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NUS engineers invent groundbreaking spin-based memory device

A team of international researchers led by engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a new magnetic device which is able to manipulate digital information 20 times more efficiently and with 10 times more stability than commercial spintronic digital memories. The novel spintronic memory device employs ferrimagnets and was developed in collaboration with researchers from Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, and Korea University, Seoul.

This breakthrough has the potential to accelerate the commercial growth of spin-based memory. “Our discovery could provide a new device platform to the spintronic industry, which at present struggles with issues around instability and scalability due to the thin magnetic elements that are used,” said Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who spearheaded the project.

The invention of this novel spintronic memory was first reported in the journal Nature Materials on 3 December 2018.

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ECE faculty members among the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers published by Clarivate Analytics

3 ECE faculty members and 1 ECE Research Fellow have been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in the latest 2018 Highly Cited Researcher report published by Clarivate Analytics.

Congratulations to Prof. Ge Shuzhi Sam, Assoc. Prof. Yan Shuicheng, Assoc. Prof. Zhang Rui and Dr. Liu Liang from ECE Department who are among the 14 researchers from The Faculty of Engineering and among the overall 30 researchers from NUS who are in the 2018 report.

2 of the ECE faculty, Prof. Ge Shuzhi and Assoc. Prof Zhang Rui listed in the 2016 and 2017 reports are among the top again in 2018.

The annual list of Highly Cited Researchers acknowledges researchers with multiple papers ranking in the top one per cent by citations for their field and year. This year, a new cross-field category has been introduced to acknowledge researchers with substantial influence in several fields, breaking through the artificial walls of conventional disciplinary categories to keep the Highly Cited Researchers list contemporary and relevant.

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Associate Professor Vincent Tan has been appointed as Dean’s Chair in the Faculty of Engineering from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.

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

Assoc. Prof Tan was the recipient of the MIT EECS Jin-Au Kong outstanding doctoral thesis prize in 2011; the NUS Young Investigator Award in 2014; the Engineering Young Researcher Award in the Faculty of Engineering, NUS in 2018; and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship (Class of 2018). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2018/19). He was also placed in the NUS Faculty of Engineering Teaching commendation lists from 2015 to 2017.

His research interests are in the areas of information theory and its applications to high-dimensional statistical learning. He has published papers in top-tier journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Annals of Statistics, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Communications in Mathematical Physics, and SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics.

He is currently serving as an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and the Foundations and Trends on Communications and Information Theory.

NUS innovation open doors to smaller, cheaper and long-lasting IoT sensors

Researchers from the Green IC research group at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a low-cost ‘battery-less’ wake-up timer – in the form of an on-chip circuit – that significantly reduces power consumption of silicon chips for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor nodes. The novel wake-up timer by the NUS team demonstrates for the first time the achievement of power consumption down to true picoWatt range (one billion times lower than a smartwatch).

“We have developed a novel wake-up timer that operates in the picoWatt range, and cuts power consumption of rarely-active IoT sensor nodes by 1,000 times. As an element of uniqueness, our wake-up timer does not need any additional circuitry, as opposed to conventional technologies, which require peripheral circuits consuming at least 1,000 times more power (e.g., voltage regulators). This is a major step towards accelerating the development of IoT infrastructure, and paves the way for the aggressive miniaturisation of IoT devices for long-lasting operations,” said team leader Associate Professor Massimo Alioto from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.

The research was conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Paolo Crovetti from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy.

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ECE Department receives donation of two intelligent robots from Bozhon

On 31 October 2018, ECE Department received two intelligent mobile robotic platforms from Bozhon Precision Industry Technology Co., Ltd. Bozhon is an industry leader that provides solutions and services to smart factory, robotics and automation, headquartered in Suzhou, China and with offices across the globe.

The intelligent mobile robotic platform is a commercial grade robotic system that has been deployed for autonomous delivery services at hotels, restaurants, and factory floors. It is equipped with high-precision autonomous navigation and positioning system to move freely through narrow spaces. Bozhon Chairman Lv Shaolin, and ECE Department Head Prof John Thong witnessed the handover of the robots at NUS.

The donation of the robots will strengthen the research collaborations between Bozhon Research and ECE Department in the areas of human language technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics. Bozhon (Suzhou) and ECE Department are also exploring joint student internship and research programmes through NUSRI Suzhou.

