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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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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.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
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.