FREE SKA Discussion

Today we had our first online meeting to discuss the running of the group’s activities for 2021. The session was led by Dr. Muzaffar and joined by Prof. Khalida, Dr. Zuhaili and Dr. Hadijah.

How not to have that reflection on my glasses? Happened every time…..

To start the ball rolling, we planned to have a series of online discussion on “Knowing Our Data”. The schedules will be confirmed by Dr. Zuhaili soon.

PhD Proposal Defense Session 2020-1 (Examiner)

Session in progress

We had a proposal defense session for Dr. Zakiah’s PhD student this morning. The session was chaired by AP Dr. Aqeel with Dr. Rustam as his assistance. While Prof. Yeo and myself as the examiners.

Among the main points I learned today is that contextualising special education in a PhD research project requires a candidate to:

(1) accurately conceptualise the research focus (i.e. in this project the focus is children with autism);

(2) differentiate the terms employed (for example what is the differences between “special education” and “inclusive education”);

(3) highlight the issue within the Malaysian context (e.g. the issue of diagnosis of autism in Malaysia).

Thank you Prof. Yeo for the detail explanations related to the three points mentioned above. And congratulations to Natasha Amira (PPPE) for successfully negotiated her proposal defence. All best wishes.

The Isle of Eroda

At this age of mine, to be a fan of a boy-band is kind of weird.

But this is Harry Styles post One Direction era, and I simply love the narratives of the extended version of his video, “Adore You”.

Quintessentially creative, and uniquely brilliant!

Pic credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adore_You_(Harry_Styles_song)#/media/File:Harry_Styles_-_Adore_You_music_video_screenshot.png

To know more about the Isle of Eroda, read: https://www.nme.com/blogs/harry-styles-adore-you-video-weird-fish-fine-line-2019-2584655

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adore_You_(Harry_Styles_song)

(Virtual) Paper presentations at SASSP 2020

The Reflective Brain group presented two papers during the 8th IEEE Symposium on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (SASSP 2020)

It was virtually organised IEEE Signal Processing Society Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology (FTKEE), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

Shanthini presented her paper entitled “Functional Connectivity Pattern of Dyslexic Brain during Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) Tasks Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) Signals”.

Shanthini’s slide during her presentation

Fatini presented hers entitled “Brain Functional Connectivity During Reflective Thinking Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) Signals”.

Among the results shared during Fatini’s presentation
Functional connectivity pattern during reflective thinking (n=1)

Both papers can be accessed via ResearchGate:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347302627_Functional_Connectivity_Pattern_of_Dyslexic_Brain_during_Rapid_Automatized_Naming_RAN_Tasks_Using_Electroencephalogram_EEG_Signals

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347302640_Brain_Functional_Connectivity_During_Reflective_Thinking_Using_Electroencephalogram_EEG_Signals

Reflective Brain project secured FRGS 2020 (Phase 1)

Alhamdulillah, on the 30 October 2020, we received an email from RMC informing that our Reflective Brain project successfully secured FRGS 2020 (Phase 1). The project, which is officially entitled “Framework for Critical Reflective Thinking based on Neuroeducational Approach“, has been approved and granted RM56,200 from the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

Alhamdulillah, our “Reflective Brain” project is among the recipients of FRGS 2020 (Phase 1)

Personally, this is my second time receiving FRGS after my first project ended in 2016. Indeed, it was quite competitive this time around. 142 (out of 362) applications from UTM succeeded in securing the grant. Credits should be given to my faculty, FSSH, in collaboration with my Research Alliance, for all the workshops organised since early 2020. And also to the facilitators who had shared all the valuable tips, as well as the internal evaluators for all the constructive comments and suggestions throughout the process proposal refinement.