ICOCI 2017

Sama-Sama Hotel, ICOCI 2017

25-27 April 2017

It has been a while since I last wrote. Catching my breath for loads of office work and house work. ICOCI2017 was held in April, and only today I have a chance to write about it.

This year, International Conference on Computing and Informatics (ICOCI2017 – http://www.icoci.cms.net.my/icoci2017/) was organised at Sama-Sama Hotel, KLIA. As usual the School of Computing of UUM is the organiser. The work began right after ICOCI 2015…we have been working for the past 15 months for this event. Well, a good event needs planning, careful selection of papers, keynote speakers, a robust conference management system, ..etc..etc..

As a deputy chair and the ‘tekong’ for the papers selection, the works were, well towering! They sort of buried me under those piles of papers, meetings, emails,…urghhh you name it. But of course, the end result was more than beneficial. We had a 3-day happy, fruitful, joyous event where lots of new ‘networking’ has been established. We not only had a database of friends but a ‘touchbase’ of them!

belakang tabir

Last minute preparation..a day before the event. Seen in the pics are Azzah, Prof Ku, Dr Mazni, Dr Liza, Dr Yani

sesi daftar

Just before the opening, participants are registering. Niza, Liza and Azzah in charged here.

The keynote speakers this time were Dr Mazlan of Favoriot, En Nik Arif of Microsoft, Germain Thomas of Intelligent Home System and Dr Mohamed Moustafa Mahmoud (Dr3M) of Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE).

zu explain

He..he..I am always serious when it comes to leisure meeting like this. Seen in the picture are Dr 3M, Prof Ku Ruhana (the ICOCI Chair), and Arai (one of the invited speakers on Blockchain and Bitcoin)


The real networking session! With Dr 3M, Germain Thomas, Prof Ku & Arai’s wife.

This year, we managed to compile more than one hundred quality papers, after higher rejection rate compared to ICOCI 2015. We are happy for the selected papers and more than happy to receive our participants from many parts of the world.



Indeed, these are serious participants!


The Q&A session, as usual, is always interesting.

wan fatimah

I was the chair for this presentation session. Delivering the participation certificate to Associate Professor Dr Wan Fatimah

Presenting papers is important, but what is more important than that during an academic event like this? Networking! I believed ICOCI has managed to achieve this. I saw participants from different countries mingled with each other –of course in a positive way 🙂


discussion international

This is an evidence on how attractive ICOCI is. With sling support on his hand – he makes sure that he can benefit from this event.

more santai

A serious academic event also has a slot for ‘hanging-around’ and santai-santai…Seen in the picture-Dr Haslina and Dr Fauziah


An abundance of drink..food…

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Presenting the certificate to one of the keynote speaker – Germain Thomas. Also seen in the picture are Dr Nurharyani and Dr Mazni.


With Professor Kuwae. On my right is Dr Mazni.

And guess what, Sama-Sama Hotel served really delicious food of various kind. From mee mamak to oysters, from smoked salmon to cucuq udang..you name it. Well, of course, my fav has always been smoked salmon and salad…



We had a lot of fun. As a member of an ever hard working team, I feel blessed that we managed to go through thick and thin of the many challenges in making this event a successful one. In the photo below are the members. Eleven of us (Mr Kama is not in the photo, he was shooting this photo for us) altogether.

happy us

A great team – from left Dr Nooraini, Dr Norliza, Dr Nurharyani, me, Azzah, Prof Ku Ruhana, and Aniza. In the midle is Dr Mazni and the two guys from left are Dr Syamsul and Chareen.

Stressed? Ha..ha..I must be joking if I say there was none. In fact a lot of stressful moments we went through. It was worthy. We had fun though there are time where we had to swallow our own tears.


We enjoyed every moment working together

with chareen

Me and Chareen. Cheria sentiasa!

Two weeks after the event, we have had our post mortem meeting – analysing all the hiccups, planning for future improvements etc. The best thing is that it was done at Bistro EDC. Hmm…you can guess what the main attraction is. Food and more food again! Ya la..nama pun buat kat Bistro..tak kan kerja saja kan?


post mortem1

Our post mortem meeting – actually celebrating the success of ICOCI2017. Bravo to all! (Everybody was here except Mr Kama)


ilustrasi buku disleksia

Persiapan untuk buku seterusnya

Melukis boleh bantu anak-anak disleksia dan anak-anak yang bermasalah  pembelajaran yang lain. Saya mula mengumpul ilustrasi satu demi satu untuk saya kompil dalam buku yang akan datang. Sila tunggu ya?

lukisan disleksia

Ini salah satu ilustrasi untuk anak-anak disleksia yang saya lukis semasa mengikut kursus bersama ustaz Khairul  di Shah Alam, Januari 2017 yang lepas.


MINDS and GOLD awards at PERINTIS2016

(yes, I am showing-off here..^^^)

Date: 16 November, 2016

Venue: Dewan Seri Sarjana UNITEN Selangor


15th November, I carried the robot from Sintok to KL Sentral, then took a cab to RnR hotel, UNITEN. Travelling from 7.30 am, reaching the hotel at about 3.00pm, all the way I carried the BacaBot robot, purposely for the event at PERINTIS. The robot indeed is heavy, but on top of that, it is also fragile! Alhamdulillah, Safinar’s sister gave a hand from KL sentral to UNITEN.

It has been quite a while since I last took part in such a competition. This time UUM brought 2 products. BacaBot (with Dr Jaja, Dr Mustafa & Dr Azizi) and Write-rite (with Safinar). I actually have another product with UTP, Autism Social Aid (with Iman, Dr Wan Fatimah, & Dr Sobri). We were told that the judging process should begin at 9.00. Well, seems like the judges were so eager – I was barged by them at 8.40!! With setting up half done, table ‘berterabor’, I just have to go with it. Alhmdulillah, BacaBot works well.

Back-end of BacaBot

Back-end of BacaBot

The results were announced during dinner the same day. Guess what? BacaBot grabbed 2 awards – Gold and MINDS special award (MINDS= Malaysian Inventors and Design Society). Write-rite got Silver medal, Autism apps got Gold. We brought 3 products, we grabbed 4 awards. how cool is that?

The achievement has attracted Bernama and Metro. So there we go. in three newspapers! he..he..

BacaBot appeared in METRO

BacaBot appeared in METRO (2 Dec 2016)


In Berita Harian

In Berita Harian (5 Dec 2016)



Bernama, 5 Dec 2016


1. The medals. 2. Dato Leo Moggie visited our booth. 3. Awards giving.

The UUM online news goes like this:

UUM ONLINE: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) clinched a gold medal at the Research Invention and Innovation Competition for Private Institutions of Higher Learning, Malaysia 2016 (PERINTIS 2016), held at the Seri Sarjana Hall, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), Putrajaya Campus, recently.

UUM was represented by a team of researchers from the School of Computing (SOC). The team, led by Prof. Dr. Zulikha Jamaludin, included Dr. Husniza Husni, Dr. Mustafa Alobaedy, and Dr. Azizi Aziz.

“The intense competition was quite thrilling since other universities had entered quite a number of products while we had taken along only three products, namely, Bacabot, Write-Rite, and Autism Social Aid. Thankfully, all three products caught the attention of the jury and each one managed to secure an award each,” she said.

It was double the joy for the team when Bacabot received the Special Award from the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS). This award is only presented to recipients chosen from amongst the gold medallists.

According to her, Bacabot is an application devised to help children (both normal and dyslexic children) to read accurately, enhance their ability to count, and learn Malay, English, and mathematics in a way that can be adapted to the level and needs of their ability.

She explained that one of the elements that had won the jury over was the fact that its efficacy was result proven through a trial which, when carried out on school children, showed encouraging results.

“We use robots to attract the interest of the students to learn in an easier way. They can choose to use the robot, laptop, or tablet (multiplatform).

“What is unique about this application is that it is very flexible. Its database can be accessed and adapted by teachers and parents by way of updating data and adding new data, sentences, and phrases. Apart from this, it has features which will help students to read, listen, and even record their answers,” she elaborated.

She added that the idea came about after a research that was carried out in 2007 to produce a framework to help students. This, she said, later led to the development of several prototypes, namely, BacaMax, ARBaca, Mybaca, and BacaDisleksia, which were continually improved upon from time to time.

Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Zulaikha won another gold medal for her product called Autism Social Aid, a joint initiative with researchers from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

The product called Write-rite, developed with Safinar Rahim, succeeded in claiming the bronze medal. The prizes were presented by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau.

The competition, organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Higher Education, provides the best platform for researchers to showcase their scientific and technological inventions to draw the attention of manufacturers, inventors, and companies.”

can also be found at http://www.uum.edu.my/index.php/en/uum-news/3834-bacabot-clinches-gold-at-perintis-2016



BacaBot is a windows-based apps

Write-rite and Autism Social Aid are android-based apps


My green campus

Universiti Utara Malaysia- My green campus, loved by all!

Sept 2016
Location: Around the UUM Sintok campus

I have been working in my office for ages. I went out for official duties now and then. I forgot to ‘see’ my surroundings, my environment, my campus that I walked in and out every day. What an ignorant me!


Iman, Nada and me – look at the grass, the trees, the branches..!

One beautiful sunny day, I looked out of my window and wow, I said to myself. What a beautiful campus I lived in. The green view from every angle, the nice warm weather. How could I miss all these? For a moment I have no other feeling, just admiration. “Terpana” by the beauty that surrounded me.

That weekend (of course I have to look for a quiet day, i.e. Saturday), I asked my husband and children to join me for a walk – just to get ourselves near to the green of the campus. I saw the sun climbed on the sky where its light made the green grass (some are still wet from the morning dew). We walked towards the treeline…mesmerising! Now I realised what I have actually missed while working in front of my machine day in. day out.


Kak As, me and Iman – enjoying the walk. See the path? the treeline?


The building where my office is located – it has stunning architectural feat –let’s consider my office as a tropical paradise in the green forest.

We pass through a beautiful (or two/three) lake that glimmer in the light of dawn. (Actually I don’t even know whether it’s a lake or a river – sigh). We can see the silver skyline in the reflection. Ha…ha… I am being so melancholic, I guess. But truly, with this lake and the green grass that actually carpeted the whole UUM ground, I think there was Feng-Shui perfection to the scene.


The image is captured from the lake side. Eh, where is the lake view??

We also ventured into the hillside and slopping pathway track to a garden. Of course we can hear the chattering of the birds in the green trees. On top of birds – we saw monkeys as well. These complete UUM as a ‘university in the green forest’.


We have fun climbing trees, going after the monkeys ha…ha…ha…!


the tree, can be a resting place.


Me and him…

To us, it was truly amazing to witness such a natural scenery. I have been here for more than 20 years and only today I make the time to actually witness what I have around me – such a beautiful place where for some it is only possible in their dream.


Words are not needed to explain this.

I have no words that suffice to describe the beauty of this nature. I am not exaggerating – You have to come and see it for yourself to believe. You will feel like you are visiting a fairy land.



Bengkel menulis proposal: Sintok- Tok Aman Bali-UniSZA

Date: 16-19 Ogos, 2016
Lokasi: UniSZA, Kampus Tembila Kuala Terengganu


“Boleh tak Prof bagi bengkel menulis proposal kat pensyarah muda kkami?” Tanya dekan, Dr Syadiah. Saya bagai orang mengantuk disorongkan bantal. Sudah lama mengidam nak ke Terengganu. Lagi pula rasa bersalah takut  ‘kurang’ menjalankan tugas di UniSZA.

Menempuh perjalanan lebih 500km, dari Sintok, merentasi Kedah, Perak, Kelantan dan ke Terengganu. 4 Buah negeri saya lalui! Di perjalanan, singgah makan di restorang (teganung panggil restorang) dalam hutan – tapi lauk makan tengahari yang best. banyak ulam-ulaman termasuk daun belalai gajah. Jumpa penjual durian di tepi jalan pun kami berhenti, makan durian puas hati. Minta dibukakan dahulu durian tersebut, kalau berkenan dengan isi baru kami makan. Ha..ha..puas hati sungguh makan durian kali ini.


Penjual durian dah jemu tengok durian, kami jer dok menghadap macam orang tak pernah jumpa durian!

