Dr. Norhayati Rusli

Deputy Director of Disease Control (Surveillance), Public Health

Title: GIS Applications in Public Health Services in Malaysia

Speaker Profile:

Dr Norhayati Rusli is a Deputy Director of Disease Control under Surveillance Section, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. She obtained MBBS degree from University of Malaya in 1991. Subsequently, she completed Master in Public Health (MPH) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1998.

She serves in various national committees related to health and disease control. At regional and international level, she is the Technical Advisor from Malaysia for Regional Aviation Medicine Team (RAMT) Asia-Pacific Region from 11th – 12th September 2007 until now. She also represents Ministry of Health Malaysia as one of the committee in CAPSCA (Cooperative Arrangement in Preventing the Spread of Communicable Diseases through Air Travel) project implementation at International level. She has been elected as Consultant by World Health Organisation (WHO) for ‘Informal Consultation on the Development of Technical Guidance for Public Health Emergency Planning at Designated Points of Entry in 2010. She consistently strives to improve the service provided in the eye of the world so that the health service given is comparative with all International Airport in the world. This effort will not only provided good image to Ministry of Health Malaysia but also to the State of Selangor Darul Ehsan and Malaysia on the whole.

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 Professor Yassine RUICHEK

University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France

Title: Detection and Evaluation of Hazardous Situations in Level Crossing Using Video Processing

Speaker Profile:

Yassine RUICHEK received his PhD degree in control and computer engineering, and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) degree in physic science from the University of Lille (France) in 1997 and 2005, respectively. He was an assistant researcher and teacher from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007, he was an associate professor at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (France). Since 2007, he is a full Professor at UTBM, with the Institute of Research on Transport, Energy and Society (IRTES). He is responsible of EPAN research team working on environment perception and autonomous navigation using multi-sensor fusion.

His research interests include computer vision, image processing and analysis, pattern recognition, data fusion, localization, with applications in intelligent transportation systems and video surveillance. He was involved in many Regional, National and European projects in advanced transportation systems (PCRD Prometheus, PREDIT Statue, ANR PANsafer, PREDIT CAPLOC, RFC VMS, CPER IVT, etc.), where he coordinated some of them. Yassine RUICHEK headed the Systems and Transportation laboratory from 2012 to 2015, and the Computer Science department from 2006 to 2008. He is author/co-author of more than 130 papers, published as chapters in books, articles in journals or papers presented in conferences.

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 Mr Kiyoshi HASEGAWA

General Manager of Brain Science Business Unit, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, Japan

Title: New Business Creation by the Integration of Brain Science

Speaker Profile:

1990-      Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc. Industrial Products Manager

1998-      Hitachi, Ltd. Multimedia Systems Div.

2007-      Hitachi, Ltd. Business Incubation Div.

2014-      Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. Brain Science Business Unit. General Manager





 Dr Nor Fariza Ngah

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Shah Alam Hospital, Malaysia

Title: Optical Coherence Tomography in Current Practice

Speaker Profile:

Dr Nor Fariza completed her undergraduate years at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. After receiving ophthalmic training from the National University of Malaysia, she went on to pursue her clinical fellowship in Medical Retina (MR) and Uveitis Disease at the Moorfields Eye Hospital, University College London in 2003. As a fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, she received advanced training under the direct supervision of Professor Susan Lightman (Uveitis), Professor Alan Bird (AMD), Mr Phil Hykin (Diabetic Retinopathy) and Mr Hungeford (Melanoma Clinic).

Returning to Malaysia in 2004, Dr. Nor Fariza was appointed as the Head of Unit for Medical Retina and Uveitis Services in Hospital Selayang. In 2010, in addition to her current role as Head of Unit for Medical Retina and Uveitis Services, she became the Head of Department for the Selayang Eye Hospital. Currently, she is the National Head of Ophthalmology Services in Malaysia.

Dr Nor Fariza has played a key role in setting up a tertiary center for the very first Medical Retina services in the Ministry of Health of Malaysia. She established a formal training structure in Medical Retina diseases, and transformed the unit into the largest Medical Retina center in Malaysia. Dr. Nor Fariza has published more than 21 original articles and has presented at more than 40 local, national and international ophthalmic conferences, both as invited speaker and presenter. She is a member of many ad-hoc and national ophthalmic committees, and she sits on many consultative panels in the Ministry of Health Malaysia advising policies related to ophthalmology.

