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NUS engineers invent BATLESS microchip that helps IoT devices achieve battery indifference

Congratulations to Assoc Prof Massimo Alioto and his team from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering! They have developed an innovative microchip, named BATLESS, that can continue to operate even when the battery runs out of energy.

Thanks to this research breakthrough which substantially reduces the size of batteries required to power loT sensor nodes, we can look forward to batteries that are 10 times smaller and cheaper to produce.

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Elected Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore

Prof. Hong Minghui was elected as the Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore (FSEng) on 27 March 2018. Prof. Hong specializes in optical engineering. He has co-authored 10 book chapters, 26 patents granted, and 400+ scientific papers. and 60+ talks in international conferences. Prof. Hong is invited to serve as an Editor of many journals including Light: Science and Applications (Nature Publisher Group). Prof. Hong is Fellow of Optical Society of America (OSA), Fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and Founding Fellow and Vice President of International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE), Fellow and Council Member of Institute of Engineers, Singapore (IES). He is also the Chairman of Phaos Technology Pte. Ltd., which is a spin-off company (in 2017) to commercialize the technologies being developed in ECE Dept., NUS and being supported by NRF CRP.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance to fund research on elderly welfare and traffic safety

Congratulations to Prof Tan Kok Kiong from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering for being one of the four researchers in Singapore to receive grants for innovative research on senior citizen welfare and traffic safety. The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation advocates for budding and inter-disciplinary research focused on the growing ageing population and the rising concerns over traffic safety in Asia.

Selected from a total of 193 applications received from the region, the four Singapore researchers received grants worth SGD38,948 from the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation at the 11th MSIWF Research Grant Awards 2017 ceremony held on 30 January 2018 . Prof Tan received grant for developing a wearable, non-intrusive, and location-based fall detection monitoring system for the elderly.

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Novel approach of light delivery suppresses tumour growth in regions deep in the body

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a way to wirelessly deliver light into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for photodynamic therapy (PDT).

While PDT is a powerful light-induced cancer treatment, it is often limited to surface cancers due to the low penetration of light through biological tissue. This wireless approach of light delivery enables PDT to be used on the inner organs of the body with fine control. This technology could potentially enable PDT to be used to treat a wider range of cancers, such as brain and liver cancer.

The study was led by Professor Zhang Yong and Assistant Professor John Ho, who are respectively from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The findings of the study were published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on 29 January 2018. Read More

NUS engineers invent tiny vision processing chip for ultra-small smart vision systems and IoT applications

Assoc Prof Massimo Alioto has invented a tiny vision processing chip, EQSCALE, that uses 20 TIMES less power than existing best-in-class chips — his innovation is a major step forward in developing millimetre-sized smart cameras with near-perpetual lifespan, and paves the way for cost-effective Internet of Things (IoT) applications!

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NUS, DSO launch satellite research centre to promote space technology

It was reported that the NUS Faculty of Engineering and the DSO National Laboratories have jointly launched the Satellite Technology and Research Centre (STAR) to develop cutting-edge capabilities in distributed satellite systems, with a focus on flying multiple small satellites in formation or constellation. STAR is supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board, and is helmed by Professor Low Kay Soon from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The new centre, located at the Singapore Wind Tunnel Facility on the NUS Kent Ridge campus, will train undergraduates and graduate students to meet the manpower needs of Singapore’s space industry.

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Associate Professor Guo Yongxin elevated to IEEE Fellow

Associate Professor Guo received the accolade for his contributions to wideband printed antennas. His research areas covers small and wideband antennas, wireless power, and MMIC modelling and designs. He has authored/co‐authored more than 400 technical journal and conference papers with Google Scholar citation of over 6,200 times and H‐index of 44. His research work in these areas has had a long-lasting impact on wireless communications, engineering in medicine, and internet of things. Read More

 

Associate Professor Mehul Motani elevated to IEEE Fellow

Associate Professor Motani has made significant contributions to fundamental problems in network information theory, the design and optimization of novel wireless networking algorithms, and more recently, deep learning for healthcare applications. He has also contributed to the IEEE in numerous capacities, including serving as the Secretary of the IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors, and as an Associate Editor for both the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Communications. The lasting impact of his research is evident from the over 5600 citations to his publications and their influence on the theory and practice of modern engineering systems. Read More

 

Prof. Alioto (ECE, NUS) publicly releases the very first book on silicon chip design for the Internet of Things (IoT) – Driving the change by uncovering the technical innovation that will fuel the IoT

The book is the natural follow up of the research activities carried out in the ECE Department at NUS in the area of ultra-low power chip design for IoT, as crucial enabler of miniaturized smart sensing systems with decade-long battery lifetime. Based on Prof. Alioto’s leadership in the area of next-generation IoT, the book includes contributions from leading semiconductor industry (e.g., Intel, ARM) and universities (e.g., Purdue, ETHZ). Read More

 

NUS researchers achieve significant breakthrough in topological insulator based devices for modern spintronic applications

Led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the NUS research team has, for the first time, successfully demonstrated room temperature magnetisation switching driven by giant SOTs in topological insulator/conventional ferromagnet (Bi2Se3/NiFe) heterostructures with an extremely low current density, that can address the issue of scalability and high power consumption needed in modern spintronic devices.

