PETALING JAYA, January 10, 2019 – First City University College is proud to announce that a graduate from the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme, Yap Yi Xien recently won first runner-up in the Telecommunication track at 2018 IEEE Malaysia Best Final Year Project Competition.

IEEE which stands for the “Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers” is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

The association organizes the Malaysia Best FYP Competition on an annual basis, and the 2018 edition saw a total of 13 offered tracks and close to 350 project submissions from all over Malaysia. The Best Final Year Project Competition is dedicated to final year project students, whose final year projects fall within the scope of the offered tracks. Each track is sponsored and evaluated by an IEEE technical chapter in Malaysia and Telecommunication is one of the most popular tracks with one of the highest submissions.

Yap Yi Xien, whose final year project was supervised by our lecturer, Dr Faezah Jasman, caught the eyes and attention of a panel of highly-experienced judges with his project titled “Modelling and Simulation for Underwater Optical Wireless Communication in Horizontal and Vertical Links”.

The research project explored underwater optical wireless transmission using light technology, which researchers have vigorously looked into, to find an alternative to the widely and commonly-used acoustic (sound) transmission in communications.

Yap Yi Xien based his studies on the concentration of chlorophyll on transmission of light in underwater environment, whereby it is concluded that the presence of more chlorophyll will severely impede the transmission of light. Yap presented his research project before a number of highly-experienced judges in the form of a simulation and a poster briefly describing the research project.

 “I would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Faezah for her help and guidance from the conception to the completion of the research project. The win was truly unexpected as the Telecommunication track received a high number of submissions“, Yap stated.

 In a recent interview, Dr. Faezah shared briefly on the light technology used in communications that has begun to emerge as an alternative to acoustic transmissions for ocean monitoring and observatory systems, for example, in the oil and gas industry.

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