Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CCIS Talk: Scene Analysis for Detecting Object Removal Based on Edge Approach

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Date: 6 December 2012
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: MIMOS Lab, SB Ground Floor, FES, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, KL.
Title: Scene Analysis for Detecting Object Removal Based on Edge Approach
Speaker: Chai Yung Joon

In general for a system, it is easy to detect an object as removed when people blocking the object. Thus, classification between occlusion event and removal event can increase the accuracy and performance of the detection. Edge descriptor is applied in event classification because it can draw the outline of the object, this can let the system easily detects the events. The system will also finds out the person who trigger the event in the scene. Besides that, the system able to detect and keep track moving object in the scene.

Yung Joon is a Computer Science graduate from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in year 2010. His Final Year project related to multimedia learning application for children, which greatly benefits the slow learning children in following the learning pace. Right after he graduated, he enrolled in a UTAR Science Fund research project as Project Research Assistant, where he in charge of developing a framework used to detect and recognize suspicious person through behavioural analysis. Upon completing the research project, he furthers his studies at UTAR as a postgraduate student under the Master of Computer Science programme.

Friday, November 16, 2012

CCIS Talk: Be an Online Entrepreneur: Google has the Answers

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Title: Be an Online Entrepreneur: Google has the Answers (An Overview of Google’s Online Business Professionals Program)
Date: 26 November 2012 (Monday)
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: 6th floor meeting room (West), SA Block, FES, UTAR KL campus.
Internet technologies have the potential to drive macro-economic performance in both mature and developing economies and benefit all levels of society. It is Google’s mission to get users online by enabling an accessible, relevant and sustainable Internet ecosystem. Google as largest Internet company in the world is envisioned to groom more Google technologies-savvy technopreneurs from among developing countries such as Malaysia via its maiden “Google Web Academy” program.

This talk is an overview for the “MyUniAlliance – Google Web Academy” training program on Google Web technologies by Google, MDeC and iTrainn which covers topics such as follows:

(Note: You are encouraged to bring your own laptop with WIFI capability)


Dr. Victor Tan Hock Kim
Dr. Victor Tan is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In September 2012, he has been certified as a Google Online Professional.

Mr. Simon Lau Boung Yew
HOD, Department of Internet Engineering and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR
Simon Lau is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses, specialising in software engineering and Web technologies. In September 2012, he has been certified as a Google Online Professional.

Mr. Daniel Tan Ming Chuan
Year 3 Software Engineering Student, UTAR Google Student Ambassador
Daniel is UTAR Year 3 Software Engineering Student and also a Google Student Ambassador for UTAR year 2012 to 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CCIS Talk: I want to be a Techopreneur: The Why, What, Where, How, When and Who by Cheong Yuk Wai

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Title: I want to be a Techopreneur: The Why, What, Where, How, When and Who.
Date: 12 November 2012 (Monday)
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm
Venue: SE105 SE106, FES, UTAR KL campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Cheong Yuk Wai, CEO, MyBiz Solutions Sdn Bhd.
In this presentation, the speaker will answer the most common questions a technopreneur will need to ask during the entire journey from product idea, research and development, product prototype, pilot to commercialisation.  He will share real-life experiences and lessons learnt so that budding technopreneurs can avoid some of the pitfalls and enjoy a smoother and more meaningful journey of an innovator and marketer.

Biography of the Speaker:

Mr Cheong Yuk Wai is a technopreneur with 30 years of experience in business management, consultancy and technology development and deployment.  He is recognized as a business visionary and has served as an industry leader in the following capacities:

  • Council Member of National IT Council (NITC) 1998-2001, appointed by previous PM (Tun Dr Mahathir)
  • Committee Member of eCommerce Advisory Board, Mastercard International 1994-1997
  • Web Shaper for MSC, 1995 to 1997
  • Member of Sub-committee of World Enterprise Factory under World Economic Forum, Dot Force Taskforce for Bridging Digital Divide 2001-2003.
  • Vice President, Architecture Standards and Best Practices, International Association of Software Architects (IASA), 2007 to 2010
  • Member of Technical Committee on eCommerce (TC-4), a Standards Development Committee under SIRIM, 2007 to 2010
  • Adjunct Faculty member of University of Tuanku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), industry expert for ICT and Psychology industrial training programmes, 2004 to current
Mr Cheong has over 15 years of experience in the design, development, implementation and operations of eProcurement and Total Spend Management.  Some of the industry leaders who are Mr Cheong’s clients include:
  • PETRONAS Group of Companies (Oil & Gas)
  • UEM Group of Companies (Construction)
  • UMW Group of Companies (Manufacturing and Assembly)
  • Axiata (Telecommunications)
  • Maybank (Banking and Insurance)
  • Sime Darby (Plantation, Healthcare, Property and Automotive)
Mr Cheong was part of the senior management team in Andersen Consulting Malaysia (Accenture).  He was instrumental in helping AC get recognized for their high quality of professional services.  Some industry awards bestowed to AC, when he was the Methodologist as well as head of Quality Management, include:
  • 1st professional services organisation in the region to be ISO 9001 certified for Quality System 1993 and Quality Management System 1994
  • AIM Award for Excellence in Operations Management 1994
  • SIRIM Excellence Award for Quality Practices 1993.

