NERI@Teh Tarik Event

Apr 2019


With the launch of NUS new Vision, Mission and Values statements in August 2018, NUS Senior Management have been engaging NUS community through a series of Teh Tarik Talks to raise awareness of the university’s aspiration to become a vital community, working together through innovation and enterprise for a better world.

On 12 April 2019, the Teh Tarik Talk came to T-Lab and NERI was invited to participate. Hosted by Prof Chen Tsuhan, Deputy President (Research and Technology) under the theme “Innovation and Impact”, NERI, showcased four of its ongoing innovative projects, relating to Environmental Surveillance and Detection, Food, Water and Energy Nexus, and Waste Management.


Project #1: Smart Water and Adaptive Technology and Internet of Water Monitoring Things.

The Smart Water Assessment Network (SWAN) is a cloud-enabled autonomous robotic technology developed to monitor raw water quality of various reservoirs in Singapore. They are designed to resemble real swans swimming in the natural surroundings while discreetly performing real-time field data collection for stakeholders, with the aid of smart sensors and water samplers.


Project #2: Development of Commercial Microbial Electrochemical Sensor System for the Detection of Heavy Metals and Cyanide in Used Water

Integrated Intelligent Biosensor (I2BioS) System is a real time system based on microbial electrochemical sensor technologies. The stand-alone unit collects and analyses heavy metals and cyanide in trade effluent wastewater and data is transmitted real-time via a telecommunications system


Project #3: Novel Integrated Agrotechnologies, Plant Nutrients and Microbials for Improved Production of Green Leafy Vegetables in Singapore.

This project aims at improving the productivity of leafy vegetables commonly consumed in Singapore through effective and novel use of agro-technologies and microbial solutions.


Project #4: Waste to Food

Technology on using food waste to grow vegetables: from anaerobic digestion to digestates. Food waste are collected and anaerobically digested to produce biogas, which can be used to provide electricity. The leftover digestates are rich in nutrients, and therefore can also be used to grow leafy vegetables