Looking for a mentor? These 20 young, local innovators will blow you away

MIT Innovators under 35
Among the 2020 Innovators Under 35 are researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. Image: Shutterstock

The MIT Review has announced its annual list of under 35-year-old game-changing innovators for the APAC region, and we’re career crushing hard.

Selected from a pool of 200 candidates, the acclaimed list honours young, science visionaries kicking goals in their respective fields – and this year, it’s twice as long.

“We’re excited to be expanding our pool of talented young men and women, celebrating the impact they are making in this world,” says Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO and publisher of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Review. “It’s part of our ethos that technology can, and should, be a force for good.”

Founded in 1989, The global media publication has been publishing the hit list for the last 20 years, with regional editions – like the Asia Pacific (APAC) arm – introduced in the last 10.  Among the 2020 Innovators Under 35 are researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs whose work includes applications in agriculture, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, construction, energy, new materials, robotics, and water. And the most awesome part? This year the gender split is 50/50.

The 20 Innovators Under 35 will be recognised at the EmTech Asia conference in February at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. In the meantime, if you’re looking for career-inspo here’s a list of the finalists who you should be hitting up on LinkedIn.

The 20 ‘Innovators Under 35’ will be recognised at the EmTech Asia conference, held on 25-26 February 2020.

The 20 honourees – and why their awesome – are:

Anastasia Volkova, Australia, CEO and Founder, FluroSat – built a crop monitoring and management tool to help agribusinesses globally grow better yields with less resources.

Anastasia Volkova
Anastasia Volkova is one of the two Australians on the list.

Bolei Zhou, Hong Kong, Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – developed a technique that makes AI models more understandable and trustworthy to humans.

Carine Lim, Singapore, Ph.D. Candidate, National University of Singapore – spearheaded the development of a tool to unmask Alzheimer’s disease with a simple, accurate and cost-effective blood test.

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Chunfeng Wan, Singapore, Technical Director, Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd – developed membrane technologies to convert osmotic pressure to renewable osmotic energy.

Connor Talbot, New Zealand, Cofounder, ProstheteX – is developing data-centric solutions to eliminate prosthetics pain and discomfort.

Dongliang (Donny) Chao, Australia, Researcher, The University of Adelaide – pioneered the development of new safe and low-cost battery technologies for next-generation reliable and scalable energy storage.

Gibran Huzaifah Asmi El Farizy, Indonesia, CEO and Cofounder, eFishery – created an IoT smart-feeding solution that leverages on data and its network to increase fisheries’ efficiency and profitability.

Hao Guo, Hong Kong, Postdoc Fellow, The University of Hong Kong – invented an electricity- and chemical-free filter for rapid water purification for disaster relief.

Ka Yi Ling, Singapore, Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, Shiok Meats – works on bringing crustacean meat to consumers by harvesting cells instead of animals.

Katherine A. Kim, Taiwan, Associate Professor, National Taiwan University – developed power electronics and control to maximise solar photovoltaic power for emerging applications.

Lukasz Orlowski, Singapore, Cofounder and CTO, Archanan – developed a cloud-based supercomputing system emulation engine for supercomputing software development, testing and validation.

Mohammad Hossein Davood Abadi Farahani, Singapore, Cofounder and CEO, SEPPURE – has invented and commercialised a nanofiltration membrane that separates industrial chemical mixtures at a molecular level with minimal energy.

Nazanin Saeidi, Singapore, Postdoc Researcher – Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Centre – transforms, upcycles and repurposes organic waste to create a 100% mycelium-bound composite material for the construction industry.

Ping Luo, Hong Kong, Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong – developed computer vision and AI technologies to understand human behaviours such as facial expressions, emotions and social relationships.

Po-Yen Chen, Singapore, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore – is developing mechanically patterned 2D materials towards the fabrication of stretchable electronics and smart soft robotics.

Sadaf Monajemi, Singapore, Cofounder and CTO, See-Mode Technologies, developed software that combines deep learning, signal processing, and text recognition to predict and prevent a stroke.

Stephanie Hui Kit Yap, Singapore, Ph.D. Candidate, Nanyang Technological University – invented an advanced hand-held microfiber-based sensor for water quality monitoring.

 Wei Ru Wong, Malaysia, Researcher, University of Malaya – has developed a novel technique using light to detect dengue virus and its antibodies in clinical blood samples.

Yvonne Gao, Singapore, Research Scientist, Institute for Materials Research and Engineering – A*STAR, built a modular hardware for quantum computers and successfully constructed the critical building blocks to demonstrate its viability.

Ziyan Guo, Hong Kong, PhD Researcher, The University of Hong Kong – has developed the world’s first intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-guided robot for bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery.

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Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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