PhD. Students

Mr. Yap Hong Kai

Dr. Yap Hong Kai

Mr. Yap was a NGS (NUS Graduate School for Integrative Science and Engineering) scholar. He graduated from NUS in 2013 with a B.Eng. in Bioengineering (First Class Honours). His research is focused on assistive and rehabilitation technology using soft robotics. He was awarded ICBME Medal and Prize for being the top student in courses which have extensive research and design elements. Beside his academic work, he plays the guitar and basketball. He is currently a performer of NUS Harmonica Orchestra.

Mr. Gokula Krishnan Ramachandran

Dr. Gokula Krishnan Ramachandran

Mr. Ramachandran was a PhD student working on non-invasive diagnosis of Gastric cancer from the exhaled breath. He obtained bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India. He is interested in deciphering the natural world for the benefit of the biotic and abiotic entities. He spends his leisure time in critical reading ancient literatures, history and natural science in order to discriminate and learn the truth about the nature and technological developments.

Mr. Chan Chow Khuen

Dr. Chan Chow Khuen

Mr. Chan was pursuing PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated from University of Malaya, Malaysia with a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering in 2013 and a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering (Robotics and Automation) in 2008. He has working experience in the engineering field for five years. His current research is focused on muscle activation, muscle coordination and muscle contribution in related to biomechanics analysis. Besides his academic work, he has interests in cycling and swimming.

Mr. Pravar Jain

Dr. Pravar Jain

Mr. Jain was pursuing his graduate research at the EI Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering and is involved with Keio-NUS CUTE (Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments) Center in the capacity of a Research Engineer. He graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology, India in 2015 with a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Biomedical Engineering. His areas of interest include embedded systems and rehabilitation engineering. He is a wannabe chef and a lover of Jazz.

Research Engineers

Ms. Sharmila Jayakkumar

Sharmila Jayakkumar

Ms. Jayakkumar was a Research Engineer at the EI Lab. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Masters in Electronics Engineering in 2014. Her current research is focused on soft robotics approach towards finger print deformities in rheumatic diseases. She also works on the use of EEG signals to distinguish between various states of anxiety, pain and other emotions.

Mr. Sivakumar Kandasamy

Sivakumar Kandasamy

Mr. Kandasamy was a Research Engineer at the EI Lab. He is a postgraduate in Mechatronics Engineering, School of Mechanical and Building Sciences from Vellore Institute of Technology, India and was a full-time research attachment student at Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée , France. He is currently working on fabric based soft robotic spider for surveillance applications. Apart from his interest in research, He also runs an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for the upliftment of the poor and needy.

Ms. Nair Chaitanya Muralidharan

Nair Chaitanya Muralidharan

Ms. Nair worked as a Research Engineer with EI lab. She was a postgraduate in Integarted Circuit Design Engineering from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanayang Technological University and an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering(First class Honors) from Anna University, Chennai. She currently works on the project " A wearable EEG-based approach for anxiety monitoring and management in amateur and elite rifle shooters". She enjoys reading in her free time and is a trained Indian classical dancer.

Ms. Chua Cai Lin

Chua Cai Lin

Ms. Chua was a Research Engineer working on the field of Game Medicine in Rehabilitation. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering (Honors). Her projects involve the use of Kinect-based video games and wireless wearable sensors for rehabilitation. She is interested in the fields of system-level biomechanics, serious games for healthcare, and robotics. Apart from enjoying creating things and learning new things along the way, she also enjoys reading Philosophy books, such as those on fiction, language, and modal logic.

Ms. Shruthi Suresh

Shruthi Suresh

Ms. Suresh received her B.Eng in Electrical Engineering in 2013 from NUS and worked as a Research Engineer at the EI Lab from August 2013 to December 2014. Her research focused on the use of EEG signals to distinguish between various states of anxiety, pain, and other emotions. She has also worked on other bioelectronic sensors to aid in the process of rehabilitation. She enjoys running, reading and programming.

Undergraduate students

Ms. Ng Hui Min

Ng Hui Min (AY 16/17)

Hui Min was a Year 4 Biomedical Engineering student working on "Wearable Soft Knee Brace Robot with Chemical Powered Battery System". Her work explores the use of organic materials to generate air pressure that powers the actuators of the knee brace. It also explores ways to design a functional soft robotic knee brace that will help people in rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys getting active in sports and is always on the go for trying new things and having fun adventures.

Mr. Er Zheng Ting

Er Zheng Ting (AY 16/17)

Zheng Ting was a Year 4 Biomedical Engineering student working on the topic of "Soft Robotic Exerciser". His work explores the use of conductive rubber cords on soft robotics for stroke patient rehabilitation therapy. It also explores the integration of Bluetooth for the display of force readings on a mobile app. He enjoys swimming and travelling.


