Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CCIS Seminar: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Wealth of Digital Economy

Dear all,

We cordially invite you to attend a talk on "An Inquiry into the
Nature and Causes of Wealth of Digital Economy" by Mr L.E Yong. The
details are as below.


Center for Computing and Intelligent Systems Seminar Series

Date: 06 March 2009 (Friday)
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: PD009 (FICT), UTAR
Speaker: Mr Yong Lip Eng
Title: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Wealth of Digital Economy


Enclosed herewith is the asbtract for the talk.

Econometrics and financial activities are the main determinants of the
wealth of nations. The current situation in economic recession in the
world in general, and in Malaysia in particular surely making one
feels frivolously. Despite the leading Economists and Government tried
hard to pacify the situation in the last couple of years, the economic
recession force showed no abating sign, and actually in Malaysia  it
gets serious day by day. The failure, on one hand was due to the
misinterpreted of the root causes and hence the remedy prescribed to
it wrong, on the other hand even if the economic recession was
thwarted, it will somehow, like those cut but un-rooted grasses, grow
again in the next Spring.
The hypothesis in this talk is that the economic recession could be
explained by the help of detailed understanding of the nature and
causes of wealth in digital economics. A proposal is to add, if not to
replace the conventional production factors, three additional
production factors Information, Communication, and Technologies into
the econometric matrix. The characteristics of these three digital
economic production factors, pole apart from the traditional Keynesian
Law and the invisible hand, have been peeked at.  To solve the
economic recession crisis is, therefore in short, through scrutinizing
Information, Communication, and Technologies with the prudence and
foresight of the management of the firm and of Government.

See you on 06 March 2009!


Monday, February 23, 2009

CMS Seminar: A review on selected logistic growth models in technological forecasting

Date: 25 Feb 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Venue: PD605
Speaker: Mr Wong Chan Yuan, UM
Title: A review on selected logistic growth models in technological forecasting

CCIS Seminar: Texture Classification on Wood Images for Species Recognition

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the 2nd CCIS Seminar on this coming Friday. The topic of the seminar is on texture analysis and classification.

Date: 27 Feb 2009 (Friday)
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm 
Venue: PD206 
Speaker: Tou Jing Yi 
Title: Texture Classification on Wood Images for Species Recognition 
Textures contain details and characteristics that can be physically seen on the surface of an object. Texture classification is a process to analyze and to classify which texture they belong to. It has been widely used in various implementations which use the texture information of the subjects, such as face detection, defects detection and rock classification. Identifying wood species using texture classification techniques is a very recent research and has yet to be widely researched on. The primary aim of this work is to analyze various texture classification techniques to create an algorithm to identify which species a wood belongs to. This thesis provides a framework on how wood species classification could be deployed onto an embedded platform to create an embedded system that provides mobility and compactness. Many embedded platforms are less powerful than regular PC desktops; therefore it limits the performance of applications that can be deployed onto the platform, including the computational capability and its speed. The algorithm is deployed into the Embedded Computer Vision (ECV) platform which is an embedded platform designed for deploying computer vision (CV) algorithms. The ECV platform includes an ARM processing board, a VGA webcam and it communicates with the user through the network. In this work, three different algorithms are implemented on 32 Brodatz textures and wood samples from the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO) dataset and Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) dataset: 1) grey level co-occurrence matrices (GLCM); 2) Gabor filters and 3) covariance matrix. The experiments being conducted can be divided into four main phases: 1) GLCM features on a small sample of five wood species; 2) GLCM features on larger number of samples as well as species; 3) GLCM, Gabor filters and covariance matrix on 32 Brodatz textures and; 4) verification-based recognition algorithm on six wood species on the CAIRO dataset. Experimental results show that covariance matrix using Gabor filters to generate feature images provide the best accuracy on the 32 Brodatz textures which is 91.86% while the raw GLCM has the shortest time duration of 50 ms for a 64 × 64 image on the PC platform with an accuracy of 90.86% compared to 924 ms for the combined feature of normalized GLCM and Gabor filter with an accuracy of 91.06%. The best experimental result is 80% on six wood species from the CAIRO dataset. Due to the lack of wood samples, experimental results does not show what can be achieved in the real world with more species involved but has shown possibilities of implementing a high accuracy embedded wood species recognition system in the future.

*This is in conjuction with the work completion seminar for Mr Tou Jing Yi

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CCIS Seminar: Embedded system for Computer Vision Applications

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the seminar on embedded computer vision
this coming Friday at FICT.The details are as follow:

Venue: PD615
Date: 20 Feb 2009 (Friday)
Time: 2-3pm
Title: Embedded system for Computer Vision Applications
Speaker: Kenny Khoo Kuan Yew
With the high processing power of embedded platforms and ever
increasing size of both volatile and non-volatile storage, it opens up
a great opportunity to integrate computer vision (CV) applications to
these relatively low-cost and stand-alone devices. Current research
provides a study of embedded computer vision (ECV) and design of a
single common ECV platform using ARM-9 embedded processor with
floating-point co-processor. Several type of optimization had been
identified to increases speed of computer vision application. A
preliminary study of FPGA also conducted as a next platform design for
computer vision.

