Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Zi Jie Choong

Assistant Professor


Zi Jie received his B.Eng (1st Class Honour) from Newcastle University, Singapore Campus, in 2013; and subsequently his MSc in Mechatronics (Distinction) in 2014 and PhD in Precision Manufacturing in 2018 from Newcastle University, UK. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Newcastle University, Singapore.



    • 2021: Winning Team for PUB Global Innovation Challenge for project on “Automated Identification and Enumeration of Midge Populations”. 
    • 2020: Recipient of Ministry of Manpower, Singapore (MoM) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF) SGUnited Traineeship Grant for Research Manpower Recruitment. 
    • 2018: Best Paper Award for 2018 international PhD Academic Forum on Intelligent Manufacturing, Harbin. 
    • 2016: HEIDENHAIN GmbH Scholarship. 
    • 2015: Winner of the IMechE Mechatronics Student of the Year Challenge 2015 
    • 2014 to 2018: Newcastle University SAgE Faculty Doctoral Training Scholarship. 
    • 2013 to 2014: Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship. 
    • 2013: Gold Medal Award, Keppel Corporation Ltd, Singapore. 

    Professional Memberships

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA)


    Research Profile

    Smart Manufacturing System Design
    • Digital Twin Creation, Process Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance
    • Data-Driven Manufacturing Process Optimisation
    • Atomistic and Multi-Scale Manufacturing Process Modelling
    Any form of enquiries for potential collaborations in areas of digital manufacturing and applied artificial intelligence are welcomed.

    Current Research Interest

    • Smart IoT Devices for Agri-Tech Applications.
    • Lean Analytics and low Powered Metrology System for Manufactuiring  
    • Manufacturing / Shop Floor Optimisation with Digital Twinning

    Areas for PhD supervision/Potential PhD Projects

    • Digital Twin of Mobile Collaborative Robot in Dynamic Structured Environment 
    • SMART solutions for Agri-Tech or manufacturing applications using lightweight analytics. 
    • Lean analytics for Machine Vision. 
    • Applications of Cyber-Physical System.  

    Current research collaborators / institutes

    • Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) 
    • Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB) 
    • The National Environment Agency, Singapore (NEA) 

    Current industry collaborators

    • SBS Transit Singapore


    UG - SIT-NU Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering  

    1. MME 1151 Programming 
    2. MME 2142 Development in Materials and Processes 
    3. MME 2184 Engineering Economics and Project Management 
    4. MME 3001 Integrated Work Study Programme 
    5. MME 3151 Mechatronics Systems 
    6. MME 3152 Robotics 
    7. MME 3153 Industrial Automation  
    8. MME 3191 Capstone Project 


    1. NUS 8205 Energy Management 
    2. NUS 8208 Mechanical Integrity 
    3. NUS 8209 Masters Project 
    4. NUS 8306 Data Analytics using Machine Learning 
    5. NUS 8307 Project Dissertation – I 
    6. NUS 8308 Project Dissertation – Il