Petang baru masuk kawasan Cherang Ruku, sempadan Besut Terengganu, where our hotel is. Menginap di Tok Aman Bali Resort memang selesa berbanding penginapan sebelum ini, somewhere in Bukit Keluang. banyak aktiviti di sini, berenang, parasailing, boating dll.


Tu dia, sampai dah Tok Aman Bali Resort


Nada dah nak meneroka ‘ambience’ sini


B17hb hingga 18hb mula bengkel di Fakulti Informatik & komputeran, UnisZa, kampus Tembila. Pemandu jemput seawal 8.30 pagi. program mula 9.00 pagi. Memang muda-muda belia semua pensyarah UniSZA yang mengikuti bengkel ini. Maizan, Wan, well, Dr Khairani pun masih muda jika dibanding saya..ha..ha… Dr Syadiah tidak dapat bersama kali ini, beliau bercuti nun jauh di Bandung!


Serius, dah nak mula bengkel…tunggu pemandu di lobi.

Bahan bengkel kali ini lebih intensif kerana saya cuba menyampaikan kandungan 3 bab proposal PhD dalam tempoh hanya dua hari ini sahaja. Di bawah ini adalah senarai kandungan ‘booklet’ berjumlah 37 muka surat yang saya sediakan untuk para peserta. Jika ada di kalangan pembaca yang memerlukan bahan ini, sila hubungi saya. boleh jer saya kongsikan sedikit ilmu yang ada.


1. Basics on academic research
2. The difference between Master’s and a doctoral research
3. What is an academic proposal?
4. Why is a proposal important?
5. The Structure: Proposal, Paragraphs, Sentences

Structuring paragraphs
Structuring sentences

6. What should be included in a proposal
General purpose of sections in a research proposal


7. Literature review

Theoretical framework
Steps in performing LR

8. The methods chapter

The template for the method chapter

9. Conclusion in each chapter
10. Grammar and mechanics of writing .

Passive or active voice?
Document format
11. Introduction
Problem statement
Research questions
Sample matrix for evaluating research questions:
Research objectives
Linking PS to ROs and RQs
Contribution of the study

12. Finding material to read
13. Writing effectively
14. The implication of H-Index
15. Useful web sources

Web tools
List of Q1 journal (in HCI, IxD)
Example of Q1 journals (HCI)
Where to search for articles?
Main types of scholarly articles
Other thesis writing helpful sources

16. References


Sebahagian dari peserta yang bergambar bersama untuk kenangan. Comel-comel kan depa? Yang guys pun macho2 belaka.


As usual, bekalan keropok tidak dilupakan. Thanks Dr Khairani and team yang sangat awesome!

Perjalanan balik ke Sintok ditempuh dengan meredah lagi 500km. Selamat tinggal UniSZA, selamat tinggal Tok Aman Bali. Tuugas di kampusku sudah menimbun sejak 4 hari ditinggalkan. Oh…

balik sintok

Kena meredah hutan, sungai, tasik, bukit dan gunung…untuk kembali semula ke kampus UUM.

Anak-anak syurga

NASOM: Anak-anak syurga

Tarikh: 8-9 Jun 2016
Lokasi: NASOM, Butterwoth

Rasa besryukur. Alhamdulillah adalah perkataan yang pertama keluar dari bibir saya sebaik sahaja melihat mereka. Puji bagi Allah yang begitu berkuasa, mencipta makhluk pelbagai rupa, pelbagai upaya…dan anak-anak ini adalah di antara bukti kebesaranNya. Begitu sempurna saya, begitu sempurna juga mereka dengan ‘keistimewaan’ yang Allab beri pada mereka. mereka pasti anak syurga. Saya yang sempurna ini belum tentu…


My Iman pun tidak ketinggalan bergaul dengan anak-anak istimewa di NASOM. Berdiri dari kiri ialah Dr Sobri, Iman, Shima.

Saya, Dr Wan, Iman, Shima dan Dr Sobri adalah gabungan penyelidik dari UUM dan UTP. Kali ini kami ke Persatuan Autism Kebangsaan atau National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), cawangan Butterwoth untuk mengutip data keupayaan murid autism menggunakan produk kami (Autism social aid–ASA).


Dari kanan berdiri ialah Iman, Shima, dan guru-guru NASOM yang sangat berdedikasi.

