Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MIMOS Research Seminar: Multi-camera Anomaly Detection

WHAT : Multi-camera Anomaly Detection
WHO: Chen Change, LOY (Queens Mary College, University of London, U.K.)
WHEN: 1100 am – 1200 noon ,  Tuesday 22 December 2009
WHERE: MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, 57000 Kuala Lumpur

Admission : Free, but registration is encouraged..
Parking : There is ample free parking within the grounds of MIMOS Bhd.

Abstract :
We present a novel approach for detecting global behaviour anomalies in multiple disjoint cameras by learning time delayed dependencies between activities cross camera views. Specifically, we propose to model multi-camera activities using a Time Delayed Probabilistic Graphical Model (TD-PGM) with different nodes representing activities in different semantically decomposed regions from different camera views, and the directed links between nodes encoding causal relationships between the activities. A novel two-stage structure learning algorithm is formulated to learn globally optimised time-delayed dependencies. A new cumulative abnormality score is also introduced to replace the conventional log-likelihood score for gaining significantly more robust and reliable real-time anomaly detection. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is validated using a camera network installed at a busy underground station.

Profile :
Loy Chen Change is a PhD candidate in Queen Mary, University of London, U.K., under the supervision of Dr. Xiang  and Prof. Gong. Previous to this, he was a researcher in Centre of Multimodel Signal Processing, Mimos Berhad. His work is focused on computer vision, pattern recognition and image processing. He has published in numerous prestigious computer vision conferences, e.g. ICCV, CVPR and BMVC.

All are welcome!  However, as there are only a limited number of seats available, please come early to avoid the disappointment of not having a place to sit for the entire duration of the presentation.

We would appreciate receiving confirmation of participation (email: cs.chan@mimos.my or tel. 03 8995 5000 ext. 6270). See you there !

Friday, December 4, 2009

All set for SPICT-09 and WAIC-09


Dear all,

All set for SPICT-09 and WAIC-09. See all of you in The Royale Bintang Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on 7 and 8 Dec 2009.

regards.

Talk by Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram


CHEVENING ALUMNI OF MALAYSIA

invites you to the Third Chevening 25th Anniversary Public Lecture on

THE TRIPLE GLOBAL CRISIS –

FINANCE, DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE:

Can we kill three birds with one stone?

by

Dr JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development,

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

United Nations

&

Member, United Nations Commission of Experts on Reforms

of the International Monetary and Financial System

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time: 7.45 to 10.00pm

Venue: Auditorium, Securities Commission

3, Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Cost: Free

For map, see:http://www.sc.com.my/eng/html/organisation/roadmap_eng.html

Dr K S Jomo is widely perceived to be an outspoken intellectual with unorthodox non-partisan views. Hence, his analytical review of the current triple global crisis and the failure of the international community to respond more creatively will be exciting and insightful. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

Confirm your attendance by registering at info@cheveningalumni.org.my

Feel free to circulate this notice.

We look forward to welcoming you to this timely forum.

Nithi Nesadurai

President

The Chevening Alumni of Malaysia is an association of recipients of the Chevening Scholarship awarded by the British Government for study in the United Kingdom. It launched its public forum series in 2007 to raise awareness on topical issues.

Monday, November 30, 2009

2nd MSC Malaysia R&D Exchange Forum 2009


2nd MSC Malaysia R&D Exchange Forum 2009
Knowledge sharing in R&D on TelePresence and Video conferencing
Tuesday, 8 December, 2009
Venue: Royale Ballroom, The Royale Bintang Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

8.45 am Registration of Participants

9.10 am Welcoming Remarks
Ir. Prof. Dato' Dr. Chuah Hean Teik
President/CEO
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
9.20 am Opening Remarks
Ms. Ng Wan Peng
Chief Operating Officer
Multimedia Development Corporation
9.30 am Panasonic HD Presence Communication System Development and Test Methodology
Mr. Eiichi Muramoto
Network Technology Leader
Immersive Communication Task Force, Corporate R&D
Panasonic Corporation Osaka
10.10 am ALM Technology for Multi-site HD Presence System and Standardization Activities
Dr.Ettikan Kandasamy
Principal Engineer
Panasonic R&D Centre Malaysia, Cyberjaya
10.50 am Tea Break

11.20 am Seamless AV Communication Utilizing Peer To Peer Technology & Challenges
Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong
Faculty of Information Technology
Multimedia University (MMU)
12.00 noon Panel Session
Moderator: Dr. Victor Tan (UTAR)
Panelist: Mr. Eiichi Muramoto
Dr. Ettikan Kandasamy
Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong
12.45 noon Networking Lunch

2.00 pm A TCP based High Definition Video Conferencing Platform.
Prof Dr.Sureswaran Ramadass
Director of the National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence (NAV6),
IPv6 Domain Head for MYREN (Malaysian Research and Education Network)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
2.40pm Academic-Industrial Collaboration Forum: Industry academic collaboration: Experiences from ipVx-UTAR and NUS
Dr. Tommi Chen
CEO, ipVx Sdn Bhd.
3.20 pm Tea Break & Networking Session

3.50 p.m. Academic-Industrial Collaboration Forum: University – Industry Relationships - Bridging the Gap
Prof. Lee Sze Wei, Vice President (R&D and Commercialization),
Director of Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research,
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
4.30 pm Panel Session
Moderator: Dr. Liew Soung Yue (UTAR)
Panelist: Prof Dr.Sureswaran Ramadass
Dr. Tommi Chen
Prof. Lee Sze Wei
5.00 pm End of 2nd MSC Malaysia R&D Exchange Forum 2009

