Year 2014

SCE’s Outreach – NTU-SST Flagship Programme

The NTU-SST flagship programme is a joint alliance between NTU and SST (School of Science and Technology, Singapore – and was initiated by NTU’s then President, Prof Su Guaning and SST in 2011.

This is a 3-day academic programme targeted at the school’s entire Secondary 2 cohort (200 students) and was held from 3-5 June 2014 on NTU campus. These students were divided between 9 schools of NTU to participate in the Applied Project Challenges (APC) that have been prepared by the schools.

The programme aims to heighten awareness in science and technology amongst the students of SST, and to spur their interest in the fields of engineering, design, technology and applied sciences, which would influence their choice of specialisation in school. This would in turn also influence the student’s choice of programme choice at University.

School of Computer Engineering was one among the 9 schools that has been supporting this program.

The APC by our school was prepare by Dr. Jason Teo and carried the theme “Obstacle Course Challenge Using Mobile Robot”. The 20 students who attended the session were taught simple programming skills and divided into groups and at the end of the session participated in an obstacle competition. The competition criteria were set to follow a set of requirements and the team with the best timing won the competition. This team was selected for presentation at the closing ceremony on the last day – 5 June 2014.

SCE’s PhD – Young Scientist Award

PhD Student, Mr. Sumedh Dhabu, has been selected for the Young Scientist Award in the 31st General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI General Assembly), which will be held at Beijing Conference Center (BCC), Beijing, China on August 16-23, 2014.

The award is for the paper we submitted and accepted in URSI General Assembly (The second author, Sumit Darak, was also SCE PhD student who is now a Post-doc in SUPELEC, France): Sumedh Dhabu, Sumit Darak, A. P. Vinod and Jacques Palicot, “Design of low complexity variable digital filter with large cut off frequency range based on second order frequency transformation and interpolation,” 2014 URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.

The General Assemblies of URSI are held at intervals of three years to review current research trends, present new discoveries and make plans for future research and special projects in all areas of radio science, especially where international cooperation is desirable. The first Assembly was held in Brussels, Belgium in 1922. So it is one of the oldest conferences in the area of Communications engineering (head quartered in Belgium).

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SCE’s Undergraduate – Interesting Final Year Projects

Brain Computer Interface

SCE final year student Alvin Khong was allotted an interesting project dealing with Brain Computer Interface Game which is capable of cognitive training through entertainment. The project challenges one to step out of their comfort zone, dealing with cross-disciplinary topics and gave a taste of what research work is like. It is no doubt a challenging yet fulfilling experience.

Salon House

This is a final year project done by Yan Kin Man that involves building a web application for a salon called “Salon House”, which aims to improve the efficiency of reservation in the salon, and orientates the business around customer satisfaction. These are achieved by creating a platform that allows members to book an appointment online, to visualise how they will look like with a chosen haircut from a catalogue and to allow them to interact with administrator and hairdressers through messaging. The solution to build hairdo visualisation feature is by using Javascript and PHP GD library, users are allowed to select a haircut and upload their own photos to the server, after which the two images can be resized using keyboard and mouse buttons, such that the haircut is able to overlap on top of the existing haircut. The haircut is also able to change its colour according to the user’s liking. By having this functionality, people are more confident of the haircut that they will be having, thereby increasing their likelihood that they will patron the salon. This concept is simple but useful, as unnecessary waiting time are cut short and customer satisfaction generally increases as they have a better idea of what haircut they can expect from the salon.

SCE’s Undergraduate – A Start Up to Stop Anti-Social Behaviour

Jesal Goh is currently a first year undergraduate student in NTU doing SCE’s Computer Science program. He has joined SCE in Aug 2013 and is a graduate from Temasek Polytechnic, with a diploma with merit in Information Technology. Together with his Poly friends he has started a company called One Third Technologies last December, after receiving a grant from Spring Singapore to develop a special mobile application to stop anti-social behaviour. He has currently undertaken Leave Of Absence (LOA) to focus on his start up. He shares his aspirations here.

He has developed an app name "Who Can't Draw" primarily to stop anti-social behaviour. This is an app similar to charades but in a drawing form.

His company has partnered with S&W Fine Food International Limited for an advertising campaign from 31st May 2014 to 09th Aug 2014. This campaign is a competition base on the app and participant stands a chance to win 2 x $1000 and a few other consolation prizes. Here is the Facebook post from S&W Campaign

For more information of the app, email or visit website Who Can't Draw

SCE’s Undergraduate – Passion for the Disabled

In a time and place like Singapore, it’s often very hard to find time for oneself let alone create time to help others. But SCE’s Undergraduate student – Toh You Xin, believes that he can change the general impression on Engineers and one can always set time apart to help others if they really wish to make a change in the community.

Graduating with a degree in Computer Science in 2014, he has a very special passion – volunteering with the hearing impaired community. He shares his experience, thoughts and hopes in the future.

“My first close encounter with the hearing impaired was at an event which I attended. This indeed became the turning point in my life. Then, I did not know any sign language to communicate with the hearing impaired. I decided to take up sign language course at the Singapore Association for the Deaf. Since then, I began to cultivate an interest in the language and went on to sign up as a volunteer at the Association so that I could put what I had learnt to good use. Through my volunteer work and constant interaction with them, I learnt that hearing impaired people are just like any of us except they are unable to hear well. Volunteering also allows me to better understand the issues and challenges which the hearing impaired face every day.

Other than members of the hearing impaired community, people with other disabilities are also part of the social fabric in our society too.

In the various events which my volunteers and I organised, we did reach out to groups such as the Elderly. There are also plans for the volunteers to reach out to other disabled groups such as the intellectually disabled and visually handicapped through service learning. By involving the other members of disabled groups, we hope to inculcate a sense of compassionate among our hearing impaired participants.

If possible, I would like to reach out to these other groups of disabled people and integrate them into the mainstream society too. By doing so, I hope to remind myself and others to better appreciate and cherish what we have and not to take things for granted.

After graduation, I hope to work with IT firms to gain relevant work experience.

I hope time will enable me to still continue my volunteer work for the hearing impaired community. I felt a sense of fulfilment and purpose whenever I see the hearing impaired enjoying the activities organised by my volunteers and I. This sense of fulfilment has been the driving force that kept me going and feels determined to make a difference in the lives of the hearing impaired in Singapore.”

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Mr Chong Rong Hwa, graduated from School Of Computer Engineering in 2008 and holds a first class honours degree in Computer Engineering.

Currently, he is employed as a malware researcher with the global network security company FireEye. His job is to investigate software designed with malicious intent, or malware that could allow attackers to manipulate the machines they infect.

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SINDA – Maths for Polytechnic Year 1 Engineering Students

Mr Ravi Suppiah, a Faculty with the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, volunteers with SINDA to help Year 1 Polytechnic Students on ‘Engineering Mathematics’ and ‘C Programming’ workshops. Having experienced Polytechnic education as both a student and as an academic, he feels that many Indian students do not realize their full academic potential during their time in the polytechnic. He feels that their matriculation year is the most crucial year in setting them on the right path to success. Mr Ravi strongly believes that what the students need, is a guide and a mentor who can help them realize their own potential, and once that is achieved, the students will have the positive mindset to take on any challenge in life.

The workshop which kicked off earlier this month (May 2014) has been well received by SINDA and the students attending the sessions. SINDA’s President, Ms Indranee Rajah, who is also the Senior Minister-of-State for Law & Education has mentioned about this initiative in her FB page. Here’s a read on what she said:

The post has already received several comments and requests from other communities to launch similar programmes. We at the School of Computer Engineering are proud of our faculty’s efforts to reach out and help all students, especially those who need that extra push. School of Computer Engineering is the Pioneer School for Computer Engineering with a good track record of graduates spanning across almost all industries.

UG Information Session 2014

School of Computer Engineering had its annual new admission info session on 3rd May 2014 at Suntec Convention Centre.

The objective of the event is to provide the offered applicants a chance to know more about the school programme, meet their potential professors, hear first-hand from current students and meet our Alumni.

The 3 hour session portrayed the diverse faculty, curriculum, career prospects, research, student care, student activities and exchange programs available to the potential students. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a quick video demo on the newly revamped Multi-Disciplinary Project. The session ended with a short address from Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), Professor Alex Kot from College of Engineering, a lucky draw and scrumptious tea.

