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

Organizing Committee



Michel-Alexandre Cardin

Dr. Michel-Alexandre Cardin is Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering Systems Division, the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies, and co-investigator in the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He is Associate Editor of the INCOSE journal Systems Engineering, Committee Member of the INCOSE Singapore Chapter, and member of the Editorial Review Board of the international journal IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. His research focuses on the development, experimental evaluation, and real-world applications of novel methodologies to design and architect complex engineering systems for uncertainty and flexibility - also known as real options. He has worked with international collaborators in different industries including aerospace, nuclear, real estate, offshore oil exploration, and transportation. He earned a PhD and Master’s degree in Engineering Systems from MIT, a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a honors BSc in Physics from McGill University. He is also a graduate from the International Space University



Vladan Babovic

Vladan Babovic is a leading researcher in field hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven modelling research from early 1990s. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains is starting to gain wider recognition.

In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, such as Singapore Delft Water Alliance and NUSDeltares, both of which he is founding Director. In addition to this, Vladan serves as member of Board of Directors of Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) where he Chairs Netherlands Water House (Singapore).

Vladan obtained his Ph.D. degrees from both UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he has obtained a business degree at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining National University of Singapore, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).

Vladan is an active member of several professional associations, such as International Water Association, International Association for Hydraulic Research, International Association of Hydrological Sciences and American Society of Civil Engineers. He serves on scientific boards of range of journals and conferences.

Honours & Awards

  • 2012 — International Water Association, Fellow
  • 1999 — Arthur Thomas Ippen Award of the International Association for Hydraulic Research
  • 1998 — Talent Award of Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
  • 1997 — The Best Paper Award, Danish Hydraulics, 2nd International Software Conference
  • 1986 — Jaroslav Cerni Award as the best Civil Engineering Graduate

Saif Benjaafar

Professor Benjaafar is an internationally renowned leader in the field of supply chain management. He has published ground breaking research that investigates how complex and global supply chains should be designed and managed. His work on sustainable supply chains introduced breakthrough ideas for reducing the environmental footprint of supply chains. He was at the University of Minnesota for over 19 years where he holds the title of Distinguished McKnight University Professor, one of the highest recognitions for a faculty member at the university. He is Founding Director of the University of Minnesota Industrial and Systems Engineering Program, Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, and Faculty Scholar with the Center for Transportation Studies. He was a Distinguished Senior Visiting Scientist at Honeywell Laboratories and a Visiting Professor at universities in France, Belgium, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore.

He has an extensive publication record. His research has appeared in the very best and most selective journals in the field, including the journals Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and IEEE Transactions. His work has been influential in the development of the engineering and science of supply chain operations and has been recognised by numerous awards including the prestigious Fellow Award from IIE and best paper awards from the professional societies MSOM, IIE, MHI, and IEEE. His paper “Using Imperfect Demand Information in Production-Inventory Systems with Multiple Demand Classes” has been recently recognised by the MSOM Best Paper award, one of the highest recognitions in the field of Operations Management. His research has been funded in excess of US$10 million by government agencies in the US, China, and Hong Kong, including NSF, DOT, DARPA, and DHS in the US, RGC in Hong Kong, and NSFC in China.


Kah Hin Chai

Dr. Chai Kah-Hin holds a joint appointment at the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department and at the Engineering & Technology Management Division, National University of Singapore (NUS). His work experience includes management consulting and semiconductor manufacturing in Singapore and Malaysia. His work appears in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Service Research, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His current research interests include industrial energy efficiency, new product/service development and knowledge management.


Aaron Chia

Dr Aaron Chia is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department in the National University of Singapore. He is also the Director for Student Life in College of Alice and Peter Tan in University Town. He has degrees in electrical engineering, business administration and psychology.

His main research focus is on large scale systems engineering and the system dynamics of large scale systems. Examples of large scale systems currently being studied include cities and environment (energy and environment sustainability and solutions, carbon pricing, relationships between energy, climate, water and waste), health care systems (include chronic diseases management, dengue transmission, workplace safety and health), transportation (policy effectiveness, land use, car parks), nuclear energy for Singapore and water management in Singapore. Other research interests include flexibility in systems and real options, supply chain and logistics, risk analysis and decision making, project management, military and multi-disciplinary studies.

He is currently a consultant for Changi Airport Group and the Defence Science and Technology Agency, Singapore.


