Dr Tan Choo Jun

Name of Staff   :  Dr Tan Choo Jun
Designation       : Senior Lecturer
Qualifications   : PhD (Evolutionary Computing) (USM), Msc(IT) (UUM), BEc (Hons) (UUM)    

Research Interest:   

Design and development of computational intelligence models, especially evolutionary algorithms, and their applications to multi-objective optimization problems.    


Please visit the following sites for the research accomplishments.

 Industry Consultancy and Research Experiences:

First project, Evolutionary Algorithm-Based Circuit Optimizer (Cmizer) project, is a collaboration project with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), USM, Myreka Technologies Sdn. Bhd. (Myreka) and Deakin University Australia (Deakin). This project has received a two-year financial assistance, i.e. Knowledge Transfer Programme Grant, from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia in 2012. Established under the partnership between UniMAP and Myreka, and in collaboration with USM and Deakin, Cmizer is a step forward to assist the local electronic industries in increasing their competitiveness and meeting the challenges in the global market. It has been awarded with Bronze Medal in the 3rd Cyber International Genius Inventor Fair (CIGIF) 2012 in South Korea.

The second project, USM Extract, is a collaboration project with professionals from manufacturing industries, software development partners, and local educational institution. USM Extract won the Silver Prize of the 5th Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge, 2011 with his OSS package named “USM Extract”, a suite of soft computing and other data-based learning algorithms for Extracting information/knowledge from complex databases, which contributes towards the use of OSS-based intelligent systems in the Knowledge Discovery in Databases domain. OSS World Challenge is an annual competition on OSS projects hosted by Ministry of Knowledge and Economy of Korea. The main aim of the competition is to promote OSS development and to expand various exchanges among OSS developers all over the world. A total of 56 projects from 22 countries were submitted to vie for 5 prizes at the 5th OSS World Challenge, 2011. The PCL project from Stanford University won the Grand Prize. The Shark project, a collaborative effort from universities in Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany, won the Gold Prize.

Both USM Extract and DIADEM project (from Oxford University) won the Silver Prizes. The Meego Prize, a special award sponsored by Intel for projects focusing on the MeeGo mobile platform, went to Meego Team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The third project, Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) project, is a collaboration project with professionals from Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA). MDG won various awards in the Open Jive Regional Challenge at Malaysia in year 2009. MDG has been awarded as the Malaysia Champion, Parasoft’s Code Quality Challenge Award, and Sun MicroSystems Technology Award. As a result, MDG is the chosen project to represent Malaysia in the Open Jive Grand Finals Challenge at Singapore. Again, MDG is awarded as the Sun MicroSystems Technology Award in the Open Jive Grand Finals Challenge.

Others are listed as follows:

  1. International reviewer of peer review based impact factor journals of Elsevier, Springer and IEEE.

  2. Invited Scientist of the Innovation Centre for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy (WISE) Taiwan-Malaysia in 2019- 2022

  3. FRGS Grant with UniMAP in 2019 – 2021 (RM84,200)

  4. CREST Grant with USM, WOU, Sanmina-SCI Systems (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Sanmina) and Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 2015 – 2019 (RM250,000)

  5. Facilitating five technical workshops on machine learning with Deakin, USM, UniMAP, CREST, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Sanmina. in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

  6. WOU IRI Grants in 2015 – 2017 (RM30,000) and 2016 – 2018 (RM30,000)

  7. Accumulated six years’ research experiences in USM and UM

Please visit LinkedIn for further details.

International and National Awards of Accomplished Project:

  1. Two copyrights (under Malaysia Akta Hak Cipta 1987) under industry-based manufacturing projects in 2020

  2. Online badges receiver of the Google Cloud Training on various topics in 2019

  3. Best Paper Award in the 30th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities 2016

  4. MIMOS Prestigious Award (MPA) – ACADEMIA Category in the Malaysia National Innovation Award Night 2014. MPA represents MIMOS’s highest recognition of the contributions of the research community and the industry to the nation’s global competitiveness. Note that MIMOS is the National Research & Development Centre in Information and Communications Technology of Malaysia, which is also a strategic agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

  5. Bronze Medal in Korea CIGIF 2012

  6. Silver Prize in Korea Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge 2011

  7. Finalist in MSC Malaysia – Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2010

  8. Malaysia Champion, Parasoft’s Code Quality Challenge Award, and the Sun Technology Award in Open Jive Regional Challenge 2009

  9. The Sun Technology Award in Singapore Open Jive Grand Finals Challenge 2009

Official Correspondence Address:

School of Science and Technology
Wawasan Open University
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10050, Penang

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