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research - Universiti Tenaga Nasional
With best compliments from
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
UNITEN GENERATES PROFESSIONALS
GLOSSARY
AMR-WB
Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband
MEM
MicroElectroMechanical
C4
Control Collapse Chip
Connection
MEMS
CA
Cellular Automata
Microfluidic
Microelectromechanical
Systems
CFD
Computational Fluid Dynamics
microPIV
CFGS
College of Foundation and
General Studies
Microscopic Particle Image
Velocimetry
MOHE
Ministry of Higher Education
CHE
Compact Heat Exchanger
MOSTI
CI
Collective intelligence
Ministry of Science, Technology
and Innovation
COBA
College of Business
Management and Accountancy
MPC
Micro Phase Cleaning
PDC
COE
College of Engineering
Polarization/Depolarization
Current
COGS
College of Graduate Studies
PLCs
Programmable Logic Controllers
COIT
College of Information
Technology
POS
Malay Part-of-Speech
PV
Photovoltaic
DCS
Distributed Control System
RE
Renewable energy
DCT
Discrete Cosine Transform
RMC
Research Management Centre
DFT
Discrete Fourier Transform
SCADA
DHT
Discrete Hadamard Transform
Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition
DOE
Design of Experiments
SEM
Scanning Electron Microscope
FC CSP
Flux Cleaning Process for FlipChip Chip-Scale-Package
SMD
Sauter Mean Diameter
SPQC
FCCBGA
Flip Chip Ceramic Ball Grid
Array
Strategic Planning and Quality
Center
UNITEN
University Tenaga Nasional
FEC
Forward Error Correction
UWB
Ultra Wide Band
FPGA
Field Programmable Gate Arrays
WLAN
Wireless Local Area Network
FTIR
Fourier Transform Infrared
Spectroscopy
GGP
Green Government
Procurement
HBLED
High -Brightness Light-Emitting
Diode
HDL
Hardware Descriptive Language
IC
Ion chromatography
IrDA
Infrared Data Association
LCHS
low-cost-high-stiffness
LMS
Learning Management System
MA
Mechanical alloying
Table of Content
Glossary
Foreword by Vice Chancellor of UNITEN
Preface by Director of Research Management Center (RMC)
Research Management Center (RMC)
Research at UNITEN
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Approved Research Projects
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Percentage of Staff Involvement in Researches
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Approved Internal and External Research Grant (RM)
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Number of Awards
02
Breakdown of Funding Sources
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Number of Publications
03
Consultancy Revenues
03
Research Centres at UNITEN
Centers of Excellence
Research Centres
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06
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College of Engineering (COE)
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College of Information Technology (COIT)
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College of Business Management and Accounting (COBA)
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Research Directory
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College of Engineering (COE)
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College of Information Technology (COIT)
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College of Business Management and Accounting (COBA)
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College of Foundation and General Studies (CFGS)
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Research Funds
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External Funds
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Internal Funds
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List of Publication
Awards and Achievements in UNITEN
Researcher’s Profile
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UNITEN RESEARCH PROFILE 2013
FOREWORD by
VICE CHANCELLOR
UNITEN is working dynamically towards its vision of becoming a
leading global energy university that shapes a sustainable future
alongside with its mission of striving to advance knowledge and
learning experience through research and innovation that will best
serve human society. Its research centers and academic community
are endeavouring relentlessly on the same path to elevate UNITEN’s
research profile to a higher level.
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With such aspirations, UNITEN has initiated a
strategic planning known as World Class Innovation
for Sustainable Energy by the Year 2015 (WISE 15).
Year 2015 will be marked as a significant year for
UNITEN whereby we aim not only to be a research led
university, but long to be rated 6-start under Malaysia
Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA). UNITEN
needs to move forward assertively in carving a brand
name which will be respected, referred, and relevant
in the area of energy and environment.
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milieu with vibrant research culture, we can achieve
new heights by producing a diversity of high-impact
projects. We look forward to collaborating with new
research partners.
My utmost appreciation goes to all staff who has
contributed unremittingly in the production of URP
2013. May this shared success open up doors to
further research opportunities and partnership with
interested parties.
I would like to address my amiably welcome to parties
who yearn to work hand in hand with us on this journey
of research excellence. We believe by establishing a
DATO’ SERI PROF. IR. DR. MASHKURI BIN YAACOB
Vice Chancellor
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
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PREFACE by
RMC’S DIRECTOR
It is indeed a pleasure to present the latest edition of UNITEN Research
Profile 2013 (URP 2013), a publication showcasing UNITEN Research
Directory which shed some light into Research and Development
(R&D) activities in UNITEN. The strength of a university is judged by
its R&D activities that exhibit its strength and differentiate itself from
others. At UNITEN, we believe in the strength of R&D activities to
help enhance education at UNITEN in pursuit of research excellence
and academic merit.
In Year 2013, the number of research projects has
increased. Consequently, this has led to the increase in
the amount of research grants obtained by more than
RM5.72 million. Similar trends were also observed
for the number of awards won and consultancy
revenues recorded. The percentage of staff involved
in research and the number of publications recorded
is also higher as compared to the previous year.
These achievements are not possible without strong
support and commitment from our dedicated staff.
RMC has implemented several initiatives to provide
opportunities for our academic staff to strengthen their
research, including invention and innovation products.
Therefore, UNITEN has provided opportunities to our
academic staff to participate in MTE13, ITEX13 and
INPEX13. Our researchers have been awarded with
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4 Gold medals in MTE13, 3 Gold medals in ITEX13
and 5 Gold medals in INPEX13. It is hoped that our
researchers will be able to promote their inventions
and innovations to a business community keen
on commercialising unique inventions. The most
important, the winning of Gold medals from MTE13,
ITEX13 and INPEX13 will be considered in MyRA data
as UNITEN is moving towards research university
status by 2015.
In order to accelerate the commercialization of
the R&D products, the Innovation and Intellectual
Property Commercialisation (IIC) has been introduced
at RMC. It is hoped that IIC will be able to transform
and accelerate the development of intellectual
properties and inventive products derived from R&D
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activities. Thus, more commercialized products could
be commercialized for UNITEN’s R&D development
for the future.
With collaboration from colleges, RMC has planned a
number of activities in the coming year with the aim
to further enhance the research skills of our staffs
whilst their involvement and commitment to explore
frontiers of knowledge and research excellence.
In product R&D, we are confident that important
breakthroughs can be achieved by solving new needs,
and this cannot be done without cooperation with
our staff. In the ever-changing world of research
administration we are always striving to improve
processes and further develop the proficiency of
ourselves and others in the research community.
is not enough to have just financial resources. We
need manpower, new ideas and experienced expert
mentors to guide the overall effort. I sincerely hope
that URP 2013 will aspire to cultivate more researchbased culture in bringing UNITEN to greater heights,
regionally and globally.
My appreciation to UNITEN management for the
support provided. My sincere gratitude also goes to
the staff of the colleges for their cooperation in making
URP 2013 possible. I would like to thank the staff
of RMC for their hard work in producing URP 2013.
Wishing R&D activities at UNITEN to reach new height!
We are certain that this URP will stimulate further
R&D activities and will lead to more innovation. It
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IR. DR. LARIYAH MOHD. SIDEK
Director
Research Management Centre
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
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RESEARCH
MANAGEMENT CENTER
Our background
Aspired in growing to be a research led university,
research has always been given great emphasis at
UNITEN. Accordingly, Research Management Center
(RMC) Universiti Tenaga Nasional was established in
order to provide a proper mechanism and research
management system, effectively and efficiently so
as to translate this mission statement into operation.
Vision
To foster and nurture an excellent culture in
supporting research activities in UNITEN.
Mission
We are committed to providing exceptional research
support for UNITEN researchers that will encourage
continuous and enriching research experience.
