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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:19:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen -  Airbus successfully tests the dispenser structure that will hold the twin satellites GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO= Follow-On) during their launch. Once the satellites are integrated in place, the assembly to the launcher or fit check test is carried out. This test is used to demonstrate the mechanical and electrical compatibility between the satellites, the dispenser, and the launcher. Airbus (Friedrichshafen / Germany) is developing and manufacturing the GRACE...
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:40:00 +0100
The ILS Proton Launch Vehicle hardware for the Amazonas 5 launch arrived at the launch site in Baikonur via train on August 18th. The LV hardware includes the Proton, Breeze M, Payload Fairing, and Ascent Unit. Offloading into Halls 101 and 111 is now in progress. Launch is scheduled for September from Pad 39. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton missio...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:35:00 +0100
NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite is in good health at the start of a four-month checkout in space by its manufacturer, Boeing. NASA will condu...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0100
The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), launched today, will enhance NASA's space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year. TDRS-M is the latest satellite in NASA's TDRS constellation and will provide high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. The TDRS network enables continuous communication with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Earth Observing System and ot...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:22:00 +0100
If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that can zap their planets' surfaces. If the planets are newly formed, their orbits may also be unstable. On the other hand, planets orbiting older stars have survived the spate of youthful flares, but have also been exposed to the ravages of stellar radiation for a longer p...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA's Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Aug. 18 at 8:29 a.m. EDT. The TDRS-M is the third and final mission in the series of these third-generation space communication satellites to orbit, as part of the follow-on fleet being developed to replenish NASA's space Network. "ULA uses the TDRS system as a primary means of receiving and distributing launch vehicle telemetry data during eve...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:24:00 +0100
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) (TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") confirmed today, in an answer to media inquiries, that on August 7, 2017, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to have infringed one of its patent, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073. The jury awarded Elbit Systems damages of approximately $21million plus interest. The court has yet to issue a final o...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:56:00 +0100
On August 17, 2017 at 01:07 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully launched a spacecraft into the orbit in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The launch was the 100th heavy lift for Proton M, which has been in use since 2001, and the 414th launch in the Proton rocket since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton M launch vehicle and the Breeze M upper stage are designed and produced at Khrunichev Space Center of...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:07:00 +0100
Astrophysicists are joining sightseers in watching Monday's total solar eclipse across North America but, in the decade to come, they will be viewing eclipses that last for hours instead of a few minutes - thanks to a pioneering ESA space mission. Aiming for launch in late 2020, Proba-3 is not one but two small metre-scale satellites, lining up to cast a precise shadow across space to block out the solar disc for six hours at a time, and give researchers a sustained view of the Sun's immediat...
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Observations of "Jellyfish galaxies" with ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly. The results appeared today in the journal Nature. An Italian-led team o...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0100
DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe's industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to Dig...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosphere on 19 October 2014, but instead they found what turned out to be the imprint of a solar event. ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:38:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen, Germany -  ND SATCOM announces full interoperability with General Dynamics Mission Systems Fortress® LTE solutions. Validation testing confirmed excellent interoperability between the Fortress decentralized network architecture for autonomous LTE deployables and SKYWAN satellite mesh capabilities for a resilient and bandwidth efficient distributed network of sites with full end-to-end network communications and mobility The combined platform provides an ideal suite for transportable and fixed LTE ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:44:00 +0100
Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today's 12:31 p.m. EDT launch. Carrying more than 6,400 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies, the spacecraft lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the company's 12th commercial resupply mission. It will arrive at the space station...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:47:00 +0100
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today that it intends to expand the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. The company received an order for approximately US$3 million from a global provider of defense products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to a leading air force between 2018 and 2022. Built to military standard (MIL-STD), the 30-cm antenna (MPT30) will deliver data communications via satel...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:31:00 +0100
Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard to human spaceflight and space exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, which is why ESA has made cosmic radiation a focus of its research programme. Radiation poses a risk to the human body in the form of cancer, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular problems and tissue degeneration. Beyond Earth's magnetic field, its full force is a barrier to human exploration of the Solar System. "Crewmembers may be exposed to different ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
The payload module of MetOp-C, developed and built by Airbus in Germany, was delivered to Toulouse after it completed a series of tests at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The satellite, weighing in at four tonnes, is now almost complete after successful coupling of its payload and service module. In preparation for the launch scheduled for October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana, MetOp-C will undergo a further series of radio-electr...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +0100
A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Built for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia , the satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and se...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:27:00 +0100
The Amazonas 5 satellite for HISPASAT of Madrid, Spain, arrived at the Baikonur Cosmdrome in Kazakhstan aboard an Antonov cargo jet on August 8 in preparation for mission integration and launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle in September. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton mission and the 30th with a Space Systems Loral (SSL) satellite. ...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 22:30:00 +0100
NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of galaxies and neutron star systems, as well as infrared emissions from galaxies in the early universe and atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. The selected proposals, three Medium-Class Explorers missions and three Explorers Missions of Opportunity, call for focused scientific investigations an...
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     Date Submitted:06-08-2017
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     Current job:Scientist, Program Lead
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    Education   

    Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, August 1999. 

    Thesis title:      Error and outage probabilities of micro and picocellular mobile radio systems in fading channels with shadowing

    Subject areas:   Telecommunications, cellular mobile radio communications

    B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) (Honors), July 1995, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore.

     

    My Research and Development Expertise and Experience

    I have over 21 years of research experience in wireless radio communications (includes my Ph. D. tenure) and recent years in smart grids areas, from 1995 to present.

    I have expertise in the research, design and innovation of new technologies for:

    Wireless mobile devices to improve the service quality for mobile phones users.

    Telecommunications base station and relay station (using multiple antennas) to improve the energy efficiency for telecommunication systems and networks.

    Modelling of wireless fading channels for future wireless radio communication systems and internet-of-things (IoT).

    I have expertise in mathematical analysis, probability and statistics, modelling and optimization, which I applied in research to design and develop new engineering solutions, analysis and performance evaluation of telecommunication systems and networks.

    I have many years of programming experience and knowledge in using various programming languages.  These include the MATLAB/Simulink, R for statistics, LABVIEW for digital signal processing, C, Fortran, Phyton, and specialist computational software CVX, to perform analysis, simulation, and improve the design of telecommunication systems and networks.

    I also have very good technical writing and presentation skills.  Throughout my career, I have been promoting educational and technical advancement of telecommunications and wireless radio communications disciplines.  I did that through writing, lecturing in the university, supervising PhD and Master students in engineering, presenting and publishing my research works in international reputable scientific conferences and journals.

    I also have very good planning and time management skills, and I am able to manage multidisciplinary or cross functional engineering or technical projects.

    I have over 17 years of experience in supervising, and advising postgraduate and undergraduate research students in the wireless cellular radio communications and smart grids subject areas, from 1999 to present.

    4 Ph.D.  and 7 Master Degree candidates have graduated under my supervision.

    I have 12 years of teaching experience in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, and conducted 2 postgraduate courses for Master and Ph.D. candidates, from 2001 to 2012. 

    Nominated for Innovative Teaching / Best Teaching in years 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2008. 

     

    Professional Experience

    ·       Programme Leader, Green Building Technologies, Energy Department, Smart Energy and Environment Cluster (SEEC), Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, from September 2016 to present.

    ·       Deputy Department Head (Research), Smart Energy and Environment Department, Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, from 2015 to 2016.

    ·       Scientist, Smart Grid Programme, Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, from 2013 to 2015.

    ·       Scientist, Wireless Communication Department, Institute for Infocomm Research (previously known as Centre for Wireless Communications, and Institute for Communications Research), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, from 1998 to 2012.

    ·       Adjunct Staff, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, from 1999 to 2012.

     

    Principal Investigator for Research Projects

    Wideband and multicarrier communications, from 1999 to 2001.

    Adaptive power and rate control for cellular radio networks, from 2003 to 2005.

    Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications, from 2006-2008.

    Cooperative and cognitive communications, from 2007-2010.

    Cognitive radios and multi-antenna relay networks, from 2010-2012.

    Cooling network optimization with integrated thermal and battery energy storage, from 2015-present.

    Residential demand-side optimization, from 2014-present.

    Intelligent control and data integrity management in building energy and demand-side optimization, from 2015-present.

