7th March 2017 – A member of Communication Engineering Department and Advanced Telecommunication Technology (ATT) research group, Dr. Nurul Mu’azzah Abdul Latiff was invited to a round-table dialogue session between Y.B Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh and young lecturers from public universities. The session was held at Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Putrajaya on 7th March 2017. The topic of the discussion was about National Transformation 2050 (TN50) in which it is regarded as legacy to be inherited by future generation as envisioned by Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak. The dialogue is a part of series of engagement from a diverse group of people to share their aspirations as well as expectations post 2020. Among other participants of the session were Professors and Senior Lecturers from public universities such as UPM, UM, UiTM, UniMap, and USM, as well as Secretary-General of Ministry of Higher Education, YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur, Deputy Secretary-General and other officers from MoHE. The dialogue was coordinated by Mr Johan Mahmood Merican, Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU). Since the focus of TN50 is on younger generations, the bottom-up approach is used where more series of dialogues will be held throughout the year before the policy is officially documented. It is hoped that the ideas and insightful opinions delivered through this dialogue would benefit the future generations for the betterment of our country and nation.
Meanwhile, in an effort to strengthen the research networking and on the invitation of Security Division of UTM Skudai, some members of ATT research group had a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar at his office on 26th March 2017. This meeting was held to discuss a possible implementation of an Internet of Things (IoT) smart barrier in UTM Skudai campus. The proposed project was presented by Head of ATT research group, Dr Rozeha A. Rashid. The Security Division had nominated ATT research group as the consultant for this proposed project, which is a part of Smart Campus initiatives. The project is expected to overcome the issues such as unauthorized vehicle access and parking on certain areas on campus. Moreover, the collaboration will open up to further potential applications of IoT in the campus such as smart guard touring system and many more.