Tan Kok Kiong

Associate Professor

PhD; 1995
BEng (Hons); 1992

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Professional Working Experience

Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing 
(1995-1996)Technology

Professional Activities

Member (IEEE), Senior Member (ISA), Senior Member (SME), Member, 
(Fieldbus Foundation Association), 

Faculty member to NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) 

Advisory board member for Springer-Verlag series on advances in industrial control.  

Editorial board member or Associate editor of ISA Transactions, Asian Journal of 
Control, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Control and Intelligent Systems, 
International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics and International Journal of 
Engineering Education. 

Associate editor of the Asian Journal of Control, Journal of Control and Intelligent 
Systems. 

Editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Engineering Education. 

Editorial board of Computers and Electrical Engineering. 

Guest editor of 15 journal issues (as of 1 March 2017) for IEEE Transactions on 
Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, Mechatronics, Industrial & 
Engineering Chemistry Research, Asian Journal of Control , Intelligent Automation and 
Soft Computing, International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing.

Involved in international conference organisation in various capacities including 
program chairs and other organising and advisory positions.





Research Interest


* Advanced process control and smart automation,
* Precision motion control and instrumentation (applications in medical technology and 
manufacturing)

Research Projects

A total grant of $18.4M as of 1 March 2017.

PROJECTS OVER LAST THREE YEARS (from AUG 2014 to JULY 2017) 

Automated Spinal Landmark Identification to Improve Patient Safety and Efficacy during Neuraxial Anaesthesia Needle Insertion, SHF-NHIC, $100,000, 
April 2016 to March 2017

Automatic Spinal landmark identification with Ultrasound, KKHHEF, $10,000, October 2015 to September 2016

Wafer handling module for complex equipment, ASTAR, 1.3M, January 2015 to December 2017

Model-based UAV GPS Failure Detection, Isolation and Rejection Scheme, T-Lab, $50,000, January 2015 to December 2015

Office-based Ventilation Tube Applicator for Patients with Otitis Media with Effusion, ASTAR-BEP, $1.95M, September 2013 to August 2017

Beyond rigid body (BRB) control of high-speed repetitive motion systems, SIMTech, $290,000, August 2013 to July 2015

Development of Accurate and Responsive Measurement of Human Core Temperature Conducive for Continuous Strain Monitoring in Active Personnel, MINDEF, 
$50,000, January 2013 to June 2015

Towards Adaptronics: Motion Performance Optimization Aganist Extraneous Disturbances Via Topologically-optimized Embedded Multisensory Devices, 
SIMTech, $560,000, January 2013 to January 2015

A novel vocal amplification device in speech impaired individuals, NUS, $25,000, April 2013 to March 2016

Electric Vehicle (EV)-Based Personal Mobility and Mobility-on-Demand System, Toyota-Tsusho Asia Pacific, $4.3M,  June 2012 to June 2015

Scaling and Deployment of e-Guardian to Eldercare Centers and Single Elderly Homes, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation, $9,850, January 
2013-January 2014

Development of an e-Doctor solution for Remote Monitoring and Care, National Instruments and EDB, $288,000, August 2011 to July 2016

Development of an e-Guardian solution for Remote Monitoring and Care, National Instruments and EDB, $288,000, August 2011 to July 2016

Joint ECE-SIMTech Laboratory in Precision Motion Control and Instrumentation, SIMTech, $1.25M, January 2012 to December 2017

Patents Granted



"Method and device of incision and inserting a ventilation tube", Technology Disclosure filed with ASTAR Exploits (Singapore, China, Europe, USA), C 
Ng, W Liang, KK Tan, LHY Lim, CW Gan, 2017.


"Supporting apparatus for office-based grommet tube insertion", Technology Disclosure filed with ASTAR Exploits (Singapore, China, Europe, USA), KK 
Tan, LHY Lim, CW Gan, W Liang, W Wu, C Ng, 2016.

"Device for inserting an implant and method of using the same" , Technology Disclosure filed with 
ASTAR Exploits (Singapore, China, Europe, USA), KK Tan, W Liang, L Pham, Lynne Lim, CW Gan, June 2012.


"Method and device for extracting and/or collecting
blood from placenta and/or umbilical cord". US: US 2009/0035845 A1, 2009.

"Tissue portable arrayer system", USA, 2007.

"System and Method for Mobile E-mail Management (WO
2004/081802)". Singapore: Tan, Rajah and Cheah, 2006.


"An adaptive ripple suppression/compensation apparatus for permanent magnet linear 
motors". NY: WIPO, 2005.

"A novel predictive & self-tuning PI control apparatus for expanded process control 
applications". Patents Application No. 9804845-7, 2002. (Patent No. 82592).

"A modified relay feedback apparatus for frequency response estimation". Patents Journal 
No. 199802A. Singapore, 1998. (Patent No.34225).


Selected Publications


Please email for complete publication list. 

As on 1 March 2017, the faculty has published 260 journal papers and 236 conference 
papers. He is the main author of six books, a co-author of five books and he has 
authored 21 book chapters.


Research Students Supervised


Supervised 42 PhD and MEng students as on 1 March 2017.

Awards


Won nine research awards over the last three years. Won teaching commendation awards and honours list

1 01/2017 First runner up in NEC Industrial Innovation for "Design and Development of Digital In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Device
For Oocyte Retrieval"

2 06/2016 IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2016 (Design and Development of Digital In-Vitro Fertilization Device for Oocyte Retrieval 
 
3 05/2016 Tan Kah Kee Award 2016: Digital In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Aspiration and Flushing Unit

4 12/2015 Best Paper Award: 2015 World Congress on Industrial Control Systems: Kalman Filter Based Vision Servoing Alignment System for Human Ear 
Surgery

5 10/2015 2015 Engineering Impact Awards ASEAN Regional Contest - Academic Honorary Mention (Solution to an Autonomous Vehicle Platform Integrated 
with Remote Human Intervention and Supervision)

6 10/2015 2015 Engineering Impact Awards ASEAN Regional Contest - Editor's Choice(Solution to an Autonomous Vehicle Platform Integrated with Remote 
Human Intervention and Supervision) 

7 10/2015 2015 Engineering Impact Awards ASEAN Regional Contest- Advanced Research Award (Solution to an Autonomous Vehicle Platform Integrated with 
Remote Human Intervention and Supervision)

8 11/2014 Best Presentation Recognition: 2014 IEEE IECON: Automated tube insertion on Tympanic membrane based on vision-servo and tactile sensing 

9 08/2014 2014 Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation ICMA (Vision Approach towards Fully Self-Reverse 
Parking System) 






Teaching Courses


EE3302: Industrial Control Systems
EE3302E: Industrial Control Systems
EE4307: Control System Design and Simulation
EE5109: Applications of Mechatronics
EE5110/EE6110: Special Topics in Automation and Control Systems