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Dear Members,

“To accomplish great things, We must not only act, But also dream, Not only plan but also believe,

Best wishes for New Year 2014 and Happy New Year  to all K-Economy Member “
K-Economy Research Alliance

The 7th Malaysian Software Engineering Conference(MySEC 2013)

The 7th Malaysian Software Engineering Conference (MySEC 2013)
“Software in the Cloud: The Way Forward”
20 – 21 November 2013
Avillion Legacy Melaka


MySEC 2013 is the seventh regional conference has the aim to converge researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to advance the state-of-the-art of software engineering research and practice. This year members of Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) under Research Alliance on K-Economy (RAKE) and Faculty of Computing, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor are organising this event. The programme will provide numerous opportunities for academic and industry delegates to collaborate and learn from each other. MySEC 2013 will be hosted in Melaka, the historical state of Malaysia on 20 – 21 November 2013. In conjunction with MySEC 2013, the fourth Software Engineering Postgraduates Workshop (SEPoW 2013) will be organised by Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).

The theme of MySEC 2013 this year is “Software in the Cloud: The Way Forward”. As cloud has become in demand through its various services, it influences the way software engineers work. Phases in software development and maintenance mainly in testing has evolved greatly in tandem with cloud computing technology. Hence, MySEC 2013 encourages interested authors to submit papers mainly those related to issues in software development and maintenance in cloud. The organiser anticipates this event will be able to provide a great avenue for fruitful interactions and discussion among academics, researchers, and practitioners in sharing their expertise in related issues in software engineering besides discussing the way forward related to cloud computing.

MySEC 2013 is in cooperation with IEEE Malaysia Section.

Researchers study role of computing in disaster mitigation

The Brunei
Published on The Brunei Times (

Researchers study role of computing in disaster mitigation

Daniel Wood


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SUPERCOMPUTING has directly contributed to advancements in disaster mitigation and prevention, aiding ongoing research in Brunei and the region, a seminar heard yesterday.

Researchers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Malaysia’s Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) yesterday shared computer-aided findings on flood forecasting systems in Brunei and disaster alert systems in Malaysia.

These were discussed in the morning session of the second day of the “Recent Technological Trends in Computing Research” seminar ongoing at UBD.

UBD’s IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer – a mainframe computer capable of rapidly processing complex calculations – is credited for most of the scientific information presented in Dr Sandhya Aneja’s talk on UBD’s flood forecasting system.

“The model is already in use (in Brunei) through the UBD|IBM Centre’s mobile application for alert systems, which has been proposed. Soon, it will be available, within the next six months. It is in the working stage now although the accuracy has not been checked. Using daily observations, we are trying to verify this,” said Dr Aneja.

He added that the application is already in use and its developments are known to government agencies working in disaster management.

UTM lecturer Shukor Abd Razak also presented his proposals for a disaster alert system (DAS) based on a “friendship mechanism”.

Existing DASs in the region are still using conventional relay methods such as sirens, radio and television and fixed telephone lines, he said, arguing that these systems provide no guarantee that warning messages will reach the mass of the people.

Credibility was also an issue discussed.

“There are not many readiness programmes in the region. The problem is that people take for granted existing alerts. In the recent (dam burst) incident in the Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), sirens were sounded but people ignored them because they didn’t understand the message… We can eliminate this through social or crowdsourcing systems based on friendship and trust management,” said Shukor.

His studies referred to the “six degrees of separation”, adding that computer simulations show that individuals only need to know about five or six other individuals to identify a relationship.

His DAS-UTM proposes building on the real world situation in the region where there are large families and networks, allowing it to explore the suitability and efficiency of trust management and a friendship mechanism.

In November 2012, the UBD|IBM Centre conducted a training workshop on flood forecasting using UBD’s supercomputing facilities to address and tackle challenges in planning and developing strategies for better environmental management.

Its ambitious forecasting projects hope to predict weather patterns in the country for up to 50 years, while flood forecasting systems aim to provide a flood warning time of 18 hours.

The Brunei Times


Bengkel Hala Tuju Penyelidikan, Staf Fakulti Pendidikan (FP)

Date  :11 October 2013

Venue : Teater 2 Hall , Institut Ibnu Sina, UTM Skudai

Research Collaboration Discussion with Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Details :

Date : 8th August 2013

Venue : Main Meeting Room, Sultan Ibrahim Chancellory Building, UTM Skudai.



1. This discussion initial by Research Group, ISSI and SERG  under K-Economy Research Alliance.

2. To find the possible research collaboration with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with UTM

2. Futher discussion on capacity building research.

Research Alignment Workshop

Date : 15-17 November 2013

Venue : The Royale Bintang Seremban


Dear All,

We are cordially invited all members to join this event. See you there !

