Image & Pervasive Access Lab (IPAL)

IPAL is a Franco-Singaporean International Research Laboratory formed via partnerships between the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). First established in 1998 as a special CNRS overseas laboratory, IPAL serves as a framework for collaborations between NUS, A*STAR, and French researchers. The IPAL partnership is joined by French institutions over the years (Joseph Fourier University (later as Grenoble Alpes University), Institut Mines-Télécom, University Pierre et Marie Curie (later as Sorbonne University), and National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse).

Within NUS, IPAL is anchored in the School of Computing. IPAL's research currently centered around the themes of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The laboratory is currently led by the Director, Adjunct Associate Professor and CNRS Senior Researcher Christophe Jouffrais, along with Associate Professor Ooi Wei Tsang as the NUS Co-director and Dr. Lim Joo Hwee as the A*STAR Co-director. 

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Singapore Blockchain Innovation Programme (SBIP)

Singapore Blockchain Innovation Programme (SBIP) aims to align blockchain technology research with the needs of the industry, to facilitate the development, commercialisation and adoption of wider real-world applications.

Anchored in NUS, this SBIP is led by the Programme Lead, Professor Ooi Beng Chin from NUS School of Computing, along with Co-Investigators, Mr Anantharaman Lux from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Dr Dinh Tien Tuan Anh from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Dr Dusit Niyato from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Dr Zhu Feida from Singapore Management University (SMU). Set up in December 2020, it will be supported with $12 million in funding over three years.

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National Satellite of Excellence in Trustworthy Software Systems (SOE)


The National Satellite of Excellence in Trustworthy Software Systems (SOE) aims to develop certification tools and workflows to certify the security and operating environment behaviours of embedded software systems.

Anchored in NUS, this SOE is led by Professor Abhik Roychoudhury from NUS School of Computing and Associate Professor Liu Yang from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Computer Science and Engineering. Set up in January 2019, it will be supported with $12 million in funding over four years.

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NUS Centre for Research in Privacy Technologies (N-CRiPT)

N-CRiPT, established in October 2018, based in NUS School of Computing, is led by Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, from NUS School of Computing. N-CRiPT is a strategic capability research centre in privacy-preserving technologies. The Centre is funded by National Research Foundation, and administered by Smart Systems Research Programme Office, Info-communications Media Development Authority.

Working ‘Towards a privacy-aware Smart Nation’, the Centre’s goal is to develop privacy-preserving technologies to protect privacy at an individual and organizational level in a holistic manner – with focus on, but not limited to, unstructured data – along the whole data life cycle.

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CRYSTAL (Cryptocurrency Strategy, Techniques, and Algorithms) Centre

CRYSTAL (Cryptocurrency Strategy, Techniques, and Algorithms) Centre, setup in February 2018 is led by Assitant Professor Prateek Saxena and Associate Professor Keith Carter, who are from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Systems and Analytics at NUS School of Computing respectively.

The Centre has a goal of providing scientific clarity in shaping technical ideas in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. It hopes to make debates in the community more scientifically-grounded and to improve interaction between those armed with intuition and those with scientific rigor. In addition, the Centre will draw through a new model of engagement with the community.

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NUS-Tsinghua-Southampton Centre for Extreme Search (NExT++)

NExT++ is the leading research centre in big unstructured data analytics. The Centre receives $12M funding from the National Research Foundation through the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). With over 50 researchers from NUS, Tsinghua University and University of Southampton working in various projects, the Centre is co-hosted at the School of Computing and Smart System Institute, NUS.

The Centre focuses on the following 3 broad research areas:

Area 1: Multi-modal Multi-source Data Analytics: research on analysis and fusion of multi-modal data arising from multiple data sources.

Area 2: Video Object Relations: research on relation inference and knowledge extraction from video data.

Area 3: Recommendation: tackle issues and systems in distributed and P2P architecture as well as extreme database system.

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Singapore Cyber-security Consortium (SGCSC)

The Singapore Cyber-security Consortium (SGSC) is set up to promote a virtuous cycle of innovation in security by linking industry, academia and government agencies through setting up a seamless platform for engagement in the area of information security in Singapore. It aims to encourage greater use-inspired research in academia as well as greater translation of the research to companies and government agencies. The Consortium plans to coordinate a range of activities in three fronts, namely raising technology awareness and adoption, catalysing manpower training, and spurring technology translation. The Consortium was established in September 2016, with Prof. Abhik Roychoudhury as Lead Principal Investigator. It is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for a period of three years, and its membership consists of companies from various sectors such as security technology companies, software technology companies and companies from financial sector.

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NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research & Development Laboratory

In October 2016, NUS and local telecommunications company Singtel jointly launched the $42.8 million NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory to conduct research, and to develop capabilities and innovative digital solutions to protect individuals, businesses and public agencies in Singapore from a wide range of cyber threats. The joint research laboratory, hosted by the NUS School of Computing, is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme. The lab is guided by two objectives. First, the lab aims to develop novel data analytics techniques that allow IT service providers to detect and respond to security attacks as they occur in real time. Second, the lab aims to come up with new approaches to design and implement IT systems that are "secure by design", and thus able to resist a broad array of attacks. Singtel plans to incorporate the innovations produced by the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory into a number of new and enhanced managed security services for its customers. Helmed by Professor David S. Rosenblum, Provost’s Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NUS School of Computing, the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab will conduct research in four critical areas of cyber security. These are predictive security analytics; network, data and cloud security; Internet-of-Things and Industrial Control Systems; and future-ready cyber security systems based on quantum technology.

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National Cybersecurity Research & Development Laboratory (NCL)

The National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory (NCL) is a shared national infrastructure that provides computing resources, repeatable and controllable experimentation environments, as well as application services for the cybersecurity R&D community. The infrastructure includes a cluster of 300 nodes that provides a wide range of provisioning mechanisms, security data and security services. NCL aims to provide a platform that fosters and encourages collaboration among researchers in academia, the industry as well as government bodies both locally and internationally through the sharing and validation of research outcomes. The laboratory was established in November 2015 and is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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Trustworthy Systems from UN-trusted component AMalgamations (TSUNAMi)

The TSUNAMi (Trustworthy Systems from UN-trusted component AMalgamations) centre focuses on software and system security. The centre examines how trustworthy software can be built from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software components via ingenious combinations of analysis, testing, verification, hardening, isolation and system design. The proposed technologies can be used in myriad ways - for building trustworthy software systems, for post-mortem analysis of malicious software, or for security assessment of specific software components.

The centre received a funding of $6.1M from National Research Foundation in October 2014 for a period of five years. The research team drawn from School of Computing professors is led by Prof Abhik Roychoudhury and involves external academic collaborators (from Oxford, Princeton, Berkeley, Maryland and Georgia Tech), industrial collaborators (ST-Info Security, Symantec, NEC) and a government agency collaborator (DSTA).

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Advanced Robotics Center (ARC)

Advanced Robotics Center (ARC) is an interdisciplinary research center, established jointly by the School of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering. One core research theme of ARC is human-centered collaborative robotics, with the goal of developing the scientific foundations, technologies, and experimental systems that enable symbiotic human-robot interaction and collaboration. The main research areas cover computer vision, learning and planning, human-robot interaction, mechatronic design, and soft robotics.

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