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The Department of Computer Science welcomes four new faculty members

02 December 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Algorithms & Theory , Systems & Networking , Artificial Intelligence

2 December 2020 – Four new faculty members have joined NUS Computing’s Department of Computer Science:

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60 years of facial recognition: The hidden perils behind Singapore’s ‘facial recognition era’

27 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security , Media

 

In recent years, the Singapore government has tapped on facial recognition for various purposes as part of its ‘smart nation’ initiative. For instance, Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 uses facial recognition technology for various purposes such as passenger check-in, immigration and boarding, while GovTech launched a launched the "Lamppost-as-a-Platform" project, which outfits some 95,000 traditional lampposts in the country with a network of wireless sensors and cameras to support urban and transportation planning and operations.

Associate Professor Terence Sim from the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore stated in an exclusive interview with China-based news website The Paper that there are trends of facial recognition technology being abused, and that laws protecting such technology could be further strengthened. He also elaborated further on privacy issues regarding such technology.

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Giving start-ups a head start

27 November 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Teaching , Feature , Digital Transformation, Platforms & Innovation

 

Every semester, Francis Yeoh spends part of his time in pitch slams. These are intense sessions where teams of students have five minutes to try and sell their start-up ideas. Yeoh, the Professorial Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the NUS School of Computing, and his colleagues listen carefully to the pitches before deciding which teams are worthy of a $10,000 grant.

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Associate Professor Hahn Jungpil wins Best Paper award for Advances in Research Methods track at ICIS 2020

25 November 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Research , Data Science & Business Analytics , Intelligent Systems

25 November 2020 – Associate Professor Hahn Jungpil and PhD in Information Systems graduate, Peng Jiaxu, recently won the Best Paper award in the Advances in Research Methods track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020.

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Associate Professor Hahn Jungpil wins Best Paper award for IS Development & Project Management track at ICIS 2020

25 November 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Research , IS Development & Management , Digital Transformation, Platforms & Innovation

25 November 2020 – Associate Professor Hahn Jungpil and Master’s in Information Systems graduate, Vasilii Zorin, recently won the Best Paper award in the Information Systems Development & Project Management track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020.

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NUS Computing professors and PhD students listed in GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame

20 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student

20 November 2020 – Computer Science professors Chan Mun Choon and Han Jun, along with their PhD students Nishant Budhdev and Nitya Lakshmanan, were recently listed in the GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame.

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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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Quantum Physics Gets a Boost from AI

13 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Artificial Intelligence

 

Stéphane Bressan and Christian Miniatura grew up in rival neighbourhoods of the naval garrison town of Toulon in southern France. They went to the same high school and the same college only a few years apart, but never were acquainted until 2006 when they were both working halfway across the world, at the National University of Singapore. Miniatura and Bressan became fast friends, meeting regularly to “put the world to rights” over French food and wine.

“One of our favourite debates was whether artificial intelligence can be useful to quantum physics,” says Bressan, an associate professor at the School of Computing. He was convinced that AI could lend a helping hand in solving some of physics’ longstanding problems. But Miniatura, a quantum physicist by training and the director of the Franco-Singaporean physics laboratory MajuLab, remained perplexed albeit intrigued at the possibility.

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NUS team develops tool that can assess vulnerability of AI systems to attacks

10 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Security

 

National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers have developed a tool to safeguard against a new form of cyber attack that can recreate the data sets containing personal information used to train artificial intelligence (AI) machines.

The tool, called the Machine Learning (ML) Privacy Meter, has been incorporated into the developer toolkit that Google uses to test the privacy protection features of AI algorithms.

In recent years, hackers have figured out how to reverse-engineer and reconstruct database sets used to train AI systems through an increasingly common kind of attack called a membership inference (MI) attack.

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri, who heads the research team behind ML Privacy Meter, said such attacks involve hackers repeatedly asking the AI system for information, analysing the data for a pattern, and then using the pattern to guess if a data record was used to train the AI system.

Prof Shokri likened MI attacks to thieves probing for weak spots in a house's walls and doors with a needle before breaking in. "But the thief is not going to break in with the needle. Now that he knows (where the weak spots are), he is going to come with a hammer and break the wall," he said.

ML Privacy Meter helps AI developers through a scorecard showing how accurately attackers could recreate the original data sets and suggests techniques to guard against actual MI attacks. The Privacy Meter is the result of three years of work to create an easy-to-use tool which helps programmers see where the weak spots in their algorithms are.

Google started using the tool earlier this year. The tool is open-source, meaning that it can be used for free by other researchers or companies around the world.

"Our main focus was to build an easy-to-use interface for anybody who knows machine learning, but might not know anything about privacy and cyber attacks," said Prof Shokri, who is Iranian by birth and moved to Singapore in 2017. 