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EID MUBARAK to all Muslims

EID MUBARAK to all Muslims around the world.
May the Guidance and Blessings of Allah Be With You and Your Family.





KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Julai 2013: – Satu majlis penyerahan dokumen perjanjian persefahaman (MoU) antara UTM dan United Nations University International Institute For Global Health (UNU-IIGH) telah diadakan di Bilik Mesyuarat Canseleri, Menara Razak, UTM Kuala Lumpur.

Majlis telah dihadiri oleh Prof. Dr. Ali bin Selamat, Dekan K-Economy Research Alliance UTM mewakili Y. Berbahagia Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai bin Kassim, Pemangku Naib Canselor UTM; Y. Berbahagia Prof. Dato’ Syed Mohamed Aljunid, Felo Penyelidik Kanan / Pemangku Pengarah UNU-IIGH); Prof. Dr. Eko Supriyanto, Pengarah, Pusat Kecemerlangan Kejuruteraan Kardiovaskular UTM-IJN, penyelidik – penyelidik UTM dan UNU-IIGH.

Matlamat utama perjanjian persefahaman ini adalah untuk mewujudkan kerjasama dalam bidang berkaitan kelestarian kesihatan global, penyelidikan dan pembangunan sistem Case Mix (sistem pengukuran prestasi hospital untuk meningkatkan kecekapan perkhidmatan di hospital dan juga bertindak sebagai sistem maklumat yang membenarkan pembuat polisi memahami dasar dan kerumitan perkhidmatan penjagaan kesihatan) dan Clinical Pathway (garis panduan pengurusan pelbagai disiplin perubatan) serta pembangunan perisian keselamatan informatik penjagaan kesihatan.

Melalui MoU ini juga, kedua – dua pihak akan bekerjasama untuk membangunkan dan melaksanakan program pasca siswazah dalam bidang kesihatan awam dan pengurusan penjagaan kesihatan di Malaysia, khususnya dan di peringkat antarabangsa amnya.

MoU ini juga menunjukkan kesungguhan semua pihak di dalam menyokong usaha kerajaan dalam membina Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara maju pada tahun 2020,  melalui perancangan pengurusan yang strategik dan sistematik dalam menangani isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan teknologi penjagaan kesihatan yang lestari.

Pihak UTM  berharap dengan termeterai MoU ini, ia akan menjadi titik mula ke arah pelbagai usahasama lain pada masa hadapan di dalam perkongsian kepakaran khususnya untuk melonjak lagi aktiviti penyelidikan di negara ini. Ia juga akan meningkatkan lagi tahap ilmu dan kemahiran pelbagai pihak yang terlibat dan amat yakin bahawa usaha ini akan menempatkan universiti ini ke tahap yang lebih tinggi di persada dunia.

FRGS Phase 2/2013

Announcement Date :15/05/2013

Dear respected Researchers,

We would like to announce  that Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Phase 2/2013 application is now open and using new online system (MyGRANTs). Please use the Internet Explorer browser as advise by MOE.


All UTM researchers must register and create a new FRGS application through MyGRANTs.

Evaluation will be also done through MyGRANTs.

Only the online application will be  accepted by MOHE.

Please take note of the following deadlines:

Step 1: Registration as researcher through the MyGRANTs : 15  May – 15 July  2013

(Note : Researchers must fill up the researcher profile (  publication, research grant, etc. ), before create new FRGS application)

Step 2: Fill up the new application through MyGRANTs  : 15 July -31 July 2013 

(any applications submitted after 31 July 2013 will be not accepted by the system ) 

Step 3: Two evaluators will be identify by Technical Committee of K-Economy for each application submitted through MyGRANTs : 1 August – 2 August 2013 (2 days)

Step 4: Evaluation by two panel through MyGRANTs : 2 August  – 16 August 2013 (2 weeks)

Step 5: Correction of proposal by Researchers : 12 August  –   23 August 2013 (2 weeks)

Step 6: Re Submission of corrected proposal by Researchers to Evaluator : not later than 23 August 2013

Step 7: Submission of final proposal by Evaluator to RMC :  24- 30 August 2013 (1 week)

Step 8: Evaluation by third evaluator (if necessary) :  1- 6 September (1 week)

Step 9:  Final Coordination and checking of proposals by RMC: 9-13 September 2013

Step 10: Final Coordination and checking of proposal by MoE : 16 September 2013

Step 11: Submission of   Recommended Application to MoE: 17 September 2013