The Inaugural Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Professorial Talk/ Akademi Sains Malaysia (ASM) Fellow Lecture
(21 November 2012)
Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ (UTP) first Fellow and Council Member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) recently delivered a lecture entitled “Medical Imaging – Bringing Pixels to the Life Sciences” at UTP’s Chancellor Hall on 21 November 2012.
This inaugural lecture was organised by the Faculty of Engineering, UTP in collaboration with ASM. The event was also graced by the presence of YBhg Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, President of ASM. He is a very prominent figure at UTP as he was once a UTP Academic Advisory Council Member from 2003 to 2009.
In this one hour lecture, Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil, who is also UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, shared his knowledge and thoughts with more than 300 audiences, on the significance of his interdisciplinary research in medical imaging from surface imaging, optical imaging to the latest functional imaging for early detection and monitoring of various medical health and industry problems. His research demonstrated that medical imaging has become a crucial part of biomedical sciences, not only for the diagnosis within clinical medicine in the delivery and objective monitoring of subsequent therapy, but also for providing insights into the causation of disease, pathophysiology and the translation of novel medical assessments from laboratory to clinical practice.
In his welcoming remark, YBhg Datuk (Ir) Dr Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim, UTP Vice Chancellor hoped that other UTP academic members will follow Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil’s footsteps to become fellow members of the distinguished science academy.
Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil was elected an ASM fellow member in 2010 when he fulfilled stringent criteria set by ASM. This criteria included involvement in innovative management or development of technological industries or technological operations within non-technological industries; or government or non-government organisations or institutions in dealing with issues relating to the science, engineering and technology; and possessed outstanding individual achievement or leadership in science, engineering and technology.
Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil currently heads the Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR), a university centre of excellence under Mission-Oriented Research (MOR) in Biomedical Technology at UTP.
CISIR is one of the leading intelligent signal and imaging research groups in Malaysia. Currently, there are 7 research areas under this centre, namely Intelligent Medical Imaging, Neurosignal Processing, Pervasive Computing & Embedded Systems, Rehabilitation and Biomechanics, Health Informatics & Modelling, Remote Sensing, and Visual Surveillance. Since 2007, CISIR has produced over 500 research articles with a cumulative impact factor of over 100 and filed 17 patents of which 3 have been granted, with research grants of nearly RM10 million.
To date, CISIR has collaborated with many local and international partners. Locally, the centre has inked LOIs with government agencies and industries namely Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, USM Hospital Kubang Kerian, Selayang Hospital, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) and ViTrox Technologies. For international collaborators, its partners include University of Burgundy, France, Magnetic Resonance Bavaria, Germany, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia, Qatar University, Hammad Medical Corporation Qatar and University of Western, Australia.
Prior to the lecture, a Biomedical Symposium was held with the objective to gather leading biomedical researchers in Malaysia to share and discuss opportunities in the biomedical research as well as to initiate collaboration with UTP’s researchers. Organised by the university’s MOR Biomedical Technology group, it featured three (3) prominent speakers:
- Associate Professor Dr M Iqbal Saripan, Head of Department, Computer and Communication Systems Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia with a talk entitled “Applications of Digital Image Processing in Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)” which is currently one of his niche areas of research.
- Professor Dr Teo Soo Hwang, CEO of Cancer Research Initiative Foundation (CARIF) and a leading cancer researcher in Malaysia. Her lecture was on the roles of CARIF and the various types of prevalent cancer in Malaysia.
- Associate Professor Dr Lee Yoot Khuan, Chair of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Malaysia. Her topic was on IEEE EMBS chapter and biomedical related research on developing methods to detect asphyxia.