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2017 IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter Networking Visit to Shizuoka University and Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

This year (2017), IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter has been awarded USD2000 from the IEEE CASS Region 10 Outreach Fund to promote IEEE Circuits and Systems. CAS Malaysia’s proposal was to promote CAS for the establishment of a new Nagoya CAS chapter and research collaborations between universities. On 27th November 2017, Prof. Dr. Shoji Kawahito from Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu hosted this visit where meeting and presentations from CAS Malaysia were set with his team from Imaging Devices Laboratory. During the meeting, CAS Malaysia’s chair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suhaidi Shafie promoted IEEE CAS Society and CAS Malaysia’s activities in 2017. He also presented his current research project on SAR Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC).  Then, his student, Mr. Wang Chee Yew presented his research project on ‘Design of Timing Generator for High Clarity CMOS Image Sensor’.  The next day on 28th November 2017, CAS Malaysia delegates went to Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) to meet Prof. Dr. Kazuaki Sawada from Integrated Bio and MEMS group, Prof. Dr. Hironaga Uchida from Spintronics group, Prof. Dr. Naohiro Hozumi from High Voltage Instrumentation and Measurement Lab and lastly Prof. Atsunori Matsuda from Electronic Material Lab. During meetings, discussion includes sharing current research works, possible research collaborations, visit to TUT various labs and facilities and finally research presentation by CAS Malaysia, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asrulnizam Abd Manaf on his research work, Lab on Chip for Heavy Metal Sensor. CAS Malaysia delegates were also promoted IEEE CAS society to all professors in TUT during the meetings.

2017 1st IEEE SEACAS2017 at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter has sent few delegates to the 1st IEEE South-East Asia Workshop on Circuits and Systems (SEACAS) 2017 which was held at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi, Vietnam on 7th-8th November 2017.The IEEE CAS representatives are Yoshifumi Nishio (IEEE CASS BoG Member) and Amara Amara (Vice President of IEEE CASS). Besides CAS Malaysia, other CAS chapters were also invited to the workshop such as Indonesia’s chapter, Singapore’s chapter and Thailand’s chapter. The travelling expenses from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi were supported by the IEEE CAS Region 10 and also CAS Malaysia.  CAS Malaysia’s delegates came to support the new IEEE CAS establishment in Hanoi, Vietnam and to share research project and IEEE CAS Malaysia’s activities to other CAS chapters. During the first day of symposium, CAS Malaysia’s delegate, Dr. Fakhrul Zaman presented his talk entitled ‘Reaching the Unreached: Case of CAS Malaysia’, introducing Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and SOC research group and shared communication’s platform for IEEE such as website, e-newsletter and Facebook. Next, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suhaidi Shafie (chair of CAS Malaysia) presented his research project entitled ‘Design of Ultra Low SAR ADC’. On the second day of symposium, CAS Malaysia’s past chair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurul Amziah Md Yunus shared the IEEE CAS Malaysia’s activities for the year 2016-2017. IEEE CAS Malaysia has been awarded as World Chapter of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

 

2017 IEEE CAS Malaysia Networking High-Tea

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

On 27 July 2017, IEEE CAS Malaysia has organised a Networking High-Tea at Hotel Sri Malaysia, Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia. The objective of this event is to help society and members from universities and industries to exchange ideas, especially in research, collaboration and exchanging products commercialization ideas in Circuits and Systems area. This is the 5th year since the annual event that has been initiated since 2013.

With the theme “Recent advance in E&E Industry: Challenges and Opportunity”, four speakers has been invited to share their experience. The first speaker is Mr. Hun Wah Cheah, a Director of Oppstar Technology. He shared his experience on his company success story on “Creating tomorrow’s IC technology for the world”. This is follows by a talk from Senior Director of Corporate Development & External Affairs of Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd, Mr Tahiruddin Hamdan. He elaborated on the “E&E Eco-system Challenges in Malaysia – a Semiconductor Fab perspective”. Next, the Dean of School of Microelectronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP ) discuss his view on an important topic on “Industry 4.0 vs University 4.0: Is Malaysia Higher Education Ready?”. The final speaker, Dr Kamarulzaman M Zin, a Director of Callidus Semikonduktor, highlighted the possible direction for the future with his talk titled “The Malaysian E&E Industry; some suggestions for a Way Forward”.

