Friday, March 16, 2012

Talk: Technopreneurship by Cheah Kok Hoong, Sunway Berhad

Date: Wednesday, 28 Mac 2012
Time : 2:00 PM ~ 4:00 PM
Venue: IDK 6, UTAR (Perak Campus), Kampar, Perak.

*** Free Admission ***
*** All Students and Staff are Welcome !!! ***

Technopreneurship is not a product but a process of synthesis in engineering the future of a person, an organization, a nation and the world. In a digital, knowledge based society, strategic directions or decision making processes will be demanding and complex. This requires tertiary level and professional development programs and training to produce strategic thinkers who will have the skills to succeed in a dynamically changing global environment. Traditional educational programs, however,lack the methodology to transform today's students into creative,innovative, visionary global leaders who understand the importance of technopreneurship.

Speaker: Mr. Cheah Kok Hoong

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
- Sunway Berhad

- Sunway Integrated Outsourcing Sdn. Bhd.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Sunway Business Applications Sdn. Bhd.
- Sunway E-Systems (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
- Sunway MSC Sdn. Bhd.
- S&I Technologies (China) Co. Ltd.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Cheah has more than 20 years of experience across technology, business strategy, industry development and services globalization including policy development for various large regional conglomerates. Mr. Cheah plays an active role in industry development, particularly as it relates to enabling Malaysia transform itself into a knowledge economy through development of capabilities spanning information technology and communications such that higher value-added services and products are developed in Malaysia.

Mr. Cheah is the Deputy Chairman for both PIKOM [The National ICT Association of Malaysia] and Outsourcing Malaysia, a not-for-profit consortium of service providers. He also sits on the Industrial Advisory Panel for Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT) UTAR , and as a member of the Siemens PLM Asia Pacific Partner Advisory Council (apPAC) for the FY2011/12 years. He actively leads and manages a variety of initiatives aimed at creating the next-generation of knowledge-enabled talent in the country. He is a regular speaker at both local and regional events on topics surrounding Shared Services and Outsourcing, CIO challenges, Knowledge Management and Business & IT Alignment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CCIS Events

CCIS website has added the event calendar that list out the upcoming events, e.g. seminars, talks, conferences, conference paper submission due, etc.

Please check out the following page here:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Research Assistantship in UM

Research Assistantship in University of Malaya

Applications are invited for one or two research assistantship(s) to work in University of Malaya (UM) on one funded project entitled "Nature-inspired Algorithms for Plant Classification". This work is a joint collaboration between UM, Kingston University, UK and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

One of the well-known characteristics of tropical rainforests is the large number of species that inhabit them. Botanists use plant organs, such as leaves, fruits and seeds to classify plants. We propose a programme of work to design algorithms that can classify plants using leaves and fruits with distributed intelligence algorithms. In particular, we are interested in using swarm intelligence algorithms. The successful candidate will require to re-locate in UK and work with the project collaborators for at least 3-6 months. 

Informal/Further enquiries should be made to the Principal Investigator of the research programme:
Dr Chan Chee Seng (, Tel. +603 7967 6433

Key Requirements

  • First Class or high 2:1 degree (or equivalent) or Master by research in Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematics or related subject and be able to demonstrate a strong mathematical background.
  • Knowledge in image processing, computational intelligence and pattern recognition, especially swarm intelligence would be a particular advantage.
  • High levels of ability in programming in MATLAB/C/C++/Python. Bonus if experienced with OpenCV and AForge.
  • Self-motivated, good at time management and planning, and have a proven ability to meet deadlines. Good communication and presentation skills are also important.
The post is on the university scale (MYR 18,000 - 30,000 per annum); and is open to MALAYSIAN only. Placement for the post is according to experience and qualifications. The RA may register for Master degree by research program (MSc by Research) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with UM. 

To apply formally, please send to Dr. Chan Chee Seng ( the following documents:

1.    Latest CV including your experience in computer vision area, publication lists (if any)

2.    Latest examination transcript, and

3.    Two names and email addresses of academic referees

The post is available from now (March, 2012) until filled.

Friday, March 9, 2012

CCIS New Member: Ng Choon Boon

Let's welcome Mr Ng Choon Boon to the CCIS.

Mr Ng Choon Boon

Choon Boon is a lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. He earned his Master of Computer Science and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Malaya. At the present, he teaches undergraduate subjects in the field of electronics and communications.

His research area of interest is in computer vision. He is currently pursuing his PhD in UTAR in the topic of human gender recognition.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

CCIS Seminar: Re-think! by Prof Junichi Kishigami

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the talk by Prof Junichi Kishigami.

