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The Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) is a center for research led by faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ADSC is located at the Fusionopolis research facility in Singapore. For more information about ADSC, take a look at our 2012 Annual Report.


To transform the way people and organizations use and interact with information technologies and contribute to the advance of the knowledge-based economy in Singapore and beyond.


ADSC's mission is to identify and solve basic research problems with high scientific impact and high potential economic impact, and to help expand the workforce of highly trained IT researchers.  These activities will enhance Singapore's position as a hub for cutting-edge research in information technologies, interactive digital media, and adaptive cyber infrastructure, while also facilitating interactions between University of Illinois researchers and research and industry partners in Singapore and Asia.

Those goals are achieved through:

  • Research projects at ADSC in Interactive Digital Media, the Smart Grid, and other areas, led by University of Illinois faculty.
  • Commercialization of technology from ADSC and Illinois through licensing agreements, spin-offs, and entry of Illinois startups into the Asian market.
  • Workshops and short courses on topics of special interest in Singapore.
  • The AUIP Ph.D. fellowship program for Singaporeans at the University of Illinois.


ADSC was established in 2009. Its core funding comes from a significant grant from Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The University of Illinois and A*STAR had earlier created the A*STAR-University of Illinois Partnership (AUIP), a four-year scholarship for Singaporean Ph.D. students consisting of two years of Ph.D. studies at Illinois and two years at an A*STAR research institute, leading to a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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