SMART Center

Director: Daniel Hastings | Email | Website

1 CREATE Way • #10-01 • Singapore 138602 • Tel: 65-6516 8603

77 Massachusetts Ave. • Room 8-407 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 258-5808

Infectious Diseases (ID)

The major goals of this IRG are to advance basic understanding of pathogen-host interactions at the cellular and molecular levels; develop technology platforms that will be useful for studying infectious diseases; use this basic knowledge to develop diagnostics, prophylactics, and therapeutics for specific infectious diseases (such as dengue); and train a new generation of leaders for academia and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The infectious diseases IRG is in its second five-year term. The second term began on January 1, 2013.

Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM)

The ultimate goal of this IRG is to develop an accurate and predictive model of the natural and built environment of Singapore that would seamlessly transition between different scales, from the level of a single building or facility to the level of the state, including the surrounding ocean. This model will integrate a variety of data sources (many from novel sensors) and allow users to understand how changes at any scale impact the overall system. For example, how a rise in sea level would impact meso-scale facilities, like Marina Bay, and small-scale facilities, like waste outflows. Conversely, buildings contribute to a heat-island effect that reflects itself in the atmospheric state; or contaminant discharges reflect themselves in meso-scale water bodies and ultimately in the ocean. The CENSAM IRG is in its second five-year term. The second term began on January 1, 2013.

BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM)

By merging diverse engineering and bioscience areas, such as microfluidics, nanomechanics, imaging, computational modeling, materials science and biology, the IRG aims to develop disruptive technologies, and with them become better able to diagnose, treat, and mitigate diseases, while simultaneously educating the next generation of biological engineers. The IRG’s vision is that it, and Singapore, will become the focal point for translating cutting-edge science into novel technology for human healthcare. The IRG is in its second five-year term. The second term began January 1, 2014.

Future Urban Mobility (FM)

The objective of the Future Urban Mobility IRG is to harness new technologies for data collection, processing, and exploitation, to provide more efficient, accessible, safe, and environmentally friendly mobility to the citizens and businesses of Singapore, and of other metropolitan areas worldwide. The research team exploits synergies from expertise in several different domains, including transportation engineering and urban planning as well as in network, computer, and control technologies, robotics, and operations research. Specific focus areas include: (i) advances in large-scale real-time data collection, processing, and visualization; (ii) massively parallel simulations for traffic modeling and urban planning; (iii) affordable self-driving vehicles for shared mobility on demand services; and (iv) data-driven optimization for fleet operations. The FM IRG is in its last year of its first five-year term, and has submitted a proposal for renewal for January 1, 2016.

Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES)

The IRG aims to identify new integrated circuit technologies that have the added value of reduced energy per function, lower power consumption and higher performance in our electronics infrastructure. These integrated circuits of the future are expected to impact applications in wireless communication, power electronics, LED lighting, printing, displays, and computing. The research is performed by teams that have expertise in materials, devices, and circuits, invoking new advances at all levels to produce electronic systems that perform new functions while decreasing system energy. The initial technology goals are in the areas of Power Electronic Systems, Efficient Communications, and Multi-functional Displays and Lighting Systems. The first phase of the LEES IRG is scheduled to run until December 31, 2016.

Innovation Centre

In addition to the IRGs that carry out research, SMART has also established an Innovation Centre modeled after MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation but adapted to the culture and practices of Singapore. Its mission is to instill a culture of translational research, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer.

The SMART Innovation Centre provides funding for faculty, as well as to students, to further develop their ideas with an eye toward the marketplace. A condition for receiving this funding is that the researchers must agree to team-up with “catalysts”—entrepreneurs and/or venture capitalists with experience starting companies. The Innovation Centre has identified and trained a strong group of catalysts in Singapore. Three types of awards are given: Ignition Grants (for very early proof-of-principle development), Innovation Grants (for further proof-of-concept development), and Explorer Grants (for student teams).