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The USM team which is made up of two students, i.e. Ms. Hannah Soh (School of Computer Sciences) and Ms. Justine Lee (School of Mathematical Sciences), won the 1st Runner-up in the SAP Lumira Challenge 2014 Malaysia on 16 Dec 2014.

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Mr. Tan Choo Jun (in the middle) from School of Computer Sciences recieved MIMOS Prestigious Award (MPA) at Malam Anugerah Innovasi Negara 2014 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) (01 Nov 2014).

MPA represents MIMOS’s highest recognition of the contributions of the research community and the industry to the nation’s global competitiveness.  MIMOS is the National Research & Development Centre in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) of Malaysia,  which is also a strategic agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

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Photo - Some of the second year students from USM's School of Computer Sciences who designed a Motion Sensor Light

Penang based Universiti Sains Malaysia [USM] students are among the first among to master the Internet of Things [IoT] using semiconductor firm Intel's Galileo development boards.

Second year School of Computer Sciences students created high tech solutions for everyday problems in the Galileo curriculum development programme, said USM's School of Computer Sciences head of the Parallel and Distributed Processing Research Group, Prof Dr Rosni.

"Our aim is to fully embed the Intel Galileo development boards into the appropriate courses within our curriculum," said Prof Rosni. "The initial plan was to start the programme in the new academic year which begins in September 2014. However after taking into consideration the high level of interest demonstrated by our students, we went ahead to introduce the Intel Galileo boards ahead of schedule in February to a batch of our second year students."

"While the solutions proposed by our students based on these development boards, which include a bus tracking system and motion activated lights may seem deceptively simple, this only goes to underline our belief that the ubiquity of computing technology in everyday lives is on its way to coming full circle," said Prof Rosni. "I for one am glad that our students were given the opportunity to test out these waters ahead of many of their peers and excited to see what other issues our students can set out to solve with technology."

Christopher Kelly, general manager of Intel's Malaysia Design Center, said that Intel Galileo was the first in a line of Arduino-compatible development boards based on Intel architecture and was designed for the maker and education communities. Upon its announcement in October 2013, Intel also said that it will work closely with the Arduino community to bring better performance and scalability to their projects.

Kelly said programme included a large-scale donation of 50,000 Intel Galileo boards to 1,000 universities around the world with Intel initially collaborating with 17 universities worldwide to develop curriculum based on the new Intel Galileo board.

Taking the IoT lead

"Intel Galileo features the Intel Quark SoC X1000, the first from the Intel Quark technology family of low-power, small-core products," he said. "This is the technology that will extend Intel architecture into rapidly growing areas - from the Internet of Things to wearable computing in the future.

During a Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] media roundtable in June this year, he outlined a broad vision for the Internet of Things in Malaysia, adding that Malaysia has the potential to make significant contributions to the IoT economy and ecosystem.

"If we're serious in taking the lead where the Internet of Things is concerned, there really is no better place to start than in the very seats of innovation itself - our universities," Kelly said.  "With the inclusion of the Intel Galileo boards as a practical element in their curriculum, our students will be given the opportunity to foster their skills in creating Intel Architecture compatible wearables and other "Internet of Things" devices."

"The possible applications for this state-of-the-art technology are endless; ranging from emerging wearables as well as various industrial, commercial and medical applications," he said. "While this collaboration is a natural extension to our long-standing higher education collaboration between Intel and USM, it is our hope that this curriculum will also be deployed in universities with Computer Sciences or Computer Engineering programs throughout Malaysia."

Following the students' success, Intel Malaysia and USM recently concluded a half day workshop on the Intel Galileo Curriculum program to 45 faculty members from 25 other institutions of higher learning including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Multimedia University, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.. 

Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG) in Malaysia is one of two offshore sites for Intel Corporation, and the largest IOTG site outside of the United States. Intel IOTG in Malaysia offers the full spectrum of development capabilities for SoC (System-on-a-Chip) covering architectural design, pre- and post-silicon validations to market enabling activities for embedded markets.


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ALL was silent save for the sound of fingers tapping away at keyboards, but furiously and purposefully, as if lives depended on it. Granted, the stakes were not that high, but the tension was intense at the finale challenge of the 2014 F-Secure Inter-Varsity IT Security Competition held recently in Cyberjaya.

All three finalist teams, armed with a laptop, were required to complete tasks within the fastest time in a jeopardy-like course that tested their hands-on skills and knowledge.

After a two-hour intense battle which left them 255 points ahead of the pack, Team N2L from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) were crowned as the champions, walking away with three Apple MacBooks worth RM5,000 each.

“We are overjoyed. We never saw this coming,” said Lim Yen Sheng, a final year computer science student.

“We strategised well throughout the competition, each of us fully prepared in what we deemed as our core strengths and prepared to push our limits to overcome our weaker subject areas,” said fellow teammate Lee Chi Ngan.

Law Jia Jge said he couldn’t wait to use his brand new computer for his studies.

The first runner-up, Team Bounty Hunter from USM, received three Microsoft Surface Tablets worth RM2,000 each while the second runner-up, Team Xposure from Multimedia University (Malacca campus) received three smart-watches worth RM500 each. In addition, all three participating teams were also presented with a one-year premium F-Secure Internet and Mobile security protection.

The competition, initiated by F-Secure and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), is aimed at nurturing local talents and encouraging more Malaysian undergraduates to venture into the field of IT security through education.

“We are required in our daily lives to be online and security is an important sector in the IT industry. We strongly believe in investing and nurturing young minds by providing platforms such as this competition for these future leaders to contribute to the industry,” said F-Secure Corporation general manager Ingvar Froiland.

As a global online security provider since 1988, F-Secure protects information and prevents the loss of valuable content through its commitment to treat every piece of digital information as personal and irreplaceable.

“Our goal is to improve the skills of our undergraduates and fresh graduates, our programmes are aimed at meeting the demands of the current and future workforce requirements of the ICT industry at the local and global levels,” said MDeC chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng.

The judges for this year’s competition were Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission senior director (Outeach and Engagement Division) Eneng Faridah Iskandar, F-Secure Labs Kuala Lumpur senior manager Jose Cequena and F-Secure Labs Kuala Lumpur service manager Chang Kim Meng.

Source from The Star online : http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2014/06/29/USM-makes-the-grade/


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