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2016

24

Mar

Open Data in Singapore

The government’s open data portal (data.gov.sg) houses data sets from 71 government ministries and agencies, including over 350 data sets related to health originating from the Health Promotion Board, Health Sciences Authority and Ministry of Health. Singapore has also used the data portal as a means for catalyzing citizen engagement around available data, though, for example, the Data in the City Visualization Challenge, which asked citizens to tell “your Singapore story using data.” As Professor Ee-Peng LIM, Director of Living Analytics Research Centre, Singapore Management University, describes, “Singapore is heading toward an effort to use both public and private enterprise data to innovate her economy as well as her society. This is currently the mindset of the government, as well as the nation.” Link

29

Jan

A ‘Closed’ Social Media Perceived To Be Less Critical

SMU Living Analytics Research Centre Director Professor LIM Ee-Peng noted that there were 275 social media posts a day during the election season and the number of political blog posts did not increase significantly after the GE2015 result announcement. After the GE2015 result announcement, there were a large proportion of emotional posts that contain at least some ranting expressions and expletives. Link

2015

27

Oct

DBS, SMU Launch Joint Lab for Social Media Analytics

DBS Bank and Singapore Management University (SMU) have joined forces to operate a research lab that is trying to uncover new digital consumer trends amid social media. The Life Analytics Lab, employed a team of about 10 researchers to process data gleaned from platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The research will be driven by the analytics capabilities SMU developed from its Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC), which was formed in 2011 through funding by the National Research Foundation. Link

10

Sep

Ask Tech in Asia: Has technology changed the Singapore General Election?

Technology removed restrictions on accessibility to media, making content generation much easier, sometimes even crowdsourced. The sheer number of online blogs can also be quickly gauged by looking at the number of news sources and articles built by a team of researchers from Living Analytics Research Centre, Singapore Management University for this General Election. Link

9

Sep

Campaigning in Cyberspace

Social media has helped to generate interest and draw crowds to rallies during the 2011 election campaign but it is playing an even bigger role this time, with platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and even news portals. At Singapore Management University, Professor of Information Systems and Director of Living Analytics Research Centre, Professor LIM Ee-Peng and his team has been monitoring the Twitter traffic of Singaporeans and netizens during the 2011 polls and the current campaign on how much attention paid to respective political user accounts and how netizens shared information via Twitter. Link

7

Sep

GE2015 Analytics

Living Analytics Research Centre from Singapore Management University has developed an analytic software that aggregates General Election 2015 related content posts from more than 200 blogs. According to the current set of posts, the most discussed topics are “Campaigning”, “Cost of Living” and “Immigration”. Link

17

Jun

From Big Data to Smart Data: The Future of Wearable Technology

During the panel discussion on SMU-Channel NewsAsia Perspectives Episode 5, Associate Professor Archan MISRA, Deputy Director, Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) and Co-Director, LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform, spoke about “deep data” or individualised information about a person’s everyday life, the ability to monitor daily activity patterns, and the implications that “deep data” has on businesses and services. Link

31

Mar

The Rise of A.I.

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, Professor of Information Systems and Deputy Director of Living Analytics Research Centre LAU Hoong Chuin questioned whether the progress in Artificial intelligence (A.I.) seen so far is going to be sustained in the future. He said that unless a new model of computation and a new system of mathematical logic are found, a complexity barrier will be reached and that’s when the growth of A.I. will taper off. Prof Lau and his team developed a theme park app which is capable of planning on behalf of the individual by taking his/her preferences as well as the environment into consideration. Link

16

Feb

Gauging Political Sentiments With Online Content

Professor LIM Ee-Peng explained the processes of text and topic classification for text analytics technique could be used to complement, not replace, human labelling efforts. How could the impact of political content be evaluated? Besides traditional hyperlink analysis, what about the influence on and mentions of online content in the mainstream media? What about parliamentarians or ministers? Could longitudinal studies be employed to determine if these online engagements do increase the level of discourse? Link

2014

29

Nov

Ready for the Smart Life?

