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International Intellectual Exposition (IIEX) 2017 - APU Teams Attained 3 Medals at Exhibition cum Competition

Teams of APU students from the School of Computing & Technology continue to uphold their proud tradition of competition excellence by securing the Best Poster Award, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal at the recently concluded International Intellectual Exposition (IIEX) 2017, that was held at the Ancasa Hotel and Spa, Kuala Lumpur. 

Our participation was deemed an impressive one because our students were among the youngest participants, as they competed directly against postgraduate students who came from various universities in Malaysia. Despite their young age, our students showed utmost confidences while they conducted their presentation to the panel of judges. Team Briend that comprised Megha Shailesh Patani and Karthikesan Kannan walked away with the Gold Medal and the Best Poster Prize. On the other hand, Ooi Shu He, Wong Chun Wai and Kho Zhi Yuen from Team AiRa and Vikna Raj, Larvania Somasundram, Winnie Tan Jia Ci, Loh Angie from Team Bracemed walked away with Bronze Medals, as a result of their excellent pitching skills during the exhibition.

All teams were mentored by Vinothini Kasinathan and Aida Zamnah from the School of Computing & Technology. Congratulations to the teams and their mentors, who have devoted tremendous efforts in preparing themselves for the competition! Experiences like these have definitely helped our students by exposing them to the industry out there.

   

Heated Up for the Fame!

Young and bold, 6 Diploma students – Yana Azia Muhammad Adib, Kho Zhi Yuen @ Summer, Saveetha Ganesan, Fong Suo Xuan, Ooi Shu He and Ng Pei Jia represented APU as the youngest participants in the Famelab Malaysia 2017 KL Heat, that was organized by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) recently. Famelab, being one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world, took place at Petrosains, KLCC this year, and saw participation from 56 Science, Technology & Mathematics (STEM) professionals and researchers.  

At the competition, participants were required to deliver a 3-minute presentation on a scientific, technological or mathematical concept to the panel of judges, who then asked questions and provided feedback to the participants. Despite being the youngest participants, APU students demonstrated their utmost confidence and won compliments from the judges. Kho Zhi Yuen @ Summer from Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) with a specialism in Software Engineering stood out among all participants. Her bubbly and confident personality wow-ed the judges, in which they selected her to be one of the Top 10 finalists of the competition. She was also the youngest finalist among all! 

 

     

The students were mentored by Ms. Vinothini and Ms. Aida from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Technology (FCET), in which they also organized the APU Avant Garde 2016 in a similar format. Coming up next, Summer will represent APU to compete in the National Famelab, that will take place on 6 May 2017. 

Below are some newspaper clippings that featured the event:

    

Congratulations and good job to all students who participated; good luck to Summer, let’s wish the best for her upcoming challenges at the National Famelab 2017!

Record Breaking Success (cont.) - Team Continues to Succeed at International APICTA @ Taipei

Following their success as the Winner for MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2016, Ngie Kok Sin and John Lim Hong Aun,  Year 3 Mechatronic Engineering students, made APU and Malaysia proud at the international arena as well! At the International APICTA Awards 2016, they attained the Merit Winner at the "Oscars of IT", with their innovative solution, the Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients​. They were mentored by ​Vickneswari Durairajah and Suresh Gobee during the 9 months of preparation before participating in the Malaysia APICTA Awards and the International APICTA Awards.

Congratulations to the team! We are absolutely proud of you!

SUCCESS IN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION - APU Students Bag Grand Prize of ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge

Here comes another success story!

We are proud to share that our students from the APU School of Engineering (SoE) successfully emerged as the Winner for the recently concluded ABB Intervarsity Innovation Challenge. The winning team comprises Chama Serenja, Mohammad Haadi Goolfee & Ting Ding Ching, who are Year 3 Electrical and Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering students.

