These days, it seems that whenever you’re thirsty and in need of a quick caffeine pick-me-up, there’s always a Starbucks close by — whether you’re running errands locally in the Singapore heartlands of Bedok, or climbing the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Starbucks’ ubiquity isn’t just a figment of your imagination, it’s a fact backed by the firm’s latest sales figures.
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16 August 2019 – Two new faculty members have joined the Department of Computer Science in NUS Computing. They are:
14 August 2019 – Associate Professor Kan Min Yen was conferred the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Distinguished Service Award on 2 August 2019. The award was given out at the 57th ACL Annual Meeting held in Florence, Italy, from 28 July to 2 August.
13 August 2019 – Team Singapore won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the recent International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2019 that was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 4 to 11 August.
They say that in the future, vehicles will be able to talk. Not in the way that those in the Pixar movie “Cars” do, but more in the sense of being able to relay and receive information from surrounding vehicles, buildings, traffic lights, and other infrastructure.
From driverless cars to life-saving medical devices and everything in between, the technologies of the future not only promise to change the world, but also to create high-paying jobs and drive economic growth in the countries where they are developed and commercialised. With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that many countries are racing to build the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems that make this possible.
A new programme for all upper primary school students to learn coding was announced on 10 July. NUS Computing Associate Professor Ben Leong said coding is likely to develop student’s creativity and problem-solving skills. He believes that coding will teach students how to learn and that it is impossible to learn coding through 'rote learning'. While Prof Leong said that exposing students to coding is a good thing, he felt that it is not necessary to start learning coding at a young age to excel at it.
Our brain can easily estimate the 3D position and the orientation of the objects we see. This task, however, is non-trivial for computers and robots. Computer scientists have been working on the problem of recovering the 3D position and orientation of objects in data captured from image sensors for years. This problem, formulated as the ‘pose estimation’ problem, is important because recovering the position and orientation of objects in a scene is often a necessary step to understanding the scene.
Remember when your piano teacher used to insist you practise your scales every single day? Turns out she wasn’t just being a tyrannical tormentor, but a firm believer in the old adage “practice makes perfect.”
In 1958, a curious sight began appearing on the sidewalks of California. People were taking apart roller skates, attaching them to the underside of wooden planks, sometimes boxes, and whizzing down the streets.
14 June 2019 – Associate Professor Xiao Xiaokui and PhD students Bao Ergute and Zhao Xuejun won third place in the final round of the 2018 Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge. The challenge lasted from 31 October 2018 to 23 April 2019 and the results were announced on 20 May 2019.
11 June 2019 – NUS Computing Assistant Professors Dr Arnab Bhattacharyya, Dr Angela Yao, and Dr Kuldeep Meel received the National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship for Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 13 May 2019.
Mention “Bayesian Optimisation” to Professor Bryan Low Kian Hsiang and he begins to talk about baking cookies. That’s because to the uninitiated, concepts such as “distributed batch Gaussian process optimisation” and “decentralised high-dimensional Bayesian optimisation” can sound either downright intimidating or like pure gobbledygook.
For many people around the world, social media has become their main source of news instead of traditional news outlets. While this has resulted in the spread of information, misinformation also spreads rapidly online. Biased reporting, the under- and over-reporting of certain topics, and the outright lies published and shared on social media. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, and Dr Christian von der Weth share their insights on the topic of fake news and the ways to tackle this problem on social media.
Around the world, government agencies are trying out blockchain to speed up services, take away paper-intensive processes and simplify complex transactions for citizens. NUS Computing Associate Professor Keith Carter shares how blockchain can be used in real estate transactions and the reasons why blockchain may the solution for keeping such transactions secure.
Visual recognition technology company ViSenze, started by NUS Computing Professor Chua Tat Seng and alumnus Li Guangda, was named as one of 45 top Artificial Intelligence companies in the world. Other notable companies in this list include Amazon, Google, and Intel.
13 May 2019 – Associate Professor Chan Mun Choon and NUS Computing PhD students Pravein Govindan Kannan and Raj Joshi won the Best Paper award at the ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR). The conference was held from 3 to 4 April in San Jose, California.
As telecommunications companies debate about the business viability of investing into 5G mobile network technology, Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority opened a second industry consultation on Tuesday for feedback on plans to start making 5G available next year. NUS Computing Professor Alex Siow shares his opinion on the topic.
With science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in greater demand than ever before, many people see STEM education as a ticket to a successful and rewarding career. University graduates with STEM degrees tend to land jobs quickly, and also command some of the highest starting salaries in Singapore, according to data from Singapore's Ministry of Education.
7 May 2019 – NUS Computing Professor Dong Jin Song and his former PhD students, Dr Sun Jun and Dr Liu Yang, won the 20 Year ICFEM Most Influential System Award on 14 November 2018. The award was presented at the 20th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods (ICFEM) in Gold Coast, Australia.
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