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Editor in-chief Dr Hayyiratul Fatimah Mohd Zaid Advisor Assoc Prof Dr Jafreezal Jaafar EditorialTeam Dr Muhammad Fadhlullah Abd Shukor LECTURER Dr Ahmad Sobri Hashim LECTURER Choong Chee Meng LECTURER Yusniza Yaakop SENIOR ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (FSIT) Nurulhuda Mohd Hashim SENIOR ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (CIS) Noor Akmal Mohd Saleh SENIOR ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (FAS) Muhammad Aqram Shahidan Hadzri ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (GEO) Des Iskandar Ismail ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (M&H) Mohd Adlan Zulkafeli ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (FSIT) Muhammad Hanif Zahari ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (FAS) Nurul Fazilah Esa ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (GEO) Nurlisa Asyiqin Salehuddin ACADEMIC EXECUTIVE (M&H) Nada Safwanah Yon ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (FSIT) Nurul Yatisa Mohd Salim ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (FAS) Safinaz Hamzah ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (FSIT) Noor Ashyima Mohd Zainal Abidin ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (GEO) Ahmad Rafiuddin Anuar ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (M&H) Norma Abdul Rahim ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (M&H) FSIT Newsletter is the biannual newsletter of Faculty of Sciences & Information Technology. The views and opinions expressed or implied are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University’s management. No article in part or as whole should be printed without written permission. For enquiries pertaining to the newsletter, kindly contact Mohd Adlan Zulkafeli at +605-368 7100. Published by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. All rights reserved. Editorial correspondence, contributions and feedback for improvement can be addressed to; The Editor-in-Chied, FSIT Newsletter , Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610 Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan FSIT NEWSLETTER | 2

Foreword from the Dean “The Faculty of Science and IT (FSIT) is a centre for research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels with four departments namely Department of Computer and Information Science (DCIS) and Department of Fundamental and Applied Science (DFAS), Department of Geosciences (GEO) and Department of Management & Humanities (DM&H). Currently, the faculty is composed of more than 150 faculty members (full professor and associate professors, senior lecturer and lecturer), with more than 20 post-doctorate, headed by Associate Professor Dr Jafreezal Jaafar. On the teaching and learning aspect, the faculty aims to produce well-rounded graduates who are well trained in their respective disciplines as practitioners, technopreneurs, and researchers either in industries, universities, and public sector. The academic programmes at FSIT focus on science and computing with an enrollment of about 1000 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates. FSIT has a number of computing and science laboratories that are devoted to education and research in the various areas of interest for the departments. Through its library, it provides access to an outstanding collection of online/printed journals. The faculty members have established themselves internationally in information technology, information systems, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geosciences, and management & humanities with a balance of fundamental and applied research emphasising on interdisciplinary research that stimulates basic research, technology transfer and collaboration skewing towards oil and gas industry. Hundreds of papers have been published each year in the impact journals and conference proceedings. The members appear in many exhibitions and conferences holding steering committees and reviewers of prestigious scientific events. Numerous prizes and accolades have been earned by the members for their scientific and educational activities. The members are strong in their collaborations with the industry, universities as well as research institutions within Malaysia and abroad. National and international research grants are on the increasing trend acquired by the members of the faculty totalling about four (4) million ringgit a year.” ASSOC PROF DR JAFREEZAL JAAFAR DEAN, FACULTY OF SCIENCE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FSIT NEWSLETTER | 3

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