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University Sains Malaysia celebrates the International Year of Light and Light based Technology and the contribution of Ibn al Haytham to optics (June 2015)
June 17, 2015
The recently culminated 2nd Meeting of Malaysia Nitrides Research Group (MNRG 2015) was organized by University Sains Malaysia (USM) Centre for Research Initiatives (CRI) in Natural Sciences on 8-9th June 2015. This event was carried out in conjunction with Malaysia’s celebration for the International Year of Light (IYL 2015) in recognition of the contributions of Ibn al Haytham and other scholars in the field of optics and light-based technologies.
This meeting managed to draw attention of academics from several universities (University Sains Malaysia, University Malaya, University Teknologi Malaysia, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, and University Teknologi MARA), as well as researchers from industries (Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Osram Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Ulvac Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., and Quasi-S Sdn. Bhd.). The 2-day meeting was divided into four oral presentations sessions, which also include a plenary talk and three invited talks. During the opening ceremony by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, USM, Professor Dato’ Dr. Muhamad Jantan, he welcomed all participants and expressed the commitment of USM in fulfilling the mission and vision as an APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) and research university. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor also expressed heartiest appreciation to the initiative taken by CRI Natural Sciences in bringing together all researchers from academics and industries throughout the country to exchange their valuable knowledge and findings in the field of III-nitrides semiconductors which have important applications in optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) for solid-state lighting as well as power electronic devices. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor also added that it is an honor to USM to hold this event in conjunction with Malaysia’s Celebration for the International Year of Light 2015.
A dedicated poster session was allocated after the opening ceremony to highlight the contributions of the father of Optics “Ibn al Haytham” and other scholars, as well as contributions of Nobel Laureates in the field of optics and light-based technologies. The poster tour was led by Professor Dato’ Dr. Muhamad Jantan, accompanied by Director of CRI Natural Sciences, and member of “Ibn al Haytham” International Working Group (IWG), Professor Dr. Zainuriah Hassan.