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Systems, Science, Technology and Policy in Singapore


This seminar examines Singapore as a system and shows how Singapore addresses societal challenges through the intersection of systems thinking, science and technology and policy to bring happiness, prosperity and progress for the nation. Examples in national security, social development and economic development and the Smart Nation will be highlighted. The success of Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative, as part of the 4th Industrial Revolution, will depend on the effective integration of policy, science and technology and people and organisations at all levels.

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Professor Lui Pao Chuen

Lui Pao Chuen


Professor Lui retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in the Ministry of Defence and 22 years as Chief Defence Scientist. He is currently serving as adviser to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office and adviser to six other Ministries and Government Agencies. He serves on the board of 12 research institutes and corporations. He is a member of the Changi Airport Group Executive Committee for Airport Development, member of the MPA Next Generation Port 2030 Steering Committee, member of CARTS (Committee on Autonomous Road Transport in Singapore) and member of the ERP2 Technology Advisory Panel.


  • 2002
    National Science & Technology Medal
    “For his outstanding leadership in the build up of science and technology capability for the nation and its exploitation for major systems of national impact”.
  • 2009
    Pioneer Award of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
    “for dedicating his life to systems thinking and application, resulting in both an unparalleled impact in Singapore, and advances in the development of systems engineering around the world.”
  • 2011
    Conferred an Honorary Fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations
    Institute of Physics of Singapore President Medal
  • 2014
    IES the Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award
    Scout distinguished service silver award from President Dr Tony Tan
  • 2015
    Defence Technology Medal (Outstanding Service) from Ministry of Defence
    Aviation Pioneer Award from the Singapore Institute of Aviation Engineers
  • 2021
    Temasek Defence Professorship



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