The Max Plank-NTU joint lab for artificial senses is a newly formed lab supported by Max Planck Institute and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The joint lab will leverage on Industry 4.0 technologies, and aims to break new grounds in artificial senses and develop solutions and systems for robotics, sensory mechanisms, prosthetics and healthcare.

The central subject of the joint lab is the potential extension of senses beyond the human capability so as to take on the challenges posed by the future of “artificial intelligence”.

  • ​To achieve artificial senses, three components needs to be addressed:
  • To obtain reliable sensory data, exteroception sensing in multiple modalities are required based on multiple sensors including mechanical sensing (pressure, strain, etc), chemical sensing (smell, taste, secretion, etc) as well as physical sign sensing (EMG, ECG, EOG, etc).
  • To capture the merits of biological signal processing, bio-inspired methods are required based on various processing devices.
  • To make sense of the sensory information, AI technologies are required based on machine learning algorithms.

By achieving these, we can expect the following:

  • ​Enhanced sensory capability to benefit intelligent city, medical safety anamnesis and even more; 
  • Advanced prosthetics and health monitoring with sensation restoration, impression reconstruction, psychodiagnosis, and so on.
  • Enhanced robot capability with combination with state-of-art robotic technology;

The lab will also serve as a platform to groom future scientists and engineers, ensuring the grounds remain fertile for industry-driven research.​​


Mission and Vision


  • Enhance education, innovation and technology development of next-gen sensory devices for fourth industrial revolution.


  • ​​To facilitate international cooperation between MPI and NTU with research staff and student exchange.
  • Develop Singapore as a key capability hub for develop innovated materials and devices for artificial senses.
  • To be a global innovator for smart sensory devices to facilitate smart “bodyNET” and fourth industrial revolution.


Our People

Nanyang Technological University

School of Materials Science & Engineering

Prof Chen Xiaodong
Phone: (+65) 6513 7350
Office: N4.1-02-06

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Prof Markus Antonietti
Phone: +49 331 567-9501​
Nanyang Technological University

School of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof Ong Yew Soon
Phone: (+65) 6790 6448
Office: N4-02a-28
Nanyang Technological University

School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Assoc Prof Ling Xing Yi
Phone: (+65) 65132740
Office: SPMS-CBC-04-05
Nanyang Technological University

School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Assoc Prof Sierin Lim
Phone: (+65) 6316 8966
Office: N1.3-B3-11​

Contact Us

Please contact us at

Nanyang Technological University
Max Planck - NTU Joint Lab for Artificial Senses
ABN-B4c-25, Singapore 637335

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