Monday, October 31, 2011

Research Scholar Wanted (Kinect Project)

Research Scholar Wanted (Kinect Project)

Interested in learning and research? Interested in Kinect development? Interested in getting a postgraduate degree while doing something fun? If you answer 'Yes' to any of these questions, then you are welcome to apply for the position of Research Scholar in the research lab under Faculty of Information Technology at Multimedia University Cyberjaya campus.

Details of the project as follows:

Project Sponsor: Intel Malaysia

Starting Date: immediate 

Stipend: RM2,100 / month

Duration: 2 years (subject to review of performance at end of 1st year)

Field of research: image processing / computer vision / Kinect development / computer graphics / natural gesture interaction


Requirement: degree related to Computer Science / IT / Applied Maths, strong in programming (C++ preferred), strong in mathematics


Location: Faculty of Information Technology, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

Project Leader: Wong Ya Ping



If you are interested, please send your CV to:
        "Wong Ya Ping" <>
with the subject line : [RS Application] <your name>

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Technical Talk by NICT, Japan on Smart Grid Standardization and Wireless Technology on 1st-3rd Nov 2011

Technical Talks on Smart Grid Standardization and Wireless Technology 
(Jointly organized by IEEE ComSoc/VT Malaysia and National Institution of Information and Communication Technology (NICT), Japan)

Talk #1: Research and Development Activities in Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT
Talk #2: IEEE Standardization Activities on Smart Grid/Utility and TV White Space
Date    : 1st November 2011 (Tuesday)
Time    : 2.00 – 5.30PM
Venue : Bilik Taklimat, 2nd Floor, Tower Block, Engineering Complex, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor
Talk #3: Research and Development Activities in Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT & Cognitive Radio/Software Define Radio Research Updates
Date    : 2nd November 2011 (Wednesday)
Time    : 3.00 – 5.00PM
Venue : Auditorium, MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Talk #4: IEEE Standardization Activities on Smart Grid/Utility and TV White Space
(Jointly organized by IEEE PES Malaysia Chapter)
Date    : 3rd November 2011 (Thursday)
Time    : 10.00 – 11.30AM
Venue : BJ-1-005 Power Engineering Centre Uniten, University Tenaga Nasional
            (UNITEN), KM 7, Jalan Kajang-Puchong 43009 Kajang, Selangor

Biography: Dr. Hiroshi Harada 
Dr. Hiroshi Harada is the director of smart wireless laboratory at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). He joined the Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Communications, in 1995  (currently NICT). Since 1995, he has conducted research on Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio, Dynamic Spectrum Access Network, Smart Utility Network (SUN) and broadband wireless access systems in the VHF, TV white space, micro-wave and millimeter-wave bands. He has joined many standardization committees and forums in the United States as well as in Japan  and has fulfilled important roles for them. He is currently serving in the board of directors of Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly SDR Forum). He is the chair of IEEE DySPAN Standards Committee (formerly, IEEE SCC41 and IEEE 1900) since 2009, the vice chair of IEEE P1900.4, IEEE P802.15.4g, and TIA TR-51 since 2008, 2009, and 2011, respectively. He was the chair of the IEICE Technical Committee on Software Radio (TCSR) in 2005-2007 and the chair of Public Broadband Mobile Communication Development Committee, ARIB since 2010. He is also involved in many other activities related to telecommunications. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, since 2005 and is the author of Simulation and Software Radio for Mobile Communications (Artech House, 2002). He has received the achievement award and fellow of IEICE in 2006 and 2009, respectively and the achievement award of ARIB and Funai Prize for Science in 2009 and 2010, respectively, on the topic of cognitive radio research and development.  
Biography: Dr. Chin-Sean Sum 
Dr. Chin-Sean Sum received his Ph.D. degree from Niigata University in 2007. He was then affiliated with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan as an expert researcher in the Smart Wireless Laboratory (SWL). He has been involved in multiple standardization activities as a project officer and an active technical contributor. In the IEEE 802.15.3c millimeter-wave wireless personal area networks (WPAN) standard, he served as the assistant technical editor and secretary of the  task  group.  He  is  the  recipient  of  the  IEEE Working Group Chairs Awards for the IEEE 802.15.3c Standard. He then started to participate in 
task groups IEEE 802.15.4g Smart Utility Networks (SUN) WPAN and IEEE 802.11af white space wireless local area networks (WLAN). In 802.15.4g, he is an active technical contributor and served as the editor of the coexistence assurance document. In 802.11af, he is an active technical contributor closely following the development of TV white space WLAN systems and related regulatory status. Currently, he is also actively involved in a new initiative group working on WPAN operating in TW white space, a group expected to be formed as IEEE 802.15.4m. Besides, he is an active contributor in other standardization  groups such as Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) TR-51 Smart Utility Networks, IEEE 802.19 Wireless Coexistence group and 802.22 wireless regional area networks (WRAN) group. His research works can be frequently found in major journals and conferences such as the IEEE J-SAC, ICC, WCNC, Globecom, DySPAN, VTC, IEEE Communications Magazine and so on. Currently, his research interest is focused on 
MAC and PHY layer designs for TV white space and SUN systems, cognitive radio, coexistence and energy efficient mechanisms. 

