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Centres of Excellence (CoE)

Centre of Excellence for Geopolymer and Green Technology (CEGeoGTech)

CeGeoGTech was established in July 2011 and located at Faculty of Chemical Engineering & Technology, previously known as School of Materials Engineering, UniMAP.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA IR. DR. SHAYFULL ZAMREE BIN ABD. RAHIM Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The niche area of CEGeoGTech revolves around the development and advancement of technologies and materials that have a reduced negative impact on the environment. This includes geopolymer materials, advanced polymers, green ceramics, electronic packaging materials, green design & manufacturing, and environmental sustainability.
12 years establishment period

Pusat Pengajian Jejawi, 2, Jalan Jejawi - Tambun Tulang, Taman Muhibbah, 02600 Arau, Perlis


Centre of Excellence for Advanced Sensor Technology (CEASTech)

This research centre focuses on the development and applications of novel sensing modalities, advanced sensor materials and intelligent sensor systems. Over the past few years, significant work has been done on bio-mimicking sensors (particularly electronic nose and tongue, vision and infrared), sensor materials (conducting polymers, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP)), odour sensing for mobile robots and wireless sensor networks.

The centre is well-experienced in building and integrating an assortment of sensor systems, ranging from general purpose PC-based implementations to customized microcontrollers/DSPs and FPGA-based devices. A variety of applications have been extensively carried out for agriculture (herbal assessments, early detection of plant diseases, maturity assessments of tropical fruits), environmental monitoring (indoor, air & water quality) and medical diagnosis.

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Advanced Sensor Technology (AI-powered wireless sensing systems with enhanced sensing capabilities, leading to innovative solutions in various domains such as sports, healthcare, transportation, and IR4.0)
12 years establishment period

Lot 21, Jalan Jejawi Permatang, Taman Muhibah, 02600 Kangar Perlis


Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy (CERE)

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy (CERE) is a research center dedicated to the advancement of renewable energy in Malaysia. With a mission to promote sustainability and environmental protection, CERE aims to be at the forefront of innovation and development in the field of renewable energy

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA DR. MOHAMMAD FARIDUN NAIM BIN TAJUDDIN Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas: 1. Future Energy: Development of new and enhanced energy/renewable energy technologies. 2. Photovoltaics: Exploration of cutting-edge advancements in photovoltaic technology. 3. System Integration: Integration of renewable energy systems with existing infrastructure, with a focus on power electronics converters. 4. Energy Storage: Development of advanced energy storage technologies. 5. Power Grids: Innovative solutions to enhance the power grid's reliability, efficiency, and sustainability.
11 years establishment period

Aras Bawah, Blok 1 Bangunan FKTE 2 Fakulti Kejuruteraan & Teknologi Elektrik, Kampus Pauh Putra, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 02600 Arau, Perlis 


Centre of Excellence for Advanced Communication Engineering (ACE)

The Centre of Excellence for Advanced Communication Engineering (ACE) operates as a distinguished research center within the Research Management Centre of Universiti Malaysia Perlis. Within our purview, the Wireless Communication and Optical Communication divisions serve as pivotal catalysts driving advancements in Industry 4.0, smart city initiatives, intelligent transportation systems, and the Internet of Everything. Our multidisciplinary projects seamlessly integrate numerical simulations, empirical field studies, experimental evaluations, and results derived from artificial intelligence techniques. These endeavors culminate in the development of expedited, intelligent, and sustainable wireless and photonic/optical communication and sensing systems. Our research collective encompasses a diverse array of experts spanning quantum optics, optical communication, sensor technologies, and spectroscopy. Our collaborative efforts are primarily concentrated on pioneering research within the wireless communication domain. In addition to our focus on wireless communication, we actively explore innovative frontiers, including bioelectromagnetic technologies, microwave devices and circuits, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna systems, 4G/5G mobile communication, radar technologies, antennas, and Radio Frequency (RF) front-end communication. Distinguishing ourselves further, our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities provide us with a unique capacity to seamlessly bridge fundamental research with the development and testing of prototypes, enabling the translation of groundbreaking discoveries into practical applications.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA IR. DR. NORSHAMSURI BIN ALI @ HASIM Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  Communication Engineering (wireless and photonic/optical systems)

12 years establishment period

No. 15 & 17, Jalan Tiga, Pengkalan Jaya Business Centre, 01000 Kangar, Perlis


Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems

COEUAS aspires to become a catalyst in the development of the UAS industry in Malaysia as well as providing timely solutions to Malaysia’s needs in many areas like security, border control, ISR, SAR, and civilian use. The COEUAS will act as an important fabric in the UAS industry, supporting the industry with needed human expertise in the field of operation, maintenance & repair services, research & development and many more. The COEUAS will eventually able to promote the development and manufacturing of indigenous UAS, made in Malaysia

