All Members

Ms. Cecilia Mak Lye Kin

Research Interest: Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Optimization, Streaming Analytics, Text Analytics, etc.

Cecilia is an experienced Microsoft Office Trainer, specializing in the Microsoft Office desktop applications. She has worked as an End-User Analyst with National Computer Board, providing IT support, training and consulting services to government agencies. She has many years of teaching experience in SP. Part of her work in SP include corporate training in the IT department. She has provided in-house IT training to SP Staff on campus-wide software. As a Senior Lecturer at SP, she teaches data analysis modules using software applications and delivers design thinking programs. She develops course materials, leads lectures, group activities and delivers Microsoft Office workshops for public and private companies. She has also proven her expertise with successful completion of Microsoft Office Specialist, Expert & Master certifications.

Ms. Charlotte Poh

Research Interest: Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Optimization

Charlotte worked as a research scientist in the applied defense research field, specialising in machine learning for speech and image processing. As a lecturer at SP, she teaches Mathematics, Statistics and Data Analytics and participates in data analytics projects.

Ms. Chia Tien Chern

Research Interest: Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision

Ms. Chia was Senior Member of Technical Staff at DSO National Laboratories researching in the area of computer vision in Defence Applications prior to joining SP. She has also obtained Master of Technology (Knowledge Engineering), NUS-ISS. Ms. Chia is currently lecturing in SP in areas of Mathematics, Statistics and Analytics, and part of the team to coordinate training. Scholar Citations: Yao, Jian Chao & Chern, Chia. (2001). The practice of automatic satellite image registration. Yao, Jian Chao & Chern, Chia. (2001). Comparison of Newton-Gauss with Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm for space resection.

Ms. Dora Chua

Research Interest: Internet Of Things (IoT), Big Data Platforms (Hadoop), Streaming Analytics (Spark), Cognitive Services (Image Recognition/ Chatbots), cloud computing platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)

Ms. Dora has a breadth of experience in developing desktop, web-based and mobile applications using various programming languages such as C#, Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, C++ etc. Besides her strength in application development, she is also proficient in other areas such as database design/ administration, user interface design and data visualization. She was awarded with the Accenture Gold Medal as the top student in her Master degree course with the Institute of System Science (ISS) at NUS in 2011. Ms. Dora is a certified Amazon Web Services (AWS) trainer.

Dr. Edna Chan

Research InterestAI, Learning Analytics, Optimization

Dr Edna received her PhD in Operations Research. Her research interests fall broadly under the categories of optimization and advanced analytics, with a special interest towards applications in learning innovation. She has built learning systems supported by national funding sources such as MOE Innovation fund, and MTI-MOF Public Private Co-Innovation Fund. In recognition for her teaching excellence, Dr Edna has received several teaching awards; the most recent award being the SP Educator Award in 2019. She currently heads SP Data Science and Analytics Centre, and is also the Deputy Director of SP School of Mathematics and Science.

Dr. Foong Ruyi

Research Interests: Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Brain-Computer Interface, Educational and Healthcare Research

Before joining SP DSAC, Dr Foong’s interests was mainly in the area of technological applications in healthcare. She was involved in robotic and brain-computer interface projects, the former at the National University of Singapore, and latter at a local research institution. She has now expanded her interests to education; she is currently teaching Mathematics and IT modules at SP, and working on projects related to skills in education.

In her spare time, she likes to dabble in various arts and crafts and teach the youths at church. A list of her publications can be found at her Google Scholar profile:

Dr. Jaya Shreeram

Research Interest:  Statistical Modelling / Predictive Analytics Theory, System Quality and Reliability by Statistical Design

Dr. Jaya received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research interests include Statistical Modelling and Predictive Analytics theory. He has supervised several postgraduate research work and has published in the area of System Quality and Reliability by Statistical Design. He has a record of teaching and working in the higher education industry. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic where he teaches Mathematics, Statistics and Data Analytics and is the Course Chair of the Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Predictive Analytics) program offered by Singapore Polytechnic.

Dr. Jonathan Kang

Research Interests: Statistical genetics and genomics, data analytics, data visualization.

Jonathan is a population geneticist by training, and his research makes use of mathematical, statistical, and computational tools in the analysis of human genetic data. As a lecturer in SP, he teaches mathematics, statistics, and data science to polytechnic students as well as adult learners. A list of Jonathan’s research publications can be found here.

Dr. Kathiresan Manickam

Research Interest: Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Text Analytics

Dr. Kathiresan has more than 15 years of experience working in healthcare and government sectors. His focus in earlier days was on digital signal processing and he developed a tool used at ENT clinics. Subsequently, his focus was on data analytics leading projects that were commentated by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Manpower. He undertook longitudinal studies, developed predictive models for construction and government sectors, survey studies to understand landscape transformation food & beverage and healthcare sectors and cross agency pilot studies i.e. Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Manpower, land Transport and Traffic Police Singapore. He had overseen several projects with external consultants such as Blackbox (Healthcare project), Deloitte (Construction project) etc. He had authored and co-authored over 15 peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings till date. Currently, he is lecturing on Data Analytics, Business Statistics and IT & Data Analysis for Business.

