UTM the grand winner of Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2017

CYBERJAYA, 17 July 2017 – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s students have once again made UTM proud in the Innovate Malaysia innovation competition by winning the Excellence Award (Overall champion), three First Prize Awards, one Second Prize Awards and one Consolation prize in Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2017. Innovate Malaysia Design Competition is a multi-discipline engineering  competition that is open to all final year student who are taking engineering or computer science and usually using their final year project to compete in this largest engineering design competition in Malaysia.

The challenges promote innovative culture in engineering work and tackling real world problems using engineering solutions which is important as well to consider impact to society. Commercialization also has been one of the criteria of developing the project.

This competition is co-organized by Intel, Fusionex, Keysight, MathWorks, Microsoft, CeDEC, Motorola Solutions, National Instruments, SilTerra, ViTrox and Dreamcatcher supported by Ministry of Education, MaGIC, Talent Corp Malaysia, MDEC, IEM, Techsqurce, and Terasic.

There are new categories which they called design challengers by CyberView, Daikin, Entopia, IM4U, IQ-Group, Ranhill, Sime Darby, TM, and WCS.

The Spot team won the Excellence Award and First Prize Award under Vitrox Track. The team won RM 5,000 + ViTrox Incubation Space for 6 months with Mentoring Program + Free CoE Training Courses in 2017.

Spot is an app that contains the latest technology of machine vision and smartphone to eliminate all parking problems. Features including finding parking, reserving parking and even solving double parking make Spot always the first choice among all drivers.

It provides real time update on availability of parking lots, platform for drivers to communicate, alert users in undesirable occurrences and convenience reserve parking system.

The team members are Daniel Ng Chiu Loong, Ang Miin Shan and Lee San Kong  from Faculty of Electrical Engineering(FKE).The team was supervised by Dr Yusmeeraz Yusof.

Another team that  won the 1st Prize Award (RM 5000)  and Cyberview Design Challenge award (RM 3000) was the ‘ParkKing’ in Motorola Track.Their product ParkKing is a smart parking system with double parking detection. The system provide a smart social solution for the city administration and public user.

For city administration, the system has an integrated parking lot monitoring and analysis system as well as a smart phone application for officer to give summon. For the public user, they can check for parking lot availability in real time and also report any illegal parking by the provided platform.

The team members are Gan Yi Reng, Edward Chan Kam Fai, and Leow Tan Chun Kit all from Faculty of Electrical. The team was supervised by Dr. Kamaludin Bin Mohamad Yusof (FKE).

For the Microsoft Track, the Solvere Team has won the First Place again after last win at Microsoft Imagine Cup in UTP, Perak.

The team won RM 5000 based on same project they won for previous competition. SmadBot(Smart Advertising Robot) that is capable moving around in places of attraction like shopping malls, restaurant, airports and exhibitions based on waypoint navigation.

One of the unique features of this robot is that it can know a person’s details by scanning their face to predict age, gender and emotion and then show relevant advertisements personalised specifically for the person who is standing in front of it.

This method of targeted advertising also publishes the data to the cloud so that advertisers can perform analytics on their data and make decisions from it.

The new features of the robot is the robot can greet you by your name by just using camera data in which the person need to feed the image to train in the first place.

This will improve personal preference on product advertisement shown at the robot. The project was developed by Nik Ahmad Faisal bin Mohd Kamarolzaman, Zul Fahmi bin Khamiti and Muhammad Syukri bin Sainal all from Faculty of Electrical Engineering.The team was supervised by Dr Yeong Che Fai

Second prize winner for Mathworks track won RM 3000 + Matlab Software. The project, Autotuned Electrical Muscle Stimulator with electromyogram biofeedback was developed by Muhammad Naqiuddin bin Nazali from under supervision of Dr. Leow Pei Ling aims to treat people that suffering the muscle weaknesses. It applying a certain electric intensity automatically across the muscle to stimulate is as a passive exercises.

Lee Mei Xiang won consolation prize worth RM 500 for the project “16-bits High Speed Adder” for Silterra Track.In VLSI system,  everyone preferred more for a high performance with low power consumption system.

Adder as the lowest level in VLSI system plays an important roles to make the system to full fill all of those requirements. In this project, the performance of several types of adder was investigated by using Quartus II and Synopsis tools in the target of 180 nm Silterra Technology.

