2016 Award Winners


ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards

A Biophillic Waterway@Punggol- Innovative Floating Wetlands and Freshwater- Tolerant Mangroves by Housing Development Board (HDB)
This is the first of its kind freshwater-tolerant mangroves arboretum, which can be found at the urban and rustic zones in MyWaterway@Punggol. It has over 35 species, and it includes rare species such as Lumnitzera littorea, Bruiguiera gymnorrhiza, Nypa fruiticans and etc. This is one of the few places in Singapore where visitors can see freshwater- tolerant mangroves in man-made waterway. The waterway thus serves as a living laboratory to cultivate native mangroves in freshwater condition. With the development of Singapore’s first floating wetlands system with in-built maintenance platform, HDB has also filed for patent on the innovative interlocking mechanism for its floating module, and this build up its intellectual property.


Development of Semakau Landfill Phase II by National Environment Agency (NEA)
The construction of Semakau Landfill (SL) was a bold decision and an out-of-the-box solution to address Singapore’s land requirement woes for waste management. The innovative single-cell design adopted in SL phase 2 has resulted in big cost savings in construction and sand costs as there is no longer any need to build internal sand bunds.  This design also increased SL phase 2 landfill capacity and thereby extending the lifespan of SL.


Galassia – NUS First Nanosatellite by National University of Singapore (NUS)
Galassia is the first nanosatellite of the National University of Singapore (NUS), built and designed by a team of 30 undergraduate students (from 2012 to 2015) and research staff members. Galassia hosts 2 primary payloads and 1 secondary payload and was successfully launched on the 16th of December 2015 at 2030 Hours (SGT) on board the PSLV C29 mission.
On its very first pass over NUS on the 16th December 2015 at 2218 Hours (SGT), the communication contact from NUS Nanosatellite Ground Station to the orbiting Galassia was established. It has since been working well in space and NUS has continued to operate the nanosatellite from NUS Nanosatellite Ground Station to carry out several mission operations.


Highly Flexible and Wearable Sensors for Real-Time Healthcare Monitoring Applications by NUS
The highly flexible and wearable sensor for real-time healthcare monitoring applications is a novel flexible microfluidic liquid-based tactile sensor that is simple and cost-effective to produce. The sensor is fabricated using a unique combination of soft silicone rubber substrate and conductive fluid. Specifically, a thin micro-patterned flexible silicone rubber is created through soft lithography techniques. Conductive fluids were then injected into the enclosed microfluidic channels as the pressure sensing fluid. Essentially, the conductive fluid is displaced in proportion to the mechanical forces exerted by the user, which corresponded to a change in its electrical resistance. The electrical signals are transmitted in real-time via a customized wireless module attached to the sensor. By selecting an appropriate silicone elastomer and conductive fluid, we are able to adjust the device sensitivity, specificity, material hardness, viscoelasticity and stretchability to suit different applications.


Seeing is believing: from Microscope to Nanoscope by National University of Singapore (NUS)
In optical microscopy, imaging resolution is ultimately limited by diffraction. Breaking the diffraction limit for super-resolution imaging is extremely beneficial in many fields, including high-speed optical DNA characterization, IC failure analyses and nanotechnologies. Current super-resolution optical imaging techniques, such as near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) and stimulated emission depletion (STED), have the limitations of short working distance, complicated sample preparation and slow imaging speed. Other non-optical techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), require working inside a high vacuum which may be destructive to the samples. NUS has successfully developed the Optical Microsphere Nanoscope to observe the nano-world in ambient air with a controllable working distance to acquire super-resolution images over a large area.


The Future of Auditing: Early Detection & Prevention of Significant Trading Irregularities by A*STAR, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Group Audit, DBS Bank Ltd
In 2014, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and DBS Bank entered into a partnership and set up a Joint Lab, a first of its kind between I²R and a bank in Asia, to develop new financial solutions by conducting research and also leveraging on existing IPs in data analytics and other leading edge technologies. In year 2015, we (DAD @ I2R) collaborated with DBS’ Group Audit team and other stakeholders (for e.g. DBS’s Group Compliance and Treasury & Markets teams) to implement a profiling, big data and text mining analytics tool called Trading PIITSStop which will enable the Bank to:
  1. Highlight trading behaviour (e.g. outliers and anomalies) and activities (i.e. patterns) that could lead to, or be related to potential trading irregularities; and
  2. Detect potential trading and sales irregularities based on rule violations.
These timely warnings enable preventive measures to be undertaken before risks escalate i.e. spot abuse and irregularities before they can do harm.  Group Audit will be able to use the impactful outputs of the tool to perform continuous risk assessment and risk based audits.  In addition, the tool can benefit support units such as Compliance and Business Management Support teams in the area of monitoring and surveillance.