OOI Beng Chin

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. (Monash University, Australia, 1989)
B.Sc. (1st Class Honours, Monash University, Australia, 1985)
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Research Areas

  • Database
  • Systems & Networking

Research Interests

  • Database Systems
  • Distributed and Block Chain Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Large Scale Analytics


Beng Chin is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and NGS faculty member at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also an adjunct Chang Jiang Professor at Zhejiang University, China, a visiting Distinguished Professor at Tsinghua University, and the Director of NUS AI Innovation and Commercialization Centre at Suzhou, China. Beng Chin's research interests include database systems, distributed and blockchain systems and large scale analytics, in the aspects of system architectures, performance issues, security, accuracy and correctness. He works closely with the industry (eg. NUHS, JurongHealth, SGH and Tan Tock Seng Hospital on healthcare analytics and prediabetes prevention), and exploits IT for efficiency in various application domains, including healthcare, finance and smart cities. He is the initiator of Apache SINGA, an Apache top level project (TLP) -- the first Apache Software Foundation (ASF) distributed platform for deep learning. He and his team released the first blockchain benchmarking system, called Blockbench, and enhanced Hyperledger Fabric called FabricSharp. He has released numerous other open sources (https://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~dbsystem/). He is a co-founder of Shentilium Technologies (2016) for AI- and data-driven financial data analytics, and MZH Technologies (2018) for blockchain based healthcare data management and analytics. He serves as an independent director of ComfortDelgro. Beng Chin serves as a member of Hangzhou Government AI Development Committee (AI TOP 30) and Suzhou AI Committee. He was an advisor to Huobi on its Huobi Chain and Cynopsis Solutions. Beng Chin has served as a PC Chair or Co-Chair of ACM SIGMOD 2007, VLDB 2008, IEEE ICDE 2012 and 2018. He is serving as a PC Chair of ACM SoCC 2020. He has served as a trustee of VLDB endowment 2006-2017, as its secretary 2010-2013, and president 2014-2017, and as an Advisory Board Member of ACM SIGMOD, 2012-2017. He is serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC) and Communications of ACM (CACM), and the founding editor-in-chief of ACM-IMS Transactions on Data Science (2018 -). Beng Chin has participated in the last three once-every-five-years database self-assessment meetings: Claremont, Berkeley 2008, Beckman, Irvine 2013, Seattle 2018.

Current Projects

  • AI-and Data-driven Financial Management and Analytics (MOE Tier 3)
  • AI.SG 3H project (AI.SG Grand Challenge)
  • FabricSharp: a scalable blockchain system
  • Apache SINGA (future releases): SINGA-Easy, SINGA-lite, SINGA-Auto

Selected Publications

Awards & Honours

  • Fellow, Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS)
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Fellow, ACM
  • Singapore President's Science Award, 2011
  • IEEE Computer Society Kanai award, 2012
  • NUS Outstanding Researcher Award, 2013
  • IEEE TCDE CSEE Impact Award, 2014
  • China Computer Federation (CCF) Overseas Outstanding Contributions Award, 2016
  • ACM SIGMOD EF Codd Innovation Award, 2020

Teaching (2020/2021)

  • CS6203: Advanced Topics in Database Systems