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NTU EEE Alumnus: Discovering A Future in R&D

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 What makes Singapore shine in Asia is none other than technology. It’s no secret that the Singapore government is focusing on Research & Development (R&D) in its test-bedding initiatives to build this country into a Smart Nation. To create a future in which all can benefit, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at its core to shape the technology landscape where Panasonic R&D Center Singapore is working its way.

LIM CHONG SOON
Senior R&D Manager, Video Algorithm Research Team
Joined PRDCSG in 1999
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Honours) 
Year of Graduation: 1998

Keen to work in R&D?

At Panasonic, you can become one of our many talented R&D Engineers (across Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering or Computer Science Engineering) whose daily responsibilities include:

  • Developing software and prototypes for systems and product implementation
  • Leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in autonomous driving, computerised vision, 3D technology, robotics, video and audio coding
  • Keeping the business focus by participating in highly technical international competitions.
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Panasonic R&D Center Singapore (PRDCSG), a wholly owned R&D arm of Panasonic Corporation, was founded in 1990 on the commitment to developing a never-ending stream of innovative technologies that make life better.

What got you interested in being at the forefront of R&D?
Even before graduating, I had an opportunity to join PRDCSG as an intern in 1997. What caught my eye was the pathway to research that promises to create opportunities and encourage innovation. PRDCSG fit the bill as it offered the infrastructure, expertise, environment, trust and work quality which sparked my initial passion for research. I made my decision to complete my FYP here, and joined the research team after I graduated.

What do you think about the work culture and work environment at PRDCSG?

Everyone shares a common passion for R&D and a common understanding that collective efforts from each unique talent are what bring forth the drive to excel at what we do. The work culture is very welcoming as we are always encouraged to give our suggestions in brainstorming sessions. The diverse infrastructure and technologies also encourage us to think broadly about developing new ideas and bringing them to fruition.

What keeps you committed to staying with Panasonic?
I was impressed by Panasonic founder’s philosophy, in which he believed with conviction that no one embarks on their journey being already great but rather, the company has a role to play in shaping everyone’s capabilities. In doing this, Panasonic has also become a leading industry figure. An achievement like this speaks volumes about how Panasonic has been built upon that initial founding philosophy over time.

What are some of the future-ready skills that you think students should be equipped with?
First and foremost, be good at what you are doing. Be flexible and adaptable; the R&D environment is fluid, dynamic and challenging. Also, attitude is really important. You have to be passionate about what you are doing. When you are passionate, even if it is something new, foreign or difficult, you will pull yourself through thick and thin.

What are some of your tips for aspiring researchers?
Dare to dream! Be brave, explore new ideas and innovate. Challenge yourself, and brace yourself for your failures positively!

Article Credit: NTU Career Tracks​

Published on: 28-May-2018​​​​​​​​​​
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