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Sailing the Krakatoa seas

12 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

On 25 February, 15 NUS staff, students and alumni set off on a week-long NUS Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) voyage from Jakarta to the Krakatoa archipelago. NUS Computing Associate Professor Martin Henz and Tembusu College Fellow Dr John van Wyhe pen their insights on the voyage.

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Establishing a National Digital Identity

11 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

With Singapore pushing forward with its Smart Nation Initiatives, Associate Professor Terence Sim shared that having personal details online could risk identity theft. He recommends having larger penalties for the digital crime and more legislation on what constitute as identity theft. Dr Sim also added that while technology brings greater convenience to our lives, he feels that digitisation will bring about even more benefits in the future. 

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The Big Read: Nerds and geeks no more, computing graduates now rule the roost

10 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Department of Information Systems & Analytics Faculty Student Alum News Media

The latest graduate employment survey released by the three local universities showed that computer science graduates were among the highest paid last year, with NUS computer science graduates receiving S$4,285 - S$285 more than in 2016. Even before they leave school, computing undergraduates are snagging lucrative internships at Silicon Valley giants such as Apple and Google. Dr Jovian Lin, who is the lead artificial intelligence scientist at Dentsu Aegis Network, graduated with a computer science degree from NUS in 2009. In his work, he builds features powered by machine-learning, such as AI-powered machines to learn and understand marketing and advertising concepts. Dr Lin noted that the growth in computing jobs is due to developments in machine learning, which has become central to the product strategy of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Baidu. Over the the past two years, enrolment in NUS Computing has increased by 65 per cent to 730. Over the same period, intake size for the university's Master of Computing programme also grew by 60 per cent to about 220. In the new academic year starting in August, intake for NUS Computing's undergraduate courses will be raised to about 900 places. Despite more places opening up, it is getting more competitive to get in. Applicants applying to NUS computer science course will now require straight As to get a spot. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, say that the dotcom bubble burst in the past was a "sneak preview that went wrong" and do not think that the same thing will happen again. 

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IT, business graduates get higher starting pay

26 February 2018 Department of Computer Science Department of Information Systems & Analytics Faculty Alum News Media

Chng Hui Yie entered computing due to her interest in Neopets and blogging when she was younger. While her parents were reluctant for her to study computing, her decision paid off. Last year, she graduated from NUS with a degree in computer science. Ms Chng, who started working a month after graduation, and earns about $5,000 as a software engineer in inventory management startup TradeGecko. The latest annual survey of graduates shows that fresh graduates in business, economics and computing see the biggest pay jumps. NUS graduates in computer science have enjoyed a median gross salary of $4,285 in 2017. Associate Professor Goh Khim Yong, vice-dean of coporate relations at NUS Computing, said computing degrees attract one of the highest starting salaries. It overtook other fields like dental surgery last year. He added that every sector needs IT and that computing ties industries like transportation and media together. 

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Assistant Professor Yair Zick: Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

20 February 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty Commentary


20 February 2018 - With the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and major tech companies facing ethical dilemmas, NUS Computing Assistant Professor Yair Zick shares his thoughts on computational fairness and ethics in AI.

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Commentary: The (not so) secret hack to becoming a successful entrepreneur

18 February 2018 Department of Information Systems & Analytics Faculty News Media

Professor for Entrepreneurship Dr Francis Yeoh wrote a commentary about start-up programmes like NUS Overseas College, where students in the programme gain the opportunity to intern in top start-up eco-systems, like Silicon Valley, Israel and Beijing, and how it has driven entrepreneurial spirit among aspiring entrepreneurs. 

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Welcoming the Age of Facial Recognition

07 February 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

Associate Professor Terence Sim began his research in facial recognition technology since 1998. He said that while facial recognition can be used in many fields, but it is used mainly for security purposes due to the ease of using cameras to carry out large scale screening. However, A/P Sim highlighted that the rate of error for facial recognition is higher than fingerprint and iris recognition. He cautions that the authories be careful before adopting the technology due to its high risk. A/P Sim recommends for the government to create a more comprehensive law to protect privacy to prevent identity theft. Technology companies need to ensure that their data is secure and materials are not easily stolen. A/P Sim also highlighted the necessity to distinguish between "proof of identity" and "proof of authorisation". One pitfall of the technology is that the technology is not transferrable and cannot be cancelled, unlike passwords and physical passes. NUS Computing is studying how to make facial recognition more secure and it is developing a dynamic face recognition system to improve accuracy. A trial on 39 pairs of twins proved successful, and A/P Sim said it is because everyone's expressions are different and not easily replicated.

