Tai Kang

Tai Kang
Associate Professor
Tel: 6790 4444
Email: mktai@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3.2-02-76 
Homepage: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/mktai/
  • DIC PhD University of London, Imperial Coll. 1995
  • BEng(Hons) National University of Singapore 1990

Prof Tai obtained his B.Eng.(1st Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 1990, after which he worked as a product design engineer for more than two years in the consumer electronics division of Philips Singapore. In 1992 he left to pursue his Ph.D. at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, after which he returned to Singapore in 1995 to join NTU as a faculty member and he is currently an associate professor there. From 2001 to 2004 he was concurrently appointed as a faculty fellow of the Singapore-MIT Alliance, and since 2014 he has been concurrently appointed as a fellow of the Renaissance Engineering Programme at NTU. He is a member of ASME and ISSMO, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Engineering Optimization. He teaches various courses in design, optimization, computer-aided design and finite element analysis. His research interests include optimization, genetic/evolutionary algorithms, computational geometry, folding/unfolding of 3D folded structures, structural design optimization, system identification and mathematical modeling of industrial processes, and analysis of risks and vulnerabilities in supply chains and critical infrastructure interdependencies/networks. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed technical papers in international journals and conferences.

  • Interest:
    Design Optimization, Structural Design Optimization, Design of 3D Foldable Structures, Modeling and Optimization of Manufacturing Processes, Modeling and Analysis of Risks and Vulnerabilities in Supply Chains and Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Projects:
    Identifying Vulnerabilities and Extreme Risks in Critical Infrastructure Networks
    Interdependencies and failure propagation in critical infrastructure networks are modeled, and optimization applied to compute extreme risks and identify critical failure points and disruption vulnerabilities.
    [ICRM, Industrial Eng & Design]
    Optimal Structural Design of Wind Energy System
    Structural design optimization is applied to offshore wind support structures under aero and hydro-dynamic loads, to minimize mass/costs subject to extreme and fatigue load constraints.
    [ERIAN, Thermo-Fluid & Energy]

Research Student under supervision

PhD Student
Name Project
Lin Jiwei Anticipating Extreme Risks and Assessing Resilience of Transportation Networks

Selected Publications
  • Chew, K.H., Tai, K., Ng, E.Y.K. and Muskulus, M. (2015) “Optimization of Offshore Wind Turbine Support Structures Using an Analytical Gradient-Based Method”, Energy Procedia, Vol.80, pp.100-107
  • Garg, A., Tai, K., Lee, C.H. and Savalani, M.M. (2014) “A Hybrid M5’-Genetic Programming Approach for Ensuring Greater Trustworthiness of Prediction Ability in Modelling of FDM Process”, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol.25, No.6, pp.1349-1365
  • Garg, A., Tai, K. and Savalani, M.M. (2014) “State-of-the-Art in Empirical Modelling of Rapid Prototyping Processes”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol.20, No.2, pp.164-178
  • Lam, C.Y., Lin, J., Sim, M.S. and Tai, K. (2013) “Identifying Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructures by Network Analysis”, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, Vol.9, No.3, pp.190-210
  • Wang, N.F. and Tai, K. (2010) “Design of 2-DOF Compliant Mechanisms to Form Grip-and-Move Manipulators for 2D Workspace”, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.132, No.3, Article Number 031007
  • Kulkarni, A.J. and Tai, K. (2010) “Probability Collectives : A Multi-Agent Approach for Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems”, Applied Soft Computing, Vol.10, No.3, pp.759-771
  • Liu, W. and Tai, K. (2007) “Optimal Design of Flat Patterns for 3D Folded Structures by Unfolding with Topological Validation”, Computer-Aided Design, Vol.39, No.10, pp.898-913
  • Tai, K. and Akhtar, S. (2005) “Structural Topology Optimization Using a Genetic Algorithm with a Morphological Geometric Representation Scheme”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol.30, No.2, pp.113-127
  • Lam, Y.C., Zhai, L.Y., Tai, K. and Fok, S.C. (2004) “An Evolutionary Approach for Cooling System Optimization in Plastic Injection Moulding”, International Journal of Production Research, Vol.42, No.10, pp.2047-2061
  • Ray, T., Tai, K. and Seow, K.C. (2001) “Multiobjective Design Optimization by an Evolutionary Algorithm”, Engineering Optimization, Vol.33, No.4, pp.399-424

  • Design Optimization & Analysis
  • Mechanical System Design and Analysis
  • Engineers and Society
  • Renaissance Design
  • Optimization Theory and Applications
  • Math Methods in Engineering