The NTU-PKU Joint Research Institute (JRI) is a collaboration between the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Peking University in China. The universities will be funded through a donation of RMB 50 million (S$11 million) from the family of the late Mr Ng Teng Fong, with each of the universities receiving RMB 25 million (S$5.5 million). The funds are to support:
  • Joint research into:
    • Multi-Modal Big Data Analytics for Smart Cities, through NTU’s Rapid-Rich Object Search (ROSE) Lab, which is also an NTU-PKU collaboration that aims to pioneer next-generation visual and object search technologies, and
    • Human Centred Technologies for Healthy Living and Life Long Learning, through the Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY), which develops digital solutions for the elderly.
    • The research will support Singapore’s Smart Nation vision that harnesses technology and data to improve living standards, strengthen communities, and create more business opportunities
  • Exchange Programmes for faculty, research staff, and undergrad & graduate students
  • Events including workshops, summer/winter schools, and other evets to facilitate collaboration between the research programmes at NTU and PKU.


The Rapid-Rich Object Search (ROSE) Lab is a collaboration between the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and China’s Peking University (PKU) to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of image-enabled search from mobile devices or over the Internet. In particular, the lab is focusing on the classification, recognition, retrieval, and tracking of visual objects in images and videos. The ROSE Lab is also constructing a large structured object database, which will contain millions of images in domains related to tourism, e-commerce, humans and lifestyle and hobbies.

The ROSE Lab is creating an innovation platform for media applications, and develops visual object search tools by working with major industry players, including various business units at Tencent (one of the largest Internet companies in Asia), NVIDIA (the world’s leading visual computing company), Accenture (one of the world’s leading management consulting companies), and OMRON (a leading Japanese industry automation company).