13. This sixth edition focused on IoT, M2M & Robotics, and the workshop introduced by IPAL's director Prof Mounir Mokhtari specifically on IoT as a Smart Nation enabler. The event gathered C-level decision makers to connect them with French businesses and innovators. More information on the FSID website.


IPAL connecting to the French business network in Singapore

1 Nov 2015

The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore R&D committee visited IPAL's Star Home and I²R's smart nation room for a demo-packed tour on October 9, followed by a delegation from Business France and the French Embassy on October 28.

Urban planning and healthcare services professionals were able to get close to the latest innovation in ambient assisted living.


© CNRS / H Vincent

Horizon 2020 City4Age project granted EU approval!

1 Nov 2015

City4Age will enable Ambient Assisted Cities helping older people dealing with mild cognitive impairment or frailty maintain their independance for longer. Leveraging on unobstrusive collection of more (and more frequent) data on individual behaviours, the project will facilitate the role of social and health services as well as family and caregivers through early detection of risks and design of effective interventions.

The first and core objective of City4Age is to enable Ambient Assisted Cities or Age-friendly Cities, where the urban communities of elderly people living in Smart Cities are provided with a range of ICT tools and services that – in a completely unobtrusive manner – will improve the early detection of risks related to cognitive impairments and frailty while they are at home or in the move within the city.
The second objective is to provide a range of associated tools and services which – with the appropriate interventions – will mitigate the detected risks.
The final objective of C4A is to define a model which will provide sustainability and extensibility to the offered services and tools by addressing the unmet needs of the elderly population in terms of:

  1. detecting risks related to other health type problems,
  2. stimulating and providing incentives to remain active, involved and engaged,
  3. creating an ecosystem for multi-sided market by matching needs and their fulfillments,
  4. contributing to the design and operation of the ultimate Age-friendly City, where the city itself provides support for detecting risks and providing interventions to those affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and frailty.

More information on City4Age in our project section.

2015-2016 PhD campaign is now open - follow @IPAL_SG

6 Aug 2015

The first 2015 PhD topics have been published and are open for immediate application. More are to come shortly, so keep an eye on our open positions and @IPAL_SG #1day1topic on your Twitter feed!

IPAL team 1st runner-up to the grand-prize of SG’s 1st IoT Hackathon

28 Apr 2015

Their team “The Butlers” was competing in the geriatrics category of the IoT and wearables hackathon organized by A*STAR I²R and ETPL, and SIAA. They came in first runner-up to the grand prize with their connected equipment for HDB fitness courts.

The 2-day hackathon took place in BASH (Building Amazing Startups Here), a startup facility located at the Launchpad@one-north. Ten teams competed in three categories : wellness, construction and geriatrics. 
The Butlers thought of connecting HDB fitness corners to the cloud, offering social incentives for elderly to stay physically active. They presented a connected air stepper that counts steps and sends the data directly to the cloud. A user interface, accessed by swiping an EZ-link senior citizen card, displays the real time step count, as well as performance rewards. An SMS integration allows the user to send text messages to neighbours, inviting them to join and exercise together. The Butlers also integrated gamification, allowing for inter-block or family contests.
They received a $2000 prize with the first runner-up position, coming in second only to a team competing in the wellness category with a smart shoe sole prototype that tracks the walker/runner pressure map to correct posture.

Above, The Butlers preparing to pull an all-nighter, from left to right : 

  • Joaquim Bellmunt, Doctoral Student at IPAL (UMI 2955)
  • Thibaut Tiberghien, Postdoctoral Researcher at IPAL (UMI 2955)
  • Nicholas Chun, Senior Physiotherapist at NUH
  • Antoine Fagette, R&D Engineer at Thales Solutions Asia and IPAL Alumni
  • John O’Brien, Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group

without forgetting the remote (as he was in France) help of Nizar Ouarti, Associate Professor and Researcher at IPAL 

More on the 1st Singapore IoT hackathon

ICOST'2015, Inclusive Smart City and e-Health - Gevena, 10-12 June 2015

20 Jan 2015

The ICOST 2015 conference (13th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics) dealing with "Inclusive Smart City and e-Health"  will be co-organised by University of Geneva, University Joseph Fourier and IPAL from 10 to 12 June 2015 in Geneva (find out more).

SinFra'2015 - "Inclusive Smart Cities and Digital Health", February 2015

20 Jan 2015

Following the successful Singaporean-French Simposiums SinFra'2009, hosted in Singapore, and SinFra'2012 held in France. SinFra’2015  welcomes researchers, industrials and collaborators under IPAL organizations and those who wish to collaborate with IPAL.
The symposium proposes outstanding Keynotes and Invited Scientific Sessions, related to relevant Singaporean – French common interest fields, illustrating the present and possible future activities in IPAL.

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PhD Openings for 2015

25 Jul 2014

A number of new PhD positions have been published for 2015. It is open for immediate application. Please check the topics  here.