The event has been successful organised with total audience of 70 that come from various background from industry, academic, researchers and students. Apart from the sharing session, 17 postgraduates has participate to share their recent research achievement in the poster session. The participant eagerly follow the program and taking this opportunity to network and meeting new potential collaborators while enjoying the authentic Malaysian food provided by the organizer. 20 lucky draw prizes have been given away to the participant as an appreciation from IEEE CAS Malaysia for their contribution to the society.

At the end of the event, two special award has been given to two selected postgraduate theses. The best MSc thesis award has been awarded  to Lim Lam Ghai from Universiti Technologi Petronas (UTP) with his thesis title “Design of Capacitive Sensing System for Holdup Measurement in Two-Phase Stratified Flow”. Meanwhile, the best PhD thesis award is won by Veeraiyah Thangasamy from Universiti Putra Malaysia with his thesis title “Multimode Multiband PA in 130nm CMOS”.

Invitation to IEEE CASS 2017 Seasonal School Theme : The Fundamental of CMOS-Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Dear IEEE Senior Members/Members/Graduate Members/Student Members,

IEEE Circuit and System (CAS) Malaysia is please to inform you that the 2017 CAS Summer School  will be organised as follows:

Date: Aug 8-10th, 2017 (3 days)

Venue: Collaborative Microelectronic Design excellence Centre (CEDEC), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

Registration Fee: RM100 (IEEE CAS Member), RM130 (Non-IEEE CAS Member) & RM160 (Non-IEEE Member)

This SSCAS course will introduce some of the latest and most significant topics in the area of circuit design of RF ICs for wireless infrastructure communication systems. It will cover circuit design techniques like power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers and mixers. The course will provide an organic and accessible coverage of this rather broad subject. This course would instead aims to provide a sufficiently insight of the individual circuits while at the same time, give sight on the signal chains as a whole and the inter-relation between its functional blocks. This course also provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles associated with RF ICs for wireless systems plus practical information on their design and implementation. It also equips the participating students to  put the ideas into practice through hands-on in the lab.

Course Outlines:

Day 1: Introduction to RF and Wireless Communication

Day 2: CMOS Power Amplifier design in Cadence

Day 3: CMOS Low Noise Amplifier and Mixer Design Methodologies in Cadence

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Jagadheswaran Rajendran from Universiti Sains Malaysia
  2. Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Harikrishnan Ramiah from Universiti Malaya

Please refer to attached flyer for more detailed information of the course.

IEEE CASS 2017 Seasonal School Theme : The Fundamental of CMOS-Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design

Hurry, registration is open now and seats are limited.

For registration, please contact :

Nuha Rhaffor at nuha@usm.my (604-6535859) or Sofiyah Sal Hamid at sofiyah@usm.my (604-6535622)

Don’t miss your chance! See you there.

2017 IEEE Donation for Free Workshop

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

For the past few decades, science and technology have played an important role in thrusting the world forward and building a better lifestyle for mankind. In this era, it is also no doubt that green technology is the key to solve the entire crisis that we and also the earth are facing now. Thus, having more talented scientists and engineers are crucial to save our sickened mother earth.

However, in Malaysia, number of future scientists and engineers might not fulfill the demand of the society. According to a report from News Strait Times ( June 13, 2016), Akademi Sains Malaysia’s Science and Technology Human Capital Report and Science Outlook 2015 estimated that the country would need at least 270,000 science students sitting the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination annually, but they numbered only about 90,000 now. It means that the number of students enrolled in STEM courses are dwindling year by year.

