Industry Sharing Series: PSA Singapore

On 1 October, the Faculty organised an industry sharing session with PSA Singapore, the flagship terminal of PSA International, a leading global port group with port projects spanning Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Data is a key enabler as Singapore digitalises the maritime industry, contributing to making our port smarter and safer, and our international maritime centre more competitive. To unlock business value from abundant data, ranging from operations to customers, human resources and sensors attached to port equipment, the speakers shared how PSA is embracing emerging technologies and capabilities, in areas such as data analytics, automation and robotics.

Dr Satya MURTHY, Assistant Vice President (Planning) and Dr Caffany ZHENG Xiaohui, Senior Operations Planning Analyst from the Planning Department’s Data Analytics team, shared with participants on the data science techniques utilised to improve business operations and support the launch of new businesses in related areas.

The speakers went on to discuss specific examples. These include the use of artificial intelligence technologies to develop smart solutions for process optimisation; and the “Living Lab” at the Pasir Panjang Terminal which showcases operationally-ready solutions that can be deployed at terminals, like intelligent planning systems, automated yard cranes, automated double-trolley quay cranes, driverless container vehicles and more.

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The huge amounts of operational data generated in turn provides useful learning opportunities for students. The speakers noted that Data Science and Analytics majors, for instance, could apply their statistical analysis and visualisation skills to developing predictive analytics models.

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To provide workplace-based training for students, internship projects could be structured for multiple semesters where students develop a range of skills, or for short-term internships lasting three to six months which focus on a particular skills set.   

The sharing was followed with a Question & Answer session and a networking reception. About 50 students across various disciplines attended the talk.