Desmond C. Ong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Information Systems and Analytics
School of Computing
National University of Singapore

Research Scientist
A*STAR Artificial Intelligence Initiative (A*AI)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

desmond (underscore) ong (at) ihpc.a-star.edu.sg
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I am a cognitive scientist interested in how people (and computers) reason about other people: how they think and what they feel.

In August 2019, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Analytics within the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore.

I am currently a Research Scientist and Work Package Lead at the A*STAR Artificial Intelligence Initiative (A*AI), an agency-wide, cross-institute programme that focuses research efforts on human-centric AI. The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the national agency that coordinates Singapore's publicly-funded research and development. I am also affiliated with the Department of Social and Cognitive Computing, in the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), a Research Institute under A*STAR.

I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. For my dissertation research, I worked primarily with Noah Goodman (Computation and Cognition Lab) and Jamil Zaki (Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab). I also hold an undergraduate degree in Economics and Physics from Cornell University.

You can find my CV here (dated May 2019).

If the research that I do sounds interesting to you, I am always looking for enthusiastic and capable psychologists, computer scientists, information scientists and researchers in closely-related fields, to join my team. Do get in touch with me! There may be availabilities open at all levels: Full-time post-baccalaureate, post-masters, and post-doctoral positions; post-graduate and PhD opportunities in the School of Computing, as well as shorter-term internships and other potential research attachment opportunities (e.g., NUS Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, or UROP).