Summit Programme

Time   Agenda
0900 1000 Registration & Refreshments
1000 1010Welcome Address 
Prof Subra Suresh, President and Distinguished University Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)
10101020 Opening Ceremony & GOH Speech: RIE 2025 Plan and Opportunities
DPM Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Chairman National Research Foundation, Singapore
1020 1100GOH & Dialogue:  RIE 2025 & Transformation Plans

Panel Discussion #1: Four Domains in RIE2025 (i) Manufacturing, Trade and Connectivity (MTC); (ii) Human Health and Potential (HHP); (iii) Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS); (iv) Smart Nation and Digital Economy (SNDE)

The national domains of focus and their implications to the research landscape in Singapore as we face current and future challenges, responding to shifts in the global economy and keeping Singapore competitive and resilient.

12301400 Lunch
1400 1500 STEM Track: Global Trends & Opportunities in Research
Evolving health industry, business model, political landscape, economic structure and societal constructs are driving major changes in the research environment. Global trends are changing, and new ones are emerging. Identifying and reviewing these trends allow us to discover exciting opportunities for research breakthroughs.
SSH Track: Global Trends & Opportunities in Research
Evolving health industry, business model, political landscape, economic structure and societal constructs are driving major changes in the research environment. Global trends are changing, and new ones are emerging. Identifying and reviewing these trends allow us to discover exciting opportunities for research breakthroughs.
1500 1600 Afternoon Tea and Poster Session (Faculty,  Postdocs & PhD Students) Industry Exhibits
1600 1630 Keynote Talk #1: COVID Game Changing Opportunities
1630 1730 Panel Discussion #2: Impact of COVID on Research, Public Health & Transformation in Singapore
COVID has been one of the greatest global health and economy threat we have ever faced in the 21st century. It has changed the way we work, live, and interact at every facet of life. This crisis has also presented unique opportunities to re-imagine research, public health, and transformation in Singapore.
1730 1900 Poster Session (Faculty, Postdocs & PhD Students) – Cont’d
Industry Exhibits & Dinner
1900 2000 Dialogue with Industry Leaders: RIE2025 Impact on Industry
Time Agenda
0800 0900 Registration & Refreshments
Poster Session (Faculty, Postdocs & PhD Students )
0900 0930 Keynote Talk #2: Integrating SSH and STEM
SSH and STEM disciplines are often two distinct communities of people/researchers. Addressing societal problems requires appropriate scientific and technological solutions as well as insights into social, economic, legal and ethical factors that affect the suitability and implementation of successful solutions. What does integrating Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) look like? How does one translate this into practice?
0930 1030 Panel Discussion #3: Global Change and Transformation: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Global change and transformation cut across human societies and natural systems. Addressing it requires an interdisciplinary approach beyond just changing the requirements of funding calls. In the face of great change, and despite the ongoing challenges to pursue interdisciplinarity, the importance of interdisciplinary approach to face global change and transformation is even more critical today than before. For RIE 2025 to succeed, there is a need for intentional efforts to foster collaboration and co-operation across disciplines.
1030 1100 Tea Break
1100 1130 Keynote Talk #3: Research & Innovation Opportunities in Academia, Government, Industry & Start-ups
Innovation is the key driver of success and international competitiveness in the 21st Century. Open research and innovation partnerships across Academia, Government, Industry and Start-ups remain essential to the success of the RIE2025 Plan and Singapore’s long-term competitiveness.
11401240 Session A:
Women in Research & Innovations

In recent years, female researchers are gaining grounds in research achievements. Their contributions and abilities are being increasingly appreciated and recognized. However, a long journey awaits if we were to achieve gender equality. To empower women and elevate their status in research and innovations, we must address their needs and existing gaps by listening to the voices of women themselves. The stories of successful women researchers will motivate others to follow their footsteps and bravely venture into research and innovations.
Session B:
Start-Ups & Deep Technologies
Start-up companies who embrace deep technology have the potential to reshape and benefit all human lives. As they strive for technological innovations and novel scientific discoveries, breakthroughs and advancements across disciplines will be transformed into products and services, enhancing the future of the world. To better support them, their challenges need to be heard and addressed. Lessons learnt in turn will become valuable knowledge to be imparted to other equally ambitious business pioneers.

1240 1330 Lunch
1330 1430 Session C: Young Researchers & Experiences Working in Academia
Numerous opportunities are available for the younger generation of researchers working in academia, but the advantages come with an equivalent amount of pressure in publishing, sourcing for funding, seeking recognition and securing tenure. It is an experience that can be both challenging yet rewarding at the same time. This panel session will help us get a better understanding of the dynamics of the research environment in academia through the sharing by young researchers who are shaping and learning from it.

Session D: Research in Public & Private Sectors
Research in public and private sectors differ in its funding, operation and objective, but it does not necessarily mean that they are contradictory. In fact, public and private sectors could be complementary to each other. Collaboration and integration between private and public sector research could reveal countless possibilities, altering and advancing the world we live in.


14551510 Keynote Talk #4: Research Beyond RIE2025
With the launch of the Research Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2025 Plan, four key pillars have been outlined as areas of focus : (i) Manufacturing, Trade and Connectivity (MTC); (ii) Human Health and Potential (HHP); (iii) Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS); and (iv) Smart Nation and Digital Economy (SNDE). Beyond 2025, what are the trends and directions of research for the future of Singapore and the world?
15101540Closing Address and Dialogue
15401550Closing Remarks

Site Visits

Site 1: HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab

Site 2: Continental-NTU Corporate Lab

Site 3: SJ-NTU Corporate Lab

Site 4: School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)

Research Landscape and Opportunities in Singapore

Dedicated to positioning Singapore as a thriving research and development (R&D) hub, the Singapore Government is committed to investing continuously to foster a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial society. The adoption of science and technology is more prominent than ever in these unprecedented times, especially in fields such as healthcare. Singapore's support for research continues to allow it to be more agile and responsive to new initiatives, new breakthroughs, and changes to the global technological landscape.

The 2nd Singaporean Researchers Global Summit will also feature engaging keynote, panel discussions and research talks and tracks to showcase the current R&D landscape and opportunities within Singapore.

The Summit will focus on Singapore’s current research landscape and opportunities in academia (for both STEM and SSH academics), industry, government, and the start-up ecosystem. It will commence with an opening dialogue with DPM Heng Swee Keat (guest of honour, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Chairman of the National Research Foundation).

The Summit will line-up prominent academic leaders from both local and overseas institutions, industry leaders, as well as government leaders in the R&D sectors in Singapore. Four key domains from the RIE2025 will be discussed during the Summit: RIE2025 (i) Manufacturing, Trade and Connectivity (MTC); (ii) Human Health and Potential (HHP); (iii) Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS); (iv) Smart Nation and Digital Economy (SNDE). The impact of COVID, challenges of recovering, and solutions to the challenges will also be discussed. In addition, panellists will share the latest developments in their fields, with the aim of brainstorming interesting possibilities with attendees.

The Summit will showcase interesting keynote talks and tracks from successful Singaporean researchers, both international and local, industry leaders as well as public service leaders.

Faculty, post-doctoral fellows and current PhD students will have a chance to feature their research and get feedback from senior scientists during the poster session.

Poster 1: Operational resource theory of quantum light

Dr Tan Kok Chuan Bobby, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)


Poster 2: Discovery of metabolomic signatures associated with cognitive decline for stratification and prevention of cognitive decline in an Asian population.

Dr Dorrain Low, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)


Poster 3:Role of lysosomal acidification in alpha synuclein degradation and spreading in Parkinson's Disease

Dr Zeng Jia Liu, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)


Poster 4: Youths Navigating Diversities in Singapore - An Exploratory Study of Intercultural Mindedness

Dr Teng Siao See, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)


Poster 5: Coast Reef Island Man – A Wayfinder’s Guide to Identity Mapping

Assoc Prof Wong Chen-Hsi, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)


Poster 6: Artificial Intelligence in Sepsis Early Prediction and Diagnosis Using Unstructured Data in Healthcare

Assoc Prof Goh Kim Huat, Nanyang Business School (NBS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)

Demo 1: Food Science and Technology Programme: An Integrated Platform from Education to Translational Research

Professor William Chen, Director, Food Science and Technology (FST) Programme, NTU Singapore
Mr. Teng Ting Shien, PhD student, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU Singapore
Abstract: The School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) is the host of the Food Science and Technology Programme (NTU FST), an interschool and integrated Education-Research-Innovation platform. Started as an education partnership with the renowned Wageningen University & Research, the education programme has now partnered with the non-profit global organization The Good Food Institute to offer the first undergraduate course in APAC region to NTU students on Future Foods and Alternative Meat. Our FST research and innovation are highly inter-disciplinary with a strong focus on innovative technology platform for food circular economy, and have resulted in active joint R&D with food industry, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. These may include the F&N-NTU Joint Innovation Lab at NTU, Future Ready Food Safety Food Safety Hub (FRESH@NTU), Singapore Agrifood Innovation Lab (SAIL@NTU) among others. Our industry engagement through Research Collaboration Agreements and IP licensing have led to the commercialization of our food tech innovations into consumer products.


