1st School of IT Graduate Research Symposium

School of Information Technology recently organised its very first Graduate Research Symposium on 4th October 2019 (Thursday).  Participation was open to all graduate research students from the School of Information Technology.  The primary objective of the event was to provide opportunities for Graduate Research Students (GRS) in the School to share their research, giving and obtaining constructive feedback for quality research output.

The symposium was officiated by Associate Head of School (Research), Assoc. Prof. Wong Kok Sheik. In his opening remarks, Assoc. Prof. Wong shared the initiatives and commitments by the School to continuously improve in providing the support towards the GRS.  One example is the recently renovated Postgraduate Centre, which was completed within a short time to provide a better environment for graduate research studies.   The School is also working on upgrading the computing facilities.  He also encouraged the GRS to actively participate and take this event as an opportunity to polish their presentation skills.  This symposium also offered a good platform for the GRS to interact with their peers and the academics for the exchange of research ideas.

An invited talk entitled "Foundation of Deep Learning in Computer Vision" was delivered by a distinguished Guest Speaker, Dr. Wong Lai Kuan.  She is the Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Multimedia University.  With her vast experience in computer vision research, she shared the fundamentals of deep learning, particularly convolutional neural network (CNN) and the current state-of-the-art solutions for different computer vision tasks.  The GRS and guests found her talk deeply enlightening.

The parallel sessions of the symposium included presentations by 21 GRS.  A handful of GRS, who just enrolled into PhD also participated in the event, where some volunteered as helpers as well.  From the feedback collected after the event, the symposium was deemed beneficial as it provided GRS the avenue for effective learning activities.  The School plans to organise the symposium on an yearly basis.

Dr. Wong Lai Kuan