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The world is exploding with information at an exponential rate propelled by the proliferation of internet, cloud computing, ubiquitous technologies, smart gadgets, and mobile and wearable devices. With augmented reality technology, our reality is being enhanced with a myriad of multi-modal information and computer-generated imagery, so much so that it becomes synonymous with our lives. Our surrounding is now an illustrious world with rich content of floating text, graphics, video, etc., only seen in movies in the 90s.
This lecture presents the research by the speaker and his group. It traces the progress of augmented reality from markers to markerless, indoor to outdoor, and smart ubiquitous interfaces, and addresses real-life design and engineering applications to facilitate learning, enhance productivity, and provoke creativity. The lecture also examines how AR will continue to shape our future and what is in store for Singapore.
Andrew Y C Nee, a full professor at NUS since 1989, received his PhD and DEng from UMIST and is a pioneering leader in manufacturing research and education in Singapore as well as in the international arena. He has contributed to the fundamental and applied research in the design of molds, dies and fixtures, manufacturing simulation using virtual and augmented reality, and more recently, product and process design in sustainable manufacturing. Currently, he serves on 22 editorial boards of refereed journals in the field of manufacturing. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s longstanding International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in February 2014. He has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 250 papers in conference proceedings and has authored and edited 12 books and 23 book chapters. He has graduated 40 PhD and 43 Masters students by research. Some of the awards include the IEEE Kayamori Award in 1999, IJPR Norman A Dudley Award in 2003 and IMechE Joseph Whitworth Prize in 2009. He has delivered over 20 keynote addresses in major conferences worldwide, the most recent being the IFAC conference held in St. Petersburg in June 2013.
He has served in many tertiary and government organizations such as the then National Science and Technology Board as its Deputy Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council, Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance, CEO of the Design Technology Institute (joint institute with TU Eindhoven). Other organizations include the Singapore Science Centre Board, Nanyang Poly Governing Board, Ngee Ann Poly Council, Defence Science and Technology Board, IES Council, and Professional Engineers Board. In NUS, he had served as Head of Mechanical Engineering, Dean of Engineering, Director of the Office of Quality Management, Dean of Admissions and Director of Research Administration.
In 2002, he was awarded the Doctor of Engineering Degree by his alma mater, the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology for achievements and impactful research in the areas of manufacturing engineering. He was honored with the Engineering Leadership Award by NUS in 2012. Under his leadership, his research team has worked on computer-aided mold design leading to the setting up of a university spin-off company Manusoft Technologies Pte Ltd and the development of IMOLD. He and the team’s effort in metal stamping progressive die design had won them the National Technology Award in 2002. He received the National Day Award Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2007.
He holds honorary professorship from five universities in China: Tianjin, BUAA, NUAA, Shanghai, and HUST. He is a recipient of the SME's Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1982, Fellow of SME (1990) and Fellow of CIRP (1990). He is a Founding Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore, and served as President of CIRP (2011-2012), the International Academy for Production Engineering. He is the first ethnic Chinese in the world to hold this position since CIRP was established in 1951 in Paris.
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