_________________________________________________________________

Dr. Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah
Principal Engineer
Panasonic R&D Centre Malaysia, Cyberjaya
Ettikan KK., with Ph.D (in the area of Distributed Computing), MSc (Master of Computer Science) and Bachelor of Computer Science, all from University Science Malaysia, obtained in the year 1997, 1999 and 2005 respectively. He is currently with Advanced Technology Development Group (ATDG), Panasonic R&D Centre Malaysia located in Cyberjaya, Malaysia as Principal Engineer (cum General Manager of R&D Group) being responsible in IP Multimedia communications protocol research activities. He is responsible for initiating collaborative research activities with Corporate Lab partners and formulating research process/methodology. Beside the team leading/managing effort, he also directly involved in R&D activities with 12 JP/International patents were successfully applied in the Home Networking area & Network Processing. Recently under his leadership ATDG/PRDCM was awarded STAR grant for strategic research activities at ATDG as part of Panasonic corporate research lab. Currently he is actively participating in embedded system communication related areas at ATDG.
Mr. Eiichi Muramoto
Network Technology Leader
Immersive Communication Task Force, Corporate R&D
Panasonic Corporation Osaka
Mr. Eiichi Muramoto received his Engineering Master degree from Information Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). His research interest includes areas in Networking, Group communication, End to End QoS, Internet Testbed Application.
Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong
Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology
Multimedia University
Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, and both his M.IT. and B.Sc. degrees from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.
His current research interest area spans peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and Distributed Systems. He is also interested in algorithm design and performance modeling of various distributed systems based on a variety of theories, including optimization, graph theory, and network coding. He is also interested in extensive measurement and statistical study of large-scale Internet systems, to explore problems and derive insights towards their improvement.
Dr. Tommi Chen
Chief Executive Officer
ipVx Sdn Bhd
Dr. Tommi Chen has been an early internet pioneer in Asia setting up the first ISP in the region in 1991. In Singapore he is best known as founder of Pacific Internet and is credited as the 'father' of the internet for his work as a pioneer and catalyst for internet developments in Singapore. In 1995, he was invited by Telekom Malaysia to set up its ISP, TMNet. He was also once in research leading the R&D team for networking at the National University of Singapore and later becoming Deputy Director in charge of IT planning at the University.
Today Tommi is Chief Executive of ipVx Sdn Bhd. The company specializes in setting up ICT infrastructure and providing outsource services for data centres, internet service providers and large corporate clients. His forte is the internet, understanding its business implications and the service provider business. His strength is in his ability to create strong technological implementation capability and is known in the industry for his strategic insight in the internet service provider industry.
Prof Dr.Sureswaran Ramadass
Director of the National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence (NAV6),
IPv6 Domain Head for MYREN (Malaysian Research and Education Network)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Dr. Sureswaran obtained his BsEE/CE (Magna Cum Laude) and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami in 1987 and 1990 respectively. He obtained his PhD from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2000.
Dr. Sureswaran's career included being a senior member of the technical staff of the research team of MODCOMP, Florida. MODCOMP was a company focused on the research, development and deployment of real-time operating systems. MODCOMP's customers included Jet Propultion Labs (JPL) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their remote space vehicles. Dr. Sureswaran later joined ICON Business System, Inc (Florida) as Senior Consultant in 1991. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President Engineering and was responsible for the entire engineering and R&D divisions of ICON.
Dr. Sureswaran's achievements include being awarded the Malaysian Innovation Award by the Prime Minister in 2007. Dr. Sureswaran was also the founder and headed the team that successfully took MLabs Systems Berhad, a high technology video conferencing company to a successful listing on the Malaysian Stock Exchange in 2005.
Dr. Sureswaran is currently one of the four steering committee members and the IPv6 Domain Head for MYREN (Malaysian Research and Education Network). He is also currently the Chairman of the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force (APV6TF). Dr. Sureswaran's is also a Primary Member of APAN as well as the Head of APAN Malaysia (Asia Pacific Advanced Networks).
Dr. Sureswaran is currently a Director of the Japanese AI3 project and is also the Head of the AI3 (Asian Internet Interconnections Initiative) for Malaysia. Dr. Sureswaran was also appointed as an advisor to the Japanese government's Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecomm. (MPHPT).
Dr. Sureswaran has published over 70 research papers and 7 patents. He has written chapters and provided materials for 4 books. He has also been a program committee member for numerous international conferences and has reviewed papers for over 30 international and national level conferences.
Dr. Sureswaran has received over USD 8 million in research funding and grants from
numerous organizations in the 16 years that he has been with the university.
Prof. Dr. Lee Sze Wei
Vice President (R&D and Commercialization)
Director of Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Prof. Dr. Lee Sze Wei obtained his BEng (Hons) in Electronics and Optoelectronics, MPhil., and PhD from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK in 1995, 1996, and 1998 respectively. He specializes in telecommunication engineering and has been involved in various industry-university collaborative research projects and providing training programmes to the industry aimed at updating and upgrading the knowledge and skill of technologists and engineers in the industry.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fwd: FICT Postgraduate Proposal Defense Seminar

Dear all,

Please be informed that you are invited for the FICT Postgraduate Proposal Defense Seminar to be held on this Friday. All are welcome to the event.
The details are as follows:

Date: 20 Nov 2009 (Friday)
Time: PD206, FICT PJ.

No From To Candidate Name Programme Title (Tentative) Supervisor(s)
1 10:00:00 AM 10:30:00 AM Hoh Ming Chee MIS-A The Development and Evaluation of an Independent Learner Courseware for Web Based Learning Environment (ILC-WBLE) Dr Choo Wou Onn,
Dr Siew Pei Hwa (Co-sup)
2 10:30:00 AM 11:30:00 AM Ling Toh Koh MCS-A Pedestrian Detection Implementation Using CUDA Dr Tay Yong Haur
3 11:30:00 AM 12:00:00 PM Simon Lim Hao Wooi MCS-A Viewpoint-invariant Generic Object Recognition on static images via Temporal Semi-Online Semi-Supervised Learning Dr Tay Yong Haur
4 12:00:00 PM 1:00:00 PM Gan Ming Lee PhD(ICT) α+1: A New resource - Efficient path Protection Scheme Dr Liew Soung Yue
5 1:00:00 PM 2:00:00 PM Sor Kean Vee PhD(ICT) Parralel computation in RNA Structures Prediction Dr Goh Yong Kheng
6 2:00:00 PM 2:30:00 PM Lee Kelvin MCS-A Intruder Detection and Recognition through Behavioral Analysis Dr Khor Siak Wang,
Dr Lee Yun Li (Co-sup)
7 2:30:00 PM 3:00:00 PM Ooi Zheng Lin MCS-A Detecting and Recognizing Intruder through Posture and Movement Activities Dr Khor Siak Wang,
Dr Lee Yun Li (Co-sup)






--
regards,
Yong Haur

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

IEEE I&M Workshop on Robotics and Instrumentation

Dear Valued IEEE Members,

IEEE I&M Malaysia Chapter is organizing one-day workshop on Robotics and
Instrumentation - suitable for students, academicians and even hobbyists.
The workshop allows you to have hands-on experience on designing robots and
their instrumentation. Since, we have received many requests to postpone the
date due to examination period in many universities, therefore, the new date
has been selected and the details are as follows.

