Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speaker 1: Professor Dr. Zanariah Binti Abdul Majid (University Professor in UPM)

Zanariah Abdul Majid is a Professor of Mathematics at Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She received her BA in Mathematics from Macalester College, Minnesota, USA in 1986, MA in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, USA in 1988, Diploma Education in Mathematics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1990 and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2004. She began her teaching career in 1990 as a teacher in secondary school. Six years later, she joined the Teacher’s Training College as a lecturer in Department of Mathematics. Currently, she is a lecturer in Department of Mathematics at Universiti Putra Malaysia and she holds the position as the Deputy Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies) at the Faculty of Science.

She is a life member of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society. She won several awards and gold medals with her hard work and distinguished efforts in research at international and national level. She has published more than 120 papers in the area of numerical analysis. Her research interest focus on multistep method and one-step method for solving higher order ordinary differential equations, boundary value problem, delay differential equations, Volterra-integro differential equations, Volterra-integral equations, Fredholm-integro differential equations and fuzzy differential equations.

Title of the Talk: Numerical Methods in Industrial Applications

Abstract:  The mathematical problems in industrial can be written in the form of differential equations and arise in many fields of science and engineering such as the fluid dynamics, electric circuit and other areas of applications. In most practical problems, these differential equations are highly nonlinear and cannot be solved analytically. Hence, we need an appropriate numerical integration method to solve the problems and able to give numerical approximation. In my talked, I will highlight a few numerical methods and its algorithm that has been developed in our research to solve higher order problems directly without reducing to first order systems.


Plenary Speaker 2: Ir. Dr. Nordin Bin Ramli (Senior Staff Researcher, Corporate Technology, MIMOS Berhad)


Nordin Ramli received B.Eng degree in electrical engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1999. He received the M.Eng and Ph.D degrees, both in electronic engineering from The University of Electro-Communications, Japan in 2005 and 2008, respectively. 

Previously, he was at Telekom Malaysia Berhad as network engineer from 1999-2008, and lecturer at Multimedia University, Malaysia from 2008-2009. Currently, he is a Senior Staff Researcher at Wireless Innovation Department of Corporate Technology, MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia. He is overseeing the solution development of MIMOS’s in-house technology to the government and enterprise sector, especially the IoTs and big data’s related project. He and his team responsible for providing the consultancy services on the solution requirement and development to their client.

On the research and development (R&D), his interests include cognitive radio, TV white space, space-time processing, equalization, adaptive array system and wireless mesh networking, internet of things (IoTs) and big data analytics. Based on his work, he has published over 80 journals and conference papers and filed more than 30 patents related to wireless communications which are pending at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

In the ICT industry, he served as the Chairman of White Space Working Group, a technical standardization working group under Malaysia Technical Standard Forum Berhad (MTSFB) from 2013- 2016, to study and promote the technology of white space communication in Malaysia. He has been appointed as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical Systems Engineering of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) in 2012- 2014 and served as the Visiting Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Petronas. He also serves as an industry advisory panel (IAP) at more than five universities in Malaysia.

Currently, Dr. Nordin Ramli also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal IEICE Communication Express (CoMEX) from June 2014 until now. He has been appointed as the honorary members` scientist in the Young Scientist Network of Academy of Sciences Malaysia ever since from 2014 until today. He is also a registered professional engineer with Board of Engineer, Malaysia, and a certified HRDF trainer.

Title of the Talk: Internet of Things (IoT): Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services

Abstract: From the past of 15 years, the Internet revolution has redefined people’s lives and business-to-consumer (B2C) industries such as media, retail and financial services. In the next coming few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution will dramatically disrupt many sectors, includes the manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation and other industrial sectors of the economy which, together, account for nearly two-thirds of the global gross domestic product (GDP). It will also fundamentally transform how people will work through new interactions between humans and machines. Known as the Industrial Internet (of Things), this latest wave of technological change will bring unprecedented opportunities, along with new risks, to business and society. It will combine the global reach of the Internet with a new ability to directly control the physical world, including the machines, factories, and infrastructure that define the modern landscape.

However, like the introduction of the Internet was in the late 1990s, the Industrial Internet is currently still premature. Many important questions remain, including how it will impact existing industries, value chains, business models and workforces, and what actions business and government leaders need to take now to ensure long-term success. In this talk, we shall discuss the questions facing by business and revisit the Malaysian National IoT Roadmap as the framework for the country to adopt the Industrial Internet to all the relevance sector. We shall also discuss the guiding framework and introduce some the national initiatives that are currently been taking place. The challenges and issues with regards to the deployment of IoT will be addressed in this session.