Monday, February 26, 2018

CCIS Talk: Data Science in Practice by Fabian Chan, SEEK Asia

You are cordially invited to attend the following CCIS Talk:

Date: 28 Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: KB301, KB Block, UTAR Sungai Long Campus, Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor.

Title: Data Science in Practice

What is it like to work in data science for companies? What are the career prospects? What skills are expected? How much money do data scientists make?
In this talk let's explore some of the realities of working life in a data science team from the perspective of SEEK Asia's internal team and also from the learning we've gathered from the data science community at large.

Fabian Chan, Research Manager, SEEK Asia

Fabian started his career as an software engineer, and later a lecturer, before joining SEEK Asia. In SEEK Asia, Fabian leads a team of data scientists that focuses on figuring out how best to leverage data, AI and machine learning techniques to help people get better jobs. The team focuses on aspects of search, recommendations, personalisation and other aspects of seeking a better match between a candidate and employer.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

MyWood-ID soft launched on 2 Feb 2018 in conjunction with FRIM Inc launching

After more than two years of joint collaboration between FRIM's wood anatomy lab and UTAR Centre for Computing and Intelligence Systems (CCIS), MyWood-ID, the mobile wood identification system that identifies Malaysian timbers is finally soft-launched on 2 Feb 2018 at Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong.
The soft launch of MyWood-ID was held in conjunction with the launching of FRIM Inc., the commercialization arm of Forest Research Institute Malaysia, by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.


With just an iPhone with Internet connection and an off-the-shelf Olloclip macro-lens to capture the 21x magnified cross-section of a piece of wood, MyWood-ID will be able to imitate the capability of a human wood anatomist, to identify which type of timber the piece of wood belongs to, thanks to the latest artificial intelligence technology.

This technology is very cost-effective and is expected to be useful to:
  • timber industries
  • timber graders
  • timber inspectors
  • quality control inspectors
  • forest department
  • log checking stations
  • enforcement officers
  • etc.

The free trial version of MyWood-ID can identify 20 types of Malaysian wood:
  1. Balau
  2. Bintangor
  3. Chengal
  4. Dark Red Meranti (DRM)
  5. Light Red Meranti (LRM)
  6. Jelutong
  7. Karas
  8. Kempas
  9. Keranji
  10. Keruing
  11. Merbau
  12. Mengkulang
  13. Nyatoh
  14. Ramin
  15. Red Balau
  16. Rubberwood
  17. Teak
  18. Tualang
  19. White Meranti
  20. Yellow Meranti
The full version of MyWood-ID, which is able to identify 100 types of common Malaysian timbers will be released in a few months time.

MyWood-ID Main Page:
MyWood-ID @ Apple AppStore:
MyWood-ID paper on PRWAC 2017:

Dr. Nordahlia explained and demonstrated MyWood-ID to the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

From left: Mr. Tang Xin Jie, Dr Nordahlia, Mr Lim Seng Choon, Dr. Tay Yong Haur

Present and past CCIS members who have contributed to this project:
  • Dr. Tay Yong Haur
  • Mr. Tang Xin Jie
  • Mr. Cheang Teik Koon
  • Mr. Cheang Eu Koon
  • Ms. Chong Yong Shean
  • Mr. Siew Kar Fai
  • Mr. Liew Jia Hau
  • Mr. Lee Jing Yong
  • Mr. Ching Yaw Hao
  • Mr. Wong Jhy Haur
  • Dr. Victor Tan Hock Kim
  • Dr. Madhavan Nair
  • Dr. Sugumaran Nallusamy
  • Prof. Dr. Junichi Kishigami
  • Mr. Lau Kean Hong
  • Mr. Ng Choon Boon
  • Mr. Ooi Ean Huat
  • Mr. Wong Chim Chwee
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