Blockchain company Ripple announced that it will be partnering with NUS Computing in its University Blockchain Research Initiative to accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in the blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments space.
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With technology giants like Facebook and Google constantly gathering valuable information about us, walking around with a smartphone can be akin to carrying a tracking device 24/7. The irony is that while most of us say that we care deeply about data protection, we continue to give our information away. Dean of NUS Computing Professor Mohan Kankanhalli shares his research on data privacy and how his new research centre, N-CRiPT, aims to protect the privacy of individuals as Singapore transforms into a Smart Nation.
To help people with pre-diabetes or a high risk of diabetes to better manage their condition, NUS Computing Distinguished Professor Ooi Beng Chin and his team developed an AI enabled mobile application the JurongHealth Food Log (JHFoodLg) app, that analyses food photos taken by the user and displays the dish’s nutritional values.
The National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) has set up two research centres to carry out cutting-edge research to design and develop privacy-preserving technologies and train skilled manpower, as part of the city-state’s Smart Nation push. The first is the NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT), to be based in the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing. It will be led by Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of the NUS School of Computing.
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.
In a special episode of Why IT Matters, Assistant Professor Harold Soh shares how artificial intelligence can be used to create art and about his recent work in creating new art pieces from the dataset of abstract art paintings.
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.
NUS Business Analytics Centre Co-Director and NUS Computing Associate Professor Khoo Siau Cheng signed an agreement with FAW Cars to commence future research collaboration efforts between the two entities.
NUS Computing alumnus Loi Luu was selected as one of 10 Innovators Under 35 from the Asia Pacific region by the MIT Technology Review. Loi graduated with a PhD in Computer Science and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Kyber Network, a on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized token swaps to be integrated into any application. He received the honour for building a more secure, scalable and usable public blockchain infrastructure.
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.
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.”
NUS Computing celebrates its 20th year anniversary since the school's establishment. Over the 20 years, the School has gone from strength to strength, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programmes across the full spectrum of computing, including computer science and computer engineering, as well as specialisations in emerging areas of importance such as artificial intelligence, financial technology and blockchain.
18 October 2018 – Some 43 years ago, NUS Computing began as a single department of Computer Science under the then Nanyang University’s Science faculty, the first of its kind. Fast-forward 23 years to 1998, the School of Computing was established and this year, it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
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.
Final-year Computer Science student Chia Wei Kang, together with NUS graduates Joel Foo and Johnervan Lee, co-founded a chatbot startup, Geboto, aimed at offering an integrated platform for boutique hotels to better connect with their customers digitally. Geboto was awarded a $10,000 Venture Ideation Award by NUS Enterprise to further develop their innovation.
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