GECOST 2022 hosted by Curtin Malaysia brings together delegates from across the world

Miri – 11 November 2022 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) recently hosted the 3-day International Conference on Green Energy, Computing and Sustainable Technology (GECOST 2022), which was attended by over 100 delegates from 20 countries. This marked a huge success for Curtin Malaysia, it being only the second time the conference has been held.

Organised by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, the conference, which was held virtually this year, is an annual event at Curtin Malaysia sponsored by the global Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with support from the IEEE Malaysia Communication Society & Vehicular Technology Society Joint Chapter (IEEE ComSoc/VTS) and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC).

GECOST provides an international platform for engineers, researchers and specialists from academia, research centres and industry worldwide to discuss and present the latest developments and applications related to the challenges in securing green and clean energy sources for the 21st Century.

This year’s event also saw collaboration from six other universities, namely the University of Southampton (Malaysia), G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering (India), Universitas Tarumanagara (Indonesia), Indore Institute of Science and Technology (India), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (Brunei), and University of Santo Tomas (Philippines).

In addition, there were 165 paper submissions from authors in Malaysia, Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

Keynote speakers at the conference included 2022 IEEE President-elect Prof. Saifur Rahman; Deputy Director of  Research Management Centre (RMC) and Chairman of the Centre for Wireless Technology at Multimedia University, Assoc. Prof. Mardeni Bin Roslee; Director of BRITE Professional Services and adjunct professor at Western Sydney University, Prof. San Murugesan; Professor in the Department of Computer Applications, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, Prof. Ashutosh Kumar Singh; and Chief Executive Officer of QBeep Intelligent Systems Sdn. Bhd. and Nexgen Biopharma Ltd., Francis Chung Chee Ngam.

Run concurrently with the conference was a workshop session titled ‘SDEC Big Data Workshop: The Challenges in Automatic Essay Scoring System’ facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Bong Chih How of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), which provided a forum for discussion on the application of big data in education

In his recorded message to the delegates, Curtin Malaysia’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Prof. Simon Leunig remarked that as the world experiences rapid techno-industrial growth and changing lifestyles requiring greater energy usage globally, GECOST 2022 was timely as meaningful discussion and sharing of knowledge and ideas on green energy, computing and sustainable technologies are crucial in seeking new approaches to meeting the ever-growing demand for green and clean energy.

He said Curtin Malaysia is always keen on hosting conferences like GECOST 2022 – conferences that promote good engineering and scientific practices and sustainability awareness, as well as greater networking and collaborative research, and an overall accelerated development of research and development.

“Our drive towards high-impact research in recent years is testament to our commitment towards enhancing our research prowess and contributing to the pool of knowledge, as well as contributing to our vision to be a scientifically-based solutions provider to industry,” said Prof. Leunig.

Meanwhile, GECOST 2022 organising chair Associate Professor Garenth Lim King Hann credited the strong support from GECOST honorary general chairs Prof. Leunig and Prof. Tuong-Thuy Vu, and organising co-chairs Dr. Ling Huo Chong and Dr. Filbert Hilman Juwono, as well as the conference organising committee, for the success of the conference.

He also thanked Chief Executive Officer of SDEC Sudarnoto Osman, and SDEC’s Head of Research and Product Development Dr. Khairul Hafiz Sharkawi and Research and Product Development Executive Nur Hartini Marden for their support.

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Screen grab of GECOST 2022 delegates during one of the conference sessions