Demo 2: NUS Materials and Heterogeneous Systems Research for Next-Generation Semiconductor Technologies

Professor Aaron Voon-Yew Thean, Dean of NUS Engineering, NRF Returning Singaporean Scientist 2016
Abstract: At NUS, we have built an integrated material and module research facility (E6Nanofab) to enable next-generation semiconductor technologies. Hosting a focus community of labs and research programmes, E6Nanofab supports R&D projects with industry partners across the semiconductor technology value chain like Applied Materials (Corp Lab), SOITEC, Advanced Micro Devices, and POET Technologies. The R&D activities address state-of-the-art scientific translational problems that bring academic and industry researchers together. These activities range from innovative materials engineering, targeted for semiconductor chip processing to machine-learning-enabled chip fault isolation technologies, over the 5-year horizon. Starting 2021, SHINE@E6Nanofab, an NRF-FSTD funded heterogeneous Integration R&D centre, working with A*Star, will develop disruptive material-to-circuit solutions for multi-chip-integrated systems.


Demo 3: Advancing high-speed data transmission for internet and cloud services

Associate Professor Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Principal Scientist, A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics
Abstract: The technological fabric used to move massive amounts of data globally is a complex one, consisting of electronics and photonics hardware and software. One of the foci of contemporary technological advancement is optical data transmission at speeds commensurate with demand from burgeoning cloud services including video streaming, e-commerce and other high bandwidth applications. This goal is especially important, for Singapore serves as a regional data center hub, providing essential cloud services for a variety of industries in Asia.
This project explores new technological innovations in which to aggressively increase data transmission rates. Two key approaches are investigated: (1) Utilizing nonlinear optical phenomena to generate optical parametric oscillation, such that the number of data channels within a single optical fiber can be multiplied using a single laser. This approach has successfully been used with advanced modulation formats, thus further augmenting the transmission rates. (2) Ameliorating impairments associated with the error-free high-speed transmission of optical data, through a new class of dispersion immune wave packets called Bragg solitons, as well as silicon photonics-based dispersion management systems.


Demo 4: Vitreogel

Professor Loh Xian Jun, NExecutive Director, IMRE, Adjunct Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)
Dr Su Xinyi, Director, Division of Innovative Technologies, Senior Principal Investigator of Translational Retinal Research Laboratory (IMCB, A*STAR),Consultant Ophthalmologist, Research Director (NUHS), Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), Clinician Scientist (SERI, Singhealth).
Abstract:Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. At A*STAR, we developed a thermogel that mimics the human vitreous for retinal surgery. As it bio-degrades, it regenerates the vitreous, a feat previously thought impossible. This result opens up new avenues for treatment of many age-related retinal diseases.


Demo 5: Future of Learning and Education

Professor SH Annabel Chen, Professor of Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Director, Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE), NTU Singapore
Dr. Kastoori d/o Kalaivanan, Research Fellow and Programme coordinator,Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition (CLIC), CRADLE@NTU.
Mr. Muhammad Iskandar Shah, Research Staff, CRADLE@NTU .
Abstract:The Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) supports multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research across NTU devoted to transforming learning in higher education. Leveraging on knowledge and methods from education, psychology, neuroscience, and technology design, CRADLE aims to develop and test theories to explain learning through three research thrusts: (1) Science of learning examines knowledge from cognition and neuroscience to inform learning practices; (2) Learning Sciences with emphasis on learning analytics and AI in Education; and (3) Future Economy and Workforce Learning to understand learning in the wild and lifelong learning. We will provide some demos from projects in Science of Learning Research (CLIC in cognitive flexibility, Biliteracy and Bilingualism, and Brain Literacy for educators) and Learning Sciences (Apps from Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR) and Microlearning) and related works on higher education and lifelong learning.


