Biography

Professor YEO Kiat Seng (M’00–SM’09–F’16) received the B.Eng. (EE) in 1993, and Ph.D. (EE) in 1996 both from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Currently, he is Associate Provost for Research and International Relations at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He has about 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 800 professionals from the industry. 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 was a Series Editor of “Emerging Technologies in Circuits and Systems”, author of 9 books, 7 book chapters and has 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. 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.

Currently, Professor Yeo is a Council Member for the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council (SZETC), a Member of the Management Board of Temasek Laboratories at SUTD, the Republic Polytechnic’s (RP) Distinguished Academic, 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 and an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Electronics/Circuit and Signal Processing. He has also contributed 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.

Professor Yeo is a world-renowned authority on low-power RF/mm-wave IC design, a recognized expert in CMOS technology and an IEEE Fellow 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.

Professor Yeo has supervised or trained more than 100 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 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.