This scenario is distressing and might due to the wrong approach used by schools in teaching science. Over emphasis in As makes students study science subjects by just memorizing facts and this makes science so monotonous for many of our youngsters.

So, bearing the aim to implant the interest of science among the younger generation, IEEE USM SB had conducted an event named “IEEE Donation for Free Workshop”. This event was conducted in two stages. The first stage was to raise fund in USM Engineering Campus while the second was to conduct free workshop in orphanage.

From 13/3/2017 to 26/3/2017, donation boxes were being placed in office of every school in USM Engineering Campus. Also, lecture bash was being carried out to boost the amount of fund. Total fund raised during this period was RM100.40. Besides, IEEE USM SB had applied a grant of amount RM592.00 from IEEE Circuit And System (CAS) Malaysia Chapter to support this event. However, the amount of income was still not reach the budget needed. So, to make the event happens, committee members had tried their best to source the cheapest supplier for all the materials required.

Free workshop was being held on 15/4/2017 from 8.00am until 1.00pm at Rumah Permata Kasih, an orphanage at Prai, Penang. 13 members from IEEE USM SB had served as facilitators while 20 orphans age between 8 to 9 years old as participants got benefits from the workshop. The workshop was being conducted in 2 parts. The first part is Basic Electronic Workshop and the second part is Basic Science Workshop.

During the Basic Electronic Workshop, participants were first being briefed about the evolution of electronic, for example the size of modern electronic gadgets is becoming smaller compared to the traditional one. Then, participants were provided basic electronic components like breadboard, LEDs, battery, resistors and so on. With these components, participants were being taught about the basic concept of current flow by using water flow analogy. At the same time, they were also guided by facilitators on how to assemble a simple circuit which lights an LED up. Other than just building a simple circuit, participants were also being taught about the effect of increasing load or resistance to the circuit and assemble them one by one.

During the Basic Science Workshop, up to 7 interesting experiments had been carried out. They are Colour Changing Milk, Anti-Gravity Water, Reverse Arrow Illusion, Hologram Projector, Density Tower, Kaleidoscope and Fire on Hand (just demonstration). Participants were segregated into 5 groups. Before every experiment started, participants were briefed about the basic science concept involve in the experiment. For example, when doing the anti-gravity water experiment, the concept of pressure was first explained to participants. After the experiment was carried out by the participants, they were required to explain why the water retained in the cup. With this way, participants learnt how to apply what they have learnt in real life.

Due to the fascinating effect of all the experiments, participants engaged a lot in both workshops. Whenever they saw demonstration done by facilitators, they were amazed by the effect and couldn’t wait to do it on their own. Thus, both workshops were conducted in a fun manner with full engagement given by facilitators and participants.

After all the experiments were carried out, participants and facilitators had lunch together. The workshop ended at 1pm with a thankful speech given by the people in charge of Rumah Permata Kasih, Puan Aina.

                    

        

2017 WiCAS

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Brief description of the initiative/event 

        This year IEEE CAS Malaysia will host the 2017 Asia Pacific Conference on Postgraduate Research in Microelectronics & Electronics (PrimeAsia2017) in October 2017. In conjunction with the PrimeAsia2017, IEEE CASS Malaysia would like to promote engineering works carried out by women, young professionals and postgraduate students; and encourage them to join IEEE CAS Malaysia during the WiCAS Program 2017. Thus, we would like to propose an event called WiCAS2017, which is on Women in CAS/Young Professionals/postgraduates workshop on a day before the PrimeAsia2017.

        The aim of the workshop is to provide an environment for early-career-stage researchers where they can present their work, learn about other research activities in the area of circuits and systems, interact with their senior peers and receive high-quality feedback from the internationally renowned audience of researchers and developers. It is also to encourage interaction between the participants of the workshop and established researchers from academia and industry. The workshop will be organized as a one-day event. The organizers of the workshop will conduct a special session for participants by encouraging young professionals, postgraduate students to listen to some expertise in Career Development, Engineering and Innovation and Engineering with Management and Entrepreneurship. Experts from industries and universities will be invited to give the talk and they will ensure the high quality of presentation and discussion during the workshop.