Mark De Lessio

Dr. Mark De Lessio is a Senior Research Fellow of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Working as a member of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) his research focuses on using Design Structure Matrix (DSM) modeling and Flexibility analysis to enable better decision making capability and execution for successfully developing and growing organizations such as an entrepreneurial start-up or division within a large multi-national. Upon graduating from Clarkson University with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management, Mark embarked on a twenty year career in the telecom and Internet sectors where he had increasingly responsible roles in Program and Product Management. While working in industry, Mark obtained an MBA from New York University (STERN) and also worked as an Adjunct Professor where he taught an array of technical and business subjects. In 2007 Mark returned to academia to earn a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His dissertation focused on the design process and, in particular, how companies utilize the planning activity to manage the complex product design and development process.


Gilles Fleury

Gilles Fleury was born in Bordeaux, France, on January 8, 1968. He received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Supélec in 1990; he received the Ph.D and the HDR (“Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”) degrees, both in Sciences Physiques from the University Paris-Sud, in 1994 and 2003. Between 1994 and 2003, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Signal Processing and Electronics Systems. He has been a Full Professor since 2003. Since 2007 he has been the Head of the Department of Signal Processing and Electronics Systems (17 faculties and 20 PhD Students). In 2009, he was appointed to the Head of the “E3S” team (Supélec Systems Sciences) regrouping five Departments of Supélec (Automatic Control, Power and Energy Systems, Computer Science, Signal Processing and Electronics Systems, and Telecommunications) and the SONDRA Laboratory (a joint lab between Supélec, ONERA, National University of Singapore, Defense Science and Technology Agency of Singapore). The “E3S” team gathers 54 faculties and typically 80 PhD Students. He has worked in the areas of Inverse Problems for many industrial applications, and Optimal Design. From July 2011 to December 2013 he has been the Director of Research and Industry Partnerships of Supélec. He is currently the French Director of Centrale Pékin, one of the very first Sino-French Engineer School. This institution has been created in 2005 within the University of Beihang, in Beijing. His research interests include Bioinformatics, Optimal Nonlinear Modeling, and Non-Uniformly Sampled Signals Processing. He is specifically interested in On-Line System Identification with Irregularly Sampled Data, Optimization of Expensive-to-Evaluate Functions, and Uncertainties Propagation within Complex Systems. He is the co-author of more than a hundred papers, including 43 international journal papers, more than a hundred published conference papers, a book on Spectral Analysis, a book chapter on irregular sampled signal analysis, and 2 patents. He supervised 33 PhD Students since 1996. He is a senior member of the SEE (“Société de l’Electricité, de l’Electronique et des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication”). He was for many years a member of the Scientific Committee of the CEA-DETECS (French Atomic Energy Commission), a member of the Evaluation Committee of ONERA-DEMR (French Aerospace Laboratory). Since 2006, he has been a member of the Program Committee, and the Steering Committee of DIGITEO (first research cluster in Science and Technology of Information in France), and a member of the Selection Committee for the DIM: LSC (Domain of Major Interest: Complex Software and Systems).


Stefano Galelli

Dr. Stefano Galelli is assistant professor of Engineering Systems and Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Before joining SUTD, he spent two years as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Singapore-Delft Water Alliance, National University of Singapore.

Dr. Galelli graduated in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2007, and received a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology from the same university in early 2011. He carries out research in systems analysis, data-driven modelling and optimization, particularly focusing on their application to water resources modelling and management.

He is member of the IFAC Technical Committee TC8.3 on Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems, and he serves as reviewer for different international journals. For this service, he received the Environmental Modelling & Software 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award.


Liang Kwang Goh

Mr Goh is currently holding the post of Chief Inspectorate and Review in MHA. He holds the rank of Deputy Commissioner of the Police.

Prior to his posting to MHA, he has served in the Singapore Police Force for 31 years . ( 1977- 2008). He has wide work experience in many areas of policing , including investigation, operations, strategic planning, systems and research, command and control, human resource planning and development, etc. He had commanded Police Divisions from 1978-1981 and was Commander Areas who commanded all the Police Land Divisions in Singapore from 1988 to 1991. His was the first Chief of Staff (COS) from 1992 to 1995 before he was seconded to Singapore Broadcasting Authority as the Chief Executive Office from Oct 1995 to May 1997. He returned to the Police and assumed the Chief of Staff (COS) position in 1997 till 2000 and the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police(DC) in 2000. As the COS and DC, he assisted the Commissioner in coordinating the work of a wide range of staff and operational departments from Operations, Investigations, Intelligence, Planning and Organisation, Manpower, Training, Information technology and communication, Logistics to and Finance and Administration.