COE HEAD : PROF. IR. TS. DR. HAZRY BIN HJ. DESA Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas: The niche area of COE-UAS is in the advancement of Unmanned Aerial Systems technology through the synergy of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), advanced aeronautical engineering, image processing, remote sensing, geographical information system (GIS) and aerial surveying analytic. COE-UAS creates a transformative impact on the way society perceives and engages with mobility by prioritizing efficiency, safety, and environmental considerations. COE-UAS paves way for seamless, efficient and environmentally conscious unmanned systems. The current niche is in assessing the readiness of Advance Air Mobility (AAM) in Malaysia which includes AAM framework and instruments for unmanned aircraft systems, drone operation, including requirements for operator registration & pilot licensing, work with aviation authorities to develop regulations tailored to the nation’s airspace and safety concerns. Other niches include: 1) Advance Air Mobility (AAM) Sandbox 2) Unmanned Traffic Management Systems (UTMS) 3) Drone as a Service (DaaS) 4) Last Mile Delivery (LMD)

10 years establishment period

No. 27, Blok E, Jalan 3, Off Jalan Kangar - Alor Setar, Pusat Perniagaan Pengkalan Jaya, 01000 Kangar, Perlis


Centre of Excellence for Automotive and Motorsport Technology (MOTECH)

Centre of Excellence for Automotive and Motorsport Technology was establised in 2017 having the vision for Become one of the renown research and techno-entrepreneurial centers in the field of Automotive-and Next Gen Vehicle. Our mission is to: i) Elevate next gen automotive research through the development of innovation ideas with industry collaboration towards the technology of Intelligent Energy Efficient Vehicle, Next Gen Vehicle, Mobility as a Service etc. to help the National Automotive Policy and increase and produce highly marketable automotive graduates, and , ii)Generates high impact income for the university through expertise in the automotive system fiel    

COE HEAD : PROF. IR. TS. DR. SHAHRIMAN BIN ABU BAKAR Email : sThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  

Support  enhancing goverment agency and the automotive industry in the era of digital industrial transformation by focusing on below niche areas:   

1. EV and Next-Generation Vehicles (“NxGV”)
2. Industrial Revolution 4.0 (“IR 4.0”)
3. Mobility-as-a-Service (“MaaS”)
4. Carbon footprint reduction and carbon neutrality.

8 years establishment period

Fakulti Kejuruteraan Dan Teknologi Mekanikal, Kampus Pauh Putra, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 02600 Arau, Perlis       



Centre of Excellence for Frontier Materials Research (CFMR)

The research centre focuses on two main research themes: (1) Advanced Materials for Energy Application and (2) Sustainable Engineering for Environment. The research activities involving development of new and improved Materials for Energy Applications such as cathode and electrolytes for Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and Photocatalysis. In the meantime, development of Advanced Electronic Materials such as piezoelectric materials for energy harvester, dielectric materials for resonator antenna (DRA) and ceramic capacitor are actively executed. We also supporting other diverse researches towards Sustainable Engineering for Environments such as Advanced Alloys, Advanced Composites, Advanced Catalytics and Membrane Technology, and Surface Engineering.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA DR. MUHAMMAD ASRI BIN IDRIS Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas:
Key research areas fall under two main themes; 1. Advanced Materials for Green Energy Applications 2. Sustainable Engineering

years establishment period

64-66, Blok B, Taman Pertiwi Indah, Jalan Kangar - Alor Setar, Kampung Seriab, 01000 Kangar, Perlis https://www.facebook.com/coefrontiermaterials/

Centre of Excellence for Biomass Utilization (CoEBU)

CoEBU was established in 2015 under the School of Bioprocess Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis. The purpose is to focus on research involving the utilization of biomass, since the location of the centre is in Perlis, where the main produce are paddy, sugarcane, mango farms and teakwood among others. The establishment is in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), Strategy 4 which is to pursue green growth for sustainability and resilience. This CoE is well planned in the interest to enhance research culture in combining chemical engineering, agriculture, bioprocessing, biosystems and others to convert waste to wealth.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA TS. DR. AHMAD ANAS BIN NAGOOR GUNNY Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  

1. Biofuel production from lignocellulosic waste
2. Biofertilizer production from agricultural waste
3. Extraction of bioactive compounds from local bio resources
4. Biomaterial production from biomass
5. Biomass production system
6. Separation technology 

8 years establishment period

Pusat Kecemerlangan Penggunaan Biojisim, Kompleks Pusat Pengajian Jejawi 3, 02600 Arau Perlis https://coebu.unimap.edu.my/

Centre of Excellence for Sports Engineering (SERC)

SERC was established in 2018 to implement development and research programs related to engineering applications in the field of sports without neglecting other related fields. In line with the multidisciplinary nature of sports, SERC is supported by six clusters namely Biomechanical, Biosignal and Modeling clusters, Computing clusters, Medical Devices, and Life Sciences clusters, Electronics clusters, Sports Management clusters, and Advanced Materials clusters. In its effort to realize the vision of fostering excellence through sportsmanship via engineering applications and other sports-related fields, SERC warmly welcomes collaborations with any external bodies and industries to develop new technologies and sports-related products which contribute to the building of excellence in sports

