11 Awards at Prestigious Research and Innovation Competitions for APU Students & Staff


APU’s SoE, SoT & CREDIT continues to pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient future via its collective creativity and its teams’ relentless innovation.

Students from Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation’s (APU’s) School of Engineering (SoE) and Center for Research and Development of IoT (CREDIT) were awarded 11 awards/medals in three prestigious research and innovation competitions in 2023.

They earned six medals (two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals) with their innovative design during the 5th Carnival of Research and Innovation (CRI) 2023, which was organised by the Research Management Innovation Centre (RMIC), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).

Yee Han Xiang, Sio Ying Xuan, Ravivarma Sivathasan, and Sarim Ahmed Khalil brought their innovation to life with the gold-awarded, Fresh Fruit Bunch Ripeness Detection Autonomous Robot.

This ground-breaking invention analyses fruit ripeness using drones outfitted with advanced machine vision detecting systems, signifying an unprecedented development in agricultural technology.

DiveXtreme: Dive Into the Future Through Changeable Lenses, developed by Chin Kah Min, Achmad Fasya Dwiana Adwitya, Sin Jun Yan, Eythar Amir Kamil Mohamed, and Kuah Zhun Hoe, is another gold laureate that takes the diving experience to new heights.

These versatile goggles have interchangeable lenses, built-in tiny cameras, and ultrasonic hazard detection, ensuring safety, accessibility, and excitement. 

The silver prize was awarded to Areebah Sajjad Khattak, Darvwesvaar Sivapragasam, Zainab Yasmin, Yong Shuet Li, Durkesh Ravi Shankar, and Leng Yi Shun for WaveWonder, a powerful tool for maritime search and rescue missions equipped with SONAR sensors, high-resolution cameras, and an intelligent AI system.

The enhancement of mechanical properties of Zirconia Toughened Alumina developed by Ir. Ts. Dr. Alexander Chee Hon Cheong, Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Sathish Kumar Selva Perumal, Dipl-Ing Ir. Narendran Ramasenderan, and Ir. Ts. Dr. Yvette Shaan-Li Susiapan under the leadership of the distinguished Head of School of Engineering (SoE) Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Siva Kumar Sivanesan also won silver medals.

This novel method, which employs Two-Step Sintering, greatly improves the mechanical characteristics of ZTA, making it an excellent alternative for bio-implantations such as hip replacements.

Digital Twin Edge Solution Design for Smart Campus designed by Ravivarma Sivathasan, Sharen Chrisan Fabian Perera, Yazan Aldali, Sarim Ahmed Khalil, and Sabrina Mehjabeen, and Low-temperature Degradation Resistance of the Material for Total Hip Replacement produced by Ir. Ts. Dr. Alexander Chee Hon Cheong, Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Sathish Kumar Selva Perumal, Dipl-Ing Ir. Narendran Ramasenderan, and Ir. Ts. Dr. Yvette Shaan-Li Susiapan won bronze.

1st runner-up at the Intel® AI Global Impact Festival 2023

CREDIT members, Ng Joo Kiat, Rohit Thomas, Cajun Tai Ka Joon, and Cheng Yi Heng were named 1st runner-up winners in the Intel Readiness Program 18+ AI Program at the Intel® AI Global Impact Festival 2023 and received Intel merchandise worth over RM3,000.

Their trailblazing project, Rescue AI, is a transformative system that uses breakthrough technologies such as Intel Upboard, YOLOv8 optimized by Intel OpenVINO, WaveRNN, Tacotron models optimized by OpenVINO, and Intel RealSense to improve search and rescue operations.

This project was picked as the winner due to the capabilities of Rapid Object Detection and Localization, Fluent Natural Language Communication, and Advanced Obstacle Avoidance accessible on the drones they constructed.

4 teams win 2nd & 3rd runner-up at the Petronas CHESS Symposium 2023

The four teams that competed in the Petronas CHESS Symposium 2023 competition were crowned as the 2nd and 3rd runners-up winners.

The Engineering Department’s Smart 3D Green Plastic Filament Monitoring and Management System team, Mohammed Saad Mahmood Al-Kubaisi, Sarim Ahmed Khalil, and Ryan Teo Han Ji, were named 2nd runners-up for their innovative plastic waste solutions.

Their eco-friendly project was created to prevent waste and marine pollution, with a focus on the needs of 3D printing enthusiasts, professionals, educational institutions, and sustainable product manufacturers.

The Power Play team, led by Tang Jian Shiun and Tey Jia Yi, finished 2nd runners-up with their Intelligent Resource Maintenance System (IRMS), which provides real-time monitoring of resource conditions and accurate identification of potential oil reservoirs by integrating IoT sensors and employing data analytics.

The system includes pipeline inspection and solar farm monitoring via cutting-edge micro drones controlled by swarm intelligence algorithms.

RescueAI team, Ng Joo Kiat, Cheng Yi Heng, and Cajun Tai Ka Joon; and Arcturus team, Ang Zi Yang and Cheryl Lim Wye Yee, were named 3rd runners-up for their ground-breaking Disaster Management Solution Equipped With Robotic Autonomy and a Mix of Machine Learning Algorithms Analysed Seismic and Oil Reservoir Data, aiming to supercharge Arcturus’ operational efficiency.  

All of these inspiring teams were mentored by renowned mentors such as the Head of CREDIT Dipl-Ing. Ir. Narendran Ramasenderan, the Head School of Engineering (SoE) Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Sivakumar Sivanesan, the Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer Prof. Ir. Eur. Ing. Ts. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Ir. Ts. Dr. Alexander Chee Hon Cheong, Mr. Amad Arshad, Mr. Victor Khoo Shien Yang, and Head School of Computing (SoC), Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Tan Chin Ike.