        A workshop of IEEE CAS Malaysia WiCAS will be held a day before PrimeAsia2017 conference. The tentative date is on October 31st, 2017, at Pullman, Bangsar. This event will be co-organized by IEEE Malaysia Section, IEEE WIE Malaysia, and IEEE CASS Region 10, mainly from the IEEE CASS Singapore Chapter, IEEE CASS Indonesia Chapter, IEEE CASS Macau Chapter and the IEEE CASS Hyderabad Chapter.

        In order to promote young professionals and postgraduate students in Circuits and Systems field, special guests will be invited from IEEE and IEEE CASS Chapter member from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Macau, Hyderabad and industries that offer good sight of the profession and field during the events.

The one-day workshop will be in five sessions:

Session 1: Technical talks on career development on circuit and system by experienced IEEE Member (Fellow/Senior Member)

Session 2: Technical talk on latest development on circuit and system research/ Engineering and Innovation by experienced IEEE Member (industry people/Fellow/Senior Member)

Session 3: Technical talk on Engineering with Management and Entrepreneurship

Session 4: CAS forum for young professionals benefit

Session 5: CAS promotion on membership and membership benefit

Free gift and goodies will also be provided to encourage young members to enjoy their day and register as a member of IEEE CAS.

The workshop will achieve the following goals:

  • Promote the transition of students to early-career-stage professionals in the Circuits and Systems Society (CASS).
  • Promote the transition of young professionals in CASS to established researchers and academics.
  • To increase skills and knowledge as well as to empower target groups to enable their effective participation in the Circuits and Systems Society (CASS);
  • To increase and diversify the opportunities for target groups towards enhancing their effective participation in the Circuits and Systems Society (CASS);
  • To strengthen the networking both at the national and international levels to facilitate the sharing of information, experience and expertise;
  • Promote the IEEE CASS to new members

 

2017 Science Exhibition at SMK (A) Nibong Tebal

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Science and technology is the key factor that thrust the world forward. Thus, in this technological era, it is crucial for everyone to arm themselves with scientific knowledge. Malaysia government has always been focusing in the development of science related field in this country and has carried out a lot of initiatives to instill interest in science among youths. However, the number of students entering science stream after Form 3 is still decreasing year by year in this country. Thus, to supplement government’s initiatives, SMK (A) Nibong Tebal has held a science exhibition in conjunction with its Festival Kluster 2017.

The science exhibition was held on 8th of March, 2017. 5 representatives from IEEE USM SB have been invited to attend the event as technological project exhibitors under the sponsor of IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter. They are Lin Jian Wen, Lim Xiu Xian, Chin Yoong Wei, Thasvindren and Vivian Voon Li Sin. Projects exhibited are Infinity Mirror, Memory Game, Dancing Machine and Hologram Projector.

During the exhibition, visitors have been explained about how the projects function. Also, they could play with those projects so that they could understand more. For example, visitors were given chances to experience the DIY Dancing Machine and understand how capacitive capacitor were implemented in the projects.

The exhibition ended at 2 pm with speech of appreciation by headmaster of SMK (A) Nibong Tebal.

2017 Call for Nominations IEEE CAS Outstanding Doctoral/Master Dissertation Awards (Malaysia Chapter)

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

IEEE CAS Outstanding Doctoral/Master Dissertation Awards (Malaysia Chapter)

Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2017

 

Description

The CAS Outstanding Doctoral/Master Dissertation Awards recognize outstanding doctoral/master dissertations that have contributed to the advancement of the theory and/or applications of circuits and systems. Each award will include an honorarium and a certificate. The awardees will be invited to travel to IEEE CAS High Tea event to receive the awards.

