Profile
Tan Tin Wee

Brief CV (May 2010)
Brief CV (Jan 2013) doc | pdf

Family Name: Tan
Given Name: Tin Wee
Email: tinwee --at-- bic.nus.edu.sg
Postal Address:
Bioinformatics Centre
Department of Biochemistry
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Academic and Professional Qualifications 
1993 CBiol MIBiol, Institute of Biology, UK
1986-1990 PhD Prototype Recombinant Chlamydial Vaccine for Sheep 
University of Edinburgh, UK
1985-1986 MSc (Biotechnology and Molecular Biology) Distinction,University of London, UK
1982-1985 BA (Biochemistry) University of Cambridge, UK
1980 Officer Cadet School, Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute (SAFTI)
1978-1979
1974-1977
1968-1973
Anglo Chinese Junior College, Singapore - 4As
Anglo Chinese Secondary School, Singapore - 6 A1s and 2 A2s
Anglo Chinese Primary School, Singapore
. International and Local Awards and Scholarships 
August 2013, Singapore National Day Awards - awarded by the Singapore Government, for 25 Years Long Service Medal (Pingkat Bakti Setia) oonferred at the Investiture Ceremony on 21 Feb 2014 by the Ministry of Education
July 2013, Singapore SINGAREN Appreciation Award, awarded by the President of the Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SINGAREN) Association
April 2013, Singapore National University of Singapore (25 Years) Long Service Award 2013, Stars@NUHS Awards Presentation Ceremony 3 April 2013
April 2012, Geneva Internet Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee 2012, one of 33 first Internet Pineeers (such as Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf, Al Gore, Tim Berners-Lee) to be accorded this honour, one of three Asians, and the only Chinese Singaporean
July 2011, Singapore Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation Ltd, Singapore Corporate Awards, Best Managed Board Award, (mid-cap category)
2010, Singapore Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation Ltd, Singapore Corporate Awards, Best Annual Report Award. Gold (mid-cap category)
June 2010
Coimbatore,India
Tamil Internet Frontier Award
9th Tamil Internet Conference, World Classical Tamil Congress, Coimbatore
August 2008
Manila
ASEAN Science and Technology Meritorious Award
ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology.
April 2006
Singapore
High Performance Grid Computing Competition, 2nd Prize
National University of Singapore Computer Centre
Feb 2005
Kyoto, Japan
Recognition Award for early pioneering contributions to
Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies
during APRICOT2005 10th Anniversary.
2003
USA
HPC Challenge Award: Most Geographically Distributed Application at SC2003
Member of the international team on project entitled "Global Analysis of Arthropod Evolution"
1998
Singapore
National University of Singapore Annual Staff Achievement Award 1998
1998
Singapore
7th Indian Cultural Festival Innovation Award (Tamil Web Project)
Awarded to Project Team: Dr Tan Tin Wee, Mr Naa Govindasamy, Mr Leong Kok Yong
Centre for Internet Research/NUS and School of Arts/NIE/NTU
1997
Jakarta
ASEAN Achievement Award (Research and Development)
ASEAN Business Forum
1997
Singapore
Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation
(for contribution towards Internet and IT in education)
1997
Singapore
Life Insurance Association (LIA) Award, Singapore
(team award for community work in building Internet access for people with disabilities)
1994
Singapore
Singapore Youth Award (Excellence in Science and Technology)
(Internet biological databases and biocomputing) 
1992
Geneva
Gold Medal, World Congress for Medical Informatics, Geneva
MEDINFO'92 (best presentation - Internet biomedical databases)
1989 UK Annual Award, Vaccine Research Trust, UK - (Chlamydial vaccines for sheep)
1986-89 UK Animal Health Trust (UK) Research Fellowship
1986-89 UK UK Overseas Research Student Award (ORS)
1985-86
Cambridge
Trinity College (Cambridge, UK) Travelling Studentship
Present Concurrent Appointments 
1999- Associate Professor
Dept of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS)
1996-2001 Director
