About Us

ADSC is located at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) in Singapore.

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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 Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, 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.


Illinois at Singapore Pte Ltd and its research center ADSC were established in 2009, and was supported by the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) until 2017. In its time with A*STAR,  ADSC conducted high-impact research in interactive digital media, data visualization, data analytics, and cybersecurity, generating over 400 publications, 26 technology licenses, and 12 spin-off entrepreneurial ventures in Singapore and the United States.