ICSCA 2018 — My First International Conference Experience

The 7th ACM International Conference on Software and Computer Applications (ICSCA) 2018 was held in Kuantan, Malaysia, from 8th to 10th February 2018. This was the first time I attended an international research conference to present my team’s work. The conference was co-organized by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Malaysia. UMP offers undergraduates and postgraduates education mainly in engineering and technical fields.

The conference was held at the Vistana Kuantan City Center. Registrations were done in the hotel lobby, where presenters could get the conference material.

The welcome remarks were made by Prof. Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia, whereas opening remarks were made by Prof. Dr. Vitaliy Mezhuyev from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia.

The first keynote speech was given by Prof. Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia. He talked about advances in meta and hyper-heuristic algorithms. He highlighted the introduction of hybrid meta-heuristics algorithms based on the hyper-heuristics to enhance the generality of meta-heuristic algorithms.

Prof. Dr. Kamal Zuhairi Zamli delivering his keynote speech

Prof. Dr. Vitaliy Mezhuyev from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia delivered the second keynote speech. He presented a metamodelling approach for modelling domains with different mathematical structures.

Prof. Dr. Vitaliy Mezhuyev delivering his keynote speech

After the second keynote speech, the gathering took the group photo and enjoyed the coffee break.

Next was the time for presentations. The presentations were organized under 7 different sessions. The 7 sessions were,

  1. Algorithm Design and Optimization
  2. Data Analysis and Data Mining
  3. Software Design and Development
  4. Knowledge Engineering and Intelligent Teaching System
  5. Image and Signal Processing
  6. Computer Science and Information Communication
  7. Software Testing and Management

Before the lunch break, the first session on Algorithm Design and Optimization was held.

After the lunch break, Prof. Masahiro Fujita from The University of Tokyo, Japan delivered the final keynote speech of the conference. He presented his work on mobile supercomputing and big data analysis with non-volatile memory technology.

Next, the remaining sessions were held in parallel in 3 meeting rooms. Each session had around 6 to 10 presentations. There were very interesting ideas, findings and solutions for various problems faced in many fields such as medicine, security, economics, education and manufacturing engineering.

I was able to win the best paper award of Session 6 – Computer Science and Information Communication. I got the chance to make new friends from different countries, learn a lot about their work and share my work with them as well. Looking back at the experience, I believe that attending ICSCA 2018 was definitely a great first step into the computer science research community. The knowledge and experience I gained by participating in this conference were immensely helpful in continuing my ongoing research work.

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