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From CoE to HiCoE

CISIR started as a research lab in 2000 in the area of image and signal processing. It became a UTP leading research cluster in 2005. On 15 Dec 2008, CISIR was established as a university research centre. CISIR re-aligned its research focus to UTP Mission Oriented Research in Biomedical Technology in 2009. On 2 August 2012, CISIR became UTP's first  Centre of Excellence (CoE) after successfully meeting UTP CoE criteria. 

In Feb 2013, UTP applied to Ministry Of Education (MOE) for HiCOE status and qualified for site audit that was conducted by MOE HiCoE Panel of Assessors on 21-22 Oct 2013. CISIR successfully passed the site audit and UTP received an offer letter in August 2014 to award CISIR HiCoE status.


HiCOE is the Higher Institution of Centre of Excellence awarded by the Ministry of Education to become the leader in the respective niche areas at the national level and subsequently towards the international standard. CISIR as HiCoE focusing on NeuroChemical Imaging Under Biomedical Image Analysis as its research niche area.


NEURPCHEMICAL IMAGING is essentially translational research that involves use of various modalities (acquisition) and neuroimaging techniques to either directly or indirectly image the structure, function/pharmacology of the brain and the human body, in order to understand basic neurochemical disturbances and analyse (model and quantify) physiology and functions, and examine disease conditions for medical science and clinical purposes. It is a relatively new area within medicine and neuroscience/psychology.

This was announced at a ceremony officiated by Education Minister II, Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh on 9 October 2014.

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As HiCoE, CISIR will have the following activities:

  • Conduct translational research in neuro chemical imaging that includes brain pathways, mental states and imaging of cartilage
  • Develop innovative tools for quantitative EEG analysis and portable Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) grading.
  • Establish regional and international collaborative network in neuro informatics, and medical cloud for big data analytics.
  • Conduct international meetings, workshops, and short courses.



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