Keio-NUS CUTE Center

R&D Areas

The initial R&D areas of focus include:

Feeling Communication

We plan to make radical new systems of children and family communication, which will not just to convey raw information but our deep feelings, intentions, expressions, and cultures. This will revolutionize present digital communications and enhance social, business, and entertainment communication. We expect that work in this area will impact many areas of society, including clothing and fashion, touch communication, soft interfaces, smell & taste communication.

Media Telescope Asia (MTA)

The goal of MTA is to build a trend-spotting engine of online digital content activities. It will include real world trends from the Asian region so that this information can be used to forecast the near future trends of media content popularity. This will include the construction of a data repository center in Singapore that will have real-time information traffic, common interest analysis, and the analysis of language influences such as English, Chinese, and Japanese within Asia. The MTA will become a valuable source for the creative industries’ strategic decisions, and allow trend-spotting to be the foundation of our creative approach. A longitudinal study of connective media usage of children has also been planed along these lines.

Global Computing

We aim to design and implement a new generation of Internet in Asia by installing a Global Studio that will provide high-speed networking capabilities between Singapore, Keio University, and partner locations. We expect that work in this area will set a de facto standard for collaborative environments using Global Computing. The research area will also include new forms of digital broadcast and media-on-demand services, education model, and other forms of multi-sensory entertainment.


(a) To activate the global digital media and Creative Industries

  • Fostering human resources in these industries
  • Starting new businesses in these industries
  • Technology licensing

(b) To promote global research on digital media

  • Patents
  • Academic papers
  • Nurturing researchers

Mixed Reality Lab (MXR)

The Mixed Reality Lab, at the National University of Singapore, is aiming to push the boundaries of research into interactive new media technologies through the combination of technology, art, and creativity.  By exploring commercially creative new media art works which will assist in development of blue sky explorations and cultural exuberance for Singapore.  Creating human technology which involves the development of new interfaces to make machines more natural, intuitive and easy to use, we aim to bring the future of new media into reality. It is also an aim to make Singapore one of the main global cross-points and nuclei of new media and the exporter of new media in the Asia Pacific region.

MXR defines entertainment media as entertainment products and services that rely upon digital technology. These include traditional media that now use digital production processes such as movies, TV, computer animation, and music, as well as emerging services for wireless and broadband, electronic toys, video games, edutainment, and location-based entertainment (ranging from PC game rooms to theme parks). The lab has produced large scale technological deliverables for DSTA and the Singapore military in interactive human computer systems and has spun off companies such as Real Space, Brooklyn-Media, and MXR Corporation.


The key objectives of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore are the following:

  • Create a world center of excellence for interactive media and entertainment technology.
  • Provide multi-disciplinary project-based learning environment for students.
  • Transition creative media technology to promote economic development of Singapore.
  • Open new doors for creativity and the arts.

In Keeping with these objectives, MXR Lab will develop technologies that will:

  • Unlock power of human intelligence
  • Link minds globally
  • Accelerate learning
  • Enhance creativity

MXR Lab Singapore will also formulate an Asia Pacific network testbed to demonstrate and evaluate advanced human interface and telecommunications technology that afford secure collaborative environments.  This network will concentrate on developing platform technologies and applications that drive the digital pulse of the 21st century.

Additionally we will develop exhibitions of the technologies that showcase the elements of the creative industries.  It will also promote the development of creative tools and sponsor projects that integrate creative arts into the technology development process. We also intend to provide opportunities for talented developers to showcase their work and present a wide portfolio of talented candidates for local operators.

The Mixed Reality Lab will supply Singapore with the technologies that will be at the digital heart of many of Singapore’s emerging sectors including Digital Exchange, Digital Entertainment and Digital Media, Digital Culture as well as adding value to Biomedical and Biotechnology initiatives.  In the nexus of interactions between biological systems and machines heralded by many world scientific leaders as the next major Digital Disruption the MiXR Lab will provide an early stage technological advantage to Singapore by exploring the key enablers and early commercial applications of the emerging Bio-intelligence Age.

Please find for your interest below on various presentation slides given at various conferences and events about our lab’s research. If you are to use any of these slides, please ensure to acknowledge “Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore”

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Long Video link videos/NTPU-Aizu-Kyoto-NUS-CTIT-Netherlands-Interactive-Institute-Mobile-Life-Sep-2008 Ver

Short Video link videos/NTPU-Aizu-Kyoto-NUS-CTIT-Netherlands-Interactive-Institute-Mobile-Life-Sep-2008 V2 .mp4

Mixed Reality Lab

Presentations about MXR

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