Graduate Events

SUTD’s FIRST Industry Workshop

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is organising the inaugural Fostering Industrial Research Success Together (FIRST) Industry Workshop,

The FIRST Industry Workshop aims to:

  • Showcase SUTD graduate students’ innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
  • Bring together SUTD’s industry partners, graduate students and academic faculty to foster closer working relationships.

To pre-register for this event, click here.

Event Sponsors & Partners

FIRST Official Partnering Organisation

FIRST Official Partnering Organisation

FIRST Official Partnering Organisation

FIRST Official Partnering Organisation

Highlights of the FIRST Industry Workshop

  1. SUTD Graduate Student Research Presentations

SUTD’s graduate students will present their innovative research projects (centred around these research areas):

Advanced Manufacturing & EngineeringDigital Solutions & ServicesUrban Sustainable Solutions
  • Guided Modes in Graphene-based Electronic Waveguides.
  • Design of High Performance Coating Materials with Online Strain and Radiation Monitoring Capability.
  • Microparticles Manipulation via Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW) in Microfluidic Platform.
  • Quantum Extension of Mott-Gurney Law.
  • Using Component Margins for Early Stage Design: A Product Perspective.
  • 3D Shape Transformation by Pick-and-Place Process Based On Rasterised Model.
  • Bone Loss in the Elderly: Vertebral Fragility Factures in Multiple Myeloma Patients.
  • Compact Modelling and Characterisation Approach as Design for Reliability Tools in Advanced Memory Cells.
  • Functionality Demonstration of a High Density 2.5V Self-Aligned Split Gate NVM Cell Embedded into 40nm CMOS Logic Process for Automotive Microcontrollers.
  • CAFM-based Spectroscopy of Stress- Induced Defects in HfO2 with Experimental Evidence of the Clustering Model and Metastable Vacancy Defect State.
  • Design Principles for Additive Manufacturing
  • Crowd-driven Mid-scale Layout Design.
  • How Should OSPs Price in Mobile Data Offloading?
  • Loop Invariant Generation through Active Learning.
  • Cell-Edge-Aware Precoding for Downlink Massive MIMO Cellular Networks.
  • Secure Probabilistic One-Time Programs by Quantum State Distribution.
  • Crypt-Clip: Mobile Encryption Device.
  • Designing Simpler Contracts in Supply Chains
  • A Joint LSE and Sparse Message Passing Channel Estimation for Millimeter Wave MIMO Systems
  • Energy Consumption Optimisation with QoS Guarantee in Cache-Enabled Small-Cell Networks
  • Egocentric Activity Recognition using Multimodal Multi-Stream Deep Learning Approach
  • Arena Lab 1: The graph coloring experiment
  • Hardware Identification via Sensor Fingerprinting under Physical Attacks in a Cyber-Physical System
  • LAR: Towards Verifying Complex Systems Probabilistically Through Learning, Abstraction and Refinemen
  • Adaptive Computation Scaling and Task Offloading in Mobile Edge Computing
  • Data Protection in Secure Industrial Control Systems
  • Design of Automobile Waste Heat Harvesting System.
  • Travel Mode Identification with Low Sampling Rate and Incomplete Localization for SENSg Devices.
  • Fast Graph Operations in Quantum Computation.
  • Robust Deep Multimodal Encoder for Incomplete Heterogeneous Sensor Data Fusion.
  • The Future of Cloud Computing.
  • Unlocking the Potential of SnX2 (X = O, S, Se) as Lithium-ion Battery Anode: Utilising both Conversion and Alloying Reactions for High Lithium Storage Capacities.
  • Capacitive Deionization (CDI) for Desalination.
  • Smart Urban Monitoring with Space Centric Wireless Sensor Networks.
  • Air Dispersion Modeling: Modeling of Non-Reactive Pollutants under Different Stability States.

The FIRST Judging Panel will award attractive cash prizes to the top 3 research projects. Click here to find out more about how to submit your research to this competition.

  1. SUTD Campus and Research Centre Showcase

Our Tour Guides will take you to the following points of interest around the SUTD campus:

  1. Industry Presentations (KPMG & MediaTek Singapore)
KPMG: Smart Nation technological and digital changes and how these affect individuals, business and society.MediaTek Singapore: Internet of Things applications in the 21st Century.
Presented by Mr Tham Sai Choy, Managing Partner & Regional Chairman of KPMG and Mr Sharad Somani, Partner & Head – Infrastructure and Project Finance in KPMG Singapore

Mr Tham is a member of KPMG’s Global Board and Executive Committee, with responsibilities as the Regional Chairman of KPMG in Asia Pacific, and the Managing Partner of KPMG in Singapore.  He is also a board member of Housing Development Board and is a member of the Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity.

Presented by Mr Lim Chye Seng, Deputy Director for Corporate Business Development in ICS, MediaTek Singapore.

Mr Lim is responsible for business development in the Smart City IOT space for Singapore and the region. Prior to joining MediaTek, Chye Seng had held Sales and Business Development roles for Intel, Infineon, Motorola, Krone, ST Electronics.

