Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. The Biomedical Engineering Society (BES) Scientific Meeting is an annual symposium organized to provide a platform for students from junior colleges, polytechnics, undergraduate and graduate levels to interact, facilitating the sharing of biomedical engineering knowledge between individuals who share similar interests.

Besides allowing interaction among students, the event shall also provide opportunities for students to learn from academics and professionals in the biomedical engineering industry. This year, the BES 12th Scientific Meeting (BES12SM) in conjunction with IES Innovation Challenge for the Community will be hosted by National University of Singapore on 19th May 2018.

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Colin Tan
Chief Operating Officer
Endomaster Pte. Ltd.
Eric Loh
Chief Executive Officer


Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration starts at 8.00am)
Venue: National University of Singapore. Centre for Life Sciences (CeLS). 28 Medical Dr, Singapore 117456

Participation Categories

Presentations at BES12SM will be divided in the following categories
  • Junior College
  • Polytechnic
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Call for abstracts

BES12SM calls for abstract in ALL biomedical science/engineering related topics, including, but not limited to
  • Medical Devices
  • Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomechanics
  • Regenerative Medicine
Abstract submission is now closed

All participants at the BES Scientific Meeting are required to complete the registration process. The participation fees are specified in the table below.

Type Amount (SGD) Notes
BES Member (online registration) 10 Please use your email address that you provided when becoming a member (this is the one where you receive BES emails)
Non-BES Member (online registration with complimentary 1 year BES student membership) 20 If you choose this category, you will receive a complimentary BES student membership for 1 year
Non-BES Member (online registration) 20 Conference participation only
On-site registration 25 Registration on the day itself (19 May): cash payments at the registration desk or via credit/debit card online

Secure payment options through Pay-Pal are available. Major credit/debit cards accepted.

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Programme Overview on May 19th, 2018

Time Event Venue
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration Center of Life Science Lobby
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Address
by Professor James Goh, BES President
9:15 am – 9:45 am Keynote Lecture 1: Mr Colin Tan Auditorium
9:45 am – 10:30 am Participants & Judges Briefing Respective seminar rooms
Tea Break Center of Life Science Lobby
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oral Presentation Session 1
Poster Presentation 1
Design Competition
Respective seminar rooms
12:30 pm – 200 pm Lunch Center of Life Science Lobby
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote Lecture 2: Mr Eric Loh Auditorium
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Award presentation + End Auditorium

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community (2018)

In 2001, the Community Service Committee (CSC) of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) mooted the idea of organising a competition for engineering students to design and build devices and systems to help the elderly and the handicapped. Through this success, the IES Design Awards Competition became an annual event.

In 2015, the IES Design Awards Competition was renamed as IES Innovation Challenge for the Community (IES ICC), and was opened to all Institutes of Higher Leaning for all projects that will be of benefits to the community. In 2018, the CSC of IES has agreed to hold the IES Innovation Challenge for the Community in conjunction with the 12th Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) Scientific Meeting which will be held at the Centre for Life Sciences (CeLS), National University of Singapore on Saturday 19th May 2018.

The objective of this competition is to cultivate the spirit of community service in our youth by engaging them to make use of their engineering knowledge and creativity to design and build devices to help elderly, the handicapped, the injured and the community at large.

Rules and Regulations
  1. The competition is open to all Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
  2. The competition accepts all projects that are of benefits to the community at large including but NOT limited to assistive, rehabilitative and therapeutic devices, engineering solutions and software systems that can address specific issues and problems of various communities.

Judging Criteria
The Panel of Judges will judge the entries based on the following judging criteria:
  1. Creativity/Novelty. Degree of creative/novel elements in the design (20%)
  2. Workmanship. Degree of safety and suitability of its structural or design (20%)
  3. Ergonomics. Degree of convenience & comfort for its intended use (20%)
  4. “Help” value. Degree of usefulness and assistance to its intended users (20%)
  5. Marketability. Likelihood that the product be produced and sold at an affordable price to reach many by its intended user (20%)

Awards and Certificates will be presented to the Winning Teams as follows:
  1. 1st Prize - $1,600
  2. 2nd Prize - $1,200
  3. 3rd Prize - $800
  4. 3 x Merit Prizes - $400 each
  1. The Merit Awardees will be presented with the certificates and prize money
  2. The Top 3 Awardees will be presented with the certificates. The prize money will be presented during the National Engineers Day (NED) which will take place on 26-28 July 2018 in Suntec. The top 3 winners will exhibit their designs (posters and/or prototypes) during the NED.

Submission Process
You will need to submit:
  1. an abstract (300 words)
  2. a direct link to an online storage space (e.g. google drive, Dropbox, etc) containing the project document. The document must be in pdf format with a maximum of 3,000 words and no more than 10 illustrations or figures where you describe your technology. Indicate, on the front page, the full names of the team members.
  3. Optional. A direct link to a video file of duration not exceeding 5 minutes. It can be a link to a youtube video or an actual video file on google drive, drop box and etc.

All presenters and supporters must registerfor BES12SM.

