2023 Award Winners


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards


Advanced Aerospace Power Conversion System Development by Rolls Royce Singapore Pte Ltd

Research and Development of critical subsystems for the world class power and propulsion system for the advance air-mobility market (e.g., flying taxies). Singapore team played a key role in Advanced Aerospace Power Conversion System (APCS) and Equipment Health Management Solutions development. The project is near TRL6 and then advancing towards industrialization.


IDentif.AI: Actionable Drug Optimisation for Pandemic Preparedness by National University of Singapore

In response to COVID-19, we developed IDentif.AI, an AI-derived platform that rapidly optimises combination therapy design against the coronavirus. The core innovation of IDentif.AI is that it is not purely computational, as it harnesses live virus experiments with optimisation to yield clinically actionable answers within ~2 week – an exceptionally fast turnaround. In addition to COVID-19, we have already validated the use of IDentif.AI for antimicrobial resistance – which the UN estimates will have a devastating death toll by 2050.



Rifle Range Nature Park by National Parks Board

Rifle Range Nature Park is an inclusive recreational space where families and people from all walks of life can appreciate history, biodiversity and improvement of their overall health and wellness through outdoor activities. The use of sustainable natural drainage features coupled with extensive hydrology studies allowed for the transformation of a disused backfilled quarry into a freshwater wetland. The Colugo Deck – an elevated platform lookout deck nested above an outdoor quarry cliff, is the first of its kind to ever be built in Singapore, showcases the successful use of prefabricated material to minimise disturbance to biodiversity, and use of technology to accurately map out structural members.


A Catalyst Coated Membrane Technology for PEM Fuel Cell by Temasek Polytechnic
Although Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) FuelCell is a promising enabling technology to materialize the vision of hydrogen economy, its commercial uptake is hampered by numerous factors relating to Coated Catalyst Membrane (CCM) - these factors include high cost and usage of Platinum (Pt) catalyst in the CCM and also below-par CCM durability and performance. To close these gaps. TP team adopted a multi-pronged strategies comprising of: (a) applying an innovative catalyst ink formulation and manufacturing process, (b) devising threedimensional catalyst structure design, and (c) using direct ultrasonic spray coating of the Pt nanocatalyst supported on carbon onto the membrane surface. Adopting these strategies enable innovative SMEs and start-ups to achieve low-cost, high-performance, and high-production-rate manufacturing of CCM products hence significantly accelerating the adoption of PEM Fuel Cell technology.


Maritime Security Unmanned Surface Vessels (MARSEC USV) by Defence Science And Technology Agency
Enforcing maritime security in the Singapore Territorial Water is vital to preserving Singapore’s survival. The MARSEC USV is equipped with indigenously developed capabilities, enabling it to perform maritime security patrols to achieve operational efficiency, requiring significantly reduced manpower than the current patrol vessel. Advanced technological and autonomous solutions, as well as resilient cyber and network implementations had been developed to enable the autonomous and unmanned operation of the MARSEC USV to achieve operational effectiveness.


Phase 2 Project at BCA Braddell Campus by ECAS Consultants Pte Ltd
This project is unique and one of its kind in Singapore. It adopted novel methods and drove innovations, being the first project to adopt 3 latest game-changing construction technologies in a single project, using MET, PPVC & APCS. To achieve environmental sustainbility performance, both ZEB & SLEB utilise natural ventilated offices, passive cooling systems & low carbon material.


Smart Automated Aircraft Visual Inspection System (SAAVIS) by Institute for Infocomm Research

SAAVIS is an automated aircraft inspection system that utilises overhead high- resolution cameras (with AI-based computer vision capability) and autonomous ground robots (with 3D localisation capabilities) to detect various defects on the airframe with the aim to improve efficiency and safety of personnels involved. Current available system usually identifies 5-7 known types of defects, with our Hybrid -AI system that combines traditional machine-learning with deep-learning methods, SAAVIS can identify more than 30 commonly known types of defects, such as lighting strikes, dents, scratches, and loose screws, with minimal training data. The enhanced autonomous mobile robot uses 3D dome-lidar technology to localise and autonomously navigate itself with respect to the aircraft during the inspection, enabling the system to capture areas that are hard to reach by the overhead cameras alone e.g.: underbelly of the aircraft, leading edge of the wings etc.


Crimson S8 - Singapore's 1st Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) by NEO Aeronautics

The Crimson S8 PAV is the 1st "flying car" fully designed and developed in Singapore. It is FAA Part 103 compliant that does not place constraints on the age, experience or knowledge of the flyers in US. This is a fully eVTOL quad-copter that is deliveers the values of safety, reliability and affordability and thus enablig "Every ONE can FLY".



eNutri by Temasek Polytechnic

eNutri is an ecosystem made to manage chronic kidney disease, using IOT, AI and robots to effectively manage regular intake of food, water and medication required for the user under supervision of health care professionals. We aim to allow doctors to treat their patients remotely providing them with better healthcare over time using better made decisions. Furthermore, using the ecosystem as a framework to aid treatment in other chronic diseases.


Smart IoT Firewatch by ITE College Central

A fire has been put out, but heat and embers from the fire are still present could cause fire reignition, leading to further damage to property or loss of lives. The objective of this project is to collect and analyze information about the fire incident site remotely and ensure safety with efficient manpower deployment, further helps in environmental sustainability in fire reduction. The project is adopted by SCDF Singapore, and students are building 22 set for the deployment, to be deliver by Oct 2023.