Welcome to the Staff Awards website, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff. If you wish to share any prizes or awards received, new appointments or memberships in prestigious boards or societies, and other notable achievements in the last six months, we would love to hear from you.
Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest and his team at NUS Engineering have been conferred top honours at this year’s ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards, in recognition of their achievement which has made a significant contribution to the progression of the field and the quality of life in ASEAN.
Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, has been appointed to the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization.
Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, has been appointed to the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO). He sits on the Council as a representative of Singapore, a member state of HFSPO.
The organisation runs the Human Frontier Science Program, a funding programme for frontier research in life sciences that supports world-class scientific research using innovative and multidisciplinary approaches.
“The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization is amongst the leading international agencies promoting innovative and cutting edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences. While the organisation is governed by the Board of Trustees, the Board is advised by the Council of Scientists in its fulfilment of its scientific mission,” said Prof Teo. “It is thus a significant privilege and honour to be nominated as a member of the Council of Scientists. This appointment provides the opportunity to understand global funding decisions and direction settings, which will be beneficial and important for Singapore as we develop our future strategies in the life sciences.”
NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye has been honoured for his outstanding achievements with the prestigious Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed on an alumnus by Yale University and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.
Professor John Lim of Duke-NUS Medical School has been conferred the 2018 Founders Award by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
Professor John Lim of Duke-NUS Medical School has been conferred the 2018 Founders Award by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), one of the largest global organisations involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products.
The Founder’s Award, RAPS’ highest honour, acknowledges exemplary professionals who have had a substantial and sustained impact over the course of their careers. This year’s award recognises Prof Lim’s contribution towards driving excellence in the regulatory profession, as well as promoting good regulatory practice and policies in advancing public health.
Assistant Professor Darren Yeo from NUS Biological Sciences was part of the freshwater crab conservation working group that received a Minister’s Award (Team) in recognition for work on species recovery and conservation of the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab Johora singaporensis.
Assistant Professor Darren Yeo (in white in the photo) from NUS Biological Sciences was part of the freshwater crab conservation working group that received a Minister’s Award (Team) in recognition for work on species recovery and conservation of the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab Johora singaporensis, one of the world’s 100 most threatened species. The group was led by the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), with representatives from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
The award, presented at the Ministry of National Development (MND) National Day Observance Ceremony on 8 August 2018, is one of 15 awards given out to projects across MND and one of two awarded projects from NParks.
Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from NUS Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies for his work on privacy in machine learning.
Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from the Department of Computer Science at NUS Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) for his work on privacy in machine learning.
The award recognises his contributions to designing new algorithms for analysing data privacy in complex machine learning models, and for uncovering the privacy vulnerabilities of major machine learning as a service platforms.
The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation or deployment of privacy enhancing technology.
Asst Prof Shokri was presented with the award on July 26 at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in Barcelona, for his paper “Membership Inference Attacks against Machine Learning Models”.
The paper proposes a new attack algorithm to infer whether a data record has been used in the training set of a model, by just having access to the model’s predictions.
According to this research, learning that a data record was used to train a particular model is an indication of information leakage through the model. In some cases, it can directly lead to a privacy breach. For example, knowing that a certain patient’s clinical record was used to train a model associated with a disease can reveal that the patient has this disease.
The empirical results of the research show that complex models and machine learning as a service platforms are very susceptible to such attacks, and may leak a significant amount of information about the individual data records in their training sets to untrusted entities.