Friday, November 2, 2012

CMS Talk: A Sustainable Model for Fleet Management under Uncertainty: A Preliminary Study

You are cordially invited to the following talk:

Title: A Sustainable Model for Fleet Management under Uncertainty: A Preliminary Study
Date: 7 Nov 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 1pm
Venue: SD 102, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
Speaker: Teoh Lay Eng, Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences, UTAR

Globally, pollution issue is worsening nowadays and hence more attention is certainly required. In order to fulfil the social responsibility i.e. to preserve the environment, the airlines should concern this issue in their fleet planning. Nevertheless, until to date, there is no available method on how to quantify 'green flight' that could provide guidance to the airlines. Besides, the airlines' profit should not be compromised in fulfilling their social responsibility. As such, how to balance these objectives is interesting to be investigated. Fleet management concerns the supply of service and the operational profits are thus sensitive to the demand, especially under uncertainty. To achieve a win-win situation between the environment and the airlines, a sustainable model is indeed necessary. In response to this, a bi-objective programming model is developed to maximize the operational profit of the airlines while optimizing (maximizing) the green level of the environment. Correspondingly, 'green flight index' will be formulated by considering aircraft emission, noise and fuel efficiency. The developed model is able to determine the number and types of aircraft to be purchased/leased by the airlines economically and environmentally. It is anticipated that this study may reveal some useful insights for the airlines to provide a better service, at a profitable and sustainable manner.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CCIS Talk: Making Technology Dream Comes True, an Alternative Path to be a Technopreneur by Tan Xian Yi

You are cordially invited to the following talk:

Title: Making Technology Dream Comes True, an Alternative Path to be a Technopreneur
Speaker: Tan Xian Yi, Software Manager, Recogine Technology Sdn. Bhd.
Date: 5 November 2012 (Monday)
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: SE105, FES, UTAR KL campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Admission: Free
In this talk, Tan Xian Yi, an alumnus of UTAR, will share the alternative path he has chosen to be a technopreneur. He joined a start-up technology company after his graduation, and grow together with the company till today. Throughout these years, his innovative and creative ideas have being realized and implemented in real world applications. He’s now the software manager of the organization and was involved in a lots of nation-wide critical infrastructure projects. In this talk, he will share his experience working in the technology start-up environment.

Biography of Speaker:
Xian Yi has 7 years of experience in ICT field for Infrastructure industry. He joined Recogine Technology Sdn Bhd, a start-up technology-based company in 2005 as a Software Engineer and is now holding the position as Software Manager. Throughout the years, Xian Yi involved in computer vision R&D activities, software design & development, networking, IT infrastructure, system engineering, project management and etc. With his experience and knowledge, he has designed an innovative system platform named UNIVEMS for the ease of software development and deployment. He has also initiated a Computer Vision-based R&D project – RecoTraffic. As technology applies for infrastructure industry is converging to ICT-based, he believes, ICT experts will play an important role in this industry.

Friday, October 26, 2012

CCIS Talk: Exploring the Path of Mobile Technology by Francis Pang

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Title: Exploring the Path of Mobile Technology
Speaker: Francis Pang, CTO, Convep Mobilogy
Date: 1 November 2012
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: SE105, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Admission: Free


In this talk, Francis, an alumnus of UTAR, will share his journey of his career after his graduation, which lead him co-found his own technology company, Convep Mobilogy Sdn. Bhd, and how one should learn and start exploring mobile development as well as the current emerging trend of mobile technology.

Biography of Speaker:

Francis is the co-founder of Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd, a company with vision to bring Convenience to People thru Mobile Technology. Mobilogy which is derived from Mobile Technology was first formed by the founders as during that time mobile technology was still an upcoming technology that not many have ventured into. Foreseeing the trend, the founders of Convep Mobilogy started the company and focused on mobile technology by bringing to the market smartphone applications such as MyDistress, MyMall, AppsAsia and many more apps that brings convenience to users on mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and not forgetting the older java enable phones. Most recently, Convep Mobilogy Sdn Bhd was awarded merit winner at the Apicta 2012 ICT Awards.

In creating Convep Mobilogy, Francis draws his experience from multiple mobile companies such as UNOS Enterprise which also won the Best of Prime Minister Award and Best of E-Communication Apicta award on Apicta 2008 ICT awards. UNOS Enterprise focus was on bringing mobile banking, mobile coupon, and VOIP to users via mobile devices such as blackberry and symbian phones. Products that Francis was involved included AmGenie, a mobile banking solution for AMBANK and UNOS Pro which provides live traffic reports, coupon, GSC booking, VOIP and many more.

Going further back, at Chilliwire Technologies Sdn Bhd, Francis was the co-founder of the company and founder of MobiGo framework as a small footprint framework which increases the effectiveness of the J2ME developments and reduces up to 50% development time and effort required of a normal J2ME development project. His aim was to develop the world's first enterprise scale mobile development framework that would be adopted as the standard approach by all mobile developers. Other achievement in the company include mobile face recognition which allow nano technology company Nanoident, to implement face recognition algorithm in mobile devices, medical mobile scanner which allow user to collect information from water and blood sample to diagnose the water or blood content to check for sickness.

Prior to Chilliwire Technologies Sdn Bhd, Francis was the Senior R&D Consultant of Mobiepay Sdn Bhd, a research & development arm of E-Pay Asia, a leading provider of electronic top up services for prepaid mobile users in South East Asia whose dual listed on Australian Stock Exchange and the AIM segment of the London Stock Exchange. At Mobiepay, he is in charge of software development for mobility. During his tenure with Mobiepay, Francis researched on various technologies and platforms such as cryptography, midlet certificates and mobile framework which was used as the mobile front end system for MobiCharge platform, the widely acclaimed successful airtime reload management platform used by tens of thousands of retailers in several countries, transacting more than 300,00 transactions per month and still growing.

Before joining Mobiepay, Francis served as Senior Mobile Engineer for Ozura Sdn Bhd, an international developer and publisher for mobile games and wireless entertainment which is a subsidiary of NextNation Communication Bhd. During his tenure with Ozura, Francis led a team of 8 mobile developers focusing in developing mobile games and mobile application, at the same time assuming the role of a Project Manager and he manages various projects for telecommunication companies such as Maxis Bhd and Celcom Bhd. Francis was in charge of initiating the research on a new algorithm to improve mobile development effectiveness for all the mobile developers in the company, as well as holding critical roles such as the Project Manager for multiple projects in the company. He often represents the company attending various mobile technology conference and events such as the Asia Game Developer Summit,. He is also the representative for the company in attending various games launching ceremonies and telecommunication quality assurance meetings.

