26 November 2020 (Thursday)@
Virtual Symposium
Free admission!
Link will be Provided to Registered Participants!

IEEE Signal Processing Society Malaysia Chapter in collaboration with the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology (FTKEE), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) is organizing the 8th IEEE Symposium on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (SASSP 2020), on 26th November 2020 VIRTUALLY.


This FREE event, open to all IEEE members and non-members, is organized:


  •  – to bring the university and industry community together to share and discuss the latest trends in acoustic, speech and signal processing, AI, analysis and real-time implementation, and


  •  – to promote IEEE Signal Processing Society Malaysia Chapter to the Malaysian academic and industry community as a forum for professional networking and advancement.


Venue : VIRTUAL (On-Line)

0830 – 0900 : Registration

0900 – 0910 : Opening Remarks by the General Chair of SASSP 2020

0910 – 0920 : Welcome Speech

0920 – 1030 : Keynote Speech #1 by Dr. Karthik Nandakumar, IBM Research, Singapore / IEEE Distinguish Industrial Speaker (DIS) “Deep Neural Network Training on Encrypted Data”

1030 – 1140 : Keynote Speech #2 by Dr. Muataz Hameed Salih, IR4.0 and Intelligent Automation lead of Flex, Penang, Malaysia “Parallelism of Signal Processing for IR 4.0, Beyond Limits”

1040 – 1110 : IEEE Membership Drive & Senior Member Elevation Drive

1110 – 1240 : Invited Talks Sessions #1

1240 – 1400 : Lunch Break

1400 – 1445 : Special Invited Talk #3 by Dr. John See, Multimedia University, Malaysia “How to Publish in Reputable Signal Processing Conferences”

1445 – 1630 : Invited Talks Sessions #2

1630 – 1645  : Closing Remarks

Dr. Karthik Nandakumar, (Senior Research Officer, IBM Research, Singapore)

Talk Title: Deep Neural Network Training on Encrypted Data


Whether you are presenting or just attending the symposium, please register via the link https://forms.gle/5iZnQtjEtFy3iFsk8 by 24th November 2020.


For any enquiries, please email: sassp.ieeesps@gmail.com.


The selected presenters will receive a certificate of appreciation as an invited speaker. Free registration and admission for IEEE members and non-members! Link will be provided to Registered Participants!


SASSP2020 Program Schedule ( 4 pages – click pdf below for navigation panel)

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Hamdan Bin Daniyal (Dean, FTKEE, UMP)

Mohd Mawardi Saari (TDP, FTKEE, UMP)

General Chair
Sabira Khatun

Mohd Zamri Ibrahim (UMP)

Rajasvaran Logeswaran (APU)

Mohamad Shaiful Abdul Karim (UMP)

Norasyikin Fadilah (UMP)

Mohd Hisyam Mohd Ariff (UMP)

Technical and Program
Kamarul Hawari Ghazali (UMP)

M Faizal Ahmad Fauzi (MMU)

Syamimi Mardiah Shaharum (UMP)

Ahmad Syahiman Mohd Shah (UMP)

Haidawati Mohamad Nasir (UniKL)

Website & Virtual Hosting

Mohd Norzali Hj Mohd (UTHM)

Nurhafizah Abu Talip @ Yusof (UMP)

Norhadzfizah Mohd Radi (UMP)

Ahmad Afif Mohd Faudzi (UMP)

Minarul Islam (UMP)

Technical Advisory Committee

Vijanth Asirvadam (UTP)

Norliza Mohd Noor (UTM)
Nor’aini Abdul Jalil (Wavesmiles)
Wong Kok Sheik (MONASH)

Hezerul Abdul Karim (MMU)

Syed Ab Rahman Syed Abu Bakar (UTM)

Siti Armiza Mohd Aris (UTM)



Registration Open: 15th November 2020


Abstract Submission: 17th November 2020


Notification of Acceptance: 20th November 2020


Registration Closed: 24th November 2020



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Topic 1: SASSP 2020_Virtual Room 1
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 428 626 9938
Passcode: sassp2020

Topic 2: SASSP 2020_Virtual Room 2
Meeting Link:

Dr. Karthik Nandakumar (Senior Research Officer, IBM Research, Singapore)



Karthik Nandakumar is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, Singapore. Prior to joining IBM in 2014, he was a Scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore for more than six years. He received his B.E. degree (2002) from Anna University, Chennai, India, M.S. degrees in Computer Science (2005) and Statistics (2007), and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (2008) from Michigan State University, and M.Sc. degree in Management of Technology (2012) from National University of Singapore. His research interests include computer vision, biometric authentication, machine learning, and applied cryptography. He has co-authored two books titled Introduction to Biometrics (Springer, 2011) and Handbook of Multibiometrics (Springer, 2006). He has received a number of awards including the 2008 Fitch H. Beach Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, the Best Paper award from the Pattern Recognition journal (2005), the Best Scientific Paper Award (Biometrics Track) at ICPR 2008, and the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE.


