Updated: 3 Nov 2017

ICoRAST2017 will feature luminaries in science and technology to share their knowledge and expertise.

Prof. Dr. Nor Azah Yusof, UPM

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Madihah Mohd. Saudi, USIM

Biodata: Professor Dr. Nor Azah Yusof, UPM

Prof. Dr. Nor Azah Yusof, born on October 24, 1973, is a leading young academic at Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is known for her impressive achievements in various academic branches. She began her career as a research assistant at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and was offered a position as a lecturer in Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2002 after completing her PhD.

Her research has resulted in 130 journal articles and 63 conference articles. Out of this amount, 75% was as a main author and communicator. 60% of the journals are in Q1 and Q2 publications. Her articles have been cited 700 times by international researchers, including leading researchers in her field. Her expertise in the field of sensors has led to her appointment as the reviewer of articles by various international journals. She holds ten national and international patents.

As a result of her achievements, she was appointed a professor at the age of 39. She is also the recipient of research grants amounting close to MYR 10 million from various national and international sources. She has guided 40 postgraduate students. Some of her students are now serving as academics and researchers in research institutions, universities and industry.

She then began working on optical chemical sensors for toxic metal detection. She further developed her expertise on electrochemical-based biosensors. She has been working on DNA- and protein-based biosensors over the last five years. Further information can be obtained from her group’s website She wishes to further develop her electrochemical reader and biochip into a prototype. She is seeking partners to together develop the technology into a kit suitable for further commercialization as a diagnostic kit for home use.

She also works on molecular-imprinted polymers and currently works with industrial partners to develop a sorbent to remove contaminants from water.

Biodata: Associate Professor Dr. Madihah Mohd. Saudi

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Madihah Mohd. Saudi, born on August 18, 1978, is an academician at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). She began her career as a Computer Forensics Analyst at Cyber Security Malaysia and became a Project Manager on the HoneyNet Project. In 2003 to 2006, she worked as a Virus Analyst (MyCERT) under Cyber Security Malaysia. Then, she moved on to became a lecturer at USIM in 2006 before furthering her PhD studies at the University of Bradford, UK, in Computer Science. After completing her PhD in 2011, she became a senior lecturer at USIM. She was appointed as an associate professor within five years of her academic career.

She has published 28 journal articles, 32 proceedings, five technical reports and two books. Her current H-index is 6 with 144 citations. She has attended 24 conferences both locally and abroad. Her research interests include networking security, malware detection and response, incident response, computer forensics, machine learning and computational biology. She has received nine in-progress research grants and 14 completed grants totaling RM 1,131,986.00 altogether. She has supervised four students who have graduated successfully and nine PhD and MSc students which are in progress. As a result of her achievements, she has received 19 awards and is now currently appointed as the Deputy Dean of Academic and Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), USIM.