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Faculty and Staff Achievements

URA-REDAS SPARK Challenge Finallist

An SUTD team with their design concept ‘Symbiosis’ was one of five finallists at the URA-REDAS SPARK Challenge. The design was installed and exhibited in the Marina Central district in April 2022.

The team, comprising Engineering Product Development (EPD) Assistant Prof Pablo Valdivia, research assistant Aaron Chooi and PhD students Stalin Thileepan and Plamootil Mathai Aby Raj, is also part of the Bio-inspired Robotics & Design (BRD) Laboratory at SUTD. Inspired by the Lalang fields which surround the SUTD campus, the team created ‘Symbiosis’ - a tactile moving display that attempts to blend soft robotics and natural materials (Lalang grass) with our built environment.

Jointly organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS), the third edition of the URA-REDAS SPARK Challenge was launched in October 2021 and called for submissions of innovative designs to enliven public spaces in mixed-use developments and shopping malls.

IEEE Signal Processing and Computing for Communications (SPCC) Best Paper Award

Assistant Professor Zehui Xiong, from the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar, has won the IEEE SPCC Best Paper Award for the paper ‘Collaborative coded computation offloading: An all-pay auction approach’. The paper is co-authored by J. S. Ng, W. Y. B. Lim, S. Garg, D. Niyato, M. Guizani, and C. Leung, and from the proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in Montreal, June 2021.

The SPCC Best Paper Award is conferred by the SPCC Technical Committee and no more than one award is given per year. The paper must constitute an outstanding contribution to the technological advancement of signal processing and computing for communications.