Awards


Double Wins for SUTD #MUGHARDERPLAYLATER Campaign at the Marketing Events Awards 2019

SUTD’s #MUGHARDERPLAYLATER 2018 campaign won the Gold award under the Best Public Sector/Non-profit category and the Silver award for the Best PR/Marketing Stunt at the Marketing Events Awards 2019.

The #MUGHARDERPLAYLATER campaign was conceptualised together with creative agency, Goodfellas. The team received the awards at the Award Ceremony held at Fullerton Hotel.
 
#MUGHARDERPLAYLATER is an annual campaign led by the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2014, with the objectives of motivating and providing stress relief for pre-university students during the pre-A-levels examinations period. In this guerrilla-style activation, Marketing and Admissions staff visit schools to distribute examination survival kits and organise mini activities, creating positive vibes and personal interactions. By going to the schools, we build the SUTD awareness via this exclusive channel of interaction between staff and students.

In its eighth year, the Marketing Events Awards is a showcase of creativity and successes, recognizing excellence in event marketing. This year’s award winners, for a total of 31 categories, were announced at the Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony on 13 September 2019.
 


Top 30 at the 2019 Super AI Leader (SAIL) Award

Associate Professor Ngai-man (Man) Cheung (ISTD), with his research project “KroniKare: Transform Chronic Wound Care using AI”, was shortlisted as one of the top 30 finalists at the 2019 Super AI Leader (SAIL) Award.

The award results were announced as part of the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), held in Shanghai from 29 August 2019 to 31 August 2019.

There were nearly 700 projects that participated in the SAIL Award this year, including AI teams from Tencent, Baidu, Amazon, IBM, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and more. The Award recognises outstanding and breakthrough projects in AI from all over the world.


Find out more about Prof Ngai-Man’s research and KroniKare.
 


Outstanding Paper Award at the IEEE MRS 2019

At the 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems 2019 (IEEE MRS 2019) held on 22 and 23 August 2019, SUTD won the Outstanding Paper Award for the paper ‘Decentralized Multi-Floor Exploration by a Swarm of Miniature Robots Teaming with Wall-Climbing Units’.

Experimenting with two variants of miniature robots - a wheeled ground variant and a wall-climbing variant, in a multi-robot system, the research team demonstrated scalability, robustness and flexibility of the swarm in multi-floor exploration and mapping.

The team includes Jabez Leong Kit (PhD), Audelia Gumarus Dharmawan (researcher), David Mateo (researcher), Associate Prof Foong Shaohui (EPD), Associate Prof Soh Gim Song (EPD, Assoc Director of Graduate Studies), Associate Prof Roland Bouffanais  (EPD, Director of Graduate Studies) and Prof Kristin L. Wood (EPD, Assoc Provost of Graduate Studies, Co-Director of SUTD-MIT IDC).

The IEEE MRS brings together researchers to exchange ideas in the field of multi-robot and multi-agent systems. A total of three papers were nominated for the Outstanding Paper Award.
 


ASME Design Theory and Methodology Best Paper Award 2019

SUTD team won the ASME Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) Best Paper Award 2019. The paper, ‘Evaluating Crowdsourced Design Concepts with Machine Learning’, was presented at the 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, held from 18 to 21 August 2019, at Anaheim, California.

The paper introduces a method for filtering, categorizing, and rating large sets of design concepts. It leverages unsupervised machine learning (ML) trained on open source databases.

Co-authored by Dr Bradley Camburn (research scientist, SUTD-MIT IDC), Yuejun He (PhD student, EPD), Sujithra Raviselvam (PhD student, EPD), Assistant Prof Jianxi Luo (EPD, Director of DDI) and Prof Kristin L. Wood (EPD, Assoc Provost of Graduate Studies, Co-Director of SUTD-MIT IDC), the paper was one of five papers nominated for the award. This year’s DTM conference received a total of 90 submitted papers, of which only 57 were accepted.

(L-R) Sujithra Raviselvam, Dr Bradley Camburn and Assistant Prof Jianxi Luo received the award at the conference.

The SUTD team is affiliated to the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC) and the Data-Driven Innovation Lab (DDI).
 


National Day Awards 2019

SUTD recipients of the National Day Awards 2019:
Public Service Medal - Mr Ronny Tan, Member of SUTD Board of Trustees
Long Service Medal - Professor Chong Tow Chong, SUTD President
Public Administration Medal (Silver) - Dr Jaclyn Lee, Chief Human Resources Officer
Long Service Medal - Ms Judy Teo, University Librarian
Long Service Medal - Ms Wendy Kee, Senior Associate
 
The Singapore National Day Awards (NDA) are a means of recognising various forms of merit and long service to the nation. The first national awards were established in 1962. This year, a total of 4,985 individuals received National Day Honours.
 


