University Awards

Young Researcher Award

My research aims to develop medical technologies that monitor and intervene wherever and wherever health conditions occur. Assoc Prof John HO
PhD, MS (Stanford University)
BEng (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Institute for Health Innovation & Technology
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Design and Engineering
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  • Led a team from the NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech) to create a Bluetooth-enabled system for capturing pulse oximeter data and displaying the readings on an integrated dashboard. Within two months of development, the team deployed the system in a workers’ dormitory and demonstrated that a combination of user training and text alerts could achieve a user compliance rate of 85 per cent in taking measurements four times a day as part of a precautionary measure to identify new cases of COVID-19 infection
  • Led a team from iHealthtech to develop a smartphone-powered suit capable of providing athletes with physiological data such as their posture, running gait and body temperature while they are out on the field. The technology and its research findings were published in Nature Communications in January 2020
  • Garnered research grants of over $11 million from the National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education and NUS
  • Discoveries have led to nine patents and patent applications filed, with four licensed to industry
  • Published more than 80 articles and conference papers in leading journals and prestigious conferences, and co-authored four book chapters
  • Obtained more than 2,700 total citations with a Hirsch index of 25
  • External consultant to medical device companies at Cambridge Consultants (since 2021)
  • Member of the US Food & Drug Administration’s Network of Digital Health Experts (since 2020)
  • Reviewer for leading journals including Nature, Science, Physical Review and Advanced Materials
  • Invited speaker at international conferences and workshops
  • Young Scientist Award, Singapore National Academy of Science (2020)
  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award (Team), Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) (2020)
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: Healthcare & Science (2017)
  • MIT Technology Review: Innovators Under 35 Asia (2017)
  • National Research Foundation Fellow (2017)
  • NUS Young Investigator Award (2016)
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