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.
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