CENTER FOR BRAIN-COMPUTING RESEARCH

Prof Cuntai GUAN

Fellow of SAEng, IEEE, AIMBE

 

President’s Chair Professor in Computer Science and Engineering

 

Director, Centre for Brain-Computing Research (CBCR)

Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (AI.R)

Co-Director, S-Lab for Advanced Intelligence (S-Lab)

 

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School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE)

 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)

www.ntu.edu.sg

 

Email: ctguan@ntu.edu.sg

Phone: (65) 6790 6205

Office: N4-02B-52

 

 

 

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Current appointments and positions:

o   President’s Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, NTU

o   Professor (tenured), School of Computer Science and Engineering, NTU

o   Director, Centre for Brain-Computing Research (CBCR)

o   Director, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (AI.R)

o   Co-Director, S-Lab for Advanced Intelligence (S-Lab)

o   Steering Committee, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), NTU

o   Steering Committee, Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre & Cognition and Behavioural Sciences, NTU

o   Management Committee, Singapore Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC), Singapore

o   Advisory Board, Elite Master Program in Neuroengineering, TUM, Germany

o   Scientific Advisor, Neeuro Pte Ltd, Singapore

o   Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore (SAEng)

o   Fellow, IEEE (for contributions to brain-computer interfaces and applications)

o   Fellow, AIMBE (for outstanding contributions to brain-computer interfaces and neural engineering)

 

Research interests:

o   Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

o   Neural Signal Processing

o   Neural Image Processing

o   Machine Learning

o   Data Analytics

o   Artificial Intelligence.

 

Highlights of research outcomes:

o   Robust Brain-computer Interface algorithms for motor imagery (FBCSP, regularization, session-to-session adaptation, channel selection, deep learning, etc.)

o   Asynchronous and adaptive P300 BCI and its use in wheelchair control

o   fNIRS based Brain-computer interfaces

o   Brain-computer Interface for stroke rehabilitation with significant clinical outcome

o   Innovative system for the treatment of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) in children with significant efficacy outcome

o   Effective cognitive training for elderly with cognitive decline

o   Novel use of BCI technologies in, for example, sleep, depression, anxiety

o   Published 350 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers

o   15 granted patents, 6 patent applications, and 4 technology disclosures (licensed 15 patents/technologies to 5 Singapore and US companies)

 

Other Appointments, Committee Members and Editorial Board Members:

o   Scientific Advisor (Digital Health), Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore, 2019 - 2021

o   Program Director, Strategic Collaboration, School of Computer Science and Engineering, NTU, 2019 - 2021

o   Advisory Board, The NTU Institute for Health Technologies (HealthTech NTU), 2020 – 2021

o   Co-Director, NTU-NNI Neurotechnology Fellowship Program, 2017 - 2019

o   Co-Director, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS), 2015 - 2018

o   Principal Scientist II, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*SATR, 2012 - 2016

o   Founding Department Head, Neural and Biomedical Technology, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2012-2016

o   A*STAR MedTech Program Leader of Neuro-Technology, A*STAR, 2010-2016

o   Founding Program Manager of AIM and INSPECH, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2007-2012

o   Department Manager, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2005 - 2007

o   Lab Head, NeuroInformatics, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2003 - 2005

o   Director, Research & Development, InfoTalk Technology Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2001 - 2003

o   Research Manager, Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific, Singapore, 1999 – 2001

o   Group Leader, Institute of System Science, Kent Ridge Digital Lab, 1997-1999

o   Chair, Neuro-Technology Subpanel, and Member of National Taskforce on Neurological & Sense Disorders, appointed by HBMS EXCO, 2016-2017

o   Member, National Medical Research Council Open Fund IRG Review Panel, MOH, Singapore, 2016 - 2021

o   Member, A*STAR Biomedical Engineering Program (BEP) Fund Review Panel, 2013 - 2015

o   Member, SERC PSF Fund Technical Review Panel, 2014

o   Site Miner for A*STAR Biomedical Engineering Program & Take Force for SERC e-Health Program, 2005-2012, 2015-2016

o   Chairman, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter, Singapore Section, 2010-2012

o   President, Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Association (PREMIA), Singapore, 2008-2010

