Dr. Yen Kheng Tan

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Yen Kheng is a presently appointed as Senior Manager of the Office of Research and Industry Collaborations in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His main job scope is on the business development of major corporate R&D collaborations. He is also heavily engaging in scientific works like peer-reviews, sustainable energy related book and journal writings, fund-raising proposals, etc. and consultations to universities, industry partners and junior students. He obtained his first degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003 and the Master of Technological Design (Mechatronics Engineering) degree jointly offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and NUS in 2006. During his Master program, he worked as an intern R&D engineer in the Business Printing Division of Hewlett-Packard for a year on ASIC design and advanced motion control methodology for printer motion performances. In year 2011, Yen Kheng completed his Ph.D degree from NUS and he received several academic achievement and international competition awards. Yen Kheng was one of the pioneering members of the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) as well as key research project holders of various ERI@N programs including Sustainable Building Technologies, Electro-mobility and Renewable Energy Harvesting. In 2010, he started his Career at ERI@N, first embarking on the world-class Rolls Royce-NTU joint aerospace research program. He then built up a team of 20 technical members; 3 research fellows (PhD-trained), 6 research associates (masters-trained), 6 research engineers (degree-trained) and 5 PhD students and more than $15 mil worth of research projects with government agencies and industry partners. His two emerging R&D topics namely wireless charging and low-voltage DC grid had been adopted by ERI@N as core competencies under electro-mobility and sustainable building technologies programs respectively. In conjunction, he was a visiting research scientist at the Institute of Automotive Technology of Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany (supported by NRF TUM CREATE) as well as a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU. Some of his masterpieces being prototyped/testbeded include the Lights ‘follow’ you around concept implemented by Jurong Town Corporation (Clean Tech One): a DC renewable connected building grid for Philips Wireless intelligent LED Lighting system (WiLLs), the Truly e-mobility concept trialled onboard EVA electric taxi: through wireless recharging technology reveal true potential for electric vehicles and the Remote powered by a single touch concept. Yen Kheng is a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Member of IES (Institution of Engineers Singapore), Member of SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers), Professional Member of SSTA (Singapore Space and Technology Association) and Guest Member of IEC. He serves as secretary, treasurer and committee member of IEEE Sensors Council and IEEE PELS/IAS Singapore chapters respectively. His editorial and reviewer experiences span across various key publishers like InTech Scientific, Springer Editorial Board, Taylor & Francis Group, John Wiley & Sciyo and worldwide societies of more than 40 IEEE, IET, ASME, Elsevier and other international transactions and conferences. He is a book editor of more than 6 books published in Taylor & Francis, John Wiley, InTech & Sciyo and has published more than 40 papers in refereed journals and international conferences as well as 7 book chapters and has 6 provisional patents/technology disclosure applications.


  • 2014 - current

    Singapore University of Technology and Design

  • 2010 - 2014

    Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N)


  • 2006 – 2010

    Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Edited Books

  • Sustainable Energy Harvesting Technologies - Past, Present and Future

    In the early 21st century, research and development of sustainable energy harvesting (EH) technologies have started. Since then, many EH technologies have evolved, advanced and even been successfully developed into hardware prototypes for sustaining the operational lifetime of low?power electronic devices like mobile gadgets, smart wireless sensor networks, etc. Energy harvesting is a technology that harvests freely available renewable energy from the ambient environment to recharge or put used energy back into the energy storage devices without the hassle of disrupting or even discontinuing the normal operation of the specific application. With the prior knowledge and experience developed over a decade ago, progress of sustainable EH technologies research is still intact and ongoing. EH technologies are starting to mature and strong synergies are formulating with dedicate application areas. To move forward, now would be a good time to setup a review and brainstorm session to evaluate the past, investigate and think through the present and understand and plan for the future sustainable energy harvesting technologies.

  • Wireless Sensor Networks: Application - Centric Design

    Over the past decade, there has been a prolific increase in the research, development and commercialisation of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and their associated technologies. WSNs have found application in a vast range of different domains, scenarios and disciplines. These have included healthcare, defence and security, environmental monitoring and building/structural health monitoring. However, as a result of the broad array of pertinent applications, WSN researchers have also realised the application specificity of the domain; it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to find an application-independent solution to most WSN problems. Hence, research into WSNs dictates the adoption of an application-centric design process. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all WSN applications and deployments to date. Instead, it is a collection of state-of-the-art research papers discussing current applications and deployment experiences, but also the communication and data processing technologies that are fundamental in further developing solutions to applications. Whilst a common foundation is retained through all chapters, this book contains a broad array of often differing interpretations, configurations and limitations of WSNs, and this highlights the diversity of this ever-changing research area. The chapters have been categorised into three distinct sections: applications and case studies, communication and networking, and information and data processing. The readership of this book is intended to be postgraduate/postdoctoral researchers and professional engineers, though some of the chapters may be of relevance to interested master's level students.

  • Smart Wireless Sensor Networks

    The recent development of communication and sensor technology results in the growth of a new attractive and challenging area - wireless sensor networks (WSNs). A wireless sensor network which consists of a large number of sensor nodes is deployed in environmental fields to serve various applications. Facilitated with the ability of wireless communication and intelligent computation, these nodes become smart sensors which do not only perceive ambient physical parameters but also be able to process information, cooperate with each other and self-organize into the network. These new features assist the sensor nodes as well as the network to operate more efficiently in terms of both data acquisition and energy consumption. Special purposes of the applications require design and operation of WSNs different from conventional networks such as the internet. The network design must take into account of the objectives of specific applications. The nature of deployed environment must be considered. The limited of sensor nodes� resources such as memory, computational ability, communication bandwidth and energy source are the challenges in network design. A smart wireless sensor network must be able to deal with these constraints as well as to guarantee the connectivity, coverage, reliability and security of network's operation for a maximized lifetime. This book discusses various aspects of designing such smart wireless sensor networks. Main topics includes: design methodologies, network protocols and algorithms, quality of service management, coverage optimization, time synchronization and security techniques for sensor networks.

  • Sustainable Wireless Sensor Networks

    Wireless Sensor Networks came into prominence around the start of this millennium motivated by the omnipresent scenario of small-sized sensors with limited power deployed in large numbers over an area to monitor different phenomenon. The sole motivation of a large portion of research efforts has been to maximize the lifetime of the network, where network lifetime is typically measured from the instant of deployment to the point when one of the nodes has expended its limited power source and becomes in-operational - commonly referred as first node failure. Over the years, research has increasingly adopted ideas from wireless communications as well as embedded systems development in order to move this technology closer to realistic deployment scenarios. In such a rich research area as wireless sensor networks, it is difficult if not impossible to provide a comprehensive coverage of all relevant aspects. In this book, we hope to give the reader with a snapshot of some aspects of wireless sensor networks research that provides both a high level overview as well as detailed discussion on specific areas.