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Dr. Lim Keng Hui, Executive Director

Email: lim_keng_hui{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Dr Lim Keng Hui is the Executive Director of IHPC. He leads the research institute to advance scientific knowledge, and deliver impact to the industry and society through research in modelling and simulation, visualisation and AI.

Prior to his current role, Keng Hui was the Director of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)’s Digital Manufacturing & Design Centre (DManD), and also concurrently the Director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC@SUTD). In these 2 research centres, he led the development of leading edge capabilities in digital manufacturing, 3D printing and computational design, as well as industry partnerships and outreach.

Before SUTD, Keng Hui had held several key appointments in A*STAR, including the Deputy Executive Director of the National Metrology Centre (NMC), and Director of the SERC Engineering Cluster, where he managed strategic initiatives in Future of Manufacturing, Marine & Offshore, Urban Systems and MedTech. Keng Hui was also formerly the Head of Product Development at a manufacturing company; CTO and co-founder of 2 medical image diagnostics and robotics startups in Boston and Singapore; research scientist at NUH.

Keng Hui is currently an adjunct professor in SUTD. He has served on national-level R&D committees in services and digital economy, advanced manufacturing, robotics and urban solutions, as well as standards committee in additive manufacturing. He was a recipient of the Innovator’s Award from the Prime Minister’s Office, and received his degrees from Imperial College, MIT and NUS.

Prof Zhang Yong Wei, Deputy Executive Director

Email: zhangyw{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Prof Zhang Yong-Wei is Principal Scientist II and Deputy Executive Director at Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR, Singapore. He also holds Adjunct Professor Position both at National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design. He also holds “Guang-Biao” Visiting Chair Professor position at Zhejiang Univeristy, China, and Visiting Scientific Director at Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Currently he is PI for SERC Strategy Project: Additive manufacturing digital twin; AME Programmatic Project: Accelerated materials development for high entropy alloys; and A*STAR Pharos Project: Modelling the growth, structures and properties of 2D materials.

He received Ph.D from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. Subsequently he worked at Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Division of Engineering at Brown University, USA; Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore; and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore.

His research interests focus on using theory, modelling and computation as tools to study the relationship between structures and properties of materials with applications in materials design, materials processing and manufacturing, property engineering, mechanical-thermal coupling, mechanical-electronic coupling, and mechanical properties of biomaterials et al. He has published over 450 refereed journal papers, and delivered over 80 invited/keynote/plenary talks and lectures. He has supervised more than 30 Master and Ph.D students and post-docs. He has organised/co- organised numerous international conferences.

He received Best Young Scientist Award from Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, (1996); IBM Singapore High Performance Computing Quest Silver Award Winner (2002); IBM Singapore High Performance Computing Quest Gold Award Winner (2004); A*STAR Aerospace Programme Achievement Award, (2013). He is also a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (2018). He is Editorial Member for Advanced Theory and Simulation and International Journal of Applied Mechanics.

Dr. Rick Goh Siow Mong, Department Director (Computing Science)

Email: gohsm{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Dr Rick Goh is the Director of Computing Science Department at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Rick leads a team of scientists and engineers in performing world-leading scientific research, developing technology to commercialisation, and engaging and collaborating with industry. The 3 core foci are: High Performance and Distributed Computing, Complex Systems Modelling and Optimisation, and Knowledge-Driven AI. A key domain sector is Transport and Connectivity where the team worked closely with stakeholders such as Land Transport Authority, Maritime and Port Authority, SMRT, Jurong Port, PSA, Fujitsu, ST Engineering and ShipsFocus. The team also contributes to the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering domain as well in working with stakeholders in programmes such as Model Factory @ ARTC, Smart Manufacturing Joint Lab with Rolls Royce and SAESL, Industrial Internet-of-things Innovation (I3) Platform, and the Aerospace Programme.

He contributes to various committees both internally and externally:

  • Chair of A*STAR Data Vault Taskforce
  • Member of A*STAR Cloud Initiative Task Force
  • A*STAR Rep for Singapore Data Science Consortium
  • A*STAR Rep for Coordinating Committee for Smart Nation
  • Member of IMDA's SDE Technology Roadmap for AI, Data, Blockchain
  • Member of ITSS Steering Committee

Rick received his PhD and Bachelor degrees in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He received certificates in Technopreneurship, and Commercial Law and Technology Transfer. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 refereed publications, organised several international scientific conferences as general co-chair, and has several patents filed/granted.

Dr. Sridhar Narayanaswamy, Department Director (Engineering Mechanics)

Email: narayanas{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Sridhar is a Principal Scientist and Director of the Engineering Mechanics (EM) Department at IHPC since 2015. The EM group currently has 45 researchers advancing science and technology in the mechanics of materials and structures with computational models, methodologies and algorithm development. Sridhar is also the Programme Manager for the Defect Science Programme administered by A*STAR. In this role, he and the programme management team identified target research areas increasingly important for advanced semiconductor nodes and packaging technologies to Singapore and identified projects to build A*STAR capabilities in defect detection, characterisation, modelling and reduction. In an earlier role, Sridhar was the Deputy Department Director from 2011-2015 and helped lead EM in proposing, securing, directing and realising its industry engagement mission.