 

o   Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (http://tbme.embs.org/)

o   Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (https://cis.ieee.org/publications/ieee-transactions-on-artificial-intelligence)

o   Associate Editor, Brain Computer Interfaces (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tbci20)

o   Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience (http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/neuroscience)

o   Associate Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/human-neuroscience)

o   Associate Editor, A*STAR Research Publication (http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/)

o   Advisory Board, IEEE Open Access Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology (OJEMB)

o   Associate Editor, Pattern Recognition (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/pattern-recognition)

o   Associate Editor, Neurocomputing (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/neurocomputing)

o   Guest-Editor, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, 2016

o   Program Co-Chair, IEEE International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 26-28 Feb 2020

o   General Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Ageless Ageing, 28-30 Jul, 2018, Singapore

o   IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee for EMBS Society, 2018, 2020-2021

o   APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer, 2017-2018

o   Vice-Chair, Program Committee, International Conference on Real-time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback, 29 Nov -1 Dec 2017, Nara, Japan.

o   International Program Committee, 8th IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, May 25-28, 2017, Shanghai, China

o   Program Committee & Invited Speaker, IEEE International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 2013-2017, Korea

o   Conference Chair, Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2015 Conference & Exhibition, 8-9 April 2015, Singapore

o   General Chair, IEEE 10th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services, 2008

o   International Program Committee, IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, 2013-2015

o   International Scientific Committee, IEEE EMBS Summer School on Neural Engineering, 2013-2015

o   Co-Chair, Emerging Technology, ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA, Nov 2012

o   Area Chair, IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2008

 

Awards and Recognitions:

o   Elected to Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore (SAEng), 2022

o   President’s Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, NTU, 2021

o   Elected to Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Class of 2021 (Citation: for outstanding contributions to brain-computer interfaces and neural engineering)

o   Elevated to Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Class of 2018 (Citation: for contributions to brain-computer interfaces and applications)

o   APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer, 2017-2018

o   Finalist of President Technology Award, Singapore, 2014 (for contributions to BCI technologies and medical applications)

o   Achiever of the Year (Research) Award, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2011

o   The Annual BCI Research Award (Top Winner), USA, 2010 (for contributions to BCI for stroke rehabilitation).

o   IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, 2009 (for contributions to the development of BCI technology and its applications).

o   Top winner of International BCI Competition IV, 3 EEG categories, 2008

o   Top winner of International BCI Competition III, Dataset IIIa, 2005

o   Samsung Digital Hope Award, 2004 (to recognize the development of Brainy Communicator)

 

Recent keynotes and invited talks:

o   Invited talk “Motor Imagery Decoding & Interpretations with Deep Neural Networks”, at the Waterloo International Workshop on Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation, 10 Jul, 2021 (online)

o   Invited talk “AI in Medicine and Healthcare”, at the National Health Group Eye Institute (NHGEI) Research Round, 1 July 2021 (online)

o   Invited talk “MI Decoding & Interpretations with Deep Neural Networks”, University of Bath CENTAUR Webinar Series: Brain-Computer Interfaces, 21 Jun 2021 (online)

o   Invited talk “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare”, Academy of Medicine Singapore, 26 Feb, 2021 (online)

o   Invited talk “Decoding & Analysis of Motor Imagery with Deep Neural Networks”, at the 2021 IEEE International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 22-24 Feb 2021, Korea (online)

o   Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interface for brain Function Recovery in Stroke Rehabilitation”, CYBATHLON Symposium’20, 18 September 2020, Zurich, Switzerland (Online)

o   Keynote speech “Motor, Cognitive and Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces”, 2020 Frontiers in Brain-Computer Interaction Forum, 3 Jan 2020, Nanjing, China

o   Invited talk “The Role of Brain-Computer Interfaces in Brain Health for Aging”, University of California – Nanyang Technological University Singapore Joint Workshop on Healthy Aging Monday, December 9, 2019, Los Angeles, USA

o   Invited Talk “Artificial Intelligence for Digital Brain Health”, The First Singapore-France Joint Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Health - A Satellite Symposium of MEDINFO 27-28 August 2019, Lyon, France 

o   Keynote speech “A Cognitive Brain Computer Interface and its Applications”, at the IAS Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation Workshop, 3-4 June 2019, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