ECE Department’s Learning and Vision (LV) team from NUS won Best Student Paper Award at ACM MM 2018

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Learning and Vision (LV) team clinched the Best Student Paper Award at ACM MM 2018. The award ceremony was held in Seoul, Korea on 24 October 2018.

The project was a collaboration between the NUS ECE Department’s LV group (Assist. Prof. Jiashi Feng, Assoc. Prof. Shuicheng Yan, Mr. Jian Zhao, Mr. Jianshu Li, Mr. Yu Cheng) and NUS SOC Department’s Associate Professor Terence Sim.

ACM Multimedia (ACM MM) is the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)'s annual top conference on multimedia, sponsored by the SIGMM special interest group on multimedia in the ACM. SIGMM specializes in the field of multimedia computing, from underlying technologies to applications, theory to practice, and servers to networks to devices.

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ECE Team won the First Prize in the 2nd International Collegiate Competition for Brain-Inspired Computing

The ECE Team from Human Language Technology Laboratory won the First Prize in the 2nd International Collegiate Competition for Brain-Inspired Computing, on 14 Oct 2018, held in Tsinghua University, China. Nearly 300 teams from 84 international institutions participated in the competition. The participating entries cover hardware, software, and applications in the area of brain-inspired computing for artificial general intelligence. The ECE team was among the two winners of the First Prize.

The ECE Team is supervised by Professor Li Haizhou, consisting of three Ph.D students, Wu Jibin, Pan Zihan and Zhang Malu, and A*STAR collaborator Chua Yansong. The award recognizes the latest technology breakthrough in neuromorphic automatic speech recognition, a biologically plausible spiking neural network that is inspired by the anatomical structure of the human cochlea and human auditory attention mechanism.

The First Prize includes a certificate and a prize of RMB 100,000.0 Yuan.

Achievements in computer vision for fashion, art and design at the “Fashion GenChallenge 2018” at the ECCV2018 in Munich, Germany

An attention-driven generative network for generating fashion images conditioned on input text descriptions developed by a team comprising Mr. Kenan Emir Ak (NUS-ECE & A*STAR scholar), Dr. Ashraf A. Kassim (NUS-ECE), Dr. Lim Joo Hwee (I2R-A*STAR), Dr. Tham Jo Yew (ESP xMedia Pte. Ltd.) was ranked second overall at the recent “FashionGen challenge” organized as part of the Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design Workshop at the European Conference on Computer Vision 2018 (ECCV2018) in Munich, Germany (8 to 14 September 2018). The “FashionGen challenge” jointly organized by Ssense & Element AI, is the first of its kind for ‘text-to-image synthesis’ tasks and the winners were determined after user evaluations which checked for the correlation between the text and generated images. Top nine submissions were shortlisted from the many worldwide submissions using algorithm generated scores and these were then ranked based on user evaluations that checked for visual quality, and the correlation between the text and generated images. The figure below shows fashion images generated by our algorithm for various text descriptions.

Singapore likely to be Asia’s first country to launch three formation

The Satellite Technology and Research Centre at the Dept of Electrical and Computing Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering is currently conducting a research project on the formation of satellites, three of which may be launched into space in 2022. Read More


SNA Young Neuroscientist Award

Dr. Thomas Yeo was awarded the Singapore Neuroscience Association Young Neuroscientist Award for his contributions to neuroscience research. Thomas's group develops machine learning algorithms to automatically generate scientific discoveries from large-scale datasets comprising thousands of subjects with brain magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral, genetic and other physiological measures. His goal is to discover fundamental principles of brain network organization, how brain networks are organized to support cognition and how brain networks are disrupted in mental disorders.


Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)

Professor Adekunle Olusola Adeyeye was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its September meeting upon the recommendation of the APS Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG). Prof Adeyeye is recognised for his contributions to the synthesis and characterisation of magnetic nanostructures and their applications in low power magnonic information processing.
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Dr. Rajesh Panicker Awarded the Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2016/17 in September 2018

“By conveying knowledge, I am creating a spark, which might grow into a fire, which might change the world. Maybe I just enabled someone to design the iPhones or Mars Rovers of tomorrow. These vast possibilities make teaching a very satisfying, exciting and noble profession.”


