Speaker List

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Professor Dr. Lay Yoon Fah

Professor Dr. Lay Yoon Fah is a Professor of Science Education at the Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPE), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. He holds a Ph.D in Science Education, M.Sc. in Human Resource Development, and B.A.Ed. (Hons.) in Chemistry and Commerce. He has more than 27 years of working experience, ranging from a secondary school teacher, senior assistant of two secondary schools, lecturer of teacher training college/institute, head of department of educational research and development, a university senior lecturer, and subsequently a professor. Currently, he is a Research Fellow of the Unit for Rural Education Research (URER), FPE, UMS and an Associate of the Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE), Universiti Malaya. He has a wide range of research interests in the field of science education. His primary research interests are in the area of scientific skills, logical thinking abilities, attitude toward science, environmental education, professional development of science teachers, and international studies e.g., TIMSS and PISA. He is active in carrying out research in the field of science education and a frequent paper presenter in conferences and seminars at international and national levels. He is a prolific book writer. His books on quantitative research methodology and statistical data analysis received overwhelming response from undergraduate and postgraduate students from Public and Private Institutions of Higher Education in Malaysia. He was also frequently being invited as a guest speaker by schools, polytechnics, matriculation colleges, and other government departments/agencies in Malaysia and abroad. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Educational Thinkers (JurnalPemikirPendidikan), UMS; the Associate Editor forthe special issues of EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education; the Associate Editor of Asian Education Action Research Journal, Sultan Idris Education University; the Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Educational Methodology, Asia Pacific Journal of Educational Management Research, Madridge Journal of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and Advances in Higher Education. He is also a manuscript reviewer for renowned international journals namely International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, International Journal of Science Education, Research in Science and Technological Education, Environmental Education Research, The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher,Asia Pacific Journal of Education, EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, Learning and Individual Differences, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingulism, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Journal of Turkish Science Education, International Journal of Environmental and Science Education International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, among others.

Professor Nobuo Funabiki

Nobuo Funabiki received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1993, respectively. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991. From 1984 to 1994, he was with the System Engineering Division, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Japan. In 1994, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 1995. He stayed at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000-2001, as a visiting researcher. In 2001, he moved to the Department of Communication Network Engineering (currently, Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering) at Okayama University as a professor. His research interests include computer networks, optimization algorithms, educational technology, and Web technology. He is a member of IEEE, IEICE, and IPSJ. He is the associate editor-in-chief in Journal of Communications since 2016 and an editor in International Journal of Computer & Software Engineering since 2018. He was the chairman at IEEE Hiroshima section in 2015 and 2016. He has served as a member of technical program committees in more than 30 international conferences. He has published more than 600 papers and coauthored seven books.

Professor Kiyoshi Ueda

Kiyoshi Ueda received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 1987 and 1989 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in information science and electrical engineering from Kyushu University in 2010. Since he joined NTT in 1989, he was engaged in the research and development of digital switching software, especially in designing the distributed switching node management software. He was an active member of ITU-T SG11 and SG4, where he contributed to the TMN. He was also responsible for research and development of peer-to-peer network service software. He is presently a professor at College of Engineering, Nihon University from 2014. He received the Best Paper Award of IEICE communication society in 2008. He is a member of IEEE, IEICE and IPSJ.

Dr Gobind Pillai

Dr Gobind Pillai joined Teesside University in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. He is the programme leader for MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems Engineering and teaches a variety of modules within this MSc and the MEng/BEng programmes at the University. Gobind moved to the UK in January 2012 for his PhD in Electrical Power Engineering (completed in February 2015) at Northumbria University. His research interests include grid integration of photovoltaic and wind renewable energy sources, sustainable energy assessments, power networks, energy storage, electrical vehicles, and smart grids. Prior to commencing his PhD, Gobind has professional experience in India and UAE spanning across the maintenance of steel plant electrical machinery, electrical power distribution and building services engineering. Gobind is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK and holds a Masters degree in Power Systems Engineering (2011) and MBA in Operations Management (2011).Gobind was the recipient of Top Reviewer Awards from Renewable Energy, a high impact journal from Elsevier, in 2016 and 2017 respectively in recognition of his contributions to the quality of the journal and the advancement of the field of the research field.

Associate Professor Penjit Srinophakun

Penjit Srinophakun, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 THAILAND Educational Background 1983: B.Sc. (Chemistry), KhonKaenUniversity, KhonKaen, Thailand. 1987: M.E. (Chemical Engineering), King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand. 1996: Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), Queensland University, Queensland, Australia. She has a great experience in teaching and research field in BioFuels Production since 1987. Her research interest include the first one as Biological System : Solid-state Fermentation, Mathematical Modeling, Bioreactor & Process Design, Optimization and Controletc.The second one as Environment and Energy: Clean Technology, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Biomass, Jatrophacurcasand Industrial Applications: Fermentation Industry, Pulp and Paper Industry, Cassava and Starch Industry. Currently, she also serves as the Vice President of Thai Society for Biotechnology (TSB) since 2017, Director, KU-biodiesel project, Kasetsart University, Thailand since 2005, Vice President of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) since 2011, Director of Centre of Excellence for Jatropha, Kasetsart University, Thailand since 2011, Coordinator of Advanced Biofuels and Smart Farm, Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy, Thailand since 2017 and Coordinator of Advanced Biofuels and Smart Farm, Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy, Thailand since 2017.

Associate Professor Chu-Shou Yang

Chu-Shou Yang can be reached at Department of Electrical Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan. TEL:+886-22122928#6612. E-mail:csyang@gm.ttu.edu.tw Yang is an associate professor and Chairman of Department of Electrical Engineering, Tatung University (TTU). He received PhD degree in Applied Physics from Chung Yuan Christian University in 2003 and was a postdoc at Department of Electronic Physics, National Chiao Tung University. From 2008 to 2015, he was an assistant professor at Graduate Institute in Electro-Optical Engineering in TTU. He was the director of Tutor office from 2012 to 2016, and deputy director of Teaching and Learning Development Center in TTU from 2017 to 2018. Since 2009, Yang started to build up his laboratory. A homemade molecular beam epitaxy(MBE) was designed and fabricated in one year. The MBE solid sources include copper, zinc, indium, gallium, tin, selenium, and tellurium, and an oxygen gas source. The interesting binary, ternary, and quaternary compound semiconductors are fabricated by MBE. He grew CuInGaSe2 and CuZnSnSe2 compound to demonstrate the thin-film solar cells. In 2017, he joined the photovoltaic group to set-up a PV demo-site in Tatung University and established two PV holiday school for training the student and Engineer. In 2019, the photovoltaic group finished a PV project in Indonesia to installation and training courses.