HarisCHEONG(AY 16/17)

Haris is a final year Biomedical Engineering student working on developing a Supernumeral Robotic Soft Pneumatic Appendage for Augmented Manipulation. His work involves designing and testing fabric based actuators that can translate external user stimuli to desired motion of the appendage. In his free time, he enjoys team sports and swimming.

Ms. Denise Eng Kai Ying

Denise Eng Kai Ying (AY 15/16)

Denise was an FYP student working on the topic of "Next-Generation Robotic Sock for Robot-Assisted Ankle Dorsiflexion-Plantarflexion and Supination-Pronation Exercises". This project involves developing a rehabilitative sock with the use of soft pneumatic actuators to help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis in stroke patients. In her free time, Denise enjoys doing outdoor activities and sports such as running and rock-climbing.

Ms. Koh Tze Hui

Koh Tze Hui (AY 15/16)

Tze Hui was an FYP student working on the topic of “Myoelectric Soft Robotic Elbow Sleeve”. Her work focuses on the development of an elbow sleeve capable of helping with elbow flexion and extension for support and rehabilitation purposes, and the incorporation of myoelectric capabilities into the device as a more natural mode of control. Outside of academics, her areas of interest have always revolved around technology, books, music and origami.

Mr. Ng Hui Yong

Ng Hui Yong (AY 15/16)

Hui Yong was an FYP student working on the topic of "3D-Printed Soft Robotic Brace for Wrist Rehabilitation”. His work explores the use of a 3D printer to directly print out pneumatic actuators that are used for the rehabilitation of the wrist. Apart from that, he is a big fan of manga and anime, along some model kit making.

Mr. Muhammad Amzar

Muhammad Amzar (AY 15/16)

Amzar was an FYP student working on the topic of “Inflatable Wrist Protection device”. His work explores the use of inflatable actuators in order to develop a device that can reduce the risk of the wrist fractures amongst the elderly during the case of a fall. He enjoys discovering new insights from different fields of study, and enjoys learning the art of photography as a hobby.

Mr. Yeo Guang Wei

Yeo Guang Wei (AY 15/16)

Guang Wei was an FYP student working on "Bluetooth-enabled Soft Robotic Sock for Ankle Rehabilitation". His work deals in the relatively new area of soft robotics, particularly in their benefit towards stroke patients and integrating it with wireless technology that will enable better management of the rehabilitation process. He enjoys observing and being inspired by the simple day to day occurrences, jotting down ideas, languages in general and gaming.

Ms. Vanessa Mak

Vanessa Mak (AY 14/15)

Vanessa was a FYP student working on the topic of "Equine Biomechanics during Racing and Limping". Her work explored the use of wearable sensors which were used to measure joint kinematics and detect presence of limping in horses.

Mr. Tan Hong Han

Tan Hong Han (AY 14/15)

Hong Han was an FYP student working on the topic of "Understanding Three-pointer Biomechanics in Basketball". His work aimed to improve player performance of 3-point shots by using a customised wearable brace that is capable of actively actuating the upper limb and lower limb into an optimised posture for training purposes.

Michelle Chee

(AY 14/15)

Ng Rui Jie

(AY 14/15)

Thor Vei Jye

(AY 14/15)

Rachel Ng

(AY 13/14)


(AY 13/14)

Simeon Choo

(AY 13/14)


(AY 13/14)


(AY 13/14)

Visiting Fellows

Dr. Matthew Chua

Matthew Chua, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew was a Research Fellow at the Evolution Innovation Lab from November 2015 to June 2016. He obtained his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015. His interest lies in the research of biomimetic soft robots for rehabilitation and organ replacement. He is also an internationally renowned opera singer. Currently, he is a Lecturer and Consultant at Medical & Cybernetics Systems, Institute of Systems Science.

Ms. Liu Yuchun

Liu Yuchun, Ph.D.

Yuchun was a Research Fellow from the Department of Medicine in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her passion lies in clinical needs discovery, engineering innovative and practical solutions as well as entrepreneurship. She enjoys doing the ground-work and finds insights through talking to more people, understanding their needs and challenges, and seeing how these different perspectives shape the way the innovation will eventually be designed. Yuchun also finds great joy in getting her hands dirty during prototype design and engineering. She is a firm believer that "there is no failure, only feedback" and is receptive to feedback for further improvement to suit customer needs.

Andrew Mao

(JHU Summer Intern)

Erica Schwarz

(JHU Summer Intern)

David Yeung

(CUHK Summer Intern)

Xin Li

(Summer Intern)