Cyber Security

Whitehacks 2020

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Last week, HCIRS participated in the Whitehacks 2020 competition organised by the SMU Whitehat Society. We are pleased to announce that we have achieved commendable results:

Team Saliency: Teo Kai Xiang, Zhao Zhongqi, Lien Cai Ting

1st Runner-Up
Team Mihara: Zhang Yao William, Sherman Chann Zhi Shen, Luo Hongxun

7th Place
Team X Æ A-12: Zhou Taidi, Lim See Min, Wu Jiayang

15th Place
Team Sannin: Beh Chuen Yang, Choo Zheng Jun, Tan Teong Seng

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to the organisers for creating such a fun event for all of us! We learned a lot and we look forward to next year’s iteration!


National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) 2020

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HCIRS has once again bagged several awards at the 23rd annual Singapore National Olympiad in Informatics 2020, achieving 2 golds and 3 silvers.

Gold medallists
Tan Yi Kai
Stuart Lim Yi Xiong

Silver medallists
Quek Jia Zhi, Shuan
Zhao Zhongqi
Jiang Zhiheng

We would also like to thank our teachers and seniors for their guidance and we will continue striving for excellence in future editions!

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Brainhack 2020

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Last week, HCIRS participated in Brainhack 2020 organised by DSTA, which comprised the CDDC and TIL competition, and achieved these outstanding results:


Sherman Chann Zhi Shen, Teo Kai Xiang, Wu Jiayang, Zhang Yao William

1st Runners’ Up
Beh Chuen Yang, Choo Zheng Jun, Tan Teong Seng, Zhao Zhongqi

8th Place
Zhou Taidi, Luo Hongxun

14th Place
Bryan Shan Guanrong, Guan Yangchen, Lien Cai Ting, Lim See Min


1st Runner-Up
Chen Zerui, Huang Junwei, Jiang Zhiheng, Li Yuanfei, Wang Yiqin, Zhang Yining

Congratulations to all teams! Huge thanks to the team at DSTA for organizing the event and providing us with this excellent opportunity to learn!

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Cyberthon 2020

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Two weeks ago, HCIRS sent out two teams to participate in Cyberthon 2020 (which had been moved online), and achieved the following excellent results:

Overall Champion, CSIT Category Award, Network Security Category Award, Operating Systems Category Award & Web Services Category Award
Members: Sherman Chann, Teo Kai Xiang, William Zhang and Wu Jiayang.

Overall 1st Runner-Up
Members: Beh Chuen Yang, Bryan Shan, Choo Zheng Jun, Wang Yiqin

Hwa Chong Institution also received commendation from Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen on Facebook, for its ability to adapt to restrictions during the circuit breaker period by holding Cyberthon 2020 fully online.

Congratulations to both teams for their excellent performance!


2020 IRS Open Sessions & Interviews

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Hey C1s! 👋

Have a passion for programming 💻? Or simply love technology 🖥? Then IRS is the right CCA for you!

Infocomm Robotics Society consists of 5 sections — Competitive Programming👨‍💻👩‍💻, Machine Learning🕹🖲, WebApp Development📱⌨, CyberSecurity 🙅‍♂🙅‍♀and Robotics 🤖 🤖 ! In IRS you get to learn more about your specialisations and participate in a myriad of competitions to test out your newly acquired skills!

Want to get a taste of our CCA session? Sign up for our tasters now!
Or perhaps you’re eager to join? Then why not sign up directly for an interview under the “Join Us!” page above!

If you have any queries our doubt, feel free to drop us a dm or a sayat at our CCA Instagram @hcirs!

See you soon!


Sinapore VEX National Championships 2020

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Just last month, HCIRS took part in the annual Singapore VEX National Championships 2020. After several months of continuous hard work, we are proud to announce that HCIRS, both our high school and college teams, has achieved the following commendable results!

Tournament Champions 🎉 🏆
Team 8076B (Trinity) & Team 8076C (Cypher)

Quarterfinalists 🏅
Team 8076A (Link) & Team 8076Z (Morpheus)

Design Award
Team 8076B (Trinity)

Congratulations to all teams!


National Junior Robotics Competition 2019

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In September 2019, HCIRS participated in NRC 2019, WRO Regular Tertiary Category. It has been a few months worth of hard work and all teams have achieved commendable results:

Team Milo Gao Kosong
2nd Best Programming Award
3rd Best Presentation Award
3rd Overall Award

Team Salad Juice
1st Best Content Award
Top 6 Presentation (Engineering Design)

Team Pure Water
Top 6 Presentation (Programming & Engineering Design)
Top 10 Robot Game

Congratulations to all teams! And a huge thank you to the seniors who have taken time off this week to come down and support us!


RoboCup 2019

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RoboCup Junior (RCJ) is a highly prestigious international robotics competition that aims to introduce the larger goals of the RoboCup project (creating robots) to primary and secondary school aged children (technically up through age 19). Held in Sydney, Australia from 2-8 July in 2019, RCJ saw the participation of top robotics teams from all over the world. A team comprising Than Duc Huy, Amadeus Winarto Aristo, Sim Justin and Zhang Yijian as well as a team comprising Yong Jun Han Louis and Muhammad Saajid Shaik were selected to represent Singapore in the “OnStage Advanced” and the “Rescue Line” categories respectively, after attaining stellar results in the local qualifiers RoboCup Singapore Open. Despite facing fierce competition, the team of 4 taking part in the OnStage Advanced category managed to bag the title of Individual Team 1st Place, an unprecedented accomplishment for Team Singapore.

