Researchers from Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) has bagged two gold and three silver awards at the recent Innovation Technology Exposition 2022 (InTEX22) held in Kuching from June 15 to 16.
Leading the gold award winners were Curtin Malaysia’s Deputy Dean of Research and Development and Curtin Malaysia Graduate School Director Professor Agus Saptoro and his team comprising Doctor of Philosophy student Terence Chia Yi Kai, Associate Professor Garenth Lim King Hann and Associate Professor Chua Han Bing for their innovation of AgriSmartEye, a reliable, low-cost system combining hyperspectral imaging technologies with deep learning artificial neural networks to analyse the authenticity and geographical origins of ground black pepper. The invention also won them Curtin University’s prestigious Curtinnovation Award late last year.
Also winning a gold award was senior lecturer in chemical and energy engineering Dr Tan Yie Hua and her research collaborators Doctor of Philosophy student Fahad Saleem Ahmad Khan, Associate Professor Mubarak Mujawar (Universiti Teknologi Brunei), and Professor Mohammad Khalid (Sunway University) for their research titled Developing Magnetic Functionalised Carbon Nanotube-Based Buckypaper for Micropollutants Removal.
Winning silver awards were lecturer in chemical and energy engineering Dr Yeo Wan Sieng for her research titled A New Integrated Model for Yellowness Index Measurement; Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering Garenth Lim King Hann and his team comprising postgraduate research students Jonathan Phang Then Sien, Chiam Dar Hung and Basil Andy Lease for their research on Ai3D-CAMs for sports e-profiling; and Doctor of Philosophy student Shamini Anboo for her research titled Synthesis and Mechanistic Study of Hybrid Nanoflower Incorporated Lipase as Biocatalyst for Biodegradation of Bioplastic.
Curtin Malaysia’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Professor Simon Leunig said their wins speak volumes of the scope, breadth and depth of research conducted at Curtin Malaysia. He added that Curtin Malaysia’s research contribute significantly to Curtin University’s achievements in the global university rankings and its profile as the highest-ranked university in Sarawak, in addition to its profile in the Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA).
InTEX22 was organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), along with Curtin Malaysia, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus (UPM).
InTEX is part of UNIMAS’ ongoing research and innovation initiatives, and serves as a platform for researchers to showcase their research outcomes and translate them into innovative and creative research output such as products and designs. This year’s event was the 15th instalment of the exposition, which began in 2006 as the UNIMAS Research and Development Exposition.