Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Cheng Chin

Director of Innovation and Engagement, Associate Professor in Intelligent Systems Design

Background

Brief Biography , CV

Dr. Cheng Siong Chin led numerous research initiatives with ST-Electronics (large-scale systems group), Seagate, Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), Visenti(Xylem), SembCorp Marine, POSH, NTU, NUS, Temasek Polytechnic and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) at Newcastle University in Singapore campus. He actively involved in forming, storming, and norming of team members including industry partners leading to writing a final proposal for submission to grant agency.  

He is currently an Associate Professor at Newcastle University and Adjunct Full Professor to Chongqing University. Before joining Newcastle University, he was a Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic. He worked in the consumer electronics industry for few years before moving into academia. He currently holds 3 U.S. Patents, 2 provisional US patent applications, 1 Singapore Provisional Patent and 2 Trade Secrets in electronics and measurement systems. Since 2013, he obtained 2 research grants from SMI and 4 EDB-Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP) grants, 1 Global Excellence Fund and 1 Industrial Research Fund from ST Electronics funded by Defence Innovative Research Programme in intelligent systems design, simulation, and predictive analytics.

He managed to secure approximately S$1.4M project values for his research since he joined Newcastle University, Singapore in May 2010. As a result, he has published over 100 journal papers, book chapters, books and conference papers as mostly first/second and corresponding author. His quality of research-informed teachings was demonstrated by few UG student scholarships from RINA, Keppel Award, IMarEST, BAE Systems, and MTS ROV Committee Scholarship. Dr. Chin is the Fellow of the Higher-Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow of IMarEST (FIMarEST), Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), Chartered Engineer, European Engineer and a member of IET. He is an active reviewer for IEEE Transactions/Journals, elected Committee Member for IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society in Singapore Section, Lead Guest Editor for Journal of Advanced Transportation on Special Issue on Intelligent Autonomous Transport Systems Design and Simulation, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering and Robotics, He involved as Session Chair for MTS/IEEE OCEAN, Chairman and Technical Review Committee for various IEEE/International Conferences. He served as an External Reviewer for The Singapore Ministry of Education Translational R&D and Innovation Fund funds R&D projects.

He authored 2 books entitled Computer-aided Control Systems Design: Practical Applications Using MATLAB® and Simulink® published by CRC Press in 2012 and Embedded System Design for Uncertain Environment: Linux®-based, Rasbpian®, ARDUINO® and MATLAB® xPC Target Approach by IET Press in 2018.   He received the Best Paper Award for his authored paper on Virtual Reality Training of ROV in The 10th International Conference on Modelling, Identification, and Control in Guiyang sponsored by IEEE in 2018.

He is indeed a true researcher and lecturer who works diligently with his students and fellow researchers to drive his research forward. He always believes in hands-on-approach to conduct his research works.


Qualifications

  • NTU-Ph.D in Applied Control of ROV, Research Robotic Centre
  • University of  Manchester (UMIST)-M.Sc (Distinction) in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering with Emeritus Prof. Howard  Rosenbrock's Medal, Control Systems Centre (EEE)
  • NTU-B. Eng (Hons) in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (specialisation in Mechatronics Engineering) 
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic-Diploma (Merit) in Mechanical Engineering 

 

Memberships 

  • Fellow of the Higher-Education Academy(FHEA) since 2013
  • FIMarEST since 2012
  • SMIEEE since 2009 
  • MIET, CEng, EUR ING   

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Innovation and Engagement for Singapore Campus

 

Research

Research Impacts (PDF)

  • Intelligent Systems Design of complex systems in uncertain environment (underwater  vehicle, battery power system, acoustic enclosure and water distribution network) involving Predictive Analytics (data  mining, predictive modelling and machine learning). 

