As part of the 2013 committee plan to make IEEE CAS as a platform for networking for members, the 2013 committee started working on the plan for a Hi-Tea event. The date of 29th June 2013 was chosen to ensure maximum participation. In addition, this year, the CAS committee introduced the CAS(M) Awards program for Innovative Final Year Projects for undergraduate student members and the PhD thesis award for postgraduate members. To ensure proper timing with the awards program, the date for the Hi-Tea event was decided.
The Hi-Tea event started with a short briefing by the 2013 CAS (Malaysia) chair, Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin. The CAS chair shared on IEEE and mostly on CAS (Malaysia) vision, mission, history of achievements and highlights of some of the activities conducted in 2013. The slides (pdf) are available here.
After that, a networking session followed where the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other while enjoying the light evening F&B. The session continued with a series of sharing session by the participating members on their research themes and research projects. Below are a short summary of the members who presented.
At the end of every session, a short discussion and Q&A followed, which were very lively. The sharing session allows the participants to get to know other CAS members’ research expertise. This is very useful in order to enable future collaboration, which is the main objective of the Hi-Tea event.
The session followed by the IEEE CAS(M) Innovation Award ceremony. Five awards were given to undergraduate students from five different universities. The photo below shows all the award recipients. Congratulations to each of them for their innovative projects.
After a short informal networking session break, the session continued with the presentation of the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award. This year, the Award Committee, which was headed by Tang Tong Boon, conferred only one award under this category. The award was presented to Wong Ming Ming from Swinburne University for her PhD thesis titled “VLSI Implementation and its Optimization for Digital Cryptosystem”. The PDF file of the presentation is available here and the full thesis in PDF is available at Swinburne University’s online repository. The session continues with Dr Wong’s sharing of her award winning PhD research.
The sharing session continued with three more presenters as below.
At the end of the sharing sessions, the participants took a group photo and continued with the informal networking session. The Hi-Tea event adjourned at 6:00 pm.
Overall, the inaugural Hi-Tea event for CAS (Malaysia) members was indeed very successful. The participants informed the organizers that the information mood during the whole sharing session and the networking was very good indeed. Before this, they do not know other researchers in Malaysia who are working on CAS-related research. Even if they do know the researchers, the specific projects and areas of research were not known to each other.
At the end of the session, all presenters agreed that their powerpoint slides (pdf form) will be uploaded to this site in order to enable further collaboration between researchers in Malaysia. It was suggested that the Hi-Tea be conducted again in the future. Maybe the next CAS committee (2014) can take the baton to organize a much better networking event for all members. The awards program was also suggested to be continued.
The CAS chair would like to thank all the CAS committee for organizing a very successful Hi-Tea event. Without their unwavering commitments, the event would not have been possible.