The finding of the study was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on 8 November 2017. Learn More

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Appointment to Dean’s Chair in Engineering

Associate Professor Qiu Chengwei has been appointed as Dean’s Chair in the Faculty of Engineering from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.

The Dean’s Chair appointment is in recognition of Assoc. Prof Qiu’s outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments. Read More

 

Dr. Vincent Tan is awarded the 2018 NRF Fellowship

The fellowship, which carries a research grant of up to $2.5 million, provides opportunities for early career researchers to carry out independent research locally over a five-year period. The title of his project is “Fundamental Performance Limits for Statistical Learning Algorithms”. Read More

 

Researchers unravel new insights into how the brain beats distractions to retain memories

It was reported that a team of NUS researchers, led by Assistant Professor Yen Shih-Cheng from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering and Assistant Professor Camilo Libedinsky from the Department of Psychology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when faced with distractions. The study conducted by the team suggests that while distractions do change the activity of the neurons, they are able to retain information by reorganising the information within the same population of neurons. In other words, the “code” used by the neurons to maintain memory information morphs to a different code after a distractor is presented. This unexpected finding has strong implications for our understanding of how the brain processes information, which in turn may lead to inspiration for research in artificial intelligence, as well as neuropsychiatric research, where deficits in memory and attention are common. The team’s findings were published online in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Neuroscience on 9 October 2017. Read More

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MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” Asia 2018

NUS ECE Department’s faculty, Dr Feng Jiashi has been listed as one of the ten young outstanding innovators from the Asia Pacific region (Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan) on the MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” Asia 2018 list. Read More

ECE Department’s Learning and Vision (LV) team from NUS won top awards in the ICCV 2017 MS-Celeb-1M Large-Scale Face Recognition Challenges

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Learning and Vision (LV) team clinched the top first place awards in the ICCV 2017 MS-Celeb-1M Large-Scale Face Recognition Hard Set / Random Set / Low-Shot Learning Challenges. The award ceremony was held in Venice on 28 October 2017. Read More

 

2017 EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Professor Nitish Thakor who has been awarded the 2017 EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award at the 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, held on 11-15 July at Jeju Island, Korea.

The award honors Professor Thakor’s lifelong achievements and contributions in the fields of biomedical engineering and his leadership to the profession.

 

NUS engineers achieve significant breakthrough in spin wave based information processing technology

A research team led by Professor Adekunle Adeyeye from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering, has recently achieved a significant breakthrough in spin wave information processing technology. His team has successfully developed a novel method for the simultaneous propagation of spin wave signals in multiple directions at the same frequency, without the need for any external magnetic field. Read More

Engineered for success

Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering knows she chose a career in a male-dominated field but it has never held her back. “I was once told not to waste my time in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry. That just spurred me to work harder than my male colleagues to prove my competence,” she said.

Her foray into the field began with her father, a Structural Engineer. “My dad would bring me to construction sites and talk to me about his projects. His enthusiasm for science and engineering made me love it too!” said Assoc Prof Ho. Read More

 

Prince Andrew meets Phaos at “Science is GREAT”

Professor Hong Minghui and his team from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NUS, have established a private limited company Phaos Technology to commercialize their research fruits. Together with Lloyd’s Register Foundation, they were one of 5 teams invited to showcase their technologies at “Science is GREAT” event held by the British Council from 12-13 June. It celebrates UK-Singapore ties to enable Great scientific innovations. Presentations were made to Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, as well as Mr Scott Andrew Norman Wightman CMG, the British High Commissioner to Singapore. Prince Andrew and Mr Scott Wightman were fascinated by the state-of-the-art optical technologies demonstrated. Read More

 

True cost of pirated software

A four-month study led by Associate Professor Biplab Sikdar from NUS Electrical & Computer Engineering and commissioned by Microsoft has found that cybercriminals are compromising computers by embedding malware in pirated software and online channels that offer them. The findings of the “Cybersecurity Risks from Non-Genuine Software” study, which aimed to quantify the link between software piracy and malware infections in Asia Pacific, were released on 21 June at the Microsoft Cyber Trust Experience 2017 event. Read More

Novel device treats 'glue ear'

A team from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed CLiKX, a novel easy-to-use handheld device that quickly and effectively treats Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), or “glue ear”, the leading cause of hearing loss in children worldwide. Learn More    Video    News Reports

 

Showcase of Advanced Optical Technologies attracted great interests and attention of investors and potential customers.

