Monash University Malaysia boasts some notable research projects that are trying to change the world for the better. We believe that great research, when properly applied, can lead to lasting and positive change in the world.
Electric buses do not contribute to carbon emissions on the road, but when they are charged using electricity from power plants which are fueled by fossil fuels, they indirectly impact the environment. Dr Arshad Adam Salema from the School of Engineering focuses on a sustainable solution for the electric bus transport system in Malaysia using solar energy. The project will showcase for the first time a viable solution to develop an integrated low-carbon township in Sunway City.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals face special challenges during the pandemic. This inspired a team of researchers from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences' HEAlthcaRE needs of the Deaf program to collaborate with the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf and the Malaysian Sign Language and Deaf Studies Association to develop the Malaysian Sign Language (BIM) video translations of the COVID-19 Screening Questions.
Natural products have been acknowledged for their nutritional and healing benefits. They are also known to be quick fixes for simple skin problems such as rashes, pimples, and dry patches on the face. Dr Goh Bey Hing from the School of Pharmacy is delving deep into these remedies to understand better why they are effective.
Social media platforms and online discussion forums have given a voice to users without holding them accountable for the accuracy of what they say. Dr Ian Lim Wern Han from the School of Information Technology is using a combination of graph algorithms with machine learning to extract valuable tacit information from platforms like Reddit, StackExchange and Quora, to apply a score that estimates the reliability of someone's post.
Research has long indicated that it is mostly men, who tend to misperceive friendliness as sexual interest. In her recent work, Dr Goh Pei Hwa revisited the question of gender differences in sexual perception accuracy using a face-to-face, laboratory-based interaction paradigm on a sample of university students in Malaysia.
We are currently involved in the creation of Bio-PIN, a secure set of algorithms which can be incorporated into any biometric cryptosystem. Bio-PIN is the result of a collaboration between Monash University Malaysia, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), and Yonsei University in South Korea.
Associate Professor Grace Hooi Yean Lee, Head of Economics Department at Monash University, Malaysia, and co-researchers at Monash University, Shin Ee Teo and Erte Xiao, embarked on an experiment to see the efficacy of nudging, and note when its effects start to wear off. They organised the 10,000 steps challenge where a series of surveys were conducted to identify inactive students for participation in the experiment.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), in collaboration with Monash University Malaysia, and Newcastle University, has developed Poseidon, a portable filtration device that can be fitted to a water bottle. This allows people who are deprived of access to clean water to filter what they drink.
Published in the March 20 edition of the peer-reviewed academic journal Science was the sequencing of 929 genomes of 54 diverse populations from around the world. The 929 genomes were sequenced at the Wellcome Sanger Institute near Cambridge. Professor Qasim Ayub was part of the Human Evolution Team at this institute.
Diseases like stroke and injuries to the spinal cord often result in reduced mobility and are reported to be among the leading causes of mobility impairments worldwide. Dr Alpha Agape Gopalai is working on an exoskeleton, called Ambulate Me, to help support the body by sending stimulation signals to the affected muscle group so that the limbs can move again.
Researchers at Monash University Malaysia have created "PERSUADE" (PEeR SUpport program for ADults with mEtabolic syndrome), an evidence-based and community-specific nutrition and lifestyle behaviour peer support program for individuals with metabolic syndrome.
Epilepsy has been viewed as a form of a mysterious supernatural trance. Researchers at Monash University Malaysia have teamed up to explore the possibility of engaging religious institutions as a means to raise awareness and provide education. The overall aim of this project is to reduce the level of discrimination against the affected individuals.
An expert in mining and minerals engineering, Dr Saman Ilankoon is currently exploring the extraction of copper from discarded printed circuit boards as a lot of natural materials used in electronic and electrical components are lost when products are discarded. He is also developing a Smart E-Waste Collection Box, which uses a mobile application to optimise the collection of e-waste materials.
Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide that affects both men and women. A team of researchers from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences are now at the centre of a study to determine the efficacy of snake venom for cancer treatment.
A team of academics at Monash University Malaysia are researching the different materials used in piping with respect to their mechanical properties, transportability, corrosion resistance and a host of other criteria. The objective of the research is to give a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of different options to satisfy specific needs so that stakeholders can make better-informed decisions.