Date                :           Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Venue             :           Kulliyyah of Engineering, International
Islamic University

Time                :           9.00am - 4.30pm

Price                :           RM50 (includes robotic kits, handouts,
certificates and refreshment)

Contact/         :           A/Prof . Dr. Rini Akmeliawati

Registration               by 09 December to  <mailto:rakmelia@iiu.edu.my>
rakmelia@iiu.edu.my

Instructor       :           Dr. Riza Muhida

Itinerary         :

09.00   Opening

09.15   Introduction to Robot: History, Structure and Components

10.30   Introduction to Microcontroller

11.30   Microcontroller Programming and data acquisition using Microcontroller

13.00   Lunch/Zhuhur Prayer

14.00   Programming For Robot

15.30   Design a Line Following Robot

16.00   Simulation of Line following Robot Competition

16.30   Closing

Short biography of instructor:

Dr Riza obtained his PhD in the field of Optical Electronics from Osaka
University, Japan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physics from
Institute Technology Bandung, Indonesia; and his MSc in the field of Power
Electronics from Osaka University, Japan. He is currently an Assistant
Professor at the dept. Mechatronics Engineering, International Islamic
University Malaysia. His fields of interests: Instrumentation and
Measurement, Robotics, Sensors and Actuations. He has given many workshops
and trainings on Robotics and Instrumentation. He was one of the organizing
committee of the International Robot Olympiad 2008. He is an active member
of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Malaysia Chapter.

PS: We would appreciate if you can disseminate the information or the
attached poster to your colleagues/students/universities.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rini Akmeliawati

Chair of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement

Malaysia Chapter.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mimos Seminar invitation - Prof Dr Sergio Velastin

To whom it may concern,

On behalf of Mimos Berhad, I have the honour to invite you and your colleagues to the presentation of Prof. Dr. Sergio Velastin, Kingston University, U.K., one of the leading expert in the field of digital imaging, smart notion and the analysis of human behavioural images in crowded situations, to take place on

Monday, 16th November 2009, 10:30a.m.
Mimos Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil ( Seminar Room to be announced)

Prof. Dr. Sergio presentation will focus on "CCTV Video Analytics: Recent Advances and Limitations". Abstract of the presentation and a short biography of Prof. Dr. Sergio can be found below.

Abstract
The installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in urban environments is now commonplace and well-known. The UK leads the world with an estimated 4 million public cameras installed (20% of the world's deployment). Public attitudes to these systems reflect the balance needed between two conflicting requirements:
a) Concerns over invasion of privacy and fears of authoritarian control of the population. b) Welcoming the increased safety in public spaces and reductions in crime and antisocial behavior.
Recent events and what appears to be the effectiveness of the CCTV infrastructure in assisting law enforcers to understand how the events took place and the people involved, seem to have tipped the balance towards (b), at least momentarily. What we should not forget however, is that such events are thankfully very rare but that there is a cumulative significant effect of mundane daily events that we need to deal with. For example, it has been estimated that what in the UK is called "antisocial behavior" costs the country around € 5000 million a year. A single London Borough (municipality) spends annually around € 1 million to remove graffiti, 44% of women feel unsafe at bus stops at night, a single bus company in a major city is known to have replaced 8,000 windows in one year and a study showed that in a single day in the UK there were around 66,000 reports of nuisance or loutish behavior. At the same time, there are reports that when CCTV has been installed there has been a 35% reduction in crime over 5 years. Indeed, crime in general is decreasing while uncivil behavior is on the increase.
It turns out that one of the major limitations of conventional CCTV systems is the impracticality of deploying sufficient number of people to be in front of television screens observing largely uneventful video. As long as this is the case, CCTV will tend to remain a reactive tool. The inability of being truly pro-active, producing timely alarms and eventually being able to prevent incidents, is what ultimately limits these systems. There is a need to automate at least simple observation tasks through computer vision, a functionality that has become known popularly as "video analytics". The large size of CCTV systems and the requirement of high detection rates and low false alarms are major challenges., this talk will
illustrate some of the efforts that the research and industrial communities are making towards realizing automated means of detecting video events involving human activity. It will show the kind of progress made but also the current limitations of this technology.
Biography
Prof. Dr Sergio A. Velastin received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics, M.Sc. (Research) degree in Digital Image Processing and the Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the UK, in 1978, 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Prof. Dr Sergio Velastin founded Ipsotek in 2001 and is widely considered a leading expert in the field of digital imaging, smart motion detection and the analysis of human behavioural images in crowded situations. Prof. Dr Velastin has now returned to academia where he is the Director of the Digital Imaging Research Centre (DIRC) at Kingston University. However, Prof. Dr. Velastin remains involved with Ipsotek in an advisory capacity. Prof. Dr. Velastin has published 2 books and over 150 papers refereed journal and conference. His research interests include computer vision for pedestrian monitoring and personal security as well as distributed visual surveillance systems.
Prof. Dr Sergio Velastin is a member of the IET, IEEE and the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA). He also served as a EPSRC grant reviewer and member of the International Union Public Transport (UIPT). Recently, Prof. Dr. Sergio has been awarded £11 million funding from the EU FP7 for a research project named "PROTECTRAIL".
 

The presentation will end approx. at 11.30a.m.

We would appreciate receiving confirmation of participation before 13.11.2009 (email: cs.chan@mimos.my or tel. 02 8995 5000 ext. 6270). Please be informed that light refreshment will be provided after the presentation. See you there ! 

Regards,

CS, CHAN

----------------------

Dr Chee Seng Chan

Senior Reseacher
Mimos Berhad
Technology Park Malaysia
57000 Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA
Email: cs.chan@mimos.my
Contact: +(60)3 8995 5000 ext. 6270

Thursday, October 22, 2009

3rd MSC MALAYSIA R&D SERIES 2009 : Next Generation Wireless Network

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you for the event below. You may RSVP to thelagavathi@mdec.com.my. Looking forward to have you for the event. Thanks.

