Professional History

October 2012-present

Director

Co-Founder

PABensen Pte. Ltd., Singapore

  • Creating a platform for artists and scientists to come together to design and develop innovative artistic objects and functional products which are thought provoking
  • Engaging students from different schools (Engineering, Arts, Communications, Business) and providing them with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in industry
  • Advising on scientific notions and concepts behind each product/art object

August 2012-present

Tenured Associate Professor

 

Mar 2003- July 2012

Assistant Professor

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Investigating research topics in Signal Processing, Sampling Theory, Communications, Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, Sensor Array Processing, Image and Video Processing: Watermarking, Super-resolution, Perceptual Quality Metrics of Media
  • Collaborating with local and international clinicians and industrial partners on joint research grants and projects
  • Reviewing technical papers for IEEE journals and international conferences
  • Supervising Final Year Projects, Industrial Attachments, Design and Innovation Projects, International Research Internship and M. Eng., M Sc., PhD graduate students
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level Digital Signal Processing courses, tutorials, labs
  • Organising local and international workshops and seminars

Jun 2008- 2010

Consultant

Qualcomm Inc. San Diego, USA

  • Participated in meetings to refine intellectual property on finite rate of innovation sampling being developed by the Qualcomm and EPFL team 
  • Prepared a short course on Sampling Theory for Signals with Finite Rate of Innovation for Qualcomm Engineers, October 2008

Jul 2006 - Jun 2007

Senior Assistant Director

International Relations Office

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Conceptualised and developed the NTU Global Partnership Management and Analysis Tool used to manage the international agreements and develop partnership strategies
  • Liaised with NTU Legal office and Innovation Technology Transfer Office on MoU agreements
  • Negotiated MoU agreements and interacted with exchange partners as well as liaised with local and international faculty on international relations
  • Acted as an in-house consultant to advise on the teaching quality of overseas programmes and institutions
  • Co-strategized and managed the Global programs, including exchange, to help achieve Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Represented IRO and/or Director of IRO on international relations during visits on campus and overseas by foreign audiences/partners (exchange coordinators, academic faculty, senior management including Presidents) of the globe
  • Represented IRO and/or Director of IRO during International Conferences such as European Association for International Education (EAIE), Switzerland, Sept. 2006 and Baden-Württemberg International Workshop on German Education System, Germany, Dec. 2006
  • Managed scholarships offered by Italian Government
  • Participated in organization of NTU globalization events such as iGlobal’2007 by liaising with Embassy representatives to provide information sessions on their respective countries

Jul 2001 - Jun 2002

Senior Research Engineer

Genimedia SA, Swizterland

  • Developed, implemented and tested novel image processing algorithms for the assessment of perceptual multimedia quality, in particular a no-reference perceptual blur metric
  • Participated in the design and specification of Genimedia’s QoS core and agent technologies
  • Helped streamline overall R&D goals between Lausanne, Singapore and Tokyo
  • Took a leading role in Genimedia’s interaction with university and industry partners in Europe, USA and Asia

Sep 1997 – Apr 2001

Research and Teaching Assistant

Laboratoire de Communications Audio-Visuel (LCAV), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

  • Researched on uniform and non-uniform sampling theory applied to signal/image processing and communication systems
  • Supervised and managed one final year student on Masters project on super-resolution of images
  • Assisted students in an undergraduate level course in Signal Processing for Communications and a graduate level course in Information and Communication Theory
  • Initiated and organized a monthly seminar (Nov.1998-1999) on wavelet theory and applications entitled “Catch a Wavelet”. These seminars remained active till 2006 (see http://bigwww.epfl.ch/caw/index.html)
  • Participated two consecutive years in organizing event whose goal was to educate and promote science and engineering to high school girls hailing from different cantons in Switzerland

Sep - Dec 1995

Teaching Assistant

Département d'Informatique et de Recherche Operationelle (DIRO), Université de Montréal, Canada

  • Conducted weekly tutorial sessions (Travaux Pratiques) and marked exam papers for undergraduate course entitled “Introduction à la recherche operationelle” (Introduction to Operations Research)