In a vision for a Smart Nation spelt out by PM LEE Hsien Loong, individuals, governments and businesses will work via a nationwide, integrated use of data analytics, sensor networks, information communication and phone apps.

SMU Director of Living Analytics Research Centre Professor LIM Ee-Peng notes that Singapore’s small size is an advantage for the speedy deployment of infrastructure, supporting our efforts to become a smart city.
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25

Aug

Theme Park Navigation Applications

Professor LAU Hoong Chuin, Mr FAN Chun Pong and Ms Elizabeth LIM from the Singapore Management University’s Living Analytics Research Centre have developed two mobile applications to enhance visitors’ experience in a large leisure setting such as a theme park or museum. The first application is a dynamic route planner that provides visitors with an itinerary based on personal preferences, queues and walking distance and the second application is designed for Android devices, comprising functions such as visitor itinerary and live map for navigation. Link

11

Aug

Making Sense of Social Media

Professor LIM Ee-Peng from the SMU School of Information Systems turns Twitter noise into useful and informative data. One application that most people might be familiar with is personalised search. Professor LIM cited the example of the search engine Google, which has used extensive data analytics to refine and customise its system such that searches are not only powerful but also personalised using social media signals. Prof LIM remarked that social media can also improve recommendations for products and services, while allowing us to find the best way to navigate around a new city. Link

11

Jun

Text Mining: The Gold Rush of Big Data

Every second, troves of information are generated on social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. But the majority of this data cannot be analysed meaningfully, because it is complex and difficult to understand.

According to IBM, 95 percent of digital data generated daily is unstructured. Referring to content from social media or the Internet, unstructured data presents an opportunity for businesses and governments to predict human behaviour and map influencer networks. Such data is growing at double the rate of traditional data, which is stored in databases and commonly accessed by a structured query language.
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30

May

LARC Research Exhibition: Better Living Through Analytics

A brainchild of SMU and Carnegie Mellon University, the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) held an exhibition at the SMU Concourse on 26 March 2014. Themed “Better Living Through Analytics”, the exhibition featured its latest research on behavioural and social analytics. The full-day event attracted a steady flow of visitors including LARC’s industry partners, as well as representatives from companies and government agencies such as the National Research Foundation, Economic Development Board, Ministry of Home Affairs, and National Environment Agency. Link

22

May

New Tech, Greenery to Raise Quality of Life

A LACK of size has forced Singapore planners to get creative in the use of both space and technology, experts say, and that in turn has paved the way for the Smart Nation envisioned in the next phase of development. For example, traffic lights at junctions with sensors now change according to users’ needs rather than at fixed intervals, which improves traffic flow. Experts agreed that Singapore is off to a good start and “We have made quite a few steps forward,” said Professor LIM Ee-Peng. Link

24

Mar

LARC Open House

The Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) – a collaboration between SMU and Carnegie Mellon University – held an Open House for the public on 26 March 2014, at the SMU Concourse to showcase research and project demos on behavioural and social network analytics, such as the Palanteer System for real-time social-media monitoring and analytics, the Dynamic Experience Management application for theme park and leisure settings, and new Consumer Analytics concepts and applications for the telecoms industry. Link

20

Jan

The Infocomm Development Authority Expands Singapore’s Capabilities in Data Analytics

The Data Innovation Challenge is an initiative by IDA to connect User Enterprises and Data Providers with Data Specialists, ICT companies, Research Institutes, and IHLs to develop prototypes, proof-of-concepts and analytics solutions for data-driven commercial problems. More than 300 entries were received and six prototypes were shortlisted in the first challenge issued by DSM Engineering Plastics. The Living Analytics Research Centre team from Singapore Management University won Round 1 with a predictive sales forecasting model that was the most accurate and innovative. Link

15

Jan

Personal Data Protection Act

Every person has a different opinion about how much his or her personal data is worth. While there are people who are reluctant to share any personal data (especially when their jobs are related to security and law enforcement), there are also many who do not mind sharing anything with others. Good examples of the latter include celebrities, teenagers, bloggers, etc.. The monetary value of personal data is related to how much benefit and risk it can bring to its owner, how much comfort it can bring to other users, and how much revenue it can bring to the organizations using it.

