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More options for NSF cyber specialists as Mindef and NUS tie-up for new work-learn programme

01 June 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

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.

The academic credits earned in the programme can be counted towards a full degree.

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Vanquishing smartphone zombies with EYEditor

01 June 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Media

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 LED strips on the ground.

In recent years, Singapore and a handful of other cities, including Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Augsburg, have embedded lights into pavements at busy intersections as an additional safety measure for pedestrians. Ilsan in South Korea has gone even further, employing flickering lights and laser beams at road crossings to warn walkers of the dangers ahead.

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.

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Always one step ahead: Robo-Chef predicts steps of recipes it’s never seen before

14 May 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence

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.

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Xilinx to establish Adaptive Compute Research Cluster at NUS

06 May 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty

6 May 2020 – Xilinx will be establishing Xilinx® Adaptive Compute Clusters (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).

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Human-centred explainable AI: Helping people to faithfully interpret machine learning with less mental effort

30 April 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Media

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.

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Visualising Algorithms with a Click

02 April 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Feature , Algorithms & Theory

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.

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Humans, Robots, and the Trust that binds them

12 March 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence

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.

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.

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NUS to host the 32nd International Olympaid for Informatics in Singapore

06 March 2020 Department of Computer Science

6 March 2020 – 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.

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Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann wins Best Paper Runner-up Award at IEEE CCIS 2019

14 February 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Media

14 February 2020 – NUS Computing Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann received the Best Paper Runner-up award at the 6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing and Intelligence Systems (CCIS 2019), held from 19 to 21 December 2019 at Carlton Hotel Singapore.

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Your data, my business: Why data privacy is especially hazardous for startups

28 January 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media

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.

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.

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Let’s maximise influence, but in a fair way

23 January 2020 Department of Computer Science , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence

A few years ago, Yair Zick was attending a conference in Stockholm when he struck up a conversation with two researchers from the University of Southern California (USC). Zick, a computer scientist from NUS Computing, was investigating how the concepts of fairness and diversity could be applied to allocating public housing flats in Singapore. The USC researchers, Bryan Wilder and Milind Tambe, were interested in Zick’s work because they were trying to solve a resource allocation problem of their own.

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The Department of Computer Science welcomes new faculty members

17 January 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Systems & Networking , Artificial Intelligence

 

17 January 2020 – Three new faculty members have joined NUS Computing’s Department of Computer Science:

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Track your health with sensor integrated into smartwatch? No sweat

14 January 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student , News Media

A team of NUS researchers has come up with the pH Watch, an ‘add on’ to a wearable health monitoring gadget that allows users to assess their health condition from their sweat pH. NUS Computing Professor Peh Li Shiuan and her PhD student, Mr Ananta Narayanan Balaji from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, were part of the research team.

The other team members include NUS Computing research fellow Dr Wang Bo, as well as PhD student Ms Chen Yuan and Assistant Professor Shao Huilin from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology.

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NUS Computing students win prize at SCDF Lifesavers’ Innovation Challenge 2019

02 January 2020 Department of Computer Science , Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Student

2 January 2020 – NUS Computing students Ryan Sim Wei Jie (Information Systems, Year 4) and Yogusvi Tewari (Computer Science, Year 3) took home one of the top prizes at the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Lifesavers’ Innovation Challenge 2019, held from 30 August to 18 October 2019.

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Move over Alfred, there’s a new butler in town

27 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence

A child wearing a red ski-suit

The shiny, black robotic arm gleamed as it whirred into action and ‘waved’ at us, accompanied by Alexa’s robotic, yet (somehow) cheery, disembodied greeting, “Hello! My name is MICO.” Mohit Shridhar stretched his lanky frame across the counter to place plastic replicas of a few everyday objects—a red bowl, an apple, and a banana—on the white tablecloth in front of MICO. Then Shridhar instructed, “Alexa, tell MICO to pick up the apple.” The robotic arm contorted and whirred until it held its gripper over the apple. “Do you mean this?” Alexa asked. “Alexa, tell MICO to go ahead,” Shridhar confirmed. MICO obediently, albeit mechanically, lowered its gripper and picked up the apple.

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Continued strong performance by NUS Computing at ICPC regional contests

26 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Student

26 December 2019 – NUS Computing teams excelled at four International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) regional contests held from November to December this year. Team 7 Halim emerged as champions at the Manila regional contest, while Team Pandamiao won third place at the Taipei-Hsinchu regional contest.

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Giving food, friendship to homeless people

19 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

Since July 2014, NUS Computing alumnus and software developer Abraham Yeo has been giving food, drinks and companionship to the homeless in Singapore. Abraham co-founded an informal volunteer group, the Homeless Hearts of Singapore, to rally like-minded people together to conduct night walks and checks on the homeless.

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Lost? Eyes in the sky can tell you where you are

19 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence , Media

No matter how many times you’ve flown, sitting at the window seat and watching the world shrink away from view as the plane takes off never seems to grow old. Towering trees and skyscrapers become mere pixels, roads and rivers now thin winding ribbons, and vast tracts of land appear as tiny thumbnails below.

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NUS launches think-tank to explore legal issues in tech

05 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Artificial Intelligence

NUS announced the launch of a new research centre for legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and data analytics on 5 December. The new Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law (Trail) will be led by law faculty's Prof Daniel Seng, as well as deputy directors Prof David Tan from the Faculty of Law and Prof Chang Ee-Chien from NUS Computing.

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Companies hunt for talent as Singapore tech sector continues to grow

02 December 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

Before NUS Computing alumnus Huang Wei Long graduated in 2017, he secured a job as a software developer with a startup after applying to about ten companies. He even received three to five offers from companies like Facebook and IBM but chose to work in a startup as it would provide more opportunities. Wei Long is one of the many university graduates that have secured jobs in Singapore's growing technology sector as the government see through its plans to digitalise the country through its Smart Nation initiatives.

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