Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has announced the winners of the inaugural NISTH Ideas Challenge which was organised to mark the launch of the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH).
Through this university-wide competition, NTU called on the campus community to define the fundamental issues and principles that would help guide the development of AI for the benefit of society and humanity.
Some 90 entries were received – including essays, project proposals and works of fiction – that raised issues for a society increasingly reliant on AI, and presented strategies to enhance the human condition. The entries were judged by a panel for their originality, feasibility and potential impact.
NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh presented the prizes to the winners at the NISTH launch ceremony that was graced by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Emmanuel Tan, an educational development specialist and facilitator of team-based learning at NTU’s LKCMedicine won the top prize for his proposal on an online mediation system for AI to resolve conflict in AI-related disputes, such as human-robot conflict.
The second prize went to students from the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Bisakha Das, Mohit Prashant and Poorvi Ashok, who raised the issue of Discriminatory Profiling with AI.
Humanities research fellow Dr Kadek Ratih Dwi Oktarini and Asian School of the Environment senior research fellow Dr I Made Riko clinched the third prize. Their proposal is for the development of an intelligent Internet chatbot system (AI Companion) that interconnects with various medical facilities.
Three other teams of contestants also received commendation awards. They are:
PhD students Richelle-Joy Chia, Kwa Kai Xiang and Wendy Tan from the School of Social Sciences and Alvin Chan from SCSE for their Smart Nation ethical framework.
Assistant Professor Andrew Prahl and lecturer Wong Pei Wen from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication And Information, who presented a FIRM Platform that Enables a Corresponding Revolution in Ethical Thought and Reasoning.
Renaissance Engineering Programme students Sim Zhi Q, Arnold Toh, Sit Han Zhe and Lim Xuan Yu, who investigated how severity of scenarios affect human preferences towards rule-based and randomised automated decisions.
The organisers would like to congratulate the winners, and thank all participants and judges for dedicating their time to the competition.