Monday, October 27, 2014

CCIS Talk: Emerging IT Threats by Goh Su Gim

You are cordially invited to attend the following CCIS Talk:

Date: 31 Oct 2014 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: IDK7, UTAR Perak Campus, Kampar, Perak

Title: Emerging IT Threats

This talk is to encourage students to think about security issues and to deploy security mechanism early in designing software application or in making purchase decision for computer hardware and software. Besides updating IT Professionals in security, this talk aims to create security-savvy computer users who will have a clear understanding of the security ramifications of using computers and Internet in their daily life. Motivates by rents debates on IT security threats, this talk will discuss potential individual privacy threats, which may arise from inappropriate use of computer security technology.

Speaker: Mr Goh Su Gim, F-Secure Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd

Mr. Goh Su Gim is a Security Advisor who represents F-Secure in the Asia Pacific region, where he is actively involved in activities that raise public awareness of the IT threat landscape. He can be found giving talks in conferences, and acting as a liaison between the public and the local F-Secure office in Kuala Lumpur. He stays on top of the latest IT security related news, blogs about the latest threats and attacks or interesting findings from the F-Secure Labs, and provides advisories to the general public and media should there be any virus outbreak.

Su Gim’s past 15 years of IT security experience includes working for several companies in the USA in the area of IT system integration, IT security consulting (network and systems design), penetration testing and assessment, and working at a 24/7 security operations center. Prior to returning to Malaysia, he lived in Hawaii, USA, for 12 years. During his free time, he enjoys playing badminton, jungle trekking, camping and photography.

CCIS Talk: Convolutional neural networks for gender recognition by Ng Choon Boon

You are cordially invited to attend the following CCIS Talk:

Date: 30 Oct 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Meeting room, Mimos Lab, SB Ground Floor, FES, UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.

Title: Convolutional neural networks for gender recognition

Most computer vision methods relies heavily on hand-crafted features such as SIFT, LBP and HOG. Recently, deep learning methods, characterized by neural network architectures with many hidden layers, have become popular. In this paradigm, discriminative features are learnt by the network, thus enable it adapt to a different problem domain. The availability of parallel computing power at reasonable cost in the form of consumer graphical processing units has resulted in a resurgence of interest in such neural networks, as large architectures can now be trained on datasets consisting of many thousands of images. In particular, deep convolutional neural networks has achieved state-of-the-art results in tasks such as traffic sign classification, large scale object recognition, pedestrian detection and action recognition. In this project, we study convolutional neural networks for the problem of gender classification.

Speaker: Ng Choon Boon, Lecturer, UTAR.

Ng 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, October 23, 2014

CCIS Talk: Top 5 tips for aspiring technopreneurs & building e-commerce business by CK Wong

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Date: 4th November 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 1.00PM - 3.00PM
Venue: DK1, FES, UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Title:Top 5 tips for aspiring technopreneurs & building e-commerce business
Start working for some one first
- Read, read, read
- Find your niche & passion
- Partner & team
- Numbers & revenue
- Start with passion & determination
- Build a niche, master product sourcing
- Grow traffic & sales with numbers
- Understand what customer needs
- Build a brand that lasts
Speaker: CK Wong a.k.a @ckaywong
CK Wong a.k.a @ckaywong is the co-founder of - an online content site with focus on e-commerce insights in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is equipped with professional know-how, data-driven, in depth content written by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs or anyone who is interested in e-commerce topics.

He has also founded - an e-commerce enabler that supports merchants from small & medium businesses to big brands on their e-commerce and digital marketing campaigns. The service offering ranges from webstore setup, digital marketing, fulfillment to conversion, or anything e-commerce.

CK was a columnist in local newspaper writing on e-commerce trends and regularly shares his analysis on e-commerce via local media. He has just authored a book titled "E-Commerce Success Stories Vol. 1" with MPH publishing, featuring 10 local e-commerce entrepreneurs on their journey to success. (The book is scheduled to be launched in local bookstores by October 2014)

Prior to that, CK has 10 years of experience providing e-commerce IT and consultancy services to retailers, including a 2 years stint heading marketing activities of Rakuten Malaysia since their setup here in 2012.

Contact: Too Chien Wen (

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CCIS Talk: Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer by Vince Kek

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk:

Date: 17 October 2014 (Friday)
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Venue: DK1, FES, UTAR Kuala Lumpur campus, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Title: Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer
“Dreams do not come true just because you dream them — it’s hard work that makes things happen… Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.”
Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just do.

Speaker: Vince Kek, One Ping Sdn. Bhd

Computer Technology is by far one of the fastest growing industries in the world and nobody knows it better than master programmer Vince Kek. Graduated from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) with a Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Information Systems, he valiantly learnt everything there was to know about mobile apps, web systems and server implementation across all operating systems. After proving his worth in an I.T company and becoming its vice president at an impressive rate, he decided that it was time to make his dreams into reality.

One Ping Sdn. Bhd. was established with the values of morality, quality and commitment, and with a vision of connecting people through the unification of web and mobile applications. The company soon caught the eyes of many stakeholders because of its rapid expansion as most customers were attracted to the company’s quick and comprehensive spectrum of services which include consultation, design, development, hosting, submitting, marketing, optimising and after-sales support for all web and mobile application needs.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CCIS Talk: A Study on HMAX by Francis Lau

You are cordially invited to attend the following CCIS Talk:

Date: 16 Oct 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Meeting room, Mimos Lab, SB Ground Floor, FES, UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.
Title: A study on HMAX
This talk covers some popular ANN architectures, starting from the basic 3-layer backpropagation network to the more recently popular deep architectures, which include the convolutional network and HMAX. The author will share the details of his HMAX study and describe the latest sparse coding addition to the existing model, which gave a drastic improvement on the challenging Caltech-101 benchmark. He will end his talk with a discussion on which future direction to take: deep or broad. This talk is suitable for image processing and ANN researchers, or anyone interested in brain intelligence.

Speaker: Francis Lau Kean Hong, Lecturer, UTAR.
Francis Lau graduated from Monash University with double degrees of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer System Engineering (Hons) in 1993 and 1995 respectively. He holds a Master degree in Engineering specializing in range (2.5D) image processing. His career involves image inspection, banking and online systems, and taught at UTAR in the Electrical & Electronics Department since 2007. He is currently doing a PhD research project at UTAR on the topic of artificial neural network (ANN) in visual object recognition.

Friday, October 10, 2014

E-Genting Programming Competition 2014 Briefing and Q&A Session

Dear all,

We are arranging a Briefing and Q&A Session by the relevant personnel from E-Genting Sdn. Bhd. for the upcoming E-Genting Programming Competition 2014. You are most welcome to participate in this event:

Date: 14 October 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 11AM - 12.30PM
Venue: SB208, FES, UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.
Speakers: Mr Lim Fang Yin and Mr Fun Mun Pieng, eGenting Sdn. Bhd.

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