In the early days, Francis represented his university to participate in the Microsoft Imagining Cup competition in year 2004, where he worked on a project call "EzCash" which allow easy cash transfers between users of mobile phone amongst each other through web services. He is also a member of MENSA Group International, an intellectual exchange forum for privileged members.

Francis was an active member back in his university days where he held various positions such as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for various clubs and societies where he completed his Degree in Computer Science from University of Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Talk: New Paradigm of Micro and Nano Mechatronics by Toshio Fukuda

You are cordially invited to the following talk:

Venue: DK 3, FES, UTAR KL campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Date: 29 October, 2012 (Monday)
Time: 11 am
Speaker:  Prof.Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
Title: New Paradigm of Micro and Nano Mechatronics
Mechatronics is the Synergetic Integration of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics with computing power. There are so many commercial products from the Mechatronics Industry in our daily life.
Now mechatronics went to the micro and nano-scale and has been required more accuracy and precision. Micro sensor and actuator have been well established and available in many commodities.
Furthermore, we can study biological cells from the view point of the micro-and nano mechatronics and analyze/assemble in future cells. This will be another discipline of the new micro and nano mechatronics.

Toshio Fukuda received the B.A. degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1971, and the M.S and Dr. Eng. from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1973 and 1977, respectively. In 1977, he joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. In 1982, he joined the Science University of Tokyo, Japan, and then joined Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in 1989. Currently, he is Director of Center for Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Professor of Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering at Nagoya University, where he is mainly involved in the research fields of intelligent robotic and mechatronic system, cellular robotic system, and micro- and nano-robotic system. He is Distinguished Professor, Seoul National University since 2009.
Dr. Fukuda is IEEE Region 10 Director-Elect (2011-2012) and served President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1998-1999), Director of the IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2001-2002), and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE / ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2000-2002). He was President of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2002-2003, 2005) and President of SOFT (Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory and Intelligent Informatics) (2003-2005). He was elected as a member of Science Council of Japan (2008-).
He received the IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Award (1997), IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), IEEE Robotics and Automation Pioneer Award (2004), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award (2005), Award from Ministry of Education and Science in Japan (2005). IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished service award (2007). Best Googol Application paper awards from IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering (2007). Best papers awards from RSJ (2004) and SICE (2007), Special Funai Award from JSME (2008), 2009 George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation (2009), IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (2010), ROBOMECH Award 2010 (2010), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers Technical Field Award (2010), Distinguished Service Award, The Robotics Society of Japan (2010), World Automation Congress 2010 (WAC 2010) dedicated to Prof. Toshio Fukuda, Best Paper Award in 2010 International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS2010), IEEE Fellow (1995), SICE Fellow (1995), JSME Fellow (2001), RSJ Fellow (2004), Honorary Doctor of Aalto University School of Science and Technology (2010).

Contact Person: Dr. Leong Wai Yie (Department of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

CCIS New Member: Dr. Soh Chit Siang

Dear colleagues,

Let's welcome our new member, Dr. Soh Chit Siang.

Soh Chit Siang is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology, UTAR where he has been serving since April 2009. He received his PhD from Universiti Malaya in 2009 in the area of signal processing for non-invasive biomedical analysis. Prior to that, he obtained his MEngSc in 2004 and BEng(Electrical) in 2002 from Universiti Malaya.

His current research works focus on applying signal processing and pattern recognition methods in two areas namely, non-intrusive appliance load monitoring and surveillance video analytics. He has supervised and co-supervised final year projects and Master students in the area of video analytics on embedded system for video surveillance system. He also supervises a PhD student in non-intrusive appliance load monitoring for smart metering.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

CCIS Talk: HTML5 is more than the Mark-up Language by Junichi Kishigami

Dear All,

Prof. Jay will deliver a talk on HTML5 technology titled: "HTML5 is more than the Mark-up Language" on the following date/time/venue:

Date: 29 Oct 2012
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: SE106, DK3,  FES, UTAR KL campus, Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Prof Junichi Kishigami
Title: HTML5 is more than the Mark-up Language
HTML5 has a lot of the functions and attractive APIs to realize almost any program on it like the OS, such as IOS, Android, or windows. This talk will show you some of the features using HTML5  presentation software. By leaning the HTML5 from the new fundamental tag to multimedia framework,  you can understand the high potential and easiness.
Dr. Junichi (Jay) Kishigami obtained the degree of Bachelor and Master in Physics at the Hokkaido University in Japan 1980 and obtained his Doctor degree in electronic engineering at the Hokkaido University 1989.

He has unique and wide-ranged experiences in NTT from the solid state physics of the magnetic thin film to the multimedia services.

From 1994 to 1999 he worked with NTT America as a vice president and general manager at IP HQs in the area of creating and promoting the Internet business both in US and in Japan. He coordinated ISP and Backbone between US and Japan. The ISP, called "Netdepon" was the first ISP for NTT overseas, and undersea cable between US and Japan was also the first cable for NTT.

Before June, 1994, he had been researching magnetic disk storage design. Upon graduation in 1980, he joined NTT as researcher, where he studies the solid state physics of thin film head, a key technology in the development of high capacity magnetic storage devices. In 1989, he was responsible for the design and development of an electronic filing system for Video-on-Demand.