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Q&A with Tuan Q. Phan: ALSET’S Research Lead in Social and Networks Analysis

02 February 2018 Department of Information Systems & Analytics Faculty News Media

Tuan Q. Phan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Analytics in the School of Computing. He also serves in the NUS Institute of Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) as the Research Theme Lead for Social and Network Analysis.

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NUS Computing welcomes three new faculty members

30 January 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty


30 January 2018 - Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Computer Science in NUS Computing. They are:


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Robots to the rescue

15 January 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

The inaugural Robots@NUS Competition 2017 saw 12 teams of NUS students developing innovative robotic aids for the elderly and the disabled, with the results announced on 8 January. An exhibition featuring the 12 projects was held at NUS University Town. Senior Lecturer from NUS Computer Science Dr Soo Yuen Jien chaired the event organising committee.

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Silver Flexer wins inaugural Robots@NUS Competition

12 January 2018 Department of Computer Science Faculty Student

12 January 2018 – NUS students Chua Song Yu, Heng Meng Pei and Clement Tan, makers of Silver Flexer, emerged champions in the first Robots@NUS Competition, held on 8 January this year.

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Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann wins Best Editor Award

22 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty


22 December 2017 – Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann recently won the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC) Best Editor Award.

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Associate Professor Tan Chuan Hoo wins Outstanding Associate Editor Award

22 December 2017 Department of Information Systems & Analytics Faculty


22 December 2017 – Associate Professor Tan Chuan Hoo was awarded the Management Information Systems (MIS) Quarterly Outstanding Associate Editor Award 2017.

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SPH Magazines launches new visual search and shopping app Snappar

20 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

SPH Magazines Pte Ltd announced the launch of Snappar, a mobile application for visual search and shopping powered by artificial intelligence (AI) company, ViSenze. With Snappar, users can find a product online by taking a picture of it with their mobile device or by uploading an existing image from social media. ViSenze is co-founded by Professor Chua Tat-Seng and NUS Computing alumnus Li Guang Da.

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NUS to set up artificial intelligence centre in Suzhou

15 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced it will jointly establish an artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Suzhou, China, to promote the "innovation, application and commercialisation" of the technology. The AI centre will be led by Professor Ooi Beng Chin, who is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the varsity, as its inaugural director. He will oversee a multidisciplinary research team drawn from across NUS faculties and research institutes to advance AI research, innovation, application and commercialisation across various areas including health care, financial technology and smart city.

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Tsinghua University recognises NUS professor

15 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

Professor Chua Tat-Seng, Provost's Chair professor from NUS School of Computing, was named distinguished visiting professor by Tsinghua University. Dr Chua played an instrumental role in forging partnership between NUS and Tsinghua University. He is also the co-director of the NUS-Tsinghua Extreme Search Center (NExT).

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In a world first, Singapore-developed artificial intelligence system detects 3 major eye conditions

14 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty News Media

Annual screenings for diabetic retinopathy to prevent vision loss will be more efficient, more accurate and more cost effective with the new artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing. The AI technology uses a Deep Learning System (DLS), which thinks and makes decisions like human intelligence, to differentiate those with and without the eye conditions.

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New Hot Tech Innovators Report Identifies Innovative Startups and In-Store Technologies that Are Driving and Shaping the Future of Smart Retail

14 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty Alum News Media

ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm, identified ViSenze as one of seven solutions and innovative companies that look set to drive a retail revolution. ViSenze is co-founded by Professor Chua Tat-Seng and NUS Computing alumnus Li Guang Da. ViSenze uses artificial intelligence to deliver intelligent image recognition solutions to shorten the path of action for consumers to search and discover on the visual web.

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Singapore drone frees your fingers to take photos

06 December 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty Student News Media

As more people shoot pictures and videos from consumer drones, researchers in Singapore have found a way round the frustrating task of framing and taking photos while manually piloting the craft. The researchers from the National University of Singapore say their prototype, based on a Parrot Bebop quadcopter, relies mainly on a single monocular camera and works reliably even when there is no GPS signal.

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Professor David Hsu elevated to IEEE Fellow

30 November 2017 Department of Computer Science Faculty


30 November 2017 – Professor David Hsu has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, a distinction reserved for select IEEE members with extraordinary accomplishments in IEEE’s fields of interest, in November this year.

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