Mrs. Kok-Mak Chew Pheng

Research Interest: Data mining and its applications in education and the health sciences

Mrs Kok teaches Biostatistics and Engineering Mathematics in SP. She participates in data analytic projects which focus on addressing academic performance and learning behavior issues among students in the School of Mathematics & Science.

Ms. Karen Wong

Research Interest: Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Machine Learning , Natural Language Processing

Karen has strong interest in the applications of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Currently, she teaches Statistics, Mathematics, Data Analytics and Data Visualisation courses to students and adult learners in Singapore Polytechnic. Along with the centre director, she manages DSAC’s projects.

Ms. Leong Fong Sow

Research Interest:  Machine Learning, Software Engineering, Internet Computing, Curriculum Design

Ms. Leong is a keen software developer and an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in Curriculum Development and Web/Mobile Application Development. She had served as the Chairperson of the course management team of the Diploma in Business Information Technology and Diploma in Information Technology offered by Singapore Polytechnic.

Dr. Lina Fang

Research Interest: Data Visualization, Data Analytics

Dr. Lina is a lecturer with the Singapore Polytechnic where she teaches Mathematics, Statistics and Data Analytics.  She participates in data analytics projects and also conducts trainings for the adult learners on analytics and visualization.

Ms. Luan QianQian

Research Interest: Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Text Analytics

QianQian has research interest in Data Visualization using various tools such as R, Python, Power BI, Tableau and Microstrategy. She is also well versed in Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Text Analytics using Python and R. She conducts training and short courses for public and corporate on visualization software and data analytics.

Mr. Lucas Giam

Research Interest: Statistical Modelling, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning

Lucas is currently a lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic. He teaches mathematics, statistics and data science in the School of Mathematics and Science. Besides teaching, he also participates in research and consultancy projects with industry stakeholders in the areas of data science and analytics. His academic interests lie in statistical modelling, data analytics, machine learning and deep learning.

Dr. Peter Leong

Research Interest: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing

Dr. Leong is an experienced Technopreneur in high-tech hardware and software technology companies. He is always keen to take advantage of new emerging technologies to improve lives and add economic value. He has played varied roles in his high-tech career as Researcher, Academic, Project Manager, Software Architect, and Software Developer in a wide variety of Internet, ubiquitous and mobile applications.

Dr. Robert Straughan

Research Interest:  Data Mining, Text Analytics, Optimization

Dr. Straughan worked for several years in the U.S. as a chemical engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry before receiving his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. After relocating to Singapore, he worked at a Japanese MNC where he developed mathematical libraries for vector supercomputers, and at a research institute where he led a team that carried out commercial data mining projects. As a Senior Lecturer at SP, he teaches statistics and data mining, and leads data analytics projects. He is the course chair of the Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Data Analytics).

Ms. Soh Ying Ying

Research Interest: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Statistical Modelling, Network Analytics, Jobs-Skills related projects

Ying Ying is a consultant with DSAC and has been involved in projects involving Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP) as well as Jobs-Skills related projects. She is interested in NLP and constantly updates herself with the latest models and techniques that are used by the industry/academia communities. Her experience as a Data Scientist in SkillsFuture Singapore had equipped her with knowledge and skills to harness job-skills insights from various data sources. During her free time, she enjoys playing Chinese chess. She is currently a Chinese chess International Master and her best ranking in international competitions thus far is third in Asia.

Mr. Steven Ng

Research Interest: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Big Data

Steven has more than 15 years of industry experiences working in the Front Office Trading Technology with Global Investment Banks across Fixed Income, Emerging Market and Counterparty Risk Management. Extensive experiences in developing and supporting complex enterprise level systems using Distributed Architecture, High Performance Computing, Data Warehouse and Data Analytics. He has strong interest in the applications of AI, Cloud Computing and Big Data. Currently he teaches Machine learning, Data Engineering, DevOps etc.

Dr. Tang Xingyu

Research Interest: Statistical modelling, Data analytics, Predictive analytics

Dr. Tang received his Ph.D. in statistics, and had years of experience analysing high-dimensional bioinformatics data in a biomedical research centre. His research interest includes statistical analytics and feature selection of high-dimensional data. He is a proficient programmer using R language, and has experience in Python coding as well. Dr. Tang is now the coordinator of SP’s continuing education & training (CET) module Introduction to Statistical Modelling. As a consultant with DSAC, he has been involved in projects involving statistical inferences on various types of data.

Mr. Tay Kuan Seng

Research Interest: Research Interest could include Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Robotic Process Automation, Optimization.

Kuan Seng teaches programming and data analysis modules in SP. He has research interest and has participated in data visualization and robotic process automation projects. He conducts training and short courses for public and corporate on data analysis.

Dr. Wilson Qiu Zixuan

Research Interest: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computer Vision (CV)

Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in computer engineering, and had years of experience applying data science to different industries. He specializes in teaching Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning courses. Dr. Wilson is also involved into AI research projects leveraging NLP and CV technologies.

Dr. Zhang Xiaoming

Research Interest: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Scheduling Optimization

Dr. Xiaoming has years of industry experience working as a senior researcher on projects in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Data Mining and Machine Learning. He received his Ph.D. of Engineering (Computing Science) in 2001, published numerous technical papers and books on IoT and applications of DSA.

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