1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
“Discover, learn and share about complex systems engineering.”

Industrial members

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

         

Yang How Tan

Tan Yang How, a radar systems engineer and defence systems architect, is the President of DSTA Academy in the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) where he leads the organisation’s Systems Engineering and Programme Management Training. Prior to this appointment in 2012, he had served in various technical and managerial positions in the Ministry of Defence and DSTA. His previous appointments included Director (Naval Systems) and Director (DSTA Masterplanning and Systems Architecting). Yang How’s extensive contributions to the defence systems engineering and radar community span three decades. He was instrumental in the invention and wide-scale operationalisation of the Infrared Fever Screening System (IFSS) in Singapore, which was the first system in the world that could detect fever through a non-intrusive mass screening of passengers at the airport. His innovative integration of technologies and techniques applied in advance radar systems and electro-optic sensor systems led to the development of the IFSS in record time. He received a Certificate of Commendation in 2003, as the success of the IFSS had played a key role in the national effort against SARS.

For his outstanding engineering innovations and project achievements over the years, Yang How won Defence Technology Team Prizes in 1992, 1995 and 2001. He was also the winner of the 1997 Defence Technology Prize (DTP) Individual Award for his outstanding contributions in the Radar Domain. In recognition of his contributions, Yang How was conferred National Day Public Administration Medals in 2000 (Bronze) and 2003 (Silver). Yang How also served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Temasek Defence Science Institute, National University of Singapore, where he supported curriculum development and taught radar courses in the postgraduate programmes from 2002 to 2011.

Yang How obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree and a Master of Science (Management of Technology) degree from the National University of Singapore in 1983 and 1994 respectively. He also attended the Programme for Management Development (PMD 79) at Harvard Business School in 2004.


COMMITTEE MEMBERS

         

Erik Aslaksen

Erik has fifty years experience, gained in Switzerland, the US, and Australia, in a wide range of fields, including theoretical physics, telecommunications, power electronics, and process control. He also has extensive experience in both line and project management of research, engineering, and production. His current focus is on systems engineering and engineering management, in particular the high-level (functional) design and optimisation of complex systems and processes, and the management of large, multi-disciplinary design projects. From1988 to 2012, Erik has been with Sinclair Knight Merz as a Director and Senior Principal, and as a Senior Consultant.

Erik’s current research activities are focused on the front end of the engineering process; on the creative and value-adding aspect of engineering. This has led to an involvement in the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology and in modelling activities within INCOSE Working Groups, with the aim of combining these two quite different views of engineering to drive an increase in the relevance and contribution of engineering to society.

         

Abhijit Badwe

Abhijit Badwe is a Senior Consultant at ABB (Singapore) in the Process Automation Division. Dr. Badwe provides consulting services pertaining to optimization and advanced control to ABB’s global customers in the pulp & paper, oil & gas and cement industry. Prior to joining ABB in Singapore, Dr. Badwe held the role of Cluster Leader at the Singapore Delft Water Alliance, where he led a group of researchers in the area of data assimilation, control and optimization. Prior to this, Dr. Badwe was a Research Scientist at the ABB Corporate Research Centre in Bangalore, India. There, he was involved in the development of ABB’s industrial offerings in the areas of advanced process control and optimization of complex industrial process systems.

Abhijit holds a Masters and PhD in advanced process control from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves as a reviewer for several international journals on automation and control.

         

Petter Braathen


Petter Braathen is founder and partner of Phoenix Ltd. Phoenix is a research and consulting company based on systems- and complexity-theory. Mr. Braathen facilitates strategic visioning, organizational change, and leadership development for global companies in various industries.

Mr. Braathen holds a Master of Science in Control & Electrical Engineering from Norwegian Institute of Technology and University of Washington. He further holds a Master of Science in Strategy and International Business from the Norwegian School of Management. Mr. Braathen is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Brussels, in the interdisciplinary program, focusing on complexity theory applied to strategic management and organizational theory.

Mr. Braathen has previously worked with renowned global consulting firms gaining experience in Strategy and Change Management. He also holds extensive experience in the media industry working both as a publisher, and with business development in a pan-European media corporation.

