Dr. John G
Certified Train the Trainer, Life Coach & NLP practitioner
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Division of Mechatronics and
· Synergistic Physio-Neuro Rehabilitation Platform (SynPhNe) using EEG/SEMG based orthosis for accelerated stroke rehabilitation.
· Brain Entrainment and neuro-plasticity studies.
· Development of Haptic interface for exoskeletal robotic systems (wearable robotics).
· Exploring the use of Surface Electromyograms (SEMG) for the activation of upper limb exoskeketal systems.
· Assistive Technology (AT) and Rehabilitation Engineering (RE).
· Areas of adaptive mobility aids and Haptic HIDs for physically disabled.
View the Wheel Chair Gap enabler invention that was featured in the news….
· Development of an Autonomous Legged Vehicle (ALV). Legged vehicle and propulsion systems.
· Telepresence and Teleoperation systems.
· Mechatronics and Mechanical systems design.
(Biz Reg: 201332496Z)
SynPhNe Pte. Ltd. Singapore is targeting the multi-billion dollar stroke rehabilitation market which has a worldwide manpower and technology shortage. Every year, 5 million people are left disabled and incidence levels are growing. Our initial target markets, Singapore and India, account for a population of over 7 million existing patients and 1.5 million new patients each year.
SynPhNe is a wearable, non-invasive device which highlights a person’s unconscious responses which may be hampering performance. It then uses a person’s brain and muscle signals to assess, train and enhance functional capabilities. The person becomes aware of maladaptive, habitual brain-muscle responses in real-time which are then self-corrected using the SynPhNe protocol.
Clinical studies with stroke patients whose improvement had plateaued 12-44 months post stroke after standard rehabilitation showed visible and significant improvements in a 4 week, 12 session intervention. The patented SynPhNe assessment and training routine resulted in functional gains of 70% further when compared to starting baseline. Sub-clinical improvements that could not be captured by typical clinical scales were successfully highlighted by our algorithms. Over 500 therapy hours of patient trials have been completed locally, with a new trial underway in an overseas market.
Project SynPhNe was awarded the SMART Innovation Grant, 2012 and mentioned in the EU April 2013 newsletter on ASEAN innovations. SynPhNe Pte Ltd incorporated in Dec 2013 and is now embarking on building the first commercially marketable prototypes.
NTU scientists develop new stroke therapy device
Device 'improves stroke recovery'
- Also reported on AsiaOne
New device greatly helps stroke patients’ recovery
The New Paper, 12 Apr, page 9
NTU’s new therapy device enables stroke victims to recover
Gizmag, 11 Apr
SynPhNe Stroke Rehabilitation System
Mobile Magazine, 12 Apr
- Also reported on News Medical.
Current Research Project Involvement
Title of Project
Source of Funding
|Design of Seedling Transplanter||AVA||
9 Dec 2013-30 Jun 2014
|Automated physio-neuro rehabilitation platform for recovery of hand function after stroke||Smart||1 Nov 2012- 31 Oct 2014||Principal Investigator||SGD250K|
Automated Neuro-Motor Stroke Rehabilitation Device - A Platform for Functional Recovery of Paralyzed Hand after Stroke
Nov 2010 - Feb 2012
Unified Platform for acceleration functional return with EMG orthosis for accelerated stroke rehabilitation
Sep 2008 - Dec 2011
|Wheel chair Gap Crossing mechanism||TRD - NRF||
Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
Universal Multi Level Haptic Interface
AcRF - MOE
Nov 2006 - May 2009
Other past funding sources:
· S$20K, Upper extremity exoskeleton using SEMG, Strategic Development Scheme, May 2002 - Apr 2005, PI
· $1500, Society for the Physically Disabled, Mar 2006.
· $120K of funding for joint SIA/NTU industrial collaboration 2000-2002
Gap Clearing Mechanism for Wheel Chair
US Patent Number :11/751633 Pub Date: 22 Nov 2007
National Phase Entry Date
Systems, Apparatuses, Devices, And Processes For Synergistic Neuro-Physiological Rehabilitation And/Or Functional Development
5 Dec 2013
20th Nov 2013
20 Nov 2013
19 Nov 2013
20 Nov 2013
To be assigned
To be filed on 20 Jan 2014
19 Dec 2013
PhD in Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde in Sep 1995
(Thesis Title: The Design and Application of A Unique Anthropomorphic Sensor Platform)
Masters degree in Computer Integrated Manufacture at the University of Strathclyde in Nov 1991.
