Embracing a culture of innovation
27 Oct 2017

This year’s Innovation and Dialogue Day held on 24 October 2017 saw close to 2,800 staff come together to share, inspire and be inspired.

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With new and different technologies proliferating as well as the phenomenal pace of change happening around the world, Chief Executive Tan Peng Yam highlighted the push by DSTA to embrace digitalisation to enhance its capabilities and competencies.

He also emphasised DSTA’s continuous push for bottom-up innovation. At the event, an innovation showcase featured some of these inventive solutions and set the tone for an inspiring day ahead.

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Speakers from tech companies were invited to share their views on digitalisation.

On navigating the process of innovation, Assistant Professor of Engineering Product Development Pillar from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Professor Luo Jianxi got staff acquainted with InnoGPS, a computational-visual aid that provides artificial intelligence to augment the intuitive human process of design ideation and innovation opportunity exploration.

Professor Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli, Elettronica’s Senior Advisor, highlighted digitalisation in the aerospace and defence industry. “Digitalisation is not about doing something better or something more, it is about thinking differently,” he said, emphasising the need for an increased speed in moving towards digitalisation.

Next, Phillipe Pham, who heads the department of Data Analytics and Applications at the Airbus Defence and Space Division, shared the underlying principles and the need for a transformation from analogue to digital. He touched on the importance of striking the right balance between disruption and incremental evolution, both in an organisation’s internal tools, methods and processes, as well as the products and solutions offered by the organisation.

Olivier Flous, Thales Group’s Vice President of Digital Transformation and Digital Factory, outlined the implementation of Thales Digital Factory, which focuses on enhancing the user experience and incremental viable products.

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It was also a joyous occasion as 20 project teams received the DSTA Innovation Award for delivering innovative solutions.

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