Finding any Waldo with zero-shot invariant and efficient visual search

A joint team from Dr Jiashi Feng's Learning and Vision Lab in ECE Department at NUS, Dr Gabriel Kreiman's Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Visual Computing lab at I2R, A*STAR, addresses the process of how humans uses selectivity (the ability to distinguish a target object from distractors), invariance (finding a target irrespective of changes in appearance such as angle or rotation), efficiency (rapid search, avoiding exhaustive exploration) and generalization (no training required) to achieve this feat of visual search quickly and invariantly and how they used this biological process to inspire their computational model in the recent paper “Finding any Waldo with zero-shot invariant and efficient visual search”, published on the Sept. 13, 2018 in Nature Communications. The paper features two findings, (1) Using selectivity (the ability to distinguish a target object from distractors), invariance (finding a target irrespective of changes in appearance such as angle or rotation), efficiency (rapid search, avoiding exhaustive exploration) and generalization (no training required), humans are able to find the target. (2) Different from object detection algorithms, which require intensive training data in computer vision, a simple zero-shot biologically plausible computational model for invariant visual search is feasible, that provides a first order approximation to human visual search behavior.

This work was done with in collaboration with several research groups and institutes and supported by the NSF funded Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, NIH and A*STAR.

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Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

Prof. Li Haizhou was elected as the Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) on 3 September 2018 for his contributions to multilingual speech information processing. ISCA is the largest professional organization for speech communication, science and technology that has more than 3000 members internationally. ISCA Fellow Program recognizes and honors outstanding members who have made significant contributions to the fields. It selects up to one-third percent of the total ISCA membership as Fellows. Prof. Li received the fellowship during the opening ceremony of INTERSPEECH 2018 conference together with 5 other new fellows. Prof. Li specializes in speech information processing and natural language processing. He is also the Past President of ISCA (2015-2017), and an IEEE Fellow. He received the President’s Technology Award 2013 in Singapore.

Professor Venkatesan, T Venky honoured for notable and outstanding contributions in the field of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

The International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM,, over 50,000 members from 139 countries, a prime organization in the field of Advanced Materials) has awarded Professor Venkatesan, Thirumalai Venky for the prestigious European Advanced Materials Award 2018 due to his notable and outstanding contribution in the field of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology. The award ceremony was held during the IAAM award ceremony in the European Advanced Materials Congress 2018 ( on 21 August 2018 at Stockholm, Sweden.

With the IAAM European Advanced Materials Award, Prof Venkatesan is also selected as the "Researcher of the year 2018" and will appear in the cover page of Advanced Materials Proceedings ( - An official journal of International Association of Advanced Materials (, December 2018 issue published from Sweden.

NUS Researchers Won 3 Awards at Light Conference 2018

Prof. Hong Minghui and his team received 3 awards at Light Conference 2018. Prof Hong was conferred Outstanding Editor Award for his contributions to Light: Science & Applications (LSA). Supervised by Prof. Hong, Mr. Chen Lianwei, who is now a 3rd year PhD candidate, competed with other young professors and postdocs worldwide and won the 3rd Prize of “Rising Stars of Light” Award. Mr. Zhou Yan, who is another Prof. Hong’s 2nd year PhD student, won one Best Poster Award among the 104 selected posters.

Light conference 2018 was organized by LSA, which is one of the top optical conferences in the world. LSA is a top international journal of Springer Nature Publishing group with an impact factor of 13.625. It ranks as the third out of 94 journals in Optics. Editor-in-Chief is Prof. Jianlin Cao, who is a former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

Fly high and far with Asia’s first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone created by NUS students

Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway – such as helicopters and quadcopters – are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.

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Young Creators’ Award at the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2018

Assoc. Prof. Heng Choon Huat of NUS ECE Dept and PhD student, Mr Luo Yuxuan of NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering won the Young Creators’ Award at the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2018. The team has proposed and implemented a 16-channel Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-like multi-capacitive-sensor interface that can be deployed for multi-sensor or multi-pixel sensors. The team has demonstrated order of improvement in terms of power, data throughput and Figure-of-Merit (FoM). This work has been presented at 2018 Symposium for VLSI Technology and Circuits, which is the premier solid-state circuits conference for papers with proven silicon results.