Talk Title: Deep Neural Network Training on Encrypted Data

While deep learning is a valuable tool for solving tough problems in many domains including text, speech, and vision, the success of deep learning models is typically determined by: (i) availability of sufficient training data, (ii) access to extensive computational resources, and (iii) expertise in selecting the right model and hyperparameters for the selected task. Often, the availability of data is the hard part due to compliance, legal, and privacy constraints. Cryptographic techniques such as fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) offer a potential solution by enabling processing on encrypted data. While prior work has been done on using FHE for inferencing, training a deep neural network in the encrypted domain is an extremely challenging task due to the computational complexity of the operations involved. In the first part of this talk, we present a feasibility analysis of training neural networks on encrypted data in a completely non-interactive way. Our proposed system uses the open-source FHE toolkit HElib to implement a Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD)-based training of a neural network. We show that encrypted training can be made more computationally efficient by (i) simplifying the network with minimal degradation of accuracy, (ii) choosing appropriate data representation and resolution, and (iii) packing the data elements within the ciphertext in a smart way to minimize the number of operations and facilitate parallelization of FHE computations. In the second part of this talk, we consider the scenario where data generated by multiple organizations or individuals needs to be leveraged to develop better models. While federated learning is typically used in such scenarios, this approach selectively reveals intermediate computation results, thereby diluting the privacy guarantees. We will introduce our initial work on using secure multi-party computation protocols to address the problem of secure collaborative supervised learning.


Dr. Muataz Hameed Salih, (Senior Staff  Manager, Flex, Penang, Malaysia)



Dr. Muataz H. Salih received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Dept of Computer Engineering from University of Technology, Iraq, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In Sept 2013, he earned a PhD degree in Computer Engineering, with specialization in FPGA Embedded Multiprocessor SoC. From Sept. 1998 to March 2003, he was a research engineer in Military Industrialization Corporation of Iraq. From Oct. 2003 to June 2008, he was a lecturer and manager of engineering faculty’s LABS in the faculty of Engineering of Al-Kalamoon private university, Syria. From July 2008 to July April 2011, he was a Researcher at Underwater Robotic Research Group at USM. Nov. 2013 to Oct 2018, he is a Senior lecturer at UniMAP, Malaysia. Since Oct. 2018, he is FPGA Senior Staff Manager at Flex company. He is IR4.0 and Intelligent Automation lead of Flex Penang Cluster. He is SMIEEE, CEng, MIET and IACSIT Senior Member. His research interests and working area on designing digital systems using FPGA technology, FPGA-SoC design, system architect, embedded systems, computer system architecture, microprocessor architecture, active jamming system for laser missiles, IR4.0 transformation, Cybersecurity and Intelligent Automation.


Talk Title: Parallelism of Signal Processing for IR 4.0, Beyond Limits

Industrial manufacturing is undergoing its 4th revolution, so called Industry 4.0 (I4.0), with digitization and connectivity enabling the path beyond smart manufacturing towards intelligent factories defined by greater machine automation and greater agility; where data is transforming business. One significant challenge in designing a system is managing ordering dependencies between multiple real-time computations. Dependences can arise in many ways in multiple contexts. For example, a dependency can occur between two processes at coarse level when one process waits for a message or signal to arrive from another process, such as sending width adjustment control bytes to conveyors after the Wi-Fi connectivity handshaking signal. Dependency also arise in the fine-grain read-and-write operations (traditional Read-After-Write, Write-After-Write and Write- After-Read). Managing dependencies is key, as dependencies can not only limit parallel performance, but also affect correctness. For example, a data dependence that crosses cybersecurity layers boundary creates a need to synchronize or communicate between the layers. Analyzing where data dependencies exist, gives an understanding of the consequences for parallelism and correctness even there is no prior mapping of what aspect of the computation caused the sequence relation in the first place. Industrial architects have sought to overcome such problems using computing platforms such as industrial PCs, microprocessors and microcontrollers, or general-purpose graphic processors. While these platforms are accurate and very effective in certain tasks, they did not fulfil the requirements for deterministic low-latency compute with enough performance within the power consumption budget. Instead a platform was needed that had efficient concurrent and parallel architecture capable of hard real-time, high- performance compute; sufficiently low power, with I/O flexibility for the connectivity and the ability to integrate strong cyber-security to protect it.



Dr. John See, (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Multimedia University, Malaysia)



John See is currently Senior Lecturer at Multimedia University, Malaysia, Chair of the Centre of Visual Computing (CVC), and head of Visual Processing Lab at the Faculty of Computing and Informatics. In 2018-2019, he is also Visiting Research Fellow at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China as a recipient of the Belt and Road Initiative Young Scientist Fellowship Award. He received his B.Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering, Masters and Ph.D degrees from Multimedia University, Malaysia. His current research interests lies in the areas of multimedia signal processing, computer vision and machine learning, with special focus on emerging fields such as video surveillance, affective computing, and computational aesthetics, with about 90 articles published in international journals and conferences. He is also currently the Associate Editor of EURASIP Journal of Image and Video Processing and IEEE Access. He has co-chaired numerous workshops and challenges (Workshops at ICME 2019 & 2020, ACM Multimedia 2020, ACCV 2016 & 2018, all three Micro-Expression Grand Challenges at FG 2018-2020), regularly serves as TPC member of reputable international conferences (ICCV, AAAI, ACCV, ACM Multimedia, ICIP, ICME) and as reviewer of renowned journals (IEEE Transactions: T-IP, T-MM, T-AC, T-CSVT, T-CYB; Pattern Recognition, Pattern Recognition Letters, Neurocomputing, and IET Computer Vision). In 2019, he served as the Technical Program Chair for the 21st IEEE MMSP. He is a Senior Member of IEEE/SPS and is an elected member of the IEEE MSA and IEEE MMSP Technical Committee for 2020-2024 term.



Talk Title: How to Publish in Reputable Signal Processing Conferences

Knowledge sharing session on good practices and tips in writing papers and getting them accepted in well known international flagship conferences.