12 September 2022 — NUS Computing professors David Hsu and Lee Wee Sun, along with their research collaborators, have won the 2022 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Award for their paper on planning for uncertainty in artificial intelligence.
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In 2014, Janson Seah took up a manager role at a bar, where he was given the opportunity to lead the revitalization of the business. During his time there, his biggest challenge was managing shift workers due to the lack of effective tools. Bent on fixing this problem, he brought together a team of problem solvers, which were none other than his best buddies – Jeremy Hon, Lee Kai Yi, and Eugene Ng – whilst in the Bay Area on the NUS Overseas Colleges program. Together, they worked on a school project which eventually evolved into StaffAny – a software-as-a-service (SAAS) innovation that now helps businesses manage their workforce with ease.
Workforce management start-up StaffAny has raised US$3.4 million (S$4.6 million) in a Series A funding round led by GGV Capital, a global venture capital firm with US$9.2 billion in assets under management. Founded by a team of alumni from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the NUS Overseas Colleges programme, StaffAny helps businesses with a blue-collar workforce to optimise their staff scheduling, time-tracking and end-of-month time sheet consolidation.
9 September 2021 – Computer Science alumni from the Class of 2021, Chan Qing Zhou and Ian Wu Ling En, have won awards from SGTech and NUS Computing for developing innovative projects with high potential socio-economic impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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