November 23, 2022
Conserving Endangered Specieswith Artificial Intelligence (AI)
One of the senior technology leaders with ten years of experience in research, start-up, and corporate, Dr Afnizanfaizal Abdullah is an expert in artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and cloud computing. Dr Afnizanfaizal’s first deep-tech start-up company went through a few rounds of fundraising before being acquired by a world-leading drone service company in 2022. Dr Afnizanfaizal has contributed to the talent pool by developing 200 data science and engineering professionals; coaching and mentoring early start-up funders; and helping companies and organisations to secure more than 100 million US dollars’ worth of projects. His exceptional know-how of technology in academia and business development has provided him with vast resources and established networks in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Here is Dr Afnizanfaizal to show us how Artificial Intelligence can bolster existing systems to conserve endangered species.
November 23, 2022
Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground – Using Satellites to Better Manage Our Forests
Dr Nur Hazwani Abdul Bahar is a conservationist and an expert in physiology of trees and crops. This member of the Young Scientist Network of ASM consistently finds new avenues to apply her expertise in broader areas of sustainable resource management and environmental conservation. In the past few years, she has been coordinating forest conservation and restoration initiatives in partnership with local and indigenous communities and the Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre. More recently, she has been exploring green/sustainable financing mechanisms for conservation, as well as landscape-level Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria. Her high-impact research projects in the areas of plant physiology, food production, and sustainability have been published in top journals and reports.
November 23, 2022
What Makes Ice Cream Smooth and Creamy?
Dr Lim Phaik Eem is a Professor and the Head of Marine Biotechnology Unit at the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Universiti Malaya. Dr Lim is one of the founders and the current secretary of the Consortium of Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomy (SEASTax). She has more than 20 years of research experience on seaweeds and has more than 180 publications. With her involvement in GCRF Global SeaweedSTAR programme, a problem-based multidisciplinary approach was adopted to address main issues affecting the seaweed cultivation and processing industries. With all this talk about seaweed, how does it relate to one of our favourite desserts?
November 23, 2022
The Death of Seri Gumum Dragon in Tasik Chini Basin
Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah FASc is a well-recognised mammologist with great interest in both the taxonomy and ecology of mammals, especially bats and small non-volant mammals. His specialty is combining traditional taxonomy with molecular evidence in understanding evolution and bio-geography. He has registered 300 DNA sequences of bats species into the NCBI GenBank, some of which could be described as new genetic species. Apart from research work, Professor Dr Mohd Tajuddin is also actively involved in administration and management, having held positions of authority at several universities, organisations as well as research centres and panels.
June 2, 2022
Healing Our Coastlines with Ecological Engineering
Dr Chee Su Yin is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interests lie in developing new ways of making space for nature in human-dominated environments and using nature as solutions to environmental crises in the marine realm. Dr Chee and her team has a patent filed for the invention of eco-concrete for use in terrestrial and marine environments. Her team has been awarded with a Gold Medal and a Special Award from Haller Pro Inventio Foundation Poland for this invention. Dr Chee is a YSN-ASM affiliate, the Northern Node in the Malaysia Society of Marine Sciences, and a member of Water Watch Penang. Dr Chee will elaborate how ecological engineering can be instrumental in repairing our ailing coastlines.
June 2, 2022
Between Global Warming and Coral Eating Snails – are Coral Reefs at Risk?
Dr Nursalwa Baharuddin is a malacologist, or a snail expert, and has spent a decade studying the diversity, ecology, physiology, and the effects of global climate change on marine snails in Malaysia, Brunei, and New Zealand. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment and Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She is also a visiting scientist at the Faunal Biodiversity Program, Forest Research Institute Malaysia. Dr Nursalwa is an affiliate member of the Young Scientists Network–Academy of Sciences Malaysia. She is also the immediate past Co-Chair of Science@Media working group of YSN-ASM. Here is Dr Nursalwa to talk about the risks that coral reefs must face - global warming and coral-eating snails.
June 2, 2022
Groundwater: The Hidden Blue Gold of the Ages: The S&T Behind It
Prior to working with the Geological Survey Department, Mr P. Loganathan worked with a private company in Singapore, doing oil-related consultancy work in Indonesia. Upon his retirement, he was appointed as the Southeast Asia Representative of Mitsubishi Materials Natural Resources Development Corporation Japan, as its Southeast Asian consultant for geothermal resources in Tawau, Sabah, and in Java, Indonesia. Then, he was employed by ASM where he assisted in various Science and Technology-related studies. Mr Loga’s vast experience and knowledge in the field of geological studies has earned him the respect and is highly sought after by various organisations and corporations. He is a Full Member of the Geological Society of Malaysia. Mr Loga was also appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment to the first Board of Geologists. He was appointed a Registered Professional Geologist in 2016 by the Board of Geologists Malaysia. Most recently, he was appointed by ASM to be the Chief Writer for the Water Sector Transformation 2040 Study Reports. Mr Loga is here to expound on the science and technology behind groundwater – the hidden blue gold of the ages.
June 2, 2022
Our Malaysian Tin Industry: to Mine or to Mind?
Mr Teoh Lay Hock is a Registered Professional Geologist with 50 years of working experience in the mineral resource industry. He spent the first 24 years of his career with the Geological Survey of Malaysia before venturing out to the industry, working in almost every sector in the mineral resource-based value chain, including exploration and mining, mineral processing, and mineral-based manufacturing, as well as mineral trading. Currently, Mr Teoh is based in the Malaysian Chamber of Mines and the Tin Industry (Research and Development) Board and freelances as a Geological and Mineral Business Consultant. He is an ASM Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute of Geology Malaysia and currently sits on the Board of Geologists Malaysia and Magic Mirror Resource Consulting Sdn Bhd.
May 19, 2022
Green and Sustainable Innovations throughProcess Intensification
Professor Ir Dr Suzana Yusup is the founding Director of UTP Centre for Biofuel & Biochemical Research and is currently a Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Her research interest covers biomass conversion to biofuel and bio-based products and green processing.