Faculty and Staff Achievements

MND Medallion for Professor Cheong Koon Hean

Image credit: Ministry of National Development

Professor Cheong Koon Hean, Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at SUTD, was presented the MND Medallion on 1 November 2022 by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development.

The MND Medallion acknowledges individuals who have served and contributed significantly to the Ministry of National Development.



29% of SUTD Faculty Within Top 2% Scientists Globally

Almost a third of SUTD faculty have made it to the list of top 2% of scientists around the world according to the database by Stanford University and Elsevier BV in September 2022. With 6 additional faculty members joining the list, it has bumped up the percentage of SUTD faculty to 29% from the previous year of 24%. Their research fields include applied physics, artificial intelligence & image processing, and networking & telecommunications.

Since 2019, Stanford University and Elsevier BV have created a database of top-cited scientists for the purpose of providing standardised information on citations (including h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator). The database lists the world’s top 2% of scientists across 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields.

Single-year (2021) Impact
(In alphabetical order of last name)

Faculty

Rank in field (without self-citations) &
Faculty Research Area

Ai, Ye

676 (0.7%)
Rank in 2020: 0.8%
 
Analytical Chemistry
Total in field: 101,089
 
Microfluidic bioanalytical technology for diagnostics and therapy

Ang, Ricky

2,464 (0.6%)
Rank in 2020: 1.1%
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Interface and device physics

Ang, Yee Sin

8,331 (2.2%)
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Physics and computational design of 2D semiconductor electronics

Blessing, Lucienne

20 (1.7%)
Rank in 2020: 1.5%
 
Design Practice & Management
Total in field: 1,174
 
Study of design practice and education, and of user experience

Cheong, Kang Hao

4,547 (0.8%)
Rank in 2020: 3.9%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Complex systems, evolutionary game theory, nonlinear dynamics in complex networks and AI/ML in medical and healthcare

Chong, Tow Chong

6,174 (1.6%)
Rank in 2020: 1.8%
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Pioneered research in strained-layer GaAs-on-Si optoelectronics devices as well as superlattice phase change memory and artificial cognitive memory.

Chua, Chee Kai

99 (0.0%)
Rank in 2020: 0.1%
 
Materials
Total in field: 315,721
 
3D printing or additive manufacturing

Duan, Lingjie

1,640 (0.9%)
Rank in 2020: 0.9%
 
Networking & Telecommunications
Total in field: 176,084
 
Network economics and optimisation

Lim, Kwan Hui

10,387 (1.9%)
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
AI and Data Science for Social and Urban Computing

Liu, Jun

2,538 (0.5%)
Rank in 2020: 0.9%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Computer vision and video analytics

Liu, Xiaogang

3,948 (1.9%)
 
Organic Chemistry
Total in field: 205,273
 
Molecular engineering of fluorophores and probes; computation-aided molecular designs

Lu, Wei

5,448 (1.0%)
Rank in 2020: 2.6%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Natural language processing

Luo, Jianxi

19 (1.6%)
Rank in 2020: 1.6%
 
Design Practice & Management
Total in field: 1,174
 
Engineering design innovation

Mathur, Aditya P.

4,044 (0.7%)
Rank in 2020: 0.1%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Design of secure and safe critical infrastructure

Mohan, R. E.

3,583 (4.3%)
 
Industrial Engineering & Automation
Total in field: 83,299
 
Reconfigurable Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Maintenance Robotics, Cleaning Robotics, Perception

Phoon, Kok Kwang

45 (0.1%)
Rank in 2020: 0.1%
 
Geological & Geomatics Engineering
Total in field: 58,101
 
Underground digital twin, risk and reliability of geo-structures

Poria, Soujanya

639 (0.1%)
Rank in 2020: 0.2%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Common sense-based AI models, empathetic and affective-aware dialogue systems, and multimodal deep learning

Quek, Tony Q.S.

546 (0.3%)
Rank in 2020: 0.3%
 
Networking & Telecommunications
Total in field: 176,084
 
Wireless communications and networking, network intelligence, big data processing, internet-of-things, URLLC, and wireless security

Simpson, Robert E.

5,143 (1.4%)
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Designing memory, sensor, display, and computing technologies through light-matter interactions

Tan, Dawn T.H.

1,179 (0.7%)
Rank in 2020: 1.2%
 
Optoelectronics & Photonics
Total in field: 158,872
 
The study of ultrafast optical phenomena and nonlinear integrated photonics

Wu, Ping

6,193 (1.6%)
Rank in 2020: 1.8%
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Materials chemistry modelling, water wetting, solar cells, and gas sensors

Xiong, Zehui

551 (0.3%)
 
Networking & Telecommunications
Total in field: 176,084
 
Resource allocation and orchestration for edge computing and Internet of Things

Yang, Shengyuan A.

470 (0.1%)
Rank in 2020: 0.7%
 
Applied Physics
Total in field: 380,123
 
Condensed matter physics

Yang, Hui Ying

935 (1.0%)
Rank in 2020: 1.8%
 
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Total in field: 90,797
 
Nanomaterials for energy and water applications

Yang, Joel K.W.