Roles
• To prepare strategic planning on research and
development of UNITEN
• To coordinate and manage all vetting procedures
of research proposals
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• To coordinate, monitor and audit all research
activities in UNITEN
• To promote and nurture research activities in UNITEN
• To promote inter-disciplinary and inter-college
research activities
• To promote research collaboration with external
parties
• To coordinate and liaise with research funding
agencies
• To promote commercialisation of research products
• To act as secretariat to UNITEN R&D Committee
• To conduct staff development programme in order
to enhance research skills and competency
Research
at UNITEN
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Approved Research Projects
Percentage of Staff Involvement in Researches
Approved Internal and External Research Grant (RM)
Number of Awards
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RESEARCH at UNITEN 2013
Breakdown of Funding Sources
Number of Publications (Till June 2013)
Consultancy Revenues
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Research Centres
at UNITEN
1. Power Engineering Centre (PEC)
2. Centre for Renewable Energy
(CRE)
3. Institute of Energy Policy &
Research (IEPRe)
Centres of
Excellence
1. Centre for Advanced Computa tional
Engineering (CACE)
2. Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM)
3. Centre for Communications Service
Convergence Technologies (CCSCT)
4. Centre for Electric Vehicle (CEV)
5. Centre for Micro and Nano Engineering (CMNE)
6. Centre for Photonic Technologies (CPT)
7. Centre for Signal Processing and Control
(SPaCs)
8. Centre for Smart Grid Technology (CSGT)
9. Centre for Sustainable Technology and
Environment (CSTEN)
10. Centre for Advanced Mechatronics and
Robotics (CAMaRO)
11. Centre for Automation & Embedded Computing
System (CAECS)
12. Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNE)
13. Centre for Power Plant Technology and
Performance Optimization (PTPO)
14. Centre for Power System Simulation (CPSS)
15. Centre for RF Microwave Engineering (CRFME)
16. Centre for Systems and Machines Intelligence
(CSMI)
17. Centre for Forensic Engineering (CeFE)
18. Centre for Engineering Education (CEE)
19. Centre for Innovation and Design (CID)
20. Centre for Occupational, Environmental and
Safety Engineering (COESE)
COE
DVC RESEARCH
1. Centre for Software Innovation
(CSI)
2. Centre of Agent Technology
(CAT)
3. Centre of Information & Network
Security (CoINS)
4. Centre for Information
Management Governance and
Audit (CIGMA)
COIT
1. Centre for Social Transformation
& Innovation (STI)
2. Centre of Strategic Governance
and Policy (CoSGP)
3. Centre of Green Research (CoGR)
COBA
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Centres of
Excellence
CENTRES of EXCELLENCE
Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Au Mau Teng
Tel: +603-89287201
Fax: +603-89212111
Email: [email protected]
Power Engineering Centre
Selected focus areas
Power Systems; Power Quality; Electrical Distribution
Network Planning; Energy Utilization; Application
of Artificial Intelligence to Power Systems; Electric
Transportation Systems.
The Power Engineering Centre was established in
April 2005 as part of Universiti Tenaga Nasional
(UNITEN) Strategic Transformation Initiatives to
spearhead research and consultancy activities in
the field widely considered as niche to UNITEN. PEC
aspires to be the point of reference for education,
research and development in the field of Power
Engineering in Malaysia.
PEC effectively taps the multidisciplinary expertise of
various colleges within UNITEN to carry out research
and consultancy projects in areas related to the power
industries. The Centre draws its multidisciplinary
expertise from academicians and researchers of
various colleges within UNITEN and TNBR, as well
as practicing engineers and technologists from its
parent electric utility group, TNB.
Services offered
Power Systems Simulation Studies; Power Quality
Measurement and Analysis; Energy Audit and Analysis
On-going research programmes
• Value Based Planning for Distribution Network
• Modeling and Analysis of Energy Recovery and
Storage System from Regenerative Braking
• Development of Analytical Energy Model for the
Estimation of Technical Losses in Distribution
Network
• Modeling of Micro Grid
• Non-Technical Losses profiling and detection
• Circuit Breaker Analysis Tool
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Director: Prof. Ir. Dr. Abd Halim Shamsuddin
Tel: +603-89212020 ext.2217
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Renewable Energy
Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE) was promoted
as the third Centre of Excellence in UNITEN in 2012.
The establishment of CRE in providing a sustainable
platform for strategic partnership between the
industry and academia into greater achievements
in national renewable energy development. CRE is
committed to the advancement of renewable energy
sciences and engineering through dedicated research
and development programs, the development of
technologies and practical applications, knowledge
transfer and innovations with strong links to industry.
CRE has established core strength through continuous,
innovative and excellent research achievements. To
date, CRE has 21 projects which, amongst others,
funded by UNITEN, TNB, MOSTI, MoHE, and AAIBE with
the total funding of approximately RM 17 million.
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Vision
To become global leader in RE research and innovation.
Mission
We strive to undertake niche area research
development and innovation in RE with strategic
alliances to serve society.
On-going research programmes
Solid Biofuel
• Cofiring of Biomass with Coal
• Torrefaction on Biomass
Biodiesel & Biogas
• Biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil
• Carbon Sequestration using Microalgae
• RE from Waste Water Treatment Plant Solar
• Monitoring of Grid Connected PV
• Active Solar Tracking
Energy Harvester Research
• Vibration based Micro-power Generator for Self
Powered Sensor Node
• Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting
Mini-Hydro
• Pump as Turbine
• Mini-Hydro Potential
CENTRES of EXCELLENCE
Director: Dr. Leong Yow Peng
Telephone: +603-8921 2020 (ext 3400) Fax: +603-8921 2360
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.uniten.edu.my/iepre
Institute of Energy Policy
and Research (IEPRE)
The Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe) was
launched in August 2009 as part of UNITEN’s strategic
transformation. With the support and cooperation
from the Energy Commission of Malaysia and the
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, IEPRe
is spearheading research and consultancy activities
in energy research. To lend further strength to IEPRe
research, currently the Chair for Energy Economics
(CEE) is held by Dr Rajendra K Pachauri - Director
General of The Energy and Resources Institute
(TERI) and Chairman of the Intergovernmental
Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). The appointment
of Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri is appropriate due to his
expertise on climate change and the environment.
Continuity of IEPRe’s collaboration with TERI is
assured through the signing of MOA between UNITEN’s
IEPRe with TERI. UNITEN has been honoured with
the exchange of the MOA documents witnessed by
the honourable Prime Minister, Y.A.B Dato’ Sri Mohd
Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak in conjunction with
His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister
of the Republic of India’s official visit to Malaysia on
27th October 2010, at the Putrajaya International
Convention Centre.
Mission
To conduct independent research and contribute
towards capacity building in energy and environment
issues relevant to the country’s socio-economic goals,
which will benefit the public, government, regulators,
industry and academia.
Services offered
Research; consultancy; short-courses services to any
interested parties especially in the area of energy.
On-going research programmes
• Feasibility Study on the Formation of Subsidiary
for Distribution Electrical Maintenance Services
for TNB Distribution
• A Study to Validate the Value of Loss Load (VoLL)
for TNB Distribution
• Malaysia Energy Outlook for Malaysia Energy
Commission
• Impact of increasing energy price on residential,
commercial & industry sectors for Malaysia Energy
Commission
• Impact of importing LNG for Malaysia Energy
Commission
• Utilisation of Sediment in Bricks ManufacturingPhase II in Cameron Highland Hydropower Scheme
• A Roadmap of Carbon Intensity Reduction in
Malaysia for Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment Vision
To be the premier energy policy research institute
in Malaysia and the Asia –Pacific Region.
