ITS Senior Fellow
Dr. Chai K Toh FREng is an International Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (2019). A technology corporate executive and university professor, he pioneered Wireless Digital Traffic Signs and mobile ad hoc networks. He has worked in the field of vehicular ad hoc networks (car2car) for over 20 years. At industry, he was VP and CTO of Singapore Power Telecom Ltd., leading R&D projects on smart homes and smart energy. He was also the Assistant Chief Executive and Group CTO of Infocom Development Authority of Singapore, Singapore's IT, cloud, data centers and telecoms regulator, co-leading national efforts on Smart Nation (Smart City). In this role, he led projects related to smart living, green data centers, smart transport and smart health. He has led teams of system architects, solution consultants, R&D engineers, engineering managers and technology directors to address standards, pilots, field trials, proof-of-concepts, system development, setting technology roadmaps and directions. He has helped in architecting Singapore's IT Masterplan, teaming with members from major IT vendors such as HP, IBM, Dell, Oracle, NEC, etc.
In the USA, he was the Director of Research at TRW Tactical Systems Inc., where he worked on cutting-edge DARPA and US Army programs on digital battlefields, warfighter Internet, UAVs, and tactical ad hoc networks. Earlier, he was a research scientist at Hughes Research Labs, CA, working on mobile Internet and OS software and an engineer with ALR Computers and Archive Tape Drives Inc. At universities, he was formerly a tenured Chair Professor with the University of London (Queen Mary College UK) and a faculty at UC Irvine and Georgia Tech. A Californian for over 20 years, Professor Toh is an IEEE Fellow (2009) and AAAS Fellow (2009), founding Editor-in-Chief of IET Smart Cities Journal (2019), and has served on various ministerial and professional societies' committees. He is a recipient of the UK IET Ambrose Fleming Medal (2009) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2005) for pioneering the field of mobile ad hoc networks, with applications in transportation, defense, retail, health and disaster rescue.
Dr. Toh was also recognized with the Honorary Chair Professorship by National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2011-2023) and the University of Essex UK. He is the author of Prentice Hall Title Best Seller (book) in Ad Hoc Mobile Wireless Networks (2001) and most recently guest editor of US National Academy of Engineering Special Issue on "Engineering Smart Cities for Sustainability" (2023). He has recently presented and shared his visions and constructs of Smart Cities and Smart Transportation with various universities, industry CXOs, and public sector leaders, promoting the fusion of emerging technologies in sensing, data science, A.I., security and connectivity with a people-centric mindset and enhancing the public and industry understanding of what a smart city truly entails.
1. BEng(Honors) E.E. University of Manchester, UK (1991)
2. Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Cambridge, UK (1996)
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