Engineering Semianr Series 26_2010: Impact of Malaysia Research Links Leading to Success of External Funding – MOSTI eScience

Dr Arosha Senanayake, senior lecturer of School of Engineering, Monash University Sunway campus

Date: 2010-12-02
Time: 16:00 to 16:00
Venue: 9-3-03


The objective of the seminar is to address maximum impact of research outcomes based on progressive evolution of research projects starting from small to grand scale research. In spite of being an expatriate worked in Malaysia, with little seed funds received from Monash RM50,000 over the period of two years and with the prototypes built in the laboratory scale, the impact of the research output led the improvements of Malaysian national athletes, the research interest groups of Multimedia University and Universiti Science Malaysia key research areas. Having displayed our laboratory scale prototypes in national and in international exhibitions such as NI days, national sports exhibitions, with tightly constrained avenues to go forward research, the largest e-science fund (not yet properly recognized by Monash due to strong Australian currency) was received and was completed successfully. Therefore, this seminar will address the following key issues pertaining to the directions of Malaysian research government agencies; in particular MOSTI:

1. Malaysian and regional key research priorities in terms of getting maximum research grants.
2. Defining achievable targets which provides the highest impact on reviewers.
3. Will there be any influence or/and impact of the inclusion of research links of well established researchers at Monash Clayton? How does greatly reflect the inclusion of local research links into MOSTI?
4. What are the critical factors considered in eScience funds in terms of completing on line forms?
5. Reporting the progress and variations allowed in the research project on progress.

About the Speaker

S. M. N. Arosha Senanayake, Senior Member of IEEE, received M.Eng.  in computer science and engineering in 1989, and  Ph.D.  in biologically inspired robotics in 1996. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Monash University Sunway Campus, where he currently leads Bio-Inspired Robotics Devices for Sportsman Screening Service (BIRDSSS) under the eScience Fund, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation and the Leader of education strength on Virtual Interfacing Technology Adaptation Lab (VITAL). He was the Leader of research projects on smart systems for motion analysis under the research collaboration with Sports Bio-Mechanics Centre of National Sports Institute of Malaysia between 2006 and 2008 which was partially sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, Malaysia. He was the principal investigator of the research project with the title Intelligent, Integrated, and Interactive Systems (IIIS) funded by the Monash University Research Funds from 2004 to 2006. His research outcomes reflect with most recently launched Malaysian patent on “Force Sensing Device and Method for Real-Time Control and Visualisation of Data From a Force Sensing Device,” Patent filed with Patent number: PI 2008516, 2010. He has authored and co-authored more than 105 peer-reviewed research articles in high-impact-factor journals, most recently A and A* according to ERA ranking journals, in commercially published books as the Editor and as an Associate Editor, book chapters, mainly in Springer and in Taylor and Francis, and in the proceedings of international conferences, mainly in IEEE. Dr. Senanayake is the Chairman of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter. He was the Chairman of the IEEE Asia-Pacific Robotics and Automation Development Council. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international conferences, including the most recent keynote address on “Bio-Interfacing Devices for Motion Analysis.” He has been appointed as the editor of International Journal of Engineering and Industries recently and Dr Arosha is a reviewer for IEEE TRANSACTIONS, Elsevier, and Acta Press journals.