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University is a place where researchers have the freedom to discover new knowledge and to innovate. Hence, in line with this, academicians and researchers are the pillar of strength of our foundation in the University of Malaya (UM).



Documentation of Malaccan Portuguese Creole
Documentation of Malaccan Portuguese Creole
The project, funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Project at SOAS, aims to build a corpus of Malaccan Portuguese Creole (see http://elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/pillai2012malaccan), which is spoken by about 1000 people in the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka, Malaysia. The purpose of this project is to create a database of video and audio recordings comprising a variety of speaking contexts. The recordings will be paired with time-aligned orthographic transcriptions and annotations. The annotations will allow further linguistic analysis to be carried out while the corpus will serve as a digital resource for the community.

Fiber Drawing Tower Facilities-The Heart of Malaysia Multidisciplinary Research
Fiber Drawing Tower Facilities-The Heart of Malaysia Multidisciplinary Research
The first and only fiber drawing tower in South East Asian university is run by Integrated Lightwave Research Group (ILRG), University of Malaya to produce various types of fibers. They are used for multidisciplinary research such as fiber dosimetry, photonic biosensors, fully flexible glass optical chips, and ultrashort pulse laser.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Systematics
Molecular Phylogenetics and Systematics
The study focus on organisms of agriculture and public health importance and species with unique/specific features (e.g. parasites, generalists and specialists). It aims to provide answers to the systematic status of species complexes (occurrence of cryptic/sibling species), phylogenetic relationships, phylogeography, phylogenomics, and genetic markers for diseases. The main approach will be DNA sequencing and genome analysis.

Expression Analysis of Anopheles cracens:Responses to Plasmodium knowlesiInfection
Expression Analysis of Anopheles cracens:Responses to Plasmodium knowlesiInfection
Plasmodium, the causative agent of the endemic disease malaria has been around for centuries. Nevertheless, it remains as one of the world s most devastating infectious disease. The lack of effective vaccines, occurrence of drug resistance in Plasmodium parasites and insecticide resistance in mosquitoes have jeapordised the successful control of human malaria in many tropical regions. This is further complicated by the recent occurance of a fifth Plasmodium species, Plasmodium knowlesi(Bronner et al. 2009; Singh et al. 2004) that causes malaria in human populations.

The Making of an Online Dictionary for Malacca Portuguese Creole (Kristang)
The Making of an Online Dictionary for Malacca Portuguese Creole (Kristang)
Malacca Portuguese Creole (MPC), or Kristang, is spoken largely by people of Portuguese descent, with the largest concentration of MPC speakers in a village known as the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca. Our project aims to develop a multimedia online dictionary with pronunciation samples by building a database of MPC phonemes. Our preliminary findings indicate that Malay and MPC phonemes share similar acoustic parameters at the segmental but not suprasegmental level.

A three-dimensional tissue-engineered oral mucosal model for the investigation of the implant-soft tissue interfaces.
A three-dimensional tissue-engineered oral mucosal model for the investigation of the implant-soft tissue interfaces.
This research is a development of a novel in-vitro three dimensional tissue-engineered oral mucosal model for the investigation of implant-soft tissue study.

Qigong and cancer survivors - a three-armed randomized controlled study
Qigong and cancer survivors - a three-armed randomized controlled study
For decades, Qigong, a Chinese form of exercise, has been widely acknowledged by many Asian cancer survivors as a potent health-promoting physical activity. However, there is a lack of evidence on its effectiveness. In addition, lifestyle factors including physical activity participation is now a recommended guideline in cancer survivors care plan, to optimize potential benefits in reducing cancer recurrence and mortality.

