Dr Muhammad Fermi Pasha

School of IT

+603 5515 9703
Room 2-4-27

Personal statement

Dr Fermi graduated and earned his PhD from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2010. He then continued working as a research fellow at the same university for the next 5 years working on several multidisciplinary research projects with community engagement activities. Before that, while pursuing his PhD, he spent 4 years working as a Senior Software Engineer and Architect in the software industry. He is currently with Monash University, Malaysia, as a Lecturer attached to the School of Information Technology.

Dr. Fermi is a passionate software developer and researcher. He has received various awards recognizing the software solutions and the research projects that he was involved with both as member as well as team lead. Presently, his research focuses on computational neuroimaging, intelligent network security traffic analysis, and healthcare and radiology IT with emphasis on big data.

Those interested to pursue PhD in the areas mentioned above should approach him. Scholarship may be available.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2010
  • Master in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2006
  • Degree in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2003

Professional affiliations

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Research Interests

  • Evolving systems and machine intelligence
  • Neocortex memory modelling
  • Intelligent Next Generation Network Monitoring System & Security (Computer Network)
  • Medical image analysis and communication platform
  • Healthcare data analytics and Radiology IT
  • Neuroimaging

Research Projects

The endless goal of machine learning research was to give a sense of intelligence, inspired by the human brain, into a machine via an effective utilization of the machine-learning algorithm. In this regard, our focus is on modelling the neocortex, one of the largest areas of human brain responsible to forms human memory and it is believed that the ability of neocortex in storing and manipulating memory is the foundation of human intelligence. On an application context, there are few on-going and future projects in the pipeline. Firstly, with the blooming usage of IoT, raw (undecoded) network traffic data is becoming a source of big data that can be learned and analysed not only from network security perspective but also from user usage behaviour. Secondly, recent introduction of clinical document standard opens up true big data analytics scenario where no fragmentation of data exists. Our research project focus is to utilize standardised clinical document as a source of big data and provide predictive clinical analytics, evidence-based clinical advices, in addition to business intelligence. Thirdly, we are venturing into frontier neuroimaging research and looking at applying machine intelligence to not only improving the fiber tracking process but also to provide clinical analysis to certain brain diseases as well as cloud infrastructure to efficiently store and retrieve the massive neuroimage data as well as providing an online pipeline for anywhere anytime analysis.


Units Taught

FIT1008 – Introduction to Computer Science

FIT9123 – Introduction to Business Information Systems

FIT5152 - User interface design and usability

Local grants

  • Delineating the Roles of Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Microthrombogenic Haemostatic Assays for Cerebral Small Vessel Disease in Apparently Asymptomatic Individuals,  Win Mar @Salmah Jalaluddin, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Muzaimi Mustafa, Mandava Rajeswari,  2015 - 2019, MOE FRGS, RM123,000.00
  • Neuro-Imaging: Imaging Biomarker for Neurological Diseases,  Mandava Rajeswari, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Muzaimi Mustafa,  Mohd Ezane Aziz, 2012 - 2016, MOE HiCoE Potential Grant, RM550,000.00
  • Advanced Medical Imaging Prototype for Webclients and its Clinical Evaluation,  Mandava Rajeswari, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib,  Mohd Ezane Aziz, 2012 - 2015, MOE PRGS, RM70,000.00
  • Medical Image Viewer and Automated Analysis – An Accelerated Effort Towards Research and Development,  Mandava Rajeswari, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib,  Mohd Ezane Aziz, Rosni Abdullah, Bahari Belaton, 2011 - 2016, USM APEX Delivering Excellence Grant, RM1,390,757.00
  • Spatially Aware Clustering Models for Multispectral Image Segmentation,  Mandava Rajeswari, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Rosni Abdullah, 2012 - 2015, USM Research University Grant, RM205,500.00
  • A novel predictive model for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias among Malaysians using Artificial Intelligence techniquesMuhammad Fermi Pasha, Rozainee Khairudin, Ishwar Singh A/L Ranjit Singh, Wong Chee Piau, Karen Jennifer Abuzahra, Orimaye Sylvester Olubolu, Imran Ghani, 2014- 2018,MOE FRGS, RM 81,000.00

