Members of the Applied Complexity Group

Roland Bouffanais


Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Principal Investigator

Dr. Roland Bouffanais is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He is the Principal Investigator at the Applied Complexity Group.

He received his Ph.D. from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in computational science for which he was awarded the prestigious IBM Research Prize in Computational Sciences (2008), and the ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award Silver Medal (2007). He has been a postdoctoral fellow and associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and still is a research associate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Bouffanais has worked in a number of areas of nonlinear physics and computational science, including nonlinear dynamical systems, turbulence, and emergent collective dynamics. Recently, his research activity focuses on interdisciplinary applications at the intersection between complexity, network science, control theory, machine learning, and multi-agent systems.

Bouffanais has published 100+ peer-reviewed papers in top rated scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has recently authored a monograph titled “Design and Control of Swarm Dynamics”, published by Springer in their Complexity Series in 2016. Bouffanais has also published numerous Opinion Pieces and Op-Eds in various newspapers in Asia, Europe and North America. His full list of publications is available here.

Honors & Awards
→ Outstanding Paper Award – IEEE MRS 2019 (Rutgers University NJ, US, 2019)
→ SG Mark (Good Design Award) – Swarm Robots ORION, Singapore Design Council (2019)
→ Outstanding Education Award – Singapore University of Technology and Design (2019)
→ Best Paper Award – ASME-IDETC 2018 (Québec, Canada, 2018)
→ Invitation to give the ILIAS Distinguished Lecture (University of Luxembourg, 2018)
→ Peer-Review Award (Top Reviewer Assorted Fields) – Publons (2018)
→ Visiting Scholar Invitation – CPU Cluster of Excellence, University of Bordeaux (2015)
→ IMACS 2008 Most Successful Papers Award, in App. Num. Math. (2008)
→ IBM Research Prize in Computational Sciences: “Exceptional quality in Doctoral thesis work” (2008)
→ Finalist EPFL Best Doctoral Thesis (2008)
→ ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award: “Best European Doctoral thesis on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion”: Silver medal (2007)
→ Swiss National Science Foundation, Prospective Researcher Fellowship (2007)

Mohammadreza Chamanbaz

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Mohammadreza Chamanbaz was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1985. In 2008 he received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, Iran. In 2014 he received his PhD from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore in control science. He was with Data Storage Institute, Singapore as research scholar from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017, he was postdoctoral research fellow in Singapore University of Technology and Design. He was Assistant Professor in Arak University of Technology, Arak, Iran from Jan 2017 to Jan 2019. He is now senior research fellow in iTrust Center for Research in Cyber Security, Singapore. He is a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Aspects of Control System Design (CACSD). His research activities are mainly focused on probabilistic and randomized algorithms for analysis and control of uncertain systems, convex optimization, robust control, distributed optimization and control and secure control of cyber-physical systems.

Elias J. Willemse

Research Fellow

Dr. Elias J. Willemse is a Research Fellow at Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. Professional industrial engineer with experience in consulting and research. Areas of interest are Waste Collection and Transportation Management, and transportation optimisation.

Subfields of interest and expertise include Operations Research, Analytics, Data Science, Visualisation, and general industrial engineering modelling. Tools of choice are Python, R and LaTeX.

Niladri S. Tripathy

Research Fellow

Dr. Niladri S. Tripathy completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and Master Degree in Mechatronics Engg. in 2009 and 2011, respectively. After completion of his Master’s degree, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in IIT Delhi from 2011 to 2012. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. (Electrical Engg.) degree from IIT Delhi. Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His research interests include Control Techniques for Cyber-Physical System, Mechatonics and Application of Control Theory in Computing.

