PhD & MPhil Titles

If you are interested in coming to UTM as a Ph.D / M/Phil students, and possibly working with me, here are some topics that I’m currently working with;

  1. Bio-inspired airfoil shapes for reduction Leading/Trailing edges noise.
  2. Energy Harvesting for powering IoT Devices using flow induced vibration.
  3. Aerodynamic Performance And Safety For A Proposed Malaysia High Speed
    Train Traveling Under Crosswinds
  4. Aerodynamics loading and Noise emissions from a high speed train
  5. Aeroacoustics refinement of a passenger car DrivAer for NVH improvement

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Sustainable Malaysia High Speed Train System

Today, as an initiative to bid the Malaysia High Speed Train Project, Japanese government and Japanese trade associations have organised a free seminar on high speed Rail. The seminar is also to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Shinkansen.

The successful of Shinkansen is amazing.  It’s no doubt that Shinkansen has increased the GDP growth rate of Japan (0.3%), contributed to the regional development and the most preferable mode of transport for travel distance up to 1000Km. For year ended March 31, 2014, JR EAST (one of the Shinkansen operator), has made annual operating revenue of $27billion and without any subsidies from the government.

Can Malaysia High Speed train be as successful as the Shinkansen. Do Malaysia need to buy the Japanese technology so that the successfulness of the Billion dolar project can be guaranteed.

If we look one of the main factor for the successful of the Shinkansen in Japan is on the ownership of the technology.  High speed train technology is not only involved interdisciplinary technologies (rolling stock, safety, track technology, signal system, electricity, environmental impact and etc ) but also require the advanced technology.  In average, in every 10years, one new series of Shinkansen has evolved. This fast growing and sustainable development of the Shinkansen technology is supported strongly by Japanese research institutes. One of them is Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI).

What elements that Malaysia will look in choosing the right technology is still not been finalised. If Malaysia just need the high speed railway system, then  the construction of the Malaysia high train will be easy, quick and will be very much similar to the system in the country that the technology is originally being bought from.

But, Malaysia also, is believed, to look into the sustainable elements. Technology transfer is important for this kind of billion dollar project.  Malaysia like to have their own people involve in the research and development of its high speed train project. This should come with specific targets, and one of the target should be able to export Malaysia own High Speed train technology in the next few years. To achieve this target, a research centre specifically for High Speed Train Technology, similar to RTRI in Japan,  should be setup.







Scholarship for Master students from ASEAN

MJIIT has newly launched a scholarship program called “MJIIT ASEAN Student Incentive Award”, offering 25 scholarships for students from ASEAN member countries to study Master’s Degree Program at MJIIT, for intake of September 2014/November 2014/February 2015.

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The proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is making good progress. – Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: The proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is making good progress.

This was revealed in a joint statement after the 10th Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM).

The meeting was held in Singapore, and was co-chaired by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Abdul Wahid Omar.

Also present were Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew and Johor’s chief minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The JMCIM said discussions over how to improve connectivity and linkages between the two cities have begun.

The Rapid Transit System between Singapore and Johor Bahru is also on track.

Both countries have agreed to work towards a preferred and agreed option by the end of this year.

For now, people travelling between both countries can benefit from 20 cross-border bus services, up from the previous 16.

Both sides are currently reviewing new landing points to enhance the bus network.

More people have also applied for faster immigration clearance from Singapore into Malaysia last year, highlighting both countries’ progress in facilitating cross-border movement.

Some 127,000 new applications for the Malaysian Automated Clearance System were made last year, taking the total number of applications since 2009 to nearly 372,000.

The JMCIM also highlighted progress in areas like industrial cooperation, housing, tourism and the environment.

It noted that cooperation in the areas of Advanced Materials Engineering (AME), Electronics, Creative Services and Food was gaining momentum.

In the area of AME, Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to build up a regional ecosystem of suppliers across both countries to support the fast-growing oil and gas industry in Asia.

In housing, construction has begun on Afiniti Medini, an urban wellness project in Iskandar Malaysia.

The development is on track to be completed by the end of 2015.

The first phase of a separate development in the area, Avira Wellness Resort, will be launched in the first half of this year.

Singapore and Malaysia have also conducted five ecotourism-related workshops.

Representatives from both countries jointly inspected the three Ramsar Johor sites, which are wetlands that are being primed for eco-tourism.

The JMCIM said both countries are exploring collaboration in the MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, Exhibitions) sector for these sites.

It also noted the good collaboration in the areas of river clean-up and environmental management.

It said most of the identified action plans for river cleaning in Iskandar Malaysia have been implemented and are well on track.

– CNA/fa

KL-S’pore high speed rail link will take off albeit some time later, says Hishammuddin – The Sun Daily

SINGAPORE (Feb 13, 2014): Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien says the High Speed Rail Link (HSR) between Kuala Lumpur-Singapore will take off although it will take some time to be realised.

He said the massive project was an economic initiative that not involved the Transport Ministry but also the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“That’s what I say…things that we thought impossible, and only a few years back, the two prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore have reached such a good level of working arrangement and relationship to come up with the iconic project to bind us, that I think will go ahead,” he said.

Earlier, Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, attended a ceremony in honour of fallen World War 11 hero, Lt Adnan Saidi and his team from the Malay Regiment, who were killed in a battle defending Singapore from the invading Japanese 71 years ago.

Also present was Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob.

At the the Leaders’ Retreat here in February 2013, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the 330km project at an estimated cost of US$12 billion.

The project, expected to be completed in 2020, will shorten travel time to just 90 minutes between the two cities.

It was an idea initiated in the 1990s but never took off.

Hishammuddin said the completion of the HSR would bring enormous economic benefits to both neighbouring countries.

“I am just looking around what’s happening in the world, (if) you see the train that comes from London to Paris..the benefits that come from it..and imagine the train coming from Singapore to KL…what are the benefits, but it is still some time away before we can get there,” he said, adding that it would take place.

The Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia has been tasked to look into the details and the modalities of the HSR to improve connectivity and linkages between Malaysia and Singapore.

A HSR Work Group was then formed and it has made good progress since its formation in December 2013.

Discussions have started with a working session held last month.

The work group has identified matters for joint deliberations. – Bernama