Prof Ir Dr Sevia Mahdaliza Idrus

Deputy Dean (Development & Alumni)

Faculty Of Engineering,

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Email: sevia@utm.my


Brief Bibliography

Professor Dr Sevia Mahdaliza Idrus is the Deputy Dean (Development & Alumni), Faculty of Engineering, UTM and Head of iKohza Odesy of Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM.  She received her Bachelor in Electrical Engineering in 1998 and Master in Engineering Management in 1999, both from UTM. She obtained her Ph.D in 2004 from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom in optical communication engineering. She has served UTM since 1998 as an academic and administrative staff. Her main research interests are optical communication system and network, optoelectronic design, and engineering management. Her research output have been translated into a number of publications (H-indexed-22) and IPR including a high-end reference books, ‘Optical Wireless Communication: IR Connectivity’ published by Taylor and Francis, 49 book chapters and monographs, over 200 refereed research papers, 5 patents granted, 36 patent filings and holds 36 UTM copyrights. To date, she has secured and been involved in 38 research and consultation projects with a total value of RM10.2M. She is the founder and Director of a UTM spin-off company, iSmartUrus Sdn Bhd (1057063A) successfully commercialized her invention, a novel airtime based mobile micropayment solution and application-centric IoT based mobile enforcement device.  She is actively involved in a number industrial and international research collaboration projects, delivered keynote and invited speeches to many international conferences and seminars. She led a four years G2G project on ‘Radar over Fiber Foreign Object Debris Detection System’ field trial at Kuala Lumpur International Airport a collaboration project between UTM, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Japan and Malaysia Airport (Sepang) under financial support from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication Japan. She is Senior Member of IEEE and OSA, and member of Editorial Board of few refereed international journals. She has been appointed as Guest Professor at Osaka Prefecture University and Tokai University, Japan in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

Keynote for IPIARTI2020


Development Of High Precision Foreign Object Debris Detection System From Research To Airport Operation


Foreign object debris (FOD) on airport runways can cause problems (e.g., runway closure, accidents) to airplanes and airport operators if not removed immediately. Hence, airport operators need to remove any FODs that are detected via a manual or automated FOD detection system. Manual detection implies that airport operators carry out periodical manual FOD inspection while automated FOD detection is able to perform rapid detection continuously without any airport personnel on-site. Automated detection system also avoids unnecessary runway closure due to manual inspection, which is inefficient for busy airport operation. Millimeter-wave radar is often chosen as the sensor of the automated FOD detection system, due to its high-sensitivity, high-range resolution and weather robustness. In general, a millimeter-wave signal has significantly higher transmission loss (including free-space propagation loss and atmospheric attenuation) compared to microwave bands, making it difficult to obtain high power in semiconductor circuits and as such, the detection range of a single radar will be limited. Hence, many radio access units (RAUs) need to be installed to cover the whole span of an airport runway. However, the cost and footprint of millimeter-wave synthesizer with high precision, for the realization of precise radiolocation services, are too high to install them in each RAU.

In this talk, successful collaborative Malaysia and Japan research project on Foreign Object Debris Detection System (FODDS)  deployment at Kuala Lumpur International Airport will be presented. The system currently under field trial and in accordance to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Aerodrome Design and Operation. The field trial and operation of FODDS was established in collaboration with National Institute of Information and Communication (NICT), Japan, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc (HiKE), Japan and Malaysia Airport (Sepang) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) supported by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication Japan. The FODDS system construction and installation at KLIA was begins with preliminary experiment and system infrastructure design since February 2018. First field trial experiment was conducted at the UTM campus and KLIA apron area to show capability on small FOD detection and provide sensitivity on the antenna height in the airport surface situation. The advantages of the system include its low operational cost, low emission of radio waves, and most importantly a highly scalable system for busy airports.

Through more than a year field trial at Narita International Airport, the system demonstrated highly accurate and fast, the system is able to detect 3cm FOD within the range of 500 meters in 10 seconds by using the millimeter wave radar over optical fiber technology. The FOD detection systems is able to spot FOD the moment it is deposited on the runway by radar sensing, identifying, and locating at a previously unprecedented level of speed and accuracy for objects as small as an aircraft rivet. This is extremely valuable when aircraft take offs are only minutes apart. Finally, the solution not only improved airport management in term of efficiency, enhances safety and security, but also saves airports and airlines countless hours in time, money, and manpower. The field trial experiment facility in Kuala Lumpur International Airport will be world focal point and model case in Asia Pacific where aviation demands are high and airport construction plans well demanding. This FODDS will be a promising candidate to enhanced facility surveillance against intruders or drones in airside area and airport runways.