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FIRST Industry Workshop 2018

Collaborate to Innovate

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018, 09:30 am

SUTD East Coast Campus, 8 Somapah Road, Singapore, , Singapore


The annual FIRST (Fostering Industrial Research Success Together) Industry Workshop provides a platform to foster collaborative research success by developing and deepening industry-academia ties.

The Workshop brings together relevant high-level stakeholders from industry, academia and the Government while showcasing relevant SUTD graduate-level research capabilities

More information can be found at

 2018 FIRST Highlights

Innovation Workshop

Keynote Addresses: Building a Better World Through Industry-Academia Collaboration

Industry veterans David Dutton (CEO, Silvaco Inc.) and Russell Tham (President, New Enterprises & Ventures, ST Engineering) will set the stage for the Workshop by delivering short, concise presentations and key takeaways on how industry-academia collaboration has been translated into research breakthroughs.
Forum Panel Discussion: Research and Economic Success in the 21st Century

Under the S$4.5 billion Industry Transformation Programme (ITP), Industry Transformation Maps will be developed for 23 strategic industries to address issues within each industry and deepen partnerships between Government, firms, industries, trade associations and chambers.

The Forum Panelists will discuss the necessary steps needed to fully harness the potential of Industry 4.0 and how increased collaboration between industry, academia and the Government will be necessary against the backdrop of the ongoing launch of the ITP. They are:

Prof Lim Sun Sun

Professor of Communication and Technology and
Head of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS), SUTD

Mr Philip Lim 

Chief Executive Officer, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, A*STAR

Dr David Ong

Vice Chairman, SingCham and Senior Partner, Naef Spiel AG

Dr Pierre Brunswick

Chief Executive Officer, Neuromem Technologies

Mr Sia Kheng Yok

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore)

Assoc Prof Thomas Lew

Chairman Medical Board, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National Healthcare Group


Innovation Showcase

SUTD Research Displays

View cutting-edge research from SUTD graduate students,research fellows and research centres centred around the following technology domains:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. AI/ Machine Learning
  3. Cybersecurity
  4. Data Science
  5. Drones/ Robotics
  6. Engineering Design
  7. Electronics
  8. Healthcare
  9. Materials Science

Industry Innovation Showcase & Business Networking Session


SUTD’s industry partners will display their innovative products, services and solutions while sharing best practices and exploring collaboration opportunities.

 FIRST 2018 Event Programme

AM Session


Event Registration / Refreshments


Welcome Address by Prof Yeo Kiat Seng
(Associate Provost, Singapore University of Technology and Design)


Keynote Address by Mr Russell Tham (President, New Enterprises & Ventures, ST Engineering)


Keynote Address by Mr David L. Dutton (Chief Executive Officer, Silvaco, Inc.)


Forum Panel Discussion: Research and Economic Success in the 21st Century


Forum Panel Q&A

PM Session


Buffet Lunch/Networking



Research Showcase Presentation (at Campus Centre)

Industry Sponsors/Research Centre Booth Showcase (at Campus Centre)


Industry Spotlight - Platinum Sponsors (at Campus Centre)


Research Showcase Prize Presentation (SUTD & Company)


Research Centre Tour/ Start-Up Pitch Day

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