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Distinguish Lecture Program (DLT) Series of IEEE ComSoc & VT Malaysia - Prof Victor Leung

IEEE Distinguish Lecture Program

Co-Organized by:, IEEE Comsoc & VT Malaysia Chapter,

Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, UKM, and School of Computer Sciences, USM


Talk #1         : Service and Network Convergence in Next Generation Networks

Date    :  9th  November 2011 (Wednesday)

Time   : 10.00 – 12.00PM

Venue :  Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bandar Bangi Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA


Talk #2         : Networking of Automobiles – Applications, Challenges and Some Recent Results

Date    : 10th November 2011 (Thursday)

Time   :  3pm - 5pm

Venue : School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 11800, Penang, Malaysia




Victor C. M. Leung received the B.A.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in 1977, and was awarded the APEBC Gold Medal as the head of the graduating class in the Faculty of Applied Science. He attended graduate school at U.B.C. on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and completed the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1981.


From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Leung was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at MPR Teltech Ltd., specializing in the planning, design and analysis of satellite communication systems. In 1988, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Electronics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He returned to U.B.C. as a faculty member in 1989, where he is currently a Professor and holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a member of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at U.B.C. He also holds adjunct/guest appointments at Jilin University, Beijing Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Dr. Leung has co-authored more than 500 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and several of these papers had been selected for best paper awards. His research interests are in the areas of architectural and protocol design, management algorithms and performance analysis for computer and telecommunication networks, with a current focus on wireless networks and mobile systems.


Dr. Leung is a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Communications Series, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and is serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the Journal of Communications and Networks, Computer Communications, as well as several other journals. He has guest-edited several journal special issues, and served on the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He is a General Co-chair of CSA 2011, Chinacom 2011, and MobiWorld and GCN Workshops at IEEE Infocom 2011. He chaired the TPC of the wireless networking and cognitive radio track in IEEE VTC-fall 2008. He was the General Chair of AdhocNets 2010, WC 2010, QShine 2007, and Symposium Chair for Next Generation Mobile Networks in IWCMC 2006-2008. He was a General Co-chair of BodyNets 2010, CWCN Workshop at Infocom 2010, ASIT Workshop at IEEE Globecom 2010, MobiWorld Workshop at IEEE CCNC 2010, IEEE EUC 2009 and ACM MSWiM 2006, and a TPC Vice-chair of IEEE WCNC 2005.


Talk #1: Service and Network Convergence in Next Generation Networks

Abstract: A common feature of contemporary wireless and wireline networks is that they provide access to or operate over IP-based networks. It is commonly agreed that next generation networks will consist of a conglomerate of access network technologies integrated by broadband IP-based core networks. Telecommunication service providers are taking advantage of the capabilities of next generation networks to offer a wide range of services to subscribers over a converged IP network regardless of the access technology.  Research and development efforts over the last few years have been focused on how to integrate and manage heterogeneous wireless/wireline access networks for a good service experience by subscribers. The presentation will review features and characteristics of converged access networks, describe the network and service architectures enabling access network convergence on the one hand and service convergence on the other, and discuss some of the technical issues that need to be addressed to provide a good service experience to subscribers. Novel solutions for selection of the best access network before connection establishment, and maintaining a connection across different access networks by vertical handoffs will be presented. Future research directions will be discussed.