o   Invited Talk “AI for Brain-Computer Interactions”, NTU AI+X Symposium, 3 May 2019, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Latest Updates on Brain-Computer Interface and AI Machine Learning in Rehabilitation”, at the CaREhab’19, 22 Feb 2019, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Deep Learning in Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the Deep Learning and Tensor/Matrix Decomposition for Applications in Neuroscience Workshop, 17 Nov, 2018, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain Computer interfaces – where we are now and what it goes in the future?”, at the IEEE SPS Summer School on Internet of Things for Biomedical and Healthcare, 9-13 Jul, 2018, Xiamen, China

o   Invited talk “Introduction to Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the Second Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Brain-like Computation, CCF, 28 Jun 2018, Suzhou, China

o   Invited talk “Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces and Potential Applications in Mental Health”, at the 2018 SJTU Symposium on Emotional Intelligence and Affective Brain-Computer Interaction, 23 Jun 2018, Shanghai, China

o   Distinguished Lecture Series “Deep Learning for Brain-Computer Interfaces” at the Korea University, 4 Jun 2018, Seoul, Korea.

o   Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interfaces in Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the opening ceremony of the 7th International BCI Conference, 21-25 May 2018, Asilomar, USA

o   Invited talk “Enhancing Cognition with Brain-Computer Interface”, at the Singapore Brain Modulation Symposium, 2 Nov, 2017, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interfaces and Applications in Rehabilitation”, at the 5th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 7- 8 September 2017, Singapore 

o   Keynote speech “Brain Computer Interfaces and their Roles in Motor and Cognitive Rehabilitation”, at the 5th International Conference on Ageless Aging (ICAA 2017), July 6-9, 2017, Beijing, China

o   Distinguished Lecture Series “Brain-Computer Interface: Current and Perspective Medical Applications” at the Korea University, 5 Jun 2017, Seoul, Korea

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface in Medical Applications”, at the Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2016, 20-21 July 2016, Singapore

o   Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for Stroke Rehabilitation”, IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR’15), 11-14 July 2015, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface – an Emerging Technology for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 26-27 March 2015, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface and its Applications in Cognitive Training”, at the 2015 IEEE International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, 12-14 Jan 2015, Korea

o   Keynote speech “Brain-computer Interface in the Application of Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the 2nd China (Shanghai) Forum on Rehabilitation Technology and Industry Development (FRTID), 20 Sept 2014, Shanghai, China

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface and its Medical Applications”, at the International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Systems and Prosthetic Devices, 21 Feb, 2014, Taiwan

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Neuro-rehabilitation: Looking Beyond Upper Limbs”, at the 2014 IEEE International Winter Workshop on Brain-Computer Interface, 17-19 Feb 2014, Korea

o   Distinguished Lecture “Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation” at the IEEE Life Science Grand Challenges Conference, 2-4 Dec, 2013, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Medical Applications”, at the Symposium on Grand Challenges in Neural Technology (SGCNT), 4-5 December, 2013, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the Australia Neuromuscular Research Institute (ANRI), 28 Nov, 2013, Australia

o   Invited talk “Clinical Studies and Neuroimaging Analysis of BCI Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the First International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging (BaCI’13), 5-8 Sept, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

o   Invited talk “Signal Processing Techniques for Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the IEEE EMBC (INC Workshop), 3-7 July 2013, Japan

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) in Rehabilitation”, at the IEEE World Haptics Conference BCI Workshop, 14 April 2013, Korea

o   Keynote speech “BCI and its Potential Applications”, at the IEEE SSCI Conference, 16-19 April 2013, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface: Clinical Studies”, at the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Brain-Computer Interface, 18-20 Feb 2013, Korea

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface based Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients”, at the 2nd Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 27-28 Feb 2013, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)”, at the CogSci Connects Conference 4-5 January 2013, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Translating Research into Clinical Relevant Medical Technologies” at the East Health Alliance Workshop, 24 Nov, 2012, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Studies on Stroke Rehabilitation based on Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the A*STAR Scientific Conference, 18-19 Oct, 2012, Singapore

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for the Improvement of Attention in Children”, at the Beijing BCI Workshop, Tsinghua University, 15 June 2012, Beijing, China

o   Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Medical Applications”, at the NTU Workshop, Novel Technologies for Clinical Practice in Neurology, 23 May 2012, Singapore

o   Keynote speech “Improved Patient Monitoring, Treatment and Rehabilitation through Personalized and Connected Healthcare (INSPECH)”, at the Healthcare IT Innovation Asia Summit, March 14-15, 2012 Singapore