With the years his center of activities changed from the fundamental study to business-oriented development. After back to Japan in 1999, he had led two main projects of RFID and Broadband related activities. He had been creating and promoting the concept of "metadata" for the RFID and broadband services. He was Secretary General at cIDf (Content ID Forum), which was founded by him and Professor Yasuda, University of Tokyo.  He had been a member of GBDe (Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce) as Sherpa who directly supports board member of NTT. In 2007, he was assigned as Executive Director of Cyber Solution Laboratory, Vice President, NTT holding company. He was also MOT Visiting Professor at Rikkyo University. He had been invited a lot of seminar and society. He was one of the columnists at Nikkei IT Forum.

His most influenced area recently is IPTV development. His activities on IPTV were not only internal but external, such as standardization, government committee and lots of collaboration with CE manufacturer and broadcaster. After he had been leading the IPTV service and technology development, he was directing the RFID, human-interface, data mining and web technologies as an executive director at the NTT Labs. E-commerce marketing based on data mining technology, personalized remote-controller with self-learning function of the owner's behavior, and HTML 5 based web technology were the examples of his idea and developed area.

He has been a number of chair and member at Government committee which includes RFID regulation, IPR issue, Broadband Content Distribution, Web Archive project, and IPTV.

He is a member of IEICE Japan and IPSJ Japan, and Distinguished Speaker of IEEE, committee at ARIB, INSTAC and TV Anytime Forum. He got the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Award in 2011.

He has also a lot of academic experiences as a part-time professor at Hokkaido University, Muroran Institute of Technology and Kochi University of Technology. At the Rikkyo University, He had been teaching at its business school. He has been a Professor at University of Tokyo for five years. He joined UTAR in 2012 as a professor at the faculty of engineering and science. He has published more than 100 papers and presentations, and 80 patents.

Entrepreneurial Talk Series by Mr Richard Eu, Group CEO of Eu Yan Sang International Ltd

Department of Consultancy & Commercialisation (DCC) is pleased to invite all UTAR staff and students to the "Entrepreneurial Talk Series" by Mr Richard Eu, Group CEO of Eu Yan Sang International Ltd.

Details of the talk are as follows:

Date: 8 November 2012 (Thursday)
Venue: Heritage Hall, A001, UTAR Perak Campus, Kampar, Perak.
Time: 2pm to 4pm

Admission is Free (UTAR Soft Skills Points is claimable subject to Terms and Condition).

For information and registration, please contact Vincent/Lee Teng/Ronnie from the Department of Consultancy and Commercialisation (DCC). Tel: 03-79582628, extension 8255 (Ronnie) or extension 7127 (Vincent/Lee Teng).

Further enquiries please mail to

Friday, September 14, 2012

Talk: Is your Biometric Data Safe by Alex Kot

On behalf of the Centre of Signal and Image Processing (CISIP), Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, you are cordially invited to attend an invited seminar by Prof. Alex Kot, National Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Venue: Floor 8, Wisma RnD, University of Malaya (Google Map)
Date: 20th September 2012 (Thursday)  21st September 2012 (Friday)
Time:1000 - 1200
* Light refreshment will be provided.

Title: Is your biometrics data safe?

Nowadays, biometrics is widely used in authentication systems. In general, biometrics needs to be stored in a database for subsequent authentication. However, templates stored in the database are at the risk of being stolen or modified. Once the template is stolen, it is difficult to be replaced like passwords and the private user information associated with the stolen template would also be exposed. Thus, biometrics templates should be stored in the database such that both the security of the template and the privacy of the user are not compromised under various attacks.

This talk will cover some existing techniques in dealing with biometrics data protection. A novel data hiding scheme is proposed for the thinned fingerprint template. Another new scheme is proposed to reconstruct a full fingerprint image from the minutiae points. The analysis shows that our proposed technique is useful for protecting the fingerprint ridge frequency. We also propose a novel system for protecting the privacy of the fingerprint minutiae without using a token or key.


Dr Kot has been with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore since 1991. He headed the Division of Information Engineering at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for eight years until 2005. He started serving as Vice-Dean (Research) for the School of EEE in 2005 and became Associate Dean for the College of Engineering in 2008. He is currently a Professor at the School of EEE and Associate Dean for the College of Engineering. He has published extensively with over 200 technical papers and 3 patents in the areas of signal processing for communication, biometrics recognition, data-hiding, authentication and media forensics. 

Dr. Kot served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology; and IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems Part II as well as Part I. He is currently Associate Editor for the IEEE Trans. on Information, Forensics and Security, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing and IEEE Signal Processing Letter. He is also Editor for the EURASIP Journal of Advanced Signal Processing, the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and the IEEE Journal of the Special Topics in Signal Processing. He has served as the General Co-Chair for the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) and Chair of the worldwide SPS Chapter Chairs and the Distinguished Lecturer program. He serves as IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee. He received the Best Teacher of the Year Award and is a co-author for several Best Paper Awards including ICPR, WIFS and IWDW. He was the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2005 and 2006 and is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore and Vice President-elect for IEEE Signal Processing Society.    

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Talk: Development of Large IT Solutions by Arve Meisingset

Title: Development of Large IT Solutions
Date: 11 September 2012 (Tue)
Time: 10am
Venue: A003, UTAR Kampar Campus, Perak, Malaysia.
Speaker: Arve Meisingset, Senior R&D Scientist, Telenor R&D, Norway
Mr. Meisingset will share the following:
  • Introduction on various schools of systems development in Scandinavia
  • Conceptual approaches to systems development with reference to the War of Universals
  • A data architecture for large IT systems
  • A data definition language for end user terminology and grammar
  • A system perspective versus a component perspective on IT solutions
Arve Meisingset
Mr. Arve Meisingset is a senior research scientist with 40 years of experience from Telenor. For your information, Telenor is the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway. Mr. Meisingset's main interest is theoretical on formal languages and mathematical philosophy. However, all these years he has been analyzing and designing large database applications both for Operation Support Systems and Business Support Systems for telecommunication networks and services. Currently he is also working on the Asia Billing project across their operations in Pakistan, Thailand and Malaysia.

