Dr. Liaw Hwee Choo
Dr. Liaw Hwee Choo received his B.Eng. degree (First Class Honours) in Electrical Engineering and M.Eng. degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 1992 and 1997, respectively. In 2005, he was awarded the Monash Graduate Scholarship and Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of micro/nano manipulation. In 2009, he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.
From 1992 to 1998, Hwee Choo was a video product engineer, a teaching assistant at NTU, and an R&D engineer in the Defence Science Organization (DSO) National Laboratories, Singapore. From 1998 to 2005, he was employed by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology as a senior research engineer. In 2009, he became a research fellow in the Robotics and Mechatronics Research Laboratory, Monash University. From 2009 to 2017, he was a senior lecturer in the Engineering Dean’s Office, National University of Singapore (NUS). From 2017 to 2018, he was a senior research fellow in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre and Temasek Laboratories at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Hwee Choo has published over 45 papers in international refereed journals and conferences. He has performed research and development in the areas of high-precision linear motion control, control of robot dynamics, mobile manipulation, and industrial automation. During his Ph.D. study, he also worked on the intelligent control of micro/nano manipulators. He has extended his interest into the development of microcontroller-based applications, micro/nano-satellite systems, 3D-printing machines, and mobile robot applications.
While at NUS, Hwee Choo was with the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC) supporting the Design-Centric Programme. In 2010, he guided the team from NUS that clinched the champion title (University/Poly Category) at the Amazing Science-X Challenge held in Singapore. From 2012 to 2015, he helped NUS student teams to achieve four top awards and two second prizes in the Singapore Space Challenge (Satellite Systems Category), organized by Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA).