Professor YEO Kiat Seng (M’00–SM’09–F’16) received his B.Eng. (EE) in 1993, and Ph.D. (EE) in 1996 both from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Currently, he is Chairman of the University Research Board and Associate Provost for International Relations at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He has over 30 years of experience in industry, academia, and consultancy. Before joining SUTD, he was Full Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; and spent 13 years in management positions as Associate Chair (Research), Head of Circuits and Systems and Sub-Dean (Students Affairs). Professor Yeo was also a Fellow of the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) and served as Senator and Advisory Board Member at NTU. He has made many outstanding contributions to advance Singapore’s education and research ambitions over the course of his career. As the Founding Director of VIRTUS, a S$52 million IC Design Centre of Excellence jointly set up by NTU and Singapore Economic Development Board, he contributed extensively to the economic development of integrated circuit design in Singapore by leading multidisciplinary research, with a focus on industry collaboration. In 2016, he initiated the FIRST (Fostering Industrial Research Success Together) Industry Workshop at SUTD. Today, it is a flagship event with an attendance of over 1,000 professionals from the industry. In 2018, he was appointed Chairman of the University Research Board at SUTD. Since 1996, he has been providing consultancy services to statutory boards, local SMEs, and multinational corporations in the areas of electronics and IC design.

Professor Yeo has secured over S$70M of research funding as Principal Investigator from various funding agencies and the industry since 2000. He is the author of 10 books, 7 book chapters and has published over 600 top-tier refereed journal and conference papers in his area of research and holds 38 patents, including 2 patents for the world’s smallest integrated transformer, a patent for the world’s smallest integrated filter for 60GHz standard, the inventor of several high Q-factor RF spiral inductors and co-inventor of quite a few novel circuit techniques for 5G wireless communication and RF/mm-wave IC applications. Nearly all his patents have been assigned to companies for commercial purposes. His most popular books include “CMOS Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits for Next Generation Wireless Communication Systems” (World Scientific Publishing, 2019), “Low-Voltage, Low-Power VLSI Subsystems” (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2005), and “CMOS/BiCMOS ULSI: Low-Voltage, Low-Power” (Prentice Hall, 2002). The latter was translated to Chinese version and became an ever-popular foreign textbook in China. He is also the principal author of Integrated Circuit Design Research Ranking for Worldwide Universities 2008 and World University Research Rankings (WURR) 2020.

Internationally, Professor Yeo is a Council Member for the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council (SZETC), Singapore’s primary focal point for the Subcommittee on Microelectronics and IT (SCMIT) under the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), a Member of the MIT-SUTD Collaboration Governing Board, Co-Chair of SUTD-UIUC Advanced Digital Sciences Centre Steering Committee (Trusted and Secure Cyber Plexus Programme), a Member of the Singapore-ETH Centre Steering Committee (Future Cities Laboratory, Global), and an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Electronics/Circuit and Signal Processing.

Nationally, Professor Yeo is a Distinguished Visiting Academician to Changi General Hospital (CGH), Chairman of NRF’s Virtual Singapore Competency Programme Steering Committee, Chairman of NRF’s National Satellite of Excellence (NSoE) in Design Science & Technology for Secure Critical Infrastructure (DeST-SCI) Steering Committee, a Member of the SUTD-SingHealth Regional Health System Steering Committee, a Member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Expert Panel for School of Engineering, an Advisor to Hwa Chong Institution’s Board of Integrated Programme, a Member of SIA Engineering Company Technology Advisory Committee, a Member of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association Complex Equipment Consortium, a Member of A*STAR’s Microelectronics 2.0 (ME2.0) Task Force, a Member of Huawei Singapore Research Centre (SRC) Advisory Committee, a Member of President’s Science Award (PSA) Selection Committee, a Member of Singapore Institutional Research Integrity Officers Network (SIRION), a Member of National Supercomputing Centre Singapore (NSCC) Steering Committee, a Member of National Addictive Manufacturing Steering Committee, a Member of A*STAR Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Review Committee, and a Distinguished Academic of Republic Polytechnic. He has also served as Chairman, Co-Chair and Member of several national/society as well as industry/professional services. Professor Yeo was a Member of Board of Advisors of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association, a Council Member of the Assembly & Test WSQ Framework Industry Skills and Training of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, and Chairman of Engineering Science Advisory Committee at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