Year 2012

Professor Adams Kong showcases his work in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Workplan Seminar 2012

Leveraging on the advancement in imaging technology, digital photographs can be enhanced to reveal the vein pattern underneath the person’s skin. Such patterns are unique and immutable; it can turned into an useful tool for identifying a subject of interest. This technique is especially useful when other biometric traits of the perpetrator are not recovered at the scene of crime, except digital pictures e.g. in cases involving paedophiles – where the suspects’ faces are usually obscured, masked POI, terrorists, etc.

The project is a collaboration between Singapore’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and SCE's Assistant Professor Adams Kong Wai-Kin, together with his team in the Forensics and Security Laboratory (ForSe Lab). Their work has been featured in the SPF Workplan Seminar 2012 with Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean.

Professor Kong had assisted the FBI in a case involving a paedophile and served as their expert witness, this capability has not been developed elsewhere in the world, including the US. Once successful, SPF will be the first police force in the world to possess this capability. Professor Kong was featured in The Straits Times in 2011 for his Proof-of-Concept Grant from the National Research Foundation.

View Seminar Photos | Read about his Proof-of-Concept Grant

2012 SCS IT Youth Award goes to SCE Student, Zhang Lizi

Zhang Lizi, SCE’s President Research Scholar was conferred by Singapore Computer Society (SCS) 2012’s IT Youth Award. This esteemed award is presented to distinguished youths under 25 years old, who display outsanding attributes in the areas such as Personal Qualities, Commitment, Achievement and Innovation. Lizi was one of the two winners commended by SCS who stood out for spurring social media growth and boosting the standing and use of social media within the IT industry.
SCE’s Computer Science undergraduate was recognised for his work in the social media field where he formulated his very own trust ranking algorithm, TruRank. TruRank helps online social networks to mine interaction data so as to model the trust relationships within a community. In other words, his research can help netizens decipher between a genuine and fraudulent social network user and save unsuspecting users from scam artists. His algorithm gained considerable attention after he presented his work at a premier international conference on user modelling in Spain, the 19th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization Workshop on Trust, Reputation and User Modeling.
Amongst other achievements, his impressive resume includes other algorithms which have been proven successful, one of which was presented in an IEEE international conference on trusted computing in China. Leading a group in reputation system robustness analysis research, he aims to pioneer a new trend of robust reputation system design, which will have a significant impact on the future of e-commerce. He has been invited to be present this research in an IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) conference on trust management in India in May 2012. He was also invited by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to meet their IT research groups and discuss Caltech’s sustainable computing projects, so as to to improve the way human beings manage and allocate natural resources while enriching and transforming IT.
Lizi expressed his gratitude in a personal message to his Professors, peers and juniors.

I am extremely grateful to SCE for providing me an inspirational education experience, and most importantly, an opportunity to discover my strengths and potential. I wish my stories can inspire my fellow SCE peers and juniors to discover their potential at SCE.

Read SCS Citation | SCS | SCS Video Interview | ZDNet Article

Team NTU Tops Singapore Police Force Competition to Design Future Police Posts

Chia Yan An (SCE), Darrell Mak (ADM), Robin Tan (SCE) and Xu Mingjie (NBS). Photo Credit: Singapore Police Force

SCE students Chia Yan An, Robin Tan along with Arts, Design & Media School’s Darrell Mak and Nanyang Business School’s Xu Mingjie have emerged 1st place in a nationwide competition involving 15 tertiary student teams.

Run by the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the competition was a move by the Singapore government body wanting to re-think the design of Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPP) and the types of services that can be incorporated to serve the people better. The move comes at a time the body believe that technological advances and societal acceptance of automated service machines has become a way of life in Singapore.

NTU’s winning team envisioned a fully-automated NPH with key features such as a safe room, reporting kiosks, lost-and-found repository and an exhibition area used to educate general public on crime prevention and other information pertaining to the SPF.

They will be working with SPF to build prototypes of their ideas which will be displayed at the May 2012 Annual Police Workplan.
Watch the YouTube Video of their Submission
Read the Straits Times Article or Singapore Police Force Article

Year 2011

SCE Project Awarded Proof-of-Concept Grant by the National Research Foundation


SCE Project Awarded Proof-of-Concept Grant by the National Research Foundation

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded 12 projects grants of up to S$250,000 each under the proof-of-concept (POC) scheme, with NTU clinching seven grants - an estimated total of S$1.75 million - to develop their inventions into prototypes to enable quicker commercialisation.

One such NTU project is led by SCE's Asst Prof Adams Kong Wai-Kin. In the collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Prison Service, the team from the Forensics and Security Laboratory at SCE headed by Prof Kong, created a computational method to visualise vein patterns in skin images captured by digital cameras. This technology is particularly useful in legal cases (e.g. sexual offenses and masked terrorists), where the faces of criminals or victims are not visible.

Recent technological advances have allowed for a proliferation of digital evidence images. Using these images as evidence in legal cases (e.g. child sexual abuse, child pornography and masked gunmen) can be very challenging, because the faces of criminals or victims are not visible. Although large skin marks and tattoos have been used, they are ineffective in some legal cases, because the skin exposed in evidence images neither have unique tattoos nor enough skin marks for identification. The blood vessel between the skin and the muscle covering most parts of the human body is a powerful biometric trait, because of its universality, permanence and distinctiveness.

Traditionally, it was impossible to use vein patterns for forensic identification, because they were not visible in colour images. Prof Kong and team have proposed an algorithm to uncover vein patterns from the skin exposed in colour images for personal identification. Based on the principles of optics and skin biophysics, they modelled the inverse process of skin colour formation in an image and derived spatial distributions of biophysical parameters from colour images, where vein patterns can be observed. Experimental results have been very encouraging and the clarity of the vein patterns in resultant images is comparable or even better than that in near infrared images.

Media Coverage: The Straits Times Home Article 1 |
The Straits Times Home Article 2

SCE’s Class of 2010 - Top Earners!
In the recent Graduate Employment Survey (GES) SCE’s graduates ranked in as the top are top earners in NTU! Conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the survey accesses the employment conditions of graduates 6 months after graduation. The GES provides prospective students with timely and comparable data that they need in making informed course decisions.
SCE’s Class of 2010 Computer Science graduates ranked 1st with a mean monthly pay of S$3385, with Computer Engineering graduates making 3rd place at S$3272, excluding NIE.
2010 NTU Survey Results


Media Coverage:
The Straits Times
Year 2010

Singapore’s Grassroot Constituency’s New Online Portal Brainchild of SCE Student

Singapore’s Grassroot Constituency’s New Online Portal Brainchild of SCE Student

MyCommunity.SG is an online community platform recently launched by the Tanglin-Cairnhill Grassroot Constituency (GRC) of Singapore. This interactive online platform serves as a “one-stop-shop” form of access to the constituency’s events, activities and information. Its design and functionalities allows the constituency’s residents, Grassroot Organisations (GROs) and interest groups to perform geospatial, quick search and sharing capabilities.

Contrived by SCE student and young Grassroot Leader, Pan Zhengxiang, this platform is community initiative that came about through his involvement with Tanglin-Cairnhill Division’s New Media Champion (NMC) team. NMCs are Grassroot Leaders who actively encourage the use of social media amongst GROs.

This platform drew well over 15,000 visitors in the first six months, preceding the official launch and will serve to be a very vital tool which will help maximise the constituency’s efforts in community outreach.

Leading this constituency is Minister of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ms Indranee Rajah and she commended by for Zhengxiang for his proactive approach and efforts in seeing this portal to fruition. She also encourages youths like Zhengxiang, who want to make a difference to society, to stay creative and never give up.

Media Coverage: Lian He Zhao Bao

SCE Student snags SCS Youth IT Leader Award 2010

SCE Student snags SCS Youth IT Leader Award for 2010

Singapore Computer Society (SCS) honored Pan Zhengxiang, as the SCS IT Youth Leader for 2010. The School of Computer Engineering’s (SCE) Computer Science student, Zheng Xiang, received his award at the SCS Gala Dinner & IT Leader Awards ceremony, held on 5th March 2010 at Shangri-La Hotel. The SCS Youth Leader award is a distinguished accolade recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of IT in Singapore.

