Research Centres

Research Centres

Research Centres in the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology

There are THREE (3) research centres in FOCS which serve as the incubator to explore new ideas and research, and to nurture new researchers. Faculty members perform individual research, group research, and collaborative research with individual researcher(s) from other faculties, institutions, statutory bodies or industry partners. Members provide consultancy, testing and analysis services using scientific instruments available in the laboratories based on the stipulated and approved guidelines and charges. Activities include conducting or organizing research projects, consultancy works, workshops, seminars, conferences and any other relevant activities including papers publishing.

  1. Centre of ICT Innovations and Creativity (CICTIC)
  2. Centre for Innovations in STEM Education and Technology (CISET)
  3. Centre for Data Science and Analytics

 

Location: Computer Science Laboratories Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

i. Objectives

The objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Conduct ICT related research activities, trainings and workshops for professional development.
  • Serve as an incubator to encourage ICT innovations and creativity among students and lecturers, ultimately to explore new ideas and research, and to nurture new researchers.
  • Encourage entrepreneurial culture among lecturers and students to produce commercial viable product through software development and ICT.
ii. Vision Statement

To become an outstanding ICT Innovations and Creativity Centre by:

  • Organizing ICT activities to promote ICT Innovations and Creativity among lecturers and students.
  • Actively involved in research activities and industrial projects to address the businesses and global issues.
  • Creating innovative, useful and commercial viable ICT products.
iii. Rationale and Research Plan

The use of digital technologies has become a norm nowadays. There is a need to do more research and development to create more innovative and creative digital technologies solutions to enhance the quality of every individual’s life, increase business productivity and promote economic growth for every nation. There is also a need to produce more ICT and Computer Science talents as well as more technopreneurs to head towards digital nation and support the ICT ecosystems.

Research plan for Centre of ICT Innovations and Creativity is mainly to work with collaborative partners (IHLs or industry) to conduct further research and development in the area of computer science and ICT as listed below (not an exhaustive list):

  • Software Development (which includes web and mobile platforms)
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Cyber Security
  • Metaverse and Interactive Software
  • Computational Intelligence

To produce innovative, creative and commercial-viable products/technologies and to promote technopreneurship. 

iii. Research Centre and Research Group Leaders and Members

Research Centre Leader – Ms Lim Mei Shyan

Secretary – Ms Choong Siew Ling, Assistant Registrar, FOCS

Members – Lecturers from Department of Computer Science and Mathematics or Department of Information and Communication Technologies and any interested academic staff in the Faculty/ TAR UC, other Institutions or Industry.

There are 5 research groups and 1 entrepreneurial support centre within CICTIC:

(a) Product and Platform Development Group

Location: Laboratory B105, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

This research group aims to develop commercial viable or innovative product/platform by tapping on the synergy of academia-industry collaboration; and to provide the base or foundation for possible research work under relevant research groups/centres.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Ms Lim Yee Mei

Members – Ms Azurawati binti Ismail, Mr Lim Fung Ji, Mr Tang Tiong Yew and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

(b) IBM Technologies Research Group - IBM Centre of Excellence

Location: Laboratory B102, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

This research group aims to nurture specialized human resources to meet the demands of the industries, and to add value to students and lecturers’ skill-sets via professional development workshops/trainings and research work using IBM related technology.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Mr Liaw Chun Voon

Members – Ms Malarvili Nallayan, Mr Lim Kong Hua and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

(c) IBM-FASC Entrepreneurial Support Centre

Location: B229, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

This centre with close collaboration with IBM Technologies Research Group-IBM Centre of Excellence aims to incubate innovative ideas using IBM technologies by TAR UC students, staffs, alumni or SME/SMIs and to carry out entrepreneur and incubator programs incorporating IBM Technologies (where appropriate) with the objective of producing technopreneurs.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Mr Low Kok Han

Members – Mr Teo Soon Beng, Ms Malarvili Nallayan, Mr Liaw Chun Voon and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

