Keynote Speaker

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazir Bin Ahmad @ Sharif

Title : SmartBins Solution: From academic to community for managing and monitoring waste

Waste management can be generally understood to mean the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of garbage, sewage, and other waste products; along with relevant monitoring and regulation activities. In other words, it encompasses all processes and resources related to proper waste material handling, monitoring bin collections, and maintaining waste transport trucks and dumping facilities, in compliance with health codes and environmental regulations. With a focus on the bin collection process, systematic monitoring is an important aspect of waste management. Successful collection of bins depends greatly on effective coordination and communication; as performed by a number of stakeholders which include contractors, collectors, inspectors, finance officers and waste managers. Poor monitoring and coordination between these stakeholders can result in inaccurate contractor payments, indecision regarding the termination of incompetent contractors, increased community complaints, difficulties in auditing bin inventories, and insufficient tracking efforts. All this can lead to integrity and transparency problems faced during collection activities. Another related issue is that monitoring decisions are usually made based on the individual experience and domain knowledge of relevant managerial personnel. Unfortunately, this shared knowledge is not well captured, nor explicitly represented. Therefore, effective knowledge management is crucial in the Waste Management (WM) domain. Accordingly, this presentation proposes the Smartbins solution, for streamlining and enhancing the bins collection process; currently being used by the Kemaman Municipal Council (KMC). It has been consequently leveraged for all local councils in Malaysia’s Terengganu State (1Terengganu). This project has been implemented as part of the Smart Community program under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), representing the first such innovation proposed for Malaysia’s local councils.


Dr. Mnazir’s (Mohammad Nazir AHMAD) educational background includes the achievement of a degree in Bachelor of Information Technology in Industrial Computing from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (1998), and subsequently receiving an MSc in Information Systems from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (2002). In 2009, he was awarded a PhD in the field of Information Technology from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. He is currently an Associate Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He has been active for many years in the fields of Ontology and Knowledge Management; areas in which he has been supported by numerous research grants, totaling in excess of RM 1,000,000. In addition to this, he has authored at least 126 publications comprising of 35 indexed journal articles (Scopus/ISI), 27 non-indexed journal articles (Non Scopus/ISI), 46 refereed conference articles, 6 chapters in books, 2 edited books, 6 newspapers articles, 2 magazines articles and 2 technical reports. He has supervised 19 BSc, 12 Masters and 8 PhD projects to completion and is currently supervising 4 PhD candidates. His firm belief is that the application of innovation, creativity and passion is necessary in anything that people want success in, and he believes that this is what ensures that academic work has a significant contribution to community and real world problems. He always strives for strategic balance by bridging the gaps between academic, business and industrial worlds.

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