Zhengxiang has made his made his mark both locally and globally. On an international platform, his invention was launched at the First Asian Youth Games (AYG) held in Singapore. He designed iChat with Frasia, an interactive system that is empowered by artificial intelligence and connects to youths internationally. iChat responded to around 27,000 messages within the first week of the games. It was highly commended by the AYG organizing committee and IDA-SSC for its ingenuity. Zhengxiang is currently upgrading the system for the Youth Olympic Games 2010. Locally, Zhengxiang developed the Core Curriculum Activity (CCA) Management System as the National Police Cadet Corps’ IT Head Officer and actively promoted crime-preventions with the help of IT. He had also came out National Champion of the prestigious A*STAR Youth Research Program. As a student counselor in IT, he has also assisted Departmental Heads with interactive teaching materials and represented the school for competitions such as National Software.

Guest of Honour for the SCS Gala Dinner & IT Leader Awards ceremony, RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts commended that Zhengxiang was an exemplary youth role model. He complimented Zhengxiang for his passion, drive and contribution to society and the community by leveraging on IT. His outstanding crafts evolve from his passion and dedication in,“Transforming lives with the innovative use of computer technology”.

Media Coverage:

The Straits Times, Pg 14: Securing an $800,000 change

Year 2009

SCE Professor Receives Funding from the Lee Foundation

Driven by our Associate Professor Goh Wooi Boon, the project titled Collaborative Multi-touch Learning Environments for Children with Autism has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Lee Foundation. The project in collaboration with NIE addresses the learning needs of autistic children through the use of technology in education therapies. The goal of this project is to research and develop innovative educational strategies using state-of-the-art multi-touch technology to enhance the learning, concept development and communication among autistic children.

Towards Service Innovation

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with IBM on 9 December to strengthen education and research collaboration, following an earlier MoU signed in 2007. The memorandum supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), is an indication of the continued commitment of both organisations to service innovation through programmes such as the Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME) programme, introduced in 2007.

The SSME is a multi-disciplinary research and academic effort that fuses aspects of established fields such as computer science, operations research, engineering, management sciences, business strategy, social and cognitive science and legal science – which will result in a new breed of dynamic professionals poised to tackle multi-disciplinary problems posed by today’s workforce.

“We view industry alliances as an important conduit in developing a better educational experience for both faculty and students. These partnerships have helped the university produce graduates and research that is of relevance to the industry through the years. We are happy to extend our partnership with IBM, and we look forward to seeing a more concerted effort in incorporating SSME into our curriculum and research work,” says Associate Professor Tan Ah-Hwee, Head of the Division of Information Systems, School of Computer Engineering.

Presently, the SSME programme is incorporated into SCE’s Computer Science undergraduate curriculum and the Master of Science in Information Systems programme, jointly offered by SCE and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication.

Media Coverage:
The Business Times, Pg 10: IBM pact with tertiary institutions
938LIVE online: 1,500 Singapore students sign up for SSME programme
Channel NewsAsia online: IBM collaborates with four institutions on service education NTU, IBM join hands to drive service innovation NTU, IBM join hands to drive service innovation

SCE Students Introduce IT Approach to Ministerial Forum

SCE Students Introduce IT Approach to Ministerial Forum
From left to right: Peter Wong, Billy Chua,
Pan Zheng Xiang, Arnav Singh and Xie Ran

Computer Science undergraduates Pan Zheng Xiang, Xie Ran, Peter Wong, Billy Chua and Arnav Singh added a technological boost to this year’s NTU Student Union Ministerial Forum. The students, who formed the Student’s Union IT Team, leveraged on the strengths of popular new media applications, to produce an innovative web 2.0 media platform, StudentsConnect.

added a new dimension to this year’s forum, where it allowed students present as well as those unable to attend the event, to connect and bring forth their ideas through mobile devices linked to the internet. The system provided easy access to users, allowing them to submit questions and even their response to polls.

“The process was challenging. We had to develop the project over a short period of time from scratch. This would include everything from coding to server deployment. Above all, it was a rewarding experience and we are glad to have left a mark in the forum’s history by applying knowledge gained from SCE,” said team leader Pan Zheng Xiang. Apart from
StudentsConnect, the team also developed a Forum Ticketing Management System which enabled the scanning of matriculation cards, to keep track of attendance.

The forum was held on 15 September and was attended by 1,500 undergraduates, eager for an opportunity to participate in active dialogue with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

SCE Student Designs the First Youth Innovation for the Asian Youth Games (AYG)

Pang Zhengxiang designer of the
First Youth Innovation for the AYG

Computer Science undergraduate, Pan Zhengxiang has designed an application that would allow MSN users to chat with AYG mascot, Frasia, through a programme called iChat with Frasia. The undergraduate created this programme to help organsiers reach out to today’s tech-savvy youth. This personalised means of receiving information has proved to become rather popular, earning the AYG mascot more than 17,000 messages since the programme went live on 26 June.

Coded in the Microsoft Visual C# language, the program is able to replicate real chatting, where it can respond to questions in real time. The application has the capabilities of recognising key words that enable it to formulate a reply. Amazingly, it can even understand “
Singlish” and pick-up on emoticons being used.

Zhengxiang worked hard on this project for two months before the start of the games and is pleased with the results. “My dream was to make Frasia come to life, and to do my part in connecting youths to the AYG. I realised that the key was through innovation in technology. I attribute this milestone to SCE, for providing me with a nurturing environment and knowledge,” said the undergraduate.

The application is available at the following site :

Media Coverage
The Straits Times

SCE Champ Takes-Off to Germany!

Master's of Engineering student, Safiullah Hussaini is one out of the five, from NTU who have emerged winners in the Singapore round of the Rohde & Schwarz Engineering Case Study Competition. The team of five outwitted many others to win this coveted title, where they were tested on their knowledge of optimising a radio communications system for Air Traffic Control – for the theme, “Ready for take-off! The future of air traffic control is in your hands”.

The winners of this leg of the competition have secured for themselves an expense paid trip to the grand finals which will take place on 25 - 26 June in Munich, Germany. Here, the team will compete against their counterparts from 13 other universities.

Safiullah is delighted by the win and the opportunity to travel to Germany. He accounts the success of his team to the collaborative effort put by each member. “The beauty of the competition was that it was not just a technical task, it covered a broad spectrum. Coming from different backgrounds and engineering schools did help as each of us brought something different to the table”.

SCE Graduate behind Successful Joint Start-Up

Ang Jun Han (first right) together with his
team members from

Ang Jun Han graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering in 2008 and is now one of the four responsible for what appears to be a popular service that is able to assist the general public to effectively plan their commute in Singapore, at a glance., formed in May last year, specialises in Geographical Information System (GIS) and Location Based Services (LBS), and is currently collaborating with the Land Transport Authority to develop a user friendly travel advisory for public transport journeys.

An easy to use free internet application has received rave reviews from the press, and was recently singled-out by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in the 2009 Budget speech, as an example of an innovative local start-up. Through the site users can obtain directions, estimated time and cost (which would include ERP charges) to go from one location to another in Singapore based on the most efficient mode of transport. The application can also search for amenities nearby such as restaurants and banks. With more than 15,000 hits per day, the Gothere team has expanded the use of their application to mobile phones.

The application is available at the following site:

Media coverage:

Today Online

SCE Students among the World’s Best

Team NTU KbPeckers (from left):
Doan Tuan Anh, Le Quang Nhat, Nguyen Tran Nam Khanh

Undergraduates Nguyen Tran Nam Khan and Doan Tuan Anh from SCE are excited to have made it to the finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) which will take place on 18 – 21 April at Stockholm. With a 30 year history, this annual programming competition aims to challenge the finest students from across the globe, interested in computer science. Each year over tens and thousands of students from universities worldwide participate in this prestigious challenge in hopes of walking away with the prized medal.

Forming the team NTU KbPeckers, the students had to partake in a series of grueling local and regional contests before making it to the world finals. Together with their coach Mr Kevin Anthony Jones, SCE Lecturer, the students dedicated their weekends to training. “I feel very fortunate to have the team come this far and I’m excited by the prospects of travelling to Stockholm. I’m also eager to meet others who share a similar enthusiasm for coding,” said Doan Tuan Anh.