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Research Centres
College of Engineering
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
HEAD
CENTRE
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Prof. Dr. Mohd. Zamri
Yusoff
Centre for Advanced Computational Engineering (CACE)
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahida
Begum
Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM)
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul
Salleh bin Mohamed
Sahari
Centre for Advanced Mechatronics and Robotics (CAMARO)
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4
Assoc. Prof Dr. Razali Bin
Jidin
Centre for Automation and Embedded Computing System
(CAECS)
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Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Faris
Tarlochan
Centre for Innovation and Design (C4ID)
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Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad
Centre for Micro & Nano Engineering (CeMNE)
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Dr. Muhamad Bin Mansor
Centre for Occupational, Environmental and Safety
Engineering (COESE)
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Dr. Fairuz Abdullah
Centre for Photonic Technologies (CPT)
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Syed Khaleel Ahmed
Centre for Signal Processing and Control Systems (CSPaCS)
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10 Adzly Anuar
Centre of Engineering Education(CEE)
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11 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Tiong
Sieh Kiong
Centre of System and Machine Intelligence (CSMI)
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12 Prof. Dr. T.M. Indra Mahlia
Centre for Clean Water and Clean Energy (CWCE)
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13 Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr.
Norashidah Md Din
Centre for Communications Service Convergence
Technologies (CCSCT)
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14 Halil Hussain
Centre for Electric Transportation and Systems (CETS)
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15 Prof. Ir. Dr. Kamal
Nasharuddin Mustapha /
Dr. Rohayu Che Omar
Centre for Forensic Engineering (CeFE)
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16 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nasri A.
Hamid
Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNE)
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17 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jagadeesh
Pasupuleti
Centre for Power System Simulation (CPSS)
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18 Prof. Dr. Chandan Kumar
Chakrabarty
Centre for RF and Microwave Engineering (CRFME)
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19 Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr Lariyah
Bte. Mohd. Sidek
Centre for Sustainable Technology and Environment (CSTEN)
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20 Ir. Dr. Tuan Rashid Tuan
Abdullah
Centre of Smart Grid Techonology (CSGT)
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Centre Head: Prof. Dr. Mohd. Zamri Yusoff
Tel: +603-89287255
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Advanced Computational
Engineering (CACE)
The vicion for the centre for Advanced Computational
Engineering (CACE) is to be the leading center for
industrial-based computational investigation and
research in the region. The centre’s mission is to
provide the best numerical solution for the industry,
using the latest computational technology that is
applied to current industrial needs. CACE combines
most of the research groups within UNITEN’s College
of Engineering that are involved in computational
simulation and numerical modelling. The focus
areas are computational fluid dynamics (CFD),
computational mechanics and numerical & scientific
computing. The centre aims to have partnership
with MIMOS in order to utilise MIMO’s existing gridcomputing facilities. The centre aims to have research
projects that are multi-disciplinary in nature which
combines expertise in all three focus areas.
Selected focus areas
Thermal power plant equipment; Hydro power plant
machineries; Automotive engineering and aerospacing
engineering; Development of specialised CFD codes
for specific purposes such as indoor airflow, numerical
modelling of high speed condensation of steam in
LP turbine; application of Lattice Boltzman method
in CFD for compressible fluid flow; High resolution
scheme based on normalised variable formulation;
application of boundary element method (BEM) in
CFD; Multi-physics modelling of fuel cell; CFD and
electrochemical reactions; computational mechanics;
Stress analysis, design and optimisation of products,
failure analysis, process modelling and simulation
of composite part fabrication; Resin transfer
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moulding simulation; Resin infusion simulation;
pre-pregs consolidation and cure simulation; Parallel
computational and grid computing.
Services offered
CFD applications in engineering such as thermal power
plant equipment, hydro power plant machineries,
automotive engineering and aerospace engineering;
Development of specialised CFD codes for specific
purposes such as indoor airflow, numerical modelling
of high speed condensation of steam in LP turbine;
Application of Lattice Boltzman method in CFD for
compressible fluid flow; High resolution scheme
based on normalised variable formulation; Application
of boundary element method (BEM) in CFD; Multiphysics modelling of fuel cell; CFD for electrochemical
reactions; Impact and crashworthiness finite element
analysis; Static, fatigue and non-linear analysis;
Design Optimizations; Resin infusion simulation; Short
courses and workshops (generic and customised).
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahida Begum
Tel: +603-89212274
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM)
The Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM) aims
to become a centre of excellence in research,
development and testing of advanced materials and
the processing of engineering materials. It also aims
to promote and develop research and development
activities, and carry out consultancy services from
a multidisciplinary approach. It serves as the center
of information, research and consultancy activities
and testing equipment related to advancement in
engineering materials.
The research facility is equipped with powder
processing equipment, rapid heating high-temperature
furnace, standard analytical equipment for powder
characterization, Instron universal testing machine
and X-ray diffractometer. In addition, through smartpartnerships, CAM has access to injection molding
machine, atomic force microscope, SEM, TEM, hot
isostatic pressing, Vickers hardness tester, etc. The
group research interest includes nanomaterials,
engineering ceramics, composites, polymers,
biopolymers and metallic based materials.
Selected focus areas
Development of novel process to synthesize
nanostructured bioceramic; Development of an
ageing-resistant tetragonal zirconia ceramic;
Development of high-temperature LCHS (low-costhigh-stiffness) alumina-based ceramics; Warm
powder compaction and processing of metallic
powders; Development of polymer-based composites
for crashworthiness applications; Synthesis of
nanoscopic mesoporous materials; Development
of cordierite ceramics for industrial applications;
Corrosion of metallic components; Development
of metallic alloys; Development of biopolymer
composites for scaffold applications; Development
of TiO2 based high performance varistor materials;
Development of superconducting materials for wind
turbine generators; Development of CMR perovskite
manganite materials for magnetic record head.
On-going research projects (selected)
• Characterization of Sintering Schedule for Warm
Compacted Components
• Improvement on the functional Performance of a
Tribotronic System in Industrial Machinery
• Development of High performance TiO2 based
varistor materials with new dopants and binder
system
• Fundamental Study of Atomization Characteristics
of Biodiesel for Power Generation
• Fabrication of magnetic recording read head based
high sintering CMR perovskite manganite
• Bonding Mechanism Studies of Low-Pressure Cold
Sprayed (LPCS) Light metal Depositions using
Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Method
• Developing Improved Cold Sprayed CoNiCrAlY
Bond Coat in Thermal Barrier Coating
• The X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Milled Cobalt and
Cobalt-based Nanocomposite
• Effect of micro silica on the performance of bricks
using bottom ash and fly ash
• Effects of Boundary Conditions on the Behavior of
Axially Loaded Sediment Interlocking Brick Wall
• Improvement of the Functional Performance of a
Tribotronic System in Industrial Machinery
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Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Salleh bin Mohamed Sahari
Tel: +603-89212297
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Advanced
Mechatronics and Robotics
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C en t r e f o r A d va n c ed Mec h at r o n ic s a n d R o bo t ic s
The Centre for Advanced Mechatronics and Robotics
(Camaro) has grown over the years becoming the
focal point for advancing mechatronics and robotics
knowledge in the power industry through education,
research and innovation. The centre’s objective is to
nurture robotics in the university, community and
nation through research, consultancy and education.
Some highlights of Camaro’s works include the
Thermal Power Station Boiler Header Inspection
Robot with TNB Research, 5-DOF Manipulator Robot
Arm for use by Malaysia Nuclear Agency, biomimetic
swimming robot dugong, development of dexterous
robotic arm and hand for deformable object
manipulation, multi-fingered robotic hand with haptic
interface, and development of educational robotic
kits which we use to impart learning of engineering
skills to school children.
Selected focus areas
Robotics in the fields and applications of the power
industry, domestic, biomimetics, multi-agent systems,
unmanned aerial vehicles, humanoid, rehabilitation,
human-robot interaction through various humanmachine interfaces.