Prior to relocating to Singapore, Sridhar was for fourteen years in a leading industrial research lab (Teledyne Imaging and Scientific which was formerly Rockwell Science Center) in Southern California. He formulated theoretical and computational models for widely different materials phenomena. Work included developing design maps that provide guidance for material design and potential payoff for actively cooled leading edges in hypersonic vehicles and in the analysis and design optimisation of infrared detector packages under cryogenic operational environments to meet qualified thermal, vibration and shock loads.

Sridhar holds a patent in Thin Deformable Mirror technology and was member of the award winning teams at Teledyne for both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Fine Guidance Sensor in the James Webb Space Telescope. Sridhar received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Jason Png Ching Eng, Department Director (Electronics & Photonics)

Email: pngce{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Dr Jason Png is the Director for the Electronics and Photonics Department at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing. (IHPC) He has authored/co-authored 2 books and 4 book chapters, published more than 150 refereed publications and conference papers, organized several international scientific conferences as general co-chair, and has several patents filed/granted.

Jason’s research covers a wide plethora of topics including plasmonics, silicon and quantum photonics, flats optics, electromagnetics and wireless related research, both with academia and industry. A notable result was he produced the first published design of an optical modulator with a bandwidth exceeding 1 GHz, and was also part of a team that were the first to publish the design of a depletion mode optical modulator, which is now a technology standard device. Jason received his Ph.D. degree in Silicon Photonics from Surrey University in 2004, executive MBA degrees from INSEAD and Tsinghua University in 2014. He also completed the Innovative Business Leadership Program at MIT Sloan School in 2013. Since 2005, he is with IHPC in Singapore. He co-founded Optic2Connect Pte Ltd to commercialize silicon photonics developed at IHPC and are funded by Skolkovo Foundation and Spring Singapore.

Since helming the department from 2013, pioneering research results by colleagues were reported in various prestigious journals including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Advanced Optical Materials (Invited review), ACS Catalysis, ACS Omega, Nanoscale, Materials Today (Invited review), Nanophotonics (invited review), and Scientific Reports.

Jason led a number of industry projects with major companies as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI including the Flat Lens for Integrated Optoelectronics, Optical Spectra Modeling of Microparticles, Electromagnetic Interference Mitigation and Wireless Charging. Some of these industry projects are valued at >SGD1M, a first for the department. Additionally, the department is funded extensively by various grants including for example the A*STAR-NTU-SUTD AI Partnership Grant (SGD441k), A*STAR Defect Science Programme (SGD1.4M), A*STAR Pharos Programme in Dielectric Nanoantennas (SGD14.4M), Joint NSFC NRF Quantum Technologies Grant (SGD 500k); only group awarded in A*STAR), A*STAR Quantum Technologies (SGD4.4M), and NRF CRP Quantum Enabled Technologies (SGD750k).

He is among a handful of selected A*STAR Career Development Mentor (CDM) mentoring junior scientists in their career planning and management. Additionally, Jason chairs the IHPC Early Career Research (ECR) Committee to develop, mentor, and coach IHPC’s early career researchers.

Dr Png contributes actively to the scientific community including serving on the Laser and Optics Joint Industry Sector Planning, as Symposia Chair for Diamond Photonics ICMAT (2019), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Light & Laser (2018), Symposium Co-Chair CLEO Pacific Rim (2017), Jury Committee, All IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge (AIYEHUM) Competition, IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) (2015), United Nations International Year of Light Singapore National Committee (2014). He is the President and Founding Chair of the URSI Singapore Committee (2014) and was formerly adjunct assistant professor at National University of Singapore.

Jason and his team received a number of accolades for their work including the Huawei Technology Cooperation Excellence Award (2019), Top 100 Scientific Reports Physics papers (7(1), p.7246, (2017)), Spring TECS Proof-of-Value (2013), Skolkovo Award in 25th INSEAD Venture Competition (2012), National Junior College (NJC) Science Training and Research (STaR) Partners’ Award, NJC STaR Symposium (2012), IET Innovation Award 2011 - Software and Design Category (Highly Commended), and the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Prize at the Palace of Westminster, UK.

Dr. Lou Jing, Department Director (Fluid Dynamics)

Email: loujing{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Dr Lou Jing is the Principal Scientist in IHPC. He leads the Fluid Dynamics Department and focus on various fluid related problems in research, new technology development and  industry solutions.

He was trained in physics and fluid dynamics. Since joined IHPC in1999, he worked in various field, such as multiphase flow and mass/heat transfer modeling, fluid- structure interaction, bubble/droplet dynamics, microfluidics, and nonlinear hydrodynamics. Before he joined A*STAR, he worked as a research fellow at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany, and research scientist at NOAA/Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, USA.

