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UTP Centre of Excellence (CoE), Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR) has been awarded the National HICoE (Higher Institution Centre of Excellence) status focusing on Biomedical Image Analysis with Neuro Chemical Imaging as its research niche area.  The decision to award the HICoE status to CISIR was made by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in its Main Committee Meeting on 15 May 2014.

“With this recognition as national COE and funding support, CISIR is geared to becoming a global leader in biomedical imaging research.  The Centre through fundamental research, R&D innovations, collaboration and networking as well as contributing to human capital development, will produce breakthrough research and innovations that will impact the society.  This is in accordance with the National Higher Education Strategic Plan and also UTP’s mission in becoming an internationally recognised research university,” said Prof Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, Head of CISIR and UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).

As National HICoE, CISIR will receive yearly funding from MOE for the next 3 years. The centre is also expected to produce high impact publications in Tier 1 and 2 ISI-indexed journals, PhD graduates, intellectual property and generate its own revenue through short-courses, consultancy and commercialisation.

CISIR is one of the leading intelligent signal and imaging research groups in Malaysia.  It undertakes research to advance signal and imaging processing techniques and the implementation of real-time embedded systems.  It also applies recent advances in real-world multi-disciplinary sectors such as biomedical, surveillance, remote sensing and industrial applications.  It began, as a research lab in 2000, became a university research centre in 2008 and in 2012 recognised as a UTP Centre of Excellence.

CISIR promotes R & D culture through collaborative and translational research with local and overseas research institutions, hospitals and industry such as Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital USM, Hospital Selayang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF), ViTrox Technologies, University of Burgundy, France, Magnetic Resonance Bavaria, Germany, and Hitachi, Japan.

Since 2008, CISIR has produced over 500 research articles of which 180 in journals having a cumulative impact factor of over 200, and filed 70 patents of which 6 have been granted, at the back of research grants of amounting to RM11million.

Apart from CISIR, UTP Centre of Innovative Nanostructures & Nanodevices (COINN), headed by Prof Norani Muti Mohamed, was recognised as a national centre of excellence in nanotechnology by Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) in 2011.​​