Services offered
Design of robots and mechatronics systems, short
courses on robotics and robotic design, workshop on
robotics for beginners, helicopter workshop
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On-going research projects
• Development of transmission line inspection robot
prototype
• Development of home service robot
• Exploratory research on using autonomous robots
to visually inspect internal pipe with variable cross
section entry and complex structure arrangement
(ERGS)
• Modeling and parameters approximation of
unknown 3D elastic deformable object for
manipulation by robot (FRGS)
• A Novel Online and Offline Human Signature based
Steganography System (ERGS)
• Intelligent hybrid control of building thermal
comfort for energy saving (TWAS-COMSTECH joint
research grant)
• Creative Learning for Emotional Expression of
Robot Partners using Interactive Particle Swarm
Optimization (Universiti Malaya Research Grant)
• Exploratory research on parameters determination
of robust robotic arm capable of dexterous clothes
manipulation for home service robots (ERGS)
• Modeling of Building Thermal Comfort Control using
RLF Method for Non-Linear HVAC System (FRGS)
• Modeling and development of Coanda based UAV
• Development of Robotic Dugong
• Development of Image Acquisition System for
Robotic Inspection of Boiler Headers (TNBR)
• Design of Mechanical Structure and Electronic
Controls for Robot in Hazardous Nuclear
Environment (Malaysia Nuclear Agency)
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razali Bin Jidin
Tel: +603-8928 7208
E-mail: [email protected]
Centre for Automation and Embedded
Computing System (CAECS)
The Centre for Automation and Embedded Computing
System (CAECS) at College of Engineering has research
activities that are related to Embedded Computing,
Control & Automation and Power Generation.
Areas of Interest
Embedded Computing
Our focus is exploring hardware architectures and
kernel landscape to migrate kernel services into
hardware or Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA)
with the objective mainly to improve timeliness.
Example of research outputs are semaphores and
schedulers in the forms of the hardware cores for
multi-core processors. The cores have been written
in the hardware descriptive language (HDL), while
their application interfaces are C libraries. Other
research topics are covert communication techniques,
intelligent controllers and sensor networks. On the
covert communication, we are investigating hardware
architectures, information embedding techniques
and mathematical transforms for a steganography
that requires small hardware resources and an
inexpensive processing time. As for the controllers
and sensor network systems, they are architected
for low-cost, web-enabled and distributed nodeacquisition systems suitable to be integrated with
the local area networks.
as well as research activities on control algorithms.
Our recently completed project is the development
of a continuous control system for a hydro-electric
station. In this project, a control algorithm has been
formulated to regulate a run-of-river hydro station
to maximize its energy output while ensuring safe
operation. The developed control system has been
implemented on a PLC and now in the commercial
operation to regulate turbines according to the
river flow mathematical computations (calculus was
being used!). Another project is the optimization of
energy output for a cascade hydro-electric scheme.
In addition to optimize the energy production, the
algorithm incorporates other features such as flood
level control. In all these projects, we are collaborating
with Tenaga Nasional Berhad Research (TNBR), a
subsidiary company which belongs to the biggest
power electricity company in Malaysia. The future
plan is to explore mathematics or signal processing
transforms that suit hybrid FPGA/CPU to realize
control algorithms.
Power Generation /Renewable Energy/Smart Grids
We are collaborating with other centres and Tenaga
Nasional Berhad (TNB) on research activities related
to power generation and renewable energy modeling/
optimizations. At present we have a research grant
under this domain on modeling of renewable energy
power plants based on weather forecast. The future
is to develop data acquisition system and intelligent
controllers to support hybrid renewable energy and
smart grids.
Control and Automation
We are dealing with commercial grade embedded
computer systems such as Distributed Control System
(DCS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
(SCADA) or Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs),
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Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Faris Tarlochan
Tel: +603-89212224
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Innovation and Design (C4ID)
C4ID is a relative new centre in Universiti Tenaga
Nasional. It was formed in March 2012 and is currently
being headed by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Faris Tarlochan.
C4ID is where ideas will be transformed into actions.
C4ID also aims to carry out bold and transformative
research initiatives that go beyond traditional thinking.
This center is an ideal home for scholars, students,
designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists
who are pursuing breakthrough ideas. C4ID hopes
to address pressing societal challenges by creating
solutions that are economically, environmentally
and social sustainable.
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Selected focus areas
Reliability and robust related design problems;
Usage of design tools such as TRIZ for design and
training purpose; Design for sustainability (focus on
packaging and building material); Design for medical
devices and implants; New tools development for
product innovation and design; Transforming garage
designers to become entrepreneurs; Organising
Design Competitions and Design Exhibitions.
Services offered
Consultancy services related to design and innovation
of products, processes and services.
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad
Tel:+603-89287284
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Micro & Nano Engineering
(CeMNE)
On-going research projects
• Design & optimization of Process Parameters for
45 nm, 32nm and 22nm CMOS
• Design & optimization of Process Parameters for
Quantum Dots Photodiode
Centre for Micro & Nano Engineering (CeMNE)
at College of Engineering, UNITEN is a recently
established centre of excellent to serve as a centre
of information, research and consultancy activities
and testing equipments in the field of digital
and mixed-signal design, semiconductor device
characterization, CMOS fabrication process and
technology, IC packaging, embedded system design
and MEMS applications.
Selected focus areas
Energy Harvesting; Nano transistors; High Efficiency
GaAs or Si Solar Cells, Insulated wirebonding, Tandem
OLED, Nanoelectronics analog and digital design;
Energy Nanomaterials.
• Study of Nanoparticle Material as Additive in
Lubricating Oil
• Application of colloidal gas aphrons (CGA) method
in synthesizing inorganic/organic nanomaterials
for industrial applications
• OA-Capped Nanoparticles as additive in lubricating
oil
• Insulated Pd coated Cu wire
• Effects of flux cleaning for Flip Chip Chip Scale
Package (FCCSP)
• Polymer core solder balls
• Silver plated copper filler
• Improvement on the functional Performance of a
Tribotronic System in Industrial Machinery
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Centre Head: Dr. Muhamad Bin Mansor
Office: +603-89287263
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Occupational, Environmental
and Safety Engineering (COESE)
The Centre for Occupational, Environmental and Safety
Engineering (COESE) has been officially established
in 2012 under the College of Engineering, UNITEN.
The COESE is an outcome from a small group of
research which handling consultancy works and
training in the related areas since 2008. The main
purpose of the establishment of COESE is to explore
more opportunities in services, training, research
and consultation in the field of occupational, safety
and health (OSH).
On-going research projects
• Noise Exposure Monitoring, Putrajaya Power Station
Selected focus areas
Ergonomics; Physical; Biological; Psychosocial;
Chemical.
• CHRA, Sultan Ismail Power Station, Paka, Terengganu
Services offered
Consultancy and Services
HIRARC; Work Instruction/Safety Procedure
(development/review); Indoor Air Quality; Safety
Audit; CHRA; Noise; etc.
• HIRARC, Tenaga Cable Industries, Bangi, Selangor
Training/Short Courses
Chemical and Oil Spillage; Safety Representatives;
Development of Safety Procedure; Electrical Safety
and Hazards; Ergonomic; Office Safety; Hygiene and
Health, etc.
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• CHRA, Sultan Mahmoud Power Station, Kenyir,
Terengganu
• Boundary Noise, Sultan Mahmoud Power Station,
Kenyir, Terengganu
• IAQ, Sultan Mahmoud Power Station, Kenyir,
Terengganu
• Air Emission, Sultan Mahmoud Power Station,
Kenyir, Terengganu
• Kebenaran Bertulis, Remaco, Klang.
• Development of Work Instruction, Tenaga Cable
Industries, Bangi, Selangor
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Dr. Fairuz Abdullah
Tel: +603-89287534
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Photonic Technologies (CPT)
contribute to the enhancement of services sectors
which will become a catalyst to the country aspiration
of being a developed country by 2020.
Centre for Photonic Technologies (CPT) has
been established in 2010 under the Department
of Electronics and Communication, College of
Engineering. It is a part of research initiatives as
stipulated in the Universiti Tenaga Nasional R&D
Roadmap (2008-2015). CPT is aimed to carry out
research and development activities related to optical
communications technology, fiber-to-the home, FTTx
test and monitoring system, optical sensors, optical
amplifiers, fiber lasers, and Photonics for Energy.
