Research Interest Last updated: 14 February 2017

Bio-inspired spiking neural architectures and algorithms for sensing and computation. Currently applying these principles to visual sensing for unmanned, and autonomous mobile systems.


Experience


Senior Research Scientist   Aug 2015 - Present
Temasek Labs at NUS (TLAB@NUS)Singapore
Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE)
National University of Singapore 
  
Research Fellow  Sept 2012 - July 2015
Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) Singapore
National University of Singapore
 
Supervisor: Prof. Nitish Thakor 

Visiting Research Fellow  Sept 2014 - Nov 2014
The Vision InstituteMar 2013 - June 2013
University Pierre and Marie Curie 
 Paris, France
Supervisor: Prof. Ryad Benosman and Prof. Christoph Posch


Education


Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering   May 2009 - May 2012
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD, USA
Supervisor: Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings 
  

Visiting Ph.D. Student   May 2009 - July 2009
Institute for Neuroinformatics, ETHZurich Switzerland
Supervisor: Prof. 
Giacomo Indiveri  
 

M.S. in Electrical and Computer EngineeringAug 2007 - May 2009
Johns Hopkins University,  
Baltimore, MD, USA
Supervisor: Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings

B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer EngineeringFeb 2003 - Nov 2006
University of Cape Town,  
Cape Town, South Africa
Supervisor: Prof. 
Jonathan Tapson


Awards and Honors

  • Temasek Research Fellowship, Singapore Ministry of Defence2015
  • Virginia and Edward M. Wysocki, Sr. Fellow2011 - 2012
  • Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Instrumentation Design Competition winner2010 and 2011
  • Best live demonstration: IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS) Conference2011
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Hart Prize for excellence in R&D winner2009
  • Paul V. Renoff Fellow 2007

Workshops, Conferences and Invited Talks

  • Co-chair: IEEE Symposium on Neuromorphic Cognitive Computing at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Honolulu, HawaiiNov 2017
  • Invitee: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2017
  • Invited Speaker: Workshop on Event-based Vision at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017, Singapore June 2017
  • Co-chair: IEEE Symposium on Neuromorphic Systems and Cyborg Intelligence at IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Athens, Greece Dec 2016
  • Invited Speaker: Asia-Pacific Winter School on Bio-Inspired Systems and Prosthetic DevicesSeri Iskandar, MalaysiaDec 2016
  • Guest Editor: IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, special issue on Neuromorphic Computing and Cognitive SystemsNov 2016
  • Invited Speaker and Advisory Committee: IEEE CIS Summer School on Neuromorphic Systems for Machine Learning, SingaporeSept 2016
  • Invited Speaker: International Forum on Neuromorphic Computing, Chengdu, ChinaSept 2016
  • Technical Committee: Neuromorphic Computing and Cyborg Intelligence Workshop at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI), Vancouver, CanadaJuly 2016
  • Topic Leader: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2016
  • Associate Editor: Frontier in Neuroscience, section on Neuromorphic EngineeringSince: June 2016
  • Session co-chair and Associate Editor: IEEE Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), SingaporeJune 2016
  • Invited Speaker: Supercomputing Frontiers, SingaporeMarch 2016
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist: Third workshop on Reverse Engineering Visual Intelligence for congitiVe Enhancement (REVIVE), SingaporeNov 2015
  • Invited Speaker: Asia-Pacific Summer School on Bio-Inspired Systems and Prosthetic Devices, Hualien, Taiwan Aug 2015
  • Invited Participant: IBM TrueNorth Training Bootcamp, Almaden, CA, USA Aug 2015

  • Participant: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USA July 2015
  • Workshop organizer: SINAPSE Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop, SingaporeJune 2015
  • Invited Participant: Global Young Scientists Summit, SingaporeJan 2015

  • Topic Leader: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2014
  • Participant: NSF Brains, Minds, and Machines Course, Woods Hole, MA, USAJune 2014
  • Special session organizer: Neuromorphic Engineering at Neurotechzone Grand Challenges in Neural Technology, SingaporeDec 2013
  • Invitee: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2013
  • Invited Speaker: Johns Hopkins University, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Baltimore, MD, USAMay 2013
  • Participant: Capo Caccia Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop, Sardinia, ItalyMay 2013
  • Invited Speaker: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong KongAug 2012
  • Staff: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Participant: NSF Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop, Telluride, CO, USAJuly 2009

Funding

  • NEUPROWLER Aug 2016 - Aug 2020
    Role: Co-PI
    Portion: S$500k (TPV S$2M)
  • Temasek Research Fellowship Aug 2015 - Aug 2018
    Role: PI
    Portion: S$1.2M (100%)

  • CEREBRUMMay 2015 - Feb 2017
    Role: PI
    Portion: S$420k (100%)

  • Quadcopter Detection Dec 2015 - March 2017
    Role: PI
    Portion: S$150k (100%)

  • JCO VIP REVIVE May 2014 - May 2017
    Role:
    External Collaborator
    Portion: 0% (TPV $5M)

  • Merlion Programme Jan 2013 - April 2015
    Role: Co-PI
    Portion: S$30k (TPV S$60k)


Reviewer for

  • Proceedings of the IEEE
  • IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits
  • IEEE Transaction on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • IEEE Sensors Journal
  • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience (Neuromorphic Engineering)
  • Wiley Journal of Microscopy
  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
  • IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference