​Launch of Delta-NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems

Published on: 16-Jun-2016

Speech by

Professor Bertil Andersson

President, Nanyang Technological University


Thursday, 16 June, 11.30am

Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological University


Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam,

Chairman, Delta Electronics, Mr Yancey Hai,

CEO, Delta Electronics, Mr Cheng Ping,

Permanent Secretary, National Research and Development, Ms Yong Ying-I,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

We are here today to launch the Delta Electronics-NTU Corporate Laboratory, which marks yet another milestone for Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

This is NTU’s fourth lab under the Corporate Lab@University scheme by the National Research Foundation, Singapore. NTU set up Singapore’s first corporate lab with Rolls-Royce in 2013, followed by ST Engineering last year and SMRT just last month. These four corporate labs are excellent testimonies of NTU’s strengths in industry-relevant research and our ability to foster strong collaborations with the world’s leading multinationals and local industry leaders.

The Delta-NTU Corporate Lab aims to develop innovative cyber-physical systems spanning areas such as learning, living, and manufacturing.

Today, cyber-physical systems, also known as the “Internet of Things, form the backbone of our society. Your smartphone is the gateway to the Internet, made up of millions of computers and servers interlinked throughout the world through cables, satellites and radio waves. This allows us to do our banking, shopping and even watch movies from our mobile devices. But just two decades ago, we had to do everything in the physical world – go to a bank, browse and buy goods from retail shops and watch movies in cinemas.

Many of our green buildings today have cyber-physical systems connecting and controlling sensors, air-conditioning and lighting. Known as smart building management systems, they can significantly lower energy consumption based on the usage of the facilities.

Recognising the immense business opportunities in the “Internet of Things” and drawing on the complementary strengths in research and technology commercialisation, Delta Electronics and NTU established a joint laboratory in November 2014. That was our first formal collaboration which has been very successful, leading to the establishment of the corporate lab today.

The positive result from our initial collaboration has led Delta Electronics and NTU to propose an expansion of the joint lab into a corporate laboratory. Maybe I can put it this way, NTU and Delta had a great courtship – and now we are getting married.

As you know, things become a lot more serious and intense after “marriage”. Likewise, Delta and NTU will be ramping up our collaboration, kicking off the new corporate lab with four main research tracks. The four areas are in “Smart Learning”, “Smart Living,” “Smart Manufacturing”, and “Smart Commercialisation”. These areas are chosen because they are key contributors to a valued-added economy and will play a big part in Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.

In the past two decades, NTU has built up a range of the “Internet of Things” technologies such as fast machine learning algorithms, real-time data analytics and high precision indoor positioning technologies. We have applied these technologies to environmental monitoring, smart and energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation systems, advanced manufacturing, security and also in security and defence.

To demonstrate how these technologies can be implemented in our daily lives, we have our EcoCampus Initiative where we are working with almost 20 industry partners. The NTU campus is now a showroom for high impact energy efficiency and sustainability for urban developments. With over 51 Green Mark Platinum awards bestowed on NTU’s buildings, we are also Singapore’s greenest campus.

NTU’s many innovations and initiatives are also why top companies such as BMW, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Johnson Matthey, ST Engineering, SMRT and now Delta Electronics, have chosen to partner us.

Our solid track record in industry collaboration goes back a long way. We have a strong focus on both fundamental science and application-driven research. We are ranked 7th in the world for Engineering and Technology. And you may also have read in the news that NTU is ranked by Thomson Reuters as the World’s 8th Most Prolific Scientific Research Institutions in Semiconductors.

Having close research collaborations with top industry partners also provide great opportunities for our students. Not only do our students gain valuable exposure into their chosen fields but they also get a head start in networking with the best in the industry.

When the Delta-NTU Corporate Lab is running at full capacity, it will have over 80 researchers and staff, of whom 30 will be NTU PhD students. They will be an invaluable source of local specialist talent trained to serve the industry and add value to our economy.

I’m confident that the Delta-NTU Corporate Lab will bring together NTU’s interdisciplinary research expertise with Delta’s industrial and commercial design experience to create a unique research ecosystem that will propel the next generation of “Internet of Things” research.

In closing, I wish the corporate lab every success. I look forward to seeing our joint innovations deployed on a global scale, benefiting Singapore and the world.

Thank you.


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