NUS-Tsinghua Extreme Search Center (NExT)

The NExT Search Centre (NUS-Tsinghua Extreme Search Center) received $10M in May 2010 from the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) through the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO). With Professors Chua Tat Seng from NUS and Sun Maosung from Tsinghua as Co-Directors, the Centre focuses on the following 3 broad areas of research:

Area 1: Live Media Search: research into techniques to handle millions of live sensors, along with mobile devices and other associated news, calendar and e-mailing information.

Area 2: Multilingual Forum Search: research into mining and retrieval of forum data, including opinion mining and sentiment analysis. It will handle live forum data in both English and Chinese.

Area 3: Distributed Infrastructures: tackle issues and systems in distributed and p2p architecture as well as extreme database system. This is to support the dynamic storage and updating of millions of live sensors over large geographical areas.

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Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities (COSMIC)

In September 2010, the Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities (COSMIC) received $10M from the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) through the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO). With Assoc Professor Roger Zimmermann from NUS, Professor Ravi Poovaiah from IITB and Professor Foo Shou Boon, Schubert from NTU as Co-Directors, the research objective of the Centre is to empower communities, specifically those in the informal economy who are typically underserved by existing technology vendors and telecom service providers through social media innovations that improve the way they live, work and play. The Centre is partnering with Singapore, Indian and regional companies to deploy and evaluate innovative technologies.

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Felicitous Computing Institute (FCI)

The Felicitous Computing Institute (FCI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute devoted to realizing Mark Weiser's original ideals of ubiquitous computing in a way that makes computing truly "felicitous", in the dictionary sense of being "well chosen or suited to the circumstances; pleasing and fortunate". In particular, felicitous computing systems are being investigated to support interaction in a way that is optimally and naturally suited to the circumstances and needs of their users.  This involves the use of multi-modal user interfaces; intelligent, unobtrusive, context-aware processing; and a high degree of robustness, in order to minimize undesirable effects for users.  The Institute is also exploring novel methods of evaluation that enable a deeper understanding of the effects and impacts of design choices.  Initial research projects in the Institute include a context-aware, activity-driven mobile music recommendation system, and techniques for emotion sensing and inference to support delivery of cognitive behavior therapies.

With Prof David Rosenblum as Director, the Institute commenced operations in January 2012, with seed funding from the School of Computing and the Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology) at NUS.

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Sensor-enhanced Social Media (SeSaMe)

In July 2012, the SeSaMe (Sensor-enhanced Social Media) Centre received S$10 Million from the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore through the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO). With Professors Mohan Kankanhalli from NUS and Zhuang Yueting from ZJU as Co-Directors, the Centre focuses on long-term research on sensor-enhanced social media that enable linking of static and mobile cyber-physical environments over the Internet by the abstraction of sensing, processing, transport and presentation and to enable the design of social media applications on cyber-physical systems through research advances that will transform the world by providing systems that respond more quickly and more precisely. The Centre will also research into systems for search and rescue in dangerous or inaccessible environments as well as the research that enhance societal wellbeing (e.g., assistive technologies and sensor-enhanced social networks) through the use of various technologies such as smart buildings, augment human capabilities, etc. 

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Trustworthy Systems from UN-trusted component AMalgamations (TSUNAMi)

The TSUNAMi (Trustworthy Systems from UN-trusted component AMalgamations) centre focuses on software and system security. The centre examines how trustworthy software can be built from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software components via ingenious combinations of analysis, testing, verification, hardening, isolation and system design. The proposed technologies can be used in myriad ways - for building trustworthy software systems, for post-mortem analysis of malicious software, or for security assessment of specific software components.

The centre received a funding of $6.1M from National Research Foundation in October 2014 for a period of five years. The research team drawn from School of Computing professors is led by Prof Abhik Roychoudhury and involves external academic collaborators (from Oxford, Princeton, Berkeley, Maryland and Georgia Tech), industrial collaborators (ST-Info Security, Symantec, NEC) and a government agency collaborator (DSTA).

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National Cybersecurity Research & Development Laboratory (NCL)

The National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory (NCL) is a shared national infrastructure that provides computing resources, repeatable and controllable experimentation environments, as well as application services for the cybersecurity R&D community. The infrastructure includes a cluster of 300 nodes that provides a wide range of provisioning mechanisms, security data and security services. NCL aims to provide a platform that fosters and encourages collaboration among researchers in academia, the industry as well as government bodies both locally and internationally through the sharing and validation of research outcomes. The laboratory was established in November 2015 and is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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Singapore Cyber-security Consortium (SGCSC)

The Singapore Cyber-security Consortium (SGSC) is set up to promote a virtuous cycle of innovation in security by linking industry, academia and government agencies through setting up a seamless platform for engagement in the area of information security in Singapore. It aims to encourage greater use-inspired research in academia as well as greater translation of the research to companies and government agencies. The Consortium plans to coordinate a range of activities in three fronts, namely raising technology awareness and adoption, catalysing manpower training, and spurring technology translation. The Consortium was established in September 2016, with Prof. Abhik Roychoudhury as Lead Principal Investigator. It is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for a period of three years, and its membership consists of companies from various sectors such as security technology companies, software technology companies and companies from financial sector.

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Advanced Robotics Center (ARC)

Advanced Robotics Center (ARC) is an interdisciplinary research center, established jointly by the School of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering. One core research theme of ARC is human-centered collaborative robotics, with the goal of developing the scientific foundations, technologies, and experimental systems that enable symbiotic human-robot interaction and collaboration. The main research areas cover computer vision, learning and planning, human-robot interaction, mechatronic design, and soft robotics.

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NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research & Development Laboratory

In October 2016, NUS and local telecommunications company Singtel jointly launched the $42.8 million NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory to conduct research, and to develop capabilities and innovative digital solutions to protect individuals, businesses and public agencies in Singapore from a wide range of cyber threats. The joint research laboratory, hosted by the NUS School of Computing, is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme. The lab is guided by two objectives. First, the lab aims to develop novel data analytics techniques that allow IT service providers to detect and respond to security attacks as they occur in real time. Second, the lab aims to come up with new approaches to design and implement IT systems that are "secure by design", and thus able to resist a broad array of attacks. Singtel plans to incorporate the innovations produced by the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory into a number of new and enhanced managed security services for its customers. Helmed by Professor David S. Rosenblum, Provost’s Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NUS School of Computing, the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab will conduct research in four critical areas of cyber security. These are predictive security analytics; network, data and cloud security; Internet-of-Things and Industrial Control Systems; and future-ready cyber security systems based on quantum technology.