Talk #2: Networking of Automobiles – Applications, Challenges and Some Recent Results

Abstract: Recent advances in wireless communication technologies are making it possible for automobiles to be integrated into the global network. Intelligent Transportation Systems with vehicles in the loop are expected to significantly improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions. This is made possible in the USA by Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), which employs the IEEE 802.11p standard over the 75MHz of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band allocated by the FCC for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. DSRC is expected to revolutionize road transportation by making possible many real-time safety applications. However, global deployment of DSRC is not expected to materialize in the near term due to regulatory and financial challenges. In the meantime, vehicles and their passengers are increasingly equipped with different forms of wireless networking capabilities, e.g., cellular, WiFi and WiMAX. Thus there is also a growing interest in supporting applications like infotainment, travel advisory, route planning, etc., using heterogeneous wireless networks. In this presentation, I shall describe several applications that leverage the wireless communications to put vehicles in the loop. Different applicants impose different requirements on the wireless network for data routing, transfer latency, etc.  I shall review the technical challenges that need to be overcome to meet some of these requirements, and describe solutions developed in our recent research to meet these challenges. I shall conclude the presentation by discussing some future research directions.






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Monday, October 17, 2011

CMS Seminar: Unfold the Secret of Multiplication (揭开乘法的神秘面纱)

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences & Centre of Mathematical
Sciences Seminar Series

Date: 19 October 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 2 - 3 pm
Venue: SD 102, FES, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Mr Chang Yun Fah
Title: Unfold the Secret of Multiplication (揭开乘法的神秘面纱)

Dear all,

This week's DMAS & CMS talk will be on Wednesday, 2-3pm. The speaker is Mr Chang
Yun Fah from Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences, UTAR.






除了刻板的教学方式问题,近年来数学教育的发展也走向另一个让人担忧的方向,即越来越多的教育工作者和父母对快速计算(Fast Arithmetic)的迷思,总是希望孩子们能够在几秒内计算出类似题目的答案!答案正确还不够好,要‘快’才能进入神童榜。要清楚,快速计算只不过是把不同的技巧背熟再根据情况来运用而已,对于真正了解和掌握数学还差十万八千里。要快和准哪里需要这么辛苦每天拼命的练习,五支手指按一按计算机就可以了。再说,快速计算的高手也未必过得了高中数学考试,更别说成为数学家。相反地,这种讲究‘快速’的思维训练搞不好还会让孩子错过往扎实的基础下功夫。



All are welcome.

Thank you very much.

Event Committee.

Friday, October 14, 2011

RAship on Brain Computer Interface

There is a vacancy for Research Assistant in FES, UTAR KL Campus. Please contact Prof Goh Sing Yau ( if anyone is interested.

People with locked-in syndrome/severe motor disabilities such as those afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may be unable to communicate with the outside world. In an earlier project, the principal investigator and his colleagues have developed a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) system to control a wheelchair using natural EEG oscillations generated by motor imagery. This method of using motor imagery is very safe, reliable and at the same time frees the mind to observe and plan future intensions while activating a wheelchair to move to the desired location.

However, for the purposes of communication such as writing a letter or communicating with another person, we will need a faster information transfer rate. This can be provided by a complementary BCI system that uses steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP). In such a system, the subject is required to look at objects (for example, that can denote the direction of movement of the curser) that oscillate at specific frequencies resulting in evoked potentials of the same frequencies that can be measured at certain locations on the scalp. The frequencies of the evoked potentials will determine the desired movement of the curser that can be used to select words in a predictive text system to form the desired phrases or sentences to communicate with the outside world.

The RA is required to participate in a research team to develop the software for the SSVEP BCI system and the predictive text algorithm and selection GUI for communication. An example of predictive text is commonly seen in hand phone sms features. O'Riordan et. al. investigated the text input methods for mobile phones. Predictive text can be complemented by "auto completion" or "auto tree" depending on context and structure of the sentence. Steffen Bickel et. al. investigates algorithms that enable the finding of meaningful subwords and phrases.

I have a personal website designed mainly for my undergraduate students but has a short description of our research.


O'Riordan et. al. "Investigating Text Input Methods for Mobile Phones". J. Computer Sci, I (2):189-199, 2005.

Alok Aggarwal & Jeffrey S. Vitter. The Input/output Complexity of Sorting and Related Problems. Communications of the ACM, vol. 31, no. 9, pages 1116–1127, 1988.

Scott MacKenzie (2002). "KSPC (Keystrokes per Character) as a Characteristic of Text Entry Techniques". Proceedings of MobileHCI 2002.

Steffen Bickel, Peter Haider & Tobias Scheffer. Learning to Complete Sentences. In 16th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML’05), pages 497–504, 2005.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kuala Lumpur Innovation Forum (KLIF) 2011

Event: Kuala Lumpur Innovation Forum (KLIF) 2011
Date: 15-16 Nov 2011
Venue: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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