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How hackers use sound to unlock the secrets of your front door key

25 August 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Security

A group of security researchers from the department of computer science at the National University of Singapore has created an attack model they call SpiKey to determine the key shape that will open any tumbler lock.

Soundarya Ramesh, Harini Ramprasad and Jun Han are the talented hackers behind SpiKey, which they say "significantly lowers the bar for an attacker," when compared to a more traditional lock-picking attack. The theoretical methodology is deceptively simple, listening for the sound of the key as it moves past tumbler pins in turn when the key is inserted in the lock.

The Singapore hackers use a simple smartphone to record the sound of the key being inserted, and withdrawn, with a smartphone and then observe the time between each tumbler pin click using their custom key reverse-engineering application. This forms the secret of the key, the fine-grained bitting depths which, the researchers report, can differ by as little as 15 milli-inches, or 0.381 millimeters.

"As SpiKey infers the shape of the key, it is inherently robust against anti-picking features in modern locks," the research paper states, "and grants multiple entries without leaving any traces."

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Smart Nation scholars eager to help Singapore's digitalisation effort

20 August 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Student , News Media , Feature

He was only 11 when he learnt how to code and design his first computer game, a 2D car racing game, with a $25 software called Game Maker 8.1. Now 19, Mr Victor Loh will be joining the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) once he completes his studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is reading a double degree in computer science and statistics. The national serviceman is one of 15 Smart Nation scholarship awardees this year - selected from a pool of 723 applicants, an increase from 614 applicants last year.

Another Smart Nation scholar joining GovTech is Mr Kevin Foong, 21, a Year 1 computer science student at NUS. He became interested in artificial intelligence and cloud computing during his eight-month internship at a private software engineering company last year. Mr Foong believes technology can solve problems and cited GovTech's SafeEntry digital check-in system, which aids in contact tracing efforts against Covid-19, as an example.

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MAS, NRF, NUS to set up school for digital finance and fintech

05 August 2020 Faculty , Research , Teaching , News Media , Press Release

 

A new research institute will be set up by the end of the year to drive education, research and entrepreneurship in digital finance in the region. The institute, called the Asian Institute of Digital Finance (AIDF), is jointly developed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), the three organisations announced on Tuesday (Aug 4).

It will be hosted at NUS and offer a master's programme, as well as award scholarships to students to pursue further research at the doctoral level. It will also train post-doctoral fellows in the areas of digital finance and fintech. Through its education programme, the AIDF will build the FinTech leadership pipeline for Singapore and the wider region. The institute will be based at the Kent Ridge campus of NUS.

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Researchers give robots intelligent sensing abilities to carry out complex tasks

15 July 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Artificial Intelligence

Using Intel’s neuromorphic chip, Loihi, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed an artificial skin that allows robots to detect touch 1,000 times faster than the human sensory nervous system. The system can also identify the shape, texture and hardness of objects 10 times faster than the blink of an eye. The researchers believe this work could improve human-robot interaction, making things like caregiving robots and automated robotic surgery more feasible.

NUS said enabling a human-like sense of touch in robotics could significantly improve current functionality, offering the example of robotic arms fitted with artificial skin that could easily adapt to changes in goods manufactured in a factory, using tactile sensing to identify and grip unfamiliar objects with the right amount of pressure to prevent slipping.

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NUS fintech course aims to ease supply crunch

13 July 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , News Media , FinTech

NUS Computing announced the launch of a new NUS-FinTechSG Programme on 6 July 2020. Offered by the NUS FinTech Lab and Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI), this new programme aims to nurture Singapore’s next generation of Financial Technology (FinTech) talents and full stack developers.

On top of gaining knowledge in FinTech, students will also have the option to access SGUnited traineeships and employment opportunities with partner enterprises.

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Enhancing digital privacy by hiding images from AI

02 July 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

2 July 2020 – In one second, the human eye can only scan through a few photographs. Computers, on the other hand, are capable of performing billions of calculations in the same amount of time. With the explosion of social media...

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Restore privacy with visual distortion

01 July 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Security

New research by a team of NUS Computing professors is promising to restore privacy to individuals by making their online images unrecognisable to even the most advanced facial recognition technologies.

Led by Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, the research team from NUS Computer Science has developed a technique that safeguards sensitive information in photos by making subtle changes that are almost imperceptible to humans, but render selected features undetectable by known algorithms.

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More options for NSF cyber specialists as Mindef and NUS tie-up for new work-learn programme

01 June 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) who are cyber specialists can now take modules from NUS Computing’s Information Security programme, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a new Work-Learn Programme by Dean Mohan Kankanhalli and Defence Cyber Chief Brigadier-General Mark Tan.

The academic credits earned in the programme can be counted towards a full degree.

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Bigwigs circling for fintech quarry as pandemic turns off cash tap

13 May 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , News Media

According to a recent Fitch Solutions report, the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to lower levels of funding for fintech startups in the months ahead. This may start a trend of fintech startups being acquired by large corporate and tech companies.