(d) Computer Networking and Cyber Security Research Group

Location: Laboratories B223, B224, B225, B227 and B228, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

This research group aims to create a platform for students and lecturers to do research and consultancy work in the area of Computer Networking and Cyber Security, and to create interest and provide relevant industrial skills related to Computer Networking and Cyber Security among students.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Ms. Chok Len Mooi

Members – Ms Lim Mei Shyan, Ms Jessie Teoh Poh Lin, Ms Ting Hie Choon, Ms Lim Shen Huoy, Dr Wong Thein Lai, Mr Lim Kong Hua, Mr Low Choon Keat, Ms Kong Hooi Ming and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

(e) Metaverse and Interactive Software Research Group

Location: Laboratory B108, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

This research group aims to provide a platform for research and development in the area of multimedia, mix reality and interactive software to develop commercial-viable products with close collaboration with the industry and academia.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Ms Chai Foong Theng

Members – Mr Andrew Tan Khin Huat, Ms Tan Bee Sian and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

(f) Computational Intelligence Research Group

Location: Laboratory B101, Block B, TAR UC Main Campus

Computational Intelligence is sub-domain of Artificial Intelligence that endows the ability for a computer or machine to learn and perform any intellectual task that a human being can. The main objective of Computational Intelligence research group is to research and integrate the nature-inspired intelligence methodologies into the computer systems to address the complex real-world problems. Research focuses on algorithmic aspects in the area of machine learning, image processing, evolutional computing, fuzzy logic, addressing the fundamental issues as well as applications in computer vision, robotics, optimization, data mining, and artificial life.

Research Group Leader and Members:

Research Group Leader – Dr Lim Chern Hong

Members – Ms Lim Yee Mei, Dr Hoo Wai Lam, Dr Teoh Chong Keat, Mr Tang Tiong Yew, Dr Christopher Lazarus, Dr Fong Cheng Weng, and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.

v. Operation and Activities
(a) Product and Platform Development Group

Activities and Projects:

• Development of commercial viable or innovative product/platform via Final Year Projects, Industry Projects, Consultancy Work or any other possible arrangement.
• MoAs are signed with companies who are involved in the development of commercial viable or innovative product/platform with TAR UC.

(b) IBM Technologies Research Group - IBM Centre of Excellence

Activities:

• Adopt IBM Technology in teaching, research and software development work.
• Conduct training and workshops to students and lecturers using IBM Technologies.

(c) IBM-FASC Entrepreneurial Support Centre

Activities:

To work closely with IBM Technologies Research Group-IBM Centre of Excellence to provide training/seminar/workshops/consultancy to students, staffs, alumni or SME/SMIs using IBM technologies to encourage them to create start-up companies and to be technopreneurs.

(d) Computer Networking and Cyber Security Research Group

Activities, Projects and Research Areas:

• Continuous effort to find possible collaboration with the industry to do research in the area of Computer Networking and Cyber Security.
• Provide expertise and consultancy to other Institution of Higher Learnings (IHLs) or industry based on the agreed scope of work.
• Provide activities to increase students' participation and interest of students in Computer Networking and Cyber Security.

(e) Metaverse and Interactive Software Research Group

Activities, Projects and Research Areas:

• Conduct research and development in the area of multimedia, mix reality and interactive software which will lead to commercial viable products.
• Create awareness of multimedia, mix reality and interactive software by:

o Giving technical talks to students and lecturers.
o Organize events/workshops/activities to further strengthen the technical knowledge and skills among students and lecturers.

(f) Computational Intelligence Research Group

Activities, Projects and Research Areas:

• Organize events like competitions, seminar and workshop to increase the interest of computational intelligence among students, lecturers or public.
• Work with any possible collaborative partner to work on innovative projects like Video event analysis (Smart Classroom, License Plate recognition) and Smart Timetabling system.
• Focus on the following research areas (not an exhaustive list) related to Computational Intelligence Technology:

o Artificial Intelligence
o Machine Learning
o Computer Vision
o Robotics
o Evolutional Computing

vi. Funding, Facilities and Equipment

The Centre will use the existing facilities licensed software provided by main campus and branch campuses to conduct the research and development in the area of ICT and Computer Science. Funding (external or internal grants) will be applied whenever there is an opportunity to support the research.