Year 2008

SCE Professors at the Helm of Creating NTU’s Maiden Chingay Float

From left:
Prof Er Meng Hwa, NTU’s Senior Associate Provost,
Prof Issac Kerlow (ADM), Prof Gerald Seet Gim Lee (MAE) ,
Prof Quek Hiok Chai (SCE) and Prof Goh Wooi Boon (SCE)

Associate Professor Goh Wooi Boon and Associate Professor Quek Hiok Chai are among the few NTU Professors who have come together to create one of the tallest and most impressive floats ever seen in a Chingay parade. This engineering marvel, will debut in the upcoming celebrations on 30 and 31 January 2009. The project will feature three animated dragons crossing a sea of illuminated waves, with one of the dragon heads reaching a magnificent height of eight metres. The wave structure that the dragons rest on, draw on moving light to simulate the actual effect of waves. The “moving waves” spot a unique green solution which incorporates a light refraction system that uses recycled materials such as water bottles, coloured water and simple rotating motors with unbalanced loads. This eco-friendly system is designed by the two SCE professors.

SCE Students Design Practical Software Solution

The duo behind Hibernater,
from left to right: Chua Khim Teck and Hoon Thien Rong

Third year Computer Science students, Hoon Thien Rong and Chua Khim Teck used their undergraduate training to create a practical software solution they call, Hibernater. The Hibernater allows one to save files and Web pages on a computer with one simple click. The Hibernater saves the documents and web addresses that users are working on, to a secured server hosted at a local data centre. It then allows one to launch the saved files on another computer, equipped with the Hibernater application. This therefore eliminates the need to save individual files via email or on a portable device. This application will effectively save the user time and is perfect for individuals constantly on the go or sharing computers. All that is required is a Windows PC equipped with internet connection.

The project has received funding from Azione Capital. “I found the concept intriguing, particularly when every other start-up is going the way of the Internet and making Web-based software alternatives,” said Mr Nicholas Chan, Executive Director of Azione Capital in his interview with Today newspaper. The students are presently working on the project full-time as part of their six-month internship programme.

The software is presently in its beta stage. A free downloadable version is said to be available soon from the following website:

Media Coverage:
Today Online
Channel News Asia

Fostering International Ties – SCE and Osaka University Sign MOU

From left to right: The MOU signing between Osaka University
(represented by Professor Toru Fujiwara, Osaka University) and
NTU (represented by Professor Angela Goh, Acting Chair, School of Computer Engineering).

On 28 March 2008, the School of Computer Engineering (SCE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Osaka University to promote students and staff exchange. Osaka University is a renowned institution acknowledged internationally for its outstanding achievements in various scientific research fields.

This initiative between the stellar institutions paves the way for even more collaborations between SCE and Osaka University, specifically the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology and Cybermedia Centre. This alliance will promote more visits, joint studies and research opportunities to students and staff of both institutions.

The signing was then followed by a tour of SCE’s research centres as well as students’ hostels, giving our visitors a slice of campus life at NTU!

SCE and IHPC Collaborate on Joint Research Facility

From left to right: The MOU signing between IHPC
(represented by Dr Raj. Thampuran, Executive Director of IHPC) and
NTU (represented by Professor Angela Goh, Acting Chair, School of Computer Engineering).

On 19 March 2008, the School of Computer Engineering (SCE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) to establish a joint research facility that encourages active interdisciplinary cooperation between the two institutions in the frontier research of high performance computing.

IHPC is a Research Institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). It promotes and spearheads scientific advances and technological innovations through computational modelling, simulation and visualisation methodologies and tools.

In collaboration with IHPC, SCE now offers high performance computing research opportunities to both students and staff. This collaboration is indeed a milestone for both institutions and the research community at large.

Two SCE proposals awarded the 2007 Ministry of Education’s Teaching Excellence Fund

Title of Teaching Excellence Fund Project
Proposed By:

Cyber-learning with cyber-instructors
This project proposes a concept of cyber-education where virtual instructors will augment and support real teachers in the access and display of existing content developed.

PI: Assoc Prof Alexei Sourin

This project proposes a Scalable Microcomputer Peripheral System for Tertiary-Level Microcontroller Education.

PI: Asst Prof Chng Eng Siong
PI: Asst Prof Tan Su Lim
Co-PI : Assoc Prof Goh Wooi Boon
Collaborator: Lim Wee Seng
Renesas System Solutions Asia Pte Ltd

SCE team in 32nd ACM ICPC World Finals 2008

Team baX comprising of undergraduates Hua Khac Nam, Khuc Anh Tuan, and Nguyen Duc Dung, and postgraduate Nguyen Quang Huy has qualified for the 32nd ACM ICPC World Finals to be held from 6 – 10 April 2008 in Banff, Canada.

Year 2007

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Service Science curriculum development and research exploration

The MOU signing ceremony and a token of appreciation for SCE as an
early adopter of SSME programme in Singapore

On 28 November 2007, at the launch of Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME) Initiative, SCE signed an MOU on Service Science curriculum development and research exploration with IBM.

SSME is a new multi-disciplinary research and academic effort that integrates aspects of established fields such as computer science, operations research, engineering, management sciences, business strategy, social and cognitive sciences, and legal sciences.

In collaboration with IBM and supported by IDA, SSME will be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum and offered by three local universities from 2008.

For the news report, please click:

Two SCE faculty members awarded Project Grants for Interactive Digital Media

Two SCE faculty members were awarded Project Grants for Interactive Digital Media: Animation, Games & Effects, "On-the-Move" Technologies, Media Intermediary ("Mediary") Services, and Social Impact.

Computer Assisted Cel Animation, CACAni 2.0 Prof Seah Hock Soon
Towards Highly Interactive Distributed Media Environment A/P Zhou Suiping

Click here for the full report.

SCE students in first-ever GAMBIT summer session

(Left to right): Le Minh Duc, Edmund and Dominic
enjoying a fruitful summer in MIT, Boston

3 SCE students, namely Dominic Chai, Edmund Teo, and Le Minh Duc were selected to participate in the first-ever GAMBIT summer session in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. The 8-week stint which started in June this year, is part of the initiative Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, a collaboration between Singapore’s Media Development Authority and MIT.

Through this summer session, the students were able to work in teams comprising students from other institutions, and alongside MIT professors and game professionals to develop games that are educational and commercially-viable.

Le Minh Duc’s project The Illogical Journey of Orez effectively employs game design and educational principles to enhance media literacy and improve the intuitive understanding of complex secondary school mathematics concepts. Dominic’s AudiOdyssey is an experiential computer game designed to be accessible by both mainstream gamers and the visually-impaired community. Last but not least, Edmund developed Wiip, a PC-based casual game which explores the concept of interactivity through usage of an expressive physical interface such as the Nintendo Wii Remote.

Dominic and Edmund’s games were displayed during the Games Convention Asia (held in Singapore from 6 to 9 September 2007) as they showed good potential for commercialisation.

To play the games developed by the trio and other teams in the GAMBIT summer session, go to

Imaging the brain

A multi-disciplinary team effort by Assoc Prof Alexei Sourin from SCE, Assoc Prof Vladimir Kulish from MAE, and Asst Prof Olga Sourina from EEE, have resulted in the development of a revolutionary new software that enables 3D visualisation and data processing of human brain activities.

The software translates data from an electroencephalogram (EEG) into a 3D image in full colour. In the next step, the software processes information to reveal additional information not determined from a conventional EEG. In this way, doctors are equipped with more information to assess and diagnose their patients' neurological conditions. It could prove be a vital tool in understanding disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Apart from this, the technology can also be used to study brain behaviour. Said Assoc Prof Sourin, “With the developed visualization tools, new clues for understanding mental processes in humans were found. For example, we noticed that negative responses were more stressful to the brain than positive ones. Also, we observed that male and female brains react differently to olfactory stimuli, and even different parts of the brains were activated in response.”

Media Coverage

SCE alumnus brings home good news

At the award ceremony held at Chinese Embassy in Australia: Brad (centre),
with his supervisor ANU Distinguished Professor Brian D.O. Anderson (left)
and Chancellor-General Mr Li JiangNing (right).

Changbin Yu (or Brad), who graduated from SCE in 2004 with a first class honours in Computer Engineering, is currently in his 3rd PhD candidature year in Australia National University, Canberra.

On 19 April 2007, Brad was presented with the 2006 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Chinese Students Abroad. This award, comes with a cash prize of US$5000, was established to encourage research excellence and recognise the achievement among Chinese students abroad. Brad, at the age of 25, is among the only 15 recipients of this award, and also one of the youngest awardees in Australia.

Brad's research focuses on control of autonomous multiagent formations, sensor network localization and graph theory. Upon receiving an Australian Government’s Endeavour Asia Award and a number of scholarships, he commenced his PhD study at the Australian National University in March 2005.

