Desmond ONG

Assistant Professor
Research Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR
Ph.D. (Psychology, Stanford University)
M.Sc. (Computer Science, Stanford University)
M.A. (Psychology, Stanford University)
B.A. (Economics, summa cum laude, and Physics, magna cum laude, Cornell University)
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Research Areas

  • Computational Social Science
  • Data Science & Business Analytics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Healthcare Informatics

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Affective and Social Cognition
  • Affective and Social Computing
  • Probabilistic Modelling, Machine Learning, Deep Probabilistic Programming


Dr. Desmond Ong is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Analytics. As a computational cognitive psychologist, Dr. Ong is interested in studying how people understand those around them, in order to build Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems that can better understand people. Thus, his research spans many disciplines, from Psychology---studying emotions and empathy via behavioural experiments, modelling, social network, neuroscientific, developmental, and clinical approaches---to Information and Computing Sciences---building Affective and Social Computers that have a more human-like understanding of their users, which has applications to domains as diverse as Human-Robot Interaction, Education, and Mental Health. Dr. Ong has published widely in top international journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, Cognition, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Topics in Cognitive Science, and IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing; as well as in top international conferences such as IEEE Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACM/IEEE Human-Robot Interaction, and the Cognitive Science Society.

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Selected Publications

Awards & Honours

Teaching (2020/2021)

  • IS4152: Affective Computing
  • BT1101: Introduction to Business Analytics