February 29, 2024

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Republic Polytechnic launches Specialist Diploma in Applied AI

A new global epidemic has taken storm. No, it’s not contagious. It’s the lack of IT talent in the market.

Academics Meets Business

In a bid to plug that gap, Republic Polytechnic has rolled out a new Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence. The launch was made official at the annual RP Technology Day, themed “Enabling Your Digital Transformation Journey”. Professionals and academics come together to share the latest technology trends, insights and best practices within the industry. New partnerships between RP and participating organisations are fostered at the event.

The event program features Robotics Process Automation, Internet of Things and Data Analytics, Digital Business and Artificial Intelligence.

Two Memorandums of Understanding were signed at RP Technology Day. The first was with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting).

On their social media page, an ICT solutions provider also announced a partnership with Republic Polytechnic. Under the partnership, the private company will pursue new opportunities in user experience, gamification, AR/VR and ICT to develop user-centred digital services. Internship and employment opportunities are also extended to the Polytechnic’s students and graduates majoring in these fields. RP students and alumni are promised to work on research and development projects hosted by the ICT solutions company.

Specialist Diploma in Applied AI

A course for working professionals, the course was created to meet the growing demand for skilled AI professionals. Students of the course will be taught necessary concepts and know-how in developing comprehensive AI solutions. Classes begin October and 270 hours of coursework must be completed.

The main mode of learning are hands-on projects and the examination of case studies of AI applications in recommender systems, virtual assistant, pattern recognition and anomaly detection.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be conferred two Post-Diploma Certificates. Each certificate has four modules.

The first Post-Diploma Certificate is in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence. Modules to be read are math for machine learning, introduction to programming, introduction to data management for machine learning, and machine learning fundamentals.

The program is a holistic one. For example, starting with math for machine learning, students will use their understanding for considerations of accuracy, training time, model complexity, number of parameters and number of features to choose the right algorithm, tuning and optimisation of the model. Thereafter, students will also learn Python to solve problems for coding software programs. The Data Management for Machine Learning teaches students open-source data platform and framework. Closing the loop, machine learning fundamentals covers basic grounds. Students will be taught the basic of Markov decision processes and reinforcement learning.

The second Post-Diploma Certificate is in Applications of Artificial Intelligence. Modules to be read are pattern recognition and anomaly detection, recommender systems, and virtual assistants. Students will also be required to complete a capstone project. Competencies in architecting, designing and building AI solutions will be tested based on problem statements submitted by Industry Partners.

Suitable candidates for the Specialist Diploma in Applied AI are those with a local polytechnic Diploma or Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science. Furthermore, potential candidates should have at least two years of relevant work experience. For candidates who do not possess these qualifications, Republic Polytechnic will review the applications on a case-by-case basis.

More information can be found here.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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