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Leveraging our wide network of partners, we have curated numerous enabling technologies available for licensing and commercialisation across different industries and domains. Enterprises interested in these technology offers and collaborating with partners of complementary technological capabilities can reach out for co-innovation opportunities.

Software Tool to Assess User Attentiveness During Online Engagements
This technology offer is a software tool that can be used to assess the level of attentiveness of a user during online engagements, such as during an online meeting, or an online lesson. The software tool is run in the background when a user launches an online meeting platform. The software tool consists of a server software and a client software, and realises three functions, namely, user attentiveness measurement, background audio noise estimation, and automated video editing with video segment output. Multiple client software can be used with a single server software at the same time. The server software handles incoming data from the clients and displays their status on a web-based dashboard. After a meeting ends, the client software will automatically output a video clip showing segments where the user has the highest level of attentiveness. This video clip can be used for further downstream analytics by the user or by the meeting/lesson organiser. The software tool can be used together with online meeting platforms. The prototype source code is available for demonstration purposes.  
High Efficiency Tubular Thermoelectric Generator
Thermoelectric technology enables direct energy conversion from heat into electricity and has attracted much attention as a renewable energy solution. However, conventional thermoelectric devices have complicated structures, restrictive shapes (planar only) and high temperature gradient requirements (ΔT>200oC), which makes them inefficient and difficult to scale-up for implementation. This technology offer is an innovative low temperature gradient, tubular thermoelectric generator which solves the above-mentioned problems by using a phenomenon called the transverse thermoelectric effect. This effect makes it possible to control heat flow and electric current independently in the materials, which gives the generator a higher efficiency at low temperature gradients. The thermoelectric generator has a simple tubular structure without complicated electric junctions seen in planar substrates, hence allowing it to be fitted easily onto pipes carrying exhaust heat.
Water-Repellent Particles for Farming and Desalination System
In arid environments, water-holding sheets are required to contain sufficient water for agricultural growth. However, one downside to the use of such sheets is the lack of gaseous permeability that could hamper the growth of plants. This technology can resolve such issues by means of coated sand particles that repels water. Originally developed as a hydrophobic coating for silica-based materials in home appliances, this technology offer is a water-repellent material that has been adapted to thinly coat sand (i.e. silica) particles to address the problems for agricultural purposes in dry areas such as deserts. With this technology, water-repellent particles can be obtained and used to lay on the ground as a sand layer. Due to the difference in surface tension, water does not permeate through the sand layers and can accumulate above the sand layers, serving as an aquifer when used in arid conditions. This technology also allows air to permeate between the gaps of these water-repellent particles simultaneously, ensuring optimal conditions for plant growth. The water-repellent material can also be extended for use in desalination systems as the desalting layer, allowing vapored water to be collected while separating saltwater. It may also be used as a foundation layer in road or pavement construction to mitigate urban heat-island effect by increasing water-holding capacity.
Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide Particles for Water Treatment
Arsenic is a toxic metal that has long polluted water bodies, posing potential human and aquatic health concerns even when present in low concentrations. Prolonged consumption of arsenic-contaminated groundwater can cause cancer and other health diseases. In groundwater, arsenic is typically present in two forms – trivalent and pentavalent where the latter is less toxic and easier to remove through conventional processes such as coprecipitation, adsorption etc. Conversion of trivalent arsenic to pentavalent arsenic can be done with a photocatalyst i.e., when photocatalyst is irradiated by UV light, OH radicals are generated by which trivalent arsenic will be oxidized into pentavalent arsenic.This technology offer is a new structure of photocatalytic particle with improved activity and reusability which is especially useful to effectively treat trivalent arsenic polluted water. The photocatalyst particle of this technology offer consists of zeolite particles and titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles coated thereon. This structure enables the TiO2 particle to possess a larger surface-area to volume-ratio than conventional particulate TiO2. By applying the photocatalytic particles to polluted water treatment, it can enhance the efficiency of detoxification of trivalent arsenic. Furthermore, since the new photocatalyst particles are of micrometers size, the photocatalysts can be separated by sedimentation from the post-treated water and can be collected to be reused. Throughput of water treatment is thoroughly enhanced by this photocatalyst by 50 times in the case of arsenic pollutants and by 100 times in the case of persistent organic materials.