The OnStage Advanced category invites teams to develop a creative stage performance using autonomous robots that they have designed, built and programmed. The objective is to create a robotic performance between 1 to 2 minutes that uses technology to engage an audience. For their performance, the team of 4 built 3 robots to simulate a dance game, making use of modern technologies, such as Bluetooth, to ensure that the performance runs smoothly.

A humanoid robot named Eve was built for versatility, incorporating 20 degrees of freedom using servo motors, 5 on each limb, on a wheeled platform. It has a myriad of sensors, including ultrasonic sensors and a multi-axis orientation sensor, allowing for creative uses in different performances. Eve was programmed to communicate with a laptop which ran an image processing library to capture the performer’s pose through its webcam, thereby controlling Eve to emulate the actions of the human performer. This computer is also used as a central controller to provide cues to the other robots, through Bluetooth as well, to ensure that the performance would be in sync.

The team also constructed a guitar-playing robot, Geeta. Servo motors were used to simulate the movement of finger movements in order to press down on the frets and pick the strings of the guitar. Its was built using 3D printed parts and had a steel frame made from recycled IKEA furniture. Geeta could play music according to a photograph of a musical score through the implementation of traditional image processing algorithms to clean the picture. Machine learning algorithms were then used to translate the image, identifying notes and the tempo for which to play on the guitar.

The final robot, Ather, was used for light effects. The robot was built on a base of 4 motors that were connected to omni-directional wheels to allow for holonomic movement. Its frame was made out of carbon fibre, and was designed by the team. Ather also had a robotic arm connected to an RGB LED ring, providing 3 degrees of freedom which allowed for the direction and colour of lights to be altered for the performance.

Than Duc Huy: The competition allows us to demonstrate our creativity and technicality in the field of robotics, albeit a foundational one. Since this is our first time participating in this category, we hope that this award will inspire our juniors to venture into new arenas and overcome unforeseeable challenges. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the school for the support in making all these possible.

Zhang Yijian: When I first heard that we had won the award, I was very surprised. Participating in an international competition of this scale for the first time, I was not expecting to be able to accomplish much. Furthermore, I had thought that other teams, with similarly technically complex robots and well-rounded aesthetics were more deserving of the title. At the same time, I was overjoyed, as this meant that the hard work which my team had put in for the past few months were finally rewarded. I am thankful to the school for providing us with such an opportunity to learn from competitors all over the world and the opportunity to represent the school in an area which I am passionate about.

Sim Justin: Going into the competition, I was definitely not expecting to attain the award, and only hoped to learn as much as I could from the other competitors from other countries. Receiving news of our achievement came as a pleasant surprise for us as the competition was a fierce one with many of the competitors with impressive performances, and it was hard to stand out amongst top competitors from around the world. I would like to thank the school for the opportunity to represent the school and Singapore in this competition, and for the chance to undergo this learning experience.

Amadeus Winarto Aristo: For me, this is the first time I was able to successfully marry artificial intelligence and robotics to create something beyond what each can achieve alone, so ecstatic is probably an understatement. Nevertheless, the competition showed us how much more there are for us to learn in this field of robotics/AI. I hope to further explore this field and one day make something great out of it.

The teams would like to express their greatest gratitude towards the school for their continued support, and for allowing the team to represent Singapore and take part in RCJ. The students are thankful for support from tutors and peers for their help and guidance during their preparation period. The teams have learned a lot from this experience, and hope that this achievement will inspire juniors to push their boundaries in future Infocomm and Robotics competitions.

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Cyberthon 2019

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Last weekend, HCIRS took part in Cyberthon and came back with stellar results:

Overall 2nd & Home Networking Category Award
Members: William Zhang, Teo Kai Xiang, Kim Minseo and Loh Zhi Qin.

Congratulations to the team! We will continue to strive for excellence in the next edition of Cyberthon

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Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp 2019

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Early in June this year, four teams from Hwa Chong Infocomm Robotics Society participated in the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp (CDDC) 2019 Finals, organised by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). To many of them, this competition was a chance to test out the new skills they have learnt through months of hardwork and effort. Congratulations to all teams for achieving the following stellar results:

Valiant Effort 1st (Gold, Best Defender)
Leonard, Ying Yee, Hua Jun, Kai Jie

Team Desu 4th (Silver)
An Jun, Yu Peng, Saajid, Louis

Team Forest 12th (Bronze)
Kai Xiang, Cai Ting, Teong Seng, Bryan

thatteam 9th (Silver)
Sherman , Yu Er, Lee Kern, Zheng Jun

Through this gruelling journey, the teams have not only gained new knowledge, but also furthered their existing technical skills, such as operating systems, various tools, reverse engineering etc. The eye-opening experience has also enabled the teams to gain exposure to the real difficulties experienced by security engineers on the day-to-day basis first hand.

Naturally, it was not a smooth sailing journey as the teams faced many challenges along the way, be it at the competition itself, or doing practice. These include the lack of exposure to such competitions itself. This being the first competition to many of the J1s, they have discovered that they would be needing to work even harder to achieve the standards of their fellow seniors.

Nonetheless, despite the setbacks experienced by many, the teams are motivated than ever to improve themselves, striving to come back stronger than ever for the next year’s CDDC. They seek to experiment more, experience more, learn new tactics, and better strategies.