The NUS research team that developed the Machine Learning Privacy Meter also consists of master's student Mihir Khandekar, 24, doctoral student Chang Hongyan, 24, research assistant Aadyaa Maddi, 22, and doctoral student Rishav Chourasia, 24.

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NUS Computing professors awarded grants from MOE Academic Research Fund (AcRF)

05 November 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Programming Languages & Software Engineering , Artificial Intelligence , Computational Biology

5 November 2020 – Several NUS Computing professors were recently awarded funding from the MOE Academic Research Funding (AcRF) Tier 2 scheme. Among the grant recipients were Professor Dong Jin Song, Professor Wing-Kin Sung and Assistant Professor Lee Gim Hee, all from the Department of Computer Science.

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Professor Chua Tat Seng wins Best Paper Award at ACM Multimedia Conference 2020

03 November 2020 DCS Research , Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Media , NExT

3 November 2020 – Professor Chua Tat Seng, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Chair Professor at NUS Computing and Director of the NUS-Tsinghua Extreme Search Center (NExT++), won the Best Paper award at the ACM Multimedia Conference. The conference was held online from 12 – 16 October 2020, and is a leading international forum for researchers focusing on advancing the research and applications of multiple media such as images, text, audio, speech, music, sensor and social data.

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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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The Perils of Paying for Product Reviews

23 October 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Research , Feature , Data Science & Business Analytics , Digital Transformation, Platforms & Innovation

 

These days, we live and buy by online reviews. Looking for a pair of headphones? Wondering what movie to stream or if you should splash out for the new PlayStation 5? Or perhaps you need a hotel to stay in and suggestions for the best baby back ribs in town? Well look no further than the Internet, for someone somewhere will surely have a recommendation to offer about the product, service or facility you are thinking of.

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Meel Group wins first place at the 1st International Competition on Model Counting

19 October 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty

19 October 2020 – Members from Meel Group (Sung Kah Kay Assistant Professor Kuldeep S. Meel’s research lab) emerged champions at the 1st International Competition on Model Counting (MC 2020). A total of 17 entries were submitted to this year’s competition, which aimed to evaluate the performance of model counting tools.

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Meel Group wins big at the SAT Competition 2020

07 October 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty

7 October 2020 – The NUS team comprising Sung Kah Kay Assistant Professor Kuldeep S. Meel, Visiting Senior Research Fellow Mate Soos, and research intern Arijit Shaw took home the top prizes at the SAT Competition 2020.

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NUS Computing researchers develop wearable device for gait analysis

05 October 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Systems & Networking

 

Three NUS researchers have developed wearable devices that help perform gait analysis. The four sensors installed at the toe and heel of the shoes can detect the speed, rotation and step length of the user's movement. The data is reflected in the app in real time for analysis by the therapist.

Dr Boyd Anderson, a lecturer from NUS Computing's Department of Computer Science, said: “If you are an elderly person, you may be more frail when walking, and being able to quantify that is very important. If you’re a sprinter, seeing how every step hits the track is also very important for say, optimising your performance. Traditionally, you would use a clinical gait mat which is pressure sensitive."

Medical gait mats take up space and are expensive, costing upwards of $10,000. The cost of this device however, is expected to be under $500. In addition to relying on an inertial measurement instrument to measure acceleration and rotation during movement, the device also combines ultra-wideband radio technology to collect step lengths and step widths that are difficult to measure. Its accuracy rate is 97%.

The four sensors mounted on the shoes run on lithium batteries and has a battery life of 18 hours per charge. The research team has already applied for a technology patent. They are working to bring this technology to professional athletes who are looking to improve their skills.

The team is also looking at ways to incorporate the sensors for use in various running shoes.

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Watching People Walk

05 October 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Systems & Networking

 

Life has a funny way of leading people down paths they least expect. Just ask NUS Computing lecturer Boyd Anderson. Two years ago, Anderson, then a PhD student, found himself at Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour mall in the heart of Singapore’s Little India district. It was 3 a.m., and Anderson was throwing what seemed to be a random assortment of things into a shopping cart: a hot glue gun, Velcro tape, disposable socks, and 12 pairs of sneakers, each a different size.

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Beyond Paywalls and Profits

01 October 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Research , Feature , Computational Social Science

In March 2011, the New York Times introduced a policy that would later be recognised as a milestone in media history. The newspaper, deemed one of the best in the world, declared that its online content would no longer be completely free — after the first 20 articles, readers would have to pay a small fee.

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Machine learning bubbling up in the maritime industry

25 September 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Database

25 September 2020 – Have you ever heard of the ‘cappuccino effect’? It is not the latest trend in foam art among aficionado baristas, but a common malpractice committed in the shipping industry through negligence.

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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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