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.
UTAR Perak Campus  :       Conference Room, 1st Floor, Block A
   UTAR PJ Campus       :       Conference Room, 1st Floor, PD Block
Presenter   :       Dr. Cheng Wai Khuen (Michael) 
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.

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.


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
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.

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


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.


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


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


For enquiries about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, please address your questions to

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

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

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.

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.


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.


                            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

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  or email to 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
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