Location: Laboratories of FASC, TAR UC Main Campus

i. Objectives

The objective of the centre is to catalyze and support excellence in teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other core subjects through innovative, research-based instructional strategies and use of technologies. It is also to catalyze and promote educational innovations in terms of enhancing teaching and learning strategies or methodology, use and create science products, use of technology, for the appreciation, understanding and application of science as well as the process of science education.

ii. Vision Statement

To promote STEM education, especially Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Education, aiming to stimulate future innovations.

iii. Rationale and Research Plan

STEM Education is very important for the growth of a nation. It is vital to create more STEM professionals in many years to come by planting the seed of interest in STEM at a very young age and to sustain the interest from pre-school to tertiary level of education. Continuous research in STEM becomes necessary to adapt and embrace to the fast changing technology that affects them in their daily lives. Research plan for Centre for Innovations in STEM Education and Technology is as follows:

  • Work with collaborative partners (IHLs or industry) to promote STEM education among pre-school, primary and secondary students.
  • Conduct further research and studies to:
    • Enhance the interest of STEM among younger generation.
    • Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of STEM education at pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary level of education.

in the hope to increase STEM literacy to all students and to increase the number of students opting for STEM careers later in their lives.

iv. Research Centre Leader and Members
(a) Innovations in STEM Education and Technology

Research Centre Leader – Ms Lim Mei Shyan

Secretary – Ms Choong Siew Ling, Assistant Registrar, FOCS

Members – Dr Yue Chen Son, Ms Chen @ Chong Sheau Huey, Ms Lim Yee Mei, Ms Kathleen Tan, Ms Teh Lee Wah, Dr Kok Wai Keong, Dr Lim Ah Kee and any interested academic staff from other Faculty, Institutions or Industry.

v. Operation and Activities

The Centre conducts research and studies about the best practices, methodologies and approaches to conduct STEM education from preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary level of education. Current activities:

  • Joint certification for STEM Computer Science (STEM CS) with Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (CMRA) for primary schools in Malaysia.
  • MoA signing with CM Asia Learning Pte Ltd and Eduspec Holdings Berhad. 
vi. Funding, Facilities and Equipment

The Centre will use the existing facilities licensed software provided by main campus and branch campuses to conduct the STEM education research. Funding (external or internal grants) will be applied whenever there is an opportunity to support the research.

Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (FOCS) will set up its research centre to provide professional statistical consulting support and conduct quantitative research and training pertaining to data science and analytics to University faculty, researchers, and students; and to external clients in the wider business, science, industry, and government sectors.

Location: SPSS Laboratory, Block B, TAR UC main campus and branch campuses

i. Objectives

The Centre conducts research related to theory and application of data science and statistics; provides support and infrastructure to its members for solving data centric and data intensive research problems; and provides consultancy and quantitative analysis service to other education or research institutions as well as for the industry and conducts trainings and workshops.

ii. Vision Statement

The Centre strives to become a reputable, well trusted statistical research and consultancy unit, whose service is well sought after by industries, commercial firms and other organisations of the community.

iii. Research Centre Leader and Members
(a) Centre for Statistical Analysis and Survey

Research Centre Leader – Mr Wong Kok Yong

Secretary – Ms Choong Siew Ling, Assistant Registrar, FOCS

Members – Mr Chee Keh Niang, Ms Lee Shu Gyan, Ms Fong Wai Sham, Ms Chong Voon Niang, Mr Shee Yu Shen, Ms Yap Saw Teng, Ms Loo Bee Wah, Mr Chong Kam Yoon, Dr Christopher Lazarus (Sabah branch), Dr Lim Hong Chang (Johor branch), Ms Tan Peck Yen (Johor branch), and any interested relevant academic staff who may be appointed from time to time.