Bioinformatics Centre, National University of Singapore (NUS)
1997-2001 Founding Non-executive director
Bioinformatrix Pte Ltd -An NUS Spin-off Company
1997-1999 Chairman (retired)
Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) -Fostering new AP Internet organisations
1997- Co-Director, User Community Area
Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Consortium -Advancing high performance networking in AP region
1998-1999 Special Advisor to Director-General
Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) -Internet Addresses and Numbers for AP Region
1998- Associate Director, Centre for Internet Research, NUS
1997- South East Asian Representative,
Coordinating Committee for InterContinental Research Networking (CCIRN)
1996-2000 President, Association for Informatics in Medicine Singapore (AIMS)
1996 - Co-Chairman, Enable2000 virtual committee for Internet among people with disabiilties
1997-98 Chairman, CAL Project, IT Task Force for Special Education Schools,
National Council for Social Service, Singapore
1999- Director
The International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet
1997 - 99 Advisor to
SingCERT Incident response and Internet Security for Singapore
Telemanufacturing Research Group Pioneering remote rapid prototyping
Satellite Internet Competency Unit Advancing satellite internet technology
1992-2003 Resident Fellow, Sheares Hall of Residence, NUS 
Previous Appointments 
1997 Principal Investigator and Founder
Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SINGAREN)
1995-1997 Consultant, National Technology Databank, Singapore 
1996-1997 Consultant, ASEAN Science and Technology Information Network (ASTNET) Project
1995-1998 Head, Internet Research and Development Unit;
Assistant Director, Computer Centre, NUS
Upgraded into Centre for Internet Research
1994-95 Head, Technet Unit, National University of Singapore (NUS)
commercialised into Pacific Internet
1990-1995 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Dept of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, NUS
1993-96 Coordinator, EDB-NUS Biotechnology Database
1993-94 Consultant, Education Sector, Schools Internet Pilot Project 
National Computer Board
1992-96 Coordinator, Biocomputing Research and User Support technology group 
1990-95 Lecturer, Dept of Biochemistry, NUS
1986-89 Research Fellow, Animal Health Trust, UK
Major Grants awarded and/or managed 
1994-1995 S$3.5M - Internet for R&D (as the last Head of Technet Unit) from National Science and Technology Board (NSTB), Singapore
1995-1998 S$2.08M - Internet R&D Unit (Founding Principal Investigator) from NSTB, Singapore
1996-1999 S$6M - Bioinformatics Centre (Founding Principal Investigator) from Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore
1997-1998 S$28M - Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN)
(Founding Principal Investigator - upgraded to national-status project in 1998)
from Telecommunications Authority of Singapore and National Science and Technology Board
1998-2000 S$2M - GlaxoWellcome-BIC Bioinformatics research grant in collaboration with CNPR (under BIC directorship) from GW Manufacturing (Singapore) Pte Ltd
1999-2001 S$1M - GlaxoWellcome-BIC Bioinformatics research grant in collaboration with CNPR (under BIC directorship) from GW Manufacturing (Singapore) Pte Ltd
1999-2002 S$6.1M - Bioinformatics Research Programmes (pending) from NSTB, Singapore
Minor Grants 
1992-1994 S$33K? - National Biotechnology Database-Directory project (PI) from TIBS grant, National Biotechnology Programme, EDB, Singapore
1994-1996 S$30K - Biocomputing Research grant (PI) (self-contributed from KC Lun, Derek Kiong and Tan Tin Wee as a bridging grant for sustaining bioinformatics research in NUS)
1995-1996 S$185K - Singapore Broadcasting Authority Grant on Internet regulation (Co-PI)
1995-1996 S$100K - Singapore Network Services (Co-PI)
1997-1999 S$88K - NUS Grant for running Asia Pacific Networking Group secretariat (PI)
1999-2000 C$72K - Pan-Asia Networking Research Grant, International Development Research Centre, Canada (PI)