Mr. Meisingset has also been developing methods, architectures, formal languages, user interfaces and case tools which are used on many applications. He has even been teaching and supervising many master and doctor students, though he does not hold a doctor degree himself. He has been involved in the start up of the University Studies at Kjeller (UNIK) in Norway, and prepared the ciriculum for telematics.

Mr. Meisingset is the Telenor ITU-T co-ordinator and has held many roles in ITU-T as vice chairman, working party chairman, rapporteur, editor, leader of correspondence groups, and liaison officer to ISO, TMF, ETSI and ATIS. He is currently the ITU-T associate rapporteur for Open Distributed Processing, and he is also the editor of a series of Recommendations on data for telecommunications.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Talk: Big Data-enabled innovation for new Business Value by Andy Koronios

Talk by Professor Andy Koronios

Title: Big Data-enabled innovation for new Business Value
Date : Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Time : 10.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: IDK 8, Perak Campus
Speaker: Professor Andy Koronios 

[No entrance FEE and all Staff and Students are welcome.]

Abstract: Enterprises are currently collecting enormous amounts of data. The proliferation of social medial, mobile devices and sensor technologies are exploding the amount of data that is generated and collected each day. The capturing, storing and analysing this sea of data is becoming a challenge in most organisations. Yet those who manage to tame and make sense of this data can create enormous business value. This presentation will explore ?big data? and discuss the opportunities for creating competitive advantage through new business model innovation. The opportunities for careers in this new and emerging field will also be discussed.

About the Speaker: Professor Andy Koronios is the Head of the School of Computer & Information Science, in the Division of Information Technology, Engineering & the Environment, University of South Australia. Andy has extensive experience in both commercial and academic environments and has interests in electronic commerce, information quality, IT-mediated business models, enterprise architechture and information governance. He also has a keen interest in the changing role of the modern CIO and the development of IT professionals.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Scientific Malaysian

Scientific Malaysian ( was set up in July 2011 as a platform to establish a global network of Malaysian scientific researchers to foster discourse as well as collaboration, regardless of affiliation and discipline, be they the pure sciences (biologists, chemists, physicists, etc) or applied sciences (engineers, biomedical scientists, etc). Researchers and administrators from the scientific research industries are also invited to participate and contribute ideas and viewpoints from the industrial perspective. The missions of Scientific Malaysian are as follow:
  • To provide a platform for the Malaysian scientific community across the world to discuss general scientific and research issues; 
  • To represent the voice of the Malaysian scientific community across the world; 
  • To provide valuable collective ideas in hopes of improving scientific research and development in Malaysia; 
  • To promote research collaborations or knowledge-sharing within the scientific community (both local and overseas Malaysian researchers) and/or with industries; and 
  • To inspire and provide guidance for early stage Malaysian researchers. 
Scientific Malaysian aims to achieve the above missions through several approaches:
  • An online portal that facilitates ongoing discussion on scientific research; 
  • A magazine ( that provides coverage of the latest research and development ventures undertaken by Malaysian scientific researchers; and 
  • Talks by Malaysian scientists/engineers at academic and research institutions around the world.
Scientific Malaysian is currently fully administered by volunteers. Interested participants can contact the administrators at

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Talk by Chu Jenn Weng, CEO, ViTrox

Date: 11 July 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Auditorium A003, UTAR Perak Campus, Kampar.
Speaker: Chu Jenn Weng, MD/CEO of ViTrox Group
Admission: Free
Registration: Vincent or Ronnie at Department of Consultancy and Commercialisation (DCC),
Mr Chu is the Managing Director/CEO of ViTrox Group and oversees the entire operations of the Group. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of ViTrox on 7 July 2005. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Company.
Mr Chu started his first project in machine vision back in 1992 while he was still studying in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) majoring in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Upon graduation from the University, he was employed as an instrumentation engineer in Hewlett-Packard Malaysia (HPM) (now known as Agilent Technologies Sdn Bhd), where he initiated and led the in-house 4-person machine vision team for more than 5 years. During his career in Hewlett-Packard Malaysia, he was directly involved in the R&D of machine vision systems, system set-up and support, as well as setting objectives and development plan for the entire team.
Mr Chu completed his post graduate study in image processing from USM in 1998. While learning the fundamental and required techniques in this field, he traveled to countries like Singapore and the United States of America (USA) to study and evaluate the need of those technologies and its potential for growth. He left HPM in 1998 to start-up his own business with his partner/co-founder, Mr Siaw Kok Tong in machine vision into a private limited company in March 2000 and was officially named ViTrox Technologies Sdn Bhd (VTSB).
During the start-up phase of VTSB, Mr Chu was involved in every aspect of the business, starting from sales and marketing, R&D of vision system, part purchasing, finance as well as service and support.
Mr Chu received the certificate of merit from the Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Award under the Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment category in 2005. He was recently awarded the 2011 Ernst & Young Malaysian Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and also received the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award 2011 from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Award (APEA).

Friday, June 29, 2012

Talk: Challenging the Unknown by Mamoru Mohri

The Astronomy Club at UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus cordially invites you to a talk below:

Title: Challenging the Unknown
Speaker: Mamoru Mohri, Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Astronaut, JAPAN
Date: 13 July 2012 (Friday)
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: 6F Conference Room, SA Block, Faculty of Engineering & Science, UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.


Challenging known knowledge and venturing into the unknown with the focus of learning is science. Plus, the purpose of science in acquiring more knowledge is to be able to apply that science for the betterment of all life on our planet. Another key to being a scientist, or any successful person, is to have an open mind willing to experiment with new perspectives and new ideas. Space flight challenged me to see life differently, changed my thoughts on microgravity and living in a weightless environment, and forever altered my perspectives on everything. I will take you on a journey to an alien environment that will challenge common
thoughts on space, and through this new experience, hopefully transform your thoughts and perspectives on space and science.