Research has shown that younger users do not normally value their personal data as much as older users. Research has also shown that one can easily give away personal data for gratification or convenience (e.g., google search, facebook social networking, Amazon’s product recommendations, etc.).
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5

Jan

SMU Team Wins Round 1 of DSM’s Data Innovation Challenge

Launched in June 2013, the Data Innovation Challenge provides a platform for organisations to crowd-source and develop analytics solutions to address complex data-driven business challenges. It brings together user enterprises with data providers, data scientists, ICT companies who will collaborate with research institutes and institutions of higher learning to develop proof-of-concepts and test out the prototypes or working models to address the user enterprises’ business challenges.

The winning solution came from Team Davidlowjw, which comprised of Research Engineer Mr David Low and Research Scientist Dr Richard Oentaryo from the Living Analytics Research Centre, Singapore Management University.
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29

Mar

New Applications Developed to Enhance Theme Park Experience

LARC researchers developed smartphone apps to allow tourists to enjoy more rides and attractions at a theme park within limited time. The application also helps enhance the tourists’ experiences by easing the flow of the crowd at the theme park. Link

2013

4

Nov

Studying The Science Of Happiness

Associate Professor Christie SCOLLON at the SMU School of Social Sciences has been studying cultural differences in subjective wellbeing for more than a decade. In addition to her studies on subjective wellbeing, Professor SCOLLON collaborated in June this year with the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) to study how Singaporeans responded to the severe haze that shrouded the country. The LARC team analysed data generated by about 130,000 Twitter public users in Singapore to derive real-time insights about people’s reactions to the haze. Link

19

Sep

LARC Faculty Participation in Asia Pacific Economic Forum

LARC faculty members and representatives from university locations and programs in Australia and Singapore presented at a technology roundtable to kick off this week’s 48th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Telecommunications (APEC TEL) and Information Working Group in Honolulu. Link

18

Sep

Advertorial: Making Data Relevant to Business

Singapore Management University (SMU) undergraduates started the current academic year in August, they could choose a new subject as their second major: analytics. This prepares them for widely sought-after jobs and professional roles. They can pick up skills in processing, managing, analysing and making sense of large amounts of data, in addition to pursuing their bachelors in one of the core SMU disciplines of business, accountancy, economics, social sciences, law and information systems. Link

2

Jul

SINGAPORE: Taking Care of the Big Picture
Innovative Approaches to Future Urban Solutions

Since gaining independence in 1965, Singapore’s urban landscape has gone through major changes. In the 1960’s, the city-state was beset by high unemployment, an overcrowded city centre, and a shortage of proper housing and adequate infrastructure. Singapore has since rapidly developed into a dynamic and globally important economy with a prominent international profile in banking, electronics, biomedical engineering and advanced science and technological innovation. Link

30

Mar

Letting Down Our Guard With Web Privacy

Intriguing experiments by Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist, suggest that people often reveal more than they mean to online. SAY you’ve come across a discount online retailer promising a steal on hand-stitched espadrilles for spring. You start setting up an account by offering your e-mail address — but before you can finish, there’s a ping on your phone. A text message. You read it and respond, then return to the Web site, enter your birth date, click “F” for female, agree to the company’s terms of service and carry on browsing. Link

11

Feb

Shopping for digital data in Singapore

Personalised promotions are the bread and butter of a consumer initiative called LiveLab, the brainchild of professors at SMU. Combining personal data with location is key, said Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems and Vice Provost (Research) Steven Miller. “It is something they [consumers] will find helpful in that context. It’s going from location-aware to context-aware. That’s where a lot of the smarts are.” For Prof Miller, the projects at SMU put the fledgling university in the big league. “We’re not aware of anyone in the world that is doing things on this scale,” he said. “We’re building a larger ecosystem than anyone else.” And he dismisses any concerns about data privacy. The data protection laws on the use of personal information are as strong in Singapore as they are in the US, he said. Link

