The Spain CAS Chapter Won the Best Chapter Award

The Spain Chapter of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, chaired by Prof. Jose M. de la Rosa, from the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville, IMSE-CNM (CSIC/University of Seville),  received the Best Chapter Award of the IEEE-Spain Section in 2016.  The Awards ceremony took place last 7th of October in Barcelona, , during the celebration of the IEEE-DAY event in Spain. The picture at the top shows Prof. Jose M. de la Rosa (left) together with the President of the IEEE-Spain Section, Dr. Antonio Luque (right), and the pictures at the bottom show some moments of the IEEE-DAY event, where the IEEE-Spain Chapters Chair, Dr. Jaime Lloret, presented the award to Prof. de la Rosa (bottom-right picture).

Jose M. de la Rosa, Chair, Spain CAS Chapter, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society


The 2016 IEEE CAS Malaysia Chapter 4th High Tea Networking Event

The 4th IEEE CAS Society Malaysia Chapter (IEEE CAS M) High-Tea Networking Event has been successfully conducted at Murad Auditorium, Sains@USM Penang on July 27th 2016. It was organized with collaboration from the IEEE, USAINS and CREST. 

The theme for this event was “Moving Forward with Internet of Things” and the IEEE CAS M was delighted to have Dr. Tat Kin Tan from Intel Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Massimo Alioto from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asrulnizam Abd Manaf from Universiti Sains Malaysia as the invited speakers. The event started with a welcoming remark given by the IEEE CAS M Chair, Dr. Nurul Amziah Md Yunus from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Dr. Nurul Amziah shared the society local and international activities as well as the benefits of becoming an IEEE CAS member. The event continued with a short brief on Cycle 2/2016 Research and Development Grant given by Dr. NorAzmi Alias from CREST. 

(Above photo) Group photo

(Left photo) The 2016 IEEE CAS M executive committee members and past chairs. From Right: Tang Tong Boon, Sudhanshu Shekhar Jamuar (Past Chair), Nurul Amziah Md Yunus (Current Chair), Noor Ain Kamsani (Hon. Secretary), Suhaidi Shafie (Vice Chair), Mohd Amrallah Mustafa (Committee), Wan Zuha Wan Hasan (Past Chair) and Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani (Committee). Not in the photo: Lini Lee, Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin and Nor Hisham Hamid.

The first speaker, Dr. Tat Kin Tan gave an interesting talk on “Moving Forward with Internet of Things with UX Centered Software as Service”. Dr. Massimo Alioto gave an eye-opener presentation on “Rethinking 'Things' Design-the Missing (Technology) Link in the Internet of Things” while Dr. Asrulnizam Abd Manaf shared an engaging talk on “Internet of Things: Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Sensor Technology”. 

(Right photo) Several posters presented at the Higher Education Student Project Exhibition Day

Around 70 attendees came to the event together with the IEEE CAS M 2016 executive members and past chairs.  The appearance of Prof. Dr. Sudhanshu Shekhar Jamuar from Universiti Malaysia Perlis, founder and chair of the IEEE CAS M in year 2003 and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Zuha Wan Hasan from Universiti Putra Malaysia, chair of the IEEE CAS M in the year 2009 and 2010 brightened up the event.Alongside with the networking event, two programs were held that are the Higher Education Student Project Exhibition and IEEE CASS M Award ceremony. This is the second year for IEEE CASS M organized the student project exhibition with 29 students shared their research project through scholarly poster. The goal is to provide a platform for these students to present and get feedback on their work from CASS members including experts from the university and industry, apart from giving exposure to the students to sharpen up their soft skills.

(Left photo) One of the students presenting his work to the attendees

The IEEE CASS M Award ceremony recognized the winners for best PhD and MSc dissertation and senior design project innovation.  Dr. Lini Lee from Multimedia University chaired the award committee consist of experts in the field. The IEEE CAS (M) Doctoral Dissertation Award awarded to Dr. Kelvin Yong Sheng Chek from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia with his project ‘Direct Modulation and Injection Locking Characteristics of Quantum Cascade Lasers’, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Manas Kumar Haldar. The IEEE CAS (M) Master Dissertation Award awarded to Ahmed M. M. Al-Massri from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with his project ‘Design and Development of Prototype Robot Gripper for Object Weight Measurement’, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Zuha Wan Hassan. Three IEEE CAS (M) Innovation Awards winners were presented during the ceremony. First winner was Dinesh A/L Dipitri from Universiti Malaysia Perlis with project entitled ‘Microcontroller based Smart Power Management and Monitoring for Hybrid Power System’, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asral Bahari Jambek.  The second winner was Esra Ali Hassan from Universiti Teknologi Petronas with project entitled ‘Smart Glasses for the Visually Impaired People’, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang Tong Boon and the third winner was Siti Rahimah Ahmad Shahifol Bahri from Universiti Putra Malaysia with project entitled ‘Near Threshold Standard Cell Library Design for Energy Efficient System’, supervised by Dr. Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani.

(Right photo) Chair of IEEE CAS M, Dr. Nurul Amziah Md Yunus presented an honorarium and a certificate to the IEEE CAS (M) Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner Dr. Kelvin Yong Sheng Chek from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysi

The event has been organized successfully through the funding support from the IEEE Malaysia Section, USAINS Holding Sdn Bhd (USAINS), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani, Nurul Amziah Md Yunus and Mohd Tafir Mustaffa


LEGO Robotics Workshop Organized by IEEE CASS Malaysia Chapter and UPM Robotics Club

May 31st to June 1st 2016, IEEE CASS Malaysia together with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Robotic Club and a local school, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Bangi Jalan 2 organized a LEGO Robotics workshop intended for school students of the age group 7 to 12 years in conjunction with the public school holiday. A total of 50 students from a few states in Malaysia, mostly from neighboring states, Putrajaya and Selangor joined the 2 days workshop. 

The objectives of this workshop are to provide opportunities and exposure to the school students on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through robotic design and to infuse enthusiasm and interest in invention and innovation. 

The workshop starts with an interesting introduction to the LEGO Mindstorm NXT programmable robotic kit, followed by a few short training modules on creating robot of several categories namely soccer robot and obstacle avoidance robot. On the second day of the workshop, students were grouped into smaller groups and given opportunities to compete in a soccer robot match and obstacle avoidance robot competition, putting their knowledge and creativity to the test. It was interesting to see how these school students work together coming up with interesting solutions for the matches and competitions. Top 3 groups received prizes from IEEE CAS Malaysia. 

The school students are very pleased with the workshop, thanks to the team of cheerful and engaging workshop instructors. To IEEE CAS Malaysia delight, majority of them are excited to join this workshop in the future. 

Fakhrul Zaman Rokhani and Mohd Amrallah Mustafa

© IEEE CAS Society 2016