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 accomplishments.

Industry Consultancy and Collaborative Experiences:

First project, Evolutionary Algorithm-Based Circuit Optimizer (Cmizer) project, is a collaboration project with Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Sains Malaysia (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 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 with the Sun MicroSystems Technology Award in the Open Jive Grand Finals Challenge.

Others are listed as follows.

  1. International reviewer of peer review based journals from Elsevier, Springer and IEEE in 2014 – present.
  2. Invited Scientist of the Innovation Centre for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy (WISE) Taiwan-Malaysia in 2019 – 2022.
  3. Publicity chair of a joint conference on FIM-IMIP-UMSO with Waseda University Japan, Shimonoseki City University Japan, Zhejiang Gongshang University China and Multimedia University Malaysia in 2021.
  4. Collaborator of the FRGS Grant with UniMAP in 2019 – 2021 (RM84,200).
  5. Collaborator of the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST) Grant with USM, Sanmina-SCI Systems (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Sanmina) and Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 2015 – 2019 (RM250,000).
  6. Facilitator of technical workshops and seminars on soft computing with British Academy, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), Deakin, USM, UniMAP, CREST, Sanmina, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and WD (Media) Sdn Bhd. in 2018 – 2020.
  7. Collaborator of the WOU IRI Grants in 2015 – 2017 (RM30,000) and 2016 – 2018 (RM30,000).
  8. Researcher on evolutionary computing and software analysis at USM as well as Universiti Malaya (UM) in 2009 – 2014.
  9. Practitioner on software analysis, design and development for companies at Malaysia as well Singapore, specifically in serving small-medium industries, multi-national corporations and government agencies in the sectors of banking-finance, retail-commerce, logistic-sales, realty-development, production-manufacturing and criminal-defense at Europe and Asia-Pacific, in prior 2009.

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International and National Awards:

  1. Best Paper Award of the 24th International Conference of Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS) in Korea 2021.
  2. Two copyrights of Malaysia Akta Hak Cipta 1987 for industry-based manufacturing projects in 2020.
  3. Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) Certified Professional Technologist (carrying the title of Ts.) in 2019.
  4. Online badges receiver of the Google Cloud Training on various topics in 2019
  5. Best Paper Award of the 30th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities in Philippines 2016.
  6. 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. MIMOS is the national Research & Development (R&D) centre in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) of Malaysia, which is also a strategic agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
  7. Bronze Medal of the CIGIF in Korea
  8. Silver Prize of 5th Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge in Korea 2011.
  9. Finalist of the MSC Malaysia – Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in 2010.
  10. Malaysia Champion, Parasoft’s Code Quality Challenge Award, and the Sun Technology Award of Open Jive Regional Challenge in Malaysia 2009.
  11. The Sun Technology Award of Open Jive Grand Finals Challenge in Singapore 2009.
  12. IBM Certified Database Administrator – DB2 Universal Database for Linux, UNIX and Windows.

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Official Correspondence Address:

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

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