Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Er Meng Hwa

Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Director, Centre for Information Sciences and Systems, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Prof Er Meng Hwa

Professor Er Meng Hwa has had a long and distinguished history of academic and administrative service to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in various high level positions in his 33 years of academic career with the University.

Choosing to study for a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree with the National University of Singapore, he graduated with first class honours in 1981 and worked for Hewlett Packard Singapore Pte Ltd as a Production Engineer before continuing on to study for a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering under a University of Newcastle postgraduate research scholarship.

Following the completion of his PhD studies in 1985, he joined Nanyang Technological Institute, which later became Nanyang Technological University, as a lecturer and has progressed through several key management and leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to his current role as Senior Advisor in the President’s Office, his positions included Assistant to the President, founding Director of the Centre for Signal Processing, founding Director of NTU’s Satellite Engineering Programme, Vice-Dean and Dean of School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dean of College of Engineering, Deputy President, Acting Provost, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Provost, Senior Associate Provost, and Vice President (International Affairs).

His illustrious career has been characterised by outstanding contributions to education, research, management and public service, all of which have combined to see him receive a number of significant honours for his work. These honours include being the first Singaporean and first academic in Asia to be conferred the prestigious title of Honorary Fellow by the London-based Institution of Electrical Engineers in 2005. Significantly, in 2016, he was named one of the world’s 126 most influential engineers –and the only Singaporean in this group – by Britain’s Institution of Engineering and Technology. In 2017, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, the most significant and prestigious award by the University of Newcastle in recognition of his illustrious list of achievements and contributions to his field. For his outstanding contributions to education, engineering research and public service over a sustained period of 30 years, he was awarded the IES-IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence 2015. He was also conferred the prestigious Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence 2016 by the University of Newcastle in recognition of an outstanding record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice. He was awarded a Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2006 for his significant contribution to the growth and international standing of NTU.

His outstanding contribution to engineering, education and public service is underpinned by an impressive research track record in the fields of array signal processing, satellite communications, computer vision and optimisation techniques. Throughout his career to date, he has secured and completed a total of 24 research projects with a cumulative grant value of approximately S$21 million and has published over 250 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. He also holds 5 patents.

As a leader in his field, Prof Er has edited technical journals and chaired several international conferences including the 15th World Conference on Cooperative Education in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA, a registered Professional Engineers in Singapore and an ASEAN chartered Professional Engineer. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations in 2006, elected as a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology in 2009, and a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore in 2014. He is also a recipient of the 2001 Institution of Engineers, Singapore, Prestigious Engineering Award.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) for S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) for ST Electronics (Satellite Systems) and National Institute of Education (NIE) International. His previous Board's activities include NIE Council member, Singapore Polytechnic's BoG, School Sports School's BoD and several Singaporean companies. He had served on numerous committees at the national level and chaired the National Technology Award Selection Committee in 1999 to 2000. He also served as a member of the Professional Engineers Broad of Singapore and chaired its Professional Examinations Committee.

Internationally, he has been invited by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board for the University of Oman Project. He chairs the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) League, a consortium comprising Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Tsinghua University. He has been invited to be a member of Judging Panel for the Global Teaching Excellence Award 2018 by the Higher Education Academy. He served as the Secretary General of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech) from 2011 to 2015. The Alliance comprising 10 top technological universities from USA, Europe and Asia aims to boost academic exchange and leverage technology to meet global challenges. He was invited to serve as Tokyo Tech Advisor for Education by Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3), a consortium-based exchanged programme for undergraduate engineering students to study abroad and carry out internships worldwide under the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York.

He has been a regular speaker at several international conferences and summits including THE Young Universities Summit 2017, Brisbane, Australia; Inaugural THE Research Excellence Summit 2017, Taichung, Taiwan; the 12th QS-APPLE Conference 2016, Putrajaya, Malaysia; and the W100 Annual Conference 2015, Sydney, Australia..
Research Interests
1. Array Signal Processing
- Robust Broadband and Narrowband Beamforming Techniques
- Basic Array Theory & Pattern Synthesis Techniques
- Partially Adaptive Array Design
- Microphone Array Design
- Audio Beam Loudspeakers

2. Image Processing and Computer Vision
- Image Processing of VLSI Chips
- Images Resolution Enhancement Techniques
- Medical Imaging

3. Satellite Communications
- LEO Satellite Communications Technology

4. Optimization Techniques
- Constrained and Unconstrained Optimization Techniques

5. DSP Applications & Implementations
- Surround Sound System
- RSA Cryptosystem
- Microphone Array
- Audio Beam Loudspeakers

Secured and completed a total of 24 research projects with an accumulative grant of $20,873,595.
Selected Publications
  • W.S.Gan, J Yang, K S Tan, M H Er. (2006). A Digital Beamsteerer for Difference Frequency in Parametric Array. IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing, 14, 1018-1025.
  • Y M Li and M H Er. (2006). Theoretical Analysis of Gain and Phase Errors Calibration with Optimal Implementation for Linear Equi-spaced Array. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 54(2), 712 - 723.
  • Z. L. Yu and M. H. Er. (2005). An improved array steering vector estimation method and its application in speech enhancement. Applied Signal Processing, 2005(18), 2930-2937.
  • Er Meng Hwa, Cantoni A. (1990). A Unified Approach to the Design of Robust Narrowband Antenna Array Processors. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 38(1), 17-23.
  • Er Meng Hwa, Cantoni A. (1983). Derivative Constraints for Broadband Element Space Antenna Array Processors. IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ASSP-31(6), 1378-1393.

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