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The Nation's Pride - ATOS IT Challenge 2016

We have all waited for this moment of glory! 

Muhammad Alkautsar Sanusi, Abdulhamid Ahmed Ali, Gamma Rizkinata Satriana and Syahmi bin Suleiman, Level 2 students of the BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Mobile Technology and BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Information Systems Security, who represented Asia & Malaysia as one of the Top 3 Finalists at the ATOS IT Challenge 2016 Global Finals, were crowned as 1st Runner Up in Paris, France on the 14th of June 2016. What’s more? They also bagged the Social Media Award, thanks to their active engagement with their followers on the social media.

The team, under the mentorship of Hemalata Vasudavan from the APU School of Technology (SoT), battled through 8 months of planning, research and development of the ‘Go n Gone’ mobile application – an application that allows social media monitoring, filtering and deletion of inappropriate content. It was a remarkable achievement by our undergraduate students, as they competed with other finalists from the UK and France, who were made up of postgraduate & PhD students respectively.

Click here to read the interview reports with the team and their mentors, Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam and Ms. Hemalata Vasudavan about their secret recipe to success.

Triple The Joy - APU Bags 3 Awards at the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2016!

We are delighted to announce that the two teams of students from School of Engineering (SoE) have achieved outstanding results in the recently concluded 27th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), which was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  In the event, the teams have successfully attained Gold and Silver award.  In addition, the team led by Mr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei has won the special award of the Best Green Invention 2016 Award.  The award aims to recognize the supreme contribution in the field of renewable energy and environmental sustainability, and is awarded to a single invention from over 1,000 local and international participating teams.

The two teams who represented APU at ITEX 2016:

Team No.1 – Gold Award and Best Green Invention 2016 Award
Project Title: ‘Electricity Generation from the Resulting Winds of Passing Trains’
Academic Mentor: Alvin Yap Chee Wei, Pang Jia Yew, Prof Ir Dr Vinesh Thiruchelvam
Team Member: Bryan Ooi Joon Kit

Team No.2 – Silver Award
Project Title: ‘Design and Develop Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patient’
Academic Mentor: Vickneswari Durairajah, Suresh Gobee 
Team Members: Waleed Rauf, Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Naqibullah Mohammad Ullah 

Our performance has improved on year to year basis at ITEX.  In 2015, two teams were sent to the competition, where Gold and Bronze medal were attained.  The achievement this year proves that our student’s work has improved in facing the challenge of the innovation industry.

It was indeed a great achievement and this has once again proven that our students possess qualities that are able to meet industry expectations and standards. Do join us in congratulating the students for their success and thumbs up to their mentors for the guidance!

Producing Malaysia’s Top Security & Forensic Specialists

Two student teams from the School of Computing and Technology (SCT) of Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) were crowned champions of the ‘Forensic Challenge’ and ‘Hack and Defense’ competitions at the recently concluded i-Hack 2016, which took place at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) from 23rd April to 24th April 2016.

The i-Hack 2016 attracted participation from students, practitioners, academicians and security experts from higher education learning institutions, related government bodies, security commissioners and IT professionals in security industry. 

The event was also endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), F-Secure, Haibro, ITECH Specialist Solutions, Accrete Technologies and Quann Security.
The Forensic Challenge was a 10-hour competition that tested participants’ forensic computing skills through investigations, procedures and final presentation of a forensic report.

Meanwhile, the Hack and Defense challenge was a 8-hour score-based challenge in the ‘Capture the Flag’ format, in which participants competed to attain as many ‘flags’ and ‘coins’ as they can, through solving questions related to cyber security and forensics. 

APU’s Team ‘Sherlock’, comprising Khor Chia Ler, Chan Xin Wei and Soo Jia Cheng, mentored by Sulaiman Harun, attained the championship of the Forensic Challenge whereas team ‘SHA1337’, comprising Nicholas Ian Nonis, Choong Chih Xien and Alexander Sukhamera, mentored by Yusnita Yusof, was crowned champions of the Hack and Defense competition. Both APU teams walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000.
On the other hand, APU’s team ‘Nachos’, comprising Mohamed Siddiq Rahmat, Toong Chee Sheng and Syahmi bin Suleiman, mentored by Nor Azlina Abdul Rahman, also bagged the 2nd Runner Up of the Hack and Defense competition and walked away with a cash prize of RM1,000.

The teams of students who participated in the competition are students from APU’s School of Computing and Technology (SCT). With a proud track record and history of producing highly competent graduates in Computing going back to its origins as APIIT, APU’s School of Computing & Technology today provides offers pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computing, IT, Software Engineering, Computer Science as well as in in the fields of Information Technology, highly specialised areas such as Cyber Security, Forensic Computing, Database Administration, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Big Data, Mobile Technology and more. 

Third Achievement in a Row

For the third time in a row, APU’s student is awarded the prestigious Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Award. Andrew Teh Boon Kheng received the award in conjunction with the 57th IEM Annual Dinner, which was held on Saturday, 16 April 2016. The Gold Medal from IEM is awarded to the best overall final year Engineering student in a local institution of higher learning.

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) was established in 1959 and its primary function is to promote and advance the science and profession of engineering in any or all of its disciplines and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to engineering. Membership of IEM is currently about 28,000, making it one of the largest professional organization in the country. 
Andrew is currently employed as an Sales & Application Engineer at KEYENCE Sdn Bhd. KEYENCE is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial automation and inspection equipment worldwide. Their products consist of code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators.
Having achieved this award 3 years running is a result from the strength of the engineering curriculum offered and the dedication of the academicians who have constantly delivered sound technical knowledge to all APU engineering students. We look forward to hear more success storied from our students and from the industry. Keep up the good work!

The 15th Indonesia Capital Market Student Studies (ICMSS) International Conference

Followed by their achievements of being selected to represent APU in the 15th Indonesia Capital Market Student Studies (ICMSS), our students made us proud once again – as Gaveena Kaur d/o Balbir Singh won the Best Presenter Award for the 15th ICMSS, which was held in Depok, Jakarta, Indonesia from Sunday, 21 February to Friday, 26 February 2016.

A total of 24 teams from prestigious universities worldwide participated in the conference; being the only Malaysian team in the conference, Gaveena Kaur, alongside her team mates, Vivien Soh May Hien and Muhammad Ashfaq Ali Soogun performed outstandingly at the conference. At the group presentation session in which they were subdivided into smaller groups with students from various universities, Muhammad Ashfaq Ali Soogun also attained the Best Performing Team award.


This achievement showcased our students’ ability to perform outstandingly in international competitions; we look forward to witnessing more achievements from our students in the future! Thumbs up and good job to their mentors, Mr Gunaseelan Kannan, Ms Meera Eeswaran and Ms Geetha Rubasundram who guided the team to success.