Current research activities include medical imaging analysis of diabetic retinopathy, psoriasis, ulcer wounds, skin pigmentation (vitiligo, melasma), visual evoked potentials (VEP) for clinical research, video surveillance for security, digital elevation model (DEM) analysis for agriculture, and seismic data analysis for geoscience. The research centre also serves the university Mission-Oriented Research in Health.

Research at CISIR explores the use of signal and image processing, computer vision, 3D imaging and computational intelligent techniques. Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Independent Component Analysis (ICA), Singular Value Decomposition, and texture modeling using Markov-Gibbs Random Fields are some of techniques used in our medical analysis research. New imaging modalities such as Multispectral and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are currently being investigated to explore biochemical mechanisms for medical analysis. Fractal analysis and blind deconvolution techniques have also been explored for seismic data analysis.

Implementation of medical devices and video surveillance systems are investigated using latest tools in real-time embedded systems. The use of 3D laser and optical scanning modalities and computational intelligent techniques are explored and developed to enhance printed circuit board assembly inspection performance. The research centre brings together researchers with various expertise and disciplines related to signal and image processing, computer vision and embedded systems.








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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.


Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR) has been recognized by Ministry of Education (MOHE) as the National Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICOE) status focusing on Neurochemical Imaging as its research niche area in 2014. CISIR conduct translational research in brain that includes Brain Pathways and Mental States. It studies characteristic and function of the brain through advanced signal and imaging processing techniques. CISIR promotes R&D culture through collaborative and translational research with local and overseas research institutions, hospitals and industry. CISIR provide platform to understand the problem from medical professional and society and bring the solutions that can assist them to improve their quality of life.

 CISIR atau lebih dikenali sebagai Pusat Penyelidikan Isyarat Neuro dan Pengimejan Pintar telah diiktiraf oleh Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT) sebagai Pusat Kecemerlangan Pendidikan Tinggi (HiCoE) yang memberi tumpuan kepada Pengimejan Neuro Kimia sebagai bidang nic pada tahun 2014. CISIR menjalankan penyelidikan dalam kajian berkaitan otak termasuklah kajian mengenai keadaan mental otak manusia dan pemindahan isyarat otak. Ia mengkaji ciri dan fungsi otak menggunakan teknik isyarat lanjutan dan proses pengimejan. CISIR mempromosikan budaya R&D melalui jaringan kerjasama dan kajian dua hala dengan institusi penyelidikan di dalam dan luar  negara, hospital dan juga industry. CISIR menyediakan platfom untuk memahami masalah dari perspektif ahli perubatan dan masyarakat dalam masa yang sama dapat membantu mereka meningkatkan kualiti hidup.


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.

 >>read news here<<


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.





Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR)
Block 22, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar,
31750 Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Telephone: +605 368 7893
Fax: +605-365 7443
Website http://cisir.utp.edu.my
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Multispectral Camera

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Polarimetric Camera (Bossa Nova)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Polarimetric Camera (Flux Data)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectrophotometer (COLOR i7)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectrophotometer (X-Rite)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectroradiometer (OL 750-D)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectroradiometer (Optronic Laboratories)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectroradiometer (KONICA MINOLTA)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectroradiometer (CS-1000 )

Le2i, University of Burgundy


Spectroradiometer (CS-2000)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


IR Camera (FILR)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


IR Camera (FLIR systems) Thermovision A40)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


IR Cameras (Thermovision A40)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


3D Scanner (ToF-Trimble)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


3D Scanner (Minolta Vivid 910)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


3D Scanner (Lines Projection)

Le2i, University of Burgundy


3D Scanner (Fringes projection: Steinbichler Comet 5)

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Hospital USM



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Hospital USM



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Sodium MRI

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University de Girona


Sextant Experimental Boat

University de Girona


Water Tank for Testing Technologies

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