Gary S. H. TAN, Ph.D

Associate Professor and
Vice Dean, Student Life
Tel: (65) 6516 6276


Gary3.jpgGary Tan was a pioneer in the Direct Honours Programme of the National University of Singapore and received his B.Sc (1st class Honours) from NUS. He received his M.Sc and Ph.D from the University of Manchester , U.K.


He has been lecturing at the School of Computing , National University of Singapore since 1990, and was the recipient of Teaching Awards of the Faculty of Science in both 1992 and 1998, the Teaching Excellence Awards from the School in 1999 and 2002, and the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award for 03/04, 04/05 and 06/07. He is also on the ATEA Honour roll for 2008.

His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, scheduling and load balancing, declarative multiprocessors, parallel and distributed (interactive) simulation and High Level Architecture. He is currently working on Symbiotic Simulation and Traffic Simulation. He is a member of the Modelling and Simulation Group which is part of the Computer Systems Lab.

He has served as Chair of the NUS PROSE committee, a cross-faculty agency tasked with promoting the use of good English in the University. He was also a Resident Fellow of Kent Ridge Hall (1993-2003), and was Master of Sheares Hall (2003-2013). He is now Vice Dean of Student Life at the school.

He has had project collaborations with KTH (Royal Institute of Technology),Sweden, and FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency), and is a collaborator with SMART, and Beihang University.

He serves on the program committee of Distributed Simulation and Real-time Systems Symposium, and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Modelling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing (World Scientific). He is a member of ASIASIM federation, and is co-chair of AsiaSim2013 ( held in Singapore in November 2013). He is President of the Society of Simulation and Gaming of Singapore (SSAGsg).

Research Students (completed)

Yu Jun                 Masters                  High Level Architecture/DDM
Ng Wee Ngee            Accelerated M.Sc         Distributed Supply Chain Simulation
Karthik Shenoy         Masters                  Parallelism in an HLA environment
HuYu                   Masters                  Automatic Federate Compatibility Matcher
Zhao Na                Masters                  Object Exchange Template in Distributed Supply Chain Simulation
Zhang Gong             Masters                  Peer-to-Peer Computing
Hausi Horatiu          Rumanian Intern          HLA Federation across Continents
Liu Peng               Masters                  A UML-based Tool for Designing HLA Federates
Anders Persson         Swedish Intern           Migration of and Load Balancing in HLA-based Distributed Simulation
Laura Andreescu        Rumanian Exchange Stu    A Study of Spread of Bird Flu
Shahab Mokarizadeh     Swedish Intern           Composability of Simulation Models
Akbari Shahmirzadi     Swedish Intern           Composability of Simulation Models

Ju Hongyu                          Final Year Hons Student A Generic Simulation Environment

Seth Hetu          Ph.D                    A Symbiotic Framework for Crisis Management Simulation

Current Research Students


Xu Yan                  Ph.D                    Performance Improvements for Real-Time Traffic Simulation

Jenny Vu Vinh Anh       Ph.D                    Strategy Simulation for Traffic Simulation

Research Projects

Conferences and Workshops

·         Winter Simulation Conference

·         AsiaSim 2013: 13th International Conference on Systems Simulation


Selected Publications

Last Updated: 3 July 2014