Modern libraries are built brick by digital brick, says Singapore head librarian


In a blog post for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Singapore Management University (SMU) head librarian Gulcin Cribb explores how modern academic libraries now serve as virtual village squares for their campuses. Titled “Great exaggerations! Death of Libraries,” Cribb’s post refutes the misconception that the shift from print to digital is a sign of the death of libraries, and is instead a natural evolution in focus.

According to Cribb, SMU Libraries now spends over 90 percent of its funds on digital collections, and 80 percent of its collections are digital. This spans digital books, journals, articles, objects, media, digital infrastructure, networks, apps, data, and analytics. Despite this virtual emphasis, SMU Libraries’ physical usage has been increasing, with over 1.3 million entries recorded in 2017, including 7,000-8,000 unique persons per month; these are impressive figures given the school’s overall student population of 9,000.

“Libraries of today are all about expertise, resources, services and spaces both digital and physical,” writes Cribb. “They add value to their communities’ success in a seamless, ubiquitous and agile way. Libraries of today are the digital and virtual village squares of their campuses. Today’s libraries are about engagement, collaboration, communication and partnerships.”

Click here to read Cribb’s blog post on the IFLA website.


Singapore Management University and Tata Consultancy Services renew SMU-TCS iCity Lab Partnership


The SMU-TCS iCity Lab have announced that Singapore Management
University (SMU) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have extended their
partnership for another three years until 2020 to focus on new
initiatives in research and development. The ongoing partnership,
launched in 2011 and renewed for a second time, will enhance and broaden
multi-disciplinary academic research efforts in digital technology to
create innovative, technology-enabled solutions to emerging urban

TCS will invest a total of $1.5 million over the next three years in
developing intelligent infrastructure, software and applications. SMU
will leverage on its capabilities to generate leading-edge research and
strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community to
enable the most relevant and contextual ecosystem to deploy the
technology solutions.

The extension of the partnership in SMU-TCS iCity Lab comes on the heels
of a very successful pilot project in elderly-care that set a new
paradigm in personalized, sustainable and tech-enabled care for senior
citizens in Singapore. The pilot project named SHINESeniors, under a
Singapore Government grant, was launched in 2014 to test run
technologies for ageing-in-place in 100 elderly homes. It proved to be a
highly successful experiment in innovative use of IoT technology to
enable the elderly to age-in-place in Singapore.

With the renewed partnership, SMU-TCS iCity Lab will:

  • Deepen and broaden capabilities of an IoT-enabled preventive care and
    self-care ecosystem, including new citizen segments.
  • Explore how citizens can participate as consumer and producer of
    services to create a sustainable city, aligned with its vision of
    citizen-centric intelligent cities.
  • Look at novel and viable business models, partnership models, care
    models and large scale deployments, using technologies such as AI and
    Machine Learning as necessary.

Visit SMU’s iCity Lab website to learn more.


Turing award winners discuss cities and the future of smart systems at Singapore Management University summit


The benefits and challenges of using technology to transform cities into smart cities was the subject of a panel discussion held during Singapore’s Global Young Scientists Summit, held January 19, 2017, at Singapore Management University. SMU is a member of the iSchools organization and the iSchools Caucus. The panel featured three recipients of the prestigious Turing Award, and was moderated by Steven Miller, vice provost and professor of information systems at SMU. Miller has summarized the results in an article titled Country 2.0: Upgrading Cities with Smart Technology.

The panelists included Vinton Gray Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist; Butler Lampson, a senior scientist at Microsoft Research and an Adjunct Professor at MIT; and Richard Karp, professor at the University of California, Berkeley. They were joined by Tan Kok Yam, head of Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme Office.

The panelist discussed implementation challenges, and the benefits of more integrated data management systems, Priorities include ensuring the safety and reliability of smart systems at both the physical and virtual level, while taking care to prepare governments, industry and the public for the unknown. As Miller notes in his article: “The design of the smart city will have to account for the interests of the many sub-communities. Interest groups must have avenues to make their needs known.”

Click here to view the full text of Miller’s article summarizing the panel’s presentation. The article was published in Asian Management Insights by the Centre for Management Practice of Singapore Management University.


Singapore Management University‘s Professor Robert Deng conferred the prestigious AXA Chair Professorship of Cybersecurity, delivers keynote


Singapore Management University’s Professor Robert Deng, a leading global authority and award winning researcher in cybersecurity, has today been conferred the prestigious AXA Chair Professorship of Cybersecurity. Professor Deng is the first named Chair professor at SMU’s School of Information Systems, one of only six AXA Chairs selected for this honour worldwide and the only one from Singapore, as well as the only AXA Chair in Asia to undertake research in the Data & Technology risks cluster under the AXA Research Fund. Learn more.

Professor Deng delivered the keynote address at the inaugural SMU Cybersecurity Forum on 17 April 2017, at which he was also conferred the AXA Chair Professorship of Cybersecurity. “With the integration of cyberspace and physical space, anything that goes wrong in cyberspace will not only have an impact on data and information systems, but also on the physical world – including human safety and critical infrastructure,” he cautioned. Learn more.

The AXA Chair scheme is intended to support the development of a research area and to make meaningful contributions to the development of that research area in line with the host institution’s long term strategy. It aims at creating a full-time academic position in the host institution and fostering the career development of the professor appointed by AXA.


