Members

NUS Faculty Members

Marcelo Ang Prof Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. received the BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the De La Salle University in the Philippines and University of Hawaii in the USA in 1981 and 1985, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, New York in 1988, and served as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1989, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Advanced Robotics Center. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, autonomous systems, and applications of intelligent systems. He teaches robotics; creativity and innovation, applied electronics and instrumentation; computing; design and related areas. In addition to academic and research activities, he is actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its founding chairman and the World Robot Olympiad as member of its Advisory Council.
Andrew Nee Prof Andrew Y C Nee is a professor of manufacturing engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) since 1989. He received his PhD and DEng from Manchester and UMIST respectively. His research interest is in CAD of tools, dies, fixture design, virtual and augmented reality applications in manufacturing, remanufacturing and parallel robotics. He is a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and served as its president in 2012, a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (USA) and its Gold Medal recipient in 2014. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Springer). He serves on the editorial boards of another 20 international journals. He has published over 500 refereed journal papers and conference proceedings, and 18 edited and authored books. He received the Engineering Leadership Award in 2012 (NUS), National Technology Award in 2002 (Singapore), and National Day Award in 2007 (Public Administration Medal, Singapore). Research awards include the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1982), IJPR Norman Dudley Award (2003), the IMechE Joseph Whitworth Prize (2010), IEEE Kayamori Award (1999). He has graduated 45 PhD students and has a Google Scholar citation of over 9,200 and H-Index 52.
Poo Aun Neow Dr Poo Aun Neow received his B.Eng. degree with first class honours from NUS in 1968 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and 1973 respectively.
After a year at IBM’s Watson Research Centre, he joined NUS in 1974 where he has been a professor of Mechanical Engineering and has served as Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dean of Engineering, Director of Graduate School of Engineering,and Director of the BTech Programme.
In his area of expertise in intelligent mechatronics, he has graduated dozens of doctoral and masters students, published over 250 research papers with over 3000 citations, holds several patents, been on the editorial boards of several international journals, and organised numerous international conferences.
A past president and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore(IES) and a Founding Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology, he has served on the council/boards of various organisations including NUS, NTU, SAI, SISIR, DSO, and SIMTech.
He received the Public Administration Medal(silver) and the Public Service Medal from the Government of Singapore, the Chevalier dans I’Ordre des palmes Academiques from the Government of France, the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award and the Gold Medal from IES, and the Gold Medal from the Associaton of Singapore Marine Industries(ASMI). Dr. Poo has also been conferred Honorary Fellowship by IES and the Federation of ASEAN Engineering Organisations.
CM Chew Prof Chew Chee Meng received his B.Eng. Degree (Mechanical) (First Class Honours) from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991 and; SM and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 1998 and 2000, respectively. After completing his PhD degree, he joined NUS as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor in the same department. His main research interests are in Industrial Robotics, Unmanned Surface Vehicles, Robotic Manta Ray, Force Control Actuator Design, Exoskeletons, Humanoid Robotics, and Sensor Fusion. He is currently a member of IEEE. He is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. He is currently the Lead PI of a project theme entitled “Productivity Enhancement of Yard Operations” under Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory.
SK Ong Prof Soh Khim Ong is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore, and a Faculty Member of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering. Her research interests are human-robot interaction, virtual and augmented reality applications in manufacturing, assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering, and sustainable product design. She has published 5 books and over 300 international refereed journal and conference papers. She has received many accolades and is well known both internationally and nationally. SK Ong received the 2004 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the US Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where she is the 1st ASEAN female to have received this award since the award was established. In August 2012, she is elected a Fellow of CIRP, The International Academy for Production Engineering, where she is the first from the Asia region and the 4th female fellow in the world to be elected. She has also received various other awards including the 2004 Singapore Youth Award for the Science & Technology Category, The Outstanding Young Person of Singapore Award for the Science & Technology Category, the 2009 Emerging Leaders Award in Academia by the US Society for Women Engineers, the 2013 Singapore Youth Award Medal of Commendation, and the Great Women of Our Time Award 2015 for the Science & Technology category. She was appointed a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament and she served as NMP from 2nd January 2005 to 19th April 2006. She is passionate about gender diversity and leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), in particular Engineering.
Peter Chen Prof Peter Chen received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1995. During 1985-1997, he worked on various projects for China International Marine Containers Ltd. (China), Automation Tooling Systems, Inc. (Canada), General Dynamics Corp. (Electronics Division, USA), Philips Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), the University of Toronto (Canada), CRS Robotics Inc. (Canada), and the Canadian Space Agency (Canada). From September 1997 to March 2000, he was a Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.