For more information and registration please contact:
Ms Teoh Hui Chieh (,
Dr. Wang Chan Chin (

Profile of Mamoru Mohri, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) Mamoru Mohri, Born in Hokkaido in 1948, obtained a doctorate in chemistry at Australia’s Flinders University before becoming an associate professor at Hokkaido University in1982, specializing in nuclear fusion research. After transferring to the National Space Development Agency of Japan, now known as JAXA, in 1992 he became the first Japanese astronaut to participate in a NASA mission where he conducted forty-three experiments proposed by American and Japanese researchers. During the same mission, he held a “Space Classroom” for children which became a nation-wide event.
In 2000, he participated in his second NASA mission where he was successful in using a high definition camera to obtain the first three-dimensional cartography data of the earth. In October of the same year, he became the Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). In 2003, with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), he conducted a further sixty experiments at depths of up to 6,500 meters in order to further his understanding of other scientific fields. He continued expanding his knowledge by participating in the first solar eclipse observation trip to Antarctica, obtaining footage that was broadcast live on NHK television. In 2007, celebrating fifty years since the opening of Showa Station (Antarctica), the National Institute of Polar Research joined forces with science centers in Japan (Miraikan), Thailand and Australia to conduct an online lesson in which he was a participant from Antarctica. Currently he is continuing his mission to find ways to explain cutting-edge science developments to new generations, and inspiring the scientists of the future. He is a member of the Science Council of Japan, a coordinate professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, an expert advisor to the Council for Science and Technology.

Research Interest
Vacuum and Surface Sciences, Nuclear Fusion Materials, Space Experiments

1992 The Prime Minister’ s Honors
1992 Director General of Science and Technology Agency Award
2001 The 52nd NHK Broadcast Cultural Award
2001 NASA Honor Award
2006 Order of Australia
2007 Fellow, The Japan Society of Applied Physics


2001 “Gifts from Space” , Iwanami Publishing
2002 “Thinking about the Future from the Middle of Space” , Suken Publishing
2005 “Messages from Biodiversity” , Yama to Keikoku Publishing
2005 “From Space Earth is Only One Star” , Wedge Publishing
2006 “NASA The Complete Illustrated History” , Michael Gorn.
(translation by Mamoru Mohri), Transworld Japan, among others.
2009 "Moma's Mars Exploration", Kodansha Publishing
2010 “Science Literacy for the Japanese People”, PHP Science World Publishing
2011 “Le arning from Science - Universology", Iwanami Publishing

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

RAship: Serendipity Effect on Data Mining Methods For Marketing Research

Research Assistant wanted

The Department of Internet Engineering and Computer Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), is currently looking for suitable candidates to assist in the Data Mining research project. The research project is "Serendipity Effect on Data Mining Methods For Marketing Research" by UTAR Research Fund (UTARRF). The duration of the appointment is one year. We are looking for highly motivated and dedicated candidates to join us in the research work.

Project Leader 

Professor Dr. Jay Kishigami (,
Department of Internet Engineering and Computer Science,
Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES), UTAR KL Campus.


To research and develop the serendipity algorithm over the data mining technology. First target is extract the serendipity element from the playlist of classical FM station using the ranking table of the top 100 classical music.

Job Description 

  • Remuneration of RM2000 per month for 12 months. 
  • The RA must help the project leader in all works associated with the research. 
  • The RA may register for Master Degree by research program with UTAR. 


  • Passionate in computer programming, especially in R, Python, Java 
  • Strong interest and/or has working experience in data mining and statistics 
  • Good English written and verbal communication 
  • Good analytical skills Self-motivated, requires minimal supervision, resourceful and willing to learn 
  • Available to start working preferably on July 2012 

If you are interested in the RA position advertised above, please email your CV directly to Prof. Jay Kishigami ( as soon as possible. Feel free to write to him for any further enquiry of the project. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Talk: WiFied Up Malaysia Villages

Date: 5 July 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
Venue: H113, UTAR Perak Campus, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia
Title: WiFied Up Malaysia Villages
Speaker: Dr. Kwong Kae Hsiang, MIMOS Berhad.

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

Monday, June 4, 2012

Talk: Data Challenges in Multimedia Environmental Sensing

There is a public event held by FICT, the detail is as followed:

Title: Data Challenges in Multimedia Environmental Sensing
Date: 19 June 12
Time: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Venue: IDK8, UTAR Perak Campus
Speaker: Prof. Paul Roe, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Description: Traditional biodiversity monitoring is labour intensive and expensive. Multimedia sensors provide a way to scale biodiversity monitoring. However unlike traditional sensors, collecting, processing and managing multimedia senor data is challenging due to the distributed and voluminous nature of the data. In this talk I will present ways in which we have addressed these challenges including dynamic and adaptive data movement and processing. Our current approach and ideas will be discussed along with future challenges.

Talk: Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers for Passive Optical Networks

FICT is pleased to invite all UTAR staff and students to a talk "Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers for Passive Optical Networks" by Prof. Ivan Andonovic, University of Strathclyde, UK (FICT External Examiner for Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Communications and Networking).

Details of the talk are as follows:

Date: 12 June 2012, Tuesday
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Venue: EDK1, Block E, UTAR Perak, Kampar

Abstract: The growing demand for high speed access services has driven the deployment of Passive Optical Networks (PONs) which minimise the amount of terminal equipment between the core and access layers of the network. Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOAs) are especially relevant to future PON evolutions providing enhanced network performance and in turn services for customers. The presentation will summarise the role SOAs will potentially play in future PON deployments.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Research Assistantship: Video Analytics for Intelligent Transport Systems

Research Assistantship
Number of Vacancies: 1 or 2
Available at
Faculty of Engineering & Science (FES),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur

Project Title

Video Analytics for Intelligent Transport Systems

Project Leader

Associate Professor Dr. Tay Yong Haur (,
Department of Internet Engineering and Computer Science,
Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES), UTAR KL Campus.