Menu Personalisation System
In recent times, more restaurant customers prefer to place their food orders on their own, using mobile apps, due to the convenience of doing so. Many restaurant owners also prefer this method of food ordering because it helps to reduce waiters’ workload and issues arising from customer orders, such as wrong food orders due to miscommunication between the customer and the waiter. Such a solution is also useful in achieving social distancing, as required by the Covid-19 situation. Restaurant owners, staff, and customers are experiencing the benefits that digitalisation is bringing to the traditional way of working in a restaurant, hence it is highly anticipated that they will accept more digital solutions in the near future. This technology offer is a menu personalisation system, which allows restaurant customers to generate a personalised menu that is formulated based on the customer's personal information and the restaurant’s available menu items and ingredients.
Restaurant Search Engine with Enhanced Filters
Restaurant search engines based on various user ratings are available on many websites or mobile applications. Most of these search engines rank the restaurants based on reviewers’ input, or by the user’s location or proximity to the restaurants.   This technology offer is a restaurant search engine that provides some additional filtering options compared to conventional restaurant search engines. For example, the filtering function allows the users to search for restaurants based on the ratings made by only native, local customers. With such finely-tuned filters, this technology offer helps users to efficiently search for restaurants and food, with very specific criteria.
Sub-Skin and Gut Microbiome Health Analysis by Smartphone App
Conventional diagnostic imaging of the skin involves the use of dermatoscopes. Dermatoscopes use skin surface microscopy to examine dermal and sub-dermal tissues to diagnose skin problems. However, these devices can be costly and provide a limited view of the immediate skin surface. This limitation meant that dermatoscopes have to be used in direct contact with the patient's skin. Because of this, they can only be used to image patients in the same physical location as the clinician conducting the examination. The overall result is that only a tiny portion of the global dermatology patient-base can be reached cost-effectively and efficiently. Telemedicine and telehealth network operations are rapidly developing ways to address patients broadly and at lower costs for them and their care providers. Yet, such tools neither deliver desmatoscope-like functionality nor improved it in way that it allows patients' skins to be examined and analysed during an online medical consultation with a general practitioner. In order to facilitate remote skin disease diagnosis, the use of software is required to acquire and share images in real-time and ideally, by the patients themselves. This software enables patients to take their medical sub-skin images with their mobile, tablet or laptop cameras, and securely share it with doctors. Crucially, dermatoscopy images can also be used with the technology to improve diagnostic accuracy. This technology is intended to position itself as a technology which when scaled-up, could allow for products that can enable optical biopsy and phototherapy. 
Emotion Recognition AI for Extraction of Concealed Feelings
This technology offer is a healthcare-grade emotion recognition AI with close to 10 years of R&D and commercial use that can discern emotions, high accuracy, and is capable of extracting concealed feelings. The strength of the algorithm arises from the volume and granularity of data collected, enabling the AI engine to detect and assess a broad range of emotions with precision. There are annotated datasets from various fields of psychology; after extensive training and validation, the algorithm recognises the minutiae scale of emotions for applications across platforms. This technology offer can be used in mental health analysis, vehicle safety, education, unbiased emotion feedback for advertising and public security. It has been deployed for audience emotion measurement, customer satisfaction, human resources and training applications, etc. The technology owner is keen to out-license this technology and/or work with technology collaborators who can further co-develop this technology. E.g., companies with relevant hardware, and require lightweight emotion recognition AI at the edge to bring new products/services into the market, such as non-intrusive emotion recognition cameras in shopping malls.
Automated, Scalable Generation of 3D Cell Cultures by Novel Bioprinter
Conventional methods of 2D cell culture have limitations. They do not completely mimic the 3D tissues and organs of the human body. 3D bioprinting offers a way to generate 3D cultures in forms of spheroids (from cancer cells) and embryoid bodies (from stem cells). 3D cell culture is able to better mimic the in vivo conditions of human tissues and organs. Spheroids behave similar to tumors and make good cancer models for studying oncology and testing drugs. Embryoid bodies from stem cells mimic the development of embryos and can be used to study the effects of drugs on the three germ layers of the body – ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm. The hanging-drop method, a manual generation of such 3D cell structures, is labor-intensive and not amenable to up-scaling in biotech industry. This technology overcomes the forementioned limitations by offering an automated, cost-effective, novel bioprinter that can rapidly generate 3D cultures of various cell types with multiple applications in drug discovery, cosmetic testing, tumor studies etc. Unlike existing technologies that generate structural parts, this bioprinter can produce functional components like organoids and embryoids, which can be further developed into functional tissues. This feature offers means to create artificial yet biologically-relevant functional tissues.  This bioprinter is developed in-house and extensively tested out over three years. Target users are cell culture researchers and companies engaging in clinical trials of novel drugs and vaccines. Partners are sought for technology development and commercialization collaborations, including 3D bioprinting solution providers, robotics industry, clinical trial companies etc.