IR. DR. LAI KHIN WEE
|Department of Biomedical Engineering|
|Faculty of Engineering|
|Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, W.Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
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BEng (Hons) (Biomed.), PhD (Biomed.) FIEAust, FIEM.
CPEng (Aus), NER, APEC Eng. IntPE(Aus), CEng(UK), MIET(UK), PEng. PC(MY), SMIEEE(USA)
Lai Khin Wee received his PhD from Technische Universitat Ilmenau, Germany and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) under DAAD PhD Sandwich Programme. He is currently the Head Programme (Master of Engineering) at Faculty of Engineering, University Malaya. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Department, University Malaya since early 2013. Prior to that, He was affiliated to Technische Universitat Ilmenau, Germany as Doctoral scholar under DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) PhD Sandwich Programme. Dr. Lai pioneered industry-academic engineering programs associating several industrial consultation projects. He has contributed immensely to the development and enhancement in science & technology in Malaysia, particularly in the field of medical engineering. Amongst his significant achievements include the development of a portable, non-invasive device for scoliosis early detection and post-surgery progression monitoring, production of a novel POC device for knee osteoarthritis detection using VAG approaches and, more recently is the tailoring of a novel machine learning approaches that is able to perform cartilage pattern recognition in Magnetic Resonance Images without much human intervention. His work has attracted great interest from the industries locally and internationally. Besides being recognized by students and peers for his excellence as an educator, his contribution in biomedical imaging and Point-of-Care devices research has made him a regular recipient (more than 30 awards) of numerous international and national awards: multiples Special Awards and Gold Medals, Best of the Best Awards from ITEX, MTE, i-ENVEX, AiNEX, PECIPTA, BioMalaysia Expo, and other innovation and technology events organized by the Ministries agency in Malaysia. As for the global influence, Dr. Lai’s research prototype has represented Malaysia to participate iCREATe global challenge organized in Singapore, Thailand, and Japan in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. In addition, he had received conference best presentation award from Fukuoka University Japan in 2015. Recently he also won the Best Sustainable Prototype Award in Digital Wonderland Singapore Expo 2019, and awarded finalist in 2020 NSIEC by NCKU Taiwan.
He upholds his academic pursuit by authoring more than 100 peer-reviewed ISI/WoS- and Scopus-listed publications, proceedings, book chapters, laboratory worksheet and guidelines (h-index 15). His innovations in his areas of expertise awarded him 16 patents and intellectual property rights and several major government and industries funded projects as principal investigator/Co-researchers (completed 22 projects, 10 projects on-going) in collaboration with local and international researchers.
Dr. Lai is a registered Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate (PEPC) at Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Fellow of the Engineers Australia (FIEAust), APEC Engineer IntPE(Australia), and Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng.) at NER (Australia), Fellow, and Council Member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Senior Member of IEEE (USA), and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and U.K. Chartered Engineer (CEng.). He has been invited to contribute as Technical Programme Committee (TPC) and designated reviewer for more than 50 international conferences, workshops and journal publishers. Following to that, he has been a regular speaker for more than 20 international conference papers and workshops. Besides, he devoted himself to academic community by serving as international journal editorial board members in several indexed journals including Associate Editor of IEEE Access, Lead Guest Editors of Multimedia Tools and Applications, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and etc. In addition, he served as EAC Accreditation Panel under the purview of Board of Engineers Malaysia.
Dr Lai has been appointed as Fellow by Ministry of Education, Malaysia under CEO@Faculty Programme since September 2018, affiliated to CEO Office, PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PMB), and work directly with C-suite level top management on policies, strategy planning in digital innovation transform to drive business embarking IR4.0. He drafted the paper for commercial potentials of the imminent PLUS Video Analytics (VA) Infrastructure. Part of its strategy, he proposed the needs to develop and continuous improve on a variety of regression and analytical models based on the real-time output of VA, as well as a variety of templates for Reports, Dashboard and API that ensures output from the VA models are actionable by various Divisions of PMB (Commercial, Operational and TechInno).The entire VA projects’ investment costs more than Malaysian Ringgit twenty million, involved multiple Proof-of-Concepts (POC) stages and tenders from multinational companies.
Dr. Lai currently heads Advanced Analytic Research Group at Medical Imaging Laboratory, and supervised 43 postgraduate students (7 PhD and 18 Master completed, 11 PhD and 7 Master on-going). His research group has secured more than RM2 million of research funding for numerous projects relating to healthcare technology, medical imaging and bioinstrumentation. He and his teams developed two prototypes that contribute significantly to the clinical diagnostic setting and protocol in the hospital, namely OsteoKneeKitTM, and Scoltech. These prototypes are in the onset stages towards commercialization and have been featured by multiple Medias and magazine. Besides research excellence, Dr Lai is serving in numerous capacities as external examiner (PhD and Master Dissertations both locally and internationally), professional mentor of IEM (Malaysia) and EA (Australia), resource person, external assessor (HALF), advisor of Industry Liaison Unit (Asia Pacific Region), Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) New Programme Board Member.