     

    Industry, Grant and Project Management Experience

    Principal Investigator and Project Manager, from 2012-present.

    Leading and collaborating with cross disciplinary research teams of engineering researchers, computer scientists and electrical engineers in the development and integration of algorithms, optimization and control for industry collaborators.

    Cooling network optimization with integrated battery and thermal energy storage

    Awarded S$2.5 million research grant from the Singapore National Research Foundation.

    To develop intelligent adaptive algorithm and controller to adjust electricity consumption of the Singapore Central Business District cooling network (through chilled water supply to the buildings) by optimizing and adapting to the cooling load, electricity price and heterogeneous energy sources (power grid, battery, thermal storage).  The main objective is to prevent potential overloading and enable demand response.

    Residential demand-side optimization

    To develop adaptive and distributed electricity and energy scheduling schemes for residential homes to reduce centralized computational loads. 

    Leading and collaborating with a team of engineering researchers, computer and data analytic scientists in the R&D of building energy optimization, and demand-side optimization.

    Areas of Research Expertise

    Research in probability theory and fading distribution models for wireless cellular radio communications

    Design of adaptive beamforming, power and rate control for cognitive and cellular radio communications

    Research in multi-antenna wireless radio reception

    Research in wideband and multicarrier communications

    Research in adaptive modulation and signal detection in fading channels

    Research in optimization and design of multi-antenna transmission in wireless relay channels

    Research in optimization of microgrids and demand-side management in smart grids

     

    Professional and Voluntary Editorial Committee

    Technical Program Committee Member in reputable Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) international refereed conferences.

    IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2004, Wireless Communications Symposium.

    IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICCS) 2006.

    IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2007, Wireless Communications Symposium.

    IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICCS) 2008.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2008-Spring, Wireless Communications Symposium, Transmission Technologies.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2010-Spring, Wireless Communications Symposium, Wireless Access.

    IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2011, Wireless Communications Symposium.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2012-Fall, Recent Results.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2015-Fall, Multiple Antenna Systems and Services.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2017-Spring, Multiple Antenna Systems and Services.

    Invited to serve as Technical Session Chair in reputable IEEE international refereed conferences.

    Regular voluntary services to the research community as a technical reviewer for reputable journals and conference, since 1995.

    IEEE Transactions on Communications

    IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

    IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

    IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

    IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids

    IEEE Journal on Selected Area in Communications

    Kluwer J. Wireless Personal Communications

    IEEE Communications Letters

     

    Awards

    Direct admission to Ph.D. Program due to outstanding undergraduate final year student research project, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 1995.

    Research Scholarship, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, from 1995 to 1998.

    Best Paper, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) International Conference (CIC) 2003, Seoul, Korea, October 2003.

    Best Student Paper, IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB) Conference, Singapore, 2007.

    Long Service Award, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, 2014.

     

    Professional Training Courses

    Completed Professional Training Courses

    Workshop on Scientific Writing Skills, Institute for Infocomm Research, 17th-21st February 2005.

    Workshop on Communicate for Success, by ACES Learning, http://www.acesperformance.com.sg, 16th-17th May 2006.

    Network Coding, 22nd March 2010

    Turbo Code and Turbo Product Code, 20th-21st July 2006.

    Workshop on High Impact Project Management, by Project Decision, www.projectdecision.com, 13th-15th January 2014.

    Responsible Conduct of Research Course, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), Full score, 28th April, 2016.

    OPAL-RT Technical Workshop for Real Time Power System Simulation and Analysis, 3rd to 4th May 2017.

    Introduction to High Performance Computing, 17th-18th May 2017.

     

    Lectures/Course Modules Developed and Taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore,

    EE5407-Adaptive and Spatial Based Wireless Systems, from 2001 to 2011.

    EE5401-Cellular Mobile Communications, from 2011 to 2012.

     

    Language Skills

    Fluent speaking, reading and writing in English, Chinese, Malay languages.

     

    Programming Skills

    MATLAB, Simulink, CVX, R for statistics, LABVIEW, Phyton, C Programming, Fortran, Pascal.

    Microsoft Office Suites and Word Processing

    Microsoft Word/PowerPoint/Excel, Microsoft Office Project, LaTeX.

     


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