Brad attributes his part of the achievements to the rigorous training and classes in NTU days, and without those he would not have a chance to pursue a PhD in the ANU and subsequently won the award. He is grateful to his lecturers and the school.

SCE collaborates with TQ Global to groom aspiring gamers

To meet the needs of the growing digital media industry in Singapore, SCE has collaborated with TQ Global to offer a Master of Engineering degree, with special focus in Game Development.

Students undertaking the Masters research programme will be sponsored by TQ Global for the 2-year candidature period, and participate in the production of TQ’s actual commercial projects. The pioneer cohort that started last August is already in the midst of development for the next-generation console game title, expected to be released next year.

Says A/P Seah Hock Soon, Chair of SCE, “Through this collaboration, we hope to produce outstanding future game developers for Singapore and beyond.”

Media Coverage

SCE project awarded close to $1 million funding

Persons suffering from mucosal cancers now get a chance of early diagnosis with a project led by SCE’s Chair A/P Seah Hock Soon, and partners, the National Cancer Centre, Singapore General Hospital, and Changi General Hospital. This project will work to develop a first of its kind in vivo, in situ imaging system that can perform spatial navigation and provide real-time feedback. The project received a grant from the Singapore Immunology Network.

Media Coverage

The Straits Times

Year 2006

virtualXgame 2006 – a different cup of Java

Mr Kevin Jones (left) presenting a token of appreciation for Opening Ceremony’s Guest-of-Honour A/P Joseph Chang (right), Assoc Dean (Research & Graduate Studies), CoE, NTU.
Awards Ceremony’s Guest-of-Honour Mr Leong Keng Thai (centre), IDA’s Deputy CE and Director-General (Telecoms), with champion team (JC Circuit) Innova Junior College.

Champion team (Poly/ITE circuit) Singapore Polytechnic School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Mr Leong.

On 9 December, virtualXgame saw its inaugural victor of the full-day JAVA programming contest that is part of the National Infocomm Competition (NIC). As one of the challenges under NIC, SCE organized virtualXgame to woo participants from junior colleges, polytechnics and ITE colleges. 17 teams fought for the throne in a contest that requires both computer programming skills and game play tactics.

The virtualXgame was very well-received by the participants and their coaches. One of the coaches commented, “It had been an enjoyable time for my students and me. We did not know that the competition can be of so much fun beside just java programming.”

Says Mr Kevin Anthony Jones, virtualXgame director, “Our aim in creating the virtualXgame is not just to test the students’ on their programming skills. More importantly, we want to encourage creativity and teamwork, both critical factors in a winning solution. I also hope the game further cultivates the students’ interest in digital media.”

AIC and SCE collaborate on anime development

From right: Mr Toru Miura, President of AIC, presenting a gift to
A/P Seah Hock Soon, Dean of School of Computer Engineering,
while Dr Chia, CEO of MDA, witnessed the collaboration.

Another new milestone for Singapore-Japan collaboration, namely in anime development, was put in motion when SCE joined up with Anime International Company Inc (AIC), a leading Japanese anime content provider to produce a 13-episode anime series to be broadcast in Japan. The significant signing up took place 20 June 2006.

SCE will get a chance to use its novel 2D animation system, the Computer Assisted Cel Animation (CACAni), a technology that automates the inbetween frame generation and inking processes in animation production. The automation increases creativity and productivity of animators by significantly reducing labour and time spent on frame drawing and inking by up to 40%.

This collaboration signifies a landmark step for Japan and Singapore and paves the way for many future joint anime productions. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between AIC and SCE was witnessed by Dr Christopher Chia, CEO of Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Check out media coverage on this new tie-up, first of its kind between Singapore and Japan:

Two Greats Get Together

At the MOU signing (left to right): From Apple Computer – Mr Leon Chen (Manager, South Asia, Worldwide Developer Relations),
Mr Eric Goh (Education Director),
Mr Edward Fun (General Manager).
From SCE – A/P Seah Hock Soon (Dean, SCE),
A/P Yow Kin Choong,
A/P Lau Chiew Tong (Head of Computer Communications)

Apple Computer and SCE have put together a joint collaboration in developing an innovative mobile application on the Apple platform. Two projects are already underway, ‘Bluebus’, a Bluetooth-based solution for localized mobile services in public buses, and ‘3D Mobile Avatar’, which allows mobile phone users to create 3D models of themselves and add simple animations.

Using equipment and technical support from Apple, SCE students will get the splendid opportunity to get involved in the research for these projects. Ten Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) 2006 Student Program scholarships will be awarded lucky students, with each receiving an e-ticket of US$1,595 to attend the Apple WWDC 2006 in San Francisco in August 2006. That’s not all. Travelling expenses are taken care of with a US$500 allowance from Apple, and another S$500 from SCE. The WWDC is among the most important annual events gathering participants from all over the world to get in the groove with Apple’s latest technology.

SCE Day - Exclaim V

SCE staff and students brought the Lee Kong Chian Lecture Theatre to life with laughter and excitement on 22 March 2006. The reason – celebrating SCE Day.

The indoor programme began with the message by the President of the 6th Management Committee of Computer Engineering Club, Mr Chan Xinyi. He recounted on how his committee has put together Exclaim V and thanked the school for the strong support rendered to his club.

Guest-of-Honour Dean of SCE Assoc Prof Seah Hock Soon’s message updated everyone on recent developments in the University and School, together with recent graduate employment survey findings, of concern to everyone. Things are looking good with large-scale infocomm infrastructure development, as well as the government’s aspirations to develop Singapore into an IT hub for the region. The Dean also launched the SCE Wall of Expressions – an expression board that enables students to pen their thoughts on this joyous day.

Awards and prizes were given out for SCE’s sportsmen and women, together with results of the long awaited Most Popular Lecturer awards. The Year One Most Popular Lecturer went to A/P Yow Kin Choong, a 3rd time winner of this category. Year Two students voted for A/P Abdul Wahab Abdul Rahman, while Year Three students supported Ast/P Timo Rolf Bretschneider. A/P Man Zhihong, another 3rd time winner, nabbed the Year Four Award. Mr Lam Loy Kong and Mr Tan Swee Huat of hardware and software labs respectively were the recipients of the Most Approachable Lab Executive Awards.

Lunch, always an attraction, did not disappoint. The fun continued outdoors with student group performances like cheerobics, a modern jazz dance, and a jam band to keep up the usual upbeat SCE tempo. There were also stage games and quiz questions to challenge the intellectually inclined.

There were also services such as personalized keychain-making, studio photography, caricature and LAN gaming consoles. Those not knowing what to do next could not be blamed for the choices of things to do and see. Another day at SCE? For example, students did not just passively participate. They also got to run their own stalls, to experience the thrill of entrepreneurship.

What will next year bring in terms of innovation and ideas? Let’s look forward to it!

Dean of SCE A/P Seah officiating the launch of the SCE Wall of Expressions.
Most Popular Year 1 Lecturer A/P Yow Kin Choong (left).
Most Popular Year 2 Lecturer A/P Abdul Wahab (left).
Most Popular Year 3 Lecturer Ast/P Timo Bretschneider (left).

Most Popular Year 4 Lecturer A/P Man Zhihong (left).

Most Approachable Hardware Lab Executive Mr Lam Loy Kong (left) from Computer Engineering Lab.

Most Approachable Software Lab Executive Mr Tan Swee Huat (left) from Centre for Computational Intelligence.

The fun started indoors and…

continued outdoors…

Year 2005

SCE Vice-Dean (Academic) received SPRING Outstanding Achievement Award in Standardisation


Prof Goh and the recent addition to her array of awards.

During the World Standards Day Awards Presentation on 23 September 2005, Vice-Dean (Academic) Prof Angela Goh was one of the three proud recipients of the SPRING Outstanding Achievement Award in Standardisation, a recognition given to individuals who have displayed outstanding performance in leading standardisation initiatives outside formal standards programmes.

Prof Goh’s involvement in the development of standards for the IT industry started more than 10 years ago when she became a member of the Council of the IT Standards Committee (ITSC). She has since undertaken numerous projects in setting standards and implementing them in Singapore’s IT industry. Looking back, she commented, “10 years is a long time. I have recently stepped down so that the committee can bring in fresh ideas to bring Singapore standards to the next level.” Not forgetting her compatriots, “Behind every success story, there is always a supportive team who has worked fervently to make this possible. Special thanks go to the ITSC secretariat.” she reiterated.

