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S'porean man, 28, creates map of digitally-disadvantaged hawkers to bring them customers

09 June 2021 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum , News Media

 

Since Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) kicked in with its no dining in restriction, many F&B establishments, especially hawkers, have been struggling due to the reduced footfall. Apart from governmental efforts, a 28-year-old Singaporean user of the Reddit forum who goes by the waffleboy92 handle, launched a crowd-sourced Google Map layer that shows some of digitally-disadvantaged hawkers that have been hit hard to raise their visibility online. The map layer creator is inviting others to contribute to the map to give the digitally-disadvantaged hawkers more exposure. According to his first post published on May 23, the Redditor, whose real name is M Thirukkumaran, was inspired to help local hawkers after reading KF Seetoh's Facebook post. The aim of his initiative is to help those who wish to support digitally disadvantaged hawkers in their vicinity but are unaware of who and where these hawkers are located.

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Couple in S'pore raises S$190,000 to send oxygen concentrators to India for fight against Covid-19

05 May 2021 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

 

The Covid-19 crisis in India has escalated in the past month, with the country reporting several hundred thousand new cases per day and the total number of cases surpassing two million on May 4. Hoping to raise money to support efforts in the fight against Covid-19 in India, one Singapore-based couple started a dollar-for-dollar matching crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than S$192,000 from donors around the world in just 11 days. Singaporean permanent residents (PRs) Prantik Mazumdar and Dipti Kamath told Mothership that they started the fundraiser because of deep concern for their family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones living in India. Prantik has been been living in Singapore for 20 years, coming here initially to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) School of Computing. He became a PR in 2007. They decided to provide help from the outside by galvanising and mobilising the Indian diaspora, as well as their friends, colleagues, and network in Singapore, through a campaign on local crowdfunding platform Milaap, which was founded in Singapore by two NUS School of Computing alumni, Anoj Viswanathan and Sourabh Sharma.

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NUS Computing alumnus Professor Shen Heng Tao selected as ACM Fellow

05 April 2021 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Alum , Research , Database

5 April 2021 - Professor Shen Heng Tao, an NUS Computing undergraduate and postgraduate alumnus (Class of 2000 and Class of 2004 respectively), was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) early this year.

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NUS Computing team wins award for developing national COVID-19 contact tracing app

19 March 2021 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student , Alum

19 March 2021 – To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore, six NUS Computing students and alumni built a web application last year to improve the speed and accuracy of nation-wide contact tracing.

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Entering the billion-dollar league: PatSnap becomes first NUS-supported unicorn

18 March 2021 Alum , News Media

 

It did not happen exactly with a snap of the fingers. It took consistent years of hard work with nurturing and support by NUS Enterprise for PatSnap to be what it is today – a unicorn in business – a company valued at more than US$1 billion. Its R&D intelligence as well as IP intelligence platforms are used by more than 10,000 customers around the world.

Today, its founders, two NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) alumni, can proudly proclaim that they have left their fledgling days far behind when they first formed the start-up in 2007. The company now has offices in the US, the UK, Canada, Japan and China. Its close ties with NUS and access to Singapore’s talent eco-system and dense network of industry partners has enabled it to launch an R&D centre in Singapore three years ago.

In fact, founders Mr Jeffrey Tiong (NUS Engineering, Biomedical Engineering) and Ms Guan Dian (NUS Computing, Information Systems), both previous NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners, have just announced that the company has secured US$300 million in Series E funding. This puts them in unicorn territory, which is reserved for start-ups valued over US$1 billion – a first for NUS-supported start-ups.

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Associate Professor Kan Min-Yen and alumnus Nguyen Van Hoang win Best Paper award at CIKM2020

18 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student , Alum

18 November 2020 – Associate Professor Kan Min-Yen and Computer Engineering alumnus Nguyen Van Hoang won the Best Paper Full Research Paper Award at the 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM2020), held online from 19 to 23 October.

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Assistant Professor Brian Lim wins Distinguished Paper Award at UbiComp 2020

28 October 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Alum

28 October 2020 – NUS Computing Assistant Professor Brian Y. Lim won the ACM IMWUT Distinguished Paper Award at the UbiComp 2020 Conference, held online from 12 to 17 September 2020.

