AIR2018 is a multi-disciplinary conference that aims to bring together leaders, professionals and researchers in both academia and industry from Malaysia and around the world. The conference is focused on the Manufacturing and Process Engineering sector and promises an innovative twist in its approach. Unlike conventional academic conferences, this event is tailored for participants from both industrial sector as well as academia. As its theme suggests, the overall purpose of AIR2018 is to strengthen the cooperation between universities and industries as well as Smart Manufacturing and Process Engineering. The conference features keynotes by distinguished speakers, plenary sessions and panel discussion by industrial leaders, and a number of paper presentations by the academia that are related to industrial applications.
The conference shall revolve around the main topic of Smart Manufacturing Technology and Process Engineering. Perspective authors are invited to submit a one-page extended abstract on one of the following tracks through the conference’s website using the following link (http://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/AIR2018). The conference features presentation of papers denoting new product or technologies, sharing of success implementations, and industrial best practice. Submission instructions and the abstract template can also be downloaded from http://air2018.utm.my
The 3rd International Conference on Electrical, Electronic, Communication and Control Engineering (ICEECC 2018) will be organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru on 28th-29th November 2018. The idea of the conference is for the scientists, scholars, engineers and students from Universities all around the world as well as from industry, to present their ongoing research activities. This conference is also served as a good platform to foster research relationship between Universities and industries. ICEECC2018 provide opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations, and to find global partners for future collaboration. The ICEECC2018 is scheduled to take place on 28th -29th November 2018 at the KSL Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
For more info please visit to http://conf.fke.utm.my/ICEECC2018/
A mini symposium for the third year students of SKEE4463 High Voltage Technology was held at the Institute of High Voltage and High Current’s (IVAT), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, on 27 May 2018. The seminar was arranged for the students to present the outcome of their research-based assignment which covered several topics learned from the subject of High Voltage Technology, such as insulation coordination, lightning, breakdown theory and generation of high current and high voltage impulse. It was also done to fulfil the requirement of the Teaching-Research Nexus element as stated in the course outline of SKEE4463. About 150 students in groups of 3-5 students was given 8 minutes for the poster presentation and they were evaluated by the academic panels from IVAT. Overall, the mini symposium was successfully carried out and IVAT hopes that the students gained useful experience from their assignments and the mini symposium.
Various scenes during mini symposium.
By Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden of the Department of Electrical Power Engineering (POWER) successfully passed the off-grid photovoltaic (OGPV) competency design course organised by Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia. The 10-day design course, which was held at Green Energy Research Centre, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, from 15 to 26 January 2018, is one of the renewable energy related competency courses organised by SEDA for system designers, chargemen and wiremen.
With the review of basic electricity and solar engineering at the beginning, the course comprehensively covered on OGPV system design such as its principles, components selection and sizing, installation, testing, commissioning and acceptance test. The course ended with theoretical and practical competency examination sessions. To be successfully awarded as a competent OGPV system designer, participants were compulsorily required to pass both examinations.
The design course was partially sponsored by the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) as its continual practices of encouraging its staff to attend such career-related courses. POWER and IVAT wish Dr. Zulkarnain all the best and hopes he would contribute more on renewable energy related activity to the institute as well as the community. More information about the SEDA courses can be found at http://www.seda.gov.my .
Dr. Zulkarnain (leftmost) with the participants during the practical OGPV session of testing and commissioning.
Group photo with the Director of Renewable Energy Technology of SEDA, Mrs. Azah Ahmad (seventh from left) and the trainers during the design course.
By Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in collaboration with the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter, IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Malaysia Chapter and IEEE UTM Student Branch, successfully organised a talk on High Voltage Research on 24 April 2018 at FKE, UTM Johor Bahru. Around 150 undergraduate students undertaking the High Voltage Technology and Final Year Project courses attended the talk delivered by Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain Abdul Malek, the Director of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT), UTM. Various interesting research topics and findings on high voltage engineering, including lightning phenomena and dielectric materials, were delivered by Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain during the talk. Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain also shared with the students the high voltage research activities carried out at IVAT, and potential research areas that ones can ventured into for research purposes. Through the seminar, it is hoped that the undergraduate students are aware of the latest research and networking relevant to high voltage engineering apart from obtaining their knowledge through classroom lectures and textbooks. This would allow the students to enhance learning through research information, in line with UTM’s effort to enrich the nexus between research, learning and teaching. The seminar coordinators, Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad and Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, sincerely thank Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain for voluntarily delivering the talk to the undergraduate students.
Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain delivering the talk
Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain (middle) with Dr. Noor Azlinda (left ) and Ir. Dr. Lau
By Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
In conjunction with the Workshop on Future Research in Energy Management conducted at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), delegates from PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, visited the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT), Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE), UTM, on 6 March 2018. The delegates were welcomed by the Director of IVAT, Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain Abdul Malek. During the visit, the delegates were introduced about IVAT – a centre of excellence at UTM that carries out research, services and consultancies in high voltage engineering. The delegates also visited the laboratory of IVAT and were exposed to various facilities at IVAT. Many potential collaborations among PT PLN, ITB and IVAT were also discussed during the visit. The Director of IVAT wishes to thanks PT PLN and ITB for their visit to IVAT and hopes the visit opens the door of collaborations among PT PLN, ITB and IVAT.
By Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) successfully organised the Short Course on High Voltage Engineering for the participants from the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) from 25 February to 1 March 2018. Through the short course, the participants were exposed to the concept and theory of gaseous, liquid and solid insulation breakdown. The participants also learned the key principles of high voltage technology as well as insulation testing, including the generation and measurement of high voltage, with appropriate safety considerations. The participants also had hands-on experience to construct and conduct experiments relevant to high voltage engineering. In addition, the participants also had the opportunity to have a complete tour of the laboratory and equipment at IVAT and understand the daily operational needs of the high voltage laboratory at IVAT. A fruitful discussion session on potential collaborations between IVAT and UCTS was also carried out, where IVAT and UCTS are expected to strengthen their tie on high voltage related matters in the future. The facilitators of the short course, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Afendi Mohamed Piah, Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad and Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, wish to thank the participants for their keen interest and active participation during the short course. IVAT sincerely hopes that the five-day short course equips the participants with the appropriate knowledge on high voltage engineering and helps the participants on future matters relevant to high voltage engineering.
Participants of the short course
Laboratory hands-on session
by Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
In conjunction with the Short Course on High Voltage Engineering held at the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT), the Chair of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter, Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, who is also the staff of IVAT, conducted a laboratory demonstration session on solid dielectric breakdown test with the participants of the short course on 1 March 2018. As part of the DEIS Malaysia Chapter’s effort to promote research and development in solid dielectrics, the participants were shown on how to prepare thin film solid samples for breakdown testing. Apart from having the opportunity to prepare thin film samples, the participants also had the chance to conduct breakdown testing with each sample sandwiched between two spherical electrodes immersed in transformer oil. The findings of the experiment were then related to the concept and theory of solid breakdown which the participants learned during the short course. Meanwhile, the participants were made aware of the presence of the IEEE DEIS (and its Malaysia Chapter) and Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) that promote networking among their members on high voltage related matters. On behalf of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter, Ir. Dr. Lau wishes to thank the Director of IVAT for allowing the use of IVAT’s facilities to demonstrate the solid dielectric breakdown test to the participants.
Laboratory hands-on session
by Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
About IEEE DEIS
IEEE DEIS is interested in the study and application of dielectrics from the molecular level, through nano-structured materials, to insulation systems in industrial, commercial, and power system equipment, to emerging applications such as those at high power levels and in biological and other small-scale systems. The field of interest of DEIS shall be the study and application of dielectric phenomena and behaviour and the development, characterisation and application of all gaseous, liquid and solid electrical insulating materials and systems utilized in electrical and electronic equipment. More information about the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter can be found here.
The PVedukit team that consisted of academic staff members from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur and 2 students from UTM Johor Bahru, joined the 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Mentor-Mentee Award Competition held at the Putra World trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, from 22nd until 24th February 2018. During the competition, the team showcased its STEM related activities carried out at 17 schools across the countries using the PVedukit as the STEM learning tool. Besides joining the competition, the team also took the opportunity to promote the university’s expertise and technology to the visitors. The competition was organised by the National STEM Movement and a total of 47 STEM projects from various public universities, including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), were showcased.
Dr. Jasrul and Dr. Zulkarnain presenting their STEM programme to the judges.
Photo with one of the visitors during the showcase.
by Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden & Dr. Jasrul Jamani Jamian, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia