Short Biography

Dr. Sakinah Ali Pitchay received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2013. She is a senior lecturer in Information Security Assurance Programme, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). She currently serves as the Head of Programme in Computer Science (Information Security and Assurance) in USIM since Oct 2015. She studied Software Engineering at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and obtained her Master in Real-time Software Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Passionate about image enhancement, software engineering and information security. She has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of computer science, particularly information security and software development on real problems. She actively supervising students and had four completed postgraduate students. Consultation with industry partner on software development gave her experience and had won several innovation medals. She also enthusiastically contributes idea and knowledge with Ministry of Higher Education, specifically Matriculation Division since 2013.


Title of Keynote Speech  : 

Multi-task Signal Recovery by Higher Level Hyper-parameter Sharing

Abstract of Keynote Speech

Sharing of hyper-parameters is often useful for multi-task problems as a means of encoding some notion of task similarity. Here we present a multi-task approach for signal recovery by sharing higher-level hyper-parameters which do not relate directly to the actual content of the signals of interest but only to their statistical characteristics. Our approach leads to a very simple model and algorithm that can be used to simultaneously recover multiple natural images with unrelated content. We investigate the advantages of this approach in relation to state of the art multi-task compressed sensing and we discuss our findings.





Short Biography

Norhudah Seman received the B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) degree from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia, in 2003 and M. Eng. degree in RF/Microwave Communications from The University of Queensland, Brisbane, St. Lucia, Qld., Australia, in 2005. In September 2009, she completed her Ph.D. degree at The University of Queensland. In 2003, she was an Engineer with Motorola Technology, Penang, Malaysia, where she was involved with the RF and microwave components design and testing. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Wireless Communication Centre (WCC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her research interests concern the design of microwave circuits for biomedical and industrial applications, specific absorption rate (SAR), UWB technologies, and mobile communications. 

Title of Keynote Speech : Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QSPK) Modulator Design using Multi-Port Network in Multilayer Microstrip - Slot Technology

The design of the quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulator by using a multi-port network is proposed for the use in wireless communication applications. The multi-port network is in the form of multilayer microstrip-slot technology. This multi-port network is composed of three 3-dB rectangular-shaped directional couplers with virtual stubs and an equal power division divider with in-phase characteristic. The design is performed by applying a full-wave electromagnetic simulation software, CST Microwave Studio (CST MWS). Keysight’s Advanced Design System (ADS) is applied in analyzing and evaluating the QPSK constellation of the proposed modulator. This comparatively small size of proposed design has been fabricated, and its wideband performance of 2 to 6 GHz is verified.





Expert: Community Development and Leadership(Nation Building)

Current Position : Director, Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Thoughts (IPDM), Universiti Utara Malaysia.




Special Award

– 2007 Distinguishe stars compounds community (Medal) ( Bintang Kebaktian Masyarakat (BKM) )

– 2015 Assistant Commissioner (Honorary) Department on Volunteersm Malaysia

– 2016 Venus International Foundation Selected for Distinguished Faculty (Nationhood) Of Faculty Awards (VIFA)



-1995, B.HSc (Hons), IIUM

-1996, Master of Theology, University of Nottingham

-2008 PhD, University of Malaya

-2008, Certificate of Dreamweaver Professional, (ACE)

-2008, Certificate of Flash Professional, (ACE)

-2012, Certificate of Sustainability Sciences, UNDP

-2015, Certificate of Achievement And Commendation World Nuclear University

-2015, Certificate of Massive Open Online Course on Climate and Pacific Island UNESCO


International Attachment

-2009-2011, Honorary Fellow Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia

-2011-2015, Research Associate Monash University, Australia

-2017/2018 Visiting Professor: Universitas Sultan Agong Semarang Indonesia (UNISSULA)

-2017 Visiting Professor: Universitas Sebelas Maret Solo Indonesia (UNS)


Title : Water And Religion: Islamism’s and Malaysia Perception


As the ultimate source of life, water is held in high regard by most societies. It is considered a blessing, a gift and something which must be protected for the benefit of all of mankind. Over the last one decade, the water crisis has taught Malaysian to appreciate the importance of water in our lives. It has also taught us to constantly be reminded of the significant need to preserve and maintain the source of water; rivers in particular. When the crisis hit Malaysia, each rainfall was so valuable, that rainwater was accumulated, stored and greatly appreciated and used sparingly. However, when everything returned back to normal, we came back to our old habit and water again, became an asset that everyone took for granted. Many have forgotten the laws of nature that all life forms will eventually die or will be depleted. The same can be illustrated with water supply in our country.

