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IPAL in a few words

IPAL Scientific Objectives

IPAL is a French-Singaporean joint research laboratory, based in Singapore and formed in 1998. In 2007, IPAL became a UMI CNRS lab, the highest scientific ranking among CNRS labs overseas.

Today, IPAL partners (CNRS, I2R, NUS, UJF, IMT, and UPMC) are renewing their agreement for 4 years, from January 2015 to December 2018, with a focus on Inclusive Smart Cities and Digital Health, in line with the Smart Nation initiative launched in Singapore. Our research focuses on Digital health and Inclusive smart spaces to enhance the quality of life of ageing people, in close collaboration with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
While the main motivation and focus of our project lies in building an integrated knowledge exchange framework, the software infrastructure aims at solving the general problem of linking big data analytics with the internet of services in a smart city context. To provide useful services to urban stakeholders, it is crucial to enhance the data gathered from various sources, and derive value and insightful knowledge from it.

IPAL Supporting Institutes


CNRS delegation, allows French A/Profs and Profs  to join our CNRS lab in Singapore. For CNRS Research Fellows, applications are possible all the year long. Post-Doc positions are frequently available for specific projects or to reinforce our core competencies. Master interships positions are open every year. Scientists worldwide are welcome to join us.

We have been successful with our H2020 City4Age bid, an EU-supported research & innovation project that aims at developing elderly-friendly city services for active and healthy ageing.

Their team “The Butlers” was competing in the geriatrics category of the IoT and wearables hackathon organized by A*STAR I²R and ETPL, and SIAA. They came in first runner-up to the grand prize with their connected equipment for HDB fitness courts. 


The ICOST 2015 conference (13th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics) dealing with "Inclusive Smart City and e-Health"  will be co-organised by University of Geneva, University Joseph Fourier and IPAL from 10 to 12 June 2015 in Geneva. Find out more at

Following the successful Singaporean-French Simposiums SinFra'2009, hosted in Singapore, and SinFra'2012 held in France. SinFra’2015  welcomes researchers, industrials and collaborators under IPAL organizations and those who wish to collaborate with IPAL. The symposium proposes outstanding Keynotes and Invited Scientific Sessions, related to relevant Singaporean – French common interest fields, illustrating the present and possible future activities in IPAL. Get more details and register for free at