Research Esteems

  • 2010: International Advisory Board Member of 2010 BIT's Marine Tech in Dalian, China.
  • 2010-2012: Elected member of The IET Control and Automation Executive Committee
  • 2010-2011: Elected as an Honorary Auditor for The IET Singapore Local Network. 
  • 2011:  Invited speaker on Design and Modelling of an Active Solar Tracker System in EPS Montreal International Forum on Economy and Trade 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2012-2013: Committee Member for IET Singapore Local Network. 
  • 2012: Committee member of International Conference on Hydrology & Ground Water Expo, Hilton San Antonio Airport, USA.
  • 2012: Book Author of Computer-aided Control Systems Design: Practical Applications using MATLAB and Simulink” by CRC Press, USA. 
  • 2012 to present: The paper "Model-Based Simulation of an Intelligent Microprocessor- Based Standalone Solar Tracking System" published with InTech in the book on MATLAB. Top downloads reaching 12,000 from the following five countries: India, USA, China, Algeria and Germany.       
  • 2013: Technical programme committee member of IET Control and Automation Conference, Conference Aston Lakeside Centre, Birmingham.
  • 2013: Presented a topic- “Research Interests, Projects and Opportunities in Singapore” in NIReS (Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability). 
  • 2013: Committee member in SIGDSS Workshop "Reshaping Society through Analytics, Collaboration, and Decision Support" in Milan, Italy. 
  • 2013: Technical committee member in 3rd ScienceOne International Conference on Environmental Sciences
  • 2013: Organizing Committee member of 124th OMICS Group International Conference on Oceanography
  • 2013: Working group member in IEEE Next Generation Service Overlay Network – P1903 NGSON IEEE 
  • 2013-present:  IMarEST's Biofouling Management Expert Group 
  • 2014:  Panel member for Senior Member of IEEE Application Review Panel in Region 10.
  • 2014: Session Co-Chair for Session 7.1.2:  Underwater Image and Vision in OCEANS’14 MTS/IEEE Conference, Taipei
  • 2014:  Session Chair for Session EM3 (Biomedical Instrumentation) in IEEE TENSYMP, Kuala Lumpur,  
  • 2014: Session Chair for MoP3: (Mechatronics) in 9th IEEE Industrial Electronics and Applications, Hangzhou, June 2014.
  • 2014: Program committee for Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Workshop on "Building a better World through Analytics and Collaboration" on December 14, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2014 to present: IEEE Mentor
  • 2014 to present: IET Volunteer Committee and IET Control & Automation Committee
  • Sept 2014: Peer Reviewer for Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Standard Grant and New Investigator Scheme
  • Oct 2014: Invited as a selected keynote speaker for 3rd China & Singapore International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering (ICPOE2014), China. 
  • 2014:Technical Reviewer for 10th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA 2015)
  • 2015:Track Chair in Mechatronics for 10th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA 2015)
  • 2016: Technical Session Chair in 7.1.3. Imaging and Vision 3 for OCEAN'16 MTS/IEEE Conference, Shanghai
  • 2016: Member of IEEE P2660.1 Working Group: Recommendation Practices on Industrial Agents:  Integration of Software Agents and Low Level Automation Functions by IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Standards Committee
  • 2016: Invited Technical Reviewer for IEEE TENCON 2016, Singapore
  • 2016: Invited Technical Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2017, Singapore
  • 2017: Elected Committee Member, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, IEEE Singapore Section.
  • 2017: Lead Guest Editor for Journal of Advanced Transportation on Special Issue on Intelligent Autonomous Transport Systems Design and Simulation
  • 2017: Invited Technical committee of International Conference on Geological and Environmental Sciences (ICGES) 2017
  • 2017: Invited Reviewer for OCEANS17 MTS/IEEE Aberdeen Student Poster Competition, UK.
  • 2017: Invited Speaker and Technical Reviewer for 7th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet 2017)
  • 2017: Invited and participated in IEEE Senior Member Application Review Panel for Region10.
  • 2017: Invited Reviewer for OCEANS17 MTS/IEEE Anchorage Student Poster Competition, U.S. state of Alaska.
  • 2017: Invited Technical Review Committee for IEEE International Conference on Power, Energy control and Transmission Systems.
  • 2017: Invited Technical Review Committee for International Conference on Computational Sciences, Advanced Database and Computing 
  • 2017: IEEE Technical Committee Member on  Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems 
  • 2017: Invited External Reviewer for The Singapore Ministry of Education Translational R&D and Innovation Fund (TIF) funds R&D projects
  • 2017: Invited Technical Program Committee for 5th International Conference on Mapping and Remote Sensing (ICMRS 2017)
  • 2017: Invited Organizing Committee Member for World Conference on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence on July 26-27, 2018 at Barcelona, Spain
  • 2017: Chairman for 5th International Conference on Mapping and Remote Sensing (ICMRS 2017)
  • 2017: Invited Keynote Plenary Speaker on "Intelligent Realization of Underwater Robotics Vehicle for Control" in  World Conference on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence on July 26-27, 2018 at Barcelona
  • 2017:Invited International Advisory Committee Member for IEEE International Conference on Power, Energy, Control and Transmission Systems
  • 10 Nov 2017:  Invited Academic Talk on "Simulation and Design of Lithium-Ion Battery Power System for Underwater Applications" at Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore by IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, Singapore Chapter. 
  • 2017: Elected Treasurer, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, IEEE Singapore Section. 
  • 2017: Tutorial Chair for IEEE/MTS OCEAN 2020, Singapore
  • 2018: Invited Technical Program Committee Member for 4th Annual International Workshop on Materials Science and Engineering, 2018.
  • 2018: Invited Technical Program Committee Member for 8th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Networks, 2018
  • 2018: Invited Technical Program Committee Member for International Conference on Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cairo, Egypt, 2018
  • 2018: Invited Plenary Talk on Intelligent Battery Power System for IEEE International Conference on Power, Energy control and Transmission Systems, 2018.
  • 2018: Invited reviewer for UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) under University Grants Commission (UGC)-Department of Science and Technology (DST) Government of INDIA call for joint research proposals.
  • 2018: Invited as an independent expert in the specific field of MGBG 012018: Unmanned and autonomous survey activities at sea,part of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 20182020.
  • 2018: Invited member of Technical Program Committee of 6th International Conference on Mapping and Remote Sensing in Sanya, China, Nov. 23-24, 2018
  • 2018: Invited member of Technical Program Committee of 8th International Conference on Environment, Energy and Biotechnology (ICEEB 2018), Aug, 27-29, 2018.
  • 2018: Program committee of The International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control 2018, Guiyang, China, 2-4 Jul 2018.
  • 2018: Invited Technical Programme Committee for International Conference on Manufacturing, Advance Computing, Renewable Energy and Communication (MARC-2018),HMRITM, New Delhi 19-20 July 2018.
  • 2018: Invited Session Chair for TueD02: System Modelling and Identification of The International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control 2018, Jul. 2-4 2018, Guiyang, China.
  • 2018: Invited Session Chair for Plenary Lecture 4: Modeling, Control and Energy Management of PEM Fuel Cell systems by Ramon Costa-Castelló of The International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control 2018, Jul. 2-4 2018, Guiyang, China.
  • 2019: Invited Technical Program Committee for International Conference on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence,21-23 Dec 2018,Ningbo, China.
  • 2019: Invited Speaker to 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 7-11 July 2019, Canada.
  • 2019: Invited Speaker to International Conference on Soft Computing and Machine Learning, 26-29 Apr 2019, China.
  • 2019: General Chair for International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, 12-13 July 2019, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • 2019:  Invited Program Committee for International Conference on Modeling, Identification and Control, 13-15 July Tianjin, China.
  • 2019: General Chair for 2nd International Conference on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, May 26-27, 2019, Hangzhou, China.  
  • 2019: Member of Scientific Advisory Board in the Energy Storage Technologies Conference, International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), October 31 to November 4, 2019, Singapore.
  • 2019: Invited Technical Committee Member for International Conference on Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems, November 19-22, 2019, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.