Phaos Technology Pte. Ltd. (Phaos Technology), co-founded by Professor Hong Minghui from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), National University of Singapore (NUS), participated in InnovFest Unbound 2017 on 3 and 4 May 2017, held at Marina Bay Sands.

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Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia (Healthcare and Science)

Dr. John Ho, an Assistant Professor and National Research Foundation Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS is amongst 30 honorees under the age of 30 from 24 countries across Asia Pacific to appear on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List under the category of Healthcare and Science.

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NUS engineers develop novel lens for super-resolution imaging

Discovery breaks resolution limitations in microscopy; Potential applications in high precision failure inspection and biological research.

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Data Security – Skeletons In Your Hard Drive

In an increasingly digital world, computers have become ingrained in almost every aspect of our daily lives. The websites we browse, the pictures and videos that we take, as well as our business and commercial activities all leave a digital footprint. In the hands of the wrong person, any access to our personal information can have serious consequences: leakage of bank account numbers, passport and personal identification records, corporate secrets, to name a few. In a recent feature on CNA, A/Prof. Biplab Sikdar showed how easy it is to recover such data from the old computing devices that we discard.

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NUS researchers invent ultra-thin multilayer film for next-generation data storage and processing

A team of scientists led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has invented a novel ultra-thin multilayer film which could harness the properties of tiny magnetic whirls, known as skyrmions, as information carriers for storing and processing data on magnetic media.

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Congratulations to our ECE faculty who have been awarded the 2017 Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship.

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Engineering Awards and Recognition 2017

The Engineering Awards and Recognition Ceremony 2017 was held by the Faculty of Engineering on 22 March 2017. The awards were presented by NUS Dean of Engineering, Prof Chua Kee Chaing to the awardees in recognition of their high achievements in NUS Engineering.

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NUS UAV Team emerges Champion again at SAFMC 2017

U-LION, the Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (UAV) team from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), won again the overall championship at the 2017 Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC 2017) held on 17 March. The team also clinched the best platform design award and a total cash prize of S$8,000 in the fully autonomous category.

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NUS makes waves in terahertz tech

A team led by Assoc Prof Yang Hyunsoo and Dr Wu Yang from the Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering and NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, has invented a cheap terahertz wave emitter, after two years of research. The new emitter could be part of a wearable sensor that helps soldiers detect chemical agents in the field and can also benefit the healthcare and security industries.

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NUS researchers push frontiers of flexible electronics

NUS is investing $50 million in a new flexible electronics programme with a 20-year road map, which is led by Prof Aaron Thean from the Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The programme includes a new centre to be completed later in 2017, bringing researchers from different disciplines together.

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Appointment to Dean’s Chair Professor

Associate Professor Zhang Rui has been appointed Dean’s Chair Professor from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019

Among the world’s most highly cited researchers

Congratulations to Prof. Ge Shuzhi Sam, Assoc. Prof. Zhang Rui and Assoc. Prof. Yan Shuicheng from ECE Department who are among the 11 NUS scientists and engineers who have been named among the most prominent researchers in the world by Clarivate Analytics, the former Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters.

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ECE professors elevated to IEEE Fellows

