NUS Computing - News NUS Computing, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, NUS, Singapore Universities /about/depts/cs/news 2020-06-06T11:00:21+08:00 NUS comlimsi@nus.edu.sg Joomla! - Open Source Content Management More options for NSF cyber specialists as Mindef and NUS tie-up for new work-learn programme 2020-06-01T08:05:00+08:00 2020-06-01T08:05:00+08:00 /news/news-media/3385-2020mindef-wlp Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) who are cyber specialists can now take modules from NUS Computing’s Information Security programme, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a new Work-Learn Programme by Dean Mohan Kankanhalli and Defence Cyber Chief Brigadier-General Mark Tan.<br /> <br />The academic credits earned in the programme can be counted towards a full degree.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) who are cyber specialists can now take modules from NUS Computing’s Information Security programme, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a new Work-Learn Programme by Dean Mohan Kankanhalli and Defence Cyber Chief Brigadier-General Mark Tan.<br /> <br />The academic credits earned in the programme can be counted towards a full degree.</p> Vanquishing smartphone zombies with EYEditor 2020-06-01T08:00:00+08:00 2020-06-01T08:00:00+08:00 /news/features/3384-2020zhao-shengdong Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">If you have been to parts of Orchard Road or Bugis Junction, two busy shopping streets in Singapore, you might have noticed something unusual. There, familiar “traffic light men” flash red and green to help guide pedestrians safely across the road. But these are also accompanied by matching <a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/floor-lights-help-smartphone-zombies-keep-eye-on-the-road">LED strips on the ground</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In recent years, Singapore and a handful of other cities, including <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydneys-inground-street-signals-to-combat-wayward-pedestrians-on-mobile-phones-20170330-gv9ii5.html">Sydney</a>, <a href="https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-trials-zombie-traffic-lights-to-save-smartphone-users-from-themselves/">Tel Aviv</a>, and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/26/germany-installs-ground-level-traffic-lights-for-distracted-cellphone-users.html">Augsburg</a>, have embedded lights into pavements at busy intersections as an additional safety measure for pedestrians. Ilsan in <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-smartphones-crossing-idUSKCN1R0029">South Korea</a> has gone even further, employing flickering lights and laser beams at road crossings to warn walkers of the dangers ahead.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whatever the means, their target is the same: the heads-down tribe of smartphone zombies — people who walk around perpetually glued to their mobile device.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you have been to parts of Orchard Road or Bugis Junction, two busy shopping streets in Singapore, you might have noticed something unusual. There, familiar “traffic light men” flash red and green to help guide pedestrians safely across the road. But these are also accompanied by matching <a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/floor-lights-help-smartphone-zombies-keep-eye-on-the-road">LED strips on the ground</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In recent years, Singapore and a handful of other cities, including <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydneys-inground-street-signals-to-combat-wayward-pedestrians-on-mobile-phones-20170330-gv9ii5.html">Sydney</a>, <a href="https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-trials-zombie-traffic-lights-to-save-smartphone-users-from-themselves/">Tel Aviv</a>, and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/26/germany-installs-ground-level-traffic-lights-for-distracted-cellphone-users.html">Augsburg</a>, have embedded lights into pavements at busy intersections as an additional safety measure for pedestrians. Ilsan in <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-smartphones-crossing-idUSKCN1R0029">South Korea</a> has gone even further, employing flickering lights and laser beams at road crossings to warn walkers of the dangers ahead.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whatever the means, their target is the same: the heads-down tribe of smartphone zombies — people who walk around perpetually glued to their mobile device.</p> Always one step ahead: Robo-Chef predicts steps of recipes it’s never seen before 2020-05-14T08:00:00+08:00 2020-05-14T08:00:00+08:00 /news/features/3376-2020angelayao Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">To understand the work she does, Angela Yao says to imagine a future where robot helpers are commonplace. Whether they’re workplace assistants, companions, or domestic helpers, robots need to be able to do one crucial thing, says the assistant professor from NUS Computing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To understand the work she does, Angela Yao says to imagine a future where robot helpers are commonplace. Whether they’re workplace assistants, companions, or domestic helpers, robots need to be able to do one crucial thing, says the assistant professor from NUS Computing.</p> Xilinx to establish Adaptive Compute Research Cluster at NUS 2020-05-06T08:00:00+08:00 2020-05-06T08:00:00+08:00 /news/3371-2020-xacc-research-cluster Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">6 May 2020 –&nbsp;Xilinx will be establishing <a href="http://www.xilinx.com/university">Xilinx® Adaptive Compute Clusters</a> (XACC) at four of the world’s most prestigious universities — The National University of Singapore (NUS), ETH Zurich, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">6 May 2020 –&nbsp;Xilinx will be establishing <a href="http://www.xilinx.com/university">Xilinx® Adaptive Compute Clusters</a> (XACC) at four of the world’s most prestigious universities — The National University of Singapore (NUS), ETH Zurich, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).</p> Human-centred explainable AI: Helping people to faithfully interpret machine learning with less mental effort 2020-04-30T08:00:00+08:00 2020-04-30T08:00:00+08:00 /news/features/3369-2020-brian-lim comnbs <p style="text-align: justify;">These days, artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere we look. It’s what powers predictive searches on Google, enables Spotify and Amazon to recommend new songs and products, puts self-driving vehicles on the road, helps doctors to quickly diagnose diseases…the list goes on. With the presence of AI growing ever larger in our lives, so has the need for us to trust it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These days, artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere we look. It’s what powers predictive searches on Google, enables Spotify and Amazon to recommend new songs and products, puts self-driving vehicles on the road, helps doctors to quickly diagnose diseases…the list goes on. With the presence of AI growing ever larger in our lives, so has the need for us to trust it.