Prof. George Banky

(Professor, Senior Researcher & Leader in Online Experimental Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

Title: Beyond the glass onion: where to with engineering education?

Abstract: Over the centuries, engineering education has been delivered in a variety of modes. The recent changes in technology have facilitated dramatic opportunities for educating future engineers. In Australia, university funding pressures have been further influencing the practiced pedagogy. This has raised the obvious question: “where to with engineering education?”. In this keynote the presenter, who has over 47 years of tertiary teaching and tertiary education research experience, will discuss possible future delivery modes and their potential effects on the practice of engineering.

Prof. Siriwan Suebnukarn
Thammasat University, Bangkok Thailand

Prof. Suebnukarn’s research has concentrated on the use of information and communication technology especially artificial intelligence to build intelligent clinical training and clinical decision support systems, and she has done pioneering work in the areas of intelligent tutoring and virtual reality simulation. Prof. Suebnukarn received the prestigious International Federation of Inventor Association’s (IFIA) Lady Prize for the Best Women Invention, and the IFIA gold medals in World Cup for Computer Implemented Invention for her work on Virtual Reality Dental Simulator.

Keynote Title: Intelligent Clinical Training Systems

Abstract: Clinical training is one of the most challenging areas for education. Currently, training toward clinical competence follows an apprenticeship approach, which consists of close expert supervision while interacting with patients. This method of training can subject patients to discomfort, risk of complications, and prolonged procedure times, creating a clinical governance dilemma. At the same time, there may be limited access to apprenticeship training in more complex scenarios with corresponding difficulty training in a time-effective manner. Intelligent clinical training systems hold the promise to address many of these issues. A facilitating technological environment has emerged in recent years through the maturation of research in intelligent tutoring systems, medical simulation, and virtual reality (VR) techniques. I illustrate with research studies from the work of my research group starting from an overview of haptic virtual reality dental simulator developed by our group. The results from clinical trials on pre-clinical training and pre-surgical practice in dental microsurgery are presented and discussed. The strength of using a VR haptic system for clinical skill assessment is the ability to automatically record associated kinematic data which are not available in the conventional skill training environments. Such variables are needed to build algorithms for the new generation of improved clinical skill training system that may allow more effective training experience with real-time feedback of skill performance.


Prof. Brig (Retd) Muhammad Amin, SI(M)

Vice Chancellor Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar

Emeritus Prof Dato’ Seri Ir Dr Mashkuri Yaacob

Emeritus Prof Dato’ Seri Ir Dr Mashkuri Yaacob started his academic career in the University of Malaya (UM) as a Tutor in 1976. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees respectively in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has served in several management positions in UM and also in Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). He has also served as the Chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Malaysia Network from 2003 till 2007, was also a Council member of the IET in London in 2003-2004, a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council of UK and a Professional Engineer registered with the Malaysian Board of Engineers. He is also a Member of The Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) of Malaysia. Professor Mashkuri Yaacob was promoted to the rank of Professor in UM in 1992 and has published 300 papers in many international Journals and Conferences in the areas of computer engineering and electronics. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by UNITEN in 2015 where he has served as its 3rd Vice Chancellor from 2007-2014.

Keynote title: The Landscape of Private Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia: The Balancing Act of Quality Versus Bottom-Line

Abstract: This speech will reflect on the growth of Private Higher Education Institution in Malaysia over more than 2 decades beginning in the early 1990's. The focus is on the plans and strategies to enrich the institutions with quality academic programs balancing them against the landscape of a fast growing economic development and rising costs.

Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat
Vice Chancellor The University of Sindh