Her latest project is the development of a new Medical Retina and Uveitis Centre in Shah Alam Hospital, Shah Alam, Selangor.

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 Associate Professor Dr Muzaimi Mustapha

Department of Neurosciences,
School of Medical Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Malaysia

Title: Cerebral Small Vessel Disease: A Mare Incognitum

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Muzaimi is a physician neuroscientist and an Associate Professor in Experimental Neurology/Fundamental Neuroscience at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), School of Medical Sciences following the completion of his medical and postgraduate training for MBBCh/PhD studies in the UK (Cardiff; Oxford). His neuroscience research activities had received grants from international and national grants through collaborations with both local and international researchers.

He had also been involved in numerous clinical trials and hold professional memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), Association of British Neurologists (ABN), British Neuroscience Association (BNA) and Society of Neuroscience (SfN) (USA). He is currently the Chair, Basic Neuroscience Chapter and Vice President, Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN), and an Associate Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). He is a co-founder and current Programme Coordinator for USM mixed-mode graduate studies, the Integrated Neuroscience Programme (INP), the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. His scholarly area of interests include brain rewards circuitry; neurocognition; cerebrovascular; neurodegeneration; and University-Community educational neuroscience engagement.


 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari

Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC)
Deputy Director, University of Malaya Centre of Addiction Science (UMCAS)

Title: Addiction as Chronic Neurobiological Disorders

Speaker Profile:

Dr Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari is an Associated Professor and Consultant in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Malaya. He obtained MBBS degree from University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 1998. Subsequently he completed specialty training in Psychiatry (Master in Psychological Medicine) from University of Malaya in 2006. He completed attachment at the Forensic Mental Health Service in Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Australia in 2007.

He is a member of executive committee and currently holding a post of Honorary Secretary for the Malaysia Psychiatric Association (MPA). He was also a council member for the Early Career Psychiatrist section of the World Psychiatric Association in 2008. He is also the President of the Sleep Disorder Society of Malaysia (SDSM) since 2011-2015. He is also affiliated to the University of Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS). He was the coordinator for the prison post release program which was a project jointly run with Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERIA), Yale University and Prison Department, Malaysia funded by National Institute of Health (NIH US).

In 2013 as the chairman of the International Conference of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Conference he successfully organized the conference in Kuala Lumpur. He have also published articles in local and international journal.


 Mr Usman Sarwar

Connectivity Architect, Internet of Things Group (IOTG) at Intel Malaysia

Title: IoT Connectivity Front-haul Technologies: The Source of Data

Speaker Profile:

Usman Sarwar is software architect working on IoT connectivity technologies with fifteen years of R&D and software development experience. He has diverse technical background by working on areas related to IoT protocols and systems, middleware protocol systems, voice & video over IP and domain-specific search engines. Usman has also worked on smart city, smart building and smart health related projects. He is also working with standardization alliances and associations.

He is an inventor/co-inventor of twenty patents and have published sixteen research papers related to IoT and network systems. He has won several international and national awards for software technical innovations. Currently, he is working on connectivity related projects related in Intel’s IoT group.

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 Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohammad Abdul Rahman

Psychiatrist, Clinical Hypnotherapist,
Royal College of Medicine Perak, University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Title: Validating its Effectiveness in Regulation of Physiological Functions to Calm the Mind and Body

Speaker Profile:

Associate Professor Dr Mohammad worked with Ministry of Health for 2 years and seconded to School of Medical Sciences, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) as trainee lecturer and later academician from 1987-1996. Moved to Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UniMAS) in 1996/97. Started training and services in Organizational Mental Health from 1998-2008. In 2012, registered with SSM a licensed NLM Consultancy, Services and Training to conduct courses and offer consultancy and services in Mental Health. Joined Faculty of Medicine, UniKL RCMP in 2008 until now. Teaching Behavioural Sciences, Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry to medical and nursing students.

Area of interest is to conduct programmes and courses in Preventive and Interventional Psychiatry.

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