As a University of applied learning, SIT pursues applied research with the aim to strengthen applied learning and drive industry innovation and transformation.

SIT’s applied research encompasses translational research (TRL 3-4) and innovation (TRL 5-7) that bridges knowledge discovery and application.

Strategic Translational Research Programmes

SIT has set up the following translational research programmes, working closely with industry and agencies to tackle challenges of national importance.

Community Health Transformation

The programme is aligned with MOH’s “Three Beyonds” and we worked with MOH, MND, URA and Enterprise Singapore and the Community Care sector to develop integrated preventive and supportive care models and programmes. The programme initiatives span from Community Fall Prevention, Frailty, Dementia Risk and Malnutrition Screenings and Interventions, Community Rehabilitation to Person-Centric Dementia Care. Some of the programmes already registered important outcomes and translational insights in community-based effectiveness and implementation studies with published findings and community translation.

  • Community Solutions
  • Implementation Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Person-centred Care
  • Functional Health
  • Well-being
  • Older Adults
Community Health Transformation

Sustainable Food Innovation

SIT has lab-to-pilot scale capabilities in food processing, where we work closely with industry to develop scalable processes and create food products with the right texture, functionality, price and taste. Our food tech team has expertise in food technology & processing, food structuring, hydrocolloids, flavour science, microbiology and food regulation. Underpinning these expertise are our capabilities in extrusion, spray drying, fermentation, and downstream processing. Our current focus is on the development of future foods such as alternative protein foods to strengthen Singapore’s food security needs, as well as support our ageing population’s nutritional needs. We work closely with industry to translate research ideas and technology into commercial reality. Our recent collaboration with food and agrocommodities multinational, Agrocorp, culminated in HerbYvore, a plant-based cheese, which is now sold in Fairprice Finest outlets and other food online platforms.

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Energy Resilience

SIT’s applied research in Energy Resilience is aligned with The Singapore Green Plan 2030 to advance Singapore’s national agenda on sustainable development, particularly towards a future where energy is reliable, as well as is produced and consumed efficiently.

SIT has been working with public agencies including Energy Market Authority (EMA), National Environment Agency (NEA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), and with companies such as SP Group, Power Automation, EDF, SembCorp Marine, C&W Services as well as many SMEs, to develop integrative and innovative solutions to promote usage of cleaner energy and to increase energy efficiency, thereby lowering our carbon footprint in the sectors of transportation, built environment and industries.

  • Singapore’s Energy Story
  • Electrification in Transportation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Storage
  • Micro-grids
  • Smart Energy Asset Management
Energy Resilience

Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering & Maintenance

SIT’s applied research focus in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering & Maintenance aims to develop and maintain an intelligent, resilient, and sustainable rail transportation network to meet the long term needs of Singapore. The key purposes of such a capability are for realizing the optimal life-cycle asset values of the infrastructures, both new and existing while meeting their expected operational requirements at the same time. The applications are in areas relating to urban and smart cities, transport, energy and power as well as water and sanitation etc.

SIT has been working closely with public agencies including the International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore), National Research Foundation (NRF), A*STAR, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Energy Market Authority (EMA); and companies and enterprises from the relating industries to develop integrative solutions, based on the following 6 research thrusts:

  • Reliability-Centred Maintenance Methodology
  • Asset Conditioning Monitoring
  • Infocomm Technology
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Simulation & Modelling
  • Automation & Robotics
Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering & Maintenance

Sustainable Maritime Engineering

SIT’s applied research in Sustainable Maritime Engineering is aligned with the Singapore Maritime Transformation R&D Roadmap 2030, and the Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Transformation Map to advance Singapore’s capabilities in Future Ship and System Design, Offshore Renewables and new growth areas.

