Prof GUAN Cuntai, PhD


Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Fellow, IEEE


Co-Director, Nanyang Technological University-National Neuroscience Institute NeuroTechnology Fellowship Program

School of Computer Science and Engineering


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Phone: (65) 6790 6205

Office: N4-02B-52












Prof Guan is currently a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is the Co-Director of the Nanyang Technological University-National Neuroscience Institute Neurotechnology Fellowship Program. He was the Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) from 2015-2018. He was the founding Department Head of Neural & Biomedical Technology Department and a Principal Scientist (RSE6) at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*SATR), Singapore. He is a Fellow of IEEE.


His research interests are in the fields of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI), Neural Signal Processing, Neural Image Processing, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. He develops medical technologies that are translational and scalable. He works very closely with clinicians to address unmet clinical needs and industries to bring innovations to target users. His major contributions include:

o      Robust Brain-computer Interface algorithms for motor imagery (FBCSP, regularization, session-to-session adaptation, channel selection, etc.)

o      Asynchronous and adaptive P300 BCI and its use in wheelchair control

o      fNIRS based Brain-computer interfaces

o      Brain-computer Interface for stroke rehabilitation with significant clinical outcome

o      Innovative system for the treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) in children with significant efficacy outcome

o      Effective cognitive training for elderly with MCI or ARCD

o      Novel use of BCI technologies in, for example, sleep, depression, anxiety, pain


He published 300+ refereed journal and conference papers and holds 20+ granted patents and applications. He licensed numerous patents to USA and Singapore-based companies. He secured over $20M competitive research grant in the past few years. As a leading scientist in BCI field, he delivered more than 60 keynote speeches and invited talks (including the keynote, Brain Computer Interfaces for Stroke Rehabilitation, at the opening ceremony of the 7th International BCI Meeting, Asilomar, USA, May 2018). He is a recipient of the Annual BCI Research Award, the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, Achiever of the Year (Research) Award, Finalist of President Technology Award, and winner of BCI Competitions.


He played a leadership role in establishing medical technology research and development in A*STAR. He was the A*STAR MedTech Program Leader of Neuro-Technology to lead and coordinate the neuro-technology effort at A*STAR.  He initiated and co-established the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) – an initiative between A*STAR, NTU, and National Health Group.  He was the Chair of Neuro-Technology Subpanel and a member of the National Taskforce on Neurological & Sense Disorders, appointed by HBMS EXCO. He established medical research at the Institute of Infocomm Research including founding and directing the I2R Brain-Computer Interface Lab, the Neural & Biomedical Technology Department, and two large medical-technology research programs (with a strength of 60-80). Under his leadership, his group licensed technologies to 10 companies, led to 3 start-up companies and 2 spin-off companies. Their licensees raised over $65M fund collectively.


Appointments, Committee Members and Editorial Board Members:

o      Co-Director, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS), 2015-2018

o      Co-Director, NTU-NNI Neurotechnology Fellowship Program, 2017 -

o      A*STAR MedTech Program Leader of Neuro-Technology, 2010-2016

o      Founding Department Head, Neural and Biomedical Technology, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2012-2016

o      Founding Program Manager of AIM and INSPECH, large programs focusing on medical and healthcare research and development, 2007-2012

o      Principal Scientist (RSE 6), Institute for Infocomm Research, A*SATR

o      Department Manager, Institute for Infocomm Research, 2005-2007

o      Lab Head, NeuroInformatics, Institute for Infocomm Research, 2003-2004

o      Director, Research & Development, InfoTalk Technology Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2001 - 2003

o      Research Manager, Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific, Singapore, 1999 - 2001   


o      Chief Scientist, Neeuro Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2017 –

o      Chair, Neuro-Technology Subpanel, and Member of National Taskforce on Neurological & Sense Disorders, appointed by HBMS EXCO, 2016-2017

o      Member, National Medical Research Council Open Fund IRG Review Panel, MOH, Singapore, 2016 -  

o      Member, A*STAR Biomedical Engineering Program (BEP) Fund Review Panel, 2013 - 2015

o      Member, SERC PSF Fund Technical Review Panel, 2014

o      Site Miner for A*STAR Biomedical Engineering Program & Take Force for SERC e-Health Program, 2005-2012, 2015-2016

o      Advisory Board, Elite Master Program in Neuroengineering, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, 2017 -

o      Chairman, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter, Singapore Section, 2010-2012

o      President, Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Association (PREMIA), Singapore, 2008-2010


o      Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (

o      Associate Editor, Brain Computer Interfaces (

o      Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience (

o      Associate Editor, IEEE Access (

o      Associate Editor, A*STAR Research Publication (

o      Guest-Editor, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, 2016


o      General Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Ageless Ageing, 28-30 Jul, 2018, Singapore

o      IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee for EMBS Society, 2018

o      Vice-Chair, Program Committee, International Conference on Real-time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback, 29 Nov -1 Dec 2017, Nara, Japan.

o      International Program Committee, 8th IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, May 25-28, 2017, Shanghai, China

o      Program Committee & Invited Speaker, International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 2013-2017, Korea

o      Conference Chair, Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2015 Conference & Exhibition, 8-9 April 2015, Singapore

o      General Chair, IEEE 10th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services, 2008

o      International Program Committee, IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, 2013-2015

o      International Scientific Committee, IEEE EMBS Summer School on Neural Engineering, 2013-2015

o      Co-Chair, Emerging Technology, ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA, Nov 2012

o      Area Chair, IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2008


Awards and Recognitions:

o      Elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2018 (Citation: for contributions to brain-computer interfaces and applications)

o      Achiever of the Year (Research) Award, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2011

o      The Annual BCI Research Award (Top Winner), USA, 2010 (for contributions to BCI for stroke rehabilitation).

o      Finalist of President Technology Award, Singapore, 2010 (for contributions to BCI technologies and medical applications)

o      IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, 2009 (for contributions to the development of BCI technology and its applications).

o      Top winner of International BCI Competition IV, 3 EEG categories, 2008

o      Top winner of International BCI Competition III, Dataset IIIa, 2005

o      Samsung Digital Hope Award, 2004 (to recognize the development of Brainy Communicator)