In MHA since 2008 till now, his main focus of work covers resource management (RM) audit and RM capability development, Forensic Development , Strategic Sourcing and Management for the entire MHA, Development of Security Sector Productivity for the security industry. As Chief Inspectorate and Review, he spearheads the System Improvement Programme through developing Operations Analysis and Process Improvement capabilities in MHA.

Mr Goh has good knowledge and experience in strategic planning , manpower management, major IT project management, and resource management. He oversaw the implementation of Neighbourhood Police Post System(NPP) in Singapore from planning stage to the full operational deployment over a period of 8 years. He also oversaw the planning and implementation of the first Computerised Command and Control system for the Police , and the Police Coast Guard’s C3 and Surveillance system.

He has a two years stint with the Army, SAF from 1975-1977 where he held the appointment of 2nd in-charge of a Combat Engineering Company. Mr Goh graduated from University of Aston, UK with a 1st Class Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1975 and obtained his MBA from National University of Singapore in 1989.


Young Jae Jang

Young Jae Jang received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007 and a double M.S. degree in mechanical engineering and operations research from MIT in 2001. He received a B.S degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University in 1997. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. He is also affiliated with the Cho Chun Shik Graduate School of Green Transportation at KAIST. Dr. Jang also currently work with Deloitte Consulting Korea as an Analytics Advisor and has been working on various industry consulting and engineering projects with global companies.

His current research includes the stochastic modeling of complex systems and optimizations in transportation and logistics systems. He has been involved in the KAIST On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) project developing and commercializing the innovative wireless charging electric vehicle. The project was recognized as the "50 Best Innovations of 2010" by TIME Magazine. His role in the project is to develop the optimal energy management system and to integrate the wireless charging electric vehicle and the road traffic network. He has been published numerous technical papers out of the OLEV technology. His recent work "The Optimal Economic Design of the Wireless Powered Transportation System" was selected as the Best Paper in the 2013 International Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics Conference.

Before he joined KAIST, he worked at Micron Technology, Inc., VA, USA, where as project manager, he led a global initiative to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing facilities located worldwide. While working at Micron, he was also involved in activities supporting the company’s operational and strategic decision making using quantitative modeling and analysis techniques.


Rashmi Jain

Prof. Rashmi Jain is currently the Department Chair and Professor of Information and Operations Management in the School of Business at the Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Most recently, Professor Jain was an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before Joining NUS, Professor Jain held a faculty appointment at Stevens Institute of Technology. Earlier in her career, Professor Jain worked with Accenture, a leading IT consulting company. At Accenture, Dr. Jain consulted for Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecom, utilities and financial services sectors. Dr. Jain’s research and teaching interests are systems architecture and design, systems integration, service operations management, business analytics, and business process analysis and management. Dr. Jain has extensive experience of teaching, advising, mentoring, and training graduate students and senior executives both in the U.S. and overseas at businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions. Some of these are Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Singapore, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) USA, US Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, IBM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) etc. She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. She is a member of Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and its Systems Engineering Committee, INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), ASEM (American Society for Engineering Management), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education), and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Dr. Jain is a certified Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, USA). She chaired of the System Integration Study Group on ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7. She was Head of education and research on INCOSE’s Technical Board. Dr. Jain is on the editorial boards of several international journals and is on the technical program committees of various international conferences. She has authored close to 100 technical papers, reports, and monographs, and co-authored a book. Dr. Jain is visiting professor to the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Japan. She has conducted invited lectures internationally at Keio University and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology (OCIT) in Taiwan, and Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, among others. For more information please visit http://business.montclair.edu/direc....

Edwin Koh

Edwin Koh is a lecturer at the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC), Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on improving the engineering design process, particularly on managing engineering changes and intellectual property issues in the design of complex engineering systems. His work appears in journals such as Research in Engineering Design and Journal of Engineering Design.

Edwin received his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and S.M. in Manufacturing from the Nanyang Technological University. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his graduate studies under the Singapore-MIT Alliance programme. He later joined the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Ph.D. for his work on engineering change management.


Harn Wei Kua

Dr. Harn Wei Kua is the Deputy Head (Research) of the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore. His research interest lies in integrated sustainability policies for sustainable structural building materials and energy efficiency (in embodied and plug load energy).

