10 tech innovators have made it to the 2016 EmTech Asia, MIT Technology Review's 'Innovators Under 35 Asia' list, with eight Singaporeans dominating the list.
Since 2014, the EmTech Asia conference, in association with MIT Technology Review, receives applications from talented researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand to gain recognition as the top 10 young innovators under the age of 35 in the region.
The 10 nominees are given tribute annually at MIT Technology Review's EmTech Asia conference. This award highlights their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biomedicine, computing, communications, energy, materials, web and transportation.
This year, Emtech Asia received nominations from eight different countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, to be considered for the 2016 list. Among the applications, seven researchers and an inventor made the cut, along with two other researchers from Australia. They are:
- Madhu Bhaskaran, Senior Lecturer and Co-Leader, Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, RMIT University, Australia. She is recognized for her work in developing transparent, wearable sensor patches that can detect UV radiation poisoning and toxic gases like nitrogen dioxide.
- Javier Gomez Fernandez, Assistant Professor and Founder Academic Member, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. He is noted for developing Shrilk, a bioinspired material based on the chemistry and molecular design of the insect cuticle with a strength equivalent to aluminum alloys at half the density.
- Siau Chen Chian, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore. He receives the award for his research on soil dynamics, specifically how the sheer strength of partially liquefied soil can resist uplift and be applied to earthquake engineering.
- Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani, Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia. He was recognised for his work in the development of advanced microfluidics systems for separation of rare cells, such as circulating tumour cells, from blood for early cancer diagnosis.
- Grace Leslie, Postdoctoral Fellow, Singapore University of Technology and Design / MIT Media Lab, Singapore. Grace was nominated for her work developing music neurofeedback systems for creative and therapeutic applications.
- Yue Wan, GIS Fellow, Genome Institute of Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. She is recognised for a novel technology that allows to map the shapes of RNA molecules at high speed.
- Raye Chen-Hua Yeow, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering National University of Singapore, Singapore. He is recognised for his work in soft wearable robotics, particularly for enhancing healthcare quality and productivity.
- Jia Hao Cheong, Scientist II, Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. Jia Hao has developed an inductively powered, implantable, blood flow sensor microsystem for vascular grafts.
- Joseph Fitzsimons, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design & Research Assistant Professor, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Joseph researches the use of quantum mechanics to enhance the security of networked computation.
- Pulkit Jaiswal, Founder & CEO, Swarmx, Singapore. Pulkit is recognised for his work in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. He founded a company, SwarmX, which aims to build fully autonomous drone systems.
The 10 honourees will give elevator pitches about their work at EmTech Asia which will be held on January 26 and 27, 2016 in Singapore. These pitches will result in further publicity for their work, along with investment opportunities.
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