NTU-Delta Electronics to Expand Joint Research in Smart Technologies


Delta-NTU Corp Lab already have 15 projects to enhance learning technologies by integrating computation and networking processes

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Delta Electronics are expanding their research efforts in innovative manufacturing processes, improving learning and living experiences.

The S$45 million Delta – NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems was launched in 2016 with the support of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The partners are opening a second laboratory space to accommodate the expansion of research activities.

NTU-Delta lab develops universal smart navigation system

Moreover, the joint lab has developed solutions such as a universal smart navigation system where logistics robots autonomously move goods around factory floors. It is one of the 12 corporate labs supported by the NRF which facilitates the setting up of corporate labs via public-private partnerships.

The expanded lab already has 15 projects which aim to improve and streamline industry processes. These projects enhance learning technologies by integrating computation, networking and physical processes or what is known as cyber-physical systems.
Apart from the smart navigation kit, the researchers have also developed a reconfigurable testbed that will allow factories to digitise and change their production line processes quickly.

This is said to be beneficial for manufacturing plants as they can quickly adapt to changes and continue to develop innovative products. These technologies are test-bedded on NTU’s Smart Campus which is home to a wide range of innovations developed with leading industry partners.

Why Delta electronics?

Delta Electronics CEO, Mr Cheng Ping, said, “Delta has a rich history and great success in collaborating with academia, a value continuously promoted and supported by our founder Mr Bruce Cheng. As a corporate citizen, we truly believe that cultivating talent and nurturing innovation are the keys to a sustainable future.”

Since 2016, the Delta-NTU Corp Lab has filed five patent submissions, secured two licenses and published about 50 papers. It also supports more than 60 NTU research staff and graduate students, as well as scientists and engineers from the Delta Research Centre in Singapore.

Low Teck Seng, NRF CEO Professor said, “Researchers at the Delta-NTU Corporate Laboratory have made headway in the development of advanced robotics and sensor technologies that can automate operations and improve productivity in our manufacturing and logistics companies. We believe that companies need to embrace the latest technologies to stay competitive in today’s economy and we look forward to see how the technologies developed in this lab can be adopted by companies to improve processes and generate more returns.”

Enhancing working and learning experiences

The innovations developed by the Corp Lab are commonly referred to as cyber-physical systems which combine physical objects and virtual systems to create a networked world of intelligent cyber-physical elements interacting through the Internet. The research projects focus on four broad research areas including smart manufacturing, smart learning, smart living and smart commercialisation.

Under the Smart Manufacturing Track, the universal smart navigation kit for portable robots known as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can be deployed in various industrial environments. They use sensors, and magnetic tapes or QR codes on the floor to move materials and goods around a manufacturing facility or warehouse. The research team is currently working with NTU’s College of Professional and Continuing Education to explore more ways to provide lifelong learning opportunities for industry professionals.