SMU researchers boost security of Google’s Android mobile systems


Singapore (Singapore). – “Ms Su Mon Kywe, a PhD candidate, and Associate Professor Li Yingjiu from SMU’s School of Information Systems have discovered several security weaknesses in Google’s Android 4.4 and Android 5.1 systems when performing vulnerability analysis on the Android framework as one of their security research projects with Huawei. The weaknesses were reported to Google which has subsequently fixed the vulnerabilities in the newer versions of their Android systems.
The SMU team’s purpose of conducting the vulnerability analysis was to discover security loopholes in the Android systems and report them in a timely manner, so that platform providers such as Google and Huawei can fix the vulnerabilities before they are exploited by real hackers.
The team’s research involved several static source-code analysis, such as building call-graphs and analysing data-flow, on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) published by Google. The source code of AOSP is also used by other platform vendors, such as Samsung and Huawei, with their own customisations. The result of SMU researchers’ analysis revealed that several types of attacks can be launched on mobile users using AOSP versions 4.4 and 5.1.”
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SMU and PS Solutions signed software licence agreement for High-Speed Geofence Query Engine


Singapore. – “Singapore Management University (SMU), one of Asia’s leading universities, through its School of Information Systems (SIS), and PS Solutions Corp (PSSOL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japan headquartered telecommunications and Internet company, SoftBank Group Corp., have entered into a software licence agreement. The license provides PSSOL world-wide exclusive rights to use an SMU developed software module which implements high-speed processing of geofence* queries, and the application of the software module to solutions that require sophisticated spatial data analysis in real time.
The algorithms to determine the location via a geofence are already well established technological abilities. However, processing many simultaneous geofence queries on large-volume incoming streams of data, at high speed, is technically very challenging, and therefore, it is difficult to achieve high efficiency in processing big data at lower cost for commercial use.
A team of researchers at SMU SIS, led by Associate Professors Kyriakos Mouratidis and Baihua Zheng, collaborated with PSSOL for research and validation, and successfully developed an algorithm to process many simultaneous geofence queries on large-volume incoming streams of data, at very high speed, and in a highly efficient manner. Through this agreement, SMU grants PSSOL the software license for commercial use of the said algorithm.”
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Professor Pang Hwee Hwa appointed Dean of SMU School of Information System


Singapore. – “The Singapore Management University (SMU) has announced the appointment of Professor Pang Hwee Hwa as the next Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS) with effect from 1 July 2016 for a term of five years.
Selected from a global pool of candidates after an extensive and rigorous global search which started in October 2015, Prof Pang’s strong commitment to research in information systems and a passion for excellence in education, make him the ideal candidate to lead the School of Information Systems.
Prof Pang succeeds Prof Steven Miller, who is completing 13.5 years as SIS’s founding dean. Prof Miller will continue with his role as Vice Provost (Research).
Prior to joining SMU in July 2005, Prof Pang was with the A*Star Institute of Infocomm Research where, as Division Director and Principal Scientist, he was responsible for strategic planning, project management, industry and government agency engagement, leading and managing research staff. Under his leadership, the division was one of the most successful in transferring technology to industry.
At SMU, Prof Pang has played a central role in supporting the development and growth of the PhD programmes at the university. He served as PhD Programme Director at SIS from 2006 to 2014, and took on additional responsibilities as Director, and later Dean for Postgraduate Research at the university level from 2011.”
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SMU IS students win Best Paper award at CMU Undergrad IS Conference


Singapore. – “Fourth-year School of Information Systems (SIS) students Cui Linting and Kenny Ngo have done Singapore Management University proud by winning the Best Paper award at the 6th Undergraduate Conference in Information Systems hosted by the Information Systems Programme at the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on 27 February 2016.
The Conference presented a venue for students and faculty from around the world to present and engage with cutting edge undergraduate research. Students were invited to submit research papers and posters reflecting recent research projects or capstone experiences.
The Conference theme was “Humanizing IT”. Participants were to consider the evolving role of IT in all facets of human life. The Conference offered an opportunity for students and faculty to reflect on and contribute to the understanding of the long term challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid advancement in technology and the transformation of our lives as a result.”
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Professor Robert Deng is first SMU faculty to be conferred IEEE Fellowship


Singapore. – ” Professor Robert Deng from the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) has been elevated to IEEE Fellow with effect from 1 January 2016. He is being recognised for his long history of professional contributions to the field of cybersecurity, and in particular for work on cybersecurity algorithms, protocols and systems.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Prof Deng said, “I am greatly humbled and honoured to be elevated to IEEE Fellow. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all my collaborators and students for their valuable support and contributions to my professional career, and to A*STAR and SMU for providing dynamic and supportive research environments that have enabled me, over the past 20 plus years, to undertake cybersecurity research in Singapore.””
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SMU and University of Surrey secure grant for cybersecurity research


Singapore. – “A team of cybersecurity experts from Singapore Management University (SMU) and University of Surrey has received 2-year funding from UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to undertake research on Computational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of Human Behavior-based Insecurity.
It was among the six new joint research projects selected under the inaugural Singapore-UK Joint Grant Call for Cybersecurity Research which was launched in May 2015 with the objectives of strengthening knowledge and capabilities in cybersecurity, as well as fostering closer collaboration in cybersecurity research between researchers from Singapore and UK.
The SMU-University of Surrey project aims to prove that human behaviour related insecurities in cyber security can be detected automatically, by applying human cognitive models. The project will apply human understanding and thought process in order to model and simulate humans involved in security systems. This will then support automated detection by developing general-purpose computational framework, with supporting software tools.”
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