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​Outcome of the 3rd ACE Call

Published on: 10-Mar-2020


Dear Colleagues,

The 3rd ACE Call, which was launched on 25th Oct 2019 and closed on 6th Dec 2019, received 20 novel and highly interdisciplinary research proposals with COS, COE and CoHASS being the top participating colleges. LKCMedicine also participated strongly.

During the call period, Prof Michael Khor, Director of Talent Recruitment and Career Support (TRACS) Office, conducted several ACE Clinics to assist faculty in preparation of their ACE proposals.

I am pleased that the ACE scheme has successfully achieved its objective in encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty at NTU schools and colleges to catalyse bold and unconventional research in addressing global research problems.

An ACE review panel comprising NTU Research Directors, Associate Deans (Research) and Associate Chairs (Research) of Colleges and Schools spent considerable time reviewing the proposals carefully and thoroughly.

Based on the evaluation and comments of the ACE review panel, we have selected the following three (3) proposals for the 3rd ACE awards. These ACE projects are linked to the thematic clusters in NISTH (NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity) and therefore will be embedded within NISTH. We believe that embedding these three ACE projects within NISTH will facilitate vibrant interdisciplinary networking as well as further develop this important area.  

Proposal 1: 
Towards a Data-Driven, Explainable Framework for AI Start-ups' Due Diligence
Research Team: 
Wen Yonggang (SCSE) – PI
Boh Wai Fong (NBS) – Co-PI
S. Viswanathan (NBS) – Co-PI
Kwan Min Lee (WKWSCI) – Collaborator

Proposal 2:
From https to httpQ: envisioning ethics, security and trust in a world with quantum computers. (Q is for quantum)
Research Team:
Koh Teck Seng (SPMS) – PI
Christina Chuang (SOH) – Co-PI
Chew Lock Yue (SPMS) – Collaborator

Proposal 3:
A Study of Adversarial Examples for Proactively Protecting Images against DeepFake and DeepNude
Research Team:
Adams Kong Wai-Kin (SCSE) – PI
Guo Jian (SPMS) – Co-PI
Xu Hong (SSS) – Co-PI

The Talent Recruitment and Career Support (TRACS) Office will contact the awardees on the details and terms of the grant.

The ACE project funding aims to seed innovative and interdisciplinary ideas that will lead to competitive proposals. Therefore, we hope that all ACE teams will take this opportunity to apply for competitive external funding.

Please join me in congratulating the successful 3rd ACE Call teams.  We look forward to the teams making impactful achievements from their respective projects.

Thank you.

Prof Lam Khin Yong
Senior Vice President (Research), NTU



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