Ng Chong is founder and director of Campus Computing Centre (C3) at United Nations University (UNU) where he leads a talented team and joins forces with his team to enable business change and advance the distributed ICT infrastructure based on two far-reaching concepts: Global Office (one UNU computer wherever you go) and Global Classroom (a borderless campus). This is reflected in the development of new communication, collaboration, content and community technologies.
In addition to fostering innovation, he brings his computing skills and knowledge to research initiatives within and beyond the boundaries of the data center. He has played the role of Chief Technology Architect in the WEMS initiative (Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System), providing a cloud computing blueprint for secure information sharing across borders. His work in this area won the support of the LATF and participating African countries where WEMS is currently deployed. More recently, he has focused on data mining to weave an “intranet of everything” for the University and the development of a learning platform for the Nexus project.
Prior to focusing on the directorship and operations of the ICT infrastructure, he established the Media and Technology Laboratory at United Nations University to advance the vision and concepts of a global virtual university as well as develop cutting-edge learning technologies, including an award-winning video centered discussion tool.
Before joining United Nations University, he was a lecturer at Florida State University, and previous to that, he held several ICT management and senior research and consulting positions in the US and Latin America. Additionally, he has a wealth of experience in open source systems, scientific applications development spanning government and privately-funded projects in expert systems and urban transportation planning.
He has published journal and peer-reviewed conference articles and book chapters in the area of online learning. He has served as co-chair and committee member in various international conferences (e.g., WWW).
Chess, ping pong, jogging, dreaming, brainstorming and trying new things are among his favorite leisure computing activities that he enjoys in his spare time.
Dr. Chong received graduate degrees from the University of Tokyo in Engineering (Ph.D.) and from the University of New Mexico in Computer Science (MS). His research interests include cybersecurity, fault-tolerant system architectures, cloud computing and data mining.