Their innovative idea, the ‘Low Cost Integrated Smart Systems’ stood out among all other local and private universities in Malaysia in the ‘Undergraduate’ category, in which the duo attained the prestige award. Prior to the participation in the competition, the team worked hard on the proposal and presentation for 1 month, under the supervision and mentorship of Vickneswari Durairajah, as well as the advice and support from several lecturers from the School of Engineering – Mr. Suresh Gobee, Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan and Dr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei. The duo walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000, being the Grand Prize Winner of the competition, despite being the first-timer in the arena.

The competition’s objective was to stimulate creativeness and innovative thinking amongst undergraduates, apart from building an interactive platform between the academic circle and industry experts. The competition core theme was “Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading”. The winning team chose “Smart Grid and City” category, in which they developed a proposal and presentation on their idea that elaborates a new alternative way of implementing the smart grid system at low cost, by storing excessive energy from the power plant and generating more efficient power using compressed air via Tesla turbine. 

Let’s put our hands together to congratulate them for the astonishing achievements! Utmost gratitude is also dedicated to the team’s mentors and supervisors who guided the team towards success.

Dutch World's University Debating Championship (WUDC) 2017 - APU Debating Team Placed Second in Worldwide Debating Finals

Here comes the first good news of the year!

Our heartfelt congratulations to APU Debating Team A, comprising Eric Onuoha and Sadiq Ayinde on their successful outing at the just concluded Worlds University Debating Championship Dutch Worlds 2017.  The team broke 7th in the English as a second Language category and made it all the way to the finals, in what was an intense debate round; the team came second in the finals losing on a 5-4 split decision among the 9 panel of judges to the eventual Champion Tel Aviv A. 

Nevertheless, it was an extremely remarkable success and we are proud of the boys! We look forward to hearing more success stories in this upcoming academic year of 2017!

Making a Difference with Innovative Technology

“Innovation is a change that unlocks a new value” – Jamie Notter

We are pleased to share that 4 student teams from APU attained awards at the Invention & Innovation Competition for Private Institutions of Higher Learning (PERINTIS) that was held at Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN) recently. The exhibition cum competition that saw participation from over 200 education institutes was co-organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) and supported by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

At the competition, our students prepared poster presentations of their innovative technologies that address the theme, “Better Brighter for Sustainable Future”. Under the mentorship of Vinothini Kasinathan, Aida Zamnah and Dr Maythem Kamal Abbas Al-Adili, our students performed excellently at the poster presentation session. Each team walked away with an award, as listed below:

AwardProject NameStudentsMentor
SilverBraceMed: "Miss your meds no more"

Larviania  A/P Somasundram

Lo An Gie

Winnie Tan Jia Ci

Vinothini Kasinathan

Bronze 

i-cHeart bSihat  

Choo Jun Yip

Jaedon Tan Yung-Ming 

Vinothini Kasinathan
Aida Zamnah

Bronze

FitJournal

Yasmine Chan Pui San

Ibrahim Mushfau Saeed

Dr Maythem Kamal Abaas Al-Adili

Bronze

Multi-Level Encryption

Raabiah Mukadam

Dr Maythem Kamal Abaas Al-Adili

   

It was an astonishing achievement for our students, considering that it was their first experience participating in this competition. Congratulations to all four teams; well done!

It's a Clean Sweep! APU Student Teams Won All Top 3 Awards at Big App Challenge 3.0

The year of award winnings is not yet over!

We are pleased so share that 3 teams from APU attained all of the top 3 awards, as they emerged as the Champion, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner Up award winners of the Academic Track of Big App Challenge 3.0, that was organized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). 

In August, the Asia Pacific Centre of Analytics (APCA) organized the APU Data Science Week & the APU Big Data Week Hackathon, which served as a qualifying round into the semi-finals and the later stages of the challenge. The challenge took place over several months; participants had to attend several rounds of ideas and prototype presentations, workshops and debate sessions upon the panel of judges, who were appointed by MDEC, before advancing to the Semi Finals and Grand Finals. 

 

We are also pleased to know that all 5 teams from APU who performed astoundingly at the Big Data Week Hackathon, successfully advanced into the semi-finals; eventually, three teams were selected for the Grand Finals, and all three teams bagged awards that night!

