Its lush 200-hectare Yunnan Garden campus was the Youth Olympic Village of the world’s first 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in 2010.
Ranked 41st globally by QS World University Rankings in 2013, NTU has made a jump of 36 places in the last four years to become the fastest rising university in the QS global top 50. NTU is ranked 2nd in the world among young elite universities, according to QS Top 50 Under 50. NTU is ranked 76th worldwide in 2013 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
As of November 2013, Microsoft Academic Search website ranks NTU’s overall engineering, according to the number publications and H-Index criteria, as the world’s 10th since the last 5 years. QS World University Rankings rated NTU’s Engineering and Technology as 14th in the world (3rd in Asia) in 2013 while Times Higher Education World University Rankings place NTU in the 33rd position (7th in Asia) according to its 2013–2014 Engineering and Technology subject ranking. Furthermore, QS World University Rankings 2013 rated NTU’s Social Sciences as 36th worldwide (6th in Asia) and NTU’s Natural Sciences has moved up by 43 positions to 55th position (11th in Asia); Arts & Humanities is ranked 13th position and Life Sciences & Medicine is ranked 25th position in Asia.
According to the 2013 Thomson Reuters report on research citations, NTU has catapulted to 2nd in Asia for research citation impact, second only to University of Tokyo. Times Higher Education ranked NTU 1st in the world for industry income and innovation in 2013.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) research articles from Innovation Toronto
- A Thermal Invisibility Cloak Actively Redirects Heat – September 27, 2015
- Observing nano-bio interactions in real time – September 20, 2015
- Scientists from NTU Singapore find electrifying solution to sticky problem – August 26, 2015
- Engineered Antibody Neutralizes All Four Dengue Serotypes – July 30, 2015
- NTU scientists discover new treatment for dementia – April 13, 2015
- Optical fibres light the way for brain-like computing – March 12, 2015
- A new weapon in war against flu pandemics and pneumonia – February 15, 2015
- World’s first compact rotary 3D printer-cum-scanner unveiled at AAAS by NTU Singapore start-up – February 15, 2015
- NTU invents smart window that tints and powers itself – December 18, 2014
- Innovative process to print flexible electronic circuits using a t-shirt printer – November 18, 2014
- NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years – big change coming – October 14, 2014
- Breakthrough in rapid diagnostics: using magnets to test for malaria – September 13, 2014
- Innovative multifunction membranes improve water filtration rate by 10x – September 13, 2014
- Flexible supercapacitor could have big advantages over batteries for wearable devices – May 12, 2014
- NTU scientists discover material that can be solar cell by day, light panel by night
- NTU scientists discover potential vaccine for malaria
- Genetically engineered bacteria can be used to attack other bacterial species
- NTU to trial Singapore’s first driverless vehicle on the roads
- NTU invention transforms plain surfaces into low-cost touch screens
- NTU invention allows clear photos in dim light
- Nanomedicine could outdo surgery
- Compact multipurpose scooter for crowded megacities
- NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges
- Revolutionary Laser Cooling System
- NTU’s ‘sense-ational’ invention helps underwater vessels navigate with ease
- Nothing goes to waste when visiting green toilet NTU researchers green loo uses less water, recycles human waste
- Primate study provides positive sign for the safety of nanomedicine
- Revolutionary Chipset for High-Speed Wireless Data Transfer
- Computing experts unveil superefficient ‘inexact’ chip
- Superbug-killing coating “magnetically” draws in bacteria
- Hong Kong University Makes Breakthrough in Gastrointestinal Treatment
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a public university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as a new university in 1992 from Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic)
Its roots go back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design which still exists within the university today. It is the 16th largest university in the UK (out of 165) with 26,890 students split over three different campuses.
Nottingham Trent University was ranked in the number 700 and above (701+) category in the world by the QS World University Rankings. In 2008 The Complete University Guide named Nottingham Trent the “top post-1992 University” in the country. The university has “one of the best employability records of any university in England and Wales”. It maintains close ties to over 6,000 businesses and 94% of students progress to full-time employment or further education within six months of graduating.
The Guardian calls Nottingham Trent “the most environmentally friendly university in the country”.
In 2009 it was awarded the title of “the most environmentally friendly university in the UK”, by The People & Planet Green League (the only independent ranking of British universities’ environmental and ethical performance). Also since 2009, 100% of the university’s electricity has been generated by renewable sources.
The university has a strong research arm with, in 2008, 74% of the university’s research considered of “international status” and “an impressive 8% ranked as world-leading”. The 2014 REF upgraded the status of the university’s research, with 90% considered of either “world-leading”, “internationally-excellent”, or “internationally-recognised” status. In November 2015, the university was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, “the highest national honour for a UK University” based on numerous research projects.
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a chip that allows new radar cameras to be made a hundred times smaller than current ones.
With this NTU technology, radar cameras that usually weigh between 50 kg and 200 kg and are commonly used in large satellites can be made to become as small as palm-sized.
Despite being small, they can produce images that are of the same high quality if not better compared to conventional radar cameras. They are also 20 times cheaper to produce and consume at least 75 per cent less power.
Developed over the past three years at NTU, the promising technology has already secured S$2.5 million in research funding from Singapore government agencies.
The radar chip has attracted the attention of several multinational corporations, and is now being researched for use in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and satellite applications.
Assistant Professor Zheng Yuanjin from NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering who led the research, said that the size and effectiveness of the chip will open up new applications not possible previously.
“We have significantly shrunk the conventional radar camera into a system that is extremely compact and affordable, yet provides better accuracy. This will enable high resolution imaging radar technology to be used in objects and applications never before possible, like small drones, driverless cars and small satellite systems,” said Asst Prof Zheng.
Advantages over current technology
Current radar camera systems are usually between half and two metres in length and weigh up to 200 kg. They cost more than US$1 million on the market and can consume over 1000 watts in electricity per hour, the energy equivalent of a household air-conditioning unit running for an hour.
Known as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), these large radar cameras are often carried by large satellites and aircrafts that produce detailed images of the Earth’s surface. Objects longer than a metre, such as cars and boats, can be easily seen by the radar camera mounted on an aircraft flying at a height of 11 kilometres.
Unlike optical cameras which cannot work well at night due to insufficient light or in cloudy conditions, a radar camera uses microwaves (X-band or Ku-band) for its imaging, so it can operate well in all weather conditions and can even penetrate through foliage.
These detailed images from radar cameras can be used for environmental monitoring of disasters like forest fires, volcano eruptions and earthquakes as well as to monitor cities for traffic congestions and urban density.
But the huge size, prohibitive cost and energy consumption are deterrents for use in smaller unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous vehicles. In comparison, NTU’s new radar chip (2mm x 3mm) when packaged into a module measures only 3cm x 4cm x 5cm, weighing less than 100 grams.
Production costs can go as low as US$10,000 per unit, while power consumption ranges from 1 to 200 watts depending on its application, similar to power-efficient LED TVs or a ceiling fan.
It can also capture objects as small as half a metre which is twice as detailed as the conventional radar camera used in large aircrafts or satellites.
Potential applications of the new radar chip
Asst Prof Zheng said that when mounted on UAVs, it can take high quality images on demand to monitor traffic conditions or even the coastlines for trespassers.
“Driverless cars will also be able to better scan the environment around them to avoid collisions and navigate more accurately in all weather conditions compared to current laser and optical technologies,” he added.
“Finally, with the space industry moving towards small satellite systems, such as the six satellites launched by NTU, smaller satellites can now also have the same advanced imaging capabilities previously seen only in the large satellites.”
Large satellites can weigh up to 1,000 kg, but microsatellites weigh only 100 to 200 kg.