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2012 H2 Seminar Details

  • when: 2012.05.23 wed 1500—1730
  • where: NUS School of Computing, SR1 (Seminar Room 1), COM1 Level 2
  • duration: 1hr (ntu) 1 hr (nus)
  • class size: ~100 = {56 mandatory for new H2 students year 1}+ {67 optional old H2 year 2 students}+{other students from acs/nus high school + IT club students}
  • content: in-depth technical talk. no mention of recruitment whatsoever.
  • examinable: no
  • Attendance: marked for H2 students


Time Program Remarks
1500 Registration Attendance marking
1515 Keynote Address 1: Associate Professor Xueyan TANG, NTU SCE The Cloud is All Around Us: Applications, Systems, and Perspectives
1630 Keynote Address 2: Associate Professor Michael S. Brown, NUS SoC The Computer Science of Digital Photography and Photo-editing
1730 End of JC Computing Series I

  • frequency: one academic talk per year (plus one industry talk)
  • Wish List from JC teachers
    1. Image Processing
    2. Cloud Computing
    3. Mobile Apps
    4. Face Detection
    5. Google App Engine
    6. Web Apps


2013 2012
Location - NUS SoC
NTU - Cloud Computing by Dr. Bingsheng HE
NUS - Image Processing
SMU - -
SUTD - -

H2 Computing enrollment

School 2012 2011
Pioneer JC 17 11
Dunman High 13 14
HCI 14 18
St Andrew JC 12 13
Yishun JC 0 (quit) 13
Total 56 67

Available Talks by NTU professors

2012? Professor Topic H2 Subject Area Synopsis Speaker Bio
backup CHANG, Kuiyu Introduction to Search Engines m3 This talk introduces the vector space model, document similarity measures, and how it applies to a product and review search engine. Dr. Kuiyu Chang was educated in Singapore and Macau during his formative years, followed by college education in Taiwan (Bachelor's), and graduate studies in Hawaii (Master's) and Texas (Ph.D.). This early exposure to a mixture of Eastern and Western values allows him to act as a natural bridge between the two cultures. For example, he can write/type/speak with native fluency in both English and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese). After graduation in 2000, Dr. Chang joined a Texas software startup, which was later acquired by Interwoven (now Autonomy) for US$70 million. This hands-on experience strongly influenced his pragmatic approach to R&D management. Dr. Chang is also a strong advocate of open-source software (Linux, openoffice, etc.), and regularly consults for companies in Singapore, Malaysia, and China on the deployment of end-to-end open-source software solutions. Dr. Chang founded Mosuma, Inc. (US) in 2001, and still serves as its Technical Advisor to this day. Dr. Chang has published over 50 papers, including in top tier conferences/journals like SIGIR, IJCAI, ICDE, ICDM, SDM, and IEEE Transactions on PAMI. Dr. Chang is the winner of two international best paper awards and has appeared on Singapore TV and press.
No DATTA, Anwitaman A quiver of algorithms: A random walk from the Tower of Hanoi to Google’s MapReduce m1 This talk will expose the audience to some famous algorithms, both classical as well as very recent ones. The intent is to both inspire critical thinking that goes behind the design of algorithms, and to appreciate the power of algorithms in solving problems, and their impact in our daily life. Anwitaman Datta obtained his Phd from EPFL Lausanne before moving to NTU Singapore in 2006 where he is currently an assistant professor. He won the best paper award at ICDCS 2007, he was one of the recipients of HP Labs Innovation Research Program award 2008 and serves as a steering committee member for the IEEE P2P conferences. He leads the Self-* and Algorithmic aspects of Networked Distributed Systems (SANDS) research group.
Yes HE, Bingsheng Cloud Computing m3

Cloud computing has become a very hot area in computer science. It has enabled various kinds of services, that has impact everybody’s daily life. In this talk, I will first show the applications of cloud computing to illustrate how cloud computing enriches our daily life. Next, I will present the representative systems and key techniques in cloud computing, and outline some trends on where the cloud computing will go in the foreseeable future.

Dr. Bingsheng He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Division of Computer Science, School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. Prior to that, Dr. He worked for Microsoft Research Asia (2008-2010), where his major research was focused on building high performance cloud computing systems for Microsoft. Dr. He obtained his Ph.D. from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (2003-2008), and Bachelor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1999-2003). Dr He’s current research interests include cloud computing, database systems, and high performance computing (with a focus on GPGPU). His papers have been published in many prestigious international journals and conference proceedings. Dr. He has won many awards, most recently the IBM Ph.D. fellowship (2007-2008) and NVIDIA Academic Partnership (2010-2011).
NA KAKARALA, Ramakrishna Input Devices: mice and touch screens m2

How do optical mice and touchscreens work? An optical mouse is basically a small camera, taking low resolution pictures many thousand times a second. I will describe how they respond to motion. Touchscreens are another type of "camera", involving a grid of "pixels", but not using light. I will describe how they sense finger position and track multiple fingers.

