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Pride of Asia & Malaysia

 
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic brought numerous challenges to our lives, our students have once again proven that excellence has no boundaries and they are still able to shine on the international stage despite the virus outbreak. We are delighted and proud to share that our team, PestKillerBot stood out among global teams from China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Senegal, and the United Kingdom as one of the Global Finalists of the global Atos IT Challenge 2020.
 
Since its inception 9 years ago, the Atos IT Challenge has sparked new ideas among university students through different themes, encouraging students to develop world-changing solutions through technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and more. This year, the theme of the challenge is “Cooperative Artificial Intelligence”, in which participants were encouraged to develop innovative prototypes that allowed machines to cooperate in accomplishing given tasks.
 
It was indeed a Malaysian (and Asian) pride as our team was the only Asian & Malaysian team to be qualified in the Grand Finals. Under the guidance of their academic mentor, Ms. Hemalata Vasudavan and Atos mentors, Mr. Andy Wallace and Mr. Tan Chee Wooi, the team developed a prototype that incorporates the swarm intelligence to aid the pest control process in the floriculture industry. In preparation for this competition, the team has worked tirelessly over the last 9 months and have competed with teams globally to reach the Grand Finals. They will now compete with 2 other finalist teams from Croatia and Mexico for the Championship.
 
Team PestKillerBot comprises members as listed below:
  • Loo Chee Hin (Team Leader) - Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)
  • Yeo Khang Hsein - Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)
  • Andrew Chung Hui Yue - Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)
  • Yong Ee Ren - BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Cloud Computing
 
It is also worth to note that this is our second time to emerge as the only Asian & Malaysian team at the Atos IT Challenge Grand Finals; back in 2016, our team, Go & Gone, achieved the 1st Runner Up placing at the Challenge, that was held in Paris, France.
 
KUDOS once again, to team PestKillerBot for the tremendous achievement WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! A Digital Awards Ceremony of the Challenge will be held on the 8th of July. It will be, indeed, a proud moment for all of us! We will continue to provide updates – let’s hope for the best for the team!

Career Exposure for Future Data Engineers

Under the guidance of our lecturers from School of Technology, Dr Kuruvikulam Chandrasekaran Arun, Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Rana, and Dr Ma’en Tayseer, 23 of our students visited Powerware Systems Sdn Bhd recently, to gain overall exposure on their potential careers of the future.
 
PWS is a data center specialized in engineering consultation that is highly involved in the cloud computing industry. At the visit, the General Manager of PWS together with technical officers provided a career briefing for our visiting students. The information shared ranged from the roles and responsibilities, technical skills required to the relevant training or certification opportunities available for a cloud computing engineer or a data engineer.
 
Students were enthusiastic in exploring the workplace, as well as enquiring further information about their career pathways – this visit has certainly created a platform for industrial exposure, where students are able to have an overview of how their future working environment looks like.

Malaysian Champion - Road to Kazan, Russia

Once again, we prove to the nation and to the world that we are global talent hub for computing & technology! 
 
Our final year student of the BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Information Systems Security, Kogilan Krishnansamy, will be carrying the APU and Malaysian flag to Kazan, Russia next month. He was the National Champion of the Worldskills Malaysia 2019 – Cloud Computing Challenge held recently, which was an initiative by the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Human Resources.

 
The WorldSkills Competition is a global competition aimed to promote professional education as well as to dedicate youth to technical and technological careers. This year, young professionals from around the world will compete in 56 skills, which include Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Web Technologies and more.
 
At the stage of the WorldSkills Malaysia (Cloud Computing) League, Kogilan made use of the AWS GameDay engine to develop solutions based on the given case scenario, using the AWS resources that are available. Moving forward, Kogilan will be demonstrating his skills in front of judges and over 1,400 participants who come from 63 countries and regions around the world.
 
It will be a truly global experience; we are also proud to note that Kogilan will be the only Malaysian representative to stand on the world stage! Our lecturer, Dr. Kalai Anand Ratnam has been appointed by the Department of Skills Development as the WorldSkills 2019 (Malaysia National Expert for Cloud Computing) – hence, he will be guiding Kogilan in preparing for the WorldSkills Competition, as well as travelling with him to Kazan, Russia in August. He is also an appointed Judge representing Malaysia, who will evaluate the performance of the participants at the Competition.
 
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Kogilan and Dr. Kalai Anand Ratnam – as they carry the APU & Malaysian flag to Kazan, Russia, we wish them ALL THE BEST!
 

Guest Lecture on Distributed Systems

To expose our students to the various types of distributed systems and to provide in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, our colleagues from the School of Technology (SOT) invited Prof. Liew Chee Sun,  Head of Unit, High Performance Computing (HPC) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of Universiti Malaya (UM) to conduct a guest lecture on cloud computing and grid computing.
 
Prof. Liew is an expert in the fields of  Data-Intensive Computing, Grid Computing, High Performance Computing and Distributed Computing. Throughout the session, he shared knowledge about current trends and technologies in distributed systems as well as real-time enterprise distributed systems around the world. Our final year students demonstrated high interest in the talk, as they were enthusiastic to direct questions and provide answers at the Q&A session.
Prof. Liew provided good insights of implementing cloud and grid computing in a distributed environment – this knowledge is extremely useful for our students who attended the session, as they will eventually join the future workforce as Cloud Computing professionals. Kudos to our colleagues, Mr. Umapathy Eaganathan and  Dr. Kuruvikulam Chandrasekaran Arun from the School of Technology (SOT) for coordinating this beneficial session.

 

Levelling Up the Programming Knowledge

Under the coordination of our colleagues, Muhammad Ehsan Rana, Kamalanathan, Palvinderjit Kaur and Vijayaraj from the School of Computing & Technology (SoCT), a Salesforce Trailhead Superbadge workshop was conducted for a group of our students, in order to familiarize themselves with the latest programming knowledge and equip them with necessary technical skills.
 
45 of our students attained the “Superbadge” credential after the completion of the 8-hours workshop and the necessary modules; this becomes an added advantage for them to enrich their resume and to be exposed to more career opportunities in the future.


Salesforce is the innovative company behind the world’s #1 cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform – with the knowledge sharing session being conducted by Salesforce experts, students broadened their knowledge in the fields of cloud computing and programming. These are necessary skills for them to secure good career opportunities as they graduate as IT Professionals of the future.