Toshiba International Foundation Grant 2022 Funds the Asian Culture of Health (CoH) Framework

  • Dr. Tan Ai Ling

Sunway University’s Sustainable Business Cluster secured the Toshiba Foundation Grant 2022. The cluster is spearheaded by Dr Tan Ai Ling of SHSM along with co-researchers Prof Susela Devi K. Suppiah, (Director of Centre for Accountability & Governance Research), Dr Sivakumari Supramaniam (Department of Marketing Strategy and Innovation) and Assoc Prof Dr Alexander Trupp, Ng Siew Cheng, Vijaya Malar Arumugam (School of Hospitality and Service Management). This research project will see the team working in collaboration with colleagues from across Asia in mapping a Culture of Health (CoH) framework that fits into an Asian SME context.

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A New Religious Travel Segment

  • Siti ‘Atikah Binti Rusli

The decision by the Saudi Arabian government to launch the Tourist e-Visa in September 2019 has opened a window of opportunity for the legalization of Umrah DIY journeys. This study shares the travel motives and factors that support and facilitate the decision for Umrah DIY.

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Biomimicry Furniture Design in 10 Minutes

  • Dr Nicole Fu Chew Xiang

Inspiration can be found in plants, animals, oceans, and land. Biomimicry can be used as a design method, for what nature has to offer. The instruction of nature such as tree anatomy and branches, the spotted pattern on a leopard, the repetition of waves, and the colour palette in autumn contribute significantly to the development of furniture design.

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Feel the Weight in the Virtual World

  • Lim Woan Ning

Since the Virtual Reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) were released as consumer products and became more affordable, there is a rise of interest in promoting VR in many industries such as medical, entertainment, and training. The advantage of VR lies in its capability in creating a sense of presence and immersion. However, it is still a major challenge to enable humans to feel the weight of the objects in VR.

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The Research Centre for Human-Machine Collaboration (HUMAC) Wins Collaborative Grant Funded by the Government of Japan

  • Associate Professor Dr Yap Kian Meng

The project to predict plant health mapping in Mangrove/Nipah protected area in Belawai, Sarawak, Malaysia has garnered the attention of the Government of Japan with a US$59,900 grant. The technology will also be used to conduct artisanal-fishing mapping and create hotspots where such fishing is conducted at the community level. 

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Sunway University and the Toy Eight Team Up to Develop an Early Childhood Development Assessment Tool

  • Professor Alvin Ng Lai Oon

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the School of Medical and Life Sciences, Dr Woo Pei Jun and Dr Wo Su Woan are collaborating with Japanese AI edutech company Toy Box Creation and Technology (ToyEight) to build a phone app that can provide early childhood development assessment. This assessment provides parents with information about their child’s adaptive behaviour skills development including language skills, cognitive ability, and motor movement skills. The purpose of this tool is to bridge the gaps in the accessibility and affordability of developmental assessments for early childhood in Southeast Asia.

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Research Ties between Sunway University with AstraZeneca get a Timely Boost!

  • Professor Gopalasamy Reuben Clements

Researchers from Sunway’s School of Medical and Life Sciences and AstraZeneca met for the first time to understand each other’s research interests and to explore potential research collaborations. This article briefly describes the main outcomes of this collaborative discussion.

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Co-designing a Future of Healthy-Ageing & Well-Being at Sunway City

  • Professor Abhi Veerakumarasivam

Sunway University collaborates with a community-based Senior Citizens Club to promote healthy-ageing and well-being. By collaborating in meaningful research and education initiatives, this partnership aims to inform, engage and empower a whole-of-society approach to maximise the opportunities and overcome challenges associated with the rapidly ageing demographic shift.  

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Mathematics Colloquium: Promoting and Enhancing Research Collaboration

  • Professor Teo Kok Lay

The mathematics colloquium, organized by the School of Mathematical Sciences, serves as a platform for researchers to exchange research ideas. The first talk of the series was presented by Professor Teo Kok Lay, a prominent figure in the fields of optimisation and control. The talk, entitled “Portfolio Optimization under Portfolio Risk Measure”, discussed useful mathematical models that could be adopted by investors in the task of portfolio optimization.

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New Relationships between Research and Tourism

  • Associate Professor Dr Alexander Trupp

In existing studies, research tourism has been examined in a narrow way without broadly considering research as the search for knowledge and discovery. This article introduces six types of Research-related Tourism (RrT) which can further serve as a useful tool for tourism destination planning and marketing.

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