At SUTD, Professor Yeo is a Member of the Management Board of Temasek Laboratories, Co-Chair of SUTD-Keysight Collaboration Committee, a Member of ST-Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Lab Steering Committee, a Member of Changi General Hospital (CGH)-SUTD Steering Committee, Lead Chair of CGH-SUTD Research & Innovation Subcommittee, a Member of URA-SUTD Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, Co-Chair of SUTD-LTA Transport Research Centre (TRC), Co-Chair of URA-SUTD Strategic Partnership Working Committee, and Chairman of Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD)’s Technology Translation Committee.

Professor Yeo is a world-renowned authority on low-power RF/mm-wave IC design and a recognized expert in CMOS technology. He is the first SUTD faculty to be conferred IEEE Fellowship with effect from 1 January 2016 for his contributions to low-power integrated circuit design. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. In 2020, he was recognized among the top 2% scientists worldwide by Stanford University in 2020. He is conferred Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) in 2021, Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering (SAEng) and Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) in 2022. The total number of SAEng and SNAS Fellows shall not, at any time, exceed 150 and 100 living persons, respectively.

For his academic work in modeling and employing parasitic BJTs (hybrid-mode devices) in deep submicrometer CMOS processes, Professor Yeo has invented, characterized, modeled, and fabricated several RF inductors, transformers, varactors and filters. For example, the transformers have been used to design a wide frequency-tuning-range CMOS 60 GHz VCO. He fabricated the world’s smallest on-chip low-pass filter with the broadest stopband up to 52 times the cut-off frequency, i.e., 110 GHz had been attained. The size of the filter is only 350 μm by 280 μm and its measured pass-band insertion loss is less than 2.2 dB. He has translated his research in low-power RF/mm-wave IC technology into solutions and commercial products. He is the principal inventor of the Virtus (chipset) which functions in the unlicensed 57 to 66 GHz band with time division duplexing. Fully compliant with IEEE 802.11ad standard, it is minimally 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth 2.0 with power consumption of less than 300 mW. Supporting 2.5 Gbps video streaming at 10m, this chipset features 36G/24G front-end transceiver architecture with carrier suppression and ultra-low unwanted emissions (US Patent 9083437) and power amplifier and linearization techniques using active and passive devices (US Patent 9130511). His publications hold several low-power RF integrated circuits and systems. His works in RF/mm-wave are shown in his four books.

Professor Yeo has supervised or trained more than 150 researchers and postgraduate students, many of whom are successful leaders in the industry and academia. He gave several keynotes and invited talks at various scientific conferences, meetings, workshops, and seminars. Furthermore, he served in the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and was one of the Guest Editors of Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers on Green Integrated Circuits and Systems from 2008 to 2010 and on Energy and Variability Aware Circuits and Systems from 2011 to 2013. He was a Series Editor of “Emerging Technologies in Circuits and Systems” in 2015. He is the Guest Editor of IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine on Nanotechnology for Nanowatt Integrated Circuits and Systems from 2021 to 2022 and Guest Editor of MDPI/Electronics on MMW Integrated Circuits and Systems for 5G Applications, Volume I and II from 2021 to 2023. He also holds/held key positions in many international conferences as Advisor, General Chair, Co-General Chair and Technical Chair. In 2009, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) on National Day by the President of the Republic of Singapore and the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award by NTU for his outstanding contributions to the university and society. In 2020, he was conferred the Long Service Medal on National Day by the President of the Republic of Singapore.

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