At the end of this project,  the performance of Kogge Stone Adder is the best compare to other adder especially in speed up rate. Kogge Stone adder is 3.44 x speed up rate when compare to the build in adder in Synopsis Tools.The team was supervised by PM.  Muhammad Mun’im Ahmad Zabidi

The teams would like thank the Centre for Student Innovation (UTM CSI) and faculties involved in facilitating and supporting them in joining this competition.

UTM FAB PhD candidate won Best Paper Award in Canada

Congratulations to Noor Azeyah Khiyon, PhD candidate at the UTM Faculty of Built Environment under the supervision of Dr Sarajul Fikri bin Mohamed, for winning the Best Paper Award at the 21st Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

Her paper, entitled ‘Whole Life Cycle Costing for Sustainable Facility Management’ which deals with the very relevant issue of sustainability in today’s world. Noor Azeyah is also an academic staff at the University of Reading Malaysia.

Congratulation, Gold Medal for Quantity Surveying and Architecture Students!

A Gold Medal to Quantity Surveyor and Architecture students in the International UTMBridge Competition 2017! Two group of QS and Architecture students won 2nd Prize for Presentation and Multimedia category and 9th Place on Overall Champion out of 80 participants in the competition. The International UTMBridge Competition was organised by the Faculty of Civil Engineering held on 27-29 March 2017 in UTM.
They received a total of RM1,150 and a trophy.

Congratulations to Syamsul Hendra Mahmud, Nurshikin Mohamad Shukery and Dr. Nafisah Abdul Rahiman, the group advisor from Department of Quantity Surveying and the students.

International Innovation, Invention and Design 2017 Johor

FBE won Silver Medal Award at Invention, Innovation and Design (IID) competition held 9th March 2017 in Amansari Residence Resort, Johor Bahru Malaysia.

Invention, Innovation and Design (IID) competition was first mooted by the UiTM main campus in Shah Alam in an effort to promote innovations in all faculties and campuses as feeders for participations at the university level IIDEX (Invention, Innovation and Design Exposition). IID Johor was first organised in compliance with this requirement from the Research Innovation Business Unit (RIBU).

Nurshikin Mohamad Shukery who has developed A Flexible Multi-Criteria Integrated Performance-based Decision Making: A Prototype, won Silver Medal Award under Professional Level for Social Sciences category. The research has developed a significant tool for contractor selection, by helping organizations to select a competent contractor and decreasing the subjectivity of the decision-making process. The advantage as gave by the system favour a reliable indicator to predict performance of construction project by selecting a contractor based on his best performance. The team members are also participated in the IIID Johor 2017 are Dr. Hamizah Liyana Tajul Ariffin, Dr. Nafisah Abdul Rahiman and Syamsul Hendra Mahmud.

Viva Voce and I

Flashback, I just arrived home. Checking my emails. Then I received an email from School of Graduate Studies, informed me the date, time and venue of my oral presentation. Suddenly, my hands are sweating and my heart pounding so hard. I can not sleep well, talking to myself like crazy, keeps on reading my thesis, jot down any issues, tagging all important items, drafting my presentation slide and meeting with my fellow friends, seeking their advice and opinion. Not forgetting meeting my supervisor. I did mock presentation and to be honest… I am so nervous and I could not talk and present well. The words seems so hard to say, It was sunk into my throat, my heart pounding so hard. It was a frustrating moment for me and my supervisor (I think). He criticized my slides, my presentations and suggest me to improve the slides and keep on practicing.

0022As for the viva preparation, I searched for tips on viva voce on the net. Downloading the viva procedure from SPS (surviving-viva-voce). I really like this quote, “… During your presentation, you are the KING. And if you show the panel you are KING during the presentation, you will remain KING during the Q&A. Otherwise, the panel will become KING and you will be eaten by them …” -anonymous-

Keep my prayer to Allah SWT, ask my husband, my kids, my mother and mother in law to pray for me.

Two weeks until the big day, the nervous is gone. The feeling of, “Please hurry” and “I can’t wait to get it over!”.

Two days until the big day, I was down with fever.

A day before the viva, I went to the viva room to setting up the presentation slides and making sure that all the documents has in place.

A night before the viva, my laptop’s screen went crazy. Its was blue and green..(oh, my..). I pray to Allah that tomorrow will be a better day for me.

The big day is here! I woke up early (I could not sleep actually), Tahajjud – pray for Allah to ease the VIVA process. Recited Surah Insyirah;

[94:1] Have We not uplifted your heart for you ˹O Prophet˺,

[94:2] relieved you of the burden

[94:3] which weighed so heavily on your back,

[94:4] and elevated your reputation for you?