Neural networks for Nyquist plots prediction in a nanocomposite polymer electrolyte (PEO - LiPF6   EC - CNT)
Neural networks for Nyquist plots prediction in a nanocomposite polymer electrolyte (PEO - LiPF6 EC - CNT)
A model has been developed which can predict the nyquist plot of nanocomposite polymer electrolyte system (PEO - LiPF6 EC - CNT). The generalization ability of the neural network is the basic consideration of this paper. It was observed that bayesian neural network found successful in prediction of experimental results instead of time-consuming studies

Effects of various LiPF6 salt concentrations on PEO based solid polymer electrolytes
Effects of various LiPF6 salt concentrations on PEO based solid polymer electrolytes
PEO based polymer electrolyte systems with various weight percent of LiPF6 has been synthesized using solution cast technique. The system with 20 wt%. LiPF6 exhibits a maximum conductivity of 10-5 S cm-1 at room temperature. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity of the electrolytes obeys the VTF relationship. At the molecular level, FTIR studies provide strong evidence that there is a specific interaction between PEO and LiPF6. The change in peak intensity, shape and position confirms the complexation process of PEO-LiPF6 systems. The DSC curves indicate that the addition of various wt%. of LiPF6 on polymer electrolytes decreases the melting transition temperature (Tm) and degree of crystallinity of the system.

The Stay Active for Life Study
The Stay Active for Life Study
Approximately 45% of colon cancer and 38% of breast cancer in the USA are reported as preventable every year through better diet, physical activity and weight maintenance (AICR, 2009). Survivor rates for many common cancer are on the rise (Jemal, 2006), due to declining rate of mortality (Mettlin, 1999; Greenlee, 2000), early detection and improved therapy.

Design, fabrication and test of an efficient turbine blade for oscillating water column devices.
Design, fabrication and test of an efficient turbine blade for oscillating water column devices.
The objective of the project was achieved by producing two type of efficient turbine blade by using CFD simulation. These blades are called as uniform and non-uniform of the tip clearance. A new method of a blade fabrication and a light weight of blade material have been purposed. These could be reducing about 50 percent of manufacturing cost as well as reducing the production time. The project has developed a lab scale of water wave simulation to test and measure the efficiency of the turbine blade design. The purpose turbine blades were also tested with our portable wave energy power generator. This portable ocean wave energy power generator was running a field at east coast area at Pantai Bachok Kelantan and at Pantai University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Self-Management Intervention for Malaysian Women with Breast Cancer: Enabling Quality of Life and Participation
Self-Management Intervention for Malaysian Women with Breast Cancer: Enabling Quality of Life and Participation
Patient self management is an essential part of medical care for chronic diseases, its application with oncology conditions is relatively new. Cancer, particularly breast cancer, has become a form of chronic illness which requires a new model of care.

Research on Oral Health of Orang Asli in Malaysia
Research on Oral Health of Orang Asli in Malaysia
Oral Health of the Pribumi Research Group is one of the research clusters at the Faculty of Dentistry. The objectives are to identify the prevalence of oral diseases and practices; their impact on oral health related quality of life, the occlusal trait patterns, their genomic profile in relationship to diseases particularly oral diseases and the specific prevention and promotive approaches appropriate for the target community.

Malaysian Oral Cancer Database and Tissue Bank (MOCDTB) system
Malaysian Oral Cancer Database and Tissue Bank (MOCDTB) system
A Malaysian Oral Cancer Database and Tissue Bank (MOCDTB) system was set up to facilitate research in all aspects of oral cancer and precancer including aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prognosis, quality of life and basis of genetics to ensure sharing of available resources. This study aims to identify the risk factors, prognostic markers and gene expression of oral cancer and precancer and its impact on patient¿s quality of life.

The Industrial Training Experience: The Perceptions of Industry Towards UM Students
The Industrial Training Experience: The Perceptions of Industry Towards UM Students
This study was aimed at gauging industrys perception of industrial trainees from UM in relation to their overall performance and on the quality of their soft-skills and attributes. The data were collected through questionnaires where industry evaluators were asked to rate the quality of students on a five-point Likert scale measuring four areas of the trainees skills. The results indicate that the majority of UM students were perceived by industry as having good language and people skills. Nevertheless it is a worrying trend that between 20-28% of the students were only rated as fair for presentation and communication skills in English. Further, a sizeable number of students were perceived as lacking in sufficient expertise in technical skills, problem-solving and analytical skills.