CPT will serve as the center of information, research
and consultancy activities and testing equipment
related to photonic technologies. The centre aims to
disseminate knowledge in photonic technologies to
general public and eventually to promote and develop
research in the photonic area from a multidisciplinary
approach. CPT provides a platform for UNITEN to
Selected focus areas
Photonics Power; Fiber optic sensor based on
Photonics Crystal Fiber, Flat Fiber and fiber laser;
EPON Network Management
On-going research projects
• Hazardous gas sensor using SPR technique on
multi-coated grating
• Fiber laser
oMultiwavelength Brillouin-Erbium
oMultiwavelength Brulluoin-Raman
• Fiber amplifier
oDispersion compensating amplifier
oRemotely pump amplifier
oRaman/Erbium amplifier
• FTTH monitoring system
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Centre Head: Syed Khaleel Ahmed
Tel: +603-89212276
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Signal Processing and
Control Systems (CSPaCS)
Services offered
Consultancy; Research and Development; Short
Courses, Workshops and Training; Conferences
CSPaCS members focus on research, both fundamental
and applied, in the areas of signal processing and
control systems. With the recent phenomenal
development in the areas of digital computations,
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has become one
of the most powerful technologies that has and
will shape science and engineering in the 21 st
century. Revolutionary changes have already been
made in diverse fields such as communications,
medical imaging, radar & sonar, high fidelity music
reproduction, and power systems, to name just a few.
DSP has become the basis of many areas of technology,
from mobile phones to modems and multimedia PCs.
DSP devices account for a significant proportion of
worldwide semiconductor sales, amounting to billions
of dollars annually.
With the ever-increasing demands on systems from
cars to aircraft and satellites, control Systems has
come to play a pivotal role in extracting maximum
performance in the presence of uncertainties and
disturbances. This has resulted in the growth of
several control theories and methodologies.
Selected focus areas
Signal Processing algorithms and tools; Speech and
Music Processing; System Condition Monitoring;
Image processing; Systems and Control; Control
Applications for Power Systems; Application of Fuzzy
Logic and Neural Networks; Robust and Intelligent
Control; Bio-medical Engineering.
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On-going research projects
• Design and Development of embedded racking-in
and Rack-out (eRIRO) system for vacuum circuit
breakers (VCB)
• A Novel Approach on Non-Intrusive Electrical
Appliances Signature Identification using Artificial
Intelligence Assisted Radio Frequency (RF) Scanning
Technique
• Development of New Intelligent Overcurrent Relay
in Power System Protection
• Markov Chain Monte-Carlo methods for the Smart
Grid
• Detection and Analysis of Acoustic Emission Signals
from Partial Discharge Sources in Oil-Pressboard
Insulation System
• Analysis of Wave Propagation in Time Domain
Reflectometry Circuit for Medium Voltage XLPE
Cable
• Detection and Classification of Transformer Oil
in Service using Ultrasonic Sound Detection, Fast
Fourier Transform and Wavelet Transform
• Evaluation of transformer core and winding
conditions from SFRA measurement. Condition
assessment of Distribution Transformer OLTC using
Duval Triangle and Static Winding Resistance test
• Life Assessment of Kraft Paper Insulation in
Distribution Transformers
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Adzly Anuar
Tel: +603-8921 2221
Fax: +603-8921 2116
Email: [email protected]
Centre of Engineering Education (CEE)
Selected focus areas
Engineering education; Outcome-based education
Centre For Engineering Education
UN I V E RS IT I T E N A G A N A S I O N A L
Services offered
OBE implementation
The CEE is established as one of the Centres
of Excellence in the College of Engineering,
Universiti Tenaga Nasional to serve as the centre
of information, research and consultancy activities
related to engineering education. The centre aims
to generate and disseminate knowledge internally
and also externally through research work, seminar,
conferences, workshop and publishing academic
papers.
On-going research projects
• Development of OBE online system
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Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Tiong Sieh Kiong
Tel: +603-89212282
Fax: +603-89212111
Email: [email protected]
Centre of System and Machine
Intelligence (CSMI)
Centre of System & Machine Intelligence (CSMI) is
aimed to carry out research and development of
various biological paradigms and intelligences. The
outcome is to promote research and consultancy
work in the area of industrial applications and
embedded technology. CSMI aspires to be the
point of reference in the technology areas such as
dynamic pattern classification, abnormalities and fault
determination, fraudulent behavior identification for
power customers, industrial machineries and utility
services. Besides, CSMI also participates in specialized
and customized development work for industrial
embedded artificial intelligence and web based
content of intelligent system, system simulation,
design and development of smart system, parallel
computing and PLC, FPGA and microcontroller based
systems.
Selected focus areas
Industrial Embedded Artificial Intelligence; Web
Based Content of Intelligent System; Machine and
Power System Automation; Communication system
optimisation.
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Services offered
Fault Detection System; Utility Fraud and Abnormality
Detection System; Data Mining Tools; Frequency
Response Analysis Tool; Solid & Liquid Dispensing
System; Smart Antenna System; Artificial Intelligence
Short Courses.
On-going research projects
• IEEE802.16(WiMAX) Teletraffic Performance
Improvement by Innovative Smart Antenna System
• Development of Gaussian Mercer Classifier for
Distribution Switch Gear Condition Assessment
• Study on Detection and Profiling of Remotely
Controlled Temporal Meter Disturbance Electricity
Fraud
• Consultancy on Robotic, Laser and SCADA System
• Development of C90 House Frame Former Machine
• Development of Tripple Track Batten Machine
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Prof. Dr. T.M. Indra Mahlia
Tel: +603-89287221
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Clean Water
and Clean Energy (CWCE)
Water Treatment; Treatment Processes For Municipal;
Agricultural and Industrial Water And Wastewaters;
Water Quality Standards; Energy Efficiency standard;
Energy labeling; Biofuel; Energy Storage.
The Centre for Clean Water and Clean Energy (CWCE),
College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional
(UNITEN) was established in 2012 to spearhead
the development of technologies related to the
production of fresh water and low-carbon energy
and to initiate research activities in clean water and
clean energy related areas in UNITEN. The vision of
the centre is to be a leading centre of excellence and
knowledge hub in in clean water and clean energy
related areas. CWCE is committed to the advancement
of clean water and clean energy through dedicated
education and research activities that promote
transfer of knowledge, innovations and industrial
linkages.
The mission is to spread the culture of research and
innovation through collaborations on technology and
science for clean water and clean energy. Meanwhile,
the vision is to open venues of broad collaboration
and cultural understanding through research that
benefits all of humanity.
Services Offered
Providing consultation and testing standard for clean
water and clean energy as well as for selected focus
areas.
On-going research projects
• Research On The Suitability Of Biodiesel Produced
From Microalgae Lipids As Alternative Fuel For
Power Generation Application with TNB Research
• Experimental investigation of new bioenergy
sources for biofuel from tropical biodiversity. In
collaboration with UM
• Automobiles fuel economy standards and label:
implementation possibilities in Malaysia. In
collaboration with UM
• Phase Change Materials (PCM) for Energy storage
system. In collaboration with UM
Selected focus areas
Desalination Systems; Energy Conversion; Carbon
Capture; Energy And Climate Policy; Energy
Efficiency; Environmental Regulations; Algae For
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Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Norashidah Md Din
Tel: +603-89287293
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Communications Service
Convergence Technologies (CCSCT)
On-going research projects
• Investigation of Cognitive Radio Spectrum
Behaviour for Modelling Smart Grid Network in
Malaysian Framework
Communications services prevalently affects our
modern life, and the convergence of the services in
terms of infrastructure, platform and devices are a
natural consequence. The communications services
convergence makes the standalone proprietary
environment to becoming shared, ubiquitous and
seamless environment. CCSCT was formed in 2008
to consolidate minds and efforts from the electronics,
communications and related expertise in UNITEN on
Communications Service Convergence Technologies.
Selected focus areas
Traffic Control in Optical/Wireless Systems; Wireless
Sensor Network; Communications Network in Smart
grid; Geospatial condition monitoring systems;
Satellite and UAV data acquisition system; RF Energy
Harvesting; Location based systems; Cognitive Radio
and RF Radiation Safety.
