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Achievements of the IHPC Independent Investigators

The I³ Department records the achievements of its junior independent investigators to mark their progress towards wider peer recognition and growing visibility, and to promote a culture of intellectual accomplishment.

(For publications and other information, please visit the personal profiles of the independent investigators.)

Section I: Accolades & Distinctions

Section II: Recognitions and Highlights

December 2011
Yang Yinping has been invited to serve as Program Co-Chair (Special Projects) of the 14th International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC) 2012, which will be held from 7 to 8 August, 2012 in Singapore. The ICEC is a global forum for the exchange of new ideas related to emerging technologies and managerial practices in electronic commerce, IT services and mobile business. As a Program Co-Chair, Yinping will be coordinating with the conference leadership team, work on a portion of the academic research program that involves invited research papers, represent the Program Committee Co-Chairs in all matters regarding the Information Systems Community,and liaise with government research institutes worldwide.
October 2011
Mark Jhon has been invited to serve as Executive Co-Chair of the first International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials 2012 (ICYRAM) which will be held from 1 to 6 July, 2012 in Singapore. ICYRAM is a new initiative of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), hosted by the Materials Research Society-Singapore (MRS-S). It aims to provide a platform for researchers under the age of 40 to present technical findings of their research, to network within the international community of other young researchers, and to increase the breadth of their general-materials based knowledge.
Paulo Branicio has been invited to contribute a review chapter to a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience (JCTN) that will be devoted exclusively to theoretical and/or computational studies of silicon carbide (SiC). In his invitation letter, the Guest Editor of this Special Issue, Professor Asok K. Ray of the University of Texas at Arlington, stressed that a contribution by Paulo will be important for the success of this issue, given his unique expertise in the mechanical and structural properties of silicon carbide nanostructures.
September 2011
Quek Su Ying delivered an Invited Research Presentation at the 6th Conference of the Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS-6). The conference, jointly organized by the National University of Singapore, the Institute of Advanced Studies at Nanyang Technological University and the Materials Research Society of Singapore, was held from 6 to 9 September 2011 in Biopolis, Singapore. Su Ying described how her calculations on single-molecule junctions unified two distinct and independent experiments in molecular electronics, one measuring electronic conductance and one measuring thermopower. This is a first in the field of molecular electronics, which has traditionally been plagued by disagreements between experiments, and between experiments and theory.
July 2011
Dr. QUEK Su Ying Quek Su Ying delivered an Invited Presentation on her current research at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT), 2011, held from 26 June to 1 July in Singapore. ICMAT is a major biennial conference organized by the Materials Research Society of Singapore. Its invited speakers come from all over the world, and it attracts about 8000 participants. Su Ying gave an overview of her research on transport in single-molecule junctions. In particular, she presented the results from her collaboration with the experimental group led by Latha Venkataraman, in which both theory and experiment worked together to uncover the first mechanically-controlled binary single-molecule switch.

