Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani

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  • Ph.D. in  Image Processing (Essex, UK).
  • M.Sc. in Telematics (Essex, UK).
  • Bach. of Sc., (1st Class Hons) in Electronic Engineering (Essex, UK).

He started his academic career with Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1984 and later joined Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in 1997. In UTP, he was a Senior Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and a member of the University Senate and the University Management Committee. He was also the Director of the Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research, a research centre he founded in 2008 that has been accorded a Higher Institution Centre of Excellence status by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia in 2014. He was appointed as General Manager in Frontier Technology at the PETRONAS Research (2008-2010) and successfully secured funding of RM40M from the Petroleum Research Fund to establish R&D on renewable (biomass and solar) technologies.

Prof. Ahmad Fadzil is an expert in the area of image processing and computer vision. His research activities range from fundamental pattern recognition to developing vision and imaging applications in the biomedical area such as surface imaging leading to objective assessment for treatment efficacy of ulcer wounds and psoriasis lesions, optical imaging of retinal vasculature imaging for grading severity of diabetic retinopathy and skin for pigmentation analysis. His current research challenges are developing new image analysis techniques for early knee osteoarthritis, neuroimaging of brain reward pathways for analysis of drug addiction, workplace stress and neuro-ergonomics using functional near-infrared spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques.

He has authored several books (Digital Signal Processing, USM Press, Surface Imaging for Biomedical Applications, CRC Press) and a monograph (Medical Imaging – Bringing Pixels to the Life Sciences, ASM Inaugural Lecture). His latest book entitled Optical Imaging for Biomedical and Clinical Applications is expected to be published soon. He has published over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals (49 indexed SCOPUS and ISI) and over 130 articles in conference proceedings mainly in image analysis for biomedical applications. He has an H-Index of 17 and i10-index of 34 by Google Scholar, and RG score of 28.77. He holds several intellectual property rights (2 US patents, 1 India patent, 6 Malaysia patents, 9 copyrights, 1 software license) and won numerous awards for his work (27 invention awards; IENA, INNOVA, INPEX, BIS, MTE, ITEX) besides UTP Quality Day awards (13 for best researcher, top publications, leadership etc.). In 2012, he received four awards from IEEE Malaysia (Engineering, Medical and Biology Society). He is an active paper reviewer for many for ISI-indexed Journals and Scopus-indexed Conferences.

Prof. Ahmad Fadzil is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia and also of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia. He is a member of National Professors Council, Malaysia. He has been a Professional Engineer registered with Board of Engineers Malaysia since 1994 and a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers Inc since 1998. In industry, he sits in Board of Directors of ViTrox Corporation Bhd., a public-listed R&D company that develops and manufactures machine vision systems. He is also a member of the Prince Court Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur Board of Directors. Prof. Ahmad Fadzil teaches Signals & Systems and Digital Signal Processing courses at UTP.

At UTP, he has supervised and successfully graduated 20 postgraduates (8 PhDs and 12 MSc), and completed 16 research projects as a Principal Investigator with external research grants of about RM7M (icl. 2 TechnoFund) and 2 international research grants (RM800K). He has been consulted by industry on numerous occasions for his image processing and computer vision expertise. He has established 12 research collaborations, 4 with international institutions. With his outstanding leadership capability in R&D, he was appointed as the first Director of Mission-oriented Research (MOR) Biomedical Technology in 2009 and the founding Head of CISIR, that has resulted in CISIR being accorded the HICOE status by MOE in 2014, securing a funding of RM9M over 3 years. Currently, he is a PI for 10 research grants worth nearly RM3M.

He was elected to the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Council (2001-2004) and served in various standing committees in particular the Accreditation Board and the Engineering Exams and Qualifications Committee. He was appointed by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) to serve in the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) from 2006-2009 and helped steered Malaysia towards Washington Accord status. From 2008 – 2009, he was appointed to Engineering and Built Environment Accreditation Committee of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), the body that oversees and recommends accreditation status for tertiary programmes. He served in the committee for Pharmacy and Applied Sciences Cluster, National Professor Council (2013-2014).

He was the Academy of Sciences Malaysia’s representative to International Council for Science (ICSU), and a Member of ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (2011-2013). He has served as in numerous research grant Evaluation Panels locally for MOE (FRGS/LRGS /ERGS) & MOSTI, and internationally for the National Science Centre Poland (Life Sciences grant), and the Scientific Advisory Council for the Reumafonds Dutch Arthritis Foundation. He also served as Thesis External Examiner to numerous universities locally (USM, MMU, UM, UTM) as well as overseas universities such as University of Burgundy, Nottingham University UK and Anna University India. In 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar – Erasmus Mundus Masters – at the Laboratoire Electronique, Informatique et Image (Le2i) UMR CNRS 6306, University of Burgundy France. He has given numerous talks (40) as Invited/Keynote Speaker in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Korea, France, Taiwan and Japan.

He currently serves as the MQA Panel of Assessors for Electrical & Electronics Field and Engineering Accreditation Council, BEM Panel of Assessors, as External Examiner to several Engineering faculties namely Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He is the Malaysia Node Head for the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) based in Karolinska Institute, Sweden and a member of the INCF Governing Board since 2015.

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