ESI Group and the DesCartes program to transform Singapore into a hybrid, ethical and sustainable Smart Nation

RUNGIS, France, January 25, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

ESI Group, Rungis, France, (ISIN Code: FR0004110310, Mnemo: ESI), a world player in virtual prototyping for industries, is collaborating in the launch of the DesCartes project in Singapore by providing its scientists, its expertise in hybridization methods and its virtual prototyping software solutions to the various stakeholders.

DesCartes, a 5-year collaborative program with a budget of 35 million euros, was selected by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore and is based on the CREATE campus, “Campus for research excellence and technology enterprise” , Singapore’s international research hub. Behind this very French name hides one of the largest collaborative programs of the CNRS: the “Program on Intelligent Modeling for Decision Making in Critical Urban Systems“, dedicated to Hybrid Artificial Intelligence.

A smart city project to a greater extent: A smart nation project

For many years, many smart city projects have been launched. The principle of these smart cities is to collect data generated by sensors, to deploy specific applications, such as sensors indicating air pollution, alerts on accidents, real-time traffic conditions… However, , the concept of smart nation carried by Singapore differs from the others because it pushes the concept to its climax: from the digitization of an entity, a building, a single system to the digitization of an entire city interacting in real time.

From power grid optimization to delivery drones

DesCartes develops hybrid AI methods, combining AI with knowledge-based models (physics, engineering), to enable reliable, real-time, “people-centered” decision-making “in harmony with the company”. All in response to complex situations related to critical urban systems within the framework of the “Smart Nation” of Singapore. This research will be applied, for example, to urban mobility or energy management, or to anticipating the needs of future transport networks, smart industries or smart buildings.. “For example, we aim to develop solutions to optimize supply and demand from the electrical network, or solutions to improve the flow of cabin drones or delivery drones, or even develop intelligent predictive maintenance applied to industrial tools.” explains Dominique Baillargeat, director of [email protected] Systems in the city that can analyze data on the use of services by the population and then make optimization decisions.

Role of ESI in this project.

ESI, recognized worldwide for its expertise in predictive physical modeling and virtual prototyping, will play several roles in this program. Initially, its scientific director, also a member of CNRS and ENSAM, Prof. Francisco Chinesta, will be the director of the program. In addition, the Group will provide partners and the program with its performance simulation solutions (VPS, VA One, Simulation X, etc.) and its expertise in hybridization and model reduction methods. ESI will thus be able to predict the behavior of materials in real time, anticipate incidents (related to damage, cracks, corrosion, etc.), model the wind for better use of drones and make city management smarter and more humane. Finally, ESI will bring all its engineering expertise to optimize the platform in which the data will be used to make the right decision at the right time.

Dr. Francisco Chinesta, responsible for the engineering activity for ESI in this project, says: “The objective of the Singapore program is to think and design an interconnected smart city with features that will revolutionize the concept of smart cities. In this project, it is essential to place the citizen – the human, but also more generally the living – at the heart of the hybridization devices. All the partners in this project aim to make Singapore a new ethical, responsible and safe city.

Partners of the Descartes program

The Descartes project involves on the French side:

  • CNRS

  • 13 prestigious universities and schools: University of Paris-Saclay, University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier, University of Lyon III Jean Moulin, University of Bordeaux, National School of Civil Aviation, University of Paris Sciences & Lettres, University of Strasbourg, Arts et Métiers, INP Grenoble , INP ENSEEIHT, Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris-Saclay, Grenoble-Alpes University, Côte-d’Azur University.

and, on the Singaporean side:

  • 3 universities: Nanyang Technology University, National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design.

  • A*STAR: Agency for Science, Technology and Research. A*STAR is Singapore’s national R&D agency.

It is developed in collaboration with five industrial partners: ARIA, CETIM MATCOR, EDF, ESI Group and Thales.

About ESI Group

Founded in 1973, ESI Group is a leading innovator in virtual prototyping solutions and a global catalyst for industrial transformation. Thanks to its unique know-how in materials physics, the company has developed and refined, over the past 45 years, advanced simulation capabilities. After identifying gaps in the traditional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) approach, ESI introduced a holistic methodology focused on industrial productivity and product performance throughout their lifecycle. i.e. Product Performance Lifecycle™, from engineering to manufacturing and operation. Present in more than 20 countries, and in major industrial sectors, ESI employs 1,200 high-level specialists worldwide and achieved a 2020 turnover of 132.6 million euros. ESI is headquartered in France and is listed on Compartment B of Euronext Paris.

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