Section II: Recognitions and Highlights

January 2012
Yang Yinping has served on the Programme Committee for the 12th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation Conference (GDN2012), to be held in Recife, Brazil, May 20-24, 2012. The GDN conference series provides a stimulating environment for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of group decision and negotiation. Yinping coordinated the review of three papers on the topics of collaboration technologies and virtual teams.
December 2011
Yang Yinping has given two invited research seminars entitled "Is Software Agent Capable of Business Negotiation with Human? Theories and Empirical Findings of Human-Agent Negotiations in E-Commerce" at the School of Management, Fudan University on 2 December, 2011, hosted by Associate Professor Calvin Xu, and at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), hosted by Associated Professor Kenny Zhu on 5 December, 2011. The talks were part of Yinping's initiative to promote international exposure of her I³ research and to explore research collaboration with leading universities and the e-market industry in China.
November 2011
Rogerio Manica visited the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia from 14 to 18 November 2011 as an Invited Scientist and gave a research Seminar on "Interactions Involving Drops, Bubbles and Surfaces". The purpose of this invitation, extended by Professor David Fletcher, was to explore problems of common interest and to establish a research collaboration aiming at the experimental validation of models developed at IHPC by Rogerio and his team. Dr Raghvendra Gupta, who has been a PhD and postdoctoral researcher in the U. of Sidney group over the past 5 years, will join IHPC early January 2012 to work with Rogerio on his I³ project.
Narjes Gorjizadeh, a post-doctoralfellow working with IHPC Independent Investigator Quek Su Ying, won the Best Poster Award at the A*STAR Chemistry Symposium on November 10, 2011, held at Biopolis, Singapore. The poster was about the interface dependence of magnetoresistance in single-molecule junctions with well-defined gold contacts. She predicted that Iron-Gold-Molecule-Gold-Iron junctions were promising organic spintronic junctions with large, tunable, tunneling magnetoresistance and well-defined contacts (unlike existing junctions with molecules bonded to reactive magnetic substrates).
October 2011
Yang Yinping delivered an Invited Guest Lecture for a doctoral course of Contemporary Theories for Information Systems Research, at the School of Computing, the National University of Singapore, on 14 October, 2011. The topic was "Theoretical Development and Empirical Investigation of E-Negotiations Research". She has been invited as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer by Associate Professor John Lim for four consecutive years since 2007, to lecture on a range of topics including theorizing strategies in e-negotiations and social networking sites, and cultural issues in information systems research. According to Prof. Lim, Yinping's guest lectures were very beneficial to, and well received by, the students.
Koh Wee Shing has been invited to visit the Center for Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan from 16-25 October, 2011 as a Guest Scientist. His visit was hosted by Professor Chen Shih-Hung, of the Plasma Theory and Simulation Laboratory. Wee Shing presented a research lecture and tutorial on "Particle-in-cell Simulations for Plasmonics". The purpose of this visit was to exchange research results and to strengthen the existing collaboration between IHPC and NCU.
Rogerio Manica was invited to present a research seminar "On the shape of drops under static and dynamic conditions" on 5 October 2011 in the Department of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore. The host was Associate Professor Weiqing Ren, who has recently joined NUS and IHPC. Ren has research interests close to those of Rogerio on the deformation of drops and moving contact lines. The seminar invitation provided an opportunity for both researchers to explore future research collaboration and joint projects.
September 2011
Rogerio Manica, Quek Su Ying, Yang Yinping and five other IHPC researchers were nominated as role models for young researchers and "ambassadors" for the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) by Dr. Raj Thampuran, its Executive Director. SERC will tap their talents and skills to promote Science and Engineering, and R&D, as a desirable calling and ideal career of choice for future scientists. As a start, SERC Corporate Communications has organized photo-shooting sessions that aim to strengthen the brand image of SERC as a vibrant and dynamic research community through bright talents.
William Wai-Leung Yim has been invited to visit the Department of Chemistry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14 September 2011 as a Guest Scientist. His visit was hosted by Professor Zhifeng Liu. William presented a research lecture on "Characterization of Materials from First Principles". The purpose of this visit was to discuss common research interests and to exchange information on the respective research activities at IHPC and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Yang Yinping has served as a Programme Committee Member for the 21st Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS2011), to be held in Shanghai, China, December 3-4, 2011. WITS is a leading technical forum for discussion and interaction among scholars with research interests in the cutting edge issues of information technologies and systems. Yinping coordinated the review of four papers on the topics around Cloud service, benchmarking and pricing issues.
August 2011
Rogerio Manicahas been invited to visit the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research In Mainz, and the Center for Smart Interfaces in Darmstadt, Germany from 29 August to 2 September 2011 as a Guest Scientist and gave two research Seminars on "Interactions involving Drops and Bubbles", one at each location. His hosts were Professor Hans-Jürgen Butt and Dr. Elmar Bonaccurso. The purpose of this visit was to explore and identify possible areas of common interest in view of establishing future research collaboration.
June 2011
William Wai-Leung Yim has been invited to spend two weeks as a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His visit was hosted by Professor John Tse. The purpose of this visit was to kick off a joint research project on Electronic Band Structure Computations of Correlated Systems. In return, William hosted Professor Tse at IHPC during two weeks in June and one week in September 2011 to collaborate on joint research projects.
April 2011
Quek Su Ying presented an Invited Seminar on her current research at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on 14 April, 2011. Su Ying gave an introduction to her research on transport through single-molecule junctions in a language accessible to undergraduates.
Rogerio Manica has been invited to visit the Ian Wark Institute at the University of South Australia from 18 to 21 April 2011 as a Guest Scientist and gave a research Seminar on "Drops and Bubbles". The purpose of this invitation, extended by John Ralston, Laureate Professor of Physical Chemistry and Minerals Processing, was to explore how the theoretical capabilities developed by Rogerio at IHPC could be interfaced with the experimental work led by Professor Ralston. The exchanges resulted in a collaborative research project with the Institute's Dr. Marta Krasowska on the interaction between bubbles and surfaces.


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