Artificial Intelligence – driving next generation innovation in Southeast Asia

This analysis was developed in partnership between Dr. Diu Seng See, Solution Consultant (Southeast Asia), Scientific and Academic Research and Ridhma Dhar, Solution Consultant (Southeast Asia), IP Solutions, both of Clarivate Analytics.

Southeast Asia is one region that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and as a result boasts huge growth in its AI capabilities and understanding.  Developers in Southeast Asia are increasingly competing to uncover new approaches and broaden its reach. By recognizing AI’s capacity to influence both business and social settings, the region has published a diverse range of AI-related research papers and patents in recent years.

Subject matters include not just computer algorithms, but also semiconductors, robotics, medicine, and biochemistry, thus highlighting the versatility of AI and its potential applications to impact everyday lives. How vibrant is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and innovation landscape of Southeast Asia? Who are the key players dominating this field in the region?

According to the Web of Science (as of September 2017) and Derwent Innovation, we observed that:

  • More than 29,000 AI-related papers have been published in Southeast Asia, with Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand accounting for 84% of output. The earliest paper was dated 1985.
  • Between 1998 and 2017, patenting activity in Singapore was dominated by innovation around semi-conductors, electric digital data processing and image & speech recognition.