Doctor of Philosophy (For Research in Secure Community)


As Singapore looks set for her transformation into a global media city, the Peak of Excellence in Secure Community (previously known as New Media for AY2012-2015) provides a timely boost to position the country as one of the key strategic media centres in the Asia-Pacific region.

Endless opportunities await as the National Institute of Education and Ministry of Education work together to laterally translate new media research into teaching and learning pedagogies, preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Be it educational games or immersive teaching and learning environments, media data analytic or image and video processing, the Secure Community candidate can expect to gain hands-on, extensive exposure.

Pursue your PhD research with one of the research centre listed below. 


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Fraunhofer Singapore is a cutting-edge applied research centre that leverages interactive digital media technology to customise user-centred data visualisation solutions to tackle real-world problems. As the first Asian subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's largest applied research organisation, Fraunhofer Singapore is the profuct of a two-decade long partnership between Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Today, Fraunhofer Singapore is proud to bring together the most advanced practices and innovations in science and engineering across Europe and Asia, driving enterprise digitalisation with Visual Computing technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality. Inspired by the new and powerful possibilities of Industry 4.0, Fraunhofer also offers solutions in Medical Computing, Visual Analytics, Visual Haptics, Neuroscience Marketing, and Human-Computer Interaction. Always collaborating with client-organisations to solve their unique business challenges, Fraunhofer's research in visual applications can also be applied in fields such as Additive Manufacturing and Industrial Cybersecurity, leading to an increase in strategic partnerships with industry and government. 

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Spurred by Singapore’s call to make the development of Interactive Digital Media a national priority, IMI was launched in 2008 as a world-class interdisciplinary research institute with a core focus on virtual humans and social robots. Apart from projects such as virtual reality and 3D telepresence, fashion and cloth simulation, as well as medical simulation, IMI has a unique Immersive Room that allows viewers to be completely immersed in the virtual world, and a state-of-the-art Motion Capture System. IMI offers researchers the perfect environment for invention and exploration.

Learn more about IMI at and their research here.




Responding to the challenges of a rapidly ageing population, LILY was established with the aim of placing Singapore in a leading position in the emerging age-friendly economy. Focused on building an age-friendly technology ecosystem, the research areas of LILY spans from ageing studies, innovative ageing-in-place concepts, human-computer interaction, intelligent agent and multi-agent systems, social signal processing, cognitive and rehabilitation game design, interactive storytelling, distributed sensing technologies, service cloud to data mining and analytics. Along with the support and collaboration of government agencies, businesses and institutes of higher learning in Asia and North America, researchers can look forward to an enriching environment for exploring cutting-edge technologies and the opportunity to make a positive difference to the society.

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With a focus on building the largest domain object database in Asia and providing mobile object search upon media cloud, ROSE is set to open new avenues in commerce, tourism, and education by enhancing visual search technology and creating a shared platform for media cloud innovation. Not only does ROSE partner with Peking University to advance the core technologies, it also works with international industry leaders to commercialise them with an aim of impacting the creation, delivery and consumption of new media content in everyday life.

Learn more about ROSE at and their research here.​​