Marcelo Ang

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. received the B.Sc. degrees (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1981; the M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1985; and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New
York, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

His work experience includes heading the Technical Training Division of Intel, Assembly and Test Facility in the Philippines, research positions at the East West Center in Hawaii and at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York. In 1989, Dr. Ang joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently a
Professor. He is also the Acting Director of the Advanced Robotics Centre. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, and applications of intelligent systems methodologies. He teaches both at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the following
areas: robotics; creativity and innovation, and Engineering Mathematics. He is also active in consulting work in robotics and intelligent systems.

In addition to academic and research activities, he is actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its
founding chairman and the World Robot Olympiad as a member of the Advisory Council.

10.25 - 11.10 AM Panel

Tuesday 20 October

Driving Digitisation and Innovation through Partnerships

  • What sort of partnerships are needed to bridge the gap between the traditional IT-enabled healthcare institution to the truly smart, tightly-integrated institution?
  • Productivity in healthcare has been seriously challenged during the pandemic. How can out-of-the-box innovative strategies and even improvised technology applications help in increasing productivity and help healthcare organisations function to their optimal efficiency? What will productivity look like in the new normal, when the current strains have eased somewhat?
  • What are some of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 crises, and how can hospitals learn from each other on a continuous, ongoing basis? Could better technology have helped? If so, what sort of technology would ideally have been in place? If not, why not?
  • IT service delivery in mission-critical healthcare scenarios can be a matter of life and death. How can IT "get out of the way" and become an invisible, intimate part of the organisation, rather than being something to "deal with" or a pain point?
  • How can automation help in ensuring that healthcare providers have the simplest, smoothest experience in doing their day-to-day jobs? Of the entire healthcare value chain, which aspects can be automated easily, what are the easy wins in this regard?