Yong Haur

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

CMS Seminar Series

Date: 18 Feb 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Venue: PD605
Speaker: Dr. Mohd. Fazlul Karim, UTAR
Title: Numerical Simulation of Indonesian Tsunami 2004 at Phuket in
Southern Thailand Using a Nested Grid Model

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CMS Talk: The Thermal Symmetry and Eigenbasis Solution of a Master Equation

You are invited to the seminar talk by Dr. Tay Buan Ann (UPM) this coming Friday at FICT. The details are as follow:

Date: 13/2/09
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Venue: PD605, Block PD, FICT
Speaker: Dr. Tay Buan Ann
Title: The Thermal Symmetry and Eigenbasis Solution of a Master Equation


We discuss the symmetry and solution of a quantum Markovian master equation for a Brownian particle coupled to a thermal bath. The symmetry connects different thermal configurations of the system and the solution is presented as a complete set of biorthogonal eigenfunctions.

IEEE Malaysia - DLP Broadband Wireless

Dear Valued IEEE Members,

IEEE COMSOC Distinguished Lecture Program

'Broadband Wireless IP'


Professor Abbas Jamalipour
Fellow IEEE, Fellow IEAust
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Wireless Communications
Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Communications Society

Date: 17th February 2009 (Tuesday)

Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Venue: Bilik Taklimat, 2nd Floor, Tower Block, Engineering
Complex, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),

Organized by

IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Joint
Chapter (Malaysia Section)



With technological advancement and social changes, a proliferation of
access networks (e.g. 2G, 3G, WLAN, HIPERLAN, WiMAX) with diverse data
rates and quality-of-service (QoS) specifications have emerged. Cellular
operators have invested heavily into their networks and are working hard
to maintain ( even expand) their market share by improving the services
(such as increasing throughput and data rate). It is difficult to predict
which of these technologies will ultimately come on the top, reinforcing
the likelihood of their coexistence in the future. Broadband Wireless IP
everywhere will find its way through the realization of Next Generation
Mobile Network (NGMN) which is expected to offer ubiquitous roaming
across these networks by inter-connecting these and other emerging
technologies through a common platform, thereby providing an end- to-end
IP connectivity between peer end terminals. Inter- connectivity through a
common platform will enable individual networks to evolve independently
(through the adoption/ modification of new/current system) while at the
same time allow newer technologies to seamlessly integrate with the NGMN
framework. In terms of the radio network, whether a common radio
interface will be adopted across the entire NGMN to support high data
rates or multiple interfaces (e.g. FDMA, TDMA, Narrowband CDMA, Wideband
CDMA, or OFDMA) in their current form will continue to coexist is an open
issue. This is influenced as much by the operator's willingness to invest
into the new interface as by the need to safeguard their present
investment. Deploying a common multi-access radio system across NGMN
would involve considerable capital investment which will ultimately lead
to a concerted effort by the operators to resist changes in the existing
radio interfaces. So far no compelling winner has emerged to dictate the
transition since it is difficult to reach a consensus regarding the
priority of one radio system over another. In this talk, the
abovementioned topics will be presented toward a more concise conclusion
on the mobile network of the future, which will be the main platform for
a true mobile broadband IP access.

Speaker's Bio:

Abbas Jamalipour ( holds a Ph.D. from Nagoya
University, Japan. He is the author of the first book on wireless and
mobile Internet and three other books, has contributed to nine other
books, has authored/co-authored over 190 journal and conference papers,
and holds two patents, all in the field of wireless communications. He is
a Fellow of IEEE, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and a Fellow of
Engineers Australia.

He was Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical
Committee (2004–2006), and is currently Vice Chair of the Communications
Switching and Routing Technical Committee and Chair of the Asia-Pacific
Board, Chapters Coordinating Committee.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications, and a
Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Wiley's Int'l Journal
of Communication Systems, Journal of Communications and Networks, and
several other journals. He is a voting member of the IEEE GITC and IEEE
Communications Society Education Board and has been a Vice Chair of IEEE
WCNC '03–'06, Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM '05 (Wireless Communications), and a
symposium Co-Chair of IEEE ICC '05–'08 and IEEE GLOBECOM '06–'07, and the
General Co-Chair of IEEE RWS2009. He is the recipient of several
international awards including the Best Tutorial Paper Award and
Distinguished Contribution to Satellite Communications Award, both from
the IEEE Communications Society in 2006.

RSVP email to;

Mustafar Kamal Hamzah
Vice-Chair IEEE Malaysia
on behalf ComSoc Chapter

CCIS Research Blog

Dear all,

I have created a blog for CCIS - This blog will serve as an announcement channel for our research activities, e.g. announcement of talks, meeting, CFPs, grants, etc. 

Yong Haur

Friday, February 6, 2009


Dear all,

I have created a research blog for UTAR Research Center for Computing and Intelligent Systems. This blog will serve as a central point to publish our research activities.

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