SIT works closely with public agencies such as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Economic Development Board (EDB), and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), including industry leaders such as Sembcorp Marine, Keppel Offshore & Marine, PSA Marine, Penguin International and SeaTech, to develop sustainable and innovative solutions for the maritime, marine and offshore industries, based on the following research pillars:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Decarbonisation
  • Offshore Renewables
  • Digitalisation
  • Smart and Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS)
  • Sustainable Ship Design Process
Sustainable Maritime Engineering

Technology Enablers

To futureproof solutions developed, our strategic translational research programmes are supported by the following horizontal tech enablers:

Artificial Intelligence

Having successfully applied AI techniques in projects across a wide variety of domains encompassing time-series 2D data, to 3D and higher dimensionalities; from nature, finance, business, medical, cybersecurity and educational fields, our research and collaborations have achieved, and are achieving, impact with companies as diverse as Google, M1, SINGTEL, SMRT, Huawei, Singapore Power, Hitachi and AliCloud. Our AI expertise are sought for in industry consultancy projects, upskilling and CET courses as well as in AI-related Masters/Doctorate programmes with companies.

  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Optimisation
  • Data Analytics
  • Computer Vision
  • Speech & NLP
  • Networking & communications AI
Artificial Intelligence


Leveraging cybersecurity as an enabling technology, some of the domains the SIT team focuses on include the Electricity Grid, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles, Cybercrime Investigations and Fintech. Many of our collaboration with SMEs, MNCs and Government Agencies on the development of cybersecurity frameworks for the IoT- and OT-space, intelligent autonomous control of UAVs, deployment support of cyber safe drones, smart digital forensics, security assurance in fintech and gamification in cybersecurity had led to customized solutions, products and commercializable technologies.

  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Smart Analytics in Cybercrime Investigation
  • Smart Control & Cyber Safety for Drones
  • Financial Technologies

Augmented/Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and other forms of immersive technologies serve to enhance interactive experiences in ways beyond the laws of the physical world via the creation of combined virtual and real environments.

SIT has established the Centre for Immersification with a clear mandate to research and develop usable, scalable and accessible solutions to empower individuals to collaborate, create and deploy immersive technologies.

Immersification research at SIT spans across a diverse range of applied interdisciplinary domains including transport, healthcare and manufacturing. Completed and ongoing projects include nation-wide initiatives with the InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA); as well as industry-specific collaborations with EON Reality, Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA), Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (SMRT), HOPE Technik and Kajima Corporation.

  • Accessible Immersive Technologies
  • Immersification of Learning
  • eXtended Realities
  • Digital Twin
  • Virtual Campus
Augmented/Virtual Reality

5G and Future Communications

The Future Communications Translation Lab (FCTLab) was established to facilitate the innovation and technology translation of 5G and other future communication technologies. FCTLab offers the following facilities and services:

  • Open 5G Standalone Testbed with Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Modelling & Simulation
  • 5G Use Cases & Applications Translation
  • Testing & Measurement
  • Consultancy, Training & Workshops

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5G and Future Communications

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

SIT’s applied research capabilities in field/service robots are well aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative, where robotics has been deployed in cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in malls, offices, and transport terminals, as humanoid robots playing the role of nursing assistants or guides in the hospitality industry. Robotics solutions have also been implemented in the transportation and construction sectors.

The team at SIT has been working closely with local SMEs, as well as National Laboratories and Agencies to investigate robotic technologies and solutions including aerial and ground transportation, delivery, and surveillance applications.

  • Autonomy
  • Perception
  • Guidance Navigation & Control
  • Manipulators
  • Field Robots
Field/Service Robotics Engineering

Research Governance and Ethics

SIT is committed to promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct. Policies and guidelines have been implemented to inform and educate researchers and students on the University's stand and requirements on Research Integrity and ethics. Oversight of the regulatory, ethical and compliance of aspects of research at SIT is supported by the following Committees.

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About the Applied Research Office

SIT’s applied research and innovation activities are supported and governed by the Applied Research Office (ARO), working closely with the Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT) division.

The functions of the Applied Research Office are as follows:

  • Oversees research compliance and governance.
  • Oversees research grant administration and performance management.
  • Oversees mechanisms to administer and manage research resources.
  • Oversees research-related governance of Industry Postgraduate Degrees by Research.

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