Abdullah GANI is a Professor at the Department of Computer System and Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He obtained tertiary academic qualifications from the University of Hull, UK – B.Phil, and M.Sc (Information Management) and the University of Sheffield, UK for Phd in Computer Science. Prior to his degree studies, he acquired the Teaching Certificate from Kinta Teaching College, Ipoh and Diploma of Computer Science, from ITM. He has vast teaching experience due to having worked in a number of educational institutions locally and abroad – schools, Malay Women Teaching College, Melaka, Ministry of Education; Rotterham College of Technology and Art, Rotterham, UK, University of Sheffield, UK. His interest in research kicked off in 1983 when he was chosen to attend the 3-Month Scientific Research Course in RECSAM by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Since then, more than 150 academic papers have been published in proceedings and respectable journals internationally within top 10% ranking. He received a very good number of citation in Web of Science as well as Scopus databases. He actively supervises numerous students at all level of study – Bachelor, Master and Phd. Area of interest in research includes Self-Organized Systems, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Wireless related networks. He is now working on Mobile Cloud Computing with the High Impact Research Grant of USD 800,000 (RM2.5) for the period of 2011-2016. He is also the Principal Investigator of the research ‘Al-Quran and Hadith Authentication Systems’ with the grant of RM650,000. Besides that, he has received several grants of more than RM350,000. Currently, he is the Director of the Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR at, which focuses on high impact research. The Centre has published more than 60 papers in Tier 1 and Tier 2 ISI-indexed journals in the last 5 years. Internationally, he serves as a Visiting Professor at the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Adjuct Professor at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Currently, he serves as a reviewer to several high quality journals, and Chief-in-Editor of Malaysian Journal of Computer Science, ISI-indexed journal. Locally, he is a Visiting Professor at the University Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (2015-2017). He serves as a Chairman of Industry Advisory Panel for Research Degree Program at UNITEN, Malaysia (2015-2017). He is a senior member of IEEE and was elected as a Fellow Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc) for Engineering and Computer Science discipline.  

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Dr Lau joined FEA in 2006 upon completing his doctoral studies in Japan. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Coordinator of Master of Applied Statistics. He is also the Associate Research Fellow of MIER. He was formerly the Head, Department of Applied Statistics from May 2013 to July 2014. Prior to joining the academia, he worked for a number of years in financial institutions before being awarded the Monbusho Scholarship by the Ministry of Education and Science, Japan. He pursued his postgraduate studies in the Graduate School of Economics where he was supervised by Professor Emeritus Kazuhiko Nishina, former Dean and Vice President of Osaka University. In addition to presenting his work at Nippon Finance Association Conference in Tokyo (2004 & 2005), he was selected twice for the Asian FA / FMA Doctoral Student award for the Asian FA Conference in Kuala Lumpur (2005) and Auckland (2006). Apart from lecturing Statistics and Econometrics at FEA, he had also been invited to teach International Finance and Financial Econometrics at both the Faculty and Graduate School of Business (GSB), University of Malaya between 2009 and 2010. From Sept 2012 to May 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Risk Management Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was a member of the research group in dynamics of credit rating. He also attended the Executive Education Program in Portfolio Management, Asset Allocation and Behavioral Finance conducted by Professor Burton Malkiel, Professor Yacine Ait-Shalia and colleagues at the Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University in June 2013. He has been invited to contribute to Malaysia's Business Optimism Index (BOI) Study by Dun & Bradstreet in 2014-15 and authoring a professional text for the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) in 2015. Dr Lau has published articles in the area of asset allocation, portfolio management, equity style and futures market. His earlier work establishes the relationship between equity style and fund performance (MF, 2007). His recent work establishes the existence of economic content and information transmission in equity style indices which are useful as leading economic indicators (Ekonomie a Management, 2015). His recent work has been presented in the Malaysian Statistics Conference, BNM Economics Research Workshop and the ISBIS Conference in Barcelona.  To date, 6 of his PhD students have graduated and 17 of his Master students have completed their research papers. He serves as the Hon. Secretary to Malaysian Finance Association (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) and Hon. Treasurer to Malaysian Economic Association (2016-2018), in addition as reviewers of ISI-indexed journals like Investment Analyst Journal, Applied Economics, Energy Economics and Singapore Economic Review, just to name a few.  

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Dr Chong Pan Pan is highly qualified with B.Sc. (Hons) Microbiology (2001), M.Sc. Biochemistry (2004) and successfully completed PhD (2013) on her research on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and skeletal tissue engineering. After that she works as post-doctoral research fellow (2013-2016) at the National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence in Research and Learning (NOCERAL), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia. Currently, she is the senior lecturer in NOCERAL, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UM. Additionally, she is the person in charge to set up the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Laboratory in NOCERAL. She has also been put in charge of the newly proposed clinical study, entitled the use of staged intra-articular injection of cultured autologous mesenchymal stromal cells following marrow stimulation of the repair of focal articular cartilage defects. This involves running Phase I & II clinical trials of the completely built up in house technology. Her research interest involves the current and innovative area of tissue engineering and manipulation of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for future use as biological therapies for poorly regenerating tissues. Her work focuses on driving the adult MSCs from bone marrow, peripheral blood and adipose tissue along chondrogenic lineages for later transplantation to replace worn out joint cartilage in patients suffering from joint disorders, including trauma or osteoarthritis. To attest her work, Dr. Chong has published in several quality (Q1/high impact factor) peer reviewed journals and presented her works extensively and globally at numerous international level conferences. At that time, she has also won a number of awards, including top prizes at the regional level, such as Young Investigator Awards, L’Oréal Malaysia for Women in Science, Best Poster/Oral Presentations and travel fellowships etc. In addition, she has participated in several biotechnology exhibitions and won many innovation awards for her work on MSCs as biological therapies for tissue regenerations. She has also developed intellectual property related to these novel works which has been successfully patented.

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Yaqoob, I; Ahmed, E; Gani, A; Mokhtar, S; Imran, M (2017). Heterogeneity-Aware Task Allocation in Mobile Ad Hoc Cloud. IEEE ACCESS

Mo, KH; Goh, SH; Alengaram, UJ; Visintin, P; Jumaat, MZ (2017). Mechanical, toughness, bond and durability-related properties of lightweight concrete reinforced with steel fibres. MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES

Monirul, IM; Kalam, MA; Masjuki, HH; Zulkifli, NWM; Shahir, SA; Mosarof, MH; Ruhul, AM (2017). Influence of poly(methyl acrylate) additive on cold flow properties of coconut biodiesel blends and exhaust gas emissions. RENEWABLE ENERGY

Ahmad, H; Muhamad, A; Sharbirin, AS; Samion, MZ; Ismail, MF (2017). Tunable Q-switched thulium-doped Fiber Laser using multiwall carbon nanotube and Fabry-Perot Etalon filter. OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS

Liaqat, M; Chang, V; Gani, A; Ab Hamid, SH; Toseef, M; Shoaib, U; Ali, RL (2017). Federated cloud resource management: Review and discussion. JOURNAL OF NETWORK AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS


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