Keynote Speaker

Professor Dr. Kwek Leong Chuan
Center for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Dr. Kwek Leong Chuan is a principal investigator at the Center for Quantum Technologies, NUS and the Deputy Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at NTU. He is the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Physics, Singapore and a Council Member of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Physics, UK (IOP). He received his PhD from National University of Singapore, Singapore in 1999. His research areas are on quantum optics and quantum processors, has published more than 200 internationally papers with 1 paper in Nature Photonics, 2 papers in Nature Communications, 1 paper in Physical Review X and 20 papers in the Physical Review Letters. His current research projects are Engineering of a Scalable Photonics Platform for Quantum Enabled Technologies, Theory and experiments of quantum synchronization in trapped ions and nano-mechanical resonators, and Atomtronics-persistent Currents Through Ring Lattice Architectures.

Invited Speaker

Dr. Alexander Ling
Center for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Alexander Ling is a principal investigator at the Center for Quantum Technologies, NUS. He is also an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore since 2010. He received his PhD from National University of Singapore, Singapore in 2008. His research areas are on quantum optics, quantum cryptography, randomness, and industry relations, has published 38 papers. His research group works to leverage optical technology for building compact, rugged & effective optical entanglement systems. He is currently working on a project called SPEQS (Small Photon-Entangling Quantum Systems) which is designed to incorporate photon-pair sources and detectors into a single package of 300 mililitres, capable of running off a single CR1220 battery for 3 hours.


Professor Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin, PhD, DSc
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Upon completion of his PhD (UMIST, UK) Mohamed Ridza returned to Malaysia in August 1989 and took up a lecturer position at the University of Malaya. He is the MOSTE 1994 National Young Scientist Award recipient in recognition of his research in Quantum Optics. He is also the first Malay professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Malaya. He then joined the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on 1 June 2001 to help establish the Kulliyyah of Science. Later, for his outstanding contributions to Quantum Optics he is awarded the higher doctoral degree, Doctor of Science (DSc) by UMIST, UK in December 2004. In 2005 MIMOS Berhad requested IIUM for Prof Ridza to be seconded there to realize the first Quantum Cryptography Network in Malaysia (under the Ninth Malaysia Plan), to lead the MIMOS Cyber Security team, and to spearhead the National R&D Cyber Security agenda. He successfully completed his six year secondment at MIMOS and is presently the Deputy Rector (Research & Innovation) at IIUM.

In 2011 he and his multi-disciplinary team (communication engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and optoelectronic engineers) engineered the first realisation of Quantum Cryptography Network in ASEAN. Such sophisticated and delicate networks were first realised by the USA (2005), followed by Europe (2008), China (2009) and eventually Japan (2010). The technology is based on quantum physics and offer unconditional information security. Identical secret encryption keys may be generated at the different communicating parties without the need of an intermediate courier. It involved ultrafast optoelectronics to generate, transmit and processing of single photon optical pulses along many kilometres of optical fibre and free space (line-of-sight). The testbed comprised of five nodes: MIMOS/Jaring (1 KM dark fibre), IIUM (45 KM dark fibre), Bukit Jalil Police Station (10 KM dark fibre), Putrajaya TNB (20 KM dark fibre) and Cyber Security Malaysia (2 KM free space). The project has since fulfilled its objectives as reported by Jawatankuasa Kerja Penilaian Outcome (JKPO, MOSTI) 2014.

Professor Dr Raymond Ooi Chong Heng, FASc
Department of Physics University of Malaya

Professor Dr. Raymond Ooi earned his doctorate degree in 2003 from Universitaet Konstanz, Germany in the field of quantum optics and atomic physics. His research is on quantum optics, nonlinear optics, quantum gases and plasmonics that involve interactions of quantum systems and nonlinear photonic materials with light from single photon regime to intense femtosecond laser fields, has produced more than 100 ISI publications. He was awarded the Malaysian Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) Science & Technology Award 2013 for his outstanding research, and elected the Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2015. He is a committee member of the ASM Science Journal. His ground-breaking research works comprise of controllable nonclassically correlated photon pairs, directional emission of single photon based on entanglement, superconducting photonic bandgap structure, practical laser cooling scheme for molecular gas using a few lasers, femtosecond coherent Raman spectroscopy for real-time non-invasive detection of chemical species.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zuriati Ahmad Zukarnain
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Zuriati Ahmad Zukarnain is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and information Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has served as a Head of Department of Communication Technology and Networks at the Faculty of Computer Science and information Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia for five years from 2006 until 2011. She received her PhD from the University of Bradford, UK in 2006.

Her research interests include: Efficient multiparty QKD protocol for classical network and cloud, load balancing in the wireless ad hoc network, quantum processor unit for quantum computer, Authentication Time of IEEE 802.15.4 with Multiple-key Protocol, Intra-domain Mobility Handling Scheme for Wireless Networks, Efficiency and Fairness for new AIMD Algorithms. She has been actively involved as a member of the editorial board for some international peer-reviewed and cited journals. Dr. Zuriati is currently undertaking some national funded projects on QKD protocol for cloud environment as well as routing and load balancing in the wireless ad hoc network.