He worked closely with various industry sctors and leading the department’s R&D activities and collaborations. His awards include Outstanding HPC Application Award, NSCC Singapore, 2017; SMI Best Research Project Award, 2016; Top Project, SMI Research Show Case 2016; HPC Quest Gold Award 2002.

Lou Jing also serves as a adjunct associate professor at NUS. He has supervised 20+ postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He also published over 130 journal and international conference papers.

Dr. Michael Sullivan, Department Director (Materials Science & Chemistry)

Email: michael{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Michael Sullivan is the Department Director for the Materials Science and Chemistry Department at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing where he’s been since 2004. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at the National University of Singapore. He spent the early part of his life in Minnesota USA, where he received his B.A. cum laude in chemistry with All-College Honors from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN in 1995 and then his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota for his work in computational chemistry with Chris Cramer in 2000. He then moved to the Australian National University to work as a post-doctoral fellow with Leo Radom for two and a half years. From there, he spent a year at the Singapore-MIT Alliance. His current research spans a wide range of research capabilities in computational and materials chemistry from polymers to interfacial properties and reaction mechanisms. In addition to his basic research, he works closely with collaborators from a wide range of industries.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=UyDA3HkAAAAJ 

Research Interests

  • Computational Materials Chemistry
  • Interfaces
  • Materials Design

Dr. Quek Boon Kiat, Department Director (Social & Cognitive Computing)

Email: quekbk{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Dr Quek Boon Kiat is the director of the Social & Cognitive Computing (SCC) department in the Institute of High Performance Computing. He leads a multidisciplinary team of computer scientists and AI researchers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and engineers, to translate the understanding of human psychology and cognition into real-world solutions.

Boon Kiat joined IHPC in 2008 as one of two pioneering members of the Computational Social Cognition visiting investigatorship programme (VIP), led by Northwestern University’s Prof Andrew Ortony, a world-renowned researcher in computational social cognition and affective computing. The VIP eventually led to the formation of SCC department in 2014. Since then, Boon Kiat has been leading the department’s effort in the development of social technologies that translates the understanding of human cognition and psychology into real-world applications. His pioneering work on the development and use of network models of socio-cognitive constructs to perform psychographic inference and reasoning has gained industry attention especially in the HR, Consumer, Healthcare, and Fintech application domains, where productisation and commercialisation efforts with A*ccelerate are currently underway. Such efforts also include the deployment of some of his research work towards internal use cases where A*STAR as a lead user, such as the trial deployment of a career self-discovery portal for that could generate inferences about users’ innate psychological traits, vocational interests, and career inclinations

Boon Kiat was a recipient of the prestigious A*STAR Graduate Scholarship in 2003, and the A*STAR Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010. As a form of giving-back, Boon Kiat has been actively involved in A*GA’s scholarship outreach activities, including speaking to prospective scholarship applicants and science teachers from secondary schools and junior colleges, mentorship of junior A*GA scholars, serving on scholarship interview panels and judging various science competitions (A*STAR Talent Search, Singapore Science & Engineering Fair, A*STAR Research Attachment Symposium).

Ms. Sharon Ee, Director (Corporate Services)

Email: sharon{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Ms Sharon Ee is the Director of Corporate Services at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). 

As Director (Corporate Services) of IHPC, Sharon partners closely with the functionalised groups in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Facilities, Corporate Communications and Information Systems to ensure the Institute’s operations are run smoothly.

Sharon is the Data Protection Officer for IHPC and also chairs the following committees in IHPC:

  • Business Crisis Management (BCM) committee
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) committee
On the lighter side, she advises the Social Committee and Corporate Wellness Committees in IHPC.

Sharon joined IHPC in 2000 as the Human Resource Manager (HRM). As the HRM, she was leading a team of Human Resource Professionals in the areas of Recruitment, Performance Management, Training and Payroll. 

Prior to joining IHPC, Sharon was with the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA). 

Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (top 10%) from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). She participated in the Firefly Programme.

Ms. Amy Foo, Director (Industry Development)

Email: amyfoo{at}ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

Ms Amy Foo joined IHPC in 2011 as Director for Industry Development Department. She is responsible for formulating industry engagement strategies between IHPC and industry partners, which include MNCs, SMEs and government agencies. She oversees the commercial matters related to R&D collaborations, technology translation and commercialisation.

Amy leads a team that is responsible for driving activities to promote IHPC’s capabilities to the industry and crafting programmes to address the needs of the industry. She has more than 20 years of sales and business development experience, with the main focus on the ICT Industry covering the public sector, healthcare, education, finance, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.

She also has extensive industry development experience, having worked in various MNCs such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu. Prior to joining IHPC, she was the Sales Director for Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

With effect from February 2019, Amy will hold a con-current position as Director, Modern Services Group in Industry Development Group of A*STAR.