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Four NUS Computing professors and seven alumni named in inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech list

23 September 2020 Department of Computer Science , Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Alum

 

23 September 2020 – Four NUS Computing professors and seven alumni were named in the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Technology List. The list is a collaboration between the Singapore Computer Society, Infocomm Media Development Authority, SG Women in Tech and Mediacorp.

Provost’s Chair Professor Wynne Hsu, Professor Janice Lee Mong Li, Professor Tulika Mitra and Adjunct Professor Kwong Yuk Wah were named in the list, which was unveiled in early September this year.

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Don't Waste Food: Their App Lets You 'Dabao' Buffet Food For S$10, Buy Cheap Surplus Grocery

14 September 2020 Alum , News Media , Media

 

In 2019, Singapore generated around 744 million kg of food waste — that’s equivalent to two bowls of rice per person a day, or around 51,000 double decker buses.

Food wastage is a real problem — it does not only cause environmental problems, but also affects our food security and puts pressure on our resources.

When Preston Wong, 31, saw his family members clearing out excess expiring food items from the refrigerator one day, he wondered if a platform could be built to facilitate a redistribution of surplus food. He pitched the idea to his National University of Singapore (NUS) schoolmate, Kenneth Ham, 30.

The duo didn’t even share the same classes — Preston majored in law and accountancy, while Kenneth majored in computer science — but they knew each other from church.

In their final year at NUS, they decided to take the leap to develop an app to tackle food wastage in Singapore by reducing the amount of buffet food that’s thrown away at the end of the day.

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NUS Computing students built and deployed COVID-19 national contact tracing app in just three months

27 August 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student , Alum

 

27 August 2020 – Six former and current NUS Computing students, along with NUS Computing Associate Professor Ben Leong, developed a fully operational national contact tracing workflow management web application with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), in 3 months.

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MSBA alumni win first place at NUS-EMC Innovation Challenge

22 June 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum

22 June 2020 – A team of alumni from the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) won first place and a S$5,000 cash prize at the finals of the NUS-EMC Innovation Challenge, held online on 28 April 2020.

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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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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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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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NUS Computing alumna receives NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award

02 December 2019 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum

2 December 2019 – NUS Computing alumna Guan Dian was one of thirteen young alumni conferred the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award on 27 November this year. A total of 21 exceptional NUS alumni were honoured at this year’s NUS Alumni Awards ceremony for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their alma mater and society.

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NUS honours 21 talented and outstanding alumni for contributions to alma mater and society

28 November 2019 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum , News Media

NUS Computing alumna Guan Dian was one of ten young alumni conferred the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the NUS Alumni Awards ceremony held on 27 November. Guan Dian graduated from NUS Computing in 2010 and is currently the Vice-President and co-founder of Patsnap, a search and analytics engine for users to search and analyse patents.

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2 NUS Undergrads Turned Our Love For Food And Discounts Into A 100k-Strong Telegram Channel

07 November 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

A Telegram channel, started by Computer Science alumnus Goh Wei Wen and Business school alumnus Dylan Teo, became the first in Singapore to hit 100,000 subscribers in October 2019. The pair is currently funded by a S$10,000 NUS Enterprise grant under the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practicum Award and hopes to create a platform that delivers personalised food deals for its users.

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Computer Science alumnus wins SIGMM Outstanding PhD Thesis Award

30 October 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , Research , Media

30 October 2019 – Computer Science PhD alumnus Dr Abdelhak Bentaleb was conferred the 2019 SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing. The award was presented at the 2019 ACM Multimedia conference held from 21 to 25 October in Nice, France.

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MSBA alumnus named 2018 global finalist at EY’s Better begins with you award ceremony

25 October 2019 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum

25 October 2019 – Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) alumnus Zhang Kaixiang and his project team were named one of 12 global finalists at EY’s Better Begins With You award ceremony held in Berlin, Germany on 12 December 2018.

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How 3 friends turned their unwanted items into a $550 million business

08 October 2019 Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

NUS Computing alumnus Lucas Ngoo with NUS alumni Quek Siu Rui and Marcus Tan started their online consumer-to-consumer marketplace in 2012, after being inspired during an internship in Silicon Valley. Within seven years, the Carousell co-founders won the support of top investors and earned a valuation of $550 million.

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