SCE Professor Invited for Talks at Nagoya University and Tsurumi University

From left: Prof Vilas Wuwongse (Asian Institute of Technology),
Prof Shin-ichi Hirano (President, Nagoya University),
A/P Lim Ee Peng (SCE, NTU),
Prof Yoshito Itoh (Nagoya University) at IADLC2005

SCE’s Head of Information Systems Associate Professor Lim Ee Peng was invited by Nagoya University and Tsurumi University to give talks on digital library research during his trip to Japan in August 2005. In Nagoya University, he gave a talk on ‘Web Mining: The Ontology Approach’ during the International Advanced Digital Library Conference (see

In Tsurumi University, A/P Lim met the University’s President Professor Keiji Yanagisawa, and other professors from the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies. He also gave a public lecture on ‘The Use of Digital Libraries in Learning: the G-Portal Experience’. The two visits to Nagoya University and Tsurumi University further strengthen SCE’s links with Japanese universities in digital library research.

SCE helps to build Vietnam’s 1st Virtual Reality Lab

Dean of SCE A/P Seah (fourth from left)
officiated the opening ceremony of the VR lab

The School of Computer Engineering (SCE), through its Centre for Advanced Media Technology (CAMTech) was handpicked by Professor Le Hai Khoi, Director of Vietnam’s national research institute, the Institute of Information Technology (IOIT) as the technology partner and advisor for Vietnam’s first virtual reality lab. SCE was selected as the technology partner and advisor for the planning and setting up of the IOIT Virtual Reality Laboratory because of its expertise in virtual reality technology. The first Virtual Reality Laboratory was opened on 17 May 2005 at the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology.

Centre of Advanced Media Technology (CAMTech) has developed an application based on Mixed Reality – the next-generation technology

The director Assoc Prof Wolfgang Muller-Wittig, and his team at CAMTech, a research centre under SCE, have developed an Augmented Reality Chinese Character Learning system using mixed reality software to provide 3D pictorial representation of Chinese characters.

Mixed Reality, seen as the next-generation technology, enables virtual reality to be fused with the real world. This software uses a webcam to capture the image of a Chinese character on a card, processes the image, and then produces a virtual 3D computer pictorial representation of the Chinese character on the card itself. For instance, by picking up the Chinese character for the word ‘cat’ on a card, the software is able to display a 3D picture of a cat alongside the text.

This application will prove to be useful not only in education, but also in architecture and tourism. Assoc Prof Muller-Wittig is currently in dialogue with several schools to explore opportunities to use this technology to advance teaching methods in schools.

Gaming Chair for Physically-Challenged Children

Researchers in gameLAB, SCE and SMARTLab, UK, have collaborated to build a gaming chair that enables physically-challenged children to enjoy computer games. The chair, much like a reclining dentist’s chair, is equipped with a software that allows children with limited movements to control the computer game characters with special gadgets.

These gadgets can be controlled by the mouth, hands or feet. The chair jolts in different directions to simulate the movements of the game character, thereby further enhancing the gaming experience for the children.

The director of gameLAB, Assoc Prof Tony Chan, hopes that this invention will bring joy to these children while they endure long hospital stays, and hopefully lift their spirits and aid in their recuperation.

The team is looking into creating a game called Truth and connecting the system to the Internet for online gaming.

Year 2004

SCE helping to Design Vietnam's First Virtual Reality Laboratory

SCE is helping to design Vietnam's first virtual reality (VR) laboratory. The laboratory will be set up at the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology's (VAST) Institute of Information Technology (IOIT), which is Vietnam's national research institute. SCE was chosen because of its expertise in virtual reality technology.

Since January this year, a team of 10 professors and researchers has been working with the IOIT to design and set up the laboratory. The effort included a week-long technical workshop in March 2004 in Hanoi, during which SCE professors shared their research findings in VR technology. The workshop also provided a platform for SCE to showcase its current research projects.

SCE's Dean Associate Professor Seah Hock Soon said, "Our School is pleased to share our expertise in virtual reality research and development with IOIT, whom we value as a research partner". SCE will provide human resource training and technical support to the IOIT after it is set up.

The IOIT Virtual Reality Laboratory will be equipped with VR technology and applications that are designed by the SCE team. Equipped with such capabilities, the laboratory will also be able to employ virtual reality as a tool for teaching and education. SCE is now finalizing details for a long-term collaboration with IOIT, which will begin after the virtual reality laboratory has been opened in April 2005.

SingAREN Day

From left to right: Prof Lawrence Wong, Executive Director, IIR;
A/P Lee Bu Sung, Francis, Vice Dean (Research), SCE, NTU and President of SingAREN;
Dr. Douglas Van Houwelling, President & CEO, UCAID, USA;
Mr Kees Neggers, Managing Director, SURFnet, Netherlands;
Dr Tan Geok Leng, Covering Chief Technology Officer, IDA

The School of Computer Engineering (SCE) and Centre for IT Services (CITS) hosted the Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network Day (SingAREN Day) on 30 June 2004 at NTU. This year's SingAREN Day, with the theme of Next Generation Internet, highlighted new developments in the area of network infrastructure, applications and technologies. This inaugural annual event also saw the enhancement of partnerships between SingAREN and its counterparts from the USA and the Netherlands with the signing of new MoUs to further strengthen the relationship among the parties concerned.

The President of SingAREN, A/P Lee Bu Sung, Francis, Vice-Dean (Research) of NTU's School of Computer Engineering, gave a welcome address. The Guest-of-Honour was Dr Tan Geok Leng, Covering Chief Technology Officer of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Keynote speakers were

  • Dr. Douglas Van Houwelling, President and CEO of University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) - (Internet2), USA,
  • Mr. Kees Neggers, Managing Director of SURFnet, Netherlands.
  • Mr. Javan Erfanian, IEEE Distinguished lecturer, Bell Mobility & University of Toronto, Canada.

Prof Lawrence Wong, Executive Director, Institute for Infocomm Research (IIR) was also present at this event.

Other events included VoIP demonstrations and training, etc. News about internet security, SingAREN, and Internet2 were telecast on TV (Channel NewsAsia) on 5 July 2004.

SCE and NGO won the bid to host CCGrid 2006

A/P Francis Lee [Leader, Network WG and Vice-Dean(Research), SCE, NTU] and Dr. Lee Hing Yan [Deputy Director, NGO(National Grid Office)] made a successful joint bid to host the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing & the Grid (CCGrid 2006) in May 2006 in Singapore.

This symposium will serve to:

  • promote collaboration between NGO and NTU
  • promote the efforts and activities of the National Grid
  • facilitate networking among local researchers, other CCGrid participants and those from the national grid project offices in other countries. Through these links, they would be able to follow up and nurture working relationships for exchange of information on Grid initiatives and other purposes.

Hosting of Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2006 (PAKDD2006)

The Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) is a leading international conference in the area of data mining. It provides an international forum for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from all KDD related areas including data mining, data warehousing, machine learning, databases, statistics, knowledge acquisition and automatic scientific discovery, data visualization, causal induction and knowledge-based systems. In 1997, PAKDD was first held in Singapore. Since then, the conference has grown in size and was held in different cities. Recently, School of Computer Engineering (SCE) of NTU has successfully bid to host the PAKDD2006 in Singapore to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Experience of the organizing committee in organizing conferences of this stature and its proper representation of both industry and academia, and suitability of Singapore as an international hub and its well-connected airport are some of the major factors that convinced the board of trustees to decide in favor of NTU. The conference will be held sometime in April 2006 and the organizing team includes researchers from NTU, NUS, I2R, and universities from USA, Japan, China, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has instituted an award for SCE (School of Computer Engineering) best student (any software subject) and this will come into effect from 2005. Other arrangements include: learning opportunities for both SCE students and TCS associates, recruitment possibilities for SCE students, and sponsorship for professors from IISc (Indian Institute of Science) in Bangalore to visit SCE yearly.

TCS is a leading information technology consulting, services, and business process outsourcing organization that is part of the well-known Tata conglomerate in India.

SCE Opens up IT Window in Vietnam

SCE Delegation with Key Members of IOIT VR Lab
(Second row from left: Mr Gerrit Voss, Dr. Le Hai Khoi [Director, IOIT],
Assoc Prof Seah Hock Soon, Assoc Prof Cai Wentong, and Dr Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig)

As part of the effort to project NTU as the Information Technology Hub in the region, a group of academics from the School of Computer Engineering (SCE) visited the Institute of Information Technology (IOIT) in Vietnam from 23 to 26 March. The delegation, led by the Dean, Assoc Prof Seah Hock Soon, consisted of Assoc Prof Cai Wentong, Head of Computer Science, SCE, Dr Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig, Director, CAMTech/SCE and Mr Gerrit Voss, Project Leader, CAMTech/SCE.