Associate Professor Keith Carter discussed how these acquisitions can benefit both parties.

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Wearable dongles and transport cards can be used to supplement contact tracing efforts

11 May 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , News Media

To combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Singapore government released the contact tracing app, TraceTogether, which has been downloaded by approximately 20 per cent of the population. However, this is still far below from the recommended 75 percent adoption rate.

Professor Atreyi Kankanhalli discussed how wearable dongles can be used to supplement contact tracing efforts.

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Your data, my business: Why data privacy is especially hazardous for startups

28 January 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media

Data privacy issues are especially hazardous for startups, as many use data to the same extent, or more, as large corporations. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing and director of the NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT), shared reasons why data privacy may not be high on startups’ list of priorities. NUS Computing Associate Professor Terence Sim, who is a principal investigator at N-CRiPT, added that ensuring good security of data is the first line of defence to preserving privacy.

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri, who does research on data privacy at N-CRiPT, shared insights from a paper that he worked on with NUS Faculty of Law Associate Professor Daniel Seng, which looked at whether different types of machine learning algorithms complied with privacy regulations.

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Track your health with sensor integrated into smartwatch? No sweat

14 January 2020 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Student , News Media

A team of NUS researchers has come up with the pH Watch, an ‘add on’ to a wearable health monitoring gadget that allows users to assess their health condition from their sweat pH. NUS Computing Professor Peh Li Shiuan and her PhD student, Mr Ananta Narayanan Balaji from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, were part of the research team.

The other team members include NUS Computing research fellow Dr Wang Bo, as well as PhD student Ms Chen Yuan and Assistant Professor Shao Huilin from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology.

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New data security rules for public sector by end-2020

14 January 2020 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , News Media

Data protection rules governing Singapore's public sector, known as Instruction Manual 8 (IM8), will be updated in 2020 to be in line with existing rules for the private sector. The updated IM8 follows recommendations aimed to make data protection measures clearer and plug gaps.

The proposals that were announced on 27 Nov 2019 were made by the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee. NUS Computing Professor Atreyi Kankanhalli praised the steps the review committee had proposed to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors.

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Giving food, friendship to homeless people

19 December 2019 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

Since July 2014, NUS Computing alumnus and software developer Abraham Yeo has been giving food, drinks and companionship to the homeless in Singapore. Abraham co-founded an informal volunteer group, the Homeless Hearts of Singapore, to rally like-minded people together to conduct night walks and checks on the homeless.

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NUS launches think-tank to explore legal issues in tech

05 December 2019 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Artificial Intelligence

NUS announced the launch of a new research centre for legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and data analytics on 5 December. The new Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law (Trail) will be led by law faculty's Prof Daniel Seng, as well as deputy directors Prof David Tan from the Faculty of Law and Prof Chang Ee-Chien from NUS Computing.

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Information Systems student selected for prestigious graduate fellowship

05 December 2019 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Student , News Media

Final year Information Systems student Victor Yeo was one of 145 students selected to join the Schwarzman Scholars Programme held at Tsinghua University's Schwarzman College in Beijing, China. Schwarzman Scholars will pursue a Master's degree in Global Affairs that is focused on global affairs, China, and leadership.

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Companies hunt for talent as Singapore tech sector continues to grow

02 December 2019 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Alum , News Media

Before NUS Computing alumnus Huang Wei Long graduated in 2017, he secured a job as a software developer with a startup after applying to about ten companies. He even received three to five offers from companies like Facebook and IBM but chose to work in a startup as it would provide more opportunities. Wei Long is one of the many university graduates that have secured jobs in Singapore's growing technology sector as the government see through its plans to digitalise the country through its Smart Nation initiatives.

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NUS honours 21 talented and outstanding alumni for contributions to alma mater and society

28 November 2019 Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Alum , News Media

NUS Computing alumna Guan Dian was one of ten young alumni conferred the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the NUS Alumni Awards ceremony held on 27 November. Guan Dian graduated from NUS Computing in 2010 and is currently the Vice-President and co-founder of Patsnap, a search and analytics engine for users to search and analyse patents.

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Automated Program Repair

22 November 2019 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Programming Languages & Software Engineering

Fixing bugs can be a tedious and time consuming work for programmers. Instead of having the programmer manually debug and fix faulty code, can the system suggest possible patches for the code? NUS Computing Professor Abhik Roychoudhury discussed his research in automated program repair and how this field of research can help programmers automatically rectify software errors and vulnerabilities.

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Privacy, data security concerns as facial recognition becomes more common

18 November 2019 CSMEDIA Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media

Around the world, the use of facial recognition technology has been used for an increasing variety of purposes, ranging from law enforcement to checking into flights at airports. Associate Professor Terence Sim shared the reasons for the increasing use of facial recognition and the data security concerns of using the technology.

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