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Bill Clancey Lectures at Two Malaysian Institutions

Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing) presented an invited series of ten lectures on “Work Systems Design: Knowledge Representation and Software Engineering Methods” in conjunction with the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS) Silver Jubilee celebrations. The lectures were presented in Kuala Lumpur at MIMOS Berhad in the Technology Research Park and at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). Overall, the two-week visit included 35 scheduled events.

Six discussion meetings were held with MIMOS research groups (Advanced Modeling and Analysis, User-centered Life Cycle, Artificial Intelligence) and IIUM departments (Psychology, Information & Computer Technology, Mechatronics), Clancey also led discussions about “Being a Researcher” and “Innovation and R&D.” Two meetings with the Proton automobile Green Technology Department focused on the use of human-systems modeling in control systems engineering.

Two public evening lectures were presented, “Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers” at the IIUM (about 600 attending) and the Sekolah Alam Shah boys’ high school (over 900 attending), with a short version at the Sekolah Al Amin school (about 100 attending).

Clancey was interviewed for a half-hour television show about space exploration produced by Astro Awani, a 24-hour news and current affairs channel servicing Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

BACKGROUND: Malaysia is a member of the British Commonwealth and categorized as one of the advanced emerging nations, along with countries like Brazil, China, Taiwan, and South Africa.

The Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS) Berhad is funded by the Malaysian government as an applied research center for frontier technologies, focusing on Advanced Informatics, Advanced Information Security, Advanced Analysis and Modeling, Green Technology, Grid Computing, Knowledge Technology, Micro Systems & MEMS, Nanoelectronics, and Wireless Communications. MIMOS Berhad’s mission is to “stimulate Malaysia’s economic growth by producing innovative technology platforms that will be used by industry to develop products and services to meet market demands.” The International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) is a publicly funded university that seeks to “reform the contemporary Muslim mentality and integrate Islamic knowledge and human sciences in a positive manner.”

COLLABORATORS: Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah (Mimos CEO), Professor Ahmad Faris Ismail (Deputy Rector of UIA), and Dr. Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah (computer scientist)

Contact: William J. Clancey

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