2,176 (2.4%)
Rank in 2020: 2.6%
 
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Total in field: 90,797
 
Nanophotonics, plasmonics and nanolithography

Yeo, Kiat Seng

1,115 (1.3%)
Rank in 2020: 1.1%
 
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Total in field: 82,803
 
Low-power integrated circuit design, RF/mm-wave

Yuen, Chau

357 (0.2%)
Rank in 2020: 0.3%
 
Networking & Telecommunications
Total in field: 176,084
 
Wireless communications, Internet-of-Things, smart grid

Zhou, Jianying

6,743 (1.2%)
Rank in 2020: 1.3%
 
Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
Total in field: 546,033
 
Cybersecurity
 


EnterpriseSG-SSC/SAC Commendation Award 2022

Dr Teo Tee Hui was presented with the EnterpriseSG-SSC/SAC Commendation Award 2022 at the Quality & Standards Partners Appreciation Event held on 13 July 2022. This is in recognition of his contributions to the Singapore Standardisation Programme.

Presented by the Singapore Standards Council (SSC) and the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC), together with Enterprise Singapore, the Awards give recognition to the recipients’ commitment and contributions to Singapore’s standardisation and accreditation.

Dr Teo is currently senior lecturer with the Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar, and is also affiliated to the Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) cluster.



SG Mark for Nine SUTD Designs

(Photos from: https://sgmark.org/winners-2022/ & https://www.imagenecreative.com/monuments)

Nine SUTD designs were awarded the Singapore Good Design (SG Mark) 2022 - a benchmark of good design and quality, under the categories of Digital Solutions, Experience Design, Product and Sustainable Design.

The SG Mark celebrates the best of Singapore designs since its inception in 2013. Organised by Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS), the SG Mark’s overarching goal is to impact businesses, improve quality of life of different communities (individuals, corporations and countries) and influence culture.

90 designs out of more than 160 entries were awarded this year. The awards ceremony was held on 25 August at Jewel Changi Airport and attended by guest of honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment.

Digital Solutions

Scratchbac
Designers:
Scratchbac

Experience Design

HappyUrns – Celebration Kit
Designers:
SUTD Design Innovation Program
HappyUrns – Life in a Year Book
Designers:
SUTD Design Innovation Program
Rediscover Our History Through 3D Printing
Designers:
Imagene Creative Private Limited

Client: National Heritage Board of Singapore

Product

BLASTER Better Localized Autonomous Scouring and Tethered Ejecting Rotorcraft
Designers:
Singapore University of Technology & Design
 
Client: Spinoff Robotics
Design Innovation Methodology Handbook
Designers:
SUTD Design Innovation Program
F-SAM Foldable Single Actuator Monocopter
Designers:
Singapore University of Technology & Design
 
Client: Revolvix
KOI
Designers:
Singapore University of Technology & Design
 
Client: Manas Robotics

Sustainable Design

The DB Schenker Upcycling Hub 
*SPECIAL MENTION
Designers:
Carlos Bañon / Airlab SUTD
 
Client: DB Schenker


Professor Cheong Koon Hean Honoured with Key to the City of Newcastle

Professor Cheong Koon Hean, Chairperson of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, was honoured with the key to the City of Newcastle on 25 July 2022.

The award was presented by Lord Mayor Nuatali Helmes to Prof Cheong along with five other distinguished recipients including Dr Khaw Boon Wan (former Minister of National Development and Transport). The recipients, who are former Colombo Plan Scholars and graduates of the University of Newcastle, are recognised for their accomplishments, contribution and support to the connection between Singapore and the City of Newcastle.



Professor Yeo Kiat Seng Conferred the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) Fellowship


Associate Provost (Research & International Relations) Yeo Kiat Seng has been elected as a Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) Fellow, for his pioneering work and leadership in RF/mm-wave integrated circuit design and the promotion of STEM education in Singapore. He is one of 14 distinguished scientists honoured at the fellowship presentation ceremony held on 5 August 2022 at the Science Centre Singapore.

Prof Yeo was listed among the top 2% scientists globally by Stanford University in 2020. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering (SAEng), a Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) and a Fellow of IEEE.

The SNAS Fellowship was instituted to recognise outstanding individuals in Singapore who have distinguished themselves in the field of science and the inaugural fellowship exercise was conducted in 2011.



7 SUTD Recipients at National Day Awards 2022; SUTD Chairman Mr Lee Tzu Yang Conferred the Distinguished Service Order

For his contributions to the public service, education and the arts, Mr Lee Tzu Yang, chairman of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Board of Trustees (BoT), received the Distinguished Service Order at the National Day Awards 2022. The Distinguished Service Order is the highest accolade out of the 6,258 awards conferred this year.

Mr Lee has led the SUTD BoT since 2016. He is also chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Esplanade and the Founders' Memorial Steering Committee.

Alongside Mr Lee, six other SUTD staff and faculty also received National Day Honours.

SUTD recipients of the National Day Awards 2022:

  • Distinguished Service Order – Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman, SUTD Board of Trustees

  • Public Administration Medal (Bronze) – Associate Professor Samson Lim, Associate Head of Cluster (Academics), Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

  • Commendation Medal – Dr Teo Tee Hui, Senior Lecturer, Engineering Product Development

  • Commendation Medal Dr Kwan Wei Lek, Associate Head of Cluster (Undergraduate Programme & Outreach), Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT)

  • Commendation Medal Mr Bernard Tay Teck Ching, Deputy Director, Procurement, Office of Finance & Corporate Services

  • Efficiency Medal – Ms Chia Wai Foong, Executive Assistant, Office of President

  • Long Service Medal – Ms Shanty G Coomaraswamy, Assistant Director, Capstone, Office of Education



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.