Date: 13 March 2012
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: 6th Floor West Wing, FES, UTAR KL Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
Speaker: Professor Junichi Kishigami
Title: Re-think!
We have been expecting so many things  upon the ICT. However the fact is not satisfy our life. You can say that smart-phone, IPTV or facebook could be the big success of ICT. These items are so premature at this moment. One of the reason is too much information we have every seconds.
Based on this understanding, I will show you some examples which will wake you up. Then the hot topics on big data, this is already buzz word, but several kinds of approach are now undertaking on this area. I hope to discuss on some ideas which I would like to start recently.

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. 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 present research areas are:
- Metadata based content navigation for IPTV
- e-commerce marketing based on data mining technology
- HTML5 base service. esp. text mode and writing

Monday, March 5, 2012

CCIS New Member: Simon Lau Boung Yew

Dear colleagues,

Let's welcome Simon Lau to CCIS. Below are short biography of Simon. Feel free to contact Simon for further collaboration opportunities.

Mr Simon Lau Boung Yew

 Lau is a lecturer and researcher of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He earned his Master of Science degree from the Malaysia University of Science and Technology. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses, specialising in software engineering. He is presently the Head for the Department of Internet Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR KL Campus. 

His research areas of interest include context aware computing, e-learning, social web and parallel computing. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

International Symposium on Intelligent Transport Systems Research

IEM and University of Tokyo will be organizing the International Symposium on Intelligent Transport Systems Research. Details of the event is as follows:

Date: 14 April 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 8:15am - 5:10pm
Venue: Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya

Details of the programme can be downloaded here:

Friday, March 2, 2012

UTAR Entrepreneurial Talk Series: Alvin Woon,

Dear all,

The Department of Consultancy & Commercialisation (DCC) is pleased to invite all UTAR staff and students to an "Entrepreneurial Talk Series" by Mr. Alvin Woon, the co-founder of
Details of the talk are as follows:

Date: 16 March 2012, Friday
Venue: Block PD, Hall 006, PJ campus
Time: 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Admission is Free.

 UTAR Soft Skills Points claimable subject to Terms and Condition.

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

TED Talk: Robots that fly ... and cooperate by Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar from General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania, speaks about his autonomous flying robots that can perform stunt, and to work together to ... play music.. and many many tricks. Check it out here:

Click the following if the above video does not appear.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

CCIS New member: Prof. Dr Junichi Kishigami

Dear colleagues,

Let me introduce to you CCIS new member, Prof Junichi Kishigami, aka Prof Jay: 

Prof. Dr Junichi Kishigami ( 岸上順一) has a unique experience 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. 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. 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.

His present research areas are:
- Metadata based content navigation for IPTV
- e-commerce marketing based on data mining technology
- Html5 base service. esp. text mode and writing

Please feel free to talk to Prof Jay for future research collaborations.

Talk by Prof. Ryoichi Komiya on "Telecommunication Information Visualization"

Department of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering, FES, UTAR is cordially inviting all to attend the following talk by Prof Ryoichi Komiya:

Date:  15 March 2012 (Thu.)
Time:  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: SA block, 6th Foor West Meeting Room, UTAR(KL Campus)
Speaker:   Prof. Ryoichi Komiya
Topic: Telecommunication Information Visualization

Ryoichi KOMIYA was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 16, 1945. He received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1967 and 1986 respectively. Joining the Electrical Communication Labs of NTT in 1967, he was engaged in the development of the PCM repeatered line, digital data terminal equipment, video coder/decoders, stuff multiplexers, ISDN subscriber loop transmission systems and fiber optic remote multiplexer systems.
After leaving NTT in 1992, he worked with Siemens, Nippon Telecommunication Consulting Co. Ltd., NTT Advanced Technology and the Distribution and Economics University of Japan.

He lectured at the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Information Technology at Multimedia University, Malaysia from 1998 to 2009, where he was responsible for research and development of next generation telecommunication systems, services, terminals, IP networks, virtual education environment, e-commerce terminal, Intelligent Transportation System, Fiber to the Home and Smart Office and Home Office programmes.

He also worked at the National Institute of Communications Technology, Japan from 2006 to 2008, where he studied Connected Health Systems using Body Area Network (BAN) systems.

From April, 2008 he worked with the Regional Disaster Information System Labs at Iwate Prefectural Univesity in Japan.

In June 2009, he joined University Tunku Abdul Raman, Malaysia, where he is conducting Research & Development on non-verbal communication systems, Bus Safety Driving Monitoring and Control system, victim localization systems for indoor/outdoor disasters and connected health systems. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor to FES and supervises four postgarduate students remotely by Skype.

Professor Komiya is a member of IEEE and IEICE

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