Theme of the competition
Design of a biomedical innovation that resolves a clinical pain point. (e.g. medical devices, apps and processes)

The following are the eligibility criteria for the design competition:
  • All team members, Junior College/Poly students, as of 1st January 2018
  • Academic staff can only have an advisory role on the project
  • Number of members per team can be up to 4
  • The projects must have been carried out in the students’ institutions

Competition Format
All valid submissions will be reviewed by a judging committee. Six (6) submissions will be shortlisted as finalists for the “BES Design Challenge 2018”. All shortlisted submissions for the “BES Design Challenge 2018” are required to:
  • Have all team members registered as BES student members (
  • Select one team representative to present the design in front of the judging panel during the BES Scientific Meeting
Failure to comply with any of the above will result in the disqualification of the team from the competition. The judging panel will select, among the 6 finalists, the winner of the competition. All members of the winning team will receive the BES Gold Design Challenge Award Certificate. Members of the runner-up team and second runner-up team will receive the BES Silver and Bronze Design Challenge Award Certificates respectively. The remaining finalists will receive a Merit Certificate. The following cash prizes will be distributed to the finalist teams:
  • Winning team: $300
  • 1st runner-up: $200
  • 2nd runner-up: $100
All submissions that have not been shortlisted but were judged to be of good quality nonetheless will be allowed to present at the BES Scientific Meeting in one of the normal sessions.

Submission Process
Each submission should consist of:
  • (mandatory) An abstract to be submitted via the Abstract Submission tab on this website (powered by GoogleForm). Make sure to select the "Design Competition" option.
  • (mandatory) A pdf document with a full description of your design, with a maximum of 3,000 words and no more than 10 illustrations or figures. Indicate, on the front page, the full names of the team members. Email your pdf file to . The subject of your email should be: “SUBMISSION TO BES DESIGN COMPETITION 2018.”
  • (optional) A video file of duration not exceeding 5 minutes. Please attach the video to the same email mentioned above or make available a link for download.

Judging criteria
The participating designs will be judged following these criteria:
  • Novelty and originality
  • Potential impact on clinical unmet needs
  • Viability of the design and potential to reach the market
  • (for shortlisted finalists) Quality of the presentation by the student
Instructions for the types of presentation at BES12SM

Oral (10-12 min presentation; 3-5 min Q&A; Total 15 min)
Instructions on the submission of slides for uploading into computers at the various venues will be sent via email for accepted presentation entries.

Poster (8-10 min presentation)
Poster board and materials for putting up A1-size posters will be provided from 7:45am on 19 May 2018 for participants to set up their posters.

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community
This is an oral presentation (10-12 min presentation; 3-5 min Q&A; Total 15 min)

Other Notes
  • No poster printing facility will be available on site on 19 May 2018.
  • Outstanding oral and poster presentations will be awarded with distinction and merit certificates along with cash prizes.
  • All participants who wish to attend the symposium are required to register. Participants who wish to participate in the oral or poster presentations are also to submit their abstracts for review (see "Abstract Submission").


Student Organizing Committee

Victor Voon Kai Kiat (NUS)

Vice Chairperson
Chong Jia Ming, Braven (SP)
Kang Min Hea (NTU)

Zeng Wenling Rebecca (HCI)

Li Anqi (HCI)

Judges committee
Wong Kang Zhao (NYP)
Lei Hong Wei (NP)
Goh Kheng Ling (NP)
Leow Chung Yong Aaron(NUS)
Chua Ee Ting (NUS)

Keynote speaker coordinator
Sakshi Garg. (HCI)
Tan Kai Xuan(HCI)

Publicity and Design team
Marcus Phua Zheng Jie (NUS)
Lam Jun Jie, Marcus (NP)
Alexander Jeremia(SP)
Faith Teo Kai En (HCI)
Lim Jia Qi (HCI)

Human Recourse Directors
Rachel Loh (NYP)
Vivian Widjaja(SP)
Matthias Alexander Khoo Kim Heng(SP)
Cheong Zi Yu (HCI)

Pan Jie Ling (NUS)
Tan Yu Quan(NYP)
Chua Chrysline (NUS)

Lau Eu-Gene(SP)
Jeron Kor Kin Peng(SP)
Samantha Chang Shi Min (NUS)

Logistics Team
Ong Kai Heng, Mervyn (NUS)
Ong Liang De(SP)
Jashant Surendran(NYP)
Revathi D/O Jayakumar(SP)
Jonavan(NP), Swarna(NP)
Goh Kwang Wei Colin(SUSS)
Yoki Yan (NYP)
Neo Jia Qi (SIT)
Szeto Suet Yi Cher(SP)
Nicole Tan Si Min (SUSS)
Cheah Bing Wen(NYP)

Advisory Board

Yeow Chen Hua Raye (chair) (NUS)

Lim Jit Ning (co-chair) (HCI)

Mark Chong (NTU)

Ooi Chui Ping (SUSS)

Adison Wong (SIT)

Alberto Corrias (NUS)

Khoo-Tan Peck Ha (NP)

Ngoh Shwu Lan (SP)

Du Tiehua (NYP)

Raja Rangaswamy (TP)

Low Kay Siang (HCI)

Scientific Committee

Asst. Prof SUBBURAJ Karupppasamy

Dr Abdiel FOO Jong Yong

Dr Amit Kumar Singh

Dr CHEN Ming

Dr CHUAH Yon Jin

Dr Dave OW Siak-Wei

Dr Gordon Xiong

Dr KAM Boon Horng

Dr Laxmi Iyer

Dr LEO Hwa Liang

Dr LIM Kaiyang

Dr. CHEN Chia-Hung

Dr. CHEN Nanguang

Dr. John S HO

Dr. KIM Sangho

Dr Jenson Goh

Dr Teo Tee Hui

Dr. Nitish V. THAKOR

Dr. YAP Choon Hwai

Dr Zhou Yi

Mr CHUNG Kwong Yuew

Mr Johnny CHEE

Mr ONG Wai Sing

Mr Sew Chee Jhuen

Mr Wu Tzu Chien

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