 

  

Research Recognitions

  • 2018: Best Paper Award in The 2018 10th IEEE International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control (ICMIC 2018) in Guiyang, China. 
  • 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2014: Awarded Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition as Session Chair in 2014 IEEE Region 10 Technical Symposium, KL,Malaysia.
  • 2013 : Recognised in Celebrating Success in the University Event by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Professor Chris Brink: The research engagement activities and research leadership involving UK (SMD Ltd) and Singapore's research partner (SMI and TP) to develop a new high performance lithium-ion battery power system for deep sea operations was recognised during the event.  
  • 2009 to present: Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis, New Providence, New Jersey, USA.
  • 2009 to present: Listed in Who's Who in the World Marquis, New Providence, New Jersey, USA.
  • 2009 to present: Listed in Who's Who in Asia Marquis, New Providence, New Jersey, USA.
  • 2006: Awarded Technological Achievement by Seagate’s CEO-Mr Bill Watkin.
  • 2005: Quality Excellence Award for Customer Satisfaction in Seagate for Outstanding Achievements and Team Participation towards Mechanical System Robustness by Vice President of Quality and Reliability, Mr. Ralph R. McLaughlin.
  • 2001: Emeritus Professor Howard Rosenbrock’s Medal for the Best Graduate of M.Sc. course from The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST).

