University Awards

University Research Recognition Award

To develop sound mathematical theories and models of privacy preserving data-centric distributed analytics and systems, develop efficient verifiable data systems, and translate my existing systems for commercial deployment. Prof OOI Beng Chin
Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor
PhD, BSc (Monash University)
Department of Computer Science
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  • His research on the fundamental data and systems abstractions of modern data-driven applications laid the foundation for the design and implementation of systems that are not only efficient, robust, but also scalable and secure
  • His other extensive research, which ranges from end-to-end pipeline supporting all data processing steps to complex data analytics, yielded a large-scale software system that significantly improves on prior research-focused systems. The rigorous algorithmic and theoretical results were published in top journals and international conferences
  • Led a team to develop the scalable, useable and efficient Apache SINGA system, a layer abstraction optimised for distributed machine learning. This is Apache’s first Top Level Project on distributed deep learning platform and also the first from Singapore
  • Developed ForkBase, the first immutable data and tamper evident storage system that enables fast verification required in high-stakes and sensitive domains such as healthcare and finance. It also supports efficient data provenance processing known as LineageChain−which won the Very Large Data Bases’ (VLDB) 2019 Best Paper Award, and provides effective storage for FabricSharp blockchain, a variant of Hyperledger Fabric
  • Developed the GEMINI, a healthcare analytics system; and FoodLg, a food journaling, nutrition tracking and analysis app
  • Published and presented more than 200 papers in leading journals and prestigious conferences
  • Obtained over 25,000 total citations with a Hirsch index of 85
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (2018 to 2021)
  • President of VLDB Endowment (2014 to 2017)
  • Founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Big Data Research (2013 to 2015)
  • Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2009 to 2012)
  • ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, Special Interest Group on Management of Data (2020)
  • Overseas Outstanding Contributions Award, China Computer Federation (2016)
  • IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering, and Education Impact Award (2014)
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS (2013)
  • IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award (2012)
  • Co-winner of the President’s Science Award (2011)
  • Fellow, Singapore National Academy of Science (2016); ACM (2011); and IEEE (2009)
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