Ramakrishna Kakarala received the Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of

California, Irvine, and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was a Chancellor’s Fellow at Irvine, and member of the honorary societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi at Michigan. From 1992-1999, he was a Lecturer, promoted to Senior Lecturer, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he carried out research in image processing and computer vision. From 2000-2008, he was a Research Engineer at Agilent Technologies and it’s spinoff, Avago Technologies, where he was promoted to Expert Level, and Master Level in 2006. While at Avago, he carried out research in digital imaging for cellphone cameras and optical mouse sensors. The technologies he developed have led to the smallest optical mouse sensor, the most power-efficient sensor, and the most power-efficient laser mouse sensor. Avago has sold more than 200 million of the sensors using his algorithms. His work has resulted in 19 US patents granted on digital imaging and applications, with more pending.

NA KAKARALA, Ramakrishna How Digital Cameras Work m2

This talk will describe how digital cameras use a sequence of processing steps, known as the “image pipeline”, to capture colour images. The image pipeline includes the steps of white balancing, colour interpolating, colour correcting, de-noising, and tone mapping. It will also discuss the creative uses of cameras, besides that of capturing photos. These include cameras as photocopiers, as short-term memory devices, as sensors, and as measurement devices.

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NA MEHER, Pramod Kumar Computer versus Human Brain m2

Although similarities between the computer and the human brain exist, they are different in several respects. This talk will discuss the similarities and differences between the computer and the human brain, and also discuss how one of the two is superior to the other.

Prof. Pramod Kumar Meher is on a visiting position as Senior Fellow in the School of Computer Engineering since December 2004. He received the first class degrees of B.Sc. (Honours), M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degree in Physics, all from the Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, India in 1976, 1978, and 1996, respectively. His research interests include design of dedicated and reconfigurable architectures for computation-intensive algorithms pertaining to signal processing, image processing, secured communication and bioinformatics. He has done significant contribution to his research areas and published over 40 top quality journal papers and more than 60 papers in reputed international conferences. He has been often invited as a Technical Program Committee member and reviewer for a number of premier conferences and journals, including IEEE Transactions of signal Processing, Computer, VLSI Systems, Circuits and Systems-I and II and IEE Electronics Letters etc. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-II: Express Briefs, and The Journal of Circuits and Systems for Signal Processing. Dr. Meher was conferred with the Chandrasekhar Award for excellence in research in Engineering & Technology for the year 1999. He is a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of United Kingdom, a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) of India, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), (formerly known as the Institution of Electrical Engineers), UK.

NA MIAO, Chun Yan Immersive Learning in Virtual Worlds m3

A recent paradigm shift in the educational research field placing more emphasis on students’ learning experience has motivated researchers to investigate the possibility of harnessing the power of virtual worlds. This aims to form virtual learning environments which offer learners a highly immersive learning experience. Studies have shown that immersion in a virtual world environment can enhance learning in at least three ways: by allowing multiple perspectives, creating situated learning, and by encouraging transfer to occur. This talk presents the NRFMOE- IDM granted research project on intelligent agent augmented immersive virtual learning environment. Experiments have revealed that students greatly enjoyed their learning experiences through exploring, playing and collaborating in immersive virtual world.

Dr. Jaclyn, Chunyan Miao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Her research focus is on infusing intelligent agents into interactive new media (virtual, mixed, mobile and pervasive media) to create novel experiences and dimensions in game design, interactive narrative and other real world agent systems. She has done significant research work her research areas and published over 30 top quality international conference and journal papers. She believes that intelligence/agent augmentation will have a major impact on future new media systems.

NA QIAN, Kemao IT and Animaiton m1 This talk covers how IT is used in our daily life and a slightly deeper discussin on computer animation, which gives some background knowledge when students choose their careers. Dr Qian Kemao is currently in the School of Computer Engineering,Nanyang Technological University. He received his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1994, 1997 and 2000, respectively. His research interests include Optical metrology, image processing and computer animation.

H2 Computing Modules from Syllabus 9597

m1: Algorithms and Design (software, AI)

This module covers data structures and their associated algorithms; and introduces software development practices like modularity, use of libraries, testing methods and debugging techniques through a range of problem tasks in areas like business, science, engineering, education, entertainment, and in life. Students should understand that computational thinking requires abstraction of both data and procedures and that computational thinking is the means to practical and effective solutions for real-world problems. Students will be introduced to a problem-solving framework and solve a defined set of problem tasks that will develop their ability and creativity in problem solving and computer programming skills.

m2: Interface and Interactions (hardware, interface, database)

This module covers communication protocols and standards in a network and introduces interaction styles and techniques as well as design considerations for user interfaces. Students should understand that human-computer and computer-computer interfaces and interaction require an understanding of human behaviour and machine specifications (in terms of hardware and software). As part of hands-on to reinforce learning, students will work individually to create a database application (with appropriate interface and interaction) and test the system for usability. Students should understand and be able to explain the social, economic and ethical impact of computers and technology at work, at play and in life.

m3: Systems Engineering (web apps, networking, project management)

This module covers processes and tools in project management and the stages of a system development cycle. Students will be introduced to the concept of and write reusable codes; and will be required to apply the skills and concepts learnt, together with critical and inventive thinking, to build a network application for business, engineering, education or entertainment through working as a team and as part of hands-on to reinforce learning. Students should understand that careful planning and testing of system solutions are essential for successful implementation and realise that project management techniques have many real-life applications.

Entry Requirements for NTU

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