Dr Yau Wei Yun is the Head of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) department at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Singapore. He received his BEng (Electrical) from the National University of Singapore (1992), MEng degree (1995) and PhD degree (1999) from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The RAS department focuses on service robotics and autonomous systems technology. Under his supervision, his team has developed several award-winning robotic solutions, including the robotic handling system for Automated Passenger In-vehicle Clearance System and the Outdoor Robotic Surveillance System. The former won the Distinguished ExCEL Innovation Project in April 2018 while the latter won the “Best Drones and Robotics Project” in the International GovInsider Innovation Awards, Sept 2018. In 2017, his department also spun off Sensorbot Pte Ltd to commercialize the autonomous shelf reading prototype robot developed. Prior to this, he has also supported 3 other spin-off companies based on his R&D work. He also serves as a Deputy Director (Technology) of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore since 2019 and Programme Manager for the Neuromorphic Computing Programme since 2017. He is the recipient of TEC Innovator Award 2002, Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award 2003 (Merit), IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2006, Standards Council Distinguished Award 2007 and MTI Firefly Silver Awards 2020 for Most Innovative Project/Policy category. His research interest includes intelligent robots, active perception, biometrics, and human-robot interaction and has published widely, with 14 patents granted and over 180 publications. One of his papers received the Pattern Recognition Journal Honorable Mention 2010 and listed as top 25 most cited papers in Scopus for April/May 2012.