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ST Engineering and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have set up a joint research lab to develop advanced robotics and autonomous systems that will improve airport operations and disaster rescue efforts.

The ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Laboratory was officially launched today by Guest-of-Honor Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF).


The joint laboratory which will receive S$53 million in funding is supported by the NRF Singapore under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme which supports the setting up of key corporate laboratories via public-private partnerships.

This partnership will generate new products and services through the development of new technologies, increase employment opportunities for researchers and scientists and provide greater exposure for students in industrial R&D.

NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey said, “The ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Laboratory will combine both NTU’s and ST Engineering’s expertise in robotics and autonomous systems. NTU has been especially successful in industry-relevant research and an initiative like this corporate lab allows us to develop robust and practical solutions that will benefit society, ease manpower challenges and create higher value jobs for Singaporeans.”


ST Engineering President & CEO, Tan Pheng Hock said, “The vision for the ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Lab is to develop the next generation of robotics and autonomous systems that can be applied to various areas such as healthcare, urban development, transportation, environmental conservation as well as defense and homeland security. These will be solutions that will improve and impact our everyday lives.”


NRF CEO, Professor Low Teck Seng said, “We are glad that the NRF Corporate Lab @ University scheme enables NTU researchers, PhD and Master’s students to work alongside ST Engineering to translate robotics research projects into new products and services. These same robotics and automation technologies can also be adapted to develop new capabilities for other sectors as well as to be deployed to improve the lives of Singaporeans.”


The two main research areas of the ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Lab will be in airport precision and airside technology (such as baggage transfer systems, aerobridges and aircraft tow trucks) and in enhancing intelligence support for crisis management.

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Chief-of-Staff and Vice President (Research), said: “The two key areas of research in the corporate laboratory draw on the strengths of both NTU and ST Engineering as we both have strong capabilities in engineering and in the translation of research into industry applications. We are also long-time partners and this new corporate laboratory takes our partnership to a higher level.”

Mr Fong Saik Hay, Chief Technology Officer, ST Engineering said: "With ST Engineering Group’s domain knowledge in engineering and deep expertise in the development of mission critical systems, we are confident to advance the technologies from research to the market."


About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and it’s Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.


NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centers such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 


A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia. 

The University’s main Yunnan Garden campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg​​