 

Eligibility

  • The awards are for outstanding dissertations (in circuits and systems) dated within one year preceding the nomination due date (dated between July 1st, 2016 and June 23, 2017).
  • A nominee must be an IEEE CAS member at the time of nomination.
  • The thesis must have been accepted by a Malaysian Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and passed his/her Viva.

 

Important Dates

Submission deadline: June 23, 2017

Notification of award: July 15, 2017

Award presentation at IEEE CAS high tea 2017

 

Submission Procedures

A nomination should consist of the following items:

  1. Name, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the nomination (the nominator).
  2. Name, address, phone number, and email address of the candidate for whom an award is recommended (the nominee).
  3. A short statement (200-500 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the award in question.
  4. Supporting statements from two people in addition to the nominator.
  5. The nominated dissertation in an English language version.
  6. A list of the nominee’s publications that were used as the basis of chapters in the nominated dissertation.
  7. The latest CV of the nominee.

No nomination will be considered without items listed above.

The judges’ decision will be final on all matters.

 

Nominations should be submitted via e-mail as a zip file including the preceding items to the Award Committee Chair, Dr Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli : zainal.zulkifli@petronas.com.my.

2017 Science Exhibition at SJK (C) Yoke Eng

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

IEEE USM SB STEM Outreach is a program which allows undergraduates from USM to approach primary and secondary school student and expose them to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The core objective of this program is to encourage more people from younger generation to delve into the field of science and technology. Therefore, to complement the efforts made by government and NGO in developing science among younger generation, IEEE USM SB has always been passionate in conducting STEM Outreach for primary and secondary schools around Parit Buntar and Nibong Tebal areas.

The most recent STEM Outreach was held on 8th of March, 2017. 7 representatives from IEEE USM SB have been assigned to attend the event as technological project exhibitors under the sponsor of IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter. They are Ooi Thian Pien, Cheah Jit Hock, Lim Sheng Yang, Cheong Zheng Quan, Eng Zi Kang, Chung Wei Hong and Ng Shi Rou. Projects exhibited are Robotic Arm, 3D printing products, Hover Board and Stupid Machine.

During the exhibition, exhibitors explained about how the projects function and demonstrated the ways to use these projects to students. Students were very curious about the projects we brought and tended to know more. Therefore, they were given opportunities to test the projects and express their views to each project. Besides, teachers of the particular school were also being imparted on how to obtain the learning kit of these projects in an economical way. The purpose of doing so is to let the school not to feel burdened in terms of financial if they were to provide workshops about technology for students in the future.

The exhibition ended at 3.30 pm with speech of appreciation by headmaster of SJK (C) Yoke Eng. As a conclusion, there are really a lot of students interested in science and technology. Program like STEM Outreach should persist so that more people get benefits from that.

   

2016 Fun Engineering Session

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

2016 Fun Engineering Session Organized by IEEE CASS Malaysia Chapter and FOE, MMU

 

On 20th October 2016, IEEE CASS Malaysia together with Faculty of Engineering (FOE) Multimedia University (MMU) organized a School Program entitled 2016 Fun Engineering Session which is intended for secondary school students. A total of 75 Form 4 students and 3 teachers from a local school, Sekolah Seri Puteri Cyberjaya were brought in to FOE MMU to participate in the program. The program was held to engage and inspire young students especially girls in high schools to take up Engineering Career.

The program starts with an overview of MMU, followed by a short talk on “What is Engineering? Why encourage female students to consider this field?” and a brief introduction to IEEE CASS Malaysia Chapter Professional Development. At the end of the briefing, students were moved to 2 laboratories where they were grouped into smaller groups and given opportunity to learn, explore and use the Chumbaka kit. Students are requested to use their own creativity and the skills which they have just learnt and built a tech art project. Materials such as paper plates, paper cups, sticks and marker pens were provided for this activity. It was interesting to see how the students work together to build some rotary project making us of a servo motor provided. Top 5 groups received prizes.