Beng Chin Ooi

2020 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award

Beng Chin Ooi is the recipient of the 2020 ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award for his innovative research and for devising and deploying innovative large-scale systems to manage and analyze data. The award recognizes both his groundbreaking research and his success in building end-to-end solutions, from data cleaning, through data curation with human-in-loop (crowdsourcing) and big data processing, all the way to complex (machine learning and deep learning based) data analytics.

Details: Beng Chin is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and Director of Smart Systems Institute (SSI@NUS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is an adjunct Chang Jiang Professor at Zhejiang University, and Director of NUS AI Innovation and Commercialization Centre at Suzhou, China. He had served as Dean of School of Computing, NUS (2007-2013). He obtained his BSc (1st Class Honors) and PhD from Monash University, Australia, in 1985 and 1989 respectively. Beng Chin is a fellow of the ACM (2011), IEEE (2009), and Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) (2016).

Beng Chin’s research interests include database systems, distributed and decentralized systems, machine learning and large scale analytics, in the aspects of system architectures, performance issues, security, accuracy and correctness. He works closely with the industry (eg. National University Hospital, JurongHealth Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, KK Hospital etc. on healthcare analytics and 3H prevention, and banks and investment firms on financial analytics). He has been building large scale data systems for supporting advanced analytics and has released a number of them as open sources, which include Apache SINGA, a distributed deep learning platform that has been designed based on the principles of scalability, efficiency, elasticity and usability.

Beng Chin was the recipient of ACM SIGMOD 2009 Contributions award, a co-winner of the 2011 Singapore President’s Science Award, the recipient of 2012 IEEE Computer Society Kanai award, 2013 NUS Outstanding Researcher Award, 2014 IEEE TCDE CSEE Impact Award, and 2016 China Computer Federation (CCF) Overseas Outstanding Contributions Award.

Beng Chin is serving as a non-executive and independent director of ComfortDelgro, a multi-national land transport company listed on SGX. He co-founded GeoFoto (renamed as Thothe in 2002) to provide photo sharing, social networking, and end-to-end photo printing in 1999. He is also a co-founder of yzBigData (2012) for Big Data Management and analytics, and Shentilium Technologies (2016) for AI- and data-driven Financial data analytics, Hangzhou MZH Technologies on healthcare, and MediLot Technologies (2018) on blockchain based healthcare data management and analytics.

Beng Chin had served as a Vice PC Chair for ICDE’00,04,06, PC Co-Chair for SSD’93 and DASFAA’05, PC Chair for ACM SIGMOD’07, Core DB PC Chair for VLDB’08, and PC Co-Chair for IEEE ICDE’12, IEEE Big Data’15, BOSS’18, IEEE ICDE’18 and VLDB’19 Industry Track. He is serving as a PC Co-Chair of ACM SoCC’20.

He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE)(2009-2012), and Elsevier’s founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Big Data Research (2013-2015). He is serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC) and Communications of ACM (CACM), and the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science.

He had served as Co-Chair of the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Best Thesis Award committee (2008-2011), a Trustee of VLDB Endowment 2006-2017, as its Secretary 2010-2013, and President 2014-2017, and as an Advisory Board Member of ACM SIGMOD. He is servicing as an overseas Council Member of China Computer Federation.