         

Hans Eikaas

Dr Eikaas moved to Singapore in June 2005 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, NZ. In 2007, he joined the Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB) as the resident limnologist. In PUB, he established the Waterways Health & Limnology Branch, a group of engineers and scientists looking into integrated catchment water quality management and modelling. This group now oversees a nationwide water quantity and quality monitoring system consisting of a network of water quality profilers in the reservoirs, rain gauges in the watersheds, level and discharge stations in reservoirs and catchments, and a dedicated weather radar system, all integrated with real-time predictive water quantity and quality forecast models. Research interests include; biology & biogeography; effects of migratory barriers on dispersal; fish(eries); stream, river and wetland ecology; limnology; land-use change and environmental impacts; ecosystem processes; environmental chemistry; toxicology; coastal geomorphology; and numerical water quantity and quality modelling. Dr Eikaas is now Head of Department at DHI Singapore (Environmental Processes and Technology).


         

Kok Seng Foo

Dr Foo Kok Seng, hold the position of Executive Director of Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre. KOMtech is the R&D arm of Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd, the world leader in the builder of offshore drilling rig and the conversion of FPSO vessel. Concurrently, also serve as the Executive Director of Offshore Technology Development Pte Ltd, the world leader in the supply of jack up rig design and jack up equipment such as jacking system, fixation system, skidding system. He is also hold the directorships in a number of Keppel subsidiaries and Joint venture companies, such as Regency Steel Japan Ltd, DPS Bristol (holding) Ltd. Active in the area of research and development, he has at least 6 patents approved plus a number of patents application pending.


         

Kelvin Ling

Kelvin is a senior operations engineer with Sembcorp Industries, a leading energy, water and marine group operating across six continents. His primary areas of work include operation and maintenance of the power and utilities plants in Singapore, with the aim to improve efficiency and optimise performance of facilities. He acts as the liaison between the management and the working team to communicate areas of concerns and develop solutions to trouble-shoot. Prior to his current role, he was in the key account management team where he was actively involved in business negotiations and contract reviews with key customers as well as the development of product pipelines and pipe rack on Jurong Island in Singapore. Kelvin is also the chairperson of the committee that plans and develops engagement programmes for the employees of Sembcorp Group.

After graduating with a Diploma in Chemical Process Technology (Industrial Chemistry) from Singapore Polytechnic in 2005, he was awarded the Sembcorp scholarship to pursue a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry with a minor in Business Management from National University of Singapore.


         

Dong Liu

Dong Liu joined Accenture in Nov. 2012. As Managing Director of Technology Labs Beijing, Dong focuses on innovation and thought leadership, especially joint innovation with leading partners and clients.

Before Accenture, Dong was the director of Embedded IO lab of Intel Labs China, leading research on IO for embedded system, including advanced peripheral usage modes, low power high bandwidth converged IO protocols and architecture, system technology for silicon photonics, and reconfigurable accelerators. Since he joined Intel in 2004, he has led the team to deliver important impacts to Intel cache QoS and reconfigurable IA roadmap. His team also contributed critical components to Intel QuickAssist technology which secured IA server leadership and LightPeak (a.k.a, ThunderBolt) technology, a standard feature of Apple MacBook Air and other leading vendors’ products. His team worked extensively with top universities to do joint research in related fields.

Prior to Intel, he worked for IBM China Research Lab from 1996 to 2004, served senior technical and management positions. His team contributed internet content rating, web server performance testing, database spatial extension, location based services, VoIP, business modeling tool and methodology to IBM SW & consulting practice. His team also applied the developed technologies and methodologies to leading telecom operators’ solutions.

Dr. Dong Liu received his bachelor (Radio Electronics), Master (Remote Sensing), and Ph.D. (Remote Sensing & Cartography) degrees from Peking University in 1990, 1993 and 1996. He has published lots of research papers, and filed around 10 patents.

         

Robert May

Dr Robert May has over 10 years experience within the water and wastewater industry. Since joining Veolia Water in 2001, he has worked in engineering, research and development, and technical direction. For the past two years, he has been part of the Asia-Pacific Technical Department; and provides technical management support on a range of topics, including system modeling and optimization, water quality analysis, and asset management of distributed water and wastewater network infrastructure.

