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IEEE TEMS Panel Discussion – Designing Engineering Education from a Post Covid-19 Industry 4.0 Perspective

Monday, May 10th, 2021

IEEE TEMS Malaysian chapter in collaboration with Sunway University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University would like to invite you to participate in an online Panel Discussion via Zoom.

Title: Designing Engineering Education from a Post Covid-19 Industry 4.0 Perspective
Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Malaysian Standard Time)

1) Professor Eric Tsui, Senior Educational Development Officer, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Topic: Designing Engineering Education from a Post Covid-19 Industry 4.0 Perspective


2) Professor Alan Kin-tak Lau, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Digital Research), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Topic: Digitalization is the Main Gear for Future Manufacturing Industry

3) Professor Norbert Gronau Chair Professor of E-Business, Chair of Business Informatics, Processes and Systems, University of Potsdam, Germany
Topic: Digitalization is the Main Gear for Future Manufacturing Industry

4) Dr. Robest Yong, Founder, Prodigious Innovations Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Topic: The D.U.M.B.S approach to innovations


A 30-minute seminar will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Eric Tsui from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, followed by a 10-minutes presentation by each Distinguished Panelist and Q&A session with the audience on the above topic.

About Speakers:

Professor Tsui started his career in industry and joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 1989 after years of academic research in automated knowledge acquisition, natural language processing, case-based reasoning and knowledge engineering tools. His research strengths include cloud-based business innovation and knowledge services. He returned to academia and joined PolyU in 2005 and until 2018 he was the Leader of the Master of Science in Knowledge Management (KM) degree program. He has consulted for many government departments and private organizations in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei. Professor Tsui is an honorary advisor of KM to three HKSARG departments and since 2008, he has been Vice President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. A veteran of E-Learning, he has received many Knowledge Management and E-Learning awards over the years including the prestigious QS Wharton Reimagine Education award and twice listed as an Outstanding/Exemplary Academic in the 2015/6 and 2016/7 PolyU Annual Reports.

Professor Alan Lau received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University, Australia) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Within that period, he also worked for General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd, Australia, as an Engineer Trainee, and for the Corporative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) Australia, as a Research Assistant designing a repair scheme for composite performs. Afterward, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001. Thereafter, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2015, he was appointed as Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Professor in Product Design Engineering and Associate Dean (Industrial Relation) in the Faculty of Engineering, PolyU. Currently, he is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Digital Research) of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia to look after its future research and ranking strategies. Professor Lau has received numerous research and teaching awards since 2002. In 2016, he was elected as Fellow of the European Academy of Science and Arts. To date only three academics in Australia have received this honour. His publications have received over 22,000 citations with h-index of 68. Since 2014, he has been elected as International Vice President of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and appointed as Independent Non-executive Director of King’s Flair International (Holdings) Limited. Dr Lau was named Australian Research Theme Leader in “Composite Materials” in 2019. Today, Professor Lau has been appointed Director of Oceania Cybersecurity Centre Limited and Director of Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory Company.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Norbert Gronau (born 1964) studied engineering and business administration at Berlin University of Technology. He got his Ph.D. in 1994 and finished then his habilitation thesis in industrial information systems. Since more than ten years he holds the Chair of Business Informatics, esp. Processes and Systems at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His main research activities concentrate on the areas of information systems and process management in private and public
organisations. Together with his frm Potsdam Consulting Advisory Professor Gronau has supported a variety of small and large companies by advising them. Professor Gronau is editor of the scientifc journals Industrie4.0 Management and Fabriksoftware (Factory Software) and author of many research papers and books on enterprise systems, knowledge management and business process management. In Potsdam, he is director of the research and application center Industry 4.0, which is an
internationally recognised organisation for the advancement of the smart digital factory. He is on of the most knowledgeable experts on the German enterprise systems software market and its vendors.

Dr. Robest Yong , a name so synonymously linked to creativity and innovations rose from a humble ‘garage inventor’ to be appointed the Innovation Ambassador by Agency Innovation Malaysia (AIM) in 2010. He is a believer and practitioner of his own metaphor “Thinking Without the Box”, Robest had been involved in numerous innovation activities and chalked up multiple national and international awards of different fields and technologies since the early 1990s.

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