The water crisis will make a comeback. Many will regret when this crisis recurs but in a nutshell, can the current water management provide a sustainable solution? Is the water crisis a mere natural disaster? This paper will attempt to take a closer look at the positive values of water management, giving a special focus on Islamic values as a possible alternative solution towards existing and future water-related problems. Islam is known as a religion that encompasses totality, and it has its ways in generating solutions to problems concerning water. In Islam, water management has been put forth since the days of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 1430 years ago. This paper will also prove that Islamic laws are most appropriate in water management and can also be applied today, as the ultimate solution of this era.

I4CT 2018




Short Biography

Assoc Prof. Dr Jiwa Abdullah received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Liverpool University, United Kingdom, in Electronic Engineering. He obtained his Master of Science degree and PhD from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. His PhD thesis is on QoS for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. Currently he is attached to the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia. His main interests are wireless sensor networks, underwater sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks, vehicular networks, wireless communications, networking, application of computational intelligence to communication systems, integration of WSN and IoT, Cyberphysical Systems and also in the area of engineering educations. He authored more than 60 publications in journals, conferences and book chapters. Assoc Prof. Dr Jiwa Abdullah is a member of IEEE and Board of Engineers Malaysia.


Data Reduction Algorithm for Efficient WSN/IoT Integration

In the presentation, we first review some information on WSN, IoT, including networking issues and coverage and deployment issues. Then, we put some proposals for improvement in data capturing and transmission. We discuss various mechanism for data reduction, gives critical evaluation for data reduction approaches of the previous works and summarized its constraints. The work on APRS (Adaptive Real-Time Payload Data Reduction Scheme) will be described in relation to the usage on multivariate sensors. Overall, the participants are expected to acquire some information regarding the wireless sensor networks in general and the important of data reduction in the data transmission and processing, ultimately result in more efficient system




Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Media Studies

Short Biography

Dr. Shahreen Binti Mat Nayan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Media Studies, University of Malaya. She obtained her PhD in Communication (Rhetoric) from the University of Denver, Colorado USA. Her dissertation explored comparative and non-violent rhetoric among ecofeminist movements. During her studies in Denver, Dr. Shahreen was a recipient of three research awards - Arts Humanities and Social Science Divisional Dissertation Fellowship (2011-2012), Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement (2011-2012), and Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence (2009-2010). In 2014, she received the Best Journal Article Award (under the Humanities and Social Science Category) from the Malaysian Scholarly Publication Council (MAPIM) – Ministry of Education Malaysia. In addition to comparative and non-violent rhetoric, Dr. Shahreen is also interested in research topics related to media studies and inclusivity. She is particularly interested to discover the ways in which rhetoric and/or the media can be used as tools to promote dialogue, peace, diversity and inclusiveness. 

Title & Abstract of Keynote Speech  : 

"Academic Civility: Where are we now?"

The topic of academic civility has been discussed from multiple perspectives. Deliberation on the topic has considered its relationship to issues such as teaching excellence, academic freedom, and democracy. However, most of these sources are written from a western lens. There exists space for literature on this topic from a non-western standpoint. Example of topics related to academic civility ranges from incidents of hate speech, classroom management, to student behavior or protocol. Although the topic of academic civility may not be a recent theme, its many layers of dialogue and even critique, calls for a closer look in the local context. This paper seeks to discuss the meaning and implications of academic civility by taking into consideration the Malaysian experience. The aim is to stimulate further dialogue on the topic.