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Prof. Mohd Shahrizal Sunar

Institute Director,
Institute of Human Centered Engineering (iHumEn)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia


Professor Dr Mohd Shahrizal Sunar is the Director of the Institute of Human Centered Engineering (iHumEn) and Founding Director of Media and Game Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGICX), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Malaysia in 2008. His major field of study is real-time and interactive computer graphics and virtual environment. He received his MSc in Computer Graphics and Virtual Environment from The University of Hull, United Kingdom and BSc degree in Computer Science majoring in Computer Graphics from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He served as an academic member at Computer Graphics and Multimedia Department, Faculty of Computer Science and Information System, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia since 1999. Since 2009, he had been given responsibility to become the Head of Department and leading the Virtual, Visualisation and Vision research group (UTM ViCubeLab). Dr Shahrizal is an active professional member of ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Computer Society and International Association of Engineers (IAENG). He is also a member Malaysian Society of Mathematics and Science (PERSAMA) and Exco Member of Malaysian Muslim Scientist Association (PERINTIS). He serves to the government as Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) panel of assessor in the field of Computing and Multimedia since 2005. The current research program that he leads is Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Gamification, User Interaction and Creative Content Technology. He had published numerous articles in high-impact refereed journals, conference proceedings and technical papers including an article in magazines. Dr Shahrizal had invented a number of innovative products to be commercialised from his research. He was also mentoring technology startup companies and entrepreneurs in his related field. MaGICX becomes a subsidiary company of UTM joint-venture with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) where he is the Chief Executive Officer. Dr Shahrizal is one of Ministry of Higher Education CEO@Faculty Programme 2.0 Fellow who attached w­ith Petronas.


Trends and Challenges in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Among the primary technology pillar of the 4th Industrial Revolution are Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). The technology has already reached the consumer with the mature development of software and hardware. Although AR and VR are seen as technologies reserved for hardcore gamers, many have realized the significant potential in a wide range of industries and applying the technologies to everything from military to healthcare to manufacturing and more. It is said that life frequently mimics art. More accurately, science fiction is frequently imitated by technology. With the advancement of the software and hardware, the technology is now already reach to consumer and will be widely use not only as serious business but also for entertainment. Recently, more applications and contents developed for AR/VR across industry from training to marketing.
This talk will include trends, challenges and research gap in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality’s ongoing worldwide development. Samples will be taken from research carried out at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Institute of Human Centered Engineering (iHumEn) and other renowned research centres worldwide. Specifically, the research and development work of in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality conducted by our team will be highlighted.
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