Brief - June 1999

Long history of pioneering involvement with the Internet since 1991

Dr Tan Tin Wee initiated a number of Internet firsts for Singapore, including the first WAIS server (biomed.nus.sg) in the region (1992); the first Gopher server (solomon.technet.sg) in the region (1992); joint first Web server and longest running in Singapore (1993) (http://biomed.nus.sg); Singapore InfoWeb (1994) (http://www.sg), the forerunner of the present National Web Homepage, InfoMAP; first WAIS and Gopher server in Japan (RIKEN); the first Internet Cybercast of Singapore's National Day Parade and many other events since 1994.

Under his leadership, Singapore hosted the first Chinese Website in 1994, the first Tamil Web site using Tamil scripts in 1995, and a multilingual web site in 1996. During his headship of the Internet Research and Development Unit (IRDU), Singapore became the first regional Java Web site, VRML Website, 6Bone node, ActiveX Web site and the world's first operational Multilingual Domain Name system (iDNS).

His near misses include fostering the first Asian email forwarding system POBox, before Hotmail became wildly successful; Allo! java chat system while ICQ made its international debut; Auto-GIF multilingual image rendering system before Sinanet became prominent. Currently, he is trying to drive the commercialisation of several technologies - MIRAGE, multilingual Java Input and multilingual DNS.

The biggest challenge was to successfully initiate the first Asian STAR-TAP GigaPOP in November 1997, the first advanced research network (SINGAREN) to link to the USA vBNS outside North America. He continues to drive Asia Pacific advanced networking technologies through his founding role in the Asia Pacific Advanced Network consortium (APAN) and his current portfolio as User Community Co-Director, particularly in the bioinformatics and medical informatics area. He has successfully driven the formation of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) and the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) telemedicine project.

Three Decade Track Record for Awards

From 1968 to 1977 and 1979, he has consistently been awarded academic awards. Between 1977 to 1979, in at least a dozen science, mathematics and research competitions, he has won individual and/or team awards. Most notable was a Science Fair top prize Chemistry project "Possible Uses and Applications of Human Hair Keratin". During his military service in 1980, he was part of the best company team in a Military Knowledge Quiz. In 1982, he was offered a government scholarship (OMS) (declined). In 1985, he was awarded a Trinity College Traveling Studentship.

In 1989, he won the Annual Prize of the Vaccine Research Trust, UK for his pioneering work on developing recombinant DNA vaccines for chlamydial infections at the Moredun Institute, Scotland. He won the Gold Medal at the World Congress for Medical Informatics in 1992 for his work in biocomputing and Internet, and was awarded the Singapore Youth Award for excellence in Science and Technology in 1994. In 1997, he led the team which was awarded the Life Insurance Association Award for volunteer community work in introducing Internet technology to the disability communities. In the same year, he was awarded the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI - Singapore Foundation) Education Award for his work on Internet technologies for education (previous winners including Dr Tony Tan and Prof Lawrence Chia).

In the same year, for his work in promoting R&D, he was awarded the ASEAN Achievement Award by the ASEAN Business Forum in Jakarta (other winners from Singapore including Dr Cham Tao Soon, President, Nanyang Technological University).

In 1998, in recognition of his pioneering contribution to the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore and world wide, through the development of Tamil Internet in Singapore, and the initiation of the first International Tamil Internet Symposium, the Boon Lay Community Centre organising committee awarded him and his colleagues the 7th Indian Cultural Festival Innovation Award. He continues to guide the development of Tamil internet. At the same time, he is also involved in the National Chinese Internet Steering Committee, as well as fostered the first Malay internet website, KampungNet. He is now technical advisor to the nascent Tamil Internet Steering Committee.

Career Appointments

He was formerly Head of Technet Unit (1994-95), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore's first Internet Service Provider, which he took to the point of a $2.5M privatisation (The sale formed the basis of a new company, Pacific Internet, which in 1999 floated in NASDAQ). He was then tasked to head the NSTB-funded Internet Research and Development Unit (IRDU) (1995-1998 ) which he has taken to the second phase, handing it over to the School of Computing, NUS as the new Centre for Internet Research (CIR).

He has successfully conceptualised and initiated a $28M project to link Singapore into the vBNS (Very High Speed Backbone Network Service) and Internet 2 of the USA through the formation of a Singapore Research and Education Network (SINGAREN), which is now transitioned to CIR and the Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL).

In 1996, after six years of negotiation, he and his colleagues finally established the formation of a Bioinformatics Centre (BIC) at the National University of Singapore with seed-funding of S$6 million from the Economic Development Board. He is now Director of BIC (concurrently Associate Director of CIR).

