Plenary Speakers

Prof Elsayed


Professor at Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU), School of chemical Engineering, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Talk Title: From Research Ideas to Commercialization


Commercialization of academic research is a process of introducing a new product into the market for the benefit of the public.  This can be achieved through technology transfer which is the route to assist university researchers and students to develop and commercialize their ideas and research findings. However, commercialization is a complex issue because it involves different partners and stakeholders including industry, university, researchers, legislation, society, financier, etc.  Risks will be minimized if the transfer of technology is shared between researchers and commercial partners which can include industry and local governments. In this presentation, I will share our experiences in the commercialization of two products: (i) new polyester resin with superior strength, impact toughness and hardness, and (ii) new self-cure acrylic coatings for weather Kazakhstan especially winter season (-35 oC). The first product was commercialized through a spin-off company that was formed between al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KAZNU) and a local company in Almaty, Kazaghstan.  The first project was fully funded by the government of Kazakhstan (USD 800,000) and the company (USD 25,000). In the second product, fully funded by the government of Kazakhstan (USD 900,000) and established new startup company for producing self-cure acrylic coating at temperature in the range of +40 and -35 oC. I will share with the audience the challenges that we faced from the teething early stages till production, and how we have overcome them.  I will provide useful and practical tips on the journey towards commercialization, drawn experience not only from these two examples, but others that are the norm in the more developed countries such as Korea and the United Kingdom.   It is honestly hope that our experience will inspire researchers to seriously consider to take their research findings to the commercialization stage.




DS Uzir


Chief Statistician Malaysia, Department of Statistics Malaysia

Talk Title: Empowering Innovation Towards IR 4.0: DOSM’s Experience


Industry 4.0 (IR 4.0) refers to a new phase in the industry revolution that focuses heavily on inter-connectivity, automation, machine learning and real time data.  DOSM has embarked on modernisation of statistical activities such as National Enterprise-Wide Statistical Systems (NEWSS) and online surveys. DOSM intensifies further its modernisation and innovation through the development of Statistics Data Warehouse (StatsDW), Stats Digital and Statistics Big Data Analytics (STATSBDA). StatsDW is an interactive platform which provides eDataBank, Data Visualisation and Location Intelligence, while Stats Digital transforms DOSM publication in digital format. Meanwhile, STATSBDA adopted big data technology on the data collection and dissemination in producing official statistics. In conducting the 2020 Population and Housing Census, DOSM has also embarked on modernisation by introducing Malaysia Integrated Population Census System (MyIPCS) framework which encompasses the complete process from the census data management until dissemination. Now and moving forward, globally Data Scientists and Big Data Specialists in tremendous demand. DOSM has undertaken several important directional initiatives to equip its officers with the skills and the right tools in embracing IR 4.0 so as to remain relevant in the era of rapid changes.



Prof harith Ahmad


Distinguished Professor, University of Malaya

Talk Title: Pulse Generation in Fiber Lasers at the S+/S Band Region


Pulsed fiber lasers with high-energy outputs in the S+/S band are highly desired photonic devices for use in a wide variety of applications that range from communications to sensing while in a compact, cost-effective and robust platform. Traditionally, passive Q switching and mode-locking in fiber lasers is most commonly achieved through the use of saturable absorbers (SAs) but with the advent of graphene in recent years, significant efforts have been made towards exploring the potential of various other 2-dimensional (2D) and 3-dimensional (3D) nanomaterials for their potential to function as SAs. This includes carbon-based nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene, as well as elements from the topological insulator (TI) and the transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) families. In addition, the feasibility of other nanomaterials such as black phosphorus, zinc oxide and silver nanoparticles for their performance as SAs has also become the focus of substantial research efforts. The role of these SAs in the passive generation of pulses in the S+/S band is crucial to cater to increasing demands for bandwidth that have left the C- and L-bands congested. The combination of these SAs with depressed-cladding erbium-doped fibers (DC-EDFs) and bismuth-doped fibers (BiDFs) have been able to generate the desired pulses, and show the potential for the development of these fiber lasers for the passive generation of pulsed outputs in the S+/S band region.