Prof GUAN Cuntai




School of Computer Science and Engineering


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Office: N4-02B-52




Phone: (65) 6790 6205















Prof Guan is currently Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His is concurrently also the co-Director of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS), and Principal Scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*SATR), Singapore.


His research interests are in the fields of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI), Neural Engineering, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Neuro-technologies. He is very interested in developing 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   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   Adaptive and 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   Novel use of BCI technologies in, for example, sleep, depression, anxiety, fatigue, pain, education, gaming, etc


He published over 280 refereed journal and conference papers and held 18 granted patents and applications. He licensed eight patents to USA and Singapore-based companies. He secured over $19M competitive research grant since 2009. As a leading scientist in BCI field, he delivered more than 50 keynote speech and invited talks. He was a recipient of the inaugural Annual BCI Research Award in US, the 2009 IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, Singapore, 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 Programme 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) – a $100M initiative by A*STAR, NTU, and National Health Group.  He is 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 the founding of the I2R Brain-Computer Interface Lab, the Neural & Biomedical Technology Department, and two large research programmes (with a strength of 60-80). Under his leadership, his group licensed technologies to 9 companies, led to 3 start-up companies and 2 spin-off companies. Their licensees raised over $65M fund collectively.


Currently on the following editorial boards and committees

o   IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering  (

o   Brain Computer Interfaces (

o   Frontiers in Neuroscience (

o   IEEE Access (

o   A*STAR Research Publication (

o   Member, National Taskforce on Neurological & Sense Disorders, appointed by HBMS EXCO

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

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

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

o   Program Committee, International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 9-11 Jan 2017, Korea


Past appointments and professional activities include:

o   A*STAR MedTech Programme Leader of Neuro-Technology from 2010-2016

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

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

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

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

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, Jan 2001 - Aug 2003

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

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

o   Member, SERC PSF Fund Technical Review Panel, 2014

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   Guest-Editor, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, 2016

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

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   Program Committee, International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 2013-2016

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

o   Track Chair, APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference, 2010

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