Demo 6: Sustainability disclosure for container shipping: A text-mining approach

Assistant Professor Yuen Kum Fai, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU Singapore
Mr. Zhou Yusheng, PhD Student, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU Singapore.
Abstract: Due to the increasing focus on green consumerism, sustainability disclosure—company informing its stakeholders of its involvement in sustainability—is an integral part of stakeholder management. Nevertheless, the sustainability reports published by container shipping companies exhibit unique structures and content. Existing sustainability disclosure frameworks are generic and do not cater to B2B industries, such as container shipping. Moreover, limited studieshave been conducted to explore the sustainability disclosure framework of the container shipping industry. With a hierarchical unsupervised text-mining method, the latent information of major listed container shipping companies&rsquo sustainability reports has been explored. A unified framework is produced comprising three primary dimensions: employee training and management, sustainable business management, and sustainable shipping operation. Each primary dimension has three secondary sub-dimensions. Theoretically, this research uncovers themes and patterns on how container shipping companies disclose sustainability. Managerially, this research guides container shipping companies on preparing and organizing sustainability disclosure.

Site 1: HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab

The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab, which has commenced on 1 November 2018, is a collaboration between NRF, HP Inc. and NTU. It is the 13th corporate lab supported by NRF and HP’s largest university research collaboration worldwide. The lab supports Singapore’s push toward industry transformation – in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies.
The Corporate Lab’s main research themes focuses on advancing 3D Printing, specifically around artificial intelligence, machine learning, new materials and applications, cybersecurity and customisation. The lab has 3 major programmes:
- 3D Printing
- Digital Systems and Artificial Intelligence
- Cybersecurity
The multidisciplinary Corporate Lab involves more than 20 NTU PIs across different schools and colleges, as well as from HP, and aims to recruit up to 100 researchers and staff. In addition to specific research milestones within each projects, the Corp Lab aims to support innovation and research through creating technical disclosures, patents, papers and new products. The areas covered will close the loop on all the necessary requirements to bring innovative products to market in the digital age; incorporating both hardware & software (including data analytics for machine learning & also security features). 


Site 2: Continental-NTU Corporate Lab

The Continental-NTU Corporate Lab is a S$50 million joint corporate laboratory between NTU and Continental that focuses on developing technologically advanced solutions in the areas such as autonomous robotics, navigation, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, smart materials, sensing, communication, and cloud technologies for future urban mobility applications. We aim to accelerate innovation in Singapore’s automotive industry and translate research outcomes into practical and viable urban mobility solutions for the future.

Over the next five years, Continental-NTU Corporate Lab will work on 16 industry-focused projects under three research thrusts. These 16 projects will draw on the expertise of faculty members and scientists from NTU’s engineering and social-science schools and its research institutes, and Continental’s wealth of industrial experience, to generate game-changing solutions that can be translated into actual products or services for Continental’s customers.



Site 3: SJ-NTU Corporate Lab

Surbana Jurong-NTU Corporate Lab is a five-year research collaboration between Surbana Jurong and NTU Singapore, supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF). The $61-million corporate lab was set up to develop next-generation sustainable solutions to tackle industrial and complex urban challenges, leveraging NTU’s strengths in engineering and sustainability research and Surbana Jurong’s track record in providing urban, infrastructure and industrial solutions to its global customers. It includes research to explore:

Showcase: Cold Lab Facility - Asia’s first ‘Cold Lab’ facility to develop ‘Cold Energy Capture’ and ‘Cold Energy Storage’ technologies is set up at SJ-NTU Corporate Lab. It is equipped with sophisticated equipment such as Cold Energy Capture Equipment @ Cryogenic Temperature, Cryogenic Test Chamber and Temperature Gradient Machine with High Speed Camera.



Site 4: School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)

ADM is one of Asia’s leading centres for the study and production of visual arts and creative content. Here, students can look forward to an exciting creative journey across artistic disciplines, while specialising in their chosen fields. Our award-winning and international faculty of artists, designers, media creators and researchers are guides and mentors in our students’ journey towards artistic excellence. Dynamic and rigorous programmes are designed to sharpen our students’ skills in developing ideas and concepts, honing technical skills, conducting research, and thinking critically and creatively. Most of our coursework is project-based, enabling a boundless exchange of ideas and discoveries through peer-to-peer learning. An iconic award-winning green building, a spacious environment that is home to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Rapid Prototyping Workshop (3D Printing, Product Design) Rapid prototyping is the group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) data. Using 3D printing, designers can rapidly iterate between digital designs and physical prototypes, and get to production faster.