18 January 2019 – The NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT) was launched on 15 January 2019 at the centre’s Inaugural Workshop. The new S$12 million research centre, funded by the National Research Foundation, will carry out leading research to design and develop privacy-preserving technologies to build a privacy aware Smart Nation for Singapore.
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7 January 2019 – Associate Professor He Bingsheng received the Editorial Excellence and Eminence (EEE) award for his outstanding contributions to the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC) journal.
4 January 2019 – Dean’s Chair Associate Professor Seth Gilbert and his collaborators received the Best Paper Award at the 22nd International Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems (OPODIS) on 19 December 2018.
In 2019, experts predict that technological areas in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to see accelerated growth in both research and industry. Senior Lecturer Dr Colin Tan gave his insights on the use of autonomous vehicles in logistics and delivery services.
Mr Benjamin Yap, an NUS Computer Engineering graduate, said that the basic grounding he received in areas such as writing good code and adopting good documentation habits was invaluable as he stepped into the working arena. Universities here, on their part, are not ignorant of the changing needs these students face as the push for AI and ML talent gathers pace. NUS Computing’s Vice Dean Professor Sanjay Jain told Channel NewsAsia that all its undergrads are required to read some General Education modules in humanities and social sciences. He also pointed out that all School of Computing undergraduates are required to complete a six-month internship programme, but are also open to taking up opportunities to work with industry players. One example is the Orbital Programme, which he said is a “self-directed, independent work course” allowing students to pick up software development skills and work with industry mentors to develop their projects.
ViSenze originated within a research centre, NExT, at NUS in 2012 and is founded by NUS Computing Professor Chua Tat-Seng and alumnus Li Guangda. In 2012, the team only compromised of four engineers working out of a small room at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Today, the deep-tech startup is making waves in the AI sector, grabbing some of the biggest names in the retail industry like e-commerce giants ASOS and Zalora as clients. It has been touted as one of the fastest rising startups to watch for in Asia.
NUS Computing Assistant Professor Prateek Saxena shared how methods developed by his research group made for better blockchain protocols and how he has spinned off startups with a combined net worth of more than US$130 million.
One of the most famous folklore in marketing and data mining goes like this: many years ago, Walmart noticed that on Fridays, men would head to the store, pick up some diapers for their babies and grab a six-pack at the same time. To take advantage of this, Walmart placed the diaper and beer aisles adjacent to each other, resulting in skyrocketing sales for both items.
Prof Png’s journey with NUS has been a long one. He joined the then Department of Information Systems and Computer Science at NUS in 1996. In 1998 when the School of Computing was established, Professor Chua Tat Seng kicked off the School as Acting Dean and in 2000, Prof Png was appointed Dean of NUS Computing, a position he held until becoming the first incumbent in the post of Vice Provost for Graduate and Undergraduate Education the following year.
As Singapore becomes a Smart Nation, concerns about privacy, surveillance and data collection becomes more pertinent as both structured and unstructured data is used. Associate Professor Anthony Tung shares his thoughts and research in data privacy in the Channel 8 News interview segment.
Cyberattacks are a significant problem, but it can be difficult for organizations to distinguish the early stages of an attack from normal network traffic. Associate Professor Chan Mun Choon’s lab is working on machine learning algorithms that can analyse large amounts of network data with the aim of detecting even novel forms of attack in real time.
When we want to collaborate but worry about data privacy, one solution is to create secure areas on individual devices which can interact with each other but cannot be accessed by the device’s owner, or be used to hack the device owner’s data. Associate Professor Chang Ee Chien’s research group is working on using this idea to create new services in areas such as cloud storage and blockchain.
NUS has partnered SkillsFuture Singapore to develop artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to help Singaporean working adults identify courses that support their career goals. These efforts dovetail with similar projects, such as the NUS career+ app recently co-developed by NUS Computing. “Recent advances in AI are well suited to the challenges of course recommendation and career guidance,” said NUS Computing Associate Professor Min-Yen Kan. “Using methodologies like collaborative filtering and natural language analysis, we are optimistic that our research will support the creation of impactful technologies.”
17 October 2018 – NUS Computing welcomes three new faculty members to the Department of Computer Science. They are:
With the rising popularity of cloud storage, concerns about the security of cloud computing grow as hackers start targeting these storage systems. Associate Professor Chang Ee Chien shares his insights about cloud storage, as well as the benefits and costs of using cloud storage.
Have you ever gone to an e-commerce website with the intention of buying one specific thing, but then ended up with something totally different?
1 October 2018 – Three NUS Computing faculty members were presented with the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) on 28 September 2018 for their high level of commitment to teaching.
It was a sweltering summer morning in July 2016, and the olive grove close to the town of Andria in the Italian countryside baked silently in the 40-degree heat. But what began as a quiet morning would soon descend into chaos.
The CRYSTAL (Cryptocurrency Strategy, Techniques, and Algorithms) Centre was established by NUS Computing on 18 September. The new centre, an academic research laboratory and think tank, will be co-directed by Dean’s Chair Assistant Professor Prateek Saxena and Associate Professor Keith Barrett Carter from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Systems and Analytics respectively.
18 September 2018 – Team Singapore, led by Dr Steven Halim from NUS School of Computing and Dr Daren Ler from the Ministry of Education, won one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held from 1 to 8 September 2018, Tsukuba, Japan.
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