Filtered by: Department of Computer Science

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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High pay, good job prospects: Local computer science undergrads flocking to Silicon Valley internships

10 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Student Alum News Media

NUS Computing alumnus Vishnu Prem interned for a total of 17 months with Apple, Twitter and ride-hailing company Uber before graduating from his four-year course last year. He is now a software engineer with Apple's Camera and Photos team at Cupertino, California. Another fresh NUS graduate, Ng Zhi An, spent two years internship-hopping in the United States between August 2014 to August 2016. He is now a software engineer at Google, in a team tasked with making the Android mobile operating system run well on sub-S$100 phones. NUS Computer Science undergraduate Cai Deshun snagged a prestigious internship with Asana, a startup founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, in his second year.

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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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Information Security student wins Cybersecurity Award

07 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Student

7 March 2018 - Third year Information Security student Jeremy Heng won the Student Award at the inaugural Cybersecurity Awards 2018 on 23 February.

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Browser-based payments startup RateX raises $3 million

07 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Alum News Media

NUS Computing alumni Davis Gay and Lim Jing Rong's startup, RateX, recently raised S$3million in a pre-series A funding round. RateX is a free browser extension that automatically provides shoppers with the lowest exchange rate at no transaction fee for overseas purchases through e-commerce platforms. It will use the newly-raised funding to launch of its mobile app in Singapore in Taiwan as well as accelerate its overseas expansion into Indonesia this year.

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Singapore to offer dedicated accelerator for cybersecurity startups

06 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Cybersecurity News Media

A new accelerator, called the Innovation Cyber Security Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71), will be available for young companies focused on building cybersecurity products and services. The new facility is an extension of an existing partnership between NUS and Singtel, which jointly set up the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory in October 2016.

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Crowdvilla enables you to collectively own and use a holiday home –using Ethereum

05 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Alum News Media

NUS Computing alumni Darvin Kurniawan, David Chandra and Hendrik Tanjaya Tan, launched Crowdvilla as a platform for users to use Ethereum to invest in holiday homes in major tourist destinations by implementing the sharing economy concept. To do so, the trio created Reidao, a platform for users to purchase properties using digital assets. 

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Meet distinguished roboticist Oussama Khatib

02 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Feature

2 March 2018 - If you ask renowned roboticist and Stanford University Professor Oussama Khatib whether robots would replace human jobs in the future, he will tell you it is not robots that we should fear.

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NUS offers more places for computing courses

01 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Department of Information Systems & Analytics News Media

To cater to increasing interest in computing courses and industry demand for IT professionals, NUS announced that it will be offering almost 900 places in computing-related courses for incoming students this coming Academic Year, up from 732 places previously.

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Grads get to work with big tech names

01 March 2018 Department of Computer Science Department of Information Systems & Analytics Alum News Media

Even before Ms Poornima Venkataraman graduated from NUS in July last year, several tech companies had come calling. Said the 24-year-old, who studied business analytics: "I knew it's a very interesting area with a lot of opportunities." She is an account manager at Facebook Singapore where she is part of a team working with small and medium businesses in the Indian market to grow their business through Facebook platforms. Mr Yeo Quan Yang, who graduated with a computer science degree from NUS last year, said the skillset he acquired at university helped him to learn fast, such as picking up new programming languages. Like him, many of his friends have been given "big opportunities" to work with tech giants like Google, said the 26-year-old software engineer with Apple in California.

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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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Six individuals and organisations recognised for contributions to Singapore’s cybersecurity ecosystem

26 February 2018 Department of Computer Science Student News Media

Third year Information Security student and Vice President of NUS Greyhats, Jeremy Heng, was awarded the Student Award at Singapore's inaugural Cybersecurity Awards. Jeremy was ranked in the top position in the Singapore Cyber Conquest for both 2016 and 2017, and he came in second for the ASEAN Cyber Sea Games 2017.

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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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The 10 Best Asian Universities For Studying Computer Engineering

20 February 2018 Department of Computer Science News Media

The article lists NUS as Singapore’s – and the world’s – leading university that topped the list of best universities in Asia for studying computer sciences. According to the latest Time Higher Education (THE) Asian University Ranking 2018, NUS was not only the best in Asia for attaining a computer engineering degree, it was also the 22nd best university in world overall thanks to its high quality of teaching, research, and international outlook. NUS’ quality education includes various programmes such as internships at NUS overseas colleges, student exchange programmes, double degrees and joint degree programmes with some of the best institutions on the planet.

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Singapore start-up aims to bring healthcare to Papua New Guinea's needy, one drone at a time

15 February 2018 Department of Computer Science Student News Media

Singapore start-up Yonah, made up of NUS alumni and students, are hoping to build a cargo drone system for hospitals to deliver measles vaccines. NUS Computing student Sriram Sami was enlisted in August 2016 and is now the avionics lead and part of the core team. He is developing and testing an autopilot software based on an open source Ardupilot project. 

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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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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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Bringing digital innovation to aviation

30 January 2018 Department of Computer Science Department of Information Systems & Analytics News Media

NUS signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Singapore Airlines (SIA), where the first MOU will see three NUS faculties - Business, Computing and Engineering - and SIA working on joint longer term research projects focusing on business challenges for which solutions are not currently available. 

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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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