First year NUS Computing student Adrian Tan suffers from celebral palsy but has not allowed his condition to stop him from pursuing a degree programme in computing. He was awarded the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities last year. Mr. Anand Ramchand, an instructor at NUS Computing, has described Adrian as being "lively and cheerful" and having a desire to learn.
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NUS took up a video channel on YouTube last year, which showcases some of its popular campus discussions. Dr. Atreyi Kankanhalli said that this phenomenon reflects a growing sense 'of corporate social responsibility, of universities wanting to give back to society, to those not as privileged as students'.
Researchers at NUS Computing are involved in many fields of research, from artificial intelligence and bioinformatics to software engineering. To encourage cross-pollinations of ideas, the school has also created opportunities for professors and students to mingle. Seminars and forums are also open to all faculty and students regardless of their areas of specialisations. The school also supports its staff and students in commuicating the results of their research.
NUS researchers from the School of Computing, in collaboration with the Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, have devised medical imaging software using the Nintendo Wii gaming system remote (or the Wii-mote) for radiology examination. Assistant Prof Michael S Brown and graduate student Mr Lu Zheng from the NUS Department of Computer Science, together with Assistant Professor of Radiology, George Shih, of the Weill Cornell Medical Center, worked on the prototype. The work was presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society, an annual conference for radiologists held in May 2009.
A team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research and NUS Computing beat 35 international competitors to clinch first place in an image recognition competition held in Athens, Greece.
NUS Computing undergraduates are intending to come up with the next big hit on social networking sites by developing Facebook game Varsity Chronicles. Assistant Professor Ben Leong said that NUS is the second school in the world to offer a Facebook programming course.
For the first time, a virtual Open House was held concurrently on NUS Second Life. A virtual School for Inventors, which represents the School of Computing (SoC), featured projects by its faculty, students and alumni. Prospective students could view the special effects projects which include a rain-removal demonstration that allows avatars to navigate through a rainy patch to clear weather and another where avatars can witness fur growing at their feet.
Dr. Ivan Png discusses how shared governance and academic freedom are the key to Singapore's academic institutions maintaining an edge over others in the globalised education market.
Prof. Ivan Png makes a case for a "pay as you earn" basis in income tax assessment
Prof. Ivan Png discusses how the financial landscape has changed since the 2008 financial crisis.
A team of Masters' students, led by Assistant Professor Pan Shan Ling, has won a cash prize of US$5000 in the CA International Case Competition.
Prof.. Ivan Png argues that the reason why U.S. banks aren't lending is because in a climate of extreme risk aversion, they would prefer to keep the funds in cash for a higher capital ratio.
A team of NUS Computing students has won S$150000 in a multi-media search engine competition.
Prof. Ivan Png argues that the 2008 economic crisis underscores the accuracy of economics as a scientific discipline.
Prof. Ivan Png argues that the most fundamental problem that financial institutions face is moral hazard coupled with imperfect corporate governance.
Prof. Ivan Png argues that moral hazard is at the core of the 2008 financial crisis and that banking, especially investment banking, is beset with moral hazard.
SPH Search and NUS Computing signed a new agreement on new and more efficient ways to find information from various sources, including the Internet. Project leader Prof. Chua Tat Seng said the researchers hope to find ways to provide better context and location-oriented answers for search engine users.
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