A Marriage of Convenience: Ethnography and Conversation
Analysis in Real Estate Negotiation
A Marriage of Convenience: Ethnography and Conversation Analysis in Real Estate Negotiation
The study investigates the negotiation process of second-hand property and highlights the importance of triangulating approaches as a means of complementing the drawbacks of one method, thus a marriage of convenience. The need for this marriage between Conversation Analysis (CA) with Ethnography is essential. CA basically prescribes to the notion of analysing data exclusively on what the participants see and hear (Sacks et al. 1974) but the meaning intended and interpreted by the recipient differs from the obvious linguistic meaning. In view of this need to explicate speaker meaning, ethnographic information is a necessary partner. This study looks at negotiation cases which were audio recorded and data was later transcribed based on Jefferson s (1986) transcript convention. Findings reveal that this marriage of convenience provides significant results that help establish understanding of the negotiation exchange.

A Marriage of Convenience: Ethnography and ConversationAnalysis in Real Estate Negotiation
A Marriage of Convenience: Ethnography and ConversationAnalysis in Real Estate Negotiation
The study investigates the negotiation process of second-hand property and highlights the importance of triangulating approaches as a means of complementing the drawbacks of one method, thus a marriage of convenience. The need for this marriage between Conversation Analysis (CA) with Ethnography is essential. CA basically prescribes to the notion of analysing data exclusively on what the participants see and hear (Sacks et al. 1974) but the meaning intended and interpreted by the recipient differs from the obvious linguistic meaning. In view of this need to explicate speaker meaning, ethnographic information is a necessary partner. This study looks at negotiation cases which were audio recorded and data was later transcribed based on Jefferson s (1986) transcript convention. Findings reveal that this marriage of convenience provides significant results that help establish understanding of the negotiation exchange.

Design and development of an inverter-drive system for IPM-motor-driven air-conditioners
Design and development of an inverter-drive system for IPM-motor-driven air-conditioners
Interior permanent-magnet (IPM) motor's increasing popular use in air-conditioners is owed to its high efficiency highest among ac and dc motors, and 30%-50% more efficient than common induction motors are. Air-conditioners guzzle power so the consequently reduced power consumption and running costs are welcome

Kemahiran Menjana Idea Secara Kreatif dan Inovasi Bagi Penghasilan Rekaan dan Binaan Set Teater.
Kemahiran Menjana Idea Secara Kreatif dan Inovasi Bagi Penghasilan Rekaan dan Binaan Set Teater.
Kreativiti didefinisikan sebagai kemampuan untuk mencipta sesuatu yang unik, asli, berguna, bernilai dan ia berkait rapat dengan kemahiran membuat dan imaginasi. Untuk menghasilkan sesuatu yang kreatif, maka ianya harus mempunyai kecerdasan kreatif. Kecergasan kreatif mengandungi empat gaya iaitu inovatif, imaginatif, intuitif, dan ilham bagi menghasilkan sesuatu yang baru dan berbeza terutama bagi penghasilan sesebuah karya seni.

Distortion Compensation and Power Factor Improvement through Three-Phase Switched Capacitor Active Power Filter (SCAPF) with Neural Network and Band-Less Hysteresis
Distortion Compensation and Power Factor Improvement through Three-Phase Switched Capacitor Active Power Filter (SCAPF) with Neural Network and Band-Less Hysteresis
Increased non-linear loads in electricity supply networks produce non-sinusoidal current distorted by harmonics (which must be compensated) and cause low line-power-factor (which must be corrected). The proposed combination of neural network and band-less digital hysteresis switching algorithm is a controller, forcing the supply current to be sinusoidal, have low current harmonics, and be in phase with the line voltage.

Last Update: June 02, 2017