Dr. Kua’s PhD research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building Technology Program, resulted in the creation of a new policymaking model to address associated effects of policies and prescribed policy solutions aimed at promoting sustainable building materials industries. His works have led to many awards and honors, such as here below:

  • MIT Carroll L. Wilson Award (2001); awarded to support development and research work in Tanzania
  • MIT Martin Family Society of Fellowship for Sustainability, 2002-2003
  • NUS Oversea Graduate Scholarship (2002-2005)
  • President Award for the Environment 2008 (won through the Environment and Health Functional Committee of South West CDC, of which he is an active sub-committee chairman)
  • ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award 2008 (won through the Environment and Health Functional Committee of South West CDC, of which he is an active sub-committee chairman)
  • Nominated by IGES, for the International Year of Shelters for the Homeless (IYSH) Memorial Prize 2010

Dr. Kua has published more than 72 research articles, book chapters and reports and has been invited as speaker in international conferences and a board member for numerous institutions worldwide. He also obtained more than SGD 6.6 million worth of research projects in 5 years.


Jianxi Luo

Jianxi Luo is an assistant professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He was a faculty member at New York University prior to joining SUTD, and is currently a vice chair of INFORMS Technology Management section, as well as a researcher with the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP) since 2005. He was also a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City (2011) and the University of Cambridge (2005), and also had brief work experience with the strategic planning office of Toyota Motor America (2007). His research develops and uses complex system theories and network analysis techniques, to discover the embedded structures of products, organizations and systems, which influence design evolution and innovation. He has taught a course on "Entrepreneurship" and a course on "Innovation", to undergrad, grad and executive students from diverse disciplines and professional backgrounds at NYU, and also “Modeling a Systems World”, “Introduction to Design” at SUTD. He holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and a M.S. in Technology & Policy from MIT, and M.S. in Automotive Engineering and B.S. in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University.


Adam Ng

Ng Tsan Sheng Adam is an Assistant Professor with Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His current research interest is in large scale resilient energy planning using techniques of robust optimization and system dynamics modelling. He has worked in projects collaborating with industrial partners in the oil and gas planning area, and has published in international peer reviewed journals such as Operations Research, European Journal of Operations Research, IEEE Transactions of Systems, Man and Cybernetics and System Dynamics Review. He is also a member of IEEE, System Dynamics Society, Mathematical Programming Society, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Automation and Logistics. Adam obtained his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the NUS.


Francisco Pereira

Francisco C. Pereira is Senior Research Scientist in Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, Future Urban Mobility Integrated Research Group (FM/IRG), where he is working in real-time traffic prediction, behavior modeling, and advanced data collection technologies. In these projects, he applies his research on data mining and pattern recognition applied to unstructured contextual sources (e.g. web, news feeds, etc.) to extract information relevant to mobility. He is also a Professor in the University of Coimbra, Portugal from where he has a PhD degree, and a co-founder of the Ambient Intelligence Lab of that University. He led the development of several projects that apply these context mining principles, some with collaboration other MIT groups such as the Senseable City Lab, where he worked earlier as a postdoctoral fellow.


Kwong Meng Teo

Kwong Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He obtained a Ph.D in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Operations Research Center in 2007 with a thesis entitled Nonconvex Robust Optimization.

Kwong Meng’s research area lies in optimization and decision making under uncertainties, and enjoys OR applications in all fields due to his diverse background. Besides an engineering degree, he had postgraduate education in computation and communications systems engineering. Prior to his PhD studies in MIT, he has held appointments in the defence industry (C3 systems), application development (supply chain planning) and technical consulting (OR & RFID systems).

He has research, consulting and implementation experiences in:

  • Supply chain & logistics (LCL vehicular routing, FCL container truck scheduling)
  • Engineering design optimization (nano-photonics, electromagnetic component design)
  • System engineering (command, control & communications systems, RFID systems)
  • Healthcare (IMRT - intensity modulated radiation therapy)
  • Energy (electric power generation)
  • Finance (portfolio management, asset allocation)

Jan Vasbinder

Jan Wouter Vasbinder (1945) studied physics at the Technical University of Delft (1972). He started his professional career as a researcher in a nuclear laboratory. Until 1981 he worked in the nuclear industry in Israel and the Netherlands. In 1981 he was appointed Attaché for Science and Technology in Washington and Ottawa. End 1985 he returned to The Netherlands, to head a small organization responsible for developing long term cooperative industry university research programs. Subsequently he became member of the management team of the Dutch organization responsible for executing government innovation policies. In 1991 he became partner and CEO of an interdisciplinary consultancy firm. In 1994 he founded Prisma & Partners, a small company dedicated to finding, strengthening, and mobilizing the innovative capacity of companies, consortia, government (related) organizations and regions.

In 2003 he initiated Institute Para Limes of which he is the founding president. He moved to Singapore in August 2011 to become is director of the Complexity Program at the Nanyang Technological University at Singapore.