</p> Visualising Algorithms with a Click 2020-04-02T08:00:00+08:00 2020-04-02T08:00:00+08:00 /news/features/3292-2020stevenhalim Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">It was July 2011 in Pattaya, Thailand. While guiding the Singaporean team at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI), Dr Steven Halim was struck by an idea to improve the teaching of algorithms to students—by creating a website where many different algorithms can be learnt through animation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It was July 2011 in Pattaya, Thailand. While guiding the Singaporean team at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI), Dr Steven Halim was struck by an idea to improve the teaching of algorithms to students—by creating a website where many different algorithms can be learnt through animation.</p> Humans, Robots, and the Trust that binds them 2020-03-12T08:00:00+08:00 2020-03-12T08:00:00+08:00 /news/features/3323-2020-harold-soh comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">Like so many parts along the Californian coast, Honda Point is breathtakingly beautiful. People go to visit, but when they do, it’s not for the views.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rather, they go to remember one of the darkest days in U.S. Naval history, when seven destroyers ran aground and twenty-three sailors perished. Lieutenant Commander Donald T. Hunter, who was in charge of navigating the ships from San Francisco to San Diego that day, relied primarily on the centuries-old technique of dead reckoning. A more accurate method called radio direction-finding (RFD) had been invented two years earlier, but Hunter was mistrustful of the new technology — a decision that would ultimately prove fatal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Like so many parts along the Californian coast, Honda Point is breathtakingly beautiful. People go to visit, but when they do, it’s not for the views.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rather, they go to remember one of the darkest days in U.S. Naval history, when seven destroyers ran aground and twenty-three sailors perished. Lieutenant Commander Donald T. Hunter, who was in charge of navigating the ships from San Francisco to San Diego that day, relied primarily on the centuries-old technique of dead reckoning. A more accurate method called radio direction-finding (RFD) had been invented two years earlier, but Hunter was mistrustful of the new technology — a decision that would ultimately prove fatal.</p> NUS to host the 32nd International Olympaid for Informatics in Singapore 2020-03-06T08:00:00+08:00 2020-03-06T08:00:00+08:00 /news/3316-2020ioi-sg Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">6 March 2020 –&nbsp;The National University of Singapore (NUS) will be hosting the 32nd International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI2020), to be held from 19 to 26 July 2020. Supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), this is the first time the prestigious programming competition is taking place in Singapore since its inception in 1989.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">6 March 2020 –&nbsp;The National University of Singapore (NUS) will be hosting the 32nd International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI2020), to be held from 19 to 26 July 2020. Supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), this is the first time the prestigious programming competition is taking place in Singapore since its inception in 1989.</p> Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann wins Best Paper Runner-up Award at IEEE CCIS 2019 2020-02-14T08:00:00+08:00 2020-02-14T08:00:00+08:00 /news/3295-2020roger-zimmermann Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">14 February 2020 – NUS Computing Associate Professor <a href="https://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/cs/bio/rogerz/">Roger Zimmermann</a> received the Best Paper Runner-up award at the <a href="http://ccis2019.csp.escience.cn/">6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing and Intelligence Systems</a> (CCIS 2019), held from 19 to 21 December 2019 at Carlton Hotel Singapore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">14 February 2020 – NUS Computing Associate Professor <a href="https://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/cs/bio/rogerz/">Roger Zimmermann</a> received the Best Paper Runner-up award at the <a href="http://ccis2019.csp.escience.cn/">6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing and Intelligence Systems</a> (CCIS 2019), held from 19 to 21 December 2019 at Carlton Hotel Singapore.</p> Your data, my business: Why data privacy is especially hazardous for startups 2020-01-28T10:05:00+08:00 2020-01-28T10:05:00+08:00 /news/news-media/3275-2020ncript Clarisse Tan <p style="text-align: justify;">Data privacy issues are especially hazardous for startups, as many use data to the same extent, or more, as large corporations. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing and director of the NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT), shared reasons why data privacy may not be high on startups’ list of priorities. NUS Computing Associate Professor Terence Sim, who is a principal investigator at N-CRiPT, added that ensuring good security of data is the first line of defence to preserving privacy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Assistant Professor Reza Shokri, who does research on data privacy at N-CRiPT, shared insights from a paper that he worked on with NUS Faculty of Law Associate Professor Daniel Seng, which looked at whether different types of machine learning algorithms complied with privacy regulations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Data privacy issues are especially hazardous for startups, as many use data to the same extent, or more, as large corporations. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing and director of the NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT), shared reasons why data privacy may not be high on startups’ list of priorities. NUS Computing Associate Professor Terence Sim, who is a principal investigator at N-CRiPT, added that ensuring good security of data is the first line of defence to preserving privacy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Assistant Professor Reza Shokri, who does research on data privacy at N-CRiPT, shared insights from a paper that he worked on with NUS Faculty of Law Associate Professor Daniel Seng, which looked at whether different types of machine learning algorithms complied with privacy regulations.</p>