Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

  • Senior scientist, A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) , Singapore, April 2018-Present.
  • Capability Group Manager (Soft Matter Group), A*STAR IHPC, Singapore, Apr 2013-Sep 2017.
  • Scientist, A*STAR IHPC, Singapore, Dec 2012-Mar 2018.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA, Nov 2010-Nov 2012. Advisor: Professor Zhigang Suo.
  • Research Engineer, A*STAR IHPC, Singapore, Sep 2008-Oct 2010.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, 2004-2008.
  • B. Eng., Mechanical & Production Engineering. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, 2000-2004.

Awards and Honours

  • 3rd Prize in Soft Material Robot Challenge, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017
  • A*STAR Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010
  • A*STAR Graduate Scholarship, 2004
  • Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for first in general proficiency, NTU, 2004
  • Institution of Engineers Singapore Gold Medal, NTU, 2004
  • IMechE Singapore, Frederic Barnes Waldron Best Student Prize, NTU, 2004
  • ExxonMobil Gold Medal for best academic record, NTU, 2004
  • A*STAR Pre-Graduate Award, 2004
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Gold Medal for best academic record, NTU, 2003
  • Vicom Book Prize, NTU, 2003
  • IMechE Singapore, The Institution Best Student Prize, NTU, 2002
  • 2nd Prize in Design & Automation (Team), Innovation & Design 21, NTU, 2001

Industry & Grant Projects

  • Collaborator, “Soft and hybrid robotics – Phase 1”, National Robotics Programme, June 2019 – now.
  • Principal Investigator (during project proposal & award stages) / Team member, “Evaluation of morphing mechanisms of shape morphing polymers”, A*STAR Aerospace Programme, Jan 2018 – Jan 2020.
  • Principal Investigator, “Nonlinear dynamics of smart structures and materials for marine and offshore applications”, A*STAR SERC Grant, Oct 2013 – Sep 2016.
  • Team member. “Evaluation of air blast in complex urban geometries and blast response of building structures using FEFLO”, Defense Science & Technology Agency, April 2009 – Oct 2010.
  • Co-Investigator, “FEM thermomechanical stress analysis on electronic packages”, EPCOS Pte Ltd, Jul 2009- Jan 2010.


Full publication list and pdfs are available here: Publications

Professional Activities

Reviewer for international journals:

Extreme Mechanics Letters; Applied Physics Letters; Mechanics of Materials; International Journal of Solids and Structures; Smart Materials and Structures; Proceedings of the Royal Society A; Sensors and Actuators A; International Journal of Applied Mechanics; Applied Physics A; Journal of Physics D; IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics ASME; Journal of Applied Physics; Polymer Bulletin; Applied Mathematical Modelling; Meccanica; Europhysics Letters; International Journal of Modern Physics B; Multifunctional Materials; Composites Science and Technology; Composite Structures; Composites Part A.

My Publons profileMy Elsevier reviews

Conferences Proceedings and Presentations:
  • Yuzhe Wang, Ujjaval Gupta, Jian Zhu, Pengcheng Li, Donghe Du, Lei Zhang, Jianyong Ouyang, Jun Liu, Choon Chiang Foo. Bio-inspired soft robot driven by transparent artificial muscle. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Dali, China, December 2019, p 1959-1964.
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Jun Liu, Zhi-Qian Zhang. Modeling of dissipative dielectric elastomers affected by viscoelasticity and current leakage. 8th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, Madrid, Spain, 5 – 8 June 2017, p 480-489. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Zhi-Qian Zhang. Modelling viscoelastic dielectric elastomers. 6th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM), Auckland, NZ, 14-17 July 2015. (invited speaker)
  • Hareesh Godaba, Choon Chiang Foo, Zhi-Qian Zhang, Boo Cheong Khoo, Jian Zhu. A dielectric elastomer actuator coupled with water: snap-through instability and giant deformation. Proc. SPIE 9430: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 94302C, San Diego, California, United States, 1 April 2015.
  • Zhi-Qian Zhang, Choon Chiang Foo, GR Liu. An immersed smoothed finite element method for analyzing fluid-structure interaction systems consisting of dielectric elastomers. 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI), Barcelona, Spain, 20-25 July 2014.
  • Richard Baumgartner, Alex Kogler, Choon Chiang Foo, Rainer Kaltseis, Christoph Keplinger, Zhigang Suo, Siegfried Bauer. Fast triggering of instabilities in balloon membranes by dielectric elastomer actuators. Proc. SPIE 8687: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), San Diego, California, USA, 17 April 2013.
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A modified energy-balance model to predict low-velocity impact response for sandwich composites. 17th International Conference on Composites/Nano-Engineering (ICCE-17), Hawaii, USA, 26 Jul – 1 Aug 2009. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A model to predict low-velocity impact response and damage in sandwich composites. RSAF Aerospace Technology Seminar, Singapore (2009). (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A study on the impact damage of honeycomb sandwich structures. A*STAR Graduate Scholars’ Symposium on Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering (AGSS’06), Singapore (2006). (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. Low velocity impact failure of aluminium honeycomb sandwich panels. 5th International Conference on Mechanics and Materials in Design (M2D-5), Porto, Portugal, 24-26 July 2006. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai, Yin Chee Peh. Mechanical properties of aramid paper honeycomb. 12th International Conference on Composites/Nano-Engineering (ICCE-12), Tenerife, Spain, 1-6 Aug 2005. (presented)
Professional Meetings:
  • Secretariat Team for ASEAN COST-67 Sub-Committee meeting, Singapore 2014.
  • 2nd Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS@one-north), Singapore, 2014.
Service in Youth & Science Outreach Activities at IHPC:
  • A*STAR Booth Ambassador for Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific, Oct 2019.
  • Speaker at IHPC Student’s Seminar, March 2017.
  • Speaker at NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Career Day, May 2014.
  • Supervisor for undergraduate FYP student, 2013-present.
  • Committee Member for National Science Challenge, 2009-2010.
  • Committee Member for IHPC Seminar Series (LCS), Aug 2009.
  • Speaker at A*STAR Junior College Students Seminar, Dec 2009.
  • Supervisor/Co-supervisor for undergraduate research interns, 2009-2010.
Committee service at IHPC:
  • Chair, Technology Readiness Level Working Committee, Mar 2013-May 2013.
  • Co-chair, Staff Suggestion Committee, July 2009-Nov 2010.
  • Member, Working committee for People Developer Award, Sep 2009-Sep 2010.