Maryam Kouzehgar

Research Fellow

Dr. Maryam Kouzehgar is a post-doctoral research fellow with Computationally Intensive Design Lab at SUTD-MIT International Design Center (IDC).
I’m currently focused on swarming behaviors oriented with several learning schemes on multi-agent systems while before joining IDC, I was with SUTD ROAR (Robotics and Automation Research) lab involved in intelligent path-planning and improving autonomy of self-reconfigurable robots.
Generally, my current research interests include robotics and vision-based control, engineering applications of fuzzy logic and bio-inspired intelligent optimization techniques, swarm intelligence, reinforcement learning, and deep learning. I mostly focus on the development of novel techniques in intelligent systems and their application in often interdisciplinary contexts.
In this regard, it is worth mentioning that my Ph.D. thesis was about fuzzy signaling games of deception between fuzzily ant-inspired deceptive robots with interactive learning.

Wei Chien, Benny CHIN 陳威全

Research Fellow

Dr. Benny Chin is a geographical information scientist who runs analyses on maps. During his job as a research assistant and during his M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies, I joined the Lab for Geospatial Computational Science Lab in Department of Geography, National Taiwan University, where he worked on some human movement studies (in a Smart City Project), and disease diffusion network studies. Dr. Benny Chin is particularly interested in human mobility and joined the Applied Complexity Group to work on problems of human dynamics at the interface between complexity science and smart cities.

Hian Lee KWA

Ph.D. Candidate

Hian Lee is a Ph.D. student at SUTD and is also a research engineer at Thales. He received his MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Surrey (United Kingdom). His Master dissertation was on metamaterials with negative stiffness. His previous experience includes designing traction control systems for Formula Student cars and developing an automated firefighting drone. Prior to SUTD, Hian Lee has worked at A*STAR and Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France).
Areas of Interest: Fuzzy Logic Systems, Swarm Intelligence, Additive Manufacturing.

Jabez Leong KIT

Ph.D. Candidate

Jabez is a Ph.D. student from the Engineering & Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He graduated in September 2016, with a degree of Bachelor of Engineering (EPD), focused on Aerospace Engineering. Jabez works on distributed computation for multi-robot systems and swarm robotic systems. Jabez is part of the team that was awarded the IEEE-MRS 2019 Outstanding Paper Award.
Areas of Interest: Multi-Robot Systems, Collective Computing, Swarm Intelligence.

Nikolaj Horsevad

Ph.D. Candidate

Nikolaj is a Ph.D. student from the Engineering & Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science form Aalborg University (Denmark). Here his work mainly revolved around Control Theory. He now studies the design of artificial swarming systems, with emphasis on the effects the network structure has on the systems emergent collective behavior, using mainly tools from Control Theory and Network Science. He uses a combination of experiments and analytical models in his study of network structures.
Areas of interest: Swarming systems, Network Sciense, Control.

Ajaykumar (Ajay) Manivannan

Ph.D. Candidate

Ajay is a PhD candidate in SUTD specializing in Urban science under Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar. His doctoral work is focused on emergent mobility patterns in vertical cities. He worked as Research Assistant from 2016-2018 in Applied Complexity Group (ACG) on control of complex networks and computational social science involving social networks and mobility patterns. His Master dissertation was titled ‘Leader-follower networked system under distributed consensus dynamic’. He graduated in 2016 with Master’s degree on Aerospace Engineering from NTU, Singapore and TUM, Germany.  His previous works with NTU, Singapore includes CFD analysis of turbochargers, heat transfer analysis on micro-gas turbines and developing active flow control techniques for aircraft wings.

Area of Interest: Network science, Urban complexity, Computation social science, Fluid mechanics.

Sreetej Lakkam

Ph.D. Candidate

Sreetej is a Ph.D. student from the Engineering & Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received his Master of Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Technische Universität Munchën (TUM), Germany in Aerospace Engineering. He was awarded ‘Best Dissertation award’ for his master thesis work on ‘Numerical studies on aircraft wake vortices on airport runways’.
His doctoral work mainly involves turbulent flow systems, with a focus on the prediction of non-linear system dynamics. He works on interdisciplinary problems involving fluid flow simulations and application of machine learning techniques. He enjoys researching for novel advancements in AI that can be applied to his research in fluid dynamics.
His areas of interest include Machine learning, Turbulent flows, Sequence prediction models, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and his tools of choice are Python, Matlab, Fortran, LaTeX

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