Participation at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to physics, took place from 30 June 2019 to 5 July 2019 in Germany. A total of 580 international young scientists were selected to participate in this year’s Meeting, including SUTD research fellow Dr Ang Yee Sin. Dr Ang was one of eight representatives from Singapore.

The participants engaged in dialogue and interacted with 42 Nobel Laureates. This year’s Meeting topics were dark matter and cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves.

Dr Ang was also invited by the Federal Minister of Education and Research (Germany) to attend the pre-conference event, Summer Festival of Science. The exclusive invitation was only extended to a select group of 35.

Dr Ang Yee Sin (right) having lunch with other participants.
 


Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

SUTD researchers, Stefanos Leonardos, Daniel Petrus Reijsbergen and Assistant Professor Georgios Piliouras (ESD pillar), devised a new algorithm for added security in Proof of Stake Blockchain protocols and won the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2019).

Proof of Stake (POS) Blockchain protocols rely on voting mechanisms to reach consensus on the current state of data, but are vulnerable to faults when validators accidentally or maliciously withhold their votes. The SUTD researchers studied weighted voting in these protocols and designed an algorithm to enhance their security. The research paper also discussed potential issues and limitations of weighted voting in trustless, decentralised networks and related the results to the design of current PoS protocols.

ICBC 2019 is the first premier technical conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, sponsored by IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).


Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) 2019

12 teams of SUTD professors and researchers were awarded the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) 2019, including one SG Mark Special Mention. A total of 81 projects were awarded this year.

Launched in 2013 by Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) in partnership with the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the SG Mark is a benchmark for good design quality impacting local and global communities. The SG Mark gives recognition to products and services that address human needs and experience, contributing significant value to improving quality of life.

SG Mark Special Mention

Honk!
Designers:
Assistant Professor Lyle Fearnley, HASS
Poon King Wang, Senior Director (Strategic Planning) & Director (LKYCIC)
Dr Andy Zheng, Adjunct Fellow
 
Product type:
Digital Solution
 

Winners

AirTable
Designers:
Airlab @SUTD
Assistant Professor Carlos Bañón, ASD
Assistant Professor Felix Raspall, ASD
 
Client:
SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD)
 
Product type:
Product
CRoW: Compact Rotating Wing
Designers:
Associate Professor Foong Shaohui, EPD
Assistant Professor Soh Gim Song, EPD
Pheh Ying Hong
Shane Kyi Hla Win
Luke Thura Soe Win
Danial Sufiyan bin Shaiful
 
Product type:
Product
Design Inspiration Cards for 3D Printing
Designers:
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
Blake Perez
 
Product type:
Product
Generic Dwelling Templates for Future Urban Habitation
Designers:
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
Assistant Professor Oliver Heckmann, ASD
Assistant Professor Michael Budig, ASD
Amanda Ng Qi Boon
 
Product type:
Architecture
Mantis: A Modular Window Facade Cleaning Robot
Designers:
Assistant Professor Mohan Rajesh Elara, EPD
Manuel Vega Heredia
Ayyalusami Vengadesh
Ghanta Sri Harsha
Tan Yeh Wen
Siti Aisyah Binte Jailani
Leong Tze Lyn Clarissa
 
Client:
National Robotics Programme Office
 
Product type:
Product
Natural Composite Pillar
Designers:
Assistant Professor Stylianos Dritsas, ASD
Assistant Professor Javier G. Fernandez, EPD
 
Client:
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster
SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD)
 
Product type:
Product
New Generation of Lithium Sulfur Battery Based on Nanostructured Open-Hollow Sulfur@MnO2 Cathode
Designers:
Associate Professor Yang Hui Ying, Program Director (NEED)
Huang Shaozhuan
 
Product type:
Product
OH PLATFORM
Designers:
Airlab @SUTD
Assistant Professor Carlos Bañón, ASD
Assistant Professor Felix Raspall, ASD
 
Product type:
Product
ORION
Designers:
Associate Professor Roland Bouffanais, Director (Graduate Studies)
Assistant Professor Soh Gim Song, EPD
 
Client:
Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
 
Product type:
Others
SAW: Samara Autorotating Wings
Designers:
Associate Professor Foong Shaohui, EPD
Assistant Professor Soh Gim Song, EPD
Shane Kyi Hla Win
Luke Thura Soe Win
Danial Sufiyan bin Shaiful
 
