2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
“Discover, learn and share about complex systems engineering.”

Government members

PC Governmental Co-Chair


Yang How TAN

Tan Yang How, a radar systems engineer and defence systems architect, is the President of DSTA Academy in the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) where he leads the organisation’s Systems Engineering and Programme Management Training. Prior to this appointment in 2012, he had served in various technical and managerial positions in the Ministry of Defence and DSTA. His previous appointments included Director (Naval Systems) and Director (DSTA Masterplanning and Systems Architecting).

Yang How’s extensive contributions to the defence systems engineering and radar community span three decades. He was instrumental in the invention and wide-scale operationalisation of the Infrared Fever Screening System (IFSS) in Singapore, which was the first system in the world that could detect fever through a non-intrusive mass screening of passengers at the airport. His innovative integration of technologies and techniques applied in advance radar systems and electro-optic sensor systems led to the development of the IFSS in record time. He received a Certificate of Commendation in 2003, as the success of the IFSS had played a key role in the national effort against SARS.

The IFss project was one of the AFFYMETRIX HEALTH Laureates of The TECH MUSUEM AWARD 2004. An award based in the Silicon Valley USA that gives recognitions to innovations that benefit humankind.

For his outstanding engineering innovations and project achievements over the years, Yang How won Defence Technology Team Prizes in 1992, 1995 and 2001. He was also the winner of the 1997 Defence Technology Prize (DTP) Individual Award for his outstanding contributions in the Radar Domain. In recognition of his contributions, Yang How was conferred National Day Public Administration Medals in 2000 (Bronze) and 2003 (Silver). Yang How also served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Temasek Defence Science Institute, National University of Singapore, where he supported curriculum development and taught radar courses in the postgraduate programmes from 2002 to 2011.

Yang How obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree and a Master of Science (Management of Technology) degree from the National University of Singapore in 1983 and 1994 respectively. He also attended the Programme for Management Development (PMD 79) at Harvard Business School in 2004.



William Yue Khei LAU

Mr LAU Yue Khei, William graduated with a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering (First Class Honours) at the University of Western Australia in 1978. He was awarded the DSO National Laboratories (DSO) Scholarship thereafter and in 1986, William graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a Master degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

In a career spanning more than three decades, William has held various key appointments within the Defence Technology Community. This includes organisations such as the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Defence Research and Technology Office under the Ministry of Defence and DSO.

William has been awarded the prestigious Defence Technology Prize twice and also received the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 1996.

Currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Research) and Director of DMERI at DSO, William’s core responsibility is to raise the quality of DSO research.


Grace LIN

Dr. Grace Lin is the Director General and VP of the Data Analytics Technologies & Applications Research Institute at the Institute for Information Industry (III), a government think tank in Information Technology Industry in Taiwan. Dr. Lin is leading several national development programs, such as Smart Living, Smart Healthcare, Smart Tourism, Smart Media, andSmart Community related strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Institute for Information Industry, she worked at IBM for 18 years in various capacities such as Research manager for e-Business Optimization at IBM T.J Watson Research Center and has been a recognized leader and innovator in the areas of Supply ChainManagement.

Dr. Lin is an INFORMS Fellow, Chair of the INFORMS Fellow Selection Committee, a member of the Edelman Award Committee, and on the editorial board of the INFORMS Interface Journal and Service Science Journal.Dr. Lin has served on university and government panels and boards, and on editorial boards of major journals including Operations Research and MSOM. She has chaired a number of INFORMS and IEEE conferences, and is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and global company strategy sessions. She has also served as an Adjunct Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) at Columbia University and has published more than 60 technical papers, book chapters, and articles, and co-authored seven patents, with another five pending

Dr. Lin received her Ph.D. in IE and M.S. in Applied Math from Purdue University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Math from Taiwan’s Tsing-Hua University.