- Data Mining
HPC (High Performance Computing) Quest is one of the main outreach initiatives launched by IHPC to champion the use of HPC technologies for R&D activities in Singapore. Its objective is to introduce students to the wonders of research and the resources capable of propelling its diverse aspects in a non-classroom setting.
The competition is held annually and was started in 2000 with the ‘Open’ category, where a range of participants from researchers to software developers were given specific engineering problems to solve using the HPC resources available in the Institute. Subsequently, in order to extend knowledge to our next generation, the ‘Student’ Category was introduced in 2004 to allow tertiary and junior college students to gain a first-hand experience in computational research. It enabled students to appreciate ho state-of-the-art technologies can be applied not only to research but also to other applications of different scope and nature in science.
Data mining was the theme for the competition held in 2006 as it was emerging as a growing field of multidisciplinary research for discovering interesting and useful knowledge from large databases. The competition for the ‘Student’ Category was held over a period of 5 months and teams of 3 students were formed to represent their school. Several institutions even took up the challenge of sending more than 1 team as representatives.
A preliminary briefing was first held in March at the auditorium of IHPC where students were introduced to the theme of the competition. They also had the opportunity to interact with the researchers (who doubled up mentors for the duration of the competition) and clarified their queries on what kind of computational tasks lie ahead. Over the following months, each team had to submit and re-work proposals on various problems ranging from the biomedical to the engineering and begin to set out on finding appropriate solutions using data mining. Additionally, computer labs in the various participating schools were equipped with a node system courtesy of our HPC Resource Centre to facilitate in the processing of data and information pertinent to the students’ research.
After many weeks of hard and consistent work, the teams gather again at IHPC in August to present their findings in a 15-minute presentation. The judges for this year were Professor Lee Heow Pueh (Director of Research, IHPC), Professor Derrick Chan (Professor of Mathematics, University of Melbourne) and Dr Terence Hung (Senior Scientist, IHPC). After careful deliberation of the scope of the entire project from each team, the judges awarded the team from Raffles Junior College with the Gold Award for their work entitled ‘The Parallelization of Bayesian Inference Network Learning as applied to Gene Expression Networks.’ The same team also won the Best Presentation award.
Hwa Chong Institution took home the Silver Award and the Most Enterprising Award, while the Bronze award went to the team from Anderson Junior College. As a mark of outstanding effort, the team from Temasek Junior College was awarded with the Merit award.
GOLD AWARD - Raffles Junior College
- Title - "The Parallelization of Bayesian Inference Network Learning as applied to Gene Expression Networks"
- Team - Koh Pang Wei, Chia Jin Hao, Daniel Chen Zhenghao
SILVER AWARD - Hwa Chong Institution
- Title - "Market Basket Analysis Using Parallel Association Rule Discovery Algorithms"
- Team - Koh Zi Chun, Lim Zhuo Min, Foo Chuan Yu
BRONZE AWARD - Anderson Junior College
- Title - "Identification of Unknown Diseases"
- Team - M. Shankar Narayan, Revant Kapoor, Siaw Kian Yew
MERIT AWARD - Temasek Junior College
- Title - "Gene Search"
- Team - Goh Yu Feng, Gay Ming Wei Gibson, Wong Keet Wei Graeme
BEST PRESENTATION AWARD - Raffles Junior College
MOST ENTERPRISING AWARD - Hwa Chong Institution
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