Product type:
Product
Tiny Threads | Massive Blocks
Designers:
Assistant Professor Michael Budig, ASD
Assistant Professor Kenneth Tracy, ASD
Daniel Yong Kaijie
Kerine Kua
Lee Le Xiu Jean
Seah Jia Neng
Melissa Lee Wen Hui
 
Fabricators:
Singapore Composite Cluster
Hon Nam Lee
 
Client:
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
 
Product type:
Product

 


2019 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Fellowship

Dr Nachamma Sockalingam, Programme Director of the Learning Sciences Lab at SUTD, has been honoured to join the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in its inaugural cohort of ISSOTL Fellows. The ISSOTL appointed a total of nine Fellows this year, including three from the UK, three from Canada, one from the USA, one from China and one from Singapore.

The ISSOTL Fellows Program was launched in 2019 to give international recognition to leaders who are committed to and passionate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The selection criteria include demonstrated evidence of impact, community engagement, collaboration and global citizenship.

The adjudicators of the fellowship acknowledged Dr Nachamma’s efforts in expanding SOTL in Singapore and contributions in technology enabled and blended learning.
 


Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Mathematical Research for Blockchain Economy

SUTD Assistant Professor Georgios Piliouras and Research Fellow Stefanos Leonardos won the Best Paper Award at the 1st International Conference on Mathematical Research for Blockchain Economy (MARBLE), held from 6 to 9 May 2019.

Their paper “Oceanic Games: Centralization Risks and Incentives in Blockchain Mining” seeks to demystify centralization in cryptocurrency mining. In collaboration with Nikos Leonardos from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the team developed a novel approach to untangle the centralization phenomena in blockchain mining based on the theory of Oceanic Games, originally devised by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Loyd S. Shapley.


Top 100 Materials Science Papers on Scientific Reports in 2018

The research paper “Large-scale additive manufacturing with bioinspired cellulosic materials”, by a team of SUTD professors and researchers, has been placed as one of the top 100 read materials science papers for Scientific Reports in 2018.

Co-led by Assistant Professor Javier G. Fernandez (EPD) and Assistant Professor Stylianos Dritsas (ASD), the research demonstrated the use of cellulose to sustainably manufacture/fabricate large 3D objects. Inspired by the wall of the fungus-like oomycetes, the resulting fungal-like adhesive material(s) (FLAM) are strong, lightweight and inexpensive, and can be molded or processed using woodworking techniques.


Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2018

The project (Ultra) Light Network, conceptualized by Assistant Professor Carlos Bañón and Assistant Professor Felix Raspall of the Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AIRLAB), has received the Second Award at the Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2018, in the category of Pop-Ups and Temporary (Built).

Installed at i Light Marina Bay 2017, the (Ultra) Light Network is an interactive light sculpture which explores the seamless connectivity achieved using 3D-printed components. Composed of 715 polycarbonate squared tubes, the tetrahedral mesh spans 10 meters wide and illuminates in response to movements below it.
 
The Architecture, Construction & Design Awards is hosted by international architecture platform Rethinking the Future. 768 entries were received for the competition in 2018, coming from more than 50 countries.


AIRLAB Awarded Finalist at the SDA 2019
The Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AIRLAB) at SUTD was awarded Finalist at the Singapore Design Awards (SDA) 2019, under two disciplines: Placemaking and Multidisciplinary.
 
AIRLAB was co-founded in 2016 by Assistant Professor Felix Raspall and Assistant Professor Carlos Bañón, both of the Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) pillar. The AIRLAB uses state-of-the-art technology and parametric design to reduce the usage of material while increasing structural performance, to deliver a new conception of informed lightness in Architecture.


Assistant Professor Carlos Banon and his team win the International Ideas Competition - Coastal Passage of Alicante

Assistant Professor Carlos Banon (ASD Pillar) and his team has won the International Ideas Competition – Coastal Passage of Alicante. Prof Carlos is also co-founder of Subarquitectura Architects Spain, which collaborated with Grupo Aranea to submit the winning entry, “My Connected Archipelago”.

The team used parametric design thinking and digital design techniques in this project, which Prof Carlos describes as “a large intervention where sustainable considerations, articulation of the existing landscape and an ecologic principles have been considered.

The competition, announced by Alicante City Council, is an open international contest to re-masterplan the 20 kilometre-long coastline of Alicante.

SUBARQUITECTURA:
Carlos Banon
Andres Silanes
Fernando Valderrama

GRUPO ARANEA
Francisco Leiva
Marta Garcia-Chico