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IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter – 2015 Activities

IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter – 2015 Activities

APRIL 2015


First Protem Meeting & First AGM

Friday – 17th April 2015, the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter held its first protem committee meeting at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) which is situated in Penang, Malaysia. The meeting was attended by 13 founding members of IEEE OES Malaysia. The attendees came from various public (USM, UTM, IIU, UTHM, UPSI, UMP) and private universities (UTP) around Malaysia including those members from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The event continued with first annual general meeting where the executive committee for IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter was nominated. After the election and voting processes, the following standing committee members for IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter were selected;


Chair:                                                        Mohd Rizal Arshad (USM)

Vice Chair:                                               Franklin Joseph (RMN)

Secretary:                                               Rosmiwati Mohd Mokhtar (USM)

Treasurer:                                               Zool H Ismail (UTM)

Executive Committee (1):                                Zulkifli Zainal Abidin (IIU)

Executive Committee (2):                                Zainah Md Zain (UMP)

Executive Committee (3):                                Khalid Isa (UTHM)


Sitting from left: Zool, Rizal, Franklin, Rosmiwati

Standing from left: Erni Harmiza, Herdawati, Addie, Saad, Zulkifli, Khalid, Ikhwan & Nasiruddin




Technical Visit:

Technical Visit to RMN (Royal Malaysian Navy)

On 25th April 2015 the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter had organized a trip to Lumut, Perak in conjunction with the 81st Navy Day Celebration at the RMN Lumut Base. During the day, the RMN naval base was opened to public for them to see life at the navy base. Visitors also had chances to see several navy ships include KD Mutiara, KD Jebat, KD Hang Tuah and KD Kelantan. IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter members that joined the trip also bring together their families.

Through this tour, visitors had the opportunity for an up close look at a warship and in understanding the various functions of navy ships.  Visitors also had the experience of eating on board as a few ships had opened a floating restaurant to provide experience to civilians sample warship food.

There were also boat ride activities available at the shallow water jetty for those who liked something different. Two combat boats were available to provide opportunities for visitors to experience the navy boat.  For visitors who wanted to know more information related to RMN, promotions and career outlets are also located near the pier. Exhibition of Hydrographic Centre, the Dive Center and Mine Warfare and the Special Force Team were available.

The most attractive activity was the Sunset Ceremony. This is a traditional naval ceremony performed at sunset everyday. This ceremony was held at the flight deck of KD HANG TUAH. Overall, the visit exposed OES members to the technologies and capabilities available in the military.




IEEE OES members and family taking photo in front of the navy ship


On the ship deck


MAY 2015

Technical Short Course:

On 13th and 14th May 2015, the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) had organized a two days short course on principle of underwater acoustics. The short course was delivered by the Chair of IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter, Prof. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad.



UTP Professorial Lecture:

The IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with Universti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) had technically co-organized a professorial lecture on 13 August 2016. The lecture on title floating platforms in South East Asia/Australasia and UTS’s Strategic role was delivered by Professor Dr. Kurian Velluruzhathil John.


Technical Talk @ IIUM Gombak

The first technical talk organized by the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter was held on 24th August 2015. The venue took place at the Conference Room, Kulliyyah of Engineering, Islamic International University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak Selangor. The talk was given by the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter Chair, Professor Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad. His talk on new roles for underwater system technology researchers in the new millennia ignited some insights to underwater system technology in Malaysia and worldwide.



National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS’15)

The 8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology 2015 (NUSYS’15) was organized on the 21th September 2015 at the Institut Oseanografi & Sekitaran (INOS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. The national seminar was jointly organized by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), IEEE-OES and Subsea Explore services Sdn. Bhd. About 180 delegates among university and industrial researchers attended the seminar.