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• A Framework for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Area
Survey for Transmission Tower Demarcation
• Quality of Service Based Traffic Controller For
Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Access Network
• Dynamic Integration of WLAN, ZigBee and RFID for
Indoor Location Sensing
• An investigation of over-complete expansions
algorithm for real-time wireless voice transceiver
• Hardware Implementation of Adaptive Error
Correction Technique for Wireless Sensor Networks
• Data centre and Early Warning System for Flood
and Landslide Geohazard Management in Kelantan
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Halil Hussain
Tel: +603-89217213
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Electric Transportation
and Systems (CETS)
Centre for Electric Transportation and Systems
(CETS) was formalized in 2012 under the College of
Engineering, UNITEN. The CETS was formerly known
as the Centre for Electric Vehicle (CEV) established
in 1999 which focusing on the development of
solar vehicles and electric car. Soon after, CEV has
evolved through its involvement in Electric Train
and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project. Due to the
need and strengthen its function, the CEV was then
transformed by introducing a new center namely
Centre for Electric Transportation and Systems (CETS).
The CETS focuses on services, training, research and
consultation activities in the related fields of research.
Selected focus areas
EV Charging Infrastructure; Photovoltaic Systems (PV);
Innovative Inverter and DC-DC Converter Design;
EMF Measurements and Simulations; EMI and EMC;
MRT System Simulations; Batteries Study; Energy
Management System
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Centre Head: Prof Ir Dr. Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha /
Dr. Rohayu Che Omar
Tel: 03-89212020 ext 6239
Fax: 03-89212116
Email : [email protected] / [email protected]
Centre for Forensic Engineering (CeFE)
On-going research projects
• Geohazard management and technology with Chiba
University, Japan (March 2009 – Present)
• Geohazard management and technology with VTI
Vision Tech, Japan (2009 – Present)
Centre for Forensic Engineering (CeFE) is one of the
research centres in College of Engineering, UNITEN.
CeFE aims is to contribute the best amenity in
research and consultancy in UNITEN by disseminating
knowledge in forensic engineering to the public
by multidisciplinary approach. Being appointed
as consultant for various types of projects by high
profile companies such as Tenaga Nasional Berhad
(TNB), Project Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (PLUS) and
civil and structure consultants has encourage CeFE
to gain knowledge, improve services and provide the
best solution in conducting engineering challenges.
Established in 2009, CeFE has successfully completed
44 consultancy projects, worth RM 7,712,000 until
financial year 2012.
Selected focus areas
Geotechnical; design problems; construction
deficiencies; excessive loading; explosions and fires;
structural analyses; on-site inspection; resistivity;
seismic study.
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• Modern Remote Sensing For Integrated National
Land Safety And Management International Satellite
Constellation (Phase 1) with VTI Vision Tech, Japan
(2012 – Present)
• Slope Risk Assessment and Implementation for TNBT
Lines with TNB Research, Malaysia (2009 – Present)
• Development of ESASIRF & Integration with PLSCAD
with TNB Research, Malaysia (2009 – Present)
• Threshold Based Temporal Probability Response
Model for Natural Hill-Slope Failures with TNB
Research, Malaysia (2012 – Present)
• Enhancement of Environment Sensitive Area (ESA)
Safe and Intelligent Route Finder (SIRF) to Include
Substation Site Selection Process for the Whole
Peninsula Malaysia with TNB Research, Malaysia
(April 2013 – Present)
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nasri A. Hamid
Tel: +603-89287252
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNE)
nuclear simulation using cluster/grid computing;
nuclear power reactor technology; accelerator
technology; energy from advanced fusion and fusion
methods; inspection method for nuclear power plants;
nuclear waste technology and management.
The Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNE), College of
Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) was
established in 2011 to spearhead the development
of nuclear engineering educational programs and
to initiate research activities in nuclear related
areas in UNITEN. The vision of the centre is to be a
leading centre of excellence and knowledge hub in
nuclear power and engineering in Malaysia. CNE is
committed to the advancement of nuclear energy
through dedicated education and research activities
that promote transfer of knowledge, innovations and
industrial linkages. The objectives of the centre are:
- To enhance the scientific and technical knowledge
in nuclear energy and engineering by engaging and
establishing research and development activities.
- To enhance the knowledge and technical skills
of staffs and students in areas related to nuclear
energy by participating and establishing education
and training activities.
- To promote comprehensive strategies in supporting
development of local nuclear-related industries.
- To participate and contribute in public information
and public acceptance activities pertaining to
national nuclear energy program.
Services offered
Design of x- and g- rays bunkers and doors; nuclear
instrumentation system; charged particle accelerators
design and technical specifications
On-going research projects
• Nucleonic gauges for industry inspections
• High voltage power supplies for nuclear
detectors
• Portable nuclear counting systems
• Shielding design and simulation for neutron beam
facilities at Malaysian Nuclear Agency research
reactor
• Microstructural study of ceramic materials using
small angle neutron technique
• Development of shielding materials based on
natural rubber blend
• Thickness pipe loss study using the neutron
radiography method
• Effects of irradiation on superconducting and
mechanical properties of superconductor ceramics
Selected focus areas
Nuclear techniques in industries; shielding design;
radiation method for materials characterization;
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Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jagadeesh Pasupuleti
Tel: +603-89287277
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Power System Simulation
(CPSS)
Services offered
Power System studies; Energy Audit; Energy Efficiency
Measures and Energy Conservation Opportunities.
On-going research projects
The Centre for Power System Simulation conducts
research and development on technology, operations
and the environment for the electric power sector.
It addresses challenges in electrical energy delivery
and use, including health, safety and the environment
and supports research in emerging technologies. The
emphasis of the research centre is in the development
and use of power system simulation tools, in applied
research and engineering services in various power
system studies. The centre strives to strengthen its
capacity and seeks to foster strategic partnerships,
collaborating with leading researchers and industry
associations to be a leader in electrical power research
and applied knowledge to serve the future needs of
the electric power industry.
Selected focus areas
Harmonic analysis; Power quality; Transients
studies; Fault analysis, Dynamic simulation; Network
protection; Supply security and economy; Risk &
Reliability analysis; Renewable energy and grid
connected studies.
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• The study of system-wide impacts on power system
network when wind generator is connected to
power grid
• Study on combination of hybrid RE system for micro
grid system in Malaysia
• An Energy storage system based on a bidirectional
isolated DC-DC converter for output power leveling
of Renewable Energy sources
• Integration of Wind Power Generation and DR
Programs in Power Market by Considering Significant
Uncertainties
• Research Project to harness RE potential from
STP Biogas and treated waste water to generate
electricity
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Prof. Dr. Chandan Kumar Chakrabarty
Tel: +603-89212340
Fax: +603-892116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for RF and Microwave
Engineering (CRFME)
The research centre interest include radio frequency
and microwave circuit design and measurements
techniques, ultra-wide band active and passive
structure design, transient electromagnetic field
simulation and measurements and development
of advanced antenna for wireless system such as
worldwide interoperability for microwave access,
ultra high frequency system and wireless local area
network. The centre has successfully developed
novel microwave devices and equipments such as
microwave plasma system, radio frequency antennas
and microstrip lines trainer kit. The centre has
developed microstrip line components in the C band
that has commercial. The centre has collaboration
with research institutions and industries such as
Mimos, Agilent and Motorola. The centre research
lab is equipped with several high end microwave
test and measurement equipment such as vector
network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, satellite training
system, small scale radar, special purpose wireless
transceivers, wireless development kits, special
purpose RF components and commercial microwave
structure and circuit simulators.
Services offered
Radio frequency and microwave circuit design and
measurements techniques; ultra-wide band active and
passive structure design; transient electromagnetic
field simulation and measurements; development
of advanced antenna for wireless system such as
worldwide interoperability for microwave access;
ultra high frequency system and wireless local area
network.
On-going research projects
• Development of Microstrip Lines Antenna in
Wireless Sensors System
• The stacked ultra-wide band antenna: Development
and applications in wireless PAN
• Design and application of an early partial discharge
detection system using magnetic field probes
• The effect of mechanical and dielectric properties
of substrates on the beam in a phase array antenna
• Intelligent Partial Discharge detection system
using FPGA
• Development of Remaining Life Estimation For MV
PILC due to electrical stress using statistical method
Selected focus areas
Ultra Wideband Active and Passive Circuits
Structures; Radio Frequency, Microwave and
Millimeter Wave Measurements Techniques; Radio
Frequency & Microwave Active and Passive Circuits
and Measurement; Antenna Engineering and Wave
Propagations; Transient Electromagnetic Field
Simulations and Measurements; Radio Frequency and
Microwave Phased Array Antennas; Partial Discharge
Detection using UWB and FPGA; RF Energy scavenging
from Free Space; Vision Based Tracking and Location;
Ionospheric Communication
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Center Head: Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Lariyah Bte. Mohd. Sidek
Tel: +603-89287289
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Sustainable Technology and
Environment (CSTEN)
The Centre for Sustainable Technology and
Environment (CSTEN) shall be established as one
of the Centres of Excellence in the College of
Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional. CSTEN aims
to serve as the centre for researchers, scientists and
industry to gather information, foster knowledge
and address any environmental issues with regard
to sustainable development. The main objective of
CSTEN is to promote research and development of
Green Technology for sustainable development and
environment. CSTEN also aims to bridge the gap
between research innovation and industrial. Through
consultation, the centre provides specific advice for
industrial practitioners in solving green technology
problems. Besides, CSTEN also provides training in the
application of green technologies as well as research
commercialisation of Green Technology product.
Selected focus areas
Energy sector
Green Energy conserves the use of energy and
natural resources and promotes the use of renewable
resources via hydropower, solar photovoltaic and
biofuel.
Building sector
Green Building/Structure (GS) e.g. Green Roof,
Rainwater, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
(SUDS) and Green Construction Method (GCM)
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e.g. MSMA approach; zero or low green house gas
(GHG) emission safe for use and promotes healthy
and improved environment for all forms of life via
environmentally friendly and hazard free power
generation
Water sector
CSTEN will develop new science based-indicators
to express the sustainability level of urban water
systems (qualitatively and quantitatively), as well
as the associated risks. It will also generate new
technical know-how in a wide range of areas in
Green Technology such as stormwater source
control e.g. bio-retention, green roof and rain water
harvesting, eco-hydrology concepts e.g. wetland,
sustainable water and sanitation approaches based
on recycling and reuse (including ecotechnologies),
river rehabilitation among others.
Services offered
Green Technology and Environment engineering
research and consultancy activities. RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of ENGINEERING
Centre Head: Ir. Dr. Tuan Rashid Tuan Abdullah
Tel: +03-0689212267
Fax: +603-89212116
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Smart Grid Techonology (CSGT)
The centre provides a platform for interface between
researchers and the electricity service provider to
strategies and provide input to the national agenda
of implementing Smart Grid in the poser system and
national grid of the future. Smart grid uses advanced
sensing, communication and control strategies to
generate and distribute electricity more effectively,
economically and securely. Technologies involved
in a smart grid are Distributed Energy Resources
(DERs), demand-side participation, integrated
communications and decision support units. Initial
test bed and development facility are being built on
campus which will be able to facilitate research and
development in several focus area.
Selected focus areas
Intelligent communication and control (Sensor,
transducer and instrumentation “Smart Maters/
AMI Integration” Ecpert Analytic Agent); Integration
of Renewables (EMS Application, Advanced DMS
Architecture, Smart Grid Network model, Consumer
Segmentation, Future Energy Network up to 2025).
Our active team works on different enabling
technologies for smart grid including power
system analysis & simulation, control, protection,
asset management, life-cycle cost-analysis, work
management, communication infrastructure, future
energy security management, efficient energy
utilization, plug-in electric vehicle and mobile energy
storage (mainly for transport and mobile traders).
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Nor’ashikin Ali
Centre for Information Governance, Management, and Audit
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Dr. Badariah Solemon
Centre for Software Innovation (CSI)
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roslan bin
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Centre of Information and Network Security (COINS)
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Dr. Azhana Ahmad
Centre of Agent Technology (CAT)
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Centre Head: Nor’ashikin Ali
Tel: +603-89212020 (3340)
Email: [email protected]
Centre for Information Governance,
Management, and Audit (CIGMA)
Centre for Information Governance, Management,
and Audit or in a short form CIGMA (pronounced as
sig-ma) is formed to combine three existing research
groups: Information Strategy, ICT Governance and
Value Chain Structure, and eHealth under one centre.
The objectives of CIGMA are:
- Promote and develop the research capabilities and
the professional activities.
- Initiate research projects that will strengthen
its role as a center for information, governance,
management and audit.
- Establish relationship for collaboration with
industry, and academic institutions.
- Provide consultancy services to government and
industry.
Selected focus areas
ICT Governance; Information technology/Information
systems in healthcare; Information Strategy;
Information Audit.
Services offered
Short courses; Consultancy.
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On-going research projects
• Governance of Flood Management
• Leveraging Social Media to enhance CRM
• Knowledge Management Systems Success Model
for Malaysian Academicians: A Partial Least Square
Approach
• Identification Of Domains, Process And Activities
In Governance For Flood Management System In
Malaysia
• An Empirical Study on TNB Readiness in Facing Big
Data Challenges
• Formulation of an Information Audit Concept for
the Electricity Supply Industry
• Interactive Data Visualisation Of Customers Likely
To Default Bill Payment For TNB Distribution
• The Potential Of Using Volunteered Geographical
Information (VGI) In GIS Application For Electric
Utility Asset Tracking
• A Postgraduate Research And Supervision Tool
Powered By Semantic Technology
• A Formulation of a Sustainability and Buildability
Assessments Framework Using AI System for
Construction Project
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2013
Centre Head: Dr. Badariah Solemon
Tel: +603-89212369
Fax: +603-89212161
Email:[email protected]
Centre for Software Innovation (CSI)
With the fast development and extensive application
of information and communication technology (ICT),
information industry has become a strong dynamic
and force for economic growth. As the kernel and
soul of the information industry, software has
penetrated into nearly every aspect of economic and
has caused profound changes in enhancing efficiency
for industries of manufacturing, agriculture, services
and social management. As a result, software and
information service industry has become the most
important and strategic industry of the world.
Crowdsourcing; volunteered-geographic information
(VGI); micro-tasking; NLP.
In year 2009, this research centre was founded and it
was previously known as the Software Engineering or
Systems Engineering Research Centre (SERC). It has
been re-branded to its current name since 2012. CSI
aims to work with commercial and government ICT
organisations to enhance their innovation potential
and develop smarter software applications and
solutions more quickly. The centre currently consists
of six ambitious members who have blended expertise
including IREB Certified Professional for Requirement
Engineering (CPRE), ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation
Level (CTFL), PSMB certified trainer, ITIL certified
consultant as well as experienced educators and
industry practitioners. We have domain knowledge
in the areas involving CMMI for Development (CMMIDEV), Natural Language Processing (NLP), biometric
applications and are well exposed to world-widely
used GIS software such as GE Smallworld and Tekla
Xpower.
• Thematic Relation Approach for Detecting Head
Modifiers
Services offered
System/software development; Mobile application
development; Web-based application development;
System/software testing; Workshops and training in
related areas.
