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 (IEE) in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to engineering research, education, public and social services. 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 (IET). In 2017, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa by the University of Newcastle in recognition of his illustrious list of achievements and contributions to his field. He was awarded the IES-IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence 2015 for his outstanding contributions to education, engineering research and public service. He was 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), National Day Awards by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2006 for his significant contribution to the growth and international standing of NTU. He received the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2001. He is featured in the Who’s Who in Engineering, Singapore (3rd Edition) by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), 2020, profiling some 250 outstanding engineers and recognising their contributions to Singapore’s development and progress.
His outstanding contribution to engineering, education and public service is underpinned by an impressive research track record in the fields of smart antenna array signal processing, satellite communications, computer vision and optimisation techniques. He has secured and completed a total of 32 research projects with a cumulative grant value of approximately S$49 million and has published over 266 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. He also holds 5 patents. He spearheaded the development of core capabilities in satellite communication technology and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) micro-satellite technology in collaboration with DSO National Labs which led to the successful launch of the first Singapore’s design and build experimental micro-satellite (X-Sat) in 2011. It has put NTU and Singapore on the world map in micro-satellite technology.
Internationally, he served as the Secretary General of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech). He chaired the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) League and the Steering Committee of the ASEAN University Network (AUN)/SEED-Net. He served on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) under the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. He also served on the Administrative Board of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) and the Steering Committee of the Presidents’ Forum of Southeast Asia and Taiwan Universities (SATU Presidents’ Forum). He was invited as keynote speaker/panellist at several international conferences and summits including THE Young Universities Summit, THE Research Excellence Summit, QS-APPLE Conference and W100 Annual Conference. He was invited to serve on the International Advisory Board (IAB) for the University of Oman Project by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. He was also invited by Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan to serve as Tokyo Tech Advisor for Education.
Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of ST Engineering Satellite Systems Pte Ltd. His previous board involvements include: TCM Practitioners Board, NIE International Pte Ltd, Singapore Sports School, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Centre for Strategic Infocom Technologies, NIE Council, SP PowerGrid Limited, Professional Engineers Board, Engineering Accreditation Board, IES Council, DSO National Laboratories, PowerGrid Ltd, Singapore Polytechnic, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Data Storage Institute, Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd, Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics Ltd, NTU Ventures Pte Ltd, BITwave Pte Ltd, NTI/NTU Council, Nanyang Polytechnic – FSI Management Council, National IT Skills Certification Programme, and Centre for Signal Processing.
He served on numerous NTU’s committees and national committees and as consultant to MNC and local companies. He also served on SIM Academic Quality Panel, SIM International Academic Panel, SIM University External Academic Audit Panel, Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Engineering Review Committee (Chairman) and Republic Polytechnic International Academic Review Panel.
He received his BEng (Electrical) degree with First Class Honours from National University of Singapore (NUS) and PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of Newcastle (UON), Australia under a UON postgraduate research scholarship. His PhD work was patented by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and UON.
He is a Fellow of IEEE, IES, Academy of Engineering, Singapore (SAEng), ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), Honorary Fellow of IEE, Honorary Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), Professional Engineer (PE) and ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).
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 32 research projects with an accumulative grant of $48,706,851.
H Mu, Y Zhang, C Ding, Y Jiang, M H Er and A C Kot (2020). DeepImaging: A Ground Moving Target Imaging Based on CNN for SAR-GMTI System. IEEE Transactions on GeoScience and Remote Sensing.
T Wang, B P Ng, and M H Er (2013). Frequency-Domain Approach to Relay Beamforming with Adaptive Decision Delay for Frequency-Selective Channels. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 61(22), 5563-5577.
Z L Yu, Z Gu, Y Li, W Ser and M H Er (2010). Robust Adaptive Beamformer Based on Worst-Case Semidefinite Programming. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 58(11), 5914-5919.
Z L Yu, W Ser and M H Er (2008), Robust Response Control for Adaptive Beamformers against Arbitrary Array Imperfections. Signal Processing, 88(9), 2234-2245.
W S Gan, J Yang, K S Tan and M H Er (2006). A Digital Beamsteerer for Difference Frequency in Parametric Array. IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing. 14(3). 1018-1025.
B P Ng, M H Er and A Kot (1993). A Flexible Array Synthesis Method Using Quadratic Programming. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 41(11). 1541-1550.
M H Er (1992). Array Pattern Synthesis with a Controlled Mean-Square Sidelobe Level. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. 40(4). 977-981.
M H Er and A Cantoni (1990). A Unified Approach to the Design of Robust Narrowband Antenna Array Processors. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 38(1), 17-23.
M H Er and A Cantoni (1986). A New Set of Linear Constraints for Broadband Time Domain Element Space Processors. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Special Issue on Adaptive Processing Antenna Systems. AP-34 (3). 320-329.
M H Er and A Cantoni (1983). Derivative Constraints for Broadband Element Space Antenna Array Processors. IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ASSP-31(6), 1378-1393.