From the desk of the Director

26.11.2021 5 min read
On COVID-19 and Agility 

The 7th International Visual Informatics Conference 2021 (IVIC'21) has ended yesterday. The three-day conference, which took place in hybrid mode was jointly organised by the Institute of Informatics and Computing in Energy (IICE), UNITEN and the Malaysian Information Technology Society (MITS), together with collaborators comprising local and international institutions. The opening ceremony of the conference was graced by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Dato' Sri TPr Annuar Musa. At the end of the second day of the conference ...

10.10.2021 5 min read
Seeing the World from the Research Lens

I’ve always enjoyed travelling. The more you travel, the more you learn. I had travelled from Land’s End to John-o-Groat during my study time in the UK. I didn't have the chance to see Ireland though. Coming back in 1999, it took some nine years before the opportunity to see another country resurfaced. The country was China and the city was, of course, Beijing, attending an international conference, ICSR 2008. It was the first time for me in Beijing...

19.09.2021 4 min read
Professorial Chair in Energy Informatics at IICE

It had been a hectic one month since my last article appeared. Our Institute was in the final stage of operationalising the establishment of a professorial chair in energy informatics, fully endowed by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), known formally as the Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics. The establishment of the Chair was approved in October 2020. It was a commendable action indeed by TNB to have the Chair eponymously named in recognition of Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Leo Moggie's enormous contribution to TNB, to the energy industry and to the nation as a whole. IICE is very grateful on the trust given by...

16.08.2021 6 min read
The Role of ICT in Energy Transition

Greetings to all,

On 8th December 2020, IICE has successfully organised the first of our webinar series with the above title. With the objective to understand and appreciate the role that ICT has been and will be playing in energy transition, the webinar, which was moderated by yours truly, had lined up the best of speakers to discuss on the topic - Professor Dato' Dr. Halimah Badioze Zaman (Principal research fellow, IICE, UNITEN), Professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen (Head of Center for Energy Informatics, SDU) and Professor Ts. Dr. Salman Yussof (Senior research fellow/Professor, IICE). The role of ICT in energy transition was deliberated from various angles during the discussion. It started ...

10.07.2021 5 min read
The Origins of Energy Informatics

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a keynote speech on the above title at a PhD workshop held in conjunction with the First Energy Informatics.Academy Conference Asia (EI.A Asia 2021). Nothing can be more pleasing and satisfying than listening to the origin of something from the originator himself, and in the case of energy informatics, it is none other than Professor Richard T. Watson of University of Georgia. Simply authentic! In this edition of 'From the desk of the Director', I am taking the liberty to share with you summary of the speech. A lot of information was shared that I am not sure where to start. I hope that I can summarise it well and do justice to the readers who would like to get a quick summary on the origins of energy informatics.

14.06.2021 1 min read
Integrity as the Best Policy

Greetings to all,

In this edition, I will be deliberating on the Institute's core values. These are the principles or beliefs that are of central importance to the Institute and are to be observed at all times in our research, development and consultancy conducts. At IICE, we have agreed on four values to uphold. These are Integrity, International, Commitment and Excellence that are acronymised as IICE :).

Our first core value is Integrity. It is the the state of being ... 

20.05.2021 1 min read
Roadmap to Excellence

May 2021 marked the beginning of my second term as the director of the Institute, my fourth year with the Institute. Two years have passed, which were filled with efforts and initiatives to strengthen the Institute's capacity and capability in preparation to undertake bigger role in bracing future challenges. As a founding member, I've seen the Institute grow from the strength of one member to now five core and ten associate members. Struggling to position itself as a research institute that specialises in Energy Informatics when the Energy Informatics itself is yet to be well defined, is no easy task. The focus for the next five years is ...

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