[94:5] So, surely with hardship comes ease.

[94:6] Surely with ˹that˺ hardship comes ˹more˺ ease.

[94:7] So once you have fulfilled ˹your duty˺, strive ˹in devotion˺,

[94:8] turning to your Lord ˹alone˺ with hope.



The viva process starts with a welcoming speech by the Chairman. Then, the Chairman asked my supervisor and I to step outside for a while allowing the Chairman and the examiners to discuss.  After 15 minutes of waiting, the Chairman invite my supervisor and I to step in the viva room. I start and finish my presentation calmly (I am surprised! Alhamdulillah). Every questions and answers, I am trying my best to response and justify. The session went well, examiners look every pages and chapters. They asking questions and giving suggestions for improvement. It took about 2 hours. I cannot believe that my favorite sentence on that day is “Okay, there is no more questions”. I can breath now.. The Chairman asked me to step out from the viva room for awhile, allowing them to deliberate. Outside, I can see they are talking.. sipping a cup of tea and enjoying their donuts, and looking through my thesis again. 15 minutes is like forever.

Finally, they let me in. I sat down, looking on the cup of tea and a doughnut. My mind said, “You guys look delicious, but I’m sorry.. I don’t have an appetite to eat”.

Chairman, “Congratulations, you passed you PhD. You have 6 months to do your corrections…..bla..bla…(I’m in the auto pilot mode, I am not really remember the words he said. Suddenly…)  Do you have anything to wish?”. I was speechless for awhile. However,  I did manage to thank my supervisor, examiners and the Chairman.  5 years is being a roller coaster for me to finish this.

I know that everybody has their own experience and definitely and totally different than mine. So it is not rightful for me to judge yours and you to judge mine, as long as he/she finish his/her PhD (regardless how many years). PhD is a journey, indeed.


I am struggling for the first 3 years, mentally and physically tired, and finally regained my momentum to finish this. Thanks to Allah.


I feel relieved, blur, dizzy and I really need a pillow. I still cannot sleep that night. So during the weekend, my husband take me for a short vacation because he quite worried that his wife is not responding and looking like a zombie. haha! So I am a PhD survivor.


The best moment of my life…

Published paper in SCOPUS

After waiting almost a year, my paper finally published!

Title: Level of Importance of Performance-based Tender Evaluation Indicators


Objectives: The objective of this paper is to identify level of importance of performance-based tender evaluation indicators required to stimulate the effectiveness of current tendering practice in Malaysian Public Sector. Methods/Statistical Analysis: This paper presents a case study conducted at Public Works Department (PWD) of Malaysia. The Quantity Surveyors are examined with a concern of the implementation of performance-based tender evaluation indicators. The research also questioned the level of importance of 11 past performance indicators and 11 potential performance indicators. The quantitative research method was adopted by developing a questionnaire survey and data collection in PWD. Findings: Evaluating contractor based on performance has positively help to select the right contractor. This study aims at finding out drawbacks on current tender evaluation practice, developing the performance based indicators, identify level of importance of each indicators and seeking opinions of PWD. Relatively, the setbacks have been observed in their criteria of tender evaluation with the lack of past performance and potential performance being measured. Ironically, the findings indicate that the quality of workmanship on past project and customers’ satisfaction are the most important indicators but none of the indicators are considered in the current tender evaluation practiced by PWD. The result of this study provides an important contribution as a guide that helps the public sector to select a competent contractor based on performance indicators. Measuring performance based contractor selection is rather new ,and implementation is still limited. Application/Improvements: Comprehensive contributing factors of performance indicators developed in this research may help the client to improve their contractor selection by using the performance indicators identified.


Submission of research proposal (Undergraduate)

All undergraduate students (SBEQ and SBEC) has to submit their research title and objective for vetting session before 25th September 2016. The vetting session will be on 27th September 2016. The PSM (Project Sarjana Muda) Panel will deliberate your proposed research title and objectives.

In determining the research title and objectives, all students must reads on related topic or research area that you are interested in. The supervisor will guide you, but you have to READ! READ! and READ!

The problem is, some of the students develops their objectives itself without having a solid base on current issues (a valid references). Finding research gaps is about doing an extensive readings on journals, latest issues.

For example, Figure 1 shows one article (reference: http://konsumerkini.net.my/v1/index.php/berita-terkini/alam-sekitar/533-bangunan-hijau-ke-arah-pembangunan-mampan). From one article, there are several issues can be further develop to be your research focus. All you need just, select one issue and find more references on the issue – READ.