IEEE Sarawak to hold sport science research symposium

In conjunction with the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma), IEEE Sarawak Subsection will be holding a sport science research symposium at Central Teaching Facilities 1 (CTF 1), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) from July 23 to 24.

Geared to improve knowledge about sport science among coaches, athletes, academic researchers and members of the public, the speakers are Dr Alpha Agape Gopalai from Monash University Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Kevin Netto from Curtin University and Dr Garenth Lim King Hann from Curtin University, Sarawak (Curtin Sarawak).

“It is also to highlight relevant research activities related to Sport Science carried out at the Sarawak State and International Level, as well as to encourage participation in Sport Science activities and studies in Sarawak,” said the organiser in a press statement on July 12.

The speakers will discuss ‘Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in Malaysia’, ‘Use of wearable sensors in sports science – A glimpse into in-field loads’ and also ‘Sport Science Team and its Development in Sarawak’ at the two-day symposium.

Dr Alpha is currently in the Department of Mechatronics at Monash University Malaysia. His area of expertise and research interest involves the design of intelligent/wearable systems particularly for the use of clinical/ sports biomechanics.

Dr Alpha is also actively involved in related research areas such as motion analysis, wired/wireless instrumentation, signal processing, artificial intelligence and smart systems.

He first joined IEEE in 2006 as a student member and has been actively involved in IEEE since, holding responsibilities at various capacities. He is currently the vice-chair of EMBS Malaysia chapter.

Meanwhile Dr Kevin’s work is focused on increasing safety and decreasing injury risk at work and at play.

To facilitate this, Dr Kevin utilises cutting-edge techniques in lab-based and in-field assessment of human biomechanics and its effect on the musculoskeletal system.

He has worked with elite cyclists and triathletes, footballers, aerial skiers, swimmers, track and field athletes, military personnel, fighter pilots, council workers and firefighters.

Dr Kevin is currently supported by many industry partners including Hockey Australia, Safework Australia, Dulux and city councils around Victoria.

Meanwhile, Dr Kevin frequently advises local council, industry, media and government departments about the musculoskeletal demand of physically challenging work and sport to better facilitate a reduction in injury and an increase in productivity.

Dr Lim is currently the vice chairperson for IEE Sarawak Subsection. He is also one of the general committees in IEE EMBS Malaysia Chapter from 2015-2016 and IEM-YES committee from 2014-2016.

Working as a senior lecturer in Curtin Sarawak, Dr Lim’s research interest is image processing, computer vision and camera-solution applications for bio-mechanics.

The symposium is a collaborative effort with Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS), National Sports Institute (ISN), Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) Malaysia Chapter, Unimas, and Curtin University Sarawak Campus.

The registration fee for the symposium is RM10 for IEEE members and RM20 for non-members. Cash payment can be made on the registration day and interested participants can register online at or contact Dr Garenth Lim King Hann at email address [email protected]

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