The seminar was officiated by the Political Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Datuk Hj. Abd Halim Bin Jusoh, followed by a keynote address by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Binti Haji Mokhtar, entitled “Diving to the Future of Underwater Technology”. The themes set by the keynote address were followed by five technical speakers delivered by representatives from universities and industries, which are;

  • Decommissioning of Offshore Platform, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Shahir Liew, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
  • Latest Technology in Subsea Engineering Practices, Mr. Syamsul Nizam, Subsea Explore Services Sdn. Bhd.
  • Subsea Riser and Pipelines, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan Md. Noor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  • Subsea Pro Simulation, Dr. Jaswar Koto, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  • Innovations in Underwater Engineering and Technologies, Dr. Ahmad Faisal Mohamad Ayob, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.


A round table forum and discussions were conducted in the afternoon sessions under the theme of “The Frontier of Underwater Engineering and Technologies”. The discussions were moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khalid Samo with four panels; Prof. Dr. Rizal Arshad, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan Md. Noor, Dr. Jaswar Koto and Mr. Syamsul Nizam. The forum aimed to raise the awareness regarding the issues governing the underwater engineering and the methods to counter and improve upon the issues.

In the forum session, the industrial counterpart represented by Mr. Syamsul Nizam encouraged the participants to contribute in a small and incremental way i.e. in a form of building blocks that can be shared and used by other teams. Such methods shall ease the design burden and focused on smaller dimension of issues such as thrusters, visualization, communication and workflow. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhazilan and Dr. Jaswar Koto highlighted that the current subsea piping system technologies has reached its maturity. Therefore they encouraged that a more intelligent system and simulation software should be developed to conduct preventive maintenance and reduce the risk of loss due to unexpected downtime.



Up left: Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Jusoh, Dean of School of Ocean Engineering, delivering opening address at the NUSYS 2015; Up Right: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni binti Haji Mokhtar, Vice Chancellor of UMT delivering a Keynote Speech entitled “Diving to the Future of Underwater Technology”.  Bottom: Participants and speakers at the 8th National Seminar and Underwater Systems Technology 2015 (NUSYS 2015)


IEEE OES Student Research Colloquium 2015

The IEEE OES Student Research Colloquium on Environmental Intelligence was held in Kuala Lumpur on 16th October 2015. The event was jointly organized by the IEEE Malaysia Section, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter and Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). There were six students presented their research during the colloquium. The event was also included a talk entitled “A Model-Free Approach to Wind Farm Control using Multi-Resolution Simultaneous Perturbation Stochastic Approximation” which was delivered by Dr. Mohd Ashraf Ahmad from Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).




Visit to IIUM Kuantan Marine Science Lab, Kuantan Pahang

On 26th November 2015 the IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter has made another visit, this time to the IIUM Kuantan Marine Science Lab at Kuantan, Pahang. Several activities have been conducted for this one day event. The technical Talk on Underwater Acoustics was presented by Dr Ikhwan Hadi Yaacob from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). The activity was further carried out by a workshop on ASV System Development which was mainly conducted by Dr Zulkifli Zainal Abidin from IIUM. The ASV demo was also made at the lake. Even though it was raining during the demo, it did not lose members commitment in participating to the program. The one day event at the IIUM Kuantan was also fulfilled with Chapter meeting and IEEE OES membership drive.


Dr Zul is explaining on the developed ASV system


Photo taken beside the lake


Professor Talk by Professor Dr Mohd Rizal Arshad

On 9th December 2015 the professor talk was held at the auditorium of USM Engineering Campus, Nibong Tebal Perak. The IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter Chair was one of the two professors that delivering the keynote on that day. This event was held as a remark to the appointment of him as a professor. Congratulation Professor Dr Mohd Rizal Arshad!



Date Activity Venue
24th Aug 2015 2nd meeting of IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter IIUM, Gombak Selangor
16th Oct 2015 3rd meeting IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter UTM Kuala Lumpur
    26th Nov 2015 4th meeting IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter IIUM, Kuantan Pahang


IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter Membership Drive:

Date Activity Venue
24th Aug 2015 IEEE OES Membership Drive @ IIUM IIUM, Gombak Selangor
21st Sept 2015 IEEE OES Membership Drive @ UMT UMT, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
    26th Nov 2015 IEEE OES Membership Drive @ IIUM Kuantan IIUM, Kuantan Pahang


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