Keynote Speaker 2 : Professor Dr M. Iqbal Saripan
Professor Ts. Dr M. Iqbal Saripan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International)
Department of Computer and Communication Systems Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor
How Important is Sustainable Design in Digital Imaging?
We are in 1975 (imagine that), and a digital camera had just been invented. It was a 0.01MP camera. What can we do with 0.01MP? No wonder the technology developed very slowly until the year 2000s. It was equivalent to almost 1000 times less spatial resolution that what we have today (in 2019). From time to time, digital imaging has evolved and replacing film-based camera. Whether we realized or not, descriptors that we used in sustainable technology design are also applicable in the development of the digital image technology. Being in digital form enables the images to be reused, re-distributed, recycled and repaired. On top of that, the pixels can be manipulated easily (of course, for good purposes!). Due that, nowadays we can see that everybody is holding a digital camera in their pockets. The camera physical size becomes much smaller than 1975, but the performance is thousand times better. The advantage of digital camera is been utilized not only in normal photography, but also in specialized applications, for instance medical imaging and aerial/satellite imaging. In order to ensure the compatibility between devices, digital image standards were developed, such as JPEG for general imaging and DICOM for medical imaging. In summary, the future of digital imaging looks bright. It is an excellent example of how a sustainable technology was developed to be part of our daily life.
M. Iqbal Saripan has a Ph.D in Digital Image Processing from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Electric-Electronic Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Hailed from Muar, Johor, he has served UPM for more than 15 years since 2001, starting as a tutor at the Department of Computer Systems and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, before becoming a lecturer in 2006, then an Associate Professor in 2011 and a professor in 2014. He is formerly the Head of the Department of Computer System and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Engineering in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Dean (Post-Graduates) of the Faculty of Engineering and Director of the Quality Assurance Centre (CQA) in 2015. His professional appointments included his position in the IEEE Gold, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEC) Malaysia from 2010 to 2011 and he also held the Vice Chairmanship for IEEE Consumer Electronics from 2009 to 2012 and Vice Chairmanship for IEEC Signal Processing in 2014 until today. He is a Chartered Engineer for Engineering Council UK since 2015, and an evaluation panelist for Engineering Council UK until today. Throughout his service in UPM, he has been active in teaching and research, having won the Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) award in 2013, National Young Scientist Award as well as The Young Outstanding Malaysian Award (TOYM) in 2012. He is also an expert in academic quality, with his involvement in the assessment of programmes in Bangladesh which is part of the World Bank’s project.