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Lam Kwok Yan
Nanyang Technopreneurship Center

Professor Lam is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is concurrently serving as Director of the Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies and Systems (SCRIPTS), and Director of NTU’s SPIRIT Smart Nation Research Centre. Professor Lam has been a Professor of the Tsinghua University, PR China (2002-2010) and a faculty member of the National University of Singapore and the University of London since 1990. He was a visiting scientist at the Isaac Newton Institute of the Cambridge University and a visiting professor at the European Institute for Systems Security. In 2018, Professor Lam founded TAU Express Pte Ltd as an NTU start-up upon successful completion of the Intelligent Case Retrieval System (ICRS) project, performed in collaboration with the Singapore Judiciary under the SPIRIT Smart Nation Research Centre. In 1997, he founded PrivyLink International Ltd, a spin-off company of the National University of Singapore, specializing in e-security technologies for homeland security and financial systems. In 2012, he co-founded Soda Pte Ltd which won the Most Innovative Start Up Award at the RSA 2015 Conference. In 1998, he received the Singapore Foundation Award from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in recognition of his R&D achievement in Information Security in Singapore.  Prof Lam received his B.Sc. (First Class Honours) from the University of London in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1990. 

Research Statement

My objective is to perform high-impact interdisciplinary research and cover the research lifecycle from basic research to translational research and eventually commercialization of research results. This is achieved through promoting collaboration with other Schools, government agencies and industrial organizations in the areas of Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Technologies and Analytics for Smart Nation systems. Director of SCRiPTS, Director of SPIRIT and Director of NTC, I aim to further expand my interdisciplinary research activities within NTU and beyond, encourage more international collaboration on basic and applied research, promote more collaborations with industry and government agencies undertake translational research, and to promote entrepreneurship mindset among the researchers as part of the efforts to delivering the objectives of the funding agencies.

Research One-liner

Cybersecurity, Privacy-Preserving Technologies, Data Analytics and Intelligent Systems for Smart Nation applications.