To commercialise biocomputing software solutions, he has co-founded a start-up Bioinformatics company (BIX) in Singapore with a presence in Menlo Park, California (1997). This company has completed a major contract with Schering Plough Research Institute with revenue of S$250,000 in the first year. It has now signed deals with JoyMail, SinaNet and Yahoo for some generic Internet technologies. In December 1998, BIX successfully licensed bioinformatics technology to a USA startup bioinformatics company, KRISTECH Inc. which is a $1.6M BIX-KRDL-NUS spin-off. BIX is now in the process of spinning off another company to handle the multilingual domain names system which he conceived and invented in March 1998.

On the conference circuit

He has delivered numerous papers in many international conferences, both in his original field of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as in biocomputing, bioinformatics and Internet technology. He is a regular speaker at local and overseas conferences relating to the Internet, and has organised a number of local and international conferences in Singapore, including APRICOT'99, TamilNet'97 - Tamil Internet Information Processing Symposium and the APNG conference in 1996. He has also been invited to speak at a number of overseas conferences, including in Tokyo, Tsukuba (Japan), Puna (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Orlando (USA), Geneva (Switzerland) and Seoul (Korea).

As a Molecular Biologist

A molecular biologist, biotechnologist and biochemist by training, he was appointed Lecturer at the Dept of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, NUS in 1990 and rose to Senior Lectureship in 1995. During his PhD in Edinburgh, Scotland, he identified and prototyped a conventional subunit vaccine and a set of recombinant subunit vaccines against chlamydial infection in sheep. He has taught courses in molecular biology, immunochemistry and biocomputing, published refereed papers, edited a book on Biotechnology in Singapore, created the Singapore Biotechnology Database and the ASEAN Biotechnology Database, and from 1990 to 1994, edited several issues of the Singapore Biochemist, the official publication of the Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Current Research Interests

Current research areas include multilingualisation of Internet, music notation on the Internet, Internet communication protocols, VRML, Java, advanced Internet technologies, building regional advanced research networks, biocomputing and bioinformatics. In straddling two major technologies, IT and Biotechnology, he hopes to help Singapore establish a niche as a major technology player in Bioinformatics.

Community Service

In the social realm, he has been involved in a number of community projects e.g. Tampines Webtown, and in particular, with disabled people, including initiating computer networks at Singapore School for the Deaf (1994), Singapore Association for the Deaf (1994), Disabled People’s Association (1994), as well as the Mobile Internet POWER Wheelathon Project (1996), chairman of the Enable2000 IT virtual committee, spearheading Internet for the disabled communities. In 1997, he was appointed by the National Council for Social Service (NCSS) to be Chairman of the CAL Project for Special Education Schools. He chairs the APNG Sub-Working Group on Disabilities, and has chaired the INET'97 Disability Panel Discussion. He is currenty involved in a project to introduce Internet and assistive technology to the Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped, leading a team to build the school intranet, as well as a Braille-Book-on-Demand system. In 1999, he was appointed director the International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI).

Professional Membership and Service

Professionally, he has served for several years as the Chief Editor for the Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He was Vice President of the Association for Informatics in Medicine Singapore (AIMS) before becoming the President in 1996. He was elected in 1997 for a two-year term as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Networking Group (APNG), the leading Internet networking group in the Asia-Pacific region. In this capacity, he has steered the regional networking community to create APSIRC, APTLD, WWTLD and helped to found APAN - the Asia Pacific Advanced Network Consortium, where he serves as Co-Director, User Communities Area fostering the development of advanced research projects in specialised research communities including Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics. He is also currently serving as the President of Singapore's Medical Informatics association, and helping to launch the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) telemedicine consortium.



Appointments (Websites)
Director, Bioinformatics Centre, NUS http://www.bic.nus.sg
Associate Director, Centre for Internet Research, NUS http://www.cir.nus.sg
Chairman (retired), Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) http://www.apng.org
Co-Director, Asia Pacific Advanced Network consortium (APAN) http://www.apan.net
Special Advisor to Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) http://www.apnic.net
Singapore's oldest extant Website since September 1993 http://biomed.nus.sg (redesignated biomed.nus.edu.sg in accordance to new SGNIC rules)


Last updated September 1999; 12Jun99; 29Sep98
BTW My Chinese Name is transliterated as Chen Dingwei; planning to get a Chinese IDN including a TLD.