SIMTech Members

Lin Wei Dr Lin Wei

Senior Scientist, Mechatronics Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

Adjunct Associate Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Ph.D., 1992, University of Florida; M.Sc., 1988, University of Florida; B.Sc.(Eng), 1985, University Colleague London

Research Interests: Robotics, Spatial Mechanisms, Precision Mechatronics, Industrial Automation

Tao Pey Yuen Dr Tao Pey Yuen graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2004 with a Bachelor in Engineering (First Class Honours). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore in 2009 under the A*Star Graduate Scholarship.
Since 2008, he has been with SIMTech before embarking on two A*Star sponsored one-year post-doctoral fellowships in University of California Berkeley and University of Zurich in 2011 and 2012 respectively. His research interests are in the area of robotics, calibration, and nonlinear control.
Quek Zhan Fan Dr Quek Zhan Fan received the BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, and the MS degree and Ph.D degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. His research interests include haptics, teleoperation, robot design, and human-safe robotics.
Joseph Polden Dr Joseph Polden received his PhD in robotics from the University of Wollongong in 2014. He then joined the Mechatronics Group at SIMTech to undertake his research fellowship. Since then, he has been involved in a number of projects, primarily focussing on software development for industrial robotics applications. His research interests include robot motion planning and trajectory generation, viewpoint planning for navigation and inspection and calibration procedures for sensor-equipped robotic devices.
Joel Short Dr Joel Stephen Short is an American who studies, works, and lives in Singapore. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was received from Oregon Tech. Then, after working in the maritime field for a couple of years he was drawn to settle in Singapore, pursuing a PhD in robotics at NUS. His research interests revolve around investigating and modelling the dynamics of robots, especially those which are difficult to control.

Current Students

Ma Zheng Ma Zheng is a research engineer, as well as a Ph.D candidate in Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore. Currently she is working on an A*STAR-funded Industrial Robotics Project to develop and control a multi-axis end-effector module which is expected to achieve high control bandwidth and dynamic response, and high resolution in force control applications in robotic finishing.
Manuel Del Rosario Jr Manuel Del Rosario Jr has a Bachelor’s Degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines-Diliman. He has an MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore, Singapore. Currently, he is a PhD Student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore pursuing the fields of Mobile, Industrial and Service Robotics with the goal of improving Human Robot Interaction.
Sun Hao Sun Hao is a research PhD student in National University of Singapore. He received his B.Eng. degree in 2014 from School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering under Prof. Marcelo H. Ang Jr. His research topic is 3D perception of mobile manipulation in daily environment.
Meng Zehui Meng Zehui is a graduate from NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently a Ph.D student funded by NUS Graduate School of Integrative Science and Engineering. His research interested is in Robotics. He has been working on Task and Motion Planning for Mobile Robots and intends to develop a comprehensive framework for mobile manipulation system capable of performing autonomous exploration, navigation, manipulation tasks, as well as interaction with human.

Graduated Students

Joel Short Dr Joel Stephen Short is an American who studies, works, and lives in Singapore. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was received from Oregon Tech. Then, after working in the maritime field for a couple of years he was drawn to settle in Singapore, pursuing a PhD in robotics at NUS. His research interests revolve around investigating and modelling the dynamics of robots, especially those which are difficult to control.
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