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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!

Exposure to Future Career Opportunities

As part of Industry Revolution 4.0, Artificial Intelligence becomes one of the key areas to be developed, where resources are seen to be heavily invested in this area. Recently, the APU Careers Centre, in collaboration with goSMAC and the School of Computing, organized a career talk titled “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth”, which discussed on Artificial Intelligence and the ways it could change the world.
The speaker, Michael Lai, holds an impeccable profile within the tech industry. In his career, he held high positions in technology companies such as the CEO of TM Net, Malaysia and Senior Vice President of Celcom, Malaysia. Now, he is the Technopreneur for goSMAC and leads his team who are eager to reach out to students in terms of bringing industry exposure. In his engaging session with students, there were many references to AI and the business elements of running his own Tech & IT Company. Michael shared case studies and experience in Social, Mobile, Analytic & Cloud (SMAC) platforms, in which he gave exposure to the students on the world of possibilities within the industry.

The talk by Michael provided great insights on the opportunities available, in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is about to take place as a global phenomenon. It was a great initiative by APU Careers Centre and the faculty, to deliver talks that provide extensive industrial exposure to our students.