Message from Loo Diwen, Lloyd, 
Diploma in Business Information Systems 

Enrolling into the Diploma in Business Information Systems in the School of Infocomm (SOI) was definitely the best decision I have made for my post-secondary education. The experiences gained in SOI have deepened my knowledge and honed my technical skills.

My peers and I had many opportunities to participate in uniquely designed programmes that encourage the development of real-world skills. One such programme was the Entrepreneurship Immersion Programme (EIP) which I was a participant. This EIP allowed us to experience starting a business from ground up and provided us valuable skillsets required to run a business. The skills and knowledge that we have gained through such programmes will definitely be helpful in shaping our careers in the years to come.

RP has also deepened my understanding of the IT industry in Singapore and abroad, one such example is the Student Overseas Travel (SOT) programme where my diploma mates were given insights on how the IT industry works in a foreign country. We had benefitted greatly from this overseas exposure and the knowledge learnt would come in handy should we choose to work abroad in the future.

 

 

Loo Diwen, Lloyd

Loo Diwen, Lloyd
Diploma in Business Information Systems,
School of Infocomm

Lloyd with his course mates and lecturer

Lloyd with his course mates and lecturer

Photo taken before COVID-19

My fruitful journey in RP would not have been possible without the help and support of my lecturers. I would like to specially thank my lecturers - Mr Rudy Ridwen, Ms Sim Biow Ee, Ms Shannen Ang, Mr Peter Kenny, Mr Frankie Cha, and Ms Jolene Chiam. My peers would definitely agree that without the lecturers’ guidance, we would not have been able to excel in our own ways.

To my fellow peers and graduands, as we move on to the next chapter of our lives, I am sure we will always remember and keep in our hearts the fun and joyful memories we have made during our three years together. Let’s thank one another for these joyful times and remember that our polytechnic journey would not have been the same without any one of us.

 

Message from Ng Wei Siong,
Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence 

2020 had been a challenging year as the global pandemic left a major impact on our daily lives. Analysts predicted that a 'new norm' has a greater chance of taking root in many areas and this has driven the world to adopt AI automation faster than before, creating many new opportunities for us.

Despite unprecedented challenges encountered during the Circuit Breaker, RP lecturers were ready and taught practical application knowledge to the students.

Mr Frank Ng, who taught us AI mathematics left a great impression in me. He created Microsoft Excel forms to decompose and reveal the "inner workings" of complex AI algorithms, intuitively showing us how these algorithms work behind the scenes. His brilliant teaching style allowed us to have a deeper understanding of AI mathematics.

As part of the curriculum for the Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence (SDAAI), I completed my capstone project named "Seasonal Vehicle Enforcement System". The system aims to speed up the monitoring of illegal vehicle parking in seasoned reserved parking lots while reducing the manpower required for carpark patrolling.

Most of the solutions that I discovered before the course were not robust enough in real-world situations due to the diversity of vehicle license plate formats and unconstrained real scene conditions in Singapore. However, through the recent advancement of hardware computing technology and the knowledge that I have gained from the Pattern Recognition module taught by Mr Seow Khee Wei, I was able to complete the project successfully.

 

Ng Wei Siong

Ng Wei Siong
Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence,
School of Infocomm

Ng Wei Siong and family

Wee Siong with his family

Photo taken before COVID-19

I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr Frank Ng, Mr Seow Khee Wei, Mr Tan Poh Keam, and all RP lecturers who have generously shared their knowledge throughout the SDAAI programme. 

To my classmates – Thank you for sharing knowledge, ideas and work experiences both inside and outside our classes. I wish you all the best as we embark on separate journeys after graduating from RP.

I would like to thank my company’s manager, Mr Raymond So who have guided me in many AI concepts. He established a testbed environment for data collection which had helped my capstone project.

I would also like to thank my dear wife, Wee Fueng for being supportive and caring. She is the pillar of strength in my life.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to join SDAAI and to be the next AI practitioner.