 

      
Research Funding (for more information)

  • Intelligent Systems Design I (Battery Power System):2013 to 2016- Co-PI for Research grant from Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) on High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery Power System for Long Endurance Deep Water Operation on ROV .  SMD & Temasek Poly-CERC. Total funding worth S$598, 200.
  • Intelligent Systems Design II (ROV  Control Systems Design): 2013 to 2015 - PI- Research project on AUV Docking Hoop Control System/ROV.  ST-Electronics (Large-scale Systems Group) funded by Defence Innovative Research Programme. Total value estimated: S$124,525. 
  • Intelligent Systems Design III (Non-Invasive Fouling Recognition System ): 2015 to 2017 . PI for Global Excellence Fund by Newcastle University with NTU, Prof. Maode Ma and POSH Ltd. Total value estimated: S$22,000.
  • Predictive Analytics I (Noise Prediction of Large Acoustic Enclosure) : 2013 to 2017 - EDB-Industrial Ph.D. Programme (IPP) - Noise and Vibration Prediction. SembCorp Marine. Total funding estimated S$400,000.
  • Predictive Analytics II (Noise Prediction of  Small Acoustic Enclosure): 2013 to 2017 -EDB-Industrial Ph.D. Programme (IPP) - Correlation Study and Control of Mechanical Vibration and Psycho-Acoustic Parameters in Hard Disk Drive. Seagate. Total funding estimated  S$400,000. 
  • Predictive Analytics III (Noise Prediction Software Tool): 2016 to 2019 - Co-PI on research grant from Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) on  Intelligent  Software Tool  for independent Airborne and Structure-Borne Noise Modelling and Prediction in Crew Accommodation Quarter. SembCorp Marine & Ngee Ann Poly-Centre of Innovation-Marine & Offshore Technology (COI-MOT). Total funding worth S$346,600.
  • Predictive Analytics IV (Leak Localization Prediction in Water Distribution Network): Jul 2018 to Jul 2022: Awarded EDB-Industrial Ph.D. Programme (IPP) with Visenti (Xylem Inc.)  and Newcastle University on Smart Multi-modality Sensor Fusion for High Precision Leakage Localization. S$100,000. 
  • Predictive Analytics V (Small Leakage Prediction in Water Distribution Network) Jul 2018 to Jul 2022: Awarded EDB-Industrial Ph.D. Programme (IPP) with Visenti (Xylem Inc.)  and Newcastle University on Intelligent Leakage Early Warning System under Weak Signal Detection. S$100,000.



Research Vacancies

 

Research / Taught PG/ UG Supervisions (Main Supervisory Role)

Completed:

  • Successfully graduated 5 MSc (Int'l) in Marine Technology students (part-time)
  • Successfully graduated 3 PhD candidates (full-time)
  • Successfully graduated 3 MPhil candidates (part-time)
  • Supervised 1 MPhil candidates (part-time) - thesis submitted for examination
  • Supervised 4 RE for SMI (full-time)
  • Supervised 2 RA(full-time)
  • Supervised 118  final-year project undergraduate students since 2010.

Current:

  • Supervising 3 PhD candidates (full-time)

 

Research Editorial and Reviewer Activities

  • Professional Societies: IEEE Senior Member Application Review Panel
  • Books: Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer-Verlag, Taylor and Francis Group.


Guest Editor:

Editorial Member

  • The Open Electrical & Electronic Engineering Journal, Bentham Open
  • International Journal of Cybernetics and Cyber-physical systems (IJCCPS), Inderscience
  • International Journal of Modeling, Identification and Control, Inderscience


Reviewers:

  • ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics & IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, Neurocomputing, Control Engineering Practice, Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, Renewable Energy, Ocean Engineering, Sensors, Energies, Robotics, Buildings.

 

