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Research Institutes

  • ​​​​​Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE)
    The Launched on 6 May 2016, ARISE is a pan-university institute that supports multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research at NTU focusing on ageing-related research, programmes and activities. ARISE’s vision, ‘Empowering the ageing community, Improving the quality of life’, corresponds to the Institute’s four research thrusts namely: (i) Ageing Medicine; (ii) Social Integration and Education; (iii) Ageing-in-Place; and (iv) Care & Lifestyle Enhancement. The outcomes of the research thrusts aim to lead to a healthy, active and engaged ageing community with reduced economic and social costs, through research, education and translational/implementation efforts.

  • Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI)
    The Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI) in Singapore was established by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 5 February 2013. The ATMRI is Singapore’s first institute dedicated to research and development (R&D) in Air Traffic Management (ATM). As a key element of the initiative to build Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for ATM, the ATMRI envisions to be a renowned research institute, finding innovative solutions, and catalysing an ATM transformation in the region. Beyond generating knowledge and know-how, the ATMRI undertakes the mission to build and nurture intellectual human capital to ensure a sustainable pipeline of research manpower for ATM R&D in Singapore and beyond.

  • ​Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU)
    The ​Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) serves as an activity and technology incubator for researching and transforming learning in higher education. It aims to enhance learning by developing effective technologies, mindful learning environments, and motivating activity designs that are supported by empirical research. To achieve these ends, CRADLE@NTU engages with students, professionals, and the teaching community to identify research needs, support development opportunities, and diffuse research outcomes. 

  • Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre​ (CoNiC)
    CoNiC is an NTU research centre servicing the whole NTU research community and focusing on the exploration of the human brain's structure and functions, with special regard to its normal and pathological cognitive functions. It is located in Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) at NTU's Yunnan Garden Campus. With state of the art neuroimaging modalities, including a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, a Siemens 0T MRI scanner, an Elekta Triux MEG scanner as well as EEG, eye/retina OCT, TMS, TDCS, NIRS and hyperimaging devices, CoNiC provides researchers both at and outside NTU with functional-structural mapping of the human brain. ​​​

  • Cyber Security Research Centre @ NTU (CYSREN)
    The Cyber Security Research Centre @ NTU (CYSREN) has been established to direct the University’s multi-disciplinary research and development capabilities towards cybersecurity, and to serve as a unified point of contact to represent NTU’s cyber security community. In particular, CYSREN will leverage on NTU’s core competencies in the various areas including Engineering, Exact Sciences, International Studies and Business. The current focus areas at CYSREN include Security by design, Cyber-threat detection and attack attribution, Cyber / Cyber-enabled Crime and Forensics and a holistic approach towards Cyber-security.

  • Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERIAN)
    The Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERIAN) will focus on the areas of sustainable energy, energy efficiency and infrastructure, and socio-economic aspects of energy research. Research activities and considerable expertise in these areas exists within NTU’s research centres and schools. ERIAN will provide a unique platform, where the various disciplines such as materials, power electronics and systems, biological, physical, social sciences, as well as humanities and business communities can interact to explore new solutions to a host of issues including energy generation, harnessing, storage, distribution, efficiency, as well as impact on climate change and global warming.
  • Insitute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI)
    The Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI) aims to be the thought leader in understanding pan-Asian consumer needs and preferences. It also aims to conduct research and education programmes which help firms innovate products and services that meet the needs of consumers across the region. As a national institute, ACI will work with other local universities and NTU's academic partners in the region. It will also engage business-to-consumer (B2C) companies to develop capability for 'future-casting' pan-Asian consumer behaviour and research methodology.

  • Institute for Media Innovation (IMI)
    The Institute for Media Innovation is formed within the symbiosis of Media Systems Research and Media Content Research to create Intelligent Media. The research in the Institute will focus on the mega-trends in interactive and digital media research today - 'next generation multimedia search', advanced 'intelligence' in media, autonomous virtual actors, innovative digital cinema and television, enhanced media technology and novel media formats.

  • Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM)
    The ICRM is an amalgamation of research expertise in engineering, earth sciences, business and risk assessment contributing towards an open worldwide standard for calculating and communicating risks associated with earthquakes, typhoons, and floods as well as possible amplification of such risks through climate change.
    • Natural Hazard Research Centre

  • Institute for Sports Research (ISR)
    ISR aims to be a world class sports R&D institute for sports research and innovation and the leading research institution in the Asia-Pacific region. Be recognized by the sports industry as a world class sports innovation center delivering true innovative products design and technologies impacting the consumer market and sports practices. ISR envisions a multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborative environment where researchers, engineers and scientists interact with industry partners, elite athletes and healthcare professionals as well as with economists and social scientists. It is distinct with the following features:
    • Excellence in sports technology research
    • Materials innovation
    • Western / Asian-centric innovation
    • Application development with end user

  • Maritime Institute @ NTU (MI@NTU)
    The institute aims to establish a broad-based maritime education and research platform at NTU by leveraging on NTU’s core competencies and partnering the industry; thereby supporting Singapore’s aspiration to be a global maritime knowledge hub.

  • Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI)
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) reinforced its leadership position in environment and water technologies (EWT) when it officially launched the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI). NEWRI is an ‘eco-system’ of research groups, centres and institutes which provides a contiguous value chain from education and research through translation, development and application. It unifies NTU’s EWT efforts and serves as a one-stop centre for industry and research partners to access NTU’s EWT capabilities.       
  • NTU Institute for Health Technologies (HealthTech NTU)
    NTU Institute for Health Technologies (HealthTech NTU) is an initiative of the Future Healthcare Peak of Excellence – one of the five strategic peaks defined in the NTU 2015 Strategic Plan. Building on NTU’s existing strengths in engineering and business, the goal of HealthTech NTU is to provide a cross-disciplinary platform for engineers, scientists and clinicians to work together and develop new technologies that provide solutions to important problems in human health and medicine. HealthTech NTU synergises the various biomedical and bioengineering-related research projects within CoE and CoS, as well as increases the interaction of these research groups with other Colleges and Schools in NTU, including Nanyang Business School, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. HealthTech NTU is also geared up to collaborate with industrial partners as it strives to offer engineering-enabled solutions for medicine, health and healthcare in order to spur the creation and growth of the local medical device industry.

  • NTU Institute of Structural Biology (NISB)
    NISB is a new initiative that will serve to integrate Structural Biology research across NTU to address important questions in biology and human diseases. NISB aims to enhance the research capabilities at NTU by providing the appropriate infrastructure and equipment to enable the best research. NISB works closely with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, School of Biological Sciences and SCELSE on strategic areas focusing on chromosomal biology & health, synthetic biology, metabolic & genetic Diseases, infectious diseases, neurobiology and drug discovery & design.

  • Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS)
    Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) is an S$100,000,000 collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and National Healthcare Group (NHG). RRIS was conceptualized through years of strong collaborative research in rehabilitation between NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Institute of Mental Health (IMH). As RRIS is established against the backdrop of a rapidly ageing Singapore society that expects a high quality healthcare system which delivers highly effective and productive services, it is expected to play a significant role in facilitating more collaborative rehabilitation researches at a national, if not, regional level. RRIS envisions becoming a world-class institute with focus on interdisciplinary research and innovation in rehabilitation science and technology for quality healthcare delivery. With a strong tripartite partnership between clinicians, scientists and engineers, RRIS encourage frequent interactions between the three parties as well as facilitate meaningful engagement of potential industry partners. Leveraging on world class research outcomes from NTU and A*STAR as well as strong industry relations from TTSH’s Centre for Advanced Rehabilitation Therapeutics (CART), RRIS is well positioned to create an ecosystem which synergizes all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, academic and research institutions, industry and community.

  • The NTU Complexity Institute
    The Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University is a center for transdisciplinary research and teaching on complexity and complex adaptive systems. We study how interactions within a system and its environment generate its dynamical patterns of behavior.

    The institute came into existence in April 2014, with the goal of becoming a global center for complexity research. Located in Singapore on the campus of Asia’s fastest rising young universities, the Institute is organized to facilitate transdisciplinary team-based science.

  • The Photonics Institute
    The Photonics Institute is the culmination of intense preparatory work spanning several years between NTU and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, along with support from various institutions such as A*STAR, DSO and EDB, in order to establish in Singapore a world-leading centre in photonics technology research.

    Representing the next phase of the trend for globalisation of research, the newly-established institute is led by a triumvirate of world-class directors, namely Professor Sir David Payne, Professor Tjin Swee Chuan and Professor Nikolay Zheludev, consolidating fragmented centres of excellence at NTU in relation to research under photonics. At present, 5 key centres come under the umbrella of this institute:  
    The institute also features affiliated centres and programmes, such as:  
    At TPI, we aim to establish a cradle of scholarship, research and innovation - making the transition from fundamental science to applied science.

  • Singapore Phenome Centre (SPC)
    Singapore Phenome Centre, officially launched in 2015, is a unique Interdisciplinary Research Platform established to enhance research capability and explore new synergy for the newly formed NTU Integrated Medical, Biological and Environmental Life Science (NIMBELS) cluster of NTU. SPC is co-funded by NTU, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE). SPC aims provide high quality metabolic profiling data and expert analyses to broad range of customers from biological, medical and environmental settings in Singapore and beyond, using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and NMR spectroscopy.