International grants

  • Providing Support for Early Detection of Autism in Low and Middle income Countries, Pratheepan Yogarajah, Dermot Gerard Kerr, Bryan Gardiner, Sonya Coleman, Muhammad Fermi Pasha, Anuja Dharmaratne,  2017-2018, Ulster University Pump-Priming GCRF, £35,874.00

Current supervision


Muhammad Aliero Saidu 
Reference Security Model and Security Requirements Engineering for Secure Internet of Things
2018 - Present
Monash University Malaysia

Usman Haruna Garba 
Secure and Reliable Communication: Preventing Distributed Denial of Service Attacks on Internet of Things
2018 - Present
Monash University Malaysia

Muhammad Hasnain Malik 
Regression Test Case Prioritization for Validation of Web Applications
2017 - Present
Monash University Malaysia

Ishrat Hayat Malik 
Crowdsourcing Translation for Perso-arabic Script Languages
2017 - Present
Monash University Malaysia

Judyanne Sharmini A/P Gilbert Fernandez 
Learning Predictive Linguistic Features for Alzheimer’s Disease using Verbal Utterances in Malaysia
2016 - Present
Monash University Malaysia


David Olayemi Alebiosu 
Automatic Classification of Medical X-Ray Images using Deep Learning and Fusion Technique
2016 - Present
Monash University Malaysia

Local Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Mobile App Innovation – Mobile World and MCMC, 2012
  • Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung (Hall of Fame Award – Journal Publication Category) – University Research Innovation, 2010
  • MSC Malaysia APICTA Award (e-Health Category) – Asia Pacific ICT Award (PIKOM, MDeC and KKMM), 2010
  • Anugerah Inovasi Negara (National Innovation Award - ICT Product) – Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, 2009
  • Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung (Hall of Fame Award – Research Product Category) – USM, 2009
  • Gold Medal and Best Invention Award at Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) – MARS and MOE, 2008
  • Silver Medal at International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design, and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) – MINDS, 2006

International Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Gold Medal at Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF), Seoul, Korea - Korea Invention Promotion Association, 2010
  • Silver Medal at the 61st IENA International Trade Fair, Nuremberg, Germany - IENA, 2009
  • Best Paper List Award at ICETE 2005, Reading, U.K, - ICETE, 2005


  • M. Rajeswari, M. F. Pasha, K. K. Liang, B. A. Chandra, M. A. Amran, (2015). “Method for displaying large x-ray medical images on portable handheld device”. Malaysian patent application [Patent Pending - PI 2015700565]

Selected Peer Reviewed Indexed Journal

  • Rahmat, R.F., Pasha, M.F., Budiarto, R., and Syukur, M. (2015). “A Gene-Regulated Neural Network”. The International Arab Journal of Information Technology. Vol. 12. No. 6, ISSN: 1683-3198 – (ISI)
  • F. Nadi, M. Rajeswari, and M. F. Pasha (2014). “A short review of diffusion models and its possibilities to enhance imaging biomarker for neurodegenerative diseases”. Current Medical Imaging Reviews. Vol. 10, No. 4, ISSN: 1573-4056 – (ISI)
  • Pasha, M.F., Supramaniam, S., Liang, K.K., Amran, M.A., Chandra, B.A. and Rajeswari, M. (2012). “An Android-based Mobile Medical Image Viewer and Collaborative Annotation: Development Issues and Challenges”, International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications (JDCTA). Vol. 6 No. 1, ISSN: 1975-9339. – (SCOPUS)
  • Pasha, M.F., Rahmat, R.F., Budiarto, R. and Syukur, M. (2010). “A Distributed Autonomous Neuro-Gen Learning Engine and Its Application to the Lattice Analysis of Cubic Structure Identification Problem”, International Journal of Innovative Computing and Information Control (IJICIC), Vol.6 No.3(A), March 2010, ISSN: 1349-4198. – (ISI)
  • Pasha, M.F., Budiarto, R., Syukur, M. and Yamada, M. (2006). “EFIS: Evolvable-Neural-Based Fuzzy Inference System and Its Application for Adaptive Network Anomaly Detection”, Special Issue on Advances in Machine Learning and Cybernetics, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Volume 3930, Springer-Verlag, ISSN: 0302-9743. – (ISI)