Research-Informed Teaching Outcomes 

  • 2012: A FYP project on Design of an attachable walking skid for a ROV (supervised by myself) was shortlisted (i.e. final 3) in 2012 SET Awards (Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year) under the Maritime Technology Category.
  • 2012:  UG student obtained RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects) for Best Final Year Project (Design of an attachable walking skid for a ROV )in BEng with Honours in Marine Engineering. 
  • 2012: UG student obtained RINA and Keppel Award for Best Final Year Project in BEng with Honours in Marine Engineering.
  • 2013: UG student obtained RINA  and Keppel Award for Best Final Year Project (Hull Inspection Robot) in BEng with Honours in Naval Architects.
  • 2013: A FYP project on Hull Inspection Robot (by UG student ) was awarded  with 2013 MTS ROV COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP of US$2,000
  • 2013: Co-supervisor for project- Application of Ocean Energy in Marine Aquatic Floating Farm recognised as an outstanding engineering project in WES  2013 YOUNG ENGINEERS COMPETITON.
  • 2014: Awarded Newcastle University PGR Innovation Fund Projects (worth S$8,000) for Digital and Experiential Learning Network that leads to PGR Retreat for all PGR students in Singapore. 
  • 2014: UG student awarded RINA and Keppel book Prize for the Top Final-Year Project (Deep Sea Remote Vibration Monitoring) in BEng with Honours in Offshore Engineering.
  • 2014: UG student  awarded RINA and Keppel Book Prize for the Top Final-Year Project (Underwater Robotics Vehicle Simulation) in BEng with Honours in Naval Architects
  • 2015: UG student  awarded RINA and BAE Systems for the Top Final-Year Project (Engine Sound Signal Separation) in BEng with Honours in Marine Engineering
  • 2016: Awarded Postgraduate Travel Grant for MPhil Student to attend conference.
  • 2018: UG student awarded RINA and BAE Systems for the Top Final-Year Project (Enhancing the performance of PV Panel by a Cooling System) in BEng with Honours in Marine Engineering.

    

Research Publicity

  1. Powering undersea exploration with Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) and Newcastle University 
  2. New biofouling system aims to help to ship save on fuel and costs by Seatrade Maritime News
  3. R&D: Acoustic Annoyance Study of HDD for Laptop under Hard Disk Drives by Storage Newsletter.com.

 

Research Works Experience

  • 2018-present, Adjunct Professor in Chongqing University, The State Key Lab. of  Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing Automotive Collaborative Innovation Center, China
  • 2017-present, Associate Professor in Newcastle University Singapore
  • 2014-2017, Senior Lecturer in School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University
  • 2010-2014, Lecturer in  School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University
  • 2008-2010, Lecturer in Mechatronics at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.
  • 2004-2008, Senior R&D Engineer at Seagate Technology International, Science Park I, Singapore. 

Research Innovations  - U.S. Patents 

  • Joel Chiew, Chin CS et al. Phase Change Material Based Heat Sink with Volumetric Expansion Control, Singapore Provisional Patent Application No: 10201705900W on 19 July 2017.
  • Chin CS et al. Electronic device torsion testing, U.S. Patent No.: 7,730,791.
  • Chin CS et al.: Electronic device torsion testing, U.S. Patent No.: 7,454,980.
  • Chin CS, Chee WO. Printed circuit cable assembly for top down installation, U.S. Patent 7,871,289.
  • Chin CS et al: Electronic device torsion testing. Seagate Technology.Mar, 5 2009: US20090056470
  • Chin CS, Chee WO: Printed circuit cable assembly for top down installation. Seagate Technology.Jan, 8 2009: US20090009912
  • Chin CS et al.: Electronic device torsion testing. Seagate Technology.Mar, 20 2008: US20080066556
  • Chin CS et al.: Jogging shock and vibration apparatus for one-inch drive used in consumer electronic, Trade Secret, STL 12576, 2004.  
  • Chin CS et al.: All directional topple tester for one-inch drive used in consumer electronic, Trade Secret, STL 12648, 2004.

 

Teaching

Teaching Experience

2013 -Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP II ) by Newcastle University (UK).

2009 - Certificate in Higher Education Teaching by Temasek Polytechnic.

Teach undergraduate modules at Newcastle University.

  • Marine Informatics II (MATLAB/Simulink)
  • Engineering Applications II (MATLAB/Simulink)
  • Marine Electrical Engineering
  • Project and Report
  • Marine Engineering II
  • Dynamic Modelling and Simulation
  • Marine Engineering Design

Other Subjects Taught

  • Microcontroller Technology (PIC, Arduino, Raspberry PI, xPC Target, R Programming)
  • Engineering Computations
  • Instrumentation and Computer Control  (LabVIEW)
  • Engineering Drawings (ProE)
  • Mechatronic Systems Design
  • Machine Learning and Applications

 

External Courses Attended

  • Nov 2015: Course Certificate with Distinction in Exploratory Data Analysis (4-week by Johns Hopkins University)
  • Oct 2015: Course Certificate in An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (5-week by Rice University)
  • Apr 2015 :Metocean Awareness Course by IMarEST and Society of Underwater Technology, Singapore
  • Sept 2014: Course Certificate in Machine Learning (11-week by Stanford University)
  • Sept 2005: Design for Six-Sigma Hardware Training by Seagate Technology International 
  • Jan 2005: Certificate in Six Sigma Green Belt by Seagate Technology International

 

 

 

Publications