Robert received a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, BSc (Applied Mathematics and Biochemistry) degrees, and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering; all from the University of Adelaide. He has published several peer-reviewed papers on the application of artificial intelligence techniques for modeling water networks, and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

         

Sin Hin Oh

Mr Oh Sin Hin has 21 years of experience in complex systems development with 8 years of software development experience on air and navy defence systems and 13 years experience on driverless rail transit systems. He is currently the Senior Manager for Systems Assurance and Integration in the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore. Major railway project involvements include the Singapore North East Line, Circle Line and Thomson Line/Eastern Region Line. He has provided various consultancy works in Dubai Red Line, Jakarta MRT, Klang Valley SBK Line, etc. for MSI Global, a private subsidiary company of LTA. He has published several international conference papers on systems integration and systems engineering covering mostly driverless train operation in Singapore. His current interest in the field of systems engineering include the development of generic system processes and requirements for reuse in modern complex railway systems.


         

Wilson Oh

Wilson Oh is a Deputy Director in the Inspectorate and Review Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Singapore. He holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering (Nanyang Technological University), an MSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering (National University of Singapore) as well as an MSc in Systems Design and Management (National University of Singapore). He joined the Singapore Civil Service in 2001 after working in the private sector. In the course of his career, he has undertaken assignments ranging from strategic planning and development to policy making, and he has worked on many systems design and improvement projects. Drawing on his contextual as well as technical experience and knowledge he now performs the role of an internal systems improvement consultant in MHA.


         

Jean-Claude Roussel

Jean-Claude Roussel is a Senior Expert in Systems Engineering at Airbus Group Innovations (Toulouse, France) in charge of Research projects on Systems Engineering with 32 years of experience in different Aerospace Programs.

From 2001 to 2009, Jean-Claude was responsible for Systems Engineering within Airbus where he defined the Policy which has been deployed on new aircraft (A380, A400M and A350). From 1995 to 2001, he was in charge of Project Management within Airbus and wrote the directive for Aircraft Project Management while setting-up the related components for A380 Program. From 1988 to 1995, he was dedicated to Configuration Management and defined the CM Plan for aircraft (A400M, VLCT, A330/A340) and the Hermes Space Vehicle for the ESA Space Program. His career began at Airbus in 1981 by developing Product Data Management application and data exchange standard for CAD/CAM tools.

He has been a member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) since 2001 where he took an active role in the Requirements Working Group, extending it to European members. He was President of AFIS (Association Française d’Ingénierie Systeme), the French INCOSE Chapter, in 2007 and 2008, and received the Gold Circle Award of INCOSE.

Jean-Claude was the Technical Director of INCOSE from Jan 2011 till Jan 2013 and has been elected in Nov 2013 Director of the sector EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) of INCOSE for 3 years (Jan 2014 till Jan 2017). He is a member and co-author of the BKCASE project (Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering) launched in Dec 2009 (see www.bkcase.org) and is certified ESEP (Expert Systems Engineering Professional) from INCOSE.

He is a graduated Engineer (1980) from Polytech’ Lille. Born in 1957, he is married with 2 children (33 and 29) and one grand son (18 months)

         

Laura Wynter


Dr. Laura Wynter is the Director of the IBM Research Collaboratory in Singapore and a Research Scientist at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, specializing in network optimization, with a particular focus on telecommunications and transportation applications. Laura has degrees from MIT and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris, France). Prior to joining IBM Research she held a joint position at the Universite de Versailles, France and at INRIA (Rocquencourt, France). Her areas of expertise involve the use of optmization, equilibrium modeling and statistics-based methods for enabling effective real-time decision making for planning as well as in operational environments. Topics of recent work include traffic prediction, traffic state estimation, and optimization and control for real-time traffic management. Her work spans the full lifecycle of a research solution from the definition of the research problem and its characterization, to the development of effective algorithms, to collaborations with the IBM software division culminating in the creation of commercial software products from the models and algorithms developed.’