Electronic Commerce graduate Nicholas Ooi struggled with his studies in primary and secondary school, he also struggled with a three-hour daily commute from Johor Bahru to Singapore. After completing a Normal (Technical) course in secondary school, Nicholas was posted to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College, where he could pursue his passion for computers. Nicholas is now the co-founder of a volunteer management startup, Bantu Life, to empower the social service sector using technology.
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M Thirukkumaran did poorly for his PSLE and almost dropped out of secondary school for his poor academic performance. But thanks to his Mathematics teacher, Mr Tan Thiam Boon, Thiru started to perform well at his Mathematics tests and overcame the odds to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics with highest distinction this year. He will also address his peers as the valedictorian at his graduation ceremony.
Two YES933 deejays visit various Singapore universities to discover the different inventions created by students. YES933 deejay Cai Weibin visited NUS Computing's makerspace, Makers@SOC, to test out Silver Flexer, an elderly exercise machine created by NUS Engineering and NUS Computing students for the Robots@NUS competition held earlier this year.
2 July 2018 – Four teams comprising of NUS Computing students and alumni swept up four of the five prizes at the Smart Living Hackathon, which was held from 23 to 24 June.
A team of five Singaporeans, including Year 3 Computer Engineering student Francis Lee, won the Airbus Innovation Prize for proposing 3D printed micro-thrusters on satellites to prevent them re-entering the atmosphere and burn up. The international competition, ActInSpace, was held in France on 27 June. The team was one of five teams in the final round of competition organised by French and European space agencies.
28 June 2018 – NUS Computing PhD student Abdelhak Bentaleb won first place in the Excellence in DASH Award and the best student paper award at the 9th ACM International Conference on Multimedia Systems (ACM MMSys) 2018, held in Amsterdam from 12 to 15 June this year.
18 June 2018 – Two teams of NUS Computing students emerged as champions and second runner-up at the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp 2018, held on 11 June at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Having spent her young adulthood in Pakistan, NUS Computing PhD student Dania Murad left her childhood home to explore new ways of fusing music and technology at the Sound & Music Computing Lab in NUS Computing.
Information Systems student Nicholas Ooi and Computer Science alumnus Han Lynn, together with FASS students Joshua Foong and Janelle Lee, co-founded Bantu, a platform for organisations to manage their volunteers effectively. Data such as a person's skill set, number of hours volunteered and volunteer locations can be keyed in and pulled up with a click.
4 May 2018 – First-year Information Systems student Chong Jin Wei, together with Singapore Polytechnic student Erick Kristantio, won first prize at the ASEAN100 Hackathon on 3 October 2017.
17 April 2018 – A team of three final-year Business Analytics students excelled at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018, emerging as champions of the National Finals and regional finalists in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Finals.
16 April 2018 – A team of six Business Analytics and Information Systems students won first place in the recent Y3-NUS Innovation Challenge 2018 on 7 April.
NUS Computing alumnus Vishnu Prem interned for a total of 17 months with Apple, Twitter and ride-hailing company Uber before graduating from his four-year course last year. He is now a software engineer with Apple's Camera and Photos team at Cupertino, California. Another fresh NUS graduate, Ng Zhi An, spent two years internship-hopping in the United States between August 2014 to August 2016. He is now a software engineer at Google, in a team tasked with making the Android mobile operating system run well on sub-S$100 phones. NUS Computer Science undergraduate Cai Deshun snagged a prestigious internship with Asana, a startup founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, in his second year.
The latest graduate employment survey released by the three local universities showed that computer science graduates were among the highest paid last year, with NUS computer science graduates receiving S$4,285 - S$285 more than in 2016. Even before they leave school, computing undergraduates are snagging lucrative internships at Silicon Valley giants such as Apple and Google. Dr Jovian Lin, who is the lead artificial intelligence scientist at Dentsu Aegis Network, graduated with a computer science degree from NUS in 2009. In his work, he builds features powered by machine-learning, such as AI-powered machines to learn and understand marketing and advertising concepts. Dr Lin noted that the growth in computing jobs is due to developments in machine learning, which has become central to the product strategy of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Baidu. Over the the past two years, enrolment in NUS Computing has increased by 65 per cent to 730. Over the same period, intake size for the university's Master of Computing programme also grew by 60 per cent to about 220. In the new academic year starting in August, intake for NUS Computing's undergraduate courses will be raised to about 900 places. Despite more places opening up, it is getting more competitive to get in. Applicants applying to NUS computer science course will now require straight As to get a spot. Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, say that the dotcom bubble burst in the past was a "sneak preview that went wrong" and do not think that the same thing will happen again.
7 March 2018 - Third year Information Security student Jeremy Heng won the Student Award at the inaugural Cybersecurity Awards 2018 on 23 February.
Third year Information Security student and Vice President of NUS Greyhats, Jeremy Heng, was awarded the Student Award at Singapore's inaugural Cybersecurity Awards. Jeremy was ranked in the top position in the Singapore Cyber Conquest for both 2016 and 2017, and he came in second for the ASEAN Cyber Sea Games 2017.
22 February 2018 - Two Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) teams and one undergraduate Business Analytics team won the top three places in the inaugural China Fortune Land Development (CFLD)-NUS Business Analytics Innovation Challenge 2017, held on 2 December last year.
Singapore start-up Yonah, made up of NUS alumni and students, are hoping to build a cargo drone system for hospitals to deliver measles vaccines. NUS Computing student Sriram Sami was enlisted in August 2016 and is now the avionics lead and part of the core team. He is developing and testing an autopilot software based on an open source Ardupilot project.
19 teams from NUS competed in the inaugural China Fortune Land Development (CFLD)-NUS Business Analytics Innovation Challenge 2017. Two teams from the NUS Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) programme won first and third place in the competition. In second place was a team of undergraduate Business Analytics students, the youngest contestants in the challenge.
12 January 2018 – NUS students Chua Song Yu, Heng Meng Pei and Clement Tan, makers of Silver Flexer, emerged champions in the first Robots@NUS Competition, held on 8 January this year.
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