FIRST Industry
Workshop 2018

Collaborating to Innovate 
25 July 2018 (Wednesday), SUTD Campus

Over 800 guests (more than 600 from industry and the Government) came together for the third edition of the FIRST Industry Workshop. Industry heavyweights and senior decision-makers from all sectors were all present to witness SUTD’s continued growth as the key player in the Changi Innovation Hub in Singapore’s East.

Professor Yeo Kiat Seng advocating for an overhaul of the current STEM education system to better provide talent for Singapore’s 21st century workforce.

Mr Russell Tham describes ST Engineering‘s extensive series of public/private sector research partnerships and their evolution in the years ahead.

Mr David Dutton explains why Silvaco, Inc. has embraced an open innovation research ecosystem and how it is essential for R&D excellence.

FIRST Forum Panel

The Forum Panelists discussed the necessary steps needed to fully harness the potential of Industry 4.0 and increased collaboration between industry, academia and the Government under 3 main areas:

Singapore’s International Relevance and the evergreen need to attract global investment, companies and talent even as local enterprises seek out overseas business opportunities and markets.

Innovation in Singapore, marked marked by increasing automation and new data-driven technologies across strategic industries such as artificial intelligence, aerospace, manufacturing and healthcare.

Looking Into The Future and forecasting new new technologies and competencies (not yet identified) to meet the growing needs of Singapore and keeping it on the forefront of science and industry.

Prof. Lim Sun Sun (Head of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, SUTD)
The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster at SUTD, which seeks to integrate the afore-mentioned disciplines with SUTD’s engineering and architecture pillars while examining the social role and impact of innovations in the fields of technology and design.

Mr Philip Lim (Chief Executive Officer, Accelerate Technologies Pte Ltd)
Accelerate Technologies is the commercialisation arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. It supports Singapore’s economic transformation by commercialising research outcomes and translating intellectual capital into marketable solutions.

Dr David Ong (Vice Chairman, Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China)
SingCham expands economic relations between Singapore and China, facilitates business exchanges between its members and the relevant Chinese authorities, enterprises and institutions, and amongst Singapore firms with business interests in China.

Dr Pierre Brunswick (Chief Executive Officer, NeuroMem Technologies)
NeuroMem Technologies is the license holder for NeuroMem IP, which utilises neural network technology (capable of learning and recognising patterns at high speed while requiring minimal power) that can be implemented into existing semiconductor designs.

Sia Kheng Yok (Chief Executive, Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore))
AAIS represents companies involved in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), manufacturing, parts distribution, research & development, training and education, and services and serves as the voice of the aerospace industry in Singapore.

Assoc. Prof. Thomas Lew (Chairman of the Medical Board, Tan Tock Seng Hospital)
TTSH is one of Singapore’s largest multi-disciplinary hospitals and part of the National Healthcare Group (NHG), a leader in public healthcare in Singapore recognised for the quality of its medical expertise and facilities.

The Panel, from left (L): David Ong, Philip Lim, Prof Lim, Richardo (Moderator), Pierre Brunswick, Sia Kheng Yok, Prof Lew.

The Panel members share a light-hearted moment as Pierre makes a joke about neuromorphic technology and human aptitude.

Prof Lew describes how NHG’s Centre for Medical Technologies & Innovations, under his leadership, is advancing MedTech innovation.

2018 Research Showcase

Over 70 innovative research projects from SUTD researchers were displayed at the SUTD Campus Centre, revolving around nine technology domains:

Advanced Manufacturing

The development of cost-effective/ sustainable materials and fabrication techniques for new manufacturing and productivity paradigms. 

AI/ Machine Learning

Creating artificial neural networks and neuromorphic technologies and principles to pave the way for new models of artificial intelligence. 


Next-generation cybersecurity tools, protocols and solutions for Cyber Physical systems, Internet of Things, enterprise networks and mobile devices.

Data Science

The application of data extrapolation and analytics with algorithmic processing to forecast patterns and future solutions to address a wide variety of societal challenges.

Drones/ Robotics

The design of propulsion, sensor, locomotive and structural systems and solutions for advanced miniature robots and unmanned autonomous vehicles for numerous applications.

Engineering Design

The process of developing innovative urban-centric solutions including energy storage, commercial transport and biodegradable materials.


The exploration of forward-looking technologies and designs for electronic materials and wireless, high-speed communication with low-power consumption.


The integration of advanced engineering techniques and designs to fabricate polymers, human tissue and screening/diagnostics systems for better treatment and preventive medicine.

Materials Science

The evaluation and synthesis of new composite materials with enhanced hydrophobic, conductive or resistive properties.

The FIRST Industry Workshop 2018 Research Poster Showcase

The FIRST Industry Workshop 2018 Company Innovation Showcase

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