ACS President Anthony Wong and CEO Andrew Johnson participated in a certification awarding ceremony for members of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, last Wednesday.

Professor Janet Gregory, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, opened proceedings by sharing some of the successes Swinburne Sarawak students have achieved at national and international arena.

This included securing the runners-up title in the inaugural Borneo Cyber Security Challenge in April 2017, and a Swinburne Sarawak student winning the United Nation Big Ideas Competition in 2016, supervised by Dr Loke Kar Seng.

Professor Gregory also highlighted key research achievements of Faculty members including grants to:

  • develop ‘Digital Socio-Economy Platform to Improve Quality of Life and Productivity of Rural Communities in Sarawak’
  • develop high performance video system
  • assess socio-economic impact of right corporate social responsibility program.
  • develop novel artificial intelligent techniques to discover hidden knowledge in medical datasets
  • develop novel solutions for visually impaired people.

ACS President Anthony Wong’s presentation highlighted the strong ties between ACS and Sarawak, having accredited the Information Systems, Computer Science, and ICT Engineering Bachelor programs of Swinburne’s Sarawak Campus. 

Mr Wong shared that the vision of transforming Sarawak through the Digital Economy is one that strongly resonates with the ACS, encouraging the important role performed by the faculty in developing the capability of a rapidly modernising economy.

“No digital economic infrastructure can be built or grow without a skilled workforce trained in the technologies that can transform the economy. But it is more than this -- technology moves so fast that we need to prepare students for the roles we haven't yet realised, and nurture students’ thirst for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Wong said.

ACS CEO Andrew Johnson commended faulty members on their certification achievement highlighting the commitment this brings to the primacy of the public interest when developing new solutions using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the example it demonstrates to Swinburne students on the importance of undergoing continuing professional development.

The event received coverage in the Borneo Post.