 *Please feel free to forward this invitation to relevant contact.

Thanks & Regards,

Thelagavathi Atikan
Senior Executive - Technology Policy and Research
Capacity Development Division
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

DID: +603-8314 1842    |Fax: +603-8318 8786   |Email:
thelagavathi@mdec.com.my <mailto:khairulmazwan@mdec.com.my>


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Talk on Research Grant, Journal Publication and Consultancy Work (22/10/09)

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that Faculty of Business and Finance
(FBF) will organize a half-day seminar on 22nd October 2009 (Thursday)
from 1.00p.m. - 5.00 p.m. The venue of the seminar is at Auditorium
A003, Blok A, UTAR Kampar Campus. Three speakers were invited to give
a talk on research grant, journal publication and consultancy works.
The details of the seminar are as follow:-

Topic 1: How to Publish Research Papers in the Reputable Journals Effectively?
Speaker: Dr. Alain Yee-Loong Chong, Associate Professor, INTI
University College, Malaysia

Topic 2: How to Apply External Research Grant?
Speaker: Dr. Chew Kok Wai, Senior Lecturer, Multimedia University, Malaysia.

Topic 3: How to Obtain Consultancy Works?
Speaker: Dr. Ch'ng Huck Khoon, Assistant Professor, Universiti Tunku
Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.

Attached are the resumes of the above speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you to the above talks. Please
disseminate this information to your staff and we would like to invite
all of you to come forward and join us in sharing the knowledge and
valuable information together.

If you would like to reserve a place please email or call our Deputy
Dean (R&D) Dr. Choong Chee Keong - choongck@utar.edu.my. We would be
very pleased to welcome you.

Thank you

Best regards,
Dr. Ooi Keng Boon
Dean and Associate Professor
Faculty of Business and Finance
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Perak Campus
Jalan Universiti
Bandar Barat
31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia
Tel: +605-4662323 Ext.1033
Fax: +605-4667407
Email: ooikb@utar.edu.my

Saturday, September 5, 2009

FICT Doctoral Presentation Session (Sept 8th, 1-4pm, PD206)

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a presentation session by our doctoral students who joined us this June.  A total of 5 topic areas ranging from technical computer science materials to social information systems subjects will be presented.  We plan for this session to be informal so everybody can participate in discussing, commenting, and providing suggestions to the presenters.  This will be also a good "gathering and of course relaxing" session after 14-weeks of teaching.  We know it is a long session, so we will prepare refreshments : ).

The schedule and the venue are as followed:

Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept 8th, 2009 / 1 - 4pm
Venue: PD206, UTAR Petaling Jaya


See you.

regards,
sfw.

Presentation/Demo from Omron

Dear all,

You are invited to attend presentation/demo from Omron on 10th September 2009 (Thursday) at 2pm. Mr Looi, from Omron will give a presentation/demo on their lastest technology such as RFID, Interactive touch panel, floor displays and 3D animation that currently as an emerging technology in the market place. This presentation may benefits towards your research area.

 The presentation/demo schedule as followed:

 Date  : 10th September 2009 (Thursday)
 Time  : 2pm
 Venue : PD206 (UTAR PJ Campus, PD Block)

 Thank you very much~

Best regards,
Yunli Lee
FICT, UTAR

Friday, August 21, 2009

MIMOS Research Symposium : Recent Developnments in Human Motion Analysis

Recent Developments in Human Motion Analysis

Chan Chee Seng, PhD, MIET, MIEEE

Centre for Multimodal Signal Processing

MIMOS Bhd.,

Technology Park Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Visual surveillance in dynamic scenes, especially for humans and vehicles, is currently one of the most active research topics in computer vision. It has a wide spectrum of promising applications, including access control in special areas, human identification at a distance, crowd flux statistics and congestion analysis, detection of anomalous behaviours, and interactive surveillance using multiple cameras, etc. In general, the processing framework of visual surveillance in dynamic scenes includes the following stages: modelling of environments, detection of motion, classification of moving objects, tracking, understanding and description of behaviours, human identification, and fusion of data from multiple cameras.

In this presentation, first of all I will review the recent developments and general strategies of all these stages. Secondly, I will show how some of my earlier research fits into this area. Finally, I will analyse possible research directions, e.g., occlusion handling, a combination of two and three-dimensional tracking, a combination of motion analysis and biometrics, anomaly detection and behaviour prediction, content-based retrieval of surveillance videos, behaviour understanding and natural language description, fusion of information from multiple sensors, and remote surveillance.

 

SPEAKER's PROFILE

Chee Seng Chan  received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, U.K., 2008. He previously held research appointment at the Institute of Industrial Research, University of Portsmouth, U.K.  His current research interests include human motion analysis, medical image analysis, fuzzy qualitative reasoning, knowledge-based theory, and applications.

 

Date : 4 September 2009 (Friday)

Time : 10.00am - 11.00am

Venue : MIMOS Berhad, TPM, Kuala Lumpur.

While no registration is mandatory, it would be appreciated if you can kindly inform us of your participation on or before 2nd September for our records and preparations.

 

 Warmest regards.

Monday, July 20, 2009

CCIS Seminar: How to use Grid technology in daily life and science

Dear all, 

You are cordially invited for a talk on grid computing by Dr Cheng Wai Khuen. Below are the details of the talk.

Title           :       How to use Grid technology in daily life and science
Date           :       27 July 2009 (Monday)
Time          :       3.30 p.m.
Venue
   
UTAR Perak Campus  :       Conference Room, 1st Floor, Block A
   UTAR PJ Campus       :       Conference Room, 1st Floor, PD Block
Presenter   :       Dr. Cheng Wai Khuen (Michael) 
Abstract
Grid computing has emerged as a new paradigm for high performance computing. One of the objectives of Grid is to enable users to access remote resources and federate distributed computers for large-scale computational processes. Nowadays, the term of GRID is still a "Myth" for many non-computer science literate researchers. We see some degree of confusion in the IT industry since various terminologies such as on-demand computing, cloud computing, service oriented architecture and virtualization are bandied. This presentation will discuss on these issues and helps researchers to differentiate among the jargons. Some current Grid related projects which have been conducted globally in different domains are presented. It helps to inspire more researchers to apply this technology in the appropriate area for our daily life and science development. Some guides and concerns are presented to those interests in utilizing Grid for technology advancement.