  1. A. Burg and A. Chattopadhyay and K.Y. Lam. “Wireless Communication and Security Issues for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet-of-Things”, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE, Volume: 106, Issue: 1, Jan. 2018. Doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2017.2780172.
  2. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, J. Wang, X. Liu, K. Zhao and L. Wang. “Joint Pricing and Power Allocation for Multibeam Satellite Systems with Dynamic Game Model”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp. 2398 – 2408, March 2018. Doi: 10.1109/TVT.2017.2771770.
  3. P. Vikramkumar, A. Chattopadhyay and K.Y. Lam. “Secure and Lightweight Compressive Sensing using Stream Cipher”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, IEEE, Volume 65, Issue 3, March 2018. Doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2017.2715659.
  4. S. Badsha, X. Yi, I. Khalil, D. Liu, S. Nepal, E. Bertino and K.Y. Lam. “Privacy Preserving Location-Aware Personalized Web Service Recommendations”, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 22 May 2018, Doi: 10.1109/TSC.2018.2839587.
  5. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, X. Li, X. Liu, L. Wang and C.M. Leung. “Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks with Heterogeneous Users: How to Price the Spectrum?”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE, Volume 67, Issue 6, pp 5203 – 5216, June 2018, Doi: 10.1109/TVT.2018.2818749.
  6. Y.W. Zhao, C. Wang, C.H. Chi, K.Y. Lam and S. Wang. “A Comparative Study of Transactional and Semantic Approaches for Predicting Cascades on Twitter”, Proceedings of the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI -18), July 13-19, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, pp 1212-1218, doi:10.24963/ijcai.2018/169.
  7. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, N. Zhao, X. Liu, K. Zhao, and L. Wang. “Spectrum Trading for Satellite Communication Systems with Dynamic Bargaining,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE, Volume 66, Issue 10, pp. 4680 – 4693, Oct 2018, Doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2018.2837909.
  8. X. Yi, Z. Tari, F. Hao, L.Q. Chen, J. Liu, K.Y. Lam, X.C., Yang, I. Khalil, A. Zomaya, “Efficient Threshold Password-Authenticated Secret Sharing Protocols for Cloud Computing”, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Springer,, 15 February 2019.
  9. X. Yi, E. Bertino, F.Y. Rao, K.Y. Lam, S. Nepal and A. Bouguettaya. “Privacy-Preserving User Profile Matching in Social Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE, doi: 10.1109/TKDE.2019.2912748, 23 April 2019.
  10. X. Yi and K.Y. Lam. “A New Blind ECDSA Scheme for Bitcoin Transaction Anonymity”, The 14th ACM Asia Conference on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS 2019), July 7th – 12th, 2019, Auckland, New Zealand. DOI: 10.1145/3321705.3329816
  11. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, H.W. Chen, N. Zhao. “Spectral Efficiency Enhancement in Satellite Mobile Communications: A Game-Theoretical Approach”, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE, 15 October 2019, doi:10.1109/MWC.001.1900160.
  12. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, X. Li, Z. Sheng and L. Wang. “Advances and Emerging Challenges in Cognitive Internet-of-Things”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE, November 2019, DOI: 10.1109/TII.2019.2953246.
  13. H.Y. Ma, E. Huang and K.Y. Lam. “Blockchain-based mechanism for fine-grained authorization in data crowdsourcing”, Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier, 106 (2020), pp. 121 – 134,
  14. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, J.Y. Hua, K Zhao, N. Zhao and L. Wang. “Improving Spectrum Management for Satellite Communication Systems with Hunger Marketing”, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE, Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2019, Doi: 10.1109/LWC.2019.2893659.
  15. F. Li, K.Y. Lam, K. Zhao, M. Jia, X. Li and L. Wang. “Spectrum Optimization for Satellite Communication Systems with Heterogeneous User Preferences”, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE, doi: 10.1109/JSYST.2019.2910230, 26 April 2019.
  16. Y. Huang, A.W.K. Kong and K.Y. Lam. “Adversarial Signboard against Object Detector”, The 30th British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC 2019), 9th – 12th Sept 2019, University of Cardiff, U.K.
  17. X. Yi, K.Y. Lam, E. Bertino and F.Y. Rao. “Location Privacy-Preserving Mobile Crowd Sensing with Anonymous Reputation”, The 24thEuropean Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2019), 23-27 September, 2019, Luxembourg.
Latest Projects
  • Principal Investigator, Smart Nation IoT Security Reference Architecture Study, funded by Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, Ministry of Communications and Information (S$780,000), May 2018 – May 2019.
  • Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Risk Assessment for Industrial Control Systems, National Cybersecurity R&D (NCR) Grant Call 2016, funded by National Research Foundation (S$1,211,520), October 2017 – March 2020.
  • Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Cybersecurity Protocol and Mechanism for e-Logistics of Dangerous Goods Tracking Using Blockchain, National Cybersecurity R&D (NCR) Grant Call 2016, funded by National Research Foundation (S$989,280), September 2017 – August 2019.
  • Lead Principal Investigator, Smart Platform Infrastructure Research on Integrative Technologies (SPIRIT), Translational R&D for Application to Smart Nation, funded by National Research Foundation (S$11,000,000), September 2016 – March 2021.
  • Lead Principal Investigator, Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies & Systems, funded by Infocomm and Media Development Authority (S$10,000,000), November 2018 – October 2023.
  • Principal Investigator, ExPReSS: Extensible Platform for Retrieval and Summarization Support, NTUITIVE GAP FUND GRANT (S$250,000), July 2017 – March 2019.
Other affiliation(s)

Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Expert Areas
Cybersecurity, Document Analytics, Privacy-Preserving Technologies

Research Interests
Cybersecurity, Document Analytics, Privacy-Preserving Technologies

Research Category
Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Computer Science and Engineering, Info-Communication Technology, Security Studies & Policy Issues
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
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GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES – There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
08 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020