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Kong Wai Kin Adams
Programme Director of Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence
School of Computer Science and Engineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Adams Wai Kin Kong received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His papers have been published in TPAMI, TIP, TIFS, TSMC, TCSVT, CVPR and Pattern Recognition. One of his papers was selected as a spotlight paper by TPAMI and another one was selected as Honorable Mention by Pattern Recognition. With his students, he received Honeywell Best Student Paper Award in The IEEE Fifth International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), 2012. He received the best reviewer award from BTAS 2016. In the summer of 2008, he served as an expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice for the child sexual abuse caseUnited  States v, Michael PepeHe also serves as a consultant for other legal cases in Singapore and as an associate editor for TIFS. He has developed seven patents; four of his patents have been approved, and the others have been filed. His research interests include biometrics, forensics, image processing and pattern recognition.

Research Statement

Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Biometrics, Forensics, Medical Image Processing

Research One-liner

Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Biometrics, Forensics, Medical Image Processing


Matkowski Wojciech Michal, Tingting Chai and Adams Kong, “Palmprint Recognition in Uncontrolled and Uncooperative Environment”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 2020

Yanzhu Liu, Adams Wai Kin Kong and Chi Keong Goh, “A constrained deep neural network for ordinal regression”, CVPR, 2018

Adams Kong, “A Statistical Analysis of IrisCode and its Security Implications”, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 513-528, 2015.

Latest Projects

DACS 1.1 Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Smart Design (with Rolls Royce)

Validation of an algorithm that automatically segment and calculate the area affected by vitiligo on the trunk of patients for assessment of extent of disease and response to treatment in patients with vitiligo (with National Skin Centre)

Forensics Based on Skin in Evidence Images


Advice to young researchers


Other affiliation(s)

Cluster Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)

Principal Investigator, Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab

Expert Areas
AI, Image processing, Pattern recognition

Research Interests
Biometrics, medical image analysis.

Research Category
Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Computer Science and Engineering
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
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.
GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION – Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.
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
17 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020