Regards,
Mariam Nainan
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Friday, July 17, 2009

CVT Seminar: Vehicle Safety and Injury Prevention by Prof Brian Fildes

Date: 20th July 2009, Monday
Time: 3-4pm
Venue: DK1, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak
Title: Vehicle Safety and Injury Prevention
Speaker: Prof Brian Fildes
Biography: Professor Brian Fildes is Associate Director of MUARC Europe, based at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology and qualifications in Engineering and his speciality is Human Factors research. He has particular interests in occupant protection, speeding, driver perception and injuries to older people, both on the road and in the home. Brian joined the Centre soon after it was established in 1987 and has developed and manages a team of researchers and graduate students working on a number of research projects. He has been instrumental in helping government agencies implement a number of new injury prevention countermeasures and programs as well as evaluating real world crash performance for the automotive industry.

All students and staff are invited

Collaboration Discussion: 2-3pm, 20th July 2009, 6th floor meeting room, all
staff are invited.

Thanks.

Regards,
Dr Tan Ching Seong 陈清祥

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

CCIS Seminar: View Independent Posture Recognition using Multiple Silhouettes in Hidden Markov Models

Dear all,

The Centre for Computing and Intelligent Systems (CCIS) will be organizing a talk by Dr Lee Yun Li. All are welcome to the talk.

Below are the details of the talk:

Date: 16 July 2009
Time: 2pm -3.00pm
Venue: PD206, FICT, UTAR, No. 9, Jalan 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Speaker: Dr Lee Yun Li, UTAR.
Title: View Independent Posture Recognition using Multiple Silhouettes in Hidden Markov Models
Abstract:
With emerging technology development, we aim to duplicate the ability of human vision by electronically perceiving and understanding the human action. Human action is composed by a sequence of postures across time and space. In fact, human posture is a basic element of human action. Thus, we present a simple yet effective human posture representation and recognition using multiple silhouettes from multiple cameras and Hidden Markov Model (HMM) for view independent. A defined virtual environment and synthetic 3D model are used for capturing and training the defined postures. It is reasonably cheap to compare with real model for training data. In order to resolve the view independent where human can perform action naturally and without restrict the position, a sequence of code word for defined posture is created to train the HMM. Each HMM is represented for a defined posture where it is able to learn and recognize the defined posture at any sequence of viewpoints with minimum number of observed cameras.


--
regards,
Yong Haur

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme - Knowledge Management - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme - Knowledge Management - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Description:

Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programs in Hong Kong's institutions.

Eligibility

Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in UGC-funded institutions of Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,0001 and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,0001 per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded for the 2010/11 academic year2.

1US$1 = HK$7.8 (rate for reference only)

2Academic year in Hong Kong normally starts in September.

Review Panels

Applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by two Selection Panels with experts in the broad areas, one for science, medicine, engineering and technology and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria

While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but is not limited to, the four yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:

1. Academic excellence;
2. Research ability and potential;
3. Communication, and interpersonal skills; and
4. Leadership abilities.

Application Process

The Scheme will call for application in early September 2009.

Each applicant may choose up to two programs in one or two institutions for PhD study when applying for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. Application should be made through the Online Application System (OAS) which will be available in early September 2009. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship application is also regarded as a formal application for admission to the PhD program(s) offered by the institution(s) concerned. Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programs except the application deadline, which should strictly follow the stipulated deadline for the Fellowship scheme. Admission requirements of individual institutions are as follows:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/)

In parallel to the Fellowship application, each application will be processed by the relevant institution(s) as a normal application for PhD admission. Individual institutions may conduct interview with applicants where necessary. Institutions may also admit candidates not selected for the Fellowship Scheme and offer them with postgraduate studentship of the institutions if they are considered to be qualified.

Postgraduate Studies in Hong Kong

For more information on postgraduate studies in Hong Kong, please visit the Joint Institutions homepage at http://www.grad.edu.hk/grad/.

Enquiries

For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to HKPF@ugc.edu.hk.

For enquiries about the PhD programmes and admission requirements, please contact the respective institutions directly. The contacts of each institution are as follows:

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Office,
Room M501, Li Ka Shing Tower,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone number: (852) 3400 3635
Fax number: (852) 2355 7651
Email: roro@polyu.edu.hk

Interested candidates please contact Dr. Patrick S.W. Fong bspafong@polyu.edu.hk, Department of Building & Real Estate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for discussions on possible topics/proposals in Knowledge Management.


--
regards,
Yong Haur

FES Seminar: Quantum-Dot/Dash Broadband Emitters: Materials, Technology and Novel Applications

Dear All,

Kindly be informed that the following event will be held in FES. Kindly disseminate this information to all staffs and students at your faculty.

Talk on "Quantum-Dot/Dash Broadband Emitters: Materials, Technology and Novel Applications"
Date    : 8th July 2009 (Wednesday)
Time    : 10.00am – 11.00am.
Venue   : 6th Floor Meeting Room, Block SA, UTAR KL Campus
Speaker : Dr Ooi Boon Siew

thanks and regards.
Mee Har.
IPSR, R&D


Thursday, July 2, 2009

FICT Seminar: Economic Crises: Technology is the Answer by Prof Edward Tsang

Dear all,

Please be informed of the following talk by our Prof. Edward Tsang from University of Essex. All are welcome.

thanks.

Date: 7 July 2009 (Tuesday)
Time: 11am - 12.30 pm, 
Venue: PD Block, FICT, UTAR, No. 9, Jalan 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Title: Economic crises: technology is the answer
Speaker: Professor Edward Tsang, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SPICT'09 [Deadline Extension]

Dear colleagues,

Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this message.

In order to better accommodate the demands from the researchers, the deadline for
paper submissions to Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication
Technology (SPICT'09) has been extended to 1 August 2009, and this will be the
final extension.

We encourage you to submit your papers to this exciting symposium and looking
forward to meeting you.

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                            Final Call for Papers
Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication Technology (SPICT'09)
                             in conjunction with
 Post-ICONIP Workshop in Advances in Intelligent Computing (WAIC 2009)
                            *7 - 8 December 2009*
          The Royale Bintang Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

SPICT'09 aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners and students
to exchange the latest advances and trends, and to identify and share emerging
research topics in the field of information and communication technology. SPICT
encourages papers with original ideas and research advances, covering all aspects
of ICT. It also encourages contributions that describe experiences drawn from
real-world applications, or large scale simulation experiments, taken from a
variety of fields, including environment, agriculture, atmosphere, and ocean.
Work-in-progress reports on current projects are also welcome.