THREE Faculty members from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering are elevated to IEEE Fellows on 1 January. They are Professor Lim Teng Joon, Associate Professor Zhang Rui, and Associate Professor Yan Shuicheng. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members, whose extraordinary achievements in any of the IEEE’s field of interest are deemed fitting for this prestigious grade elevation.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Pan He, Steven S.-L. Zhang, Dapeng Zhu, Yang Liu, Yi Wang, Jiawei Yu, Giovanni Vignale, Hyunsoo Yang, "Bilinear magnetoelectric resistance as a probe of three-dimensional spin texture in topological surface states", Nature Physics, volume 14, pages 495–499 (2018).
Yi Wang, Dapeng Zhu, Yang Wu, Yumeng Yang, Jiawei Yu, Rajagopalan Ramaswamy, Rahul Mishra, Shuyuan Shi, Mehrdad Elyasi, Kie-Leong Teo, Yihong Wu & Hyunsoo Yang, "Room temperature magnetization switching in topological insulator-ferromagnet heterostructures by spin-orbit torques", Nature Communications 8, Article No. 1364 (2017)’ DOI: 10.1038/s4146-017-01583-4
HK Garg, "Faces of Innovation", Tabla!, Singapore, July 14, pp 1,7, 2017
W. C. Tan, Y. Cai, R. J. Ng, L. Huang, X. Feng, G. Zhang, Y.-W. Zhang, C. A. Nijhuis, X. Liu, and K.-W. Ang, "Few-layer black phosphorus carbide field-effect transistor via carbon doping", Advanced Materials 29, 1700503 (2017).
Shawn D. Pollard, Joseph A. Garlow, Jiawei Yu, Zhen Wang, Yimei Zhu & Hyunsoo Yang, "Observation of stable Ne´el skyrmions in cobalt/palladium multilayers with Lorentz transmission electron microscopy", Nature Communications 8, Article No. 14761 (2017)’ DDOI: 10.1038/ncomms14761OI:
HK Garg, "Team up for the Innovation journey", tabla ! , Singapore, March 10, pp. 9, 2017
Devansh R. Agrawal, Yuji Tanabe, Desen Weng, Andrew Ma, Stephanie Hsu, Song-Yan Liao, Zhe Zhen, Zi-Yi Zhu, Chuanbowen Sun, Zhenya Dong, Fengyuan Yang, Hung Fat Tse, Ada S. Y. Poon and John S. Ho* , "Conformal phased surfaces for wireless powering of bioelectronic microdevices", Nature of Biomedical Engineering 1, 0043 (2017), DOI : 10.1038/s41551-017-0043
Yang M-Q, Xu Y-J, Lu W, Zeng K, Zhu H, Xu Q-H, Ho G. W. "Self-surface charge exfoliation and electrostatic coordinated 2D hetero-layered hybrids" Nature Communications, 8, 14224 (2017).
Y. Wu, M. Elyasi, X. Qiu, M. Chen, Y. Liu, L. Ke, H. Yang, "High-Performance THz Emitters Based on Ferromagnetic/Nonmagnetic Heterostructures", Advanced Materials, Vol. 28, Issue 4, Jan 25, 2017; DOI : 10.1002/adma.201603031
L. Wang, Z. Wang, H.-Y. Wang, G. Grinblat, Y.-L. Huang, D. Wang, X.-H. Ye, X.-B. Li, Q. Bao, A.T.S. Wee, S.A. Maier, Q.-D. Chen, M.-L. Zhong, C.-W. Qiu*, and H.-B. Sun*, "Slow Cooling and Efficient Extraction of C-Exciton Hot Carriers in MoS2 Monolayer", Nature Communications 8, 13906 (2017)
L. Zhang, S. Mei, K. Huang, and C.-W. Qiu*, "Advances in Full Control of Electromagnetic Wave with Metasurfaces", Adv. Opt. Mater., in press (2016). DOI: 10.1002/adom.201500690
Xuepeng Qiu, William Legrand, Pan He, Yang Wu, Jiawei Yu, Rajagopalan Ramaswamy, Aurelien Manchon, and Hyunsoo Yang, "Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torque via Modulation of Spin Current Absorption", Physical Review Letters 117, 217206 – Published 18 November 2016
HK Garg, "Idea to invention - the journey of innovation begins", tabla, Singapore, November 11, pp. 15, 2016.
Xiong Li, Lianwei Chen, Yang Li, Xiaohu Zhang, Mingbo Pu, Zeyu Zhao, Xiaoliang Ma, Yanqin Wang, Minghui Hong, Xiangang Luo, "Multicolor 3D meta-holography by broadband plasmonic modulation", Science Advances 04 Nov 2016, Vol. 2, no. 11, e1601102, DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1601102
Mankei Tsang, Ranjith Nair, and Xiao-Ming Lu, "Quantum Theory of Superresolution for Two Incoherent Optical Point Sources", Phys. Rev. X 6, 031033 – Published 29 August 2016
Jae Hyun Kwon, Jumbum Yoon, Praveen Deoran, Jong Min Lee, Jaivardhan Sinha, Kyung-Jin Lee, Masamitsu Hayashi, Hyunsoo Yang; "Giant nonreciprocal emission of spin waves in Ta/Py bilayers", Science Advances, Vol 2, no.7, e1501892, DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1501892.
Loong, L. M., Lee, W., Qiu, X., Yang, P., Kawai, H., Saeys, M., Ahn, J.-H. and Yang, H. "Flexible MgO Barrier Magnetic Tunnel Junctions", Advance Materials, doi: 10.1002/adma.201600062
Alioto MB, "Designing (Relatively) Unreliable Systems with (Highly) Unreliable Components", Keynote speaker, IEEE International NEWCAS 2016 Conference, June 26-29, Vancouver, Canada.
Krienen FM, Yeo BTT, Ge T, Buckner RL, Sherwood C. "Transcriptional profiles of supragranular-enriched genes associate with corticocortical network architecture in the human brain". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113:E469-E478, 2016.
Arabinda Haldar, Dheeraj Kumar, Adekunle Olusola Adeyeye "A reconfigurable waveguide for energy-efficient transmission and local manipulation of information in a nanomagnetic device", Nature Nanotechnology, advance online publication (Feb 01, 2016).
X. Zhou, R. Zhang, and C. K. Ho, "Wireless information and power transfer: architecture design and rate-energy tradeoff", IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 61, no. 11, pp.4757-4767, November, 2013.