Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Cheng Chin

Director of Innovation and Associate Professor in Intelligent System Design and Simulation

Background

Brief Biography

Dr. Cheng Siong CHIN leads numerous research projects with ST-Electronics (large-scale systems group), Seagate, Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), Visenti(Xylem), SembCorp Marine, and Temasek Polytechnic with Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) at Newcastle University in Singapore campus. He is currently an Associate Professor at Newcastle University and Adjunct Professor to Chongqing University.. Before joining Newcastle University, he was a Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic. He worked in 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 the area of electronics test 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 the areas of intelligent systems design, simulation, and noise prediction. He managed to secure approximately S$1.9M project values for his research since he joined Newcastle University in May 2010. He has published nearly 100 journal papers, book chapters, book and conference papers. 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 and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, He involves in IEEE Technical Committee Member on Biomechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems, 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 and authored 2 books entitled Computer-aided Control Systems Design published by CRC Press in 2012 and Embedded System Design for Uncertain Environment by IET Press in 2018. He received the Best Paper Award  for  the Virtual Reality Training of Remotely-Operated Robotic Vehicle Pilot in The 2018 10th IEEE International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control in Guiyang.


Qualifications

  • NTU-Ph.D in Applied Control of ROV, Research Robotic Centre
  • Uni. of  Manchester (UMIST)-M.Sc (Distinction) in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering (EEE), Control Systems Centre
  • 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 for Singapore Campus

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Research

Research Impacts

  • Intelligent systems design and simulation of complex systems in uncertain environment (underwater robotics vehicle, battery power system and contactless sensing system)-UN160266
  • Intelligent noise prediction on small to large-scale systems-UN160267

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 MG‐BG‐ 01‐2018: Unmanned and autonomous survey activities at sea,part of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018‐2020.
  • 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.



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 Fundings (for more information)
  • High Endurance and Sustainable Marine Mechatronic Systems Design I (Battery Power System for ROV):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.
  • High Endurance and Sustainable Marine Mechatronic 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. 
  • High Endurance and Sustainable Marine Mechatronic 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.
  • Acoustic Modelling and Prediction I (Noise Prediction of Large Acoustic Enclosure) : 2013 to 2017 - EDB-Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) - Noise and Vibration Prediction. SembCorp Marine. Total funding estimated S$400,000.
  • Acoustic Modelling and Prediction II (Noise Prediction of  Small Acoustic Enclosure): 2013 to 2017 - EDB-Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) - Correlation Study and Control of Mechanical Vibration and Psycho-Acoustic Parameters in Hard Disk Drive. Seagate. Total funding estimated  S$400,000. 
  • Acoustic Modelling and Prediction 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.
  • Machine Data Analytics I: 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. 
  • Machine Data Analytics II 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

Completed:

  • Successfully graduated 5 MSc (Int'l) in Marine Technology students (part-time)
  • Successfully graduated 3 PhD candidates (full-time)
  • Successfully graduated 2 MPhil candidates (part-time)
  • Supervised 2 R&D Engineers for SMI
  • Supervised 1 RA (full-time)
  • Supervised 104 undergraduate students since 2010.
Current:
  • Supervising 2 RAs for SMI
  • Supervising 2 MPhil candidates (part-time)


Research Editorial and Reviewer Activities

  • Professional Societies: IEEE Senior Member Application Review Panel

  • Books: Elsevier CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

  • Guest Editor: Journal of Advanced Transportation for Systems Design and Simulation

  • Guest Editor for Journal of Marine Science and Engineering on Special Issue on  Intelligent Marine Robotics Modelling, Simulation and Applications, MDPI

  • Editorial Board Member of The Open Electrical & Electronic Engineering Journal, Bentham Open.

  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Cybernetics and Cyber-physical systems (IJCCPS), Inderscience

  • Reviewers in International Referred Journals: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics , Power Electronics, 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.

    

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, 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.
  • 2002-2004, Engineer & Research Assistant


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