SPICT'09 solicits contributions from the following non-exclusive list of topics in
information and communication technology:

- Agent & Multi-agent Systems - Antennas & Propagation – Artificial Intelligence -
Bioinformatics & Scientific Computing – Business Intelligence - Communication
Systems and Networks - Complex Systems: Modeling and Simulation - Computer Vision
- Database and Application - Geographical Information Systems - Grid and Utility
Computing – Image Processing - Information indexing & retrieval - Information
Systems - Intelligent Systems - Internet Technology - Knowledge Management -
Mobile Communication Services - Multimedia Technology and Systems - Natural
Language Processing - Network Management and services - Ontology and Web Semantic
- Parallel and Distributed Computing - Pattern Recognition - Pervasive Computing -
Real-Time and Embedded Systems - Remote Sensing - Robotic Technologies - Security
and Cryptography - Sensor Networks - Service Computing - Signal Processing -
Software Engineering - Strategic Information System – Optical Communications and
Networks

Important dates are as follows:
Extended Full Paper Submission deadline :               1st August 2009
Notification of acceptance :                         1st September 2009
Camera-ready manuscript and author's registration :    1st October 2009
Early Bird Registration :                              1st October 2009
Conference date :                                7th -8th December 2009

It is our great pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to participate in this
conference. For more information, please visit our website at
http://spict.utar.edu.my/  or email to spict@utar.edu.my. Your assistance in
disseminating this information is very much appreciated.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving a positive response from you soon.

Yours truly,

Hong Tat Ewe, Prof. Dr.
General Chair
Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication Technology (SPICT'09)
Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT)
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
9, Jalan Bersatu 13/4,
46200 Petaling Jaya Selangor Malaysia.
Tel 03-79551511
Fax 03-79551611
Email: spict@utar.edu.my

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

CMS Seminar: Palindromic RNA distributions of Bacteria

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Centre of Mathematical Sciences Seminar Series

Date: 26 June 2009 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Venue: FICT Meeting Room, FICT, UTAR.
Speaker: Dr. Goh Yong Kheng, UTAR
Title: Palindromic RNA distributions of Bacteria

===============================================

Dear all,

This week's CMS talk will be on this Friday, 2:30-3:30pm. This week speaker will be myself. I will talk about the distributions of Palindromes in various bacteria genome and potential application of these distributions to categorize bacteria families.

Please note that the venue will be in Room PD208A.

Thank you very much.

regards,
Kheng

----
Dr. Goh Yong Kheng
Assistant Professor / Deputy Dean
Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
University of Tunku Abdul Rahman
13, Jalan 13/6, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Tel: 03-7955-1511 Ext 105

Monday, June 22, 2009

CCIS Seminar: Non-Technical Loss Detection for Metered Customers in Power Utility using Support Vector Machines

Dear all,

The Centre for Computing and Intelligent Systems (CCIS) will be organizing a talk by Mr. Yap Keem Siah, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). The details of the talk are as the following:

Date: 24 June 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 10 am – 11 am
Venue: PD206, FICT, UTAR.
Title:
Non-Technical Loss Detection for Metered Customers in Power Utility using Support Vector Machines
Abstract:
Electricity consumer dishonesty is a problem faced by all power utilities. Finding efficient measurements for detecting fraudulent electricity consumption has been an active research area in recent years. This presentation proposed a new approach towards non-technical loss (NTL) detection in power utilities using an artificial intelligence based technique, i. e., support vector machine (SVM). The main motivation of this study is to assist power utilities to reduce its NTLs in the distribution sector due to abnormalities and fraud activities, i.e., electricity theft. The fraud detection model developed in this research study pre-selects suspected customers to be inspected onsite fraud based on irregularities in consumption behavior. This approach provides a method of data mining, which involves feature extraction from historical customer consumption data. This SVM based approach uses customer load profile information and additional attributes to expose abnormal behavior that is known to be highly correlated with NTL activities. The result yields customer classes which are used to shortlist potential suspects for onsite inspection based on significant behavior that emerges due to fraud activities. Model testing is performed using historical kWh consumption data for three towns and the feedback from the onsite inspection indicates that the proposed method is more effective compared to the current actions taken by them. With the implementation of this new fraud detection system detection hit-rate will increase from 3% to 60%.

*Light refreshment will be served.

-- 
regards,
Yong Haur

Monday, June 8, 2009

CMS Seminar: Numerical Option Pricing by Ms. Lee Tse Yueng

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Centre of Mathematical Sciences Seminar Series

Date: 10 June 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Venue: Meeting Room
Speaker: Ms. Lee Tse Yueng, UTAR
Title: Numerical Option Pricing

===============================================================================

Dear all,

This week's CMS talk will be on this Wednesday, 2:30-3:30pm. The speaker is our
Ms. Lee Tse Yueng. She is current our doing her postgraduate study under
supervision of Dr. Chin Seong Tah. Her talk will be on Numerical Option Pricing.

Please note that the venue will be in FICT Meeting Room.

Thank you very much.

regards,
Kheng

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Talk by Yahoo! engineering director

Dear all,

Gentle reminder about today's talk by Mr. Chang Sau Cheong from Yahoo! Singapore.

Venue : PD011, FICT, UTAR
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Speaker: Mr. Chang Sau Sheong, Engineering Director of Yahoo! Singapore
Topics:
  1. Ruby and the Cloud - How to deploy Ruby Sinatra Application to the Heroku and Google AppEngine could platforms
  2. Write an internet search engine in 200 lines of code
 thanks, Victor


Monday, June 1, 2009

CCIS Seminar: Digital Gold Currency - A Solution to the Global Financial Crisis by Dr. Ng Liang Shing

UTAR CCIS and MNCC will be jointly organising an Evening Talk on 'Digital Gold Currency - A Solution to the Global Financial Crisis'. The talk will be presented by Dr. Ng Liang Shing from the Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology University of Malaya.It will be held as follows:

Date : 17 June 2009 (Wednesday)
Time : 6.30pm
Venue
PB Auditorium 1,
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
No. 13 Jalan 13/6
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor

Abstract:
"Is the root cause of the global financial crisis due to the fact that governments / central banks can print as much as money as they like?"
"If so, is it possible to eliminate paper money and consequently eliminate financial crises altogether?"
The recent global financial crisis has raised many questions on a global scale -- from technical, financial, to political and even moral. In this lecture, we explore the following issues:
a) the role of fiat currency in the global financial crisis,
b) the history of money: from Roman, Persian, Islamic, Chinese to modern
c) a novel form of currency called the Digital Gold Currency.