Dr.Zuriati is the founder of ZA Quantum Sdn Bhd, the start up company from Universiti Putra Malaysia to produce a software designing tool for Quantum Communication known as Quantum Communication Simulator (QuCS). QuCS is an initiative to bring the community closer to Physical Sciences which forms the domain in computer science, in particular Quantum Communication, said to be difficult to be understood by everyone. Through QuCS, learning, teaching and research can be done and understood easily. Indirectly, QuCS is able to attract the attention of researchers and students to explore the science of Quantum Communication virtually. QuCS can also save the cost of providing experimental equipment for Quantum Communication which can reach almost RM1 milliion. By using QuCS, the outcome of Quantum Communication experiment will provide efficient and effective results. QuCS is web-based application interface of ‘’drag and drop” using “Software as Services”.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jesni Shamsul Shaari
Dept. of Physics, International Islamic University Malaysia

Jesni Shamsul Shaari is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physics, International Islamic University Malaysia. He mainly works in the field of Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Information, specifically on quantum key distribution schemes making bidirectional use of quantum channels.

He was a key person in the development of Malaysia’s first quantum cryptographic protocol, named 6DP, (which was published in the journal Physics Letters A with coauthors Marco Lucamarini and Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin). The protocol itself is a generalisation of an earlier two-way QKD scheme to include all mutually unbiased bases for a qubit (two dimensional quantum system). While later pursuing specific topics in quantum cryptography including higher dimensional two-way QKD, decoy states as well as finite key analysis (for bidirectional QKD) and device independent QKD, Jesni also pursues his interest in more fundamental topics derived from the study of quantum cryptography including issues related to Mutually Unbiased Unitary Bases (a structure analogous to Mutually Unbiased Bases for quantum states) amongst other things.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Muhammad Rezal Kamel Ariffin
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Muhammad Rezal Kamel Ariffn is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He heads the mathematical cryptography research program at the Institute for Mathematical Research, UPM. In 2007, with other like minded colleagues he helped to form the Malaysian Society for Cryptology Research (MSCR) and now is its Deputy Chairman (2017-2019). His current research interest revolves around giving new perspectives on what he calls "higher-dimension NP problems" which have been used to mathematically explain the intractability of unknown variables upon multivariable modular equations - and turn it into a possible source for post quantum cryptography algorithms. Cryptanalysis of his work is supported by researchers from Universite de Caen, Normandy, France; Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China and Royal Holloway University of London, UK. The work which started circa 2010, has gained extra momentum with the announcement by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), USA which solicits post quantum cryptography algorithm to be listed as standards for international usage. Submission ends November 2017, while evaluation is done within 5-7 year period. He intends to use this as an avenue to put closure to his 6 year old research adventure. Occasionally he is involved in inter agency initiatives such as the development of the National Cryptography Policy (with MKN/CSM - completed 2013), producing the Government Public Key Infrastructure (GPKI) Framework (with MAMPU - completed 2016) and documenting as well as executing the Malaysian Senarai Algoritma Terpecaya (MySEAL) initiative (with CSM - ongoing). Nurturing new talent is an integral part of nation building. He has chaired 5 international cryptology conferences (between 2008-2016) via collaboration between MSCR and various universities as a means for local talent to meet up with their international counterparts. Another landmark avenue is the Malaysian Cryptology and Information Security Lecture Series (MCISLS) which he initiated in 2013 and is in its 3rd series this year. This year he co chairs the Malaysian Quantum Information Era Strategic Hub (MyQUANTUM) initiative and sincerely hopes that this initiative will further provide much needed strategic avenues for sciences to flourish in Malaysia.

Dr Nurisya Mohd Shah
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Nurisya Mohd Shah has been with the Department of Physics, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) since 2005 when she joined in as a tutor and presently has been appointed as senior lecturer since 2014. She received her MSc. in Quanta & Space-Time in 2008 from University Putra Malaysia. In 2014 she obtained her Ph.D in Physic (Mathematical Physics) from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Her works are in the field of theoretical physics (mathematical physics area) and has been actively involved in developing research in theoretical physics in the department and thus the faculty. In addition, she is also a research associate at the Laboratory of Computational Sciences and Mathematical Physics at Institute of Mathematical Research, INSPEM, UPM. Her current research interests are the quantum states of the non-commutative quantum mechanics model, biorthogonal polynomials, Lie groups and algebra.

Chris Liaw Man Cheon
Augmented Technology

Chris Liaw Man Cheon, the CTO of Augmented Technology is a Master of RealTime Software Engineering and Bachelors Science (Physics Industry) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and certified CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) with over 15 years of working experience including Head of Software Development at SCAN.

His PKI experience in managing and developing PKI for Financial Institutions, government and government agencies, architect and developer lead Key Management System, implementing nCipher and Safenet products. Developed various securities products including PKI library, iVest Card Integration, Desktop Security Suite, Shared Security Services, PDF Secure, desktop crypto client and Revenue Tracking System as well as team lead in ISMS, BS7799, ISO27001 Certification and CMMi.