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Singapore event to spotlight robotics

Artificial intelligence will be showcased at this year's Global Entrepolis @ Singapore conference to be held in the island-state in November.

SINGAPORE--Executives attending this year's Global Entrepolis @ Singapore (GES) conference can look forward to business networking opportunities and get a glimpse of the latest robotics technology.

Robotics, which involves artificial intelligence, will be showcased at The Enterprise Exchange, a technology-focused exhibition at the upcoming business networking event. GES will be held from Nov. 12 to 15 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

In its fifth year, the the business event, is jointly hosted by Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore Economic Development Board.

Speaking to reporters at a media briefing held here today, Chua Taik Him, deputy CEO of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the country's trade-promotion agency, said the island-state is conducive to conduct robotics activities.

He explained that Singapore, being a "multidisciplinary and solution-oriented" economy and whose strength lies in translating market requirements into product, is well-poised for this technology area.

According to GES organizers, robotics is not new to GES and was showcased in various forms in previous years. Last year, youths from around the region competed in the Robo-masters championship.

On why robotics will be featured again this year, organizers said "this is one area where we are seeing lots of innovation".

Photonics, which involves using light to transmit information, will also be showcased this year. Photonics is used in the fiber cables in broadband technology.

According to GES organizers, the level of participation is expected to be the same as last year's event, with "more than 10,000 participants from more than 70 countries".

About 350 companies from over 30 countries will be participating in the Enterprise Exchange, organizers said.

In terms of foreign participation, organizers noted: "We usually see a 70:30 representation, so about 30 percent of participants are expected to be from overseas."

According to Chua, Asean has taken out the largest booth at the exhibition, and countries represented will include Singapore and Vietnam.