Tan Kok Kiong

Associate Professor

PhD; 1995
BEng (Hons); 1992

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Professional Working Experience

Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing 

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 

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 August 2012) for IEEE Transactions on 
Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, Mechatronics and 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 

Research Projects


Electric Vehicle (EV)-Based Personal Mobility and Mobility-on-Demand System. 

Office-based Ventilation Tube Applicator for Patients with Otitis Media with Effusion, 1 
June 2011-31 May 2013 

Modeling and Compensation of Preisach Hysteresis in the Piezo-electric Actuator, 1 Jan 
2012 - 30 June 2013 

Development of an e-Guardian for the single elderly or the chronically-ill patients , 15 
Jan 2011 - 14 Jan 2012 

Development of an e-Doctor solution for Remote Monitoring and Care, 1 August 2011 - 30 
July 2015. 

Development of an e-Guardian solution for Remote Monitoring and Care, 1 August 2011 - 30 
July 2015. 

Improvement in Yield of Haemotopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) via Automation and Optimization 
of the Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) Collection Process with Further Stem Cells' 
Characterization, 22 May 2010-21 May 2011. 

Development of a spherical air bearing alignment system for nano-imprinting of disk 
media, 1 Jan 2010 -31 Dec 2010. 

Control techniques for ultra-precision stability in multi-axis motion stages, Jan 2008- 
Dec 2010. 

Real-time Monitoring and Control of Critical Dimension Uniformity in Microlithography, 1 
January 2007 to 30 June 2010.
Investigation of control issues in air-bearing stages, Jan 2008 - Dec 2009. 

Development of Microdispensing Systems with Mass Inertia Principle with Application to 
Drug Eluting Stent,  2008 to 2010. 

Smart and Automated Precision Manipulators for Tissue Micro-Arraying (TMA), 1 April 2009 
to 31 March 2012.

Patents Granted

"Apparatus for Office-based Grommet Tube Insertion" , Technology Disclosure filed with 
ASTAR Exploits, KK Tan, W Liang, L Pham, Lynne Lim, CW Gan, filed June 2012.

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

"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 August 2012, the faculty has published 205 journal papers and 172 conference 
papers. He is the main author of five books, a co-author of four books and he has 
authored  18 book chapters.

Research Students Supervised

Supervised 39 PhD and MEng students as on 1 August 2012.


Won nine research awards over the last three years and teaching commendation awards, a 
sample of them are listed below

Best Innovation in Robotics (Nov, 2010), 2010 ASEAN Virtual Instrumentation Applications 

Second Prize: (Nov, 2010), 2010 International Digital Signal Processing Creative Design 

Best Paper Award (Automation) at 2009 IEEE ICMA (International Conference on 
Mechatronics and Automation)

First Prize at the 2009 International Digital Signal Processing Creative Design Contest 
for the design prototype submitted on Ex-Utero and Automated Stem Cells Harvesting 

Teaching Courses

EE3302: Industrial Control Systems
TE3302: Industrial Control Systems
EE3302E: Industrial Control Systems
EE4307: Control System Design and Simulation
MCH5003: Modelling and Simulation
MCH5002: Applications of Mechatronics
MCH5004: Mechatronic System Design