• Abstract Submission Deadline: April 22nd May 6th 2019
  • Deadline for IES Innovation Challenge: April 29th 2019
  • May 18th, 2019: BES13SM conference

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 13th Scientific Meeting (BES13SM) in conjunction with IES Innovation Challenge for the Community will be hosted at the Singapore Institute of Technology.

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Prof Dean Ho
  • Director of Singapore Institute of neurotechnology (SINAPSE)
  • Provost’s Chair Professor (BIGHEART Faculty)
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUS
  • Joint appointment with Department of Pharmacology
  • Co-Founder, KYAN Therapeutics, Inc
  • Co-Founder, Biotic Laboratories, Inc
Jack Wong
  • Associate Vice President Regulatory Affairs - Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
  • Executive Deputy Secretary General of Asia Harmonisation Working Party (AHWP).
  • Founder of Asia Regulatory Professional Association (ARPA)
  • Author of the First Asia Regulatory Book in Asia, Handbook of Medical Device Regulatory Affairs in Asia


Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration starts at 8.30am)
Venue: Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Main Campus.

Participation Categories

Presentations at BES13SM will be divided in the following categories
  • Junior College
  • Polytechnic
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Call for abstracts

BES13SM 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
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 conference day itself: 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 18th, 2019

Time Event Venue
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration Outside Auditorium
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Address
by A/Prof Yeow Chen Hua Chair, BES Student Chapter Advisory Board
9:15 am – 9:45 am Keynote Lecture 1 Auditorium
9:45 am – 10:00 am Participants & Judges Briefing Students: Auditorium
Judges: Seminar Room B
10:00 am – 10:25 am Tea Break Reception area (outside auditorium)
10:25 am – 12:00 pm Oral and Poster presentations Respective Seminar Rooms (Rooms B-F)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Reception area (outside auditorium)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oral and Poster presentations 2 (if applicable) Respective seminar rooms (Rooms B-F)
2:30 pm – 3:05 pm Keynote Lecture 2 Auditorium
3:05 pm – 3:40 pm Award presentation, Closure Auditorium

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community (2019)

In 2001, the Community Service Committee (CSC) of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) mooted the idea of organizing 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 Learning 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 13th Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) Scientific Meeting which will be held at the Singapore Institution of Technology on 18th May 2019.

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

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 BES13SM.

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 2019
  • 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 2019”. All shortlisted submissions for the “BES Design Challenge 2019” 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 2019.”
  • (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 BES13SM

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 18 May 2019 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 18 May 2019.
  • 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

Katherine Li Ju (HCI)

Vice Chairperson
Chaw Min Xuan (NUS)
Brian Lim Yong Jenq (SP)

Toh Pei Xuan (NP)

Woo Jie Yu Joven (SP)

Isaac Law (HCI)
Rand Ang Siong Lin (HCI)
Teo An Rae (HCI)
Xu Ruoyun (HCI)

Judges committee
Chia Jing Kang (HCI)
Pierre Goh (NYP)
Lee Yong Er (NYP)
Lee Jia Wei (NYP)
Glenys Chiang (SP)

Keynote speaker coordinators
Michael Zhou Tu Qi (HCI)
Chia Zhen Yang (HCI)

Media, Web and Publicity Committee
Tan Mian Zi (NP)
Thet Htet Tun (SP)
Low Shin Yen (SP)
Saw Yuwaddy Tu (SP)

Reception Committee
Arveen Kaur (NP)
Alice Puah Xee Ran (SP)
Celestina Ter Ai Wei (SP)

Fundraising Committee
Lin Jiahao (NUS)
Tan Bing Rui (HCI)
Yan Ming Jun (HCI)
Qayyum'muqri Bin Azharudin (NP)
Zhu Yujia (HCI)

Photography Committee
Damian Soh Wei Li (NP)
Soen Kai Ling (NP)
Tai Qi Xuan (NP)

Logistics Committee
Nicholas Goh Jun Quan (SP)
Tan Peiru (SP)
Febby Liu Intama (SP)
Nurul Khadijah Binte Sauusi (SP)
Sarah Lim Rong Shan (SP)
Zhou Qing (SP)

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

Abdiel Foo

Catherine Chia

Cheng Zi Yi Nicholas

Chuah Yon Jin

David Yeo

Goh Khoon Seng

Guo Jin

Huang Changjin

Isaac Huen

Jenson Goh

Khoo Hock

Lim Jing

Lin Anle

Loh Weng Whye

Low Kay Siang

Luis Carlos Hernandez

Nishanth Venugopal Menon

Ren Hongliang

Sew Chee Jhuen

Wu Tze Chien

Xiong Fangli

Xiong Minru Gordon

Yap Choon Hwai

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