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Professor Ooi Beng Chin
Director
Department of Computer Science
Email: ooibc@comp.nus.edu.sg
Biography

Ooi Beng Chin is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Interactive & Digital Media Institute at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his BSc (1st Class Honors) and PhD from Monash University, Australia, in 1985 and 1989 respectively. His research interests include database system architectures, performance issues, indexing techniques and query processing, in the context of multimedia, spatio-temporal, distributed, parallel, P2P, and Cloud database systems and applications.

He has served as a PC member for international conferences such as ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE, WWW, and SIGKDD, and as Vice PC Chair for ICDE'00,04,06, co-PC Chair for SSD'93 and DASFAA'05, PC Chair for ACM SIGMOD'07 and Core DB PC chair for VLDB'08. He serves as a PC Chair for IEEE ICDE'12. He was an editor of VLDB Journal, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He serves as a co-chair of the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Best Thesis Award committee, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), an editor of Distributed and Parallel Databases Journal, an advisory board member of SIGMOD, and a trustee board member and executive of VLDB Endowment. He is the recipient of ACM SIGMOD 2009 Contributions award, a co-winner of the 2011 Singapore President's Science Award, the recipient of 2012 IEEE Computer Society Kanai award and 2013 NUS Outstanding Researcher Award. He is a fellow of ACM and IEEE.

More details can be found at the Personal Homepage.

Professor Lawrence Wong
Deputy Director
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: elewwcl@nus.edu.sg
Biography

Professor Lawrence Wong is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently holding the position of Deputy Director at the Interactive and Digital Media Institute (IDMI) in NUS.

He was previously Executive Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) from Nov 2002 - Nov 2006. Since joining NUS in 1983, he served in various positions at the department, faculty, and university levels, including Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jan 2008 - Oct 2009, Director of the NUS Computer Centre from Jul 2000 - Nov 2002, and Director of the Centre for Instructional Technology from Jan 1998 - Jun 2000. Prior to joining NUS in 1983, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill Lab, NJ, USA, from 1980 to 1983.

He received the B.Sc. (1st class Honours) and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University, UK, in 1976 and 1980, respectively. His research interests include wireless networks and systems, multimedia networks, and source matched transmission techniques with over 200 publications and 4 patents in these areas. He is co-author of the book on “Source-Matched Mobile Communications”. He received the IEEE Marconi Premium Award in 1989, NUS Teaching Award (1989), IEEE Millennium Award in 2000, the e-nnovator Awards 2000, Open Category, and Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2006.

More details can be found at the Personal Homepage.
Associate Professor Roger Zimmermann
Deputy Director
Department of Computer Science
Email: rogerz@comp.nus.edu.sg
Biography

Roger Zimmermann is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he is also an investigator with the Interactive and Digital Media Institute (IDMI).

Prior to joining NUS in 2007 he held the position of Research Area Director with the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at the University of Southern California (USC). He is still affiliated with USC as Adjunct Associate Professor, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1998. His research interests are in the areas of distributed and peer-to-peer systems, collaborative environments, streaming media architectures, georeferenced video search, and mobile location-based services. His work on high-resolution Internet streaming resulted in the Remote Media Immersion system which has been demonstrated on Internet2

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ACM. He has co-authored a book, five patents and more than hundred conference publications, journal articles and book chapters in the areas of multimedia and information management.

He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications. He is also an Associate Editor with the ACM Computers in Entertainment magazine and the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications journal. He has served on the conference program committees of many leading conferences.

Associate Professor Kan Min-Yen
Assistant Director
Department of Computer Science
Email: kanmy@comp.nus.edu.sg
Biography

Kan Min-Yen is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with research interests that span digital libraries, natural language processing and information retrieval. Specific interests include: scholarly digital libraries, definitional QA, statistical MT, text summarization, verb analysis, optimizing access to scientific literature, web crawling, and combining search and browsing user interfaces under human-computer interaction.

He is a senior member of the ACM, a member of the IEEE, ACL and PREMIA.

He graduated with his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

More details can be found at the Personal Homepage.

Associate Professor Ng Teck Khim
Head, Research
Department of Computer Science
Email: ngtk@nus.edu.sg
Biography

Teck Khim is the head of research in IDMI. He is an associate professor of practice in the Computer Science Department, School of Computing, National University of Singapore. His research interest is in computer vision as well as multimodality processing on mobile devices. Teck Khim obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, and his M.Sc. and Bachelor degrees from NUS in 1992 and 1988 respectively.

He was with the defence R&D for the Ministry of Defence of Singapore for almost his entire career. Prior to joining NUS, he was the Head of Signal Processing Lab of DSO National Labs, which is the major defence R&D organization in Singapore.

Teck Khim had also served a year in Media Development Authority as a Program Director in the Interactive Digital Media R&D Programme Office.

Mr. Koh Chun Keat
Head, Engineering
Smart Systems Institute
Email: idmkck@nus.edu.sg
Biography

Chun Keat graduated with First Class Honours in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore, and has previously worked in media research – specialising in areas of video segmentation, text processing and question answering.

He started out in the games and digital media industry from a training-attachment program with KOEI Japan and has over 10 years of game development experience back in Singapore – from building Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) to casual games on the web and mobile platforms.

With a broad range of interests in user interface design, development and technical expertise in digital media technologies, he is very passionate about engineering the next innovations that would enrich and enhance our everyday lives.

Mr. Kelvin Tan
Head, Business Development
Smart Systems Institute
Deputy Director
NUS Enterprise
Email: kelvintan@nus.edu.sg
Biography

Prior to joining NUS, Kelvin was SVP of ServTouch-Wywy for New Media/Kodak Division. He was instrumental in the digital transformation of key photo retail and on-line businesses. Under his stewardship, the company supported projects with Mediacorp and Starhub as well as nationwide programs like the National Day Parade and PA’s Chingay Parade. On the international front, his New Media team worked with World Wildlife Fund, UNIFEM Project Inspire and PPTV of China.

Previously, Kelvin founded his own startup, Eyemail Technology, which was a pioneering company for video streaming on smart mobile devices. In HP, he was instrumental in setting up the Asia Pacific Mobile E-Services Bazaar (later called CoolTown) as part of a global program. The Spore hub with satellites in 5 asian cities connected over 300 companies in an eco-system which promoted business and technology partnerships. He also held positions in M1, AT&T and IDA.

Besides work, Kelvin serves on the IT Talent Advisory Panel of People’s Association. He also advises Konen Arts Performing School which promotes local arts and music.

Kelvin graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Electronics and Telecommunications and attained his MBA with OCU of USA. Has been a IEEE Member for over 15 years. Currently, he is pursuing a Master in Gerontology as a personal passion to collaborate with educators, researchers and outreach services in providing multidisciplinary support for aging and old adults.