Keynote Address

Keynote 1:

“From Information Retrieval to Knowledge Retrieval”

Prof. Dr. Zaharin Yusoff
Sunway University

Prof. Dr. Zaharin Yusoff is a Professor at the School of Science and Technology, Sunway University in Malaysia. He began his career in 1980 at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), where he served for 25 years, including being the Coordinator of the Computer-Aided Translation Unit, the founding Dean of the School of Computer Sciences, and the Dean of Research (ICT Platform). In August 2005, he went on his secondment to MIMOS, where he served as Senior Director of the Productisation Unit, and then of the Artificial Intelligence Centre as well as of the Knowledge Technology Centre until May 2007. In the rest of 2007, he was the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at UNITEN, before moving on to be the President of Multimedia University (MMU) from January 2008 to December 2010. He then moved on to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) as well as retained a position as Senior Consultant at Gagasan Wibawa Sdn. Bhd. under Andaman Berhad. He joined National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) in October 2013, first as the Head of the Artificial Intelligence Section of the Cyber Security Centre, then as the Deputy Dean (Academic) from July 2014, and later as the Director of the Publications Department in February 2016, before moving on to Sunway University in October 2016. He has published numerous papers, won many research and commercialisation grants, graduated many postgraduate students, and led various initiatives, all nationally and internationally. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Keynote 2:

“Knowledge Representation in Information Retrieval and Question Answering and IR4.0”

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Tengku Mohd Tengku Sembok
National Defence University of Malaysia

Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Tengku Mohd Tengku Sembok currently holds the chair of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs) at the National Defence University of Malaysia. He has over thirty years of experience in various fields of Information and Communication Technology. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs and managed numerous R&D and consultancy projects successfully. He had supervised more than 30 PhD students successfully to completion. Prof. Emeritus Tengku Mohd obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Brighton Polytechnic in 1977, MS from Iowa University in 1981, and PhD from Glasgow University in 1989. He is a Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a Fellow of British Computer Society, and a fellow of Malaysian Science Association. Currently, he chairs the Engineering and Computer Science Discipline of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of Malaysian Society of Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management.