School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (EEE@NTU) and Delta Electronics have established a joint laboratory to develop smart technologies that will enhance everyday lives, enable better learning and advance manufacturing processes.
The Delta – NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems was officially launched on 16 June 2016 by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
The S$45 million joint lab will work on developing cyber-physical systems, ranging from large infrastructure systems such as water and power distribution to emerging consumer systems such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), an ever-growing network of physical objects and systems connected to the Internet.
At its full capacity, the lab will have more than 80 researchers and staff, including School of EEE@NTU’s PhD students.
Together with scientists from both Delta Research Center, NTU and School of EEE, the new lab will develop innovations in four key research areas in cyber-physical systems: Smart Manufacturing, Smart Learning, Smart Living, and Smart Commercialisation.
Cyber-physical systems are important in our everyday lives. They include electronic devices such as mobile phones, temperature and humidity sensors connected through networks for monitoring and control of physical systems like air-conditioning and lighting.
This is School of EEE’s fourth Corporate Laboratory, with other labs already set up with leading industry partners like Rolls Royce, ST Engineering and SMRT under the Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme by the National Research Foundation.
Director of the newly formed lab, Prof Xie Lihua said, “The Delta-NTU Corporate Lab aims to develop innovative cyber-physical system (CPS) technologies with an emphasis on realising solutions that transform our learning, living, and manufacturing. To achieve the goal, we shall build our core capabilities relating to advanced sensing and real-time analytics, CPS resilience, and human-centric CPS design. Our vision is to be a world leader in CPS research and solutions provider.”
Chair of School of EEE@NTU, Prof Yoon Soon Fatt added,“School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), NTU Singapore and Delta Electronics established research collaborations through a joint lab on Internet of Things in November 2014. The launch of the Delta-NTU Corporate Lab is another testimony of School of EEE’s commitment in pushing research frontiers and translating research outcomes into real applications that create most the impacts. The Corporate Lab is a long-term endeavour with milestones in different phases to develop technologies that can benefit our living, learning and working.”
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “The joint lab brings together NTU’s strong interdisciplinary research expertise with Delta’s core competences in power electronics and smart energy management to create a unique research ecosystem.
“With the phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things worldwide and with Singapore moving towards being an interconnected Smart Nation, more advanced infocomm and electronics research are needed to develop cutting-edge technologies that will keep Singapore at the forefront of smart nations.”
Delta Electronics Chairman Mr Yancey Hai said, “We are deeply honoured to strengthen our long-lasting relationship with NTU and the National Research Foundation, two entities that value and support innovation and R&D as much as we have for decades. Delta’s commitment to innovation has been a major pillar of its transformation into a world-class provider of energy-saving solutions that are becoming the backbone of smart sustainable cities.”
NTU is also fast rising in the university rankings. In the recent QS Asian University Rankings, NTU leaped into the top 3 for the first time. The School of EEE@NTU was also ranked 8th in the world by QS University Ranking By Subject.