Guru-guru di sini yang sangat berdedikasi memang saya tabik. Kemahiran dan keupayaan mereka menanangani karenah anak-anak istimewa ini sangat luar biasa. Kesabaran yang bukan sedikit. Dengan keringat, dengan tenaga, dan paling utama, dengan kasih sayang. Saya tidak mungkin berupaya menahan sabar dengan anak-anak ini. Yang kecil dengan sikapnya sendiri yang remaja, lagilah…


Kadang menung, kadang happy, kadang pandangan mereka jauh seperti melihat masa depan yang lebih baik. InsyaAllah anak-anak syurga ini kita bantu setakat terdaya


Contoh tulisan murid sekolah rendah: Keupayaan murid ini menulis dan melukis tidaklah terlalu jauh dibelakang.

Dua hari bersama mereka dalam eksperimen menggunakan ASA telah memberi banyak input kepada kami untuk menambahbaik ASA ke peringkat seterusnya. Buat masa ini ASA mencukupi untuk latihan sosial yang asas. Latihan untuk interaksi perlu dipertingkat. Apapun, hasil yang diperoleh sangat memuaskan.


Salah satu paparan antara muka pengguna ASA. Reaksi anak yang marah cuba menduga apakah murid autism mengenali reaksi ini.

Bagi mereka yang sedang mencari panduan mengesan Autism pada anak, murid, sedara dll, boleh tengok brosur kementerian di bawah ini.

autism brochure

  • Perbualan satu pihak
  • Mengulangi percakapan mengenai perkara yang sama
  • Ketawa berdekah-dekah tidak sesuai dengan keadaan
  • Tidak menunjukkan minat
  • Tidak tahu main olok-olok, contoh main menjadi doktor (dia tak pandai main ni)
  • Hanya menyertai kumpulan jika dibantu atau didesak
  • Perbuatan berulang. Contoh: mengibas-ngibaskan tangan.
  • Tidak bermain dengan rakan sebanya
  • Tunjukkan keinginannya dengan tangan orang dewasa
  • Mengulangi percakapan orang lain
  • Suka memutar objek
  • Benci perubahan
  • Tiada hubungan mata

Yang disenaraikan diatas adalah ciri kebanyakan. Perlu diingat, anak autism juga manusia biasa yang unik. Ada kelaku atau perbuatannya yang tidak terdapat dalam senarai diatas. Doktor pakar kanak-akank istimewa boleh mengesakan dengan lebih tepat.


Semiu’s Viva

Semiu’s Viva voce

Date: 31st July, 2016
Venue: Viva room, AHSGS of Arts & Sciences.


He said “Meet my supervisor, this PhD is produced by her, and I am a proud product”

Ayobami Akanmu Semiu, is my PhD student from Nigeria. A diligent and hardworking student I would say. On top of working on his research work and thesis, he works himself to exhaustion trying to add papers to his CV! No..no, I am just joking. he writes because it is the regulation of the university that the candidate should produce at least one journal article to graduate. The article published at international level is a kind of approval and open up to the many opportunities for learning and connecting that are happening all around the candidate’s work.


With his friends, who came to give him moral support.

Semiu was passionately connected to his thesis and remain engaged with his research and me, his supervisor. I have always deployed weekly meetings as the best pattern for supervision to nurture this connection. Though I do not claim that Semiu is lacking in time-management, I just wanna provide a tight accountability structure for him (and the same approach is applied for all my students). I believe, when students know that that written work or progress is expected each week, and they have to sit in an office with a supervisor who is evaluating their work, that stress creates productive writing and research (he..he.. kalau nak jumpa hari Rabu, hari Isnin student dah panic!)

Back to his viva voce session, in the beginning was not a smooth one. The Q&A session as usual, always tough and sometimes can drive us crazy. I still remembered how Semiu sweats all over! While waiting for the results, he keeps on pulling one tissue after another, wiping his face, head…

But the ending, like all box-office movies, is a happy one. Alhamdulillah, he passed with just minor corrections.

viva semiu

Congratulations Semiu. You made it. Sitting from right are Associate Professor Dr Haslina (Internal examiner), External examiner, and chairman. Standing from right – me, Semiu and Dr Hasbullah (representing the dean).