2012

7

Nov

Singapore invests in tools to help marketers zoom in on shoppers

Two new research projects funded by SMU, StarHub, and the National Research Foundation aim to pull together the vast torrent of digital data left behind as consumers shop and travel around. Link

7

Nov

Two consumer analytics platforms launch in Singapore

Two different consumer analytics platforms from Singapore Management University (SMU) and StarHub respectively aim to provide insights into consumer behavior, so companies can develop and tailor initiatives that will be more relevant to and better received by customers. Link

7

Nov

The telcos know where you have been

It’s a Friday evening and you are one of many shoppers along Orchard Road. But someone else knows where you are: The telcos. Link

6

Nov

Identifying, making sense of consumer patterns

Two new research projects funded by SMU, StarHub, and the National Research Foundation aim to pull together the vast torrent of digital data left behind as consumers shop and travel around. SMU’s LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform will focus on the technologies of efficiently collecting and analysing data, and will work with various organisations on its research. Link

6

Nov

New technology allow retailers to run targeted sales promotions to shoppers

Two major IDM innovation platforms, LiveLabs and SmartHub, will receive a total investment of $50 million from SMU, StarHub, and the National Research Foundation. The new initiative enables LiveLabs to develop capabilities to collect and analyse data to generate insights into consumer behaviour from the mobile devices of consenting participants. Link

6

Nov

Hello, that angry tweet may have its uses

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean launched two innovation platforms, LiveLabs and SmartHub, on Monday. These two initiatives will receive S$50 million investment from SMU, StarHub and the National Research Foundation. LiveLabs, which will be helmed by SMU, will generate insights about customers through their mobile devices. Link

6

Nov

Two innovative platforms in consumer and social analytics launched

Two innovative platforms in consumer and social analytics – LiveLabs and SmartHub – were launched on Monday. Link

6

Nov

Two research projects get $50 million investment

Two major research projects, LiveLabs and SmartHub, will receive an investment of $50 million from StarHub, Singapore Management University(SMU) and the National Research Foundation. Link

6

Nov

Singapore aims to help companies use analytics technology

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2011

1

Nov

Measuring social networks for real-time competitive advantage

Social networks offer up a goldmine of information. Save for privacy concerns, it has never before been easier for researchers to understand the needs and wants of their subjects or to examine links between the likes and dislikes of connected individuals. Going beyond the report of human quirks over the internet, however, web 2.0 data has practical uses too, especially for professionals in finance and marketing. At the 3rd International Conference on Social Informatics, hosted by SMU’s School of Information Systems, academics discussed the hurdles and real-world benefits of data mining. Link

26

Jul

Singapore Picks a Winner in Analytics

The Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC), a research partnership between Carnegie Mellon and SMU, seeks to make Singapore one of the world’s premier locations for the development and applied use of real-time consumer and social analytics, and one of the world’s leading centres for computational social science related R&D and education. Link

2

Jun

Singapore gets creative in the digital space

The Living Analytics Research Centre at SMU studies the complex trade-off between privacy protection and benefits of sharing one’s information with a broader social network. It is among the initiatives undertaken by centres and institutes here as Singapore grows into a global IDM Capital. (SMU SIS is the coordinating unit of LARC across SMU.) Link

Apr

SMU and Carnegie Mellon University establish Living Analytics Research Centre

SMU and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, have teamed up to establish the world’s first Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC). The centre will develop new techniques to acquire data on consumer and social behaviour and pioneer new approaches to analyse such data to develop applications and methods that will benefit consumers, businesses and society. Link

9

Mar

Singapore Management University and Carnegie Mellon University to Create the Living Analytics Research Centre

SMU and Carnegie Mellon University have launched the $60-million Living Analytics Research Centre that will establish Singapore as one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of excellence in computational social science. Link

9

Mar

CMU, Singapore U. form Research Center

Carnegie Mellon University and SMU announced on Monday a partnership for a center that will develop new ways to get and analyze data on consumer and social behavior. Link

8

Mar

SMU, US varsity to set up Living Analytics Research Centre

SMU and Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up to set up the Living Analytics Research Centre which will develop new techniques in understanding consumer and social behaviour. Link

Last updated on 12 Jan 2017 .