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Sembcorp, EMA jointly award grant to NTU to develop Singapore's first virtual power plant

SINGAPORE (Oct 8): Sembcorp Industries and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) have jointly awarded a grant to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to develop Singapore’s first virtual power plant (VPP).

The VPP acts like a “single utility-scale power station” and coordinates electricity produced from distributed energy resources (DERs) at end users’ premises.

DERs, which include solar and energy storage systems, currently complement traditional power plants which generate electricity centrally.

Alibaba launches talent programme in Singapore with support from NTU, EDB

SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Alibaba Group on Monday launched the Alibaba Talent Programme in Singapore with support from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP).

This talent programme is part of Alibaba’s mission to nurture future research and development (R&) talent in Singapore, especially in the field of computer science. It aims to equip postgraduate students with critical R&D skill-sets through gaining practical work experience on projects with Alibaba.


NTU jointly launches Dyson's first on-campus engineering studio in Asia for aspiring technopreneurs

SINGAPORE (Aug 27): Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Dyson have jointly launched the Dyson-NTU Studio, an engineering studio that offers a semester-long undergraduate course module to NTU engineering students.  

Known as the Product Development Challenge module, the course will be guided by NTU professors and Dyson engineers, and is due to commence this academic year. It will see up to 20 students enroll each semester.

Mini driverless city gives Singapore edge in race to robot buses

(June 5): In the race to deploy driverless public transport, Singapore has built a mini town that could vault it into pole position.

The 2-hectare complex, unveiled in November, has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to the specifications that Singapore uses for its public roads. There’s a mini hill to check how vehicle sensors perform when they can’t see directly ahead, mock skyscrapers to mimic the radio interference from tall buildings and a rain machine to simulate the island’s frequent tropical downpours.


Alibaba and NTU launch first joint research institute outside of China, plans a DAMO lab in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Feb 28): Alibaba Group is teaming up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to launch its first joint research institute outside of China.

Dubbed the Alibaba-NTU Singapore Joint Research Institute, the lab will bring together NTU’s strength in artificial intelligence (AI), and Alibaba’s capabilities in natural language processing, cloud computing and machine learning.

The partnership aims to find breakthroughs and real-world applications in areas such as home, retail, community and urban transportation to hospitals and nursing homes.

DBS partners NTU to launch new wealth management track for undergraduates

SINGAPORE (Feb 13): DBS Bank and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have teamed up to launch a new Applied Wealth Management track for the latter’s undergraduates, to be introduced under the current Banking & Finance specialisation of the Bachelor of Business degree programme by NTU’s Nanyang Business School.

Power dressing: NTU scientists create fabric that generates electricity

SINGAPORE (Jan 30): Imagine soldiers wearing uniforms that can power their night vision goggles and personal weapons.

Or sportsmen wearing jerseys with embedded sensors for health and sports performance diagnostics.

Well, scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have created the fabric-like supercapacitor which works like a fast-charging battery and can be recharged many times.

More importantly, the fabric can be cut, folded or stretched.

SingPost to start trial of e-three-wheeler for mail delivery

SINGAPORE (March 25): Singapore Post and TUMCREATE will start from March 28 the road trial of a prototype electric three-wheeler to boost mail delivery efficiency.

Developed by researchers with TUMCREATE, in conjunction with SingPost, the customised vehicle will serve as a test bed for concepts that will guide SingPost’s application of electric vehicle technology for postal operations and e-commerce logistics.

The trial will take place along two delivery routes between SingPost’s Ayer Rajah Regional Delivery Base and the National University of Singapore and end on April 7.

Robot that removes cancer tumours without incisions gets $20.5 mil funding

Professor Lawrence Ho Khek Yu

SINGAPORE (March 16): Local medical robotics firm EndoMaster announced Thursday that it raised $20.5 million in March – one of the largest sums for Series B funding for medical technology companies in Singapore.

EndoMaster’s robotic-assisted surgical system is able to remove gastro-intestinal cancer tumours without the need for surgical incisions on the body or organ.

According to EndoMaster, gastro-intestinal cancer is diagnosed in over three million people worldwide and causes more than two million deaths every year.

NTU invents ultrafast camera for autonomous vehicles

NTU's Assistant Professor Chen Shoushun shows his invention, Celex: an ultrafast, high-contrast camera

SINGAPORE (Feb 16): Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed an ultrafast high-contrast camera that could help autonomous vehicles and drones “see” better in extreme road conditions and bad weather.

Unlike regular optical cameras, NTU’s Celex will not be blinded by bright light and is able to make out details in the dark. It is also able to record the slightest movements and objects in real time.

Developed by Assistant Professor Chen Shoushun from NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Celex is now in its final prototype phase.


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