Selected Chapter in Research Book

  • Widhiasi, A., Idrus, R., Pasha, M.F. and Syukur, M. (2013). “A Feasibility Study Scheme of an Android-based Integrated Wearable ECG Monitoring System”. Procedia Computer Science 21, Elsevier.
  • Rajeswari, M., Yeow, L. S., Chandra, B. A., Haur, O. K., Pasha, M. F., and Shuaib, I. L. (2012). “Liver Tumor Segmentation Using Kernel-Based FGCM and PGCM”, In H. Yoshida et al. (Eds.) Abdominal Imaging 2011, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Volume 7029, Springer-Verlag.
  • Rajeswari, M., Pasha, M.F. and Supramaniam, S. (2011). “Mobile Teleradiology: Establishing high-tech medical solutions in low-tech environments”, In Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and Badaruddin Mohamed (Eds.) TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW 2011. Delivering Excellence: World’s First Initiatives, USM Press.

Selected Conference Proceeding

  • Wong, W., Abu-Shareha, A.A., Pasha, M.F. and Mandava, R. (2013). “Enhanced Local Binary Pattern for Chest X-ray Classification”. The 2013 IEEE Second International Conference on Image Information Processing, Waknaghat, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
  • M. F. Pasha, M. A. Amran, B. A. Chandra, K. K. Liang, and M. Rajeswari (2013). “ENDEAVOR Collaborative DICOM Reporting Framework and its Case Study of Multi-site Mobile Teleradiology Pilot Implementation”. The e-Health Symposium 2013, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
  • Pasha, M.F., Hong, K.S., and Rajeswari, M. (2011) “Profiling the Features of Pre-segmented Healthy Liver CT Scans: Towards Fast Detection of Liver Lesions in Emergency Scenario”. 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2011), 30 August – 3 September 2011, Boston, USA.
  • Pasha, M.F., Abdat, M. and Rajeswari, M. (2011) “IPv6 Traffic Flow Security Threats and Trend Analysis: Towards Combined Intelligent Detection Approach”. IJCAI Workshop on Intelligent Security, 16-22 July 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Abdat, M., Isawasan, P., Pasha, M.F. and Manasrah, A. (2010). “On Fuzziness in Hybrid Network Device Discovery”, International Conference on Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence, November 2010, Phuket, Thailand.
  • Widhiasi, A., Mohanan, V., Pasha, M.F. and Budiarto, R. (2010). “Vertical Handover Scheme for Car-to-Car Communication Based on IEEE 802.21 Standard”, International Conference on Computer Engineering and Applications, March 2010, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Pasha, M.F., Budiarto, R., Ramadass, S. and Syukur, M. (2008). “A Sequential Hierarchical Superset Implementation of Neocortex Memory System and Its Case Study of Automated Network Forensic Analysis”, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, July 2008, Las Vegas, USA
  • Pasha, M.F., Manasrah, A., Supramaniam, S., Budiarto, R., and Ramadass, S. (2007). “High Performance Network Worm Detection Engine using Memory Efficient Circular Buffer”, International Workshop on Distributed Frameworks for Multimedia Applications, IEEE Press, July 2007, Paris, France
  • Pasha, M.F., Budiarto, R. and Yamada, M. (2005). “ADAPTIVE REAL-TIME NETWORK MONITORING SYSTEM: Detecting Anomalous Activity with Evolving Connectionist System” International Conference on E-Business and Telecommunication Network, INSTICC Press, October 2005, Reading, U.K. [Best Papers List]
  • Pasha, M.F., Budiarto, R. and Syukur, M. (2005). “Connectionist Model for Distributed Adaptive Network Anomaly Detection System”, 2005 International Conference on Machine Learning and Cybernetic, IEEE Press, August 2005, Guangzhou, China
  • Pasha, M.F. and Budiarto, R. (2004). "Developing Online Adaptive Engine for Profiling Network Traffic using Evolving Connectionist Systems", 3rd Conference on Neuro-Computing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI'04), December 2004, Auckland, New Zealand