To research and develop video content analysis algorithms for the purpose of intelligent transport systems (ITS)

Job Description

  • Remuneration of RM2000-2500 per month for 12 months.
  • The RA must help the project leader in all works associated with the research.
  • The RA must work closely with the sponsored industry partner to complete the research project.
  • The RA may register for Master Degree by research program with UTAR.


  • Passionate in computer programming, especially in C/C++/C#/Python under Windows & .NET environment
  • Strong interest and/or has working experience in image processing / pattern recognition project / GPU
  • Good English written and verbal communication
  • Good analytical skills
  • Self-motivated, requires minimal supervision, resourceful and willing to learn.
  • Available to start working preferably on June 2012.
If you are interested in the RA position advertised above, please email your CV directly to Dr. Tay Yong Haur ( as soon as possible. Feel free to write to Dr Tay for any further enquiry of the project.
Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Talk: Dynamic UAV Path Planning for Multi-target Tracking by Edwin K. P. Chong

Date: 29 May 2012
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: NMES Center, Faculty of Engneering , MMU Cyberjaya
Title: Dynamic UAV Path Planning for Multi-target Tracking
We describe a path-planning method to guide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for tracking multiple ground targets based on the theory of partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs). We demonstrate the power and flexibility of the POMDP framework by showing that a variety of features of interest are easy to incorporate into the framework by plugging in the appropriate models. Specifically, in this talk we show how to incorporate the following features by appropriately formulating the POMDP action space, transition law, and objective function: 1) control UAVs with both forward acceleration and bank angle subject to constraints; 2) account for the effect of wind disturbance on UAVs; 3) avoid collisions between UAVs and obstacles; and 4) mitigate track swaps.

Speaker: Professor Edwin K. P. Chong
Professor Edwin K. P. Chong received the B.E.(Hons.) degree with First Class Honors from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1987; and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 1989 and 1991, respectively, both from Princeton University, where he held an IBM Fellowship. He joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 1991, where he was named a University Faculty Scholar in 1999. Since August 2001, he has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of Mathematics at Colorado State University. His current interests are in stochastic models and optimization methods.

He coauthored the recent best-selling book, An Introduction to Optimization, 3rd Edition, Wiley-Interscience, 2008. He is an inaugural Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and is also on the editorial boards of Computer Networks and the Journal of Control Science and Engineering.

Professor Chong is a Fellow of the IEEE, and served as an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 1995 and the ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award in 1998. He was a co-recipient of the 2004 Best Paper Award for a paper in the journal Computer Networks. In 2010 he received the IEEE Distinguished Member Award from the Control System Society.

CCIS New Member: Dr Ng Oon-Ee

Let's welcome CCIS new member.

Dr. Ng Oon-Ee graduated in 2012 with a PhD in Engineering Research from Monash University Sunway Campus, after previously obtaining a Bachelors Degree (2006) in Mechatronics Engineering (First Class Honours) at the same institution. He is primarily interested in all forms of programming-related research, with special focus on machine vision. His PhD research was in the field of computational stereo vision.

Research areas: stereo vision, machine vision, artificial intelligence, image processing

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MyTRIZ Competition 2012

Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association (MyTRIZ) in partnership with Intel Foundation and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is very pleased to announce its inaugural MyTRIZ Competition 2012.

The competition objective is to encourage the application of systematic innovation TRIZ methodology, cultivate the spirit of innovation and generate awareness of TRIZ systematic innovation around the region. The competition is launched with the theme of THINK INNOVATION, THINK TRIZ.

It is open to all Malaysian and international students, researchers and lecturers who are enrolled in the Malaysian institutions of higher learning.

Entrance to the competition is free!

A total sum of RM 21,000 prize money and RM 60,000 complimentary MyTRIZ Conference & Workshops 2012 tickets to be won!

Check out the details here!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Visual Studio 11 Beta:Turning Ideas into Software

Date: 24 May 2012, Thursday
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm (Registration start at 9:00am)
Venue: Microsoft Auditorium, Level 29, Tower 2, Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Federal Territory, Malaysia.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Talk: Power Yourself with Mobile Internet by Francis Yeoh

Date: 11 May 2012 (Friday)
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Venue: College Hall, TAR College, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
Speaker: Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh, MD, YTL Corporation Berhad.
Title: Power Yourself with Mobile Internet

Saturday, May 5, 2012

1st MY Big Data Meetup

The First Malaysia Big Data meetup will be held on 16 May 2012. Details are as follow:

Date: 16 May 2012
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Telekom Research and Development, TM Innovation Center, Lingkaran Teknokrat Timur, 63000, Cyberjaya (map)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Information and Training Session on Framework Programme 7 (FP7) for Research and Technological Development

The EU Delegation and Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) are organizing an Information and Training session on European Union Framework Programme 7 for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The event will take place on 16 May 2012, 9.00am - 4.00pm at the Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 16 May 2012
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This year this annual event will also mark the ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation. Apart from the general overview of the FP7 Programme by EU experts, presentations will be given by the Malaysian National Contact Points for FP7 on specific fields of their competence, such as renewable energy, climate change, transport sector (including automotives, space and aeronautics), and biotechnolgy, which are listed among the top research priorities for Malaysia.

The event aims to attract about 100 participants from universities and research instututions (including individual researchers), as well as companies specialised in research who are interested to participate in FP7.