On-going research projects
• Mobile Crowdsourcing Approach for Facilitating
Community Crime Watch
• The Potential of Using Volunteered Geographical
Information (VGI) in GIS Application for Electric
Utility Asset Tracking
• Exploring the Use of Public Volunteered Geographical
Information (VGI) Providers for GIS Application
• Rule-based Approach for Automatic Identification
Part of Speech (Post) Labels in Malay Sentence
• The Development Of Metrics For Component
Models Comparison
Selected focus areas
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2013 UNITEN RESEARCH PROFILE
Centre Head: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roslan bin Ismail
Tel: +603-89212338
Fax: +603-89212161
Email: [email protected]
Centre of Information and
Network Security (COINS)
The Centre of Information and Network Security is
established with the aim to generate and formulate
new ideas and innovations in the area of the
information and network security. We hope our
initiatives would contribute to produce the quality
and reliable solutions to overcome the issues of Cyber
Security that are starting to have a significant impact
on our modern society. To achieve our aspirations,
four main objectives have been formulated as follows:
Services offered
Security Assessment; Forensics Analysis; Security
Guideline; Information System Auditing; MQA
Consultation.
- To conduct the fundamental and applied research
in information and network security.
• Formulating privacy access control model for Mobile
ad-hoc network (MANET) in emergency services.
- To develop expertise in information and network
security domain.
• Exploration of A New Method for Constructing
Highly Non-Linear Cryptographic Boolean
- To educate, share and disseminate research findings
and knowledge.
• Functions using Biologically-Inspired Systems.
- To provide consultancy services to the related
industries.
Selected focus areas
Information Privacy; Trust and Reputation Management;
Cryptography; Network Security; Computer Forensics;
Smart Grid Security; E-Business/E-Commerce Security;
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On-going research projects
• Research on Cyber Security Vulnerabilities &
Development of Cyber Security Metrics For IEC
61850 based Substation
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2013
Centre Head: Dr. Azhana Ahmad
Tel: +603-89212329
Fax: +603-89212161
Email: [email protected]
Centre of Agent Technology (CAT)
Centre of Agent Technology (CAT) is established to
become the leader in the development of a new
agent technology based on intelligent software
agents’ paradigm.
Selected focus areas
Multi-agent Systems Architecture; Social and
Normative Agent; Emotion-endowed Agent; Agent
Negotiation; Interface Agent; Decision Support
Agent; Agent Mining, Agent Delegation; Coordination
and Monitoring; Agent Trust and Networking; Agent
Communication Language; Agent Development
Platform; Semantic Agent; Ontologies and Information
Agents
The objectives of the centre are:
On-going research projects
- To investigate the architectures of existing agentbased systems, including standards for agent
development and communication
• Modelling the Emergence of Collective Intelligence
in Multi-agent Communities
- To formalise an agent development framework
• Modelling an agent-based Learning Management
System (LMS) for COIT
- To propose agent-based software systems that
meet the needs of TNB
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Research Centres
College of Business
Management and
Accounting
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of BUSINESS MANAGEMENT and ACCOUNTING 2013
HEAD
CENTRE
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1
Dr. Norhayati Mat Husin
Centre of Strategic Governance & Policies (CoSGP)
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2
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad
Nasir Saludin
Centre for Social Transformation & Innovation (STI)
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3
Dr. Bakhtiar bin Alrazi
Centre of Green Research (CoGR)
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2013 UNITEN RESEARCH PROFILE
Centre Head: Dr. Norhayati Mat Husin
Tel: +609-4552017
Fax: +609-4552007
Email: [email protected]
Centre of Strategic Governance & Policies
(COSGP)
Since the birth of Vision 2020, Malaysia has always
embarked on various transformation strategies.
The introduction of several National Plans such
as Economic Transformation Programs (ETP) and
Government Transformation Program (GTP) has
brought new challenges to both public and private
sectors. Acknowledging these challenges, College of
Business Management & Accounting (COBA) through
its Centre of Strategic Governance & Policies (CoSGP)
strives to produce, provide, and publish resources
that will provide guidelines and breakthrough ideas
to both public and private sectors. Strategic policies
resources will enable the two key players to determine
their best direction and drivers needed to mold the
way they conduct their business and eventually
help to achieve their vision. Strategic governance
resources, on the other hand, will help both sectors
achieve a more equitable, accountable, and effective
governance. Governance is a crucial element for
both public and private sectors. In public sector, for
example, governance generally encompasses all
aspects of the way a country is governed, including
its economic policies and regulatory framework. As
strategic policies and governance are among key
elements needed by private and public sectors, our
centre aims to focus our effort in producing value
relevance proposition that will make both public
and private sector the greatest beneficiary of all
our endeavors.
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Selected focus areas
Accounting
Corporate governance; Financial accounting and
reporting; Integrated reporting; Public sector
accounting, Taxation; Earnings management;
Performance measurement/management and
Auditing.
Management
Performance measurement/management and
Industrial relation.
Finance & Economics
Human Governance; Earnings management; Energy
policy; applied economics; Policy modeling;
Forecasting analysis; Macroeconomics and policy
analysis; Corporate governance.
On-going research projects
• Integrated reporting: A case study on Malaysian
Public Listed Companies
• Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) growth
(NGOs-G) model: Mapping Malaysian NGOs’
growth through a hybrid model of accountability
and stakeholders’ salience towards a sustainable
existence of NGOs
RESEARCH CENTRES: COLLEGE of BUSINESS MANAGEMENT and ACCOUNTING 2013
Centre head: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Nasir Saludin
Phone: +609-455 2020 ext. 2049
E-mail: [email protected]
Centre for Social Transformation &
Innovation (STI)
Centre for Social Transformation & Innovation is a part
of a university-wide initiative in understanding and
improving community. Our researchers span a wide
range of business disciplines, including management,
HR, accounting, finance, economics and marketing.
We’ve grouped our research into several categories:
corporate social responsibility, management
accounting, internet reporting, intellectual capital
& knowledge management, mindset/mental model,
financial innovation, societal marketing, entrepreneur
development, hospitality management, business
information system, strategic human resource
development, leadership, brand health, safety &
health, Islamic management, Islamic economics &
finance, Islamic tourism, Halal management, Islamic
accounting, capital market, financial engineering and
education management.
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2013 UNITEN RESEARCH PROFILE
Centre Head: Dr. Bakhtiar bin Alrazi
Tel: +6094552026
Fax: +6094552007
Email: [email protected]
Centre of Green Research (CoGR)
There has been a growing global concern towards
the burgeoning environmental problems facing
the world. These include climate change, global
warming, fresh water scarcity, species extinction,
and oil spills, to name but a few. In response to
this concern and the importance of protecting the
environment, College of Business Management
and Accounting (COBA) has instituted the Centre of
Green Research (CoGR) which comprises academics
with research interest and expertise in the greenrelated areas. Our expertise include in the areas
of, but not limited to, environmental reporting and
auditing, environmental management accounting;
green, carbon, waste, and nuclear management;
green economics; economy of natural resources and
transportation; and green marketing and enterprise.
CoGR aims to promote the interest and expertise
not only to its members but also to others including
academics from other centres, non-academic staffs,
students, and the community surroundings. It is also
the aim of the centre to organise any activities that can
inculcate the spirit of environmental protection and
management in the stakeholder groups mentioned
above. The establishment of CoGR is significant
towards the realisation of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
5th caring principle, i.e., “always be sensitive to
the needs of the society and the environment”, the
national environmental aspirations as stipulated in
the Malaysia Plans and the New Economic Model,
and the commitment of the nation to international
environmental treaties and conventions.
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Selected focus areas
Environmental reporting and auditing; Environmental
management accounting; Green management;
Carbon management; Waste management; Nuclear
management; Green economics; Economy of natural
resources; Economy of Transportation; Green
marketing/enterprise
Services offered
CoGR is currently in the discussion stage with Majlis
Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK) to set up a one-stop
recycling centre in Muadzam Shah. This is one of the
key initiatives under the UNITEN-Muadzam Green
Centre (UMGC) established by CoGR.
On-going research projects
• The Framework of Environmental Management
Accounting (EMA) Towards Achieving Halal EcoSystem in Malaysia
• The value relevance of new accountability carbon
reporting (NACR) index: Malaysian evidence
• Driving sustainability through green government
procurement: Developing an effective model
• Carbon Emissions: Carbon Footprint of Malaysian
Telecommunications Industry

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