Prof GUAN Cuntai, PhD


Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


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


Program Director, Strategic Collaboration, SCSE


Fellow, IEEE


School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE)


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)



Phone: (65) 6790 6205

Office: N4-02B-52












Current appointments and positions:


o   Professor, Computer Science and Engineering (tenured)

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

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

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

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

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

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

o   Scientific Advisor, Neeuro Pte Ltd, Singapore

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

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


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, 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   25 patents, patent applications, and technology disclosures (licensed numerous patents/technologies to companies)


Other Appointments, Committee Members and Editorial Board Members:

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

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

o   Principal Scientist, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*SATR, 2010 - 2016

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

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

o   Founding Program Manager of AIM and INSPECH, large programs focusing on medical and healthcare research and development, 2007-2012

o   Department Manager, Institute for Infocomm Research, 2005 - 2007

o   Lab Head, NeuroInformatics, Institute for Infocomm Research, 2003 - 2004

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 - present

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 (

o   Associate Editor, Pattern Recognition (

o   Associate Editor, Neurocomputing (

o   Associate Editor, Brain Computer Interfaces (

o   Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience (

o   Associate Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (

o   Associate Editor, A*STAR Research Publication (

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

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

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:

  • Elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2018 (Citation: for contributions to brain-computer interfaces and applications)

o   APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer, 2017-2018

  • Finalist of President Technology Award, Singapore, 2014 (for contributions to BCI technologies and medical applications)
  • Achiever of the Year (Research) Award, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, 2011
  • The Annual BCI Research Award (Top Winner), USA, 2010 (for contributions to BCI for stroke rehabilitation).
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, 2009 (for contributions to the development of BCI technology and its applications).
  • Top winner of International BCI Competition IV, 3 EEG categories, 2008
  • Top winner of International BCI Competition III, Dataset IIIa, 2005
  • Samsung Digital Hope Award, 2004 (to recognize the development of Brainy Communicator)


Keynotes and invited talks:

  • Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interface for brain Function Recovery in Stroke Rehabilitation”, CYBATHLON Symposium’20, 18 September 2020, Zurich, Switzerland (Online)
  • Keynote speech “Motor, Cognitive and Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces”, 2020 Frontiers in Brain-Computer Interaction Forum, 3 Jan 2020, Nanjing, China
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Invited Talk “AI for Brain-Computer Interactions”, NTU AI+X Symposium, 3 May 2019, Singapore
  • Invited talk “Latest Updates on Brain-Computer Interface and AI Machine Learning in Rehabilitation”, at the CaREhab’19, 22 Feb 2019, Singapore
  • 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
  • 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
  • Invited talk “Introduction to Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the Second Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Brain-like Computation, CCF, 28 Jun 2018, Suzhou, China
  • 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
  • Distinguished Lecture Series “Deep Learning for Brain-Computer Interfaces” at the Korea University, 4 Jun 2018, Seoul, Korea.
  • Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interfaces in Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the opening ceremony of the 7th International BCI Conference, 21-25 May 2018, Asilomar, USA
  • Invited talk “Enhancing Cognition with Brain-Computer Interface”, at the Singapore Brain Modulation Symposium, 2 Nov, 2017, Singapore
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interfaces and Applications in Rehabilitation”, at the 5th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 7- 8 September 2017, Singapore 
  • 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.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series “Brain-Computer Interface: Current and Perspective Medical Applications” at the Korea University, 5 Jun 2017, Seoul, Korea.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface in Medical Applications”, at the Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2016, 20-21 July 2016, Singapore.
  • Keynote speech “Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for Stroke Rehabilitation”, IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR’15), 11-14 July 2015, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface – an Emerging Technology for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 26-27 March 2015, Singapore.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface and its Medical Applications”, at the International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Systems and Prosthetic Devices, 21 Feb, 2014, Taiwan.
  • 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.
  • Distinguished Lecture “Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation” at the IEEE Life Science Grand Challenges Conference, 2-4 Dec, 2013, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Medical Applications”, at the Symposium on Grand Challenges in Neural Technology (SGCNT), 4-5 December, 2013, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the Australia Neuromuscular Research Institute (ANRI), 28 Nov, 2013, Australia.
  • 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.
  • Invited talk “Signal Processing Techniques for Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the IEEE EMBC (INC Workshop), 3-7 July 2013, Japan.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) in Rehabilitation”, at the IEEE World Haptics Conference BCI Workshop, 14 April 2013, Korea.
  • Keynote speech “BCI and its Potential Applications”, at the IEEE SSCI Conference, 16-19 April 2013, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface: Clinical Studies”, at the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Brain-Computer Interface, 18-20 Feb 2013, Korea.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface based Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients”, at the 2nd Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, 27-28 Feb 2013, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)”, at the CogSci Connects Conference 4-5 January 2013, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Translating Research into Clinical Relevant Medical Technologies” at the East Health Alliance Workshop, 24 Nov, 2012, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Studies on Stroke Rehabilitation based on Brain-Computer Interfaces”, at the A*STAR Scientific Conference, 18-19 Oct, 2012, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for the Improvement of Attention in Children”, at the Beijing BCI Workshop, Tsinghua University, 15 June 2012, Beijing, China.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface for Medical Applications”, at the NTU Workshop, Novel Technologies for Clinical Practice in Neurology, 23 May 2012, Singapore.
  • 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.
  • Invited talk “What BCI Can Do to Restore Brain Functions”, at the A*STAR Scientific Conference, 9 Nov, 2011, Singapore.
  • Keynote speech “Harnessing Infocomm and Media Technologies for Medical and Healthcare Applications”, at the 9th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics (ICOST), June 20-22, 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Invited talk “Brain-computer Interface and its Medical Applications”, at the Netherlands Science & Technology Seminar on Brain & Cognition, 17 May 2011, Netherlands.
  • Invited talk “Brain-Computer Interface: Looking Beyond Communication and Control”, at Decade of the Mind VI Conference, 18-20 October 2010, Singapore.
  • Invited talk “Brain–Computer Interface and its Applications in Rehabilitation and Cognitive Training”, at the Seminar of Information and Communication Technologies on Biomedical Rehabilitation, 29 September, 2010, University of Curtin, Australia.
  • Invited talk “A Clinical Trial to Use Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the JSPS Workshop, 28 August 2010, Singapore.
  • Keynote speech “Advances and Applications of Brain Computer Interface Technology”, at the KAIST ICC Workshop on IT Convergence Technology, 19 February, 2010, Korea.
  • Invited talk “BCI for Stroke Rehabilitation: A Clinical Study”, at the Beijing BCI Symposium 2009, Tsinghua University, December 5-6, 2009, Beijing, China.
  • Keynote speech “Smart Home Research in Singapore”, at the First Smart Home Workshop, UNIST, November 13, 2009, Korea.
  • Invited talk “Harnessing Brain-Computer Interface to Assess Neural Activity”, at the Conference on Neurocognitive Development in Children: Science and Applications, November 6, 2009, Singapore.
  • Keynote speech “Brain Computer Interface with Robotics for Stroke Rehabilitation”, at the First Symposium, Towards an International Research and Education Center for Pioneering Rehabilitation Medical Engineering, September 20-23, 2009, Shanghai, China.
  • Invited talk “BCI-based Robotic Rehabilitation for Stroke”, at the IEEE EMBC Workshop Beyond Brain-Machine Interface: Motor, Cognitive and Virtual, September 2, 2009, Minneapolis, USA.