Event Programme

Sponsor Profiles

Established in 1969, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with more than 40 locations worldwide. Today AMD creates silicon and platform solutions that power the high-performance computing devices ranging from personal computers to game consoles, medical devices, digital signage, automotive controls, and cloud servers. AMD is the only company with plans to provide high-performance 64-bit ARM and x86 CPU cores paired with world-class graphics to bring this future of immersive computing to life. For more information, visit
Changi Airport Group (CAG) ( ) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
Established in 1963, City Developments Limited (CDL) is a Singapore-listed property and hospitality conglomerate with a global network across 26 countries. Beyond the brick-and-mortar, CDL has pioneered visionary approaches to ‘Conserve as we Construct’ since 1995. Earlier this year, CDL was named Top Real Estate Company in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, on top of many accolades recognising its accomplishments in sustainability over the years.
CEI Limited provides printed circuit board and box-build assembly, equipment design, cable harness assembly and manufacturing services. It is well equipped to provide value-added services such as materials management, circuit layout, prototype & development engineering, metal stamping, cable harnessing and precision machined components.
EDMI is one of the leading Smart Energy Solutions providers in the world. We are dedicated to the design, development and manufacturing of innovative and technologically advanced energy meters and metering systems for the global utility industry.
Keysight Technologies is the world’s leading electronic measurement company, transforming today’s measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science.
Kulicke & Soffa (K&S) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductor, LED and electronic assembly equipment. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings, adding advanced packaging, advanced SMT, wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable tools to its core ball bonding products.
Linxens is a pioneer in the design and manufacturing of smartcard connectors. Present in the Payment, Telecommunications, eID and Transport & Access markets, it offers innovative connectivity solutions to card manufacturers, chip-makers and integrators. With manufacturing and R&D sites in Europe and Asia, Linxens achieved a turnover of 320 M€ in 2015.
Lite-On is a leading provider of innovative products for both global and domestic markets, including imaging products, enclosures, power supplies and optoelectronics products. Lite-On Singapore (LOS) is the regional headquarters for Lite-On’s optoelectronics business. LOS focuses its R&D efforts primarily on optoelectronics solutions for consumer, automotive, communication, and industrial applications. The LOS R&D team consists of integrated circuit designers, process/product engineers, software engineers, optics designers, and system architecture engineers.
Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, Internet of Things, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets.
MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductors, Photonics, Materials Research and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems.
For 125 years, MSD has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. MSD is a tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. For more information, visit
For more than 80 years, Rohde & Schwarz has stood for quality, precision and innovation in all fields of wireless communications. The privately owned company is strategically based on five pillars: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. The electronics group, headquartered in Munich (Germany), has a global presence and is among the world market leaders in all of its business fields.
Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) is a global engineering company with a presence in over 20 countries specialising in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics and communications systems. Our capabilities are in Rail & Intelligent Transportation; Satellite & Broadband Communications; Info Comm Technologies; Training & Simulation; Intelligent Building & Security Systems and Cybersecurity. For more information, please visit
STMicroelectronics is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today which are enabling smarter driving, factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and IoT devices.
Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix delivers innovative, precise and easy-to-operate test, measurement and monitoring solutions that solve problems, unlock insights and drive discovery. Tektronix has been at the forefront of the digital age for 70 years. Join us on the journey of innovation at
The year 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of TÜV SÜD – a leader in premium quality, safety and sustainability solutions. Since 1866, the company has been inspiring people to trust in new technologies. Today, it continues to make the world a safer place as a future-oriented company shaping industry “next practice”.
The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) enhances the competitiveness of our workforce by encouraging workers to learn for life and advance with skills. WDA collaborates with employers, industry associations, unions and training organisations, to develop and strengthen the Continuing Education and Training system that is skills-based, open and accessible, as a mainstream pathway for all workers – young and older, from rank and file to professionals and executives – to upgrade and advance in their careers and lives.

Industry Participation

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you, our distinguished industry professional, to join the FIRST Industry Workshop as an event sponsor under one of the following Sponsorship Packages:

Premium Sponsor (S$2,000)

  • Recognised as Premium Sponsor with company logo/name prominently displayed in pre-event marketing/invitational materials (print and online) and the event presentation slides.
  • Nominate company representative to serve as a judge on the Research Presentation Competition Evaluation Panel.
  • Have a special prize (named after your company) to be presented at the event.
    • e.g. the XXX Award for Most Innovative Project
          • Acknowledgement by event emcee as Premium Sponsor with short description of company profile to be read out.

      Event Sponsor (S$1,000)

          • Recognised as Event Sponsor with company logo/name prominently displayed in pre-event marketing/invitational materials (print and online) and the event presentation slides.
          • Acknowledgement by event emcee as Event Sponsor with short description of company profile to be read out.

      Please contact Mr Lau Jun Jie at 64998722 or email for more information.

Poster Presentation

We are calling SUTD graduate students to submit their entries for the Research Project Competition.

Call for Participant Posters

The judges for this competition will award a S$2,000 cash prize to each of the top 3 research projects. You may register as an individual or as a group.

The judging criteria for the Competition are as follows:

  • Technical Considerations (25%) – i.e. robustness, reliability, ease of implementation
  • Academic and Scientific Merit (25%) – i.e. research originality, novelty, new methodology
  • Impact/Applicability (25%) – i.e. contribution to industry, market feasibility, scalability
  • Poster and Presentation (25%) – i.e. presentation clarity, defensibility from judges’ critique

Individual registrants must be SUTD graduate students. Group projects must each be registered by a SUTD graduate student (who will also be the project leader).

To register your interest for individual or group research project for the Competition, please provide the following details:

  1. Student’s name + advisor’s name
  2. Title of research project
  3. Research summary (100 words or less)
  4. Any additional presentation materials, if applicable (e.g. working prototype, computer simulation, etc.)

Please click here to register your interest by 30 April 2016. Please email if you have any queries.


We look forward to your participation in this research project presentation for the FIRST Industry Workshop on 27 July 2016.

About SUTD

SUTD is Singapore’s fourth autonomous university and one of the first in the world to emphasise a multidisciplinary focus.

At SUTD, design, innovation and entrepreneurship are seamlessly integrated into SUTD’s graduate programme curriculum. Our research-intensive graduate programmes aim to produce industry-relevant solutions to modern-day challenges and create a better world by design.