FIRST Industry Workshop

26 July 2017 (Wed)

The FIRST Industry Workshop 2017 is over!


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What is the FIRST Industry Workshop?

The annual FIRST Industry Workshop aims to build, foster and expand industry-academia research collaboration between SUTD and industry partners.

The 2017 theme was Creating our Future, Building Singapore’s Economy Together, which focuses on how innovation and skills are critical to Singapore’s future economy.

At the FIRST Industry Workshop 2017, high-ranking industry veterans shared their expertise and experience.

Click here to find out more about the Keynote Speakers
Click here to find out more about the Forum Panel

SUTD graduate students and researchers also showcased their innovative and multidisciplinary research projects.

Click here to find out more about the Research Showcase.

Fostering Industrial Research Success Together (FIRST)
Industry Workshop 2018

Date: 25 July 2018 (Wed)
Time: TBD
Venue: TBD
Address: TBD

Registration Will Open in 2018

A big thanks to everyone who registered for the FIRST Industry Workshop 2017.

Check this page regularly for more news and updates on the FIRST Industry Workshop 2018!

FIRST Industry workshop 2017

Programme Details

AM Session

Event Registration/ Refreshments
Welcome Address by Prof. Yeo Kiat Seng,
Associate Provost, Graduate Studies & International Relations, SUTD
Keynote Address by Mr Mitchell Young
General Manager, IBM ASEAN
Keynote Address:
“Innovation – The Necessary Evil for Leaping Ahead“

Mr Chan Pin Chong, Senior Vice President for AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders, Capillaries and Blades Business Lines
Kulicke & Soffa
Forum Panel Discussion –“Fostering Innovation and Developing Skills for Singapore’s Future Economy: How?”
Forum Panel Composition
Representatives from Applied Materials, Linkedin, IBM, Inventis Investment, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
Representative from Davies Collison Cave LLP
11:45AM onwards
Buffet Lunch & Networking Session
(at SUTD Campus Centre)

PM Session

Research Poster Showcase
Featuring graduate research clustered around the following RIE2020 strategic research focuses:
• Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
• Digital Solutions & Services
• Urban Sustainable Solutions

SUTD Campus Tour
Showcasing SUTD’s research and fabrication facilities. These include:
• SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
• SUTD Fabrication Lab
• iTrust Research Testbeds
• Data Analytics Lab
• SUTD Library

Industry Booths Showcase
Industry Partners will showcase their innovative and ground-breaking products, solutions and services.
Closing Address by Prof. Ricky Ang,
Director of Graduate Studies
FIRST Research showcase Prize Presentation
Teaching Award Prize Presentations
Afternoon Tea & Networking Session
End of Programme

Keynote Speakers

The FIRST Industry Workshop 2017’s Keynote Speakers will kick off the event by sharing their extensive experience, insight and wisdom on the current challenges faced by industry and the challenges associated with business innovation.

Mitchell Young

General Manager,

  • Speech Synopsis
Speech Synopsis
Data is the new basis of competitive advantage. But no human can read, see, feel, hear and make sense of all the data that is transforming their work, their profession, their industries. Cognitive systems can. Such systems — often referred to also as AI systems — have the ability to understand all sources of data, including video and images; reason and make sense of the data; learn from the insights the data present; and interact in natural language with human beings. This is a terrific opportunity for the new kinds of work that can be done. Imagine, for example, being an engineer with the ability to be in 30 million places at once, using data from sensors to predict errors before before they happen.

With every opportunity comes challenges as well. Will the rise of AI mean the replacement of human beings? Will some types of jobs and skills become obsolete? How can organisations be prepared for the AI disruption? Let’s explore the answers.
  • Speaker Biography
Speaker Biography
Mitchell (Mitch) Young has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He joined IBM in 1996 and his previous appointments have included Director, IBM Tivoli Software for Asia Pacific (based in Shanghai, China) and Enterprise Sales Leader, Asia Pacific.

Mitch was named General Manager, IBM ASEAN, in January 2016, where he oversees IBM’s regional operations including sales and distribution, manufacturing, procurement, global delivery, and support functions for the ASEAN markets.

Mitch and his team focus on helping clients, partners, developers and start-ups transform by applying IBM’s leading cognitive solutions, cloud platform, and industry capabilities.

Prior to his current appointment, Mitch served as Client Advocacy Executive in the office of the IBM President, Chairman and CEO, Ginni Rometty. Before leaving for his year-long assignment in New York, US, Mitch was Vice President for IBM Software, ASEAN.

Mitch holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical & Manufacturing from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mitch currently resides in Singapore and is accompanied by his wife and three lovely children.

Chan Pin Chong

Senior Vice President, AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders, Capillaries and Blades Business Lines,
Kulicke & Soffa

  • Speech Synopsis
Speech Synopsis
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone. Today’s smartphones each contain the processing power of a computer that would occupy a 2-room flat in the 1980s.

The number of transistors in integrated circuit design has doubled every 18 to 24 months, thanks to Moore’s Law. With the advent of the Internet of Things, over 25 billion devices are now inter-connected, all in less than a decade.

This Keynote Address will touch on Industry 4.0 and focus on what will drive the next evolution of industries, offices, homes and our lives. Kulicke and Soffa has been at the forefront of 65 years of innovation, developing state-of-the-art interconnect technologies and an example how industry technology leaders should always strive relentlessly to innovate.
  • Speaker Biography
Speaker Biography
With more than 24 years of engineering and operations experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry, Chan Pin has held numerous strategic positions. These include Senior Technical Director of Engineering and General Manager of Strategic Business Unit in Greater China at KLA-Tencor.

Chan Pin was also the Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Form Factor, where he started the Singapore MEMS factory, and the Global President & CEO at Everett Charles Technologies, where he pioneered test and probe technologies.

Chan Pin joined K&S in 2014 as Vice President of Wedge Bonders business group, which he successfully revitalised by diversifying the business into the battery bonding market. Chan Pin was appointed as Senior Vice President of K&S’s AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders and Consumables Business Lines in December 2016.

Chan Pin has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. As a Singaporean, Chan Pin is a Brigade Second-in-Command (NSMan) of a combined-arms division.