Participant registrations are now open until 11 May (subject to space availability). Those interested may contact MOSTI (Mr Radzman: and/or the EU Delegation (Ms Norfaizah Ismail:

For more information:

Draft Programme of the FP7 Information and Training Session

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DMAS & CMS Seminar Series, 25/04/2012, Wednesday 2-4pm, SD 102, Setapak Campus, UTAR

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

Dear all,

This week's DMAS & CMS talk will be on Wednesday, 2pm-4pm. The speaker is Ms Ho Yun Li and Ms Cheu Yea Loon from the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Science respectively, UTAR.

Date: 25 April 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: SD 102, Setapak Campus, UTAR, Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Ms Ho Yun Li
Title: Bi-objective Optimization of Exclusive Bus Lane Allocation and Scheduling in Urban Cities

Date: 25 April 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: SD 102, Setapak Campus, UTAR,  Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Ms Cheu Yea Loon
Title: Sample Size Requirements in Validating the Asymptotic Results for Generalized Linear Models for Poisson-Distributed Data

Abstract (Ho Yun Li):
Exclusive bus lane is a strategy that reserves a lane of the roads for buses travel. It could improve the buses level of service by increasing their schedule adherence and travel speed. Nevertheless, the strategy draws two important decisions making problems which are the lane allocation and scheduling problems. The lane allocation determines which links/roads in the network that needs to have the exclusive bus lane while the scheduling problem determines the start time and the duration of the strategy. To find the optimal solutions for these problems, a bi-level bi-objective optimization problem could be formulated. The upper level is the bi-objective optimization model that aims to minimize the total travel time of general purpose traffic and buses simultaneously. The lower level is a microscopic traffic simulation model that could simulate drivers (general purpose traffic) response based on the lane allocation and scheduling solutions. The proposed model is solved by a hybrid non-sorting genetic algorithm (NGSA II) –Paramics. An illustrative case study of Klang Valley region is developed to test and evaluate the proposed methodology. Results show that both objectives (i.e. the total travel time of general purpose traffic and buses) are contradicted in which Pareto solutions are obtained.

Abstract (Cheu Yea Loon):
In recent decades, Generalised Linear Models (GLMs) have provided a means of analysing the data from various non-Normal distributions that Normal-based procedures such as Analysis of Variance and multiple regression are not suitable as an analysis tool. In GLMs, the link between the observations and the model is not as simple as it is in regression and ANOVA. The results we have on the variances of the parameter estimators in GLMs are 'asymptotic' or large sample results. This study attempts to find out the sample size needed so that the asymptotic results are reasonable valid, specifically for the Poisson log-linear models. In addition, the study aims to find out as well whether the sample size required relies on the values of the parameters, values of the predictors and number of observations assigned at each design point. Two types of Poisson log- linear model are involved in this study, namely the two-parameter Poisson log- inear model and the three-parameter Poisson log-linear model.

For two-parameter log-linear models, the results of the study indicate that 100 observations are basically sufficient for the asymptotic results to be reasonable valid but this depends on the values of the parameters and predictors that are involved in the model. Different values of the parameters and predictors may require a higher number of observations for the asymptotic results to be valid. This criterion also applies to the three-parameter log-linear models. The values of the parameter and predictors are crucial factors that affect the sample size required for the asymptotic results to be valid.

All are welcome.

Thank you very much.

Event Committee.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Software Engineer the Top Best Jobs of 2012 - CareerCast

Best Jobs 2012

According to a survey done by CareerCast, Software Engineer is the Top Best Job for 2012. The survey is done based on the following five key areas:
  1. Work Environment
  2. Physical Demands
  3. Job Outlook
  4. Income Levels
  5. Stress
Top Best Jobs 2012
  1. Software Engineer 
  2. Actuary
  3. Human Resources Manager
  4. Dental Hygienist
  5. Financial Planner
  6. Audiologist
  7. Occupational Therapist
  8. Online Advertising Manager
  9. Computer Systems Analyst
  10. Mathematician

Coursera: Free Online Courses

Coursera is a new web portal offering online courses, for free. The present partner universities are Princeton, Stanford, UMich and Penn. They currently have about 40 courses, ranging from Computer Science, Medicine, Biology, the Humanities, Social Sciences, Math, Statistics, Economics, and Finance.

Check out the site at

PAKDD 2012 Data Mining Competition

The 16th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) is pleased to organize a data mining competition. The competition is divided into two categories:

  1. Open category (open to both academia, industry and students). The tasks for this category involve predicting customer churn and win-back for a large telecommunication company. The prizes for the competition are sponsored by  the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Multimedia University.
  2. Student category (open to only students enrolled at institutions of higher learning). The task for this category involves discovering the correlation between the number of job applications and Malaysia's economic indicators. The prizes for the student category is sponsored by SAS Malaysia.

The deadline for submitting the final entries is May 13, 2012. More details are available on the competition web site at

The competition web site is also accessible via the PAKDD 2012 web site at

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Talk: Innovating in the Social Economy by Prof Nick Wreden

Date: 24 April 2012
Time: 10.00 an - 12.00 pm
Venue: Dewan Besar, UTM International Campus, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.
Speaker: Nick Wreden, Visiting Professor, UTM.
Title: Innovating in the Social Economy: How social tools are transforming business & education.

Speaker Biography
Nick Wreden has an MS in technology management and an MS in journalism, giving him the intersecting technical and content strategy skills required for social applications. He is a visiting professor and a director at the Institute of Social Business Innovation (ISBI) under the umbrella of the Perdana School at UTM.

Less than 10 years ago, Facebook was just an idea in the mind of a Harvard freshman. Now Facebook and other social tools network 1.2 billion people, spawning new businesses and new ways of doing business as the world transitions into the Social Economy. Social tools are also transforming education at all levels, leading to social learning, "flipped classrooms" and a new emphasis on community and peer collaboration.
This lecture will provide a broad overview of emerging social trends, what they mean to business and education today, and how you can take advantage of these innovations.

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