Faculty & Staff Achievements 2016

EPD Assistant Professor Nagarajan Raghavan received 2016 IEEE EDS Early Career Award

This award was established to promote, recognise, and support early career technical development within the Electron Devices Society’s field of interest. 

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Associate Professor Tony Quek selected as Highly Cited Researcher 2016

The Highly Cited Researchers List 2016 by Thomson Reuters identified contemporary authors whose research has significantly influenced others in their field. The list names nearly 3,000 scientists from around the world whose studies were among the top 1 percent most referenced in academic journals from 2003 to 2014.

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Partner of Academy of Singapore Teachers

The award was gifted to the Office of Education for the following contributions to the professional development of teachers:

  • Learning Journeys - Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts
  • Active and Interactive Pedagogy Series of Workshops and Lesson Immersions for Educators in Physics and Chemistry

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IDC Professor Lucienne Blessing elected as member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany

The General Assembly of acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany has confirmed the membership nomination of Lucienne Blessing proposed by its Executive Board. The number of active members is limited to 400 and admission is based on “outstanding scientific achievements and excellent reputation” 

acatech represents the interests of the German scientific and technological communities, at home and abroad. As a working academy, acatech supports policy-makers and society, providing qualified technical evaluations and forward looking recommendations. Moreover, acatech aims to support knowledge transfer between science and industry, and encourage the next generation of engineers.

For his research on phase-change memory, Dr Desmond Loke became the first researcher from SUTD to receive the prestigious MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 (TR35) international award under the Inventor category.

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Assistant Professor Yeung Sai-Kit received Best Paper Honorable Mention at the 4th International Conference on 3D Vision

The "SceneNN: A Scene Meshes Dataset with aNNotations" paper from the Vision, Graphics and Computational Design (VGD) Group headed by Assistant Professor Sai-Kit Yeung is selected to receive the Best Paper Honorable Mention award at the International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV) 2016.

SceneNN is the first annotated scene meshes dataset consisting of more than 100 scenes that are captured at various indoor locations including apartments, offices, dormitory, and classrooms. The scenes are reconstructed into triangle meshes and have fine-grained semantic annotation including per-vertex and per-pixel label, axis-aligned bounding boxes and object poses.

The dataset is designed to facilitate emerging research in high-quality 3D scene reconstruction, semantic segmentation and object recognition with data-driven algorithms, which has been advanced rapidly in the computer vision and robotics communities in the past five years. It aims to lay a foundation towards realistic scene manipulation and rendering in emerging technologies such as VR, AR, and towards empowering a smart nation by being a part of the virtual Singapore project. 

The SceneNN dataset can be found at http://www.scenenn.net
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National Day Award 2016

Professor Pey Kin Leong, Associate Provost for Education, received The Public Administration Medal (Silver).
Mr Sitoe Yew Kok, Registrar, received The Public Administration Medal (Bronze).

SUTD researcher Alexander Binder received together with Sebastian Lapuschkin and Wojciech Samek from the Fraunhofer Institute HHI and Grégoire Montavon and Klaus-Robert Müller from the TU Berlin the best paper prize at the Workshop on Visualization for Deep Learning at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) held in June 2016 in New York City, USA.

The award is endowed with a GeForce GTX Titan X from NVIDIA. The publication Analyzing and Validating Neural Networks Predictions summarizes the authors' work on Layer-wise Relevance Propagation (LRP), which is a newly developed technique to explain predictions of complex machine learning algorithms such as deep neural networks or kernel methods. The authors' work enables researchers to better understand what their highly non-linear models are actually doing and why they sometimes fail. This interpretability aspect is not only important in domains where relying on a black box algorithm is not acceptable (e.g., in medical applications), but it also may help to identify weaknesses of current state-of-the-art methods and consequently to improve them.
Alexander Binder is Assistant Professor at the ISTD pillar of SUTD since 2015. His research deals with interpretability of non-linear predictors for components of single samples.

SUTD has won the SHRI Award for Best Practices in Employee Relations and Workplace Harmony. 

This award recognises organisations for putting in place good practices, programmes and systems that improve intra-and-inter relationships between and among employees, employer and union. It also recognises good efforts in organising employee related activities and programmes to promote the well-being of stakeholders by the organisations.

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SUTD's revamped website has won the ‘Best in Class’ award for the Education Category at the Interactive Media Awards.

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Singapore Good Design Award 2016

SUTD campus designed by UNStudio and DP Architects has won gold at the SG Mark 2016. The Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) is a design and innovation award for business progressiveness that conforms to globally stringent standards of design. SG Mark is an initiative led by the Singapore Design Business Chamber to encourage good design according to international standards of quality.

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SUTD was awarded the BCA Construction Excellence Award in the Institutional Buildings category. 

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Press Release

Dr Andrew Tay, Senior Research Fellow, EPD has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) to serve for a 3 year period commencing from 1 January 2016.

Nominated as one of the winners for Singapore Press Holdings' Ads of the Month (March 2016)