The main objective of the visit was to harness SCE's IT expertise to set up the first Virtual Reality (VR) Laboratory in Vietnam and run a technical workshop on VR including an introductory tutorial on OpenSG. The workshop also provides a platform for the SCE dons to showcase their school's current research projects so as to solicit immediate and long-term collaborations in teaching and research.

Capitalizing on its strength in both research and teaching, the School expects to establish further collaborations with IT institutions in Vietnam through IOIT. This visit provides a good opportunity to establish a partnership that synergizes SCE's IT research expertise and Vietnam's resources.

NTU welcomes visitors to its shared cyberworld

A/P Alexei Sourin in the inset of Virtual NTU

A/P Alexei Sourin and his students have built a shared cyberworld modelled on the NTU campus using powerful graphics workstation, advanced modelling software systems for photorealistic effects and interactive graphics modelling. Visitors from both Singapore and abroad, visit Virtual NTU, see one another, interact and even speak to one another in a computer-simulated voice. Virtual NTU is planned for e-learning where students and professors can meet in the virtual classrooms in a shared cyberworld, wherever it is that they actually exist in the real world. The technology can be deployed in the modelling of realistic harsh and/or dangerous environments for simulation, training and research purposes. Prof. Sourin is setting his sights on a shared cyberworld of Singapore in his next project.

Click here to visit Virtual NTU

Reported in Lianhe Zaobao dated 5 Feb 2004.

Year 2003

SCE's Collaborative Project, Large Scale Distributed Simulation on the Grid, has Garnered Funding from UK Government's e-Science Programme

A/P Cai Wentong

A/P Stephen Turner

In conjunction with Dr Cheok Beng Teck's (project director) updates on the National Grid project, A/P Francis Lee Bu Sung, chairman of NTU's campus grid, has announced the addition of a new project, Large Scale Distributed Simulation on the Grid, to harness the vast resources of both the Singapore National Grid as well as the UK e-Science Grid.

This project is one of the only four grid collaborations approved by the UK government's e-Science programme. This project aims to set up an international grid infrastructure between the two countries and bring together a combination of strong expertise in distributed simulation, grid computing and agent-based systems between Midlands e-Science Center of Excellence in Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems (MeSC) at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Parallel and Distributed Computing Centre (PDCC), at NTU. It also sets up the basis for a long term collaboration between the two institutions.

A/P Stephen Turner is heading this project together with Dr Georgios Theodoropoulos from University of Birmingham. The other team members include A/P Cai Wentong, SCE and Dr Brian Logan from the University of Nottingham.

Reported in Computer Times dated 31 Dec 03.

AI has improved the Quality of Life but Man still Rules, at least for the time being

Dr Wlodzislaw Duch, a senior visiting fellow with SCE and an expert in Artificial Intelligence, in an interview with Computer Times, acknowledges that AI has permeated many aspects of our life and vast improvements in AI research has greatly improved the quality of our life. However, the machines are not intelligent enough to replace Man just yet as they still lack the higher-level cognitive ability (e.g. to understand complex issues, draw on experience and background knowledge to solve problems) which renders Man superior.

Reported in Computer Times dated 26 Nov 2003.

Technological Collaboration Between NTU BIRC, Genvea Biosciences, and HP Will Speed Up Research Development in Bioinformatics

From left to right: Dr Dadabhai Tagore Singh, Senior Vice President,
Genvea BioSciences Pte Ltd, A/P Seah Hock Soon, DSCE,
Mr Leong Say Haur, General Manager, HP Singapore (Sales)

The Bioinformatics Research Centre (BIRC) of SCE has signed an MOU with Genvea Biosciences and HP to deploy Genvea's gRNA platform on the BIRC-HP S$12 million supercomputing cluster. This deployment adds another dimension to BIRC's supercomputing resources and complements its existing software infrastructure. "This collaboration will lead to a shorter turnaround time needed to translate research results into diagnosis kits and clinical trials so that the benefits can reach patients as quickly as possible" said A/P Jagath Rajapakse, Deputy Director of BIRC in an interview with NewsRadio.

Reported on MediaCorp NewsRadio dated 19 Nov 2003.

Grid-enabled Animation to boost Creativity and Productivity of Animation Artists

A/P Seah Hock Soon
Ms Zhang Hai Wen

A/P Seah Hock Soon, Dean SCE and his team working at CGIT have developed an application which allows computers to generate more than half of all frames needed in any 2-D animation clip. This greatly reduces the time and labour needed by animation artists to draw out each and every frame. Said Ms Zhang Hai Wen, an animation artist at SCE, "All I need to do now is to draw a few key reference frames and the computer will take care of the rest."

A/P Seah said the team is currently working on deploying their application on the National Grid which will vastly improve the processing time needed to produce the in-between frames.

Reported by Computer Times dated 5 Nov 2003.

National Grid Pilot Platform Renders Animation Factory Possible

Dean, SCE, A/P Seah Hock Soon mooted the idea of an animation factory to tap the national grid resources. This high speed network that pools the computing resources of A*STAR research institutions, NTU and NUS will allow the animation factory to generate films faster and more efficiently. The IT grid was launched by Trade and Industry Minister Geroge Yeo on 1 Nov 2003.

Reported in Sunday Times dated 2 Nov 03.

Renesas supports R&D work by Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems, SCE

Mr Low Hwee Hwa, Renesas (L), Mr Yamashiro Osamu, Managing Director of Renesas System Solutions Asia Pte Ltd and Professor Ken Sakamura, Founder of TRON.
Professor Ken Sakamura and Prof. Seah Hock Soon, Dean SCE

Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer, Renesas Technology Corporation, has launched the T-Engine Application Development Centre in Singapore. This new centre is the only other centre in the world outside Japan and it will support R&D work based on the T-Engine by CHiPES. "This partnership to promote T-engine not only complements NTU’s capability in embedded systems solutions but also enables NTU to act as a technology resource centre for both local and regional companies using TRON in their R&D efforts,” said Prof. Seah Hock Soon, Dean of NTU School of Computer Engineering. TRON is the real-time operating system nucleus of T-Engine and was developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo led by Professor Ken Sakamura. With more than 1 billion copies in use today, TRON is reportedly the world’s most commonly used embedded operating system.

Reported in Straits Times dated 31 Oct 03.

A Businessman - but still in Uni

Adil Ahmad - The Entrepreneur and the Undergraduate. He is studying Computer Engineering at NTU but he has opened a café, Puff n Roti, along North Bridge Road in Sep 03.

Reported in

  • New Paper dated 29 Sep 03.
  • Straits Time dated Oct 03.

The Education of NTU Engineers

Computer Engineering degree programme - The best of two worlds. An amalgamation of computer science and electronics engineering. CE is more than the design of computers and their interfaces since CE and its applications have permeated all aspects of daily life.

Reported in Today dated 29 Sep 03.

ICT Industry is still relevant

Good career opportunities are still available in the infocomm and technology industry.

Reported in Computer Times dated 20 Aug 03.

A Virtual Warehouse

NTU Researchers, A/P Yeo Chai Kiat,
Mr Tang Ming, A/P Francis Lee Bu Sung

NTU researchers A/P Francis Lee, A/P Yeo Chai Kiat and Research Scholar Tang Ming at SCE are working with researchers from University of Tennessee in the United States to develop software tools that will allow users to store and retrieve data on remote computers anywhere in the world.

Reported in Computer Times dated 10 Sep 03.

High-speed network to link research units here and overseas

A/P Francis Lee from SCE is an expert in grid technology and a member of the task force set up to make the grid a reality. According to A/P Lee, the National Grid Pilot Project with a link of 1 Gbps, is 10 times faster than anything currently available in Singapore. This will facilitate greater and speedier collaborations between local research institutions and their counterparts overseas. In fact, NTU has already tied up with Britain's University of Southhamptom to work on complex engineering designs, a project led by Ast/P Ong Yew Soon of SCE.

Reported in

  • Straits Times dated 25 Aug 03.
  • Computer Times dated 27 Aug 03.