Engineering Classes and Seminars that I conduct;
MP2079 Engineering Innovation & Design
MP4007 Engineers and Society
M6403 Applied Mechatronics
Material for the above courses are available to registered students at edventurePersonal Development Seminars that I run:
An opportunity to learn empowering mind strategies for handing our daily stressful living.
**Your life successes start with winning your mind games first**
Short Empowerment Seminars
Please contact me should you like me to run such seminars at your organization/club/company.
As a life coach, I help people to map and plan their life directions or are stressed or to overcome their fears or obstacles.
I also conduct smoking or gambling, drinking cessation sessions.
If you are currently experiencing stress, depression, worry, lost, hopelessness, please come and have a chat with me.
If you are into addictions like smoking, gambling, drinking....etc... please also come and have a chat with me.
You have not realized how much 'inner power' you have. - To your Life Success! - John
Article in The Tribune , February 2009
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Past Testimonies from the classes and courses I have conducted:
"Somehow and somewhat, you have been my inspiration through your lecture, seminar, and performance in MAE".......Max Handoko Suyanto
"Excellent Idea of incorporating personal development in university studies. Students will get enriched more and excel in studies".........Vince Chan
"Very Fun and Interesting Session".....Huang Wenyao
"It makes me feel free, fresh and confident".......Swe Zin Aung
"I am very proud to be in MAE, having teacher like you that is willing to go an extra mile teaching us more than just normal academic material. Great!".......Andre Jusuf
"Thank you for conducting two hours of your time to realize myself better to the upper level of mind and wisdom"....Nyi Nui Tun
"I know that many students come and go. But the passion (from the professors and technicians) to teach, guide and inspire will remain with students like myself. ....... the angels include Prof John Gerard Heng - my MP4011 Mechanical System Design and Analysis tutor.".....Ang Yit Tat
"Straightforward and his explanations are clear"
"Unusual ways of teaching. Interesting"
"Clear and concise delivery. Easy to understand"
"Has Motivation and encouragement plus enthusiasm"
"Sir...Thank you for your lecture. We really learn so much from you much more than just the syllabus"
"......its unlikely I will attend a better lecture probably in my lifetime"
"He has passion in this teaching. If all lecturers are like that, I would have actually like being in engineering and not think its something I have to go through for a degree"
Awarded by NTU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) student's club
Most Inspiring Professor 2009
Involvement in Professional and Community groups:
· Institution of Mechanical Engineers (S'pore Branch - Vice Chair , 2011)
· Judge for the NJRC, FRS, SSEF organized by the Singapore Science Centre
· Past Chairman of the NTU Staff Recreation Club (23rd Management Committee)
· Bishan East Constituency (Inter Religious Confidence Circle) committee
· Christian Meditation Ministry (Risen Christ Church)
The Profession of Engineering.........
Engineering… it is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life… That is the engineer’s high privilege.
The great liability of the engineer compared to men of other professions is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step, are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like the doctors. He cannot, like the architects, cover his failures with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope the people will forget.
The engineer simply cannot deny he did it. If his works do not work, he is damned…
That is the phantasmagoria that haunts his nights and dogs his days. He comes from the job at the end of the day resolved to calculate it again. He wakes in the night in a cold sweat and puts something on paper that looks silly in the morning. All day he shivers at the thought of the bugs which will inevitably appear to jolt his smooth consummation.
On the other hand, unlike the doctor he is not a life among the weak. Unlike the soldier, destruction is not his purpose. Unlike the lawyer, quarrels are not his daily bread. To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope.
No doubt as years go by the people forget which engineer did it, even if they ever knew. Or some politician puts his name on it. Or they credit it to some promoter who used other people’s money… but the engineer himself looks back at the unending stream of goodness which flows from his successes with satisfaction that few professions may know. And the verdict of his fellow professionals is all the accolade he wants.
President Herbert Hoover 31st US President
Wise words to live by....
If you want to change the world, change yourself first.
People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do.
Courage is not a lack o fear but the ability to act while facing fear.
You got to do your own growing up no matter how tall your father was.
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Only the present is reality. The future is a dream and the past is history. That is why is it called the present.
Living with guilt is living in the past. Living with worry is living in the future. The only reality is living in the present.
To the world you may not be someone, but to someone you may be the world.
“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” ...Napoleon Hill
Failure is an event. It is does not define you.
I do not care what you know but want to know what you care.
I highly recommend you read the following books below for your own personal development. I have benefitted greatly from them.
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Many of them are available at our National Library.
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