Our Founding Institutes

On Singapore's side


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. The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R pronounced as i-squared-r) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) family. Established in 2002, it aims to be the globally preferred source of innovations in `Interactive Secured Information, Content and Services Anytime Anywhere’ through research by passionate people dedicated to Singapore’s economic success.
A*STAR websiteI²R website

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. A research-intensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension, NUS is ranked consistently as one of the world’s top universities.
NUS website, NUS SoC website, NUS Faculty of Engineering website

On France's side


The French National Centre for Scientific Research is a government-funded research organisation, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. Leading researchers worked at one time or another in their careers in laboratories of the CNRS. With 17 Nobel laureates and 11 of the Fields Medal, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.
IPAL is with the Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I) as a primary Institute and with the Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS) as a secondary one.
CNRS websiteINS2I website (in French), INSIS website (in French) & brochure


Institut Mines-Télécom
The Institut Mines-Télécom forms the first group of engineering and business schools in France, making it a key player in higher education, research and innovation. Its research domains span a large spectrum of knowledge in engineering, digital technology, economic and social sciences and in management.
Institut Mines-Télécom website

Joseph Fourier University is a French university focused on the fields of sciences, technologies and health. It is famous for its commitment to fundamental as well as applied research and innovation. Within 50 laboratories, the UJF is developing outstanding research in partnership with international research bodies.
UGA website



Our associate institutes

The Bioinformatics Institute (BII), which was founded by Dr. Gunaretnam Rajagopal in 2001, is an institute of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), based at Biopolis Matrix. The institute aims at developing and deploying analytical tools and computational techniques for biological research and through close collaborations with experimental and clinical groups within and outside Singapore. Bioinformatics Institute

The National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (INP Toulouse/INPT) is a French University system that counts 6 engineering schools. Among those, UMI IPAL works mainly with École Nationale Supérieure d'Électronique, d'Électrotechnique, d'Informatique, d'Hydraulique et des Télécommunications (ENSEEIHT).
INP Toulouse website