We further discuss the use of computer simulation of Digital Gold Currency to investigate the future of global and national economies, including worst case scenarios such as capital flight and currency collapse, more specifically:
i) how to model the impact of Digital Gold Currency for small, medium and large businesses
ii) how to prepare small, medium and large businesses for the adoption of Digital Gold Currency
iii) simulation of capital flight and currency collapse, and how Digital Gold Currency can help minimize the impact
iv) the scenario of a truly globalised economy with DGC as a universal currency.

Speaker's Biography:
Dr. Ng Liang Shing is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya. His research areas include Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing, Computer Architecture and Internet applications.







Thursday, May 28, 2009

CCNS Seminar: Network Coding Design for Disruption Tolerant N/W by Dr. Chuah Mooi Choo

Dear all,

The center for Communication Systems and Networking will be organizing a talk by Dr. Chuah Mooi Choo, Assoc. Prof, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University. All are invited to attend. Post graduate Supervisors are requested to encourage their students to attend the talk.

Date: 28/05/2009 (Thursday)
Venue: 5th floor meeting room, FES, Setapak
Time: 2:00 PM

ABSTRACT:
Network Coding Design for Disruption Tolerant N/W
Network coding has been proposed to increase throughput and reliability in wired and wireless networks. In this talk, an overview of network coding and disruption tolerant network will first be given. Next, we discuss why existing proposed schemes for wireless mesh networks may not work well in disruption tolerant networks. Then, we will present a context aware network coding scheme that can improve network coding performance when nodes move according to non-homogeneous mobility model. Our simulation studies showed that this scheme can improve the message delivery ratio.

We also discuss some security issues related to network coding enabled wireless systems. We will show the impacts of selective dropping attacks on the delivery performance of network coding enabled wireless systems. Lastly, we present a mitigation scheme that can improve delivery performance during such attacks.

With thanks and regards,

Dr. Morris Ezra,
Asst. Professor,
Faculty of Engineering and Science,
University Tunku Abdul Rahman,
Jalan Genting Klang,
53300 Setapak.
Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CCIS Seminar: Aspect-Oriented Programming: Beyond Objects


Dear all, 

You are cordially invited to the following CCIS Seminar:

Title:   Aspect-Oriented Programming: Beyond Objects
Date:    Friday 22 May 2009
Time:    10.00 - 11.00 am
Venue:   Petaling Jaya campus - Meeting Room, Block PD
        Kampar campaus – Please check with Dr Choo Wou Onn
Speaker: Ms Mariam Nainan

Abstract:
Aspect-oriented programming is a recent programming approach that adds another dimension of modularity and abstraction to existing programming paradigms such as object-oriented programming. This talk presents this new programming approach as well as some research issues to consider.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CCNS Seminar: Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Online Games: Networking and System Support by Prof. Shervin Shirmohammadi

Title: Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Online Games: Networking and System Support
Speaker: Prof. Shervin Shirmohammadi (his bio and picture can be found at http://www.site.uottawa.ca/~shervin/)
Date: 22/5/2009
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Venue: UTAR FICT PD206
Audience:
All FICT/FSET/FES staff and students are welcome
Abstract:
A Massively Multiuser Virtual Environment (MMVE) sets out to create an environment for thousands, tens of thousands, or even millions of users to simultaneously interact with each other as in the real world. For example, Massively Multiuser Online Games (MMOGs), now a very profitable sector of the industry and subject to academic and industry research, is a special case of MMVEs where hundreds of thousands of players simultaneously play games with each other. Although originally designed for gaming, MMOGs are now widely used for socializing, business, commerce, scientific experimentation, and many other practical purposes. One could say that MMOGs are the "killer app" that brings MMVE into the realm of eSociety. This is evident from the fact that real companies are opening "virtual branches" in these online games, such as jean manufacturers, IBM, and CNN, to name a few. Virtual currencies such as Linden (or L$) in Second Life are already being exchanged for real-world money. Similarly, virtual goods and virtual real-state are being bought and sold with real-world money. Massive numbers of users spend their time with their fellow players at online games like EverQuest, Half-Life, World of Warcraft, and Second Life. World of Warcraft, for example, has over eleven million users with a peak of over 500,000 players online at a given. There is no doubt that MMOGs and MMVEs have the potential to be the corner stone of any eSociety platform in the near future, because they bring the massiveness, awareness, and inter-personal interaction of the real society into the digital realm.

In this talk, we focus on approaches for supporting the massive number of users in such environments, consisting of scalability methods, zoning techniques, and area of interest management. Focus will be on the networking and system support and architectures, as well as research challenges still remaining to be solved.


Thank you very much.

Regards,
Soung


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Call for Paper - Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication Technologies (SPICT'09)

Dear Prof/Assoc Prof/Dr./Mr/Mrs/Ms,

The Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication
Technologies (SPICT'09) Call for Paper

We are pleased to inform you that the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
is organizing the Symposium on Progress in Information and
Communication Technologies (SPICT'09). SPICT'09 will be held in Kuala
Lumpur on 7th to 8th December 2009, in conjunction with the
post-ICONIP workshop, Workshop on Advances in Intelligent Computing
(WAIC 2009), on 7th December 2009.

SPICT'09 aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners
and students to exchange the latest advances and trends, and to
identify and share emerging research topics in the field of
information and communication technology. SPICT encourages papers with
original ideas and research advances, covering all aspects of ICT. It
also encourages contributions that describe experiences drawn from
real-world applications, or large scale simulation experiments, taken
from a variety of fields, including environment, agriculture,
atmosphere, and ocean. Work-in-progress reports on current projects
are also welcome.