NTU to boost pool of experts in 'smart' products

Professor Su Guaning, President NTU and Mr Teo Ming Kian,
Chairman EDB at the MSc Launch

NTU has launched a master's course (MSc in Embedded Sytems) to meet the demand for talents in the $95 billion embedded systems market. The course has met with an overwhelming response with almost six times more applicants than the expected intake.

Reported in Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao dated 23 Aug 03.

R&D Partnership between SCE and Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) will work with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to select a premier Indian university for a twinning partnership, focussing on using High Performance and Grid Computing, and E-learning technologies to drive scientific research and engineering collaboration.

As a further dimension to the longstanding relationship between Sun and NTU, the rationale for the twinning project is to leverage existing areas of collaboration and research with an institute of higher learning in India. Powered by a S$10 million collaboration plan, the goal will be the innovative development of applications and technologies, in areas such as Digital Signal Processing, Animation, Rendering, Open Source, etc.

Associate Professor Seah Hock Soon, Dean, School of Computer Engineering, NTU, explained, "As an industry partner, Sun has long helped us focus our research efforts on the cutting edge. This dynamic and fruitful relationship has led to the setting up of research bodies such as the Application Service Provider (ASP) Centre and the Asia Pacific Science & Technology Centre (APSTC).

Click here for the full report.

Year 2002

Embedded ambitions

Singapore is gunning for the US$55 billion ($98 billion) embedded software market with plans by the Economic Development Board to position the country as a global centre of excellence for embedded software technology. To achieve this through partnership development, EDB has launched the "Embedded in Singapore" platform.

This comprises various activities and an Internet portal to bring together hardware and software players as well as third party developers in companies have signed up with the portal, including research institutes such as the Laboratories for Information Technology, Institute for Communications Research and
Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems.

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NTU helps Japanese team crunch data

Japanese researchers studying the complexities of brain disorders and mental illnesses are tapping Singapore's expertise in using grid technology to crunch huge amounts of data. The speed-up in result-analysis time means that doctors will be able to reduce the anxiety and long wait patients have to put up with currently.

Reported in Straits Times dated 12 Nov 02.

Singapore port gets ready for mega container ships

A team of 9 experts from NTU has helped the port authorities here to come up with a new operating system for port, quayside and yardsize operations that will substantially boost the efficiency of Singapore's port while keeping costs down for shippers. The project is led by A/P Hsu Wen Jing. The $3-million research project is being co-funded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Reported in Straits Times dated 26 Aug 02.

Wanted here: Experts in bioinformatics

NTU has launched a Master of Science degree in bioinformatics to up the talent pool in biology, computing and related fields to meet the demands of the life-sciences industry. The MSc is being supported by the Bioinformatics Institute through a training programme, in partnership with the NUS. The first cohort comprises close to 100 students.

Reported in Straits Times dated 19 Mar 02.

NTU to get supercomputer for life sciences

NTU will house one of the world's top 10 supercomputers, a S$ 12.4 million investment between NTU and Compaq Computer. This will be devoted to life-sciences research. According to A/P Chia Tet Fatt, Director of NTU's Bioinformatics Research Centre (BRC), the supercomputer will be able to crunch data that normally takes three days, in half a day. BRC, which is formally launched on 12 Mar 02, is part of NTU's plan to be a hub for kife-sciences.

Reported in Straits Times dated 13 Mar 02.

Year 2001

NTU, police team up to fight cyber crime

School of Computer Engineering, NTU has partnered the Singapore Police Force in crime-fighting to keep a step ahead of tech-savvy criminals. The police force is tapping SCE's expertise in computer forensics while SCE can have the opportunity to apply the cutting edge research to solve live cases.

Reported in Straits Times dated 19 Dec 01.

The 2001 ACM Asia Programming Contest

NTU SCE hosted the 2001 ACM Asian Regional Programming Contest. A total of thirty-seven teams of undergraduates from around Asia compete against one another on 30 Nov 2001. They have to tackle a wide range of challenging problems on the spot , which included writing programs to encrypt messages so they can be hacker-proof as well as to compare genetic sequences from a genome database.

Reported in Straits Times dated 4 Dec 01.

Movers and Shakers - Arthur Loo

Arthur Loo is the runner-up winner of the 2001 Phoenix Award. The Phoenix award is conferred upon businessman who managed to turn their business from failure into success. Arthur started Cron Computer School while he was still in the honours year of the Computer Engineering programme at NTU, juggling research work, homework and business all at the same time. He was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1999 after the bubble burst but managed to turnaround the compaby and expects a turnover of $ 4.5 million this year.

Reported in Straits Times dated 5 Oct 01.

Setting job security aside to chase a dream

SCE graduates Gabriel Ng Chwee Hock and Eric Yong Ngai forgo well-paying and relatively secure jobs with multinational firms to set up their own software development company.

Reported in Straits Times dated 5 Sep 01.

Meet the e-teacher

A/P Alexei Sourin who teaches computer graphics and virtual reality to more than 300 undergraduates, as well as 30 post-graduate and distance learning students is one of the pioneers in e-teaching at NTU. His lectures, handouts and supplementary materials are all online on the NTU edveNTUre e-learning system. E-learning has enhanced his accessibility to students and facilitated timely responses to the students' queries.

Reported in Computer Times dated 18 Apr 01.

NTU and MIPT students can obtain Double Masters

NTU and MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) signed an MOU to enable exchange of students at each institution to obtain double Masters degrees on 22 Jan 2001. This is the first MOU that NTU has with a Russian institution, that gives local students an opportunity to study in a world-renowned institution in order to enhance their learning experience.

For more details, refer to

Reported in

  • Lianhe Zaobao dated 23 Jan 01.
  • Straits Times dated 24 Jan 01.

Year 2000

The 2000 ACM Asia Programming Contest

NTU SCE hosted the 2000 ACM Asian Regional Programming Contest, widely described as the Olympics of Computing. This is the first time that this annual competition was held in South-East Asia. Undergraduate programmers from 27 Asian universities took part in this event which require the teams to solve 8 programming problems on the spot.

Reported in Straits Times dated 9 Dec 00.

NTU and MPA in joint effort to develop High Capacity Terminal Simulation System

NTU and The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed an agreement to jointly develop a high capacity terminal simulation system that could be applied to handle mega-container vessels.

The total cost for this project is estimated to be S$3 million, and will be carried out in Centre for Advanced Information Systems.

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She's a Millionaire, even before she graduates

Even before Miss Surachita Mishra graduated with a second-upper honours in computer engineering, she has already made her first million through an Internet shopping company, In Mar 00, Scandinavian company paid S$ 7.6 million for a 51% stake in Miss Mishra sees a lot of business opportunities in Singapore. Her advice to undergraduates is to seize the opportunity.

Reported in Straits Times dated 5 Sep 00.

Year 1999

Promising Foreign Talent

Foreign talent intake in Computer Engineering programme is at an all-time high of 40% of the 550 strong cohort. "Most of them were from India, China and Indonesia and the large numbers are a result of the university's efforts at marketing itself overseas. They came in with good grades and do well in their final year-end examinations," said Professor Harcharan Singh, dean, School of Applied Science.

They showed that they had entrepreneurial skills as two groups had set up companies after graduation.

One group, under the leadership of lecturer Prof Chong Man Nang, started Nirvana Digital. Mr Showbhik Kalra, Mr Amey Laud, and Mr Dilip Krishnan, all Indian nationals, are now marketing a movie-restoring computer system.

Another group, Mr Amit Malhotra, Ms Surachita Mishra and Mr Manik Gupta started IntelliLife Inc, an electronic services company. IntelliLife is funded by NTU alumni and technopreneur cum MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr Inderjit Singh.

Reported in Straits Times dated 24 Sep 99.

CE Graduates Turn Entrepreneurs - AudioTRIP Internet System

One CE Master Graduate (1999), Leonard Chong Siow Kwang, and another CE Graduate (1996), Tay Eng Wah have set up a company called AudioTRIP Internet System in June 1998. promotes Singapore (and later Asian) music to the rest of the world through virtual communities, event promotion and co-sponsorship, music reviews and later music sales. Music sales would be done completely through online downloads using secure encryption technology to reduce the risk of piracy.

Reported in Lianhe Zaobao dated June 1999.

Club for Budding Technopreneurs - Feb 1999

Three budding technopreneurs, Mr Amit Malhotra, Ms Joysy John and Ms Surachita Mishra from Computer Engineering course, have formed a club to help undergraduates with good ideas to find advice, info and venture capital.

Reported in Straits Times dated 16 Feb 99.