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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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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. From a number of hard disks bought from local stores (that had been formatted), he was able to recover data showing confidential information belonging to individuals and corporation that can have a serious impact on the associated parties. He also provides guidelines of safeguards against such leakage of information and highlighted the right way of digital information disposal.

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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.

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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).
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