SPICT'09 solicits contributions from the following non-exclusive list
of topics in information and communication technology:
- Agent & Multi-agent Systems - Antennas & Propagation - Artificial
Intelligence - Bioinformatics & Scientific Computing - Business
Intelligence - Communication Systems and Networks - Complex Systems:
Modeling and Simulation - Computer Vision - Database and Application -
Geographical Information Systems - Grid and Utility Computing - Image
Processing - Information indexing & retrieval - Information Systems -
Intelligent Systems - Internet Technology - Knowledge Management -
Mobile Communication Services - Multimedia Technology and Systems -
Natural Language Processing - Network Management and services -
Ontology and Web Semantic - Parallel and Distributed Computing -
Pattern Recognition - Pervasive Computing - Real-Time and Embedded
Systems - Remote Sensing - Robotic Technologies - Security and
Cryptography - Sensor Networks - Service Computing - Signal Processing
- Software Engineering - Strategic Information System - Optical
Communications and Networks

Important dates are as follows:
Full Paper Submission deadline :   1st July 2009
Notification of acceptance :   1st September 2009
Camera-ready manuscript and author's registration :   1st October 2009
Early Bird Registration :   1st October 2009
Conference date :   7th -8th December 2009

It is our great pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to
participate in this conference. For more information, please visit our
website at http://spict.utar.edu.my/. Your assistance in disseminating
this information is very much appreciated.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving a positive response from you soon.

Yours truly,
Hong Tat Ewe, Prof. Dr.
General Chair
Symposium on Progress in Information and Communication Technologies (SPICT'09)
Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT)
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
9, Jalan Bersatu 13/4,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor,
Malaysia.
Tel: 03-79551511
Fax: 03-79551611
Email: spict@utar.edu.my

CMS Seminar: Talk on Scientific Python by Dr Liew How Hui

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Centre of Mathematical Sciences Seminar Series

Date: 30 April 2009 (Thursday)
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Venue: Meeting Room, FICT, UTAR.
Speaker: Dr. Liew How Hui, UTAR
Title: Scientific Python

===============================================================================

Dear all,

This week's CMS talk will be on this Thursday, 2-3pm. The speaker is
our Dr. Liew
How Hui. His talk will be on Scientific Python.

More and more research in many areas of mathematics are involving
certain degrees
of computer calculations. Matlab is one of the most widely used software for the
mathematicians, due to friendliness and many excellent toolboxes available. The
down sides of Matlab is it is not quite a general purpose programming
language. It
is not straight forward is one would like to use Matlab to search the internet,
parsing xml, working with regular expressions, handling gzipped files and so on.
Python is an alternative general purpose scripting language which is easy to use
and learn. Combining with Scientific Python library, it can be a powerful tools
that match the functionality of Matlab, at the same time provide flexibility and
many modern computing data structures.


Please note that the change of the venue, it will be in FICT Meeting
Room, due to
room renovation.


Thank you very much.

regards,
Kheng

Friday, April 17, 2009

CCIS Seminar: Windows Academic Initiative with Shared Source and Windows Kernel

The seminar for April:

Title:   Windows Academic Initiative with Shared Source and Windows Kernel
Speaker: Mr Tan Teik Boon, FICT
Date:    Tuesday 21 April 2009
Time:    12-1pm
Venue:   FSET video conferencing room / FICT meeting room

Regards,
Mariam Nainan

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Research Workshop 2: Research Initiation and Literature Review

Dear all,

We are glad to inform you that the 2nd research workshop will be held on
20th April 2009 (Monday), from 10am to 12pm, at PD206.

For the first session of this research workshop, Prof. Ewe will share with
you his experience in initiating a research work/project.

For the second session, I will share with you some of the tips on literature
review writing, such as: what is the purpose of writing literature review in
a paper/proposal; what your readers expect to see from the literature
review; how to write a structural literature review, etc.

Your postgraduate students, if any, are also encouraged to attend the
workshop. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please reply
my email (syliew@utar.edu.my) so that I can do necessary arrangement.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Regards,
Soung

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Seminar: Ten Generations of CMOS Process Technology in 20 Years by Mr. CM Tan

Dear All,

The Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR KL Campus will be hosting a seminar by Mr. CM Tan.

The particulars are as below:

Title:   Ten Generations of CMOS Process Technology in 20 Years - A Designer's Odyssey
Date:   15th April 2009 (Wednesday)
Time:   2.00 - 3.00 pm
Place:  DK1, UTAR KL Campus

ALL ARE WELCOME

BIODATA
----------------

Mr. Tang has a vast experience of over 23 years in pioneering Communication and Multimedia ASIC Design and R&D Centers in the Asia Pacific Region. In 1984 he joined Honeywell-Synertek as CAD Manager to pioneer the VLSI design industry in the Asia Pacific Region. He was responsible for the setting up of the ASIC Design Center in Singapore. From 1985 to 2001, he has been the Regional Director of design centers of Bell Laboratories in Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Seoul. From 2001 to 2006, he was made the Director of APAC R&D Centers of Agere Systems Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai. In 2006, he became the Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media Business Unit of Huahong Semiconductor International.

Best regards,

Dr.Tan Yong Chai

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Computing Degrees Regain Popularity

According to the survey done by Computing Research Association (CRA) for the period of 2007-2008, undergraduate computing degrees in US see 8.1% increase in enrolment. The summary of the reports:

  • Total enrollment per department by majors and pre-majors in U.S. computer science programs is up 6.2 percent over last year. If only majors are considered, the increase is 8.1 percent. This is the first increase in total enrollment in computer science programs in six years.
  • The average number of new undergraduate students per department in U.S. computer science programs is up 1.7 percent over last year. If only majors are considered, the increase is 9.5 percent.
  • Bachelor's degree production in computer science was down 10 percent this year, compared to a nearly 20 percent decline last year.
  • Diversity in computer science undergraduate programs remains poor. The fraction of Bachelor's degrees awarded to women held steady at 11.8 percent this year. As was the case last year, nearly two-thirds of those receiving bachelor's degrees were White, non-Hispanics.
  • Total Ph.D. production among the responding departments grew to 1,877 for the period between July 2007 and June 2008. This represents a 5.7 percent increase over last year.

Check out the full report here:
http://www.cra.org/govaffairs/blog/archives/CRATaulbeeReport-StudentEnrollment-07-08.pdf

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