SINGAPORE (Feb 1): Yitu Technology has launched its research and development (R&D) centre at Mapletree Business City.

This marks the Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) solutions provider’s first R&D centre in Southeast Asia.

In a press release on Thursday, Yitu says a key focus of the Yitu Singapore R&D Centre in the initial phase will be developing leading edge AI solutions for smart buildings; enhancing natural language and speech processing technologies for commercial applications’ and optimising computer vision methods for medical diagnostics.

A crucial component of the centre’s activities will also include customising AI applications to address specific local needs.

The Singapore R&D centre currently houses a team of 30 talents comprising AI algorithm researchers, system researchers, hardware experts and engineers.

Yitu intends to triple this staff count over the next three years to around 100 employees to drive R&D efforts.

“With Yitu’s ambition to be at the forefront of AI innovation, its newly-launched Singapore R&D Centre is a welcomed addition to our ecosystem. It will create new and exciting job opportunities in AI for Singaporeans and accelerate the export of made-in-Singapore solutions to the world,” says Ang Chin Tah (pictured in main image, far left), Director, Infocomms and Media, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).