Our champion team stood out among all participants with the project, Affinity Analysis and Prediction (AAP), which aims to reduce university drop-out rates by identifying students’ strengths and interests through data analytics. The team comprises Chin Koh Shian, Dickson Pang Yee Sheng, Hiew Ming An and Manigandran Ramanathan; they walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000.00.

 

In addition, two more projects from APU teams, WG - Movie Theatre Advertising System using Analytics by  Ng Wen Ge, and Superlon – Analytics System that reduces the risk of underweight babies by Khor Tze Hym, Lim Sing Shu, Ng Kok An, Lim Jin Xong and Ng Kok Wah, bagged the 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up awards of the Academic Track at the Big App Challenge 3.0 respectively.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all three teams; good job and well done to their academic mentors, Dr. Kadhar Badhsa Nowshath, Mohd Najib, Dr. Raja Rajeswari and Dr. Ryan Ho Ming Kang for your efforts in guiding the teams towards their success. 

We Went All-Out, As A Team!

Despite being new comer in the new format of the game, huge pressure on the team and stiff competition from other colleges & universities, the APU Cricket team secured a 2nd runner-up position at the Malaysian Cricket Association (Cricket Governing Body in Malaysia) – First Ever Indoor Cricket Championship 2016, held at Bayuemas Oval Indoor Cricket Stadium Sports complex in Klang, from Sunday, 27 November to Monday, 28 November 2016.


It was not a cakewalk for our boys to start the tournament with losing the opening match. But maintaining high pressure and huge expectation, Team did demonstrating fantastic teamwork and outstanding perseverance, 8-member team fought through the preliminary rounds to the semi-finals before securing the 2nd runner-up position. 

 


Kudos to the team for their competitive spirit and many thanks to the Club’s coaches Edwin Pio Rufus & Arun Seeralan and the Team Manager, Leo Gertrude who dedicated much effort in managing and training the APU team. Congratulations for the outstanding performance!

Debating Success

We are pleased to share that two of our debate teams, comprising Nurul Qistina Abdul Karim and Eric Onuoha (Team APU A) and Zhiyun Chia and Sadiq Ayinde (Team APU B) excelled at The Great Royal Gender Debate 2016, that was held at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) recently.
 
The Great Royal Gender Debate 2016, hosted by the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) in collaboration with Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), was an initiative to create a platform for youths to debate on social and gender issues faced in society.

Both APU teams demonstrated impressive performance, in which team APU A made it all the way to semi-finals, whereas team APU B made it all the way to the finals, and attained the 4th Place award. Do join us in congratulating the teams! Well done!

Our Student Made a Name for APU in Brazil

Our Mechatronic Engineering student, Hoy Chun Wai recently represented Malaysia in the Young Person World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) which took place in Araxa, Brazil. Prior to his entry into the global arena, Chun Wai was pronounced the winner of the National Materials Lecture Competition that took place at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in June this year.
 
YPWLC has been organized annually by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) UK since 2005. Sponsored by IOM3 and the support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subjects. The judges were from IOM3 and the main sponsor, CBMM.
 
At the competition, Chun Wai competed against other contestants from various countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Despite being the youngest contestant among all, Chun Wai received excellent feedback from the judges for his presentation on the title, “ Nanocellulose: Nature’s Answer to Energy Poverty”. Even though he didn’t win the first prize in Brazil, it was a great exposure for him. Based on his excellent performance, we are proud that he was on-par with other participants who were members of the industry. 
 

Congratulations to Chun Wai for this notable achievement! The credit goes to the coaching team from School of Engineering (SoE), that comprises Brian Lim, Jacqueline Lukose, Dr Lai Nai Shyan and Dr Lau Chee Yong. Since November 2015, the team has been planning and strategizing Chun Wai’s strength for the competition which included content development and mock lectures. 
 
Coming up next, APU will host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering. As hosts for IMM 2017, we look forward to us continuing in the winning ways.

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