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Assoc. Prof. Massimo Alioto from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS has been appointed Editor in Chief of the scientific journal "IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems” starting 1 Jan 2019 for 2 years. The journal is a highly prestigious publication for presenting scientific and technological advances in the field of large-scale integrated circuits.

This new role strengthens the ECE-NUS worldwide leadership and prominence in the field of integrated circuits, and enables new opportunities to make a strong impact on technologies that are used by all of us every day, from smartphones to IoT, wearables and cloud computing.

Assoc. Prof. Alioto has also become Technical Program Committee member of the highly prestigious IEEE ISSCC international conference, which is the premier worldwide forum for the debut of technical innovations in integrated circuits and systems. In his new capacity, Assoc. Prof. Alioto is member of the "Digital circuits" committee, which consists of worldwide technical leaders in the field.

As additional achievement that strengthens the ECE-NUS leadership in Asia, Prof. Alioto has been selected and appointed as technical committee member for the "Digital circuits and systems" area of the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference."

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NUS researchers develop a novel method for visualizing current induced spin accumulation using scanning photovoltage microscopy

Direct visualization of current induced spin accumulation in strong spin-orbit coupling materials such as topological insulators prompts a better understanding of the spin texture in materials and will contribute to easier way of developing spintronics devices.

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AI Speech Lab led by Prof Li Haizhou of NUS ECE Dept and his NTU counterpart to conduct innovative research on AI Speech recognition system that understands different languages

An artificial intelligence (AI) speech recognition system that understands different languages, including Singlish and dialects, could someday save lives! This exciting innovative research conducted by the team at the AI Speech Lab located at our NUS campus is led by NUS Engineering researcher Prof Li Haizhou and his NTU counterpart. The AI system is set to be tested by the Singapore Civil Defence Force soon.

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A head for solving problems – and studying the human brain

This was an interview with Assistant Professor Thomas Yeo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, the Clinical Imaging Research Centre, the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology and Duke-NUS Medical School. Asst Prof Yeo shared how his fascination with the brain took him from engineering to neuroscience. His current research on how mental disorders affect different people led to the development of a brain-analysing software that is used by scientists around the world.

It was mentioned that Asst Prof Yeo spoke at the annual meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping which was held from 17 to 21 June 2018, and that one of the local organisers of the summit is Prof Michael Chee from Duke-NUS Medical School.

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Prof. Chen Xudong (ECE Department at NUS) published the first monograph on solving electromagnetic inverse scattering problems without making linearization approximations, providing an essential reference for computational quantitative imaging

Based on his research experiences at NUS during 2006–2016, Prof. Chen wrote the first monograph (Computational Methods for Electromagnetic Inverse Scattering, X. Chen, Wiley-IEEE, 2018) dedicated to solving electromagnetic inverse scattering problems without making linearization approximations. This book will be an essential reference for computational quantitative imaging, thanks to the availability of powerful and cheaper computational resources.

This book offers a comprehensive and updated overview of the theory, algorithms and applications of electromagnetic inverse scattering problems. The book

  • offers important advances in electromagnetic inverse scattering grounded in fundamental theory, algorithms and practical engineering applications;
  • covers the latest and most relevant inverse scattering techniques;
  • Emphasizes theory, mathematical derivation and physical insights of various inverse scattering problems;

This book is an essential reference for researchers in electrical engineering, physics and applied mathematics. Graduate students and practicing engineers specializing in areas like remote sensing, military surveillance, biomedical diagnosis, nondestructive testing/evaluation, and oil exploration would also find it an insightful guide.

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.


Jiawei Yu, Do Bang, Rahul Mishra, Rajagopalan Ramaswamy, Jung Hyun Oh, Hyeon-Jong Park, Yunboo Jeong, Pham Van Thach, Dong-Kyu Lee, Gyungchoon Go, Seo-Won Lee, Yi Wang, Shuyuan Shi, Xuepeng Qiu, Hiroyuki Awano, Kyung-Jin Lee & Hyunsoo Yang, "Long spin coherence length and bulk-like spin–orbit torque in ferrimagnetic multilayers", Nature Materials(2018).
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.