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA TS. DR. NASHRUL FAZLI BIN MOHD NASIR Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas:
Application of Science and Technology for Sports, Sports management related field, medical devices and life science application to healthcare

years establishment period

Makmal Biomekanik dan Analisis Gerakan, Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Elektronik, Kampus Pauh Putra, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 02600 Arau, Perlis https://serc.unimap.edu.my/

Centre of Excellence for Water Research and Environmental Sustainability Growth (WAREG)

WAREG was established at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Technology (formerly known as School of Environmental Engineering) in 2015. Initially, WAREG was one of the research clusters at the faculty. WAREG bring together lecturers and researchers who conduct water-related research and studies into one big research family. During the early establishment, WAREG focus its research on water treatment technologies, water management, water quality and hydrology. Starting January 2021, based on its achievements and track records, the university has agreed to upgrade WAREG into Center of Excellence (CoE) in UniMAP. To increase the participation of researchers into the group, WAREG has expanded its research area by focusing on two main Sustainable Development Goals which are SDG2: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. To reflect the new research focus, WAREG has rebranded its name into Center of Excellence, Water Research and Environmental Sustainability Growth (WAREG). Being a newly established CoE, WAREG is very determined to be one of the reference centers for water research and environmental sustainability in Malaysia and known internationally. Proactive actions will be taken to increase grants, publications, post graduate students and knowledge transfer to the society. WAREG welcome all local and international researchers to be part of the family by becoming our Fellow or Associate Fellow.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA TS. DR. ABDUL HAQI BIN IBRAHIM Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  

1. Water quality
2. Water and wastewater treatment
3. Hydrology

3 years establishment period

Fakulti Kejuruteraan & Teknologi Awam, Kompleks Pusat Pengajian Jejawi 3, 02600, Arau, Perlis https://www.facebook.com/waterresearchgroup/

Centre of Excellence for Advanced Computing (AdvComp)

AdvComp is a recently established center of excellence in UniMAP that focuses on advanced computing research. In line with the IR4.0 National Policy, advanced computing plays an important role toward IR4.0 implementations. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI are becoming main drive for IR4.0, Big Data and Data Analytic also as important. Hence, this research centre focuses on research that consist of Computational Intelligence & Data Analytics, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, High Performance Computing, Cyber Security and Networking, Image and Signal Processing. The research can be applied in various application and in line with Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 12 that recently been revised with Covid-19 implications.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA DR. NAIMAH BINTI YAAKOB Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Key niche areas:
1. Intelligent Computing:
Software Engineering, Image and signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Analytics, Optimization

2. Networking and System Integration:
Software Defined Networks, Wireless network, WSN, VANET, Routing protocol, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, IoT

3. High Performance Computing and Security:
Embedded Computing, Edge Computing, HPC, FPGA. Information System, Security System, HCI, AR/VR, Renewable and Distributed Energy

years establishment period

Tingkat 2, d/a Bangunan Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Mekanikal, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Pauh Putra, 02600 Arau Perlis


Centre of Excellence for Social Innovation and Sustainability (CoESIS)

The Centre of Excellence for Social Innovation and Sustainability, better known as CoESIS, was established in 2020. CoESIS focuses on conducting translational research in various fields to enhance UniMAP's impact on improving the well-being and sustainability of the community. It strives to conduct impactful research in fields related to social innovation and sustainability by collaborating with external organizations and involving universities both locally and abroad. By providing a platform for researchers to practice positive professionalism, CoESIS can act as an agent of positive change in sustainable social practices and enhance the quality of community well-being. All of these objectives will be achieved through five clusters: Cluster of Social Marketing & Entrepreneurship, the Cluster of Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Cluster of Economic Sustainability & Good Governance, the Cluster of Mathematical Sciences & Data Analytics, and the Cluster of Human Well-Being and Gender Equality.

COE HEAD :PROF. MADYA DR. UMMI NAIEMAH BINTI SARAIH Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  

Social Values: Social values are a set of principles that are morally acceptable by society. These principles are created by the dynamics of the community, institutions in the society, traditions, and cultural beliefs of the people in the society. 

Social Innovation: Social innovation refers to the design and implementation of new solutions that imply conceptual, process, product, or organisational change, which ultimately aim to improve the welfare and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Social Sustainability: Social sustainability includes environmental, economic and social balance in planning development and improving the quality of life.

3 years establishment period

Blok A, d/a Fakulti Perniagaan & Komunikasi (FPK), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Jalan Kangar-Alor Setar, 01000, Kangar, Perlis. https://coesis.unimap.edu.my

Centre of Excellence for Micro System Technology (MiCTEC)

Centre of Excellence (CoE) Micro System Technology (MiCTEC) is a CoE in Universiti Malaysia Perlis that focuses on research and development of extremely small-scale technology for electronics in the semiconductor industry. The CoE consists of 8 research groups: Analog & RF IC Design, Digital Circuit Design, System Design, Material & Device, Micro-electromechanical System (MEMS), Fabrication & Characterization, Optoelectronics, and Packaging & Test. With more than 40 researchers with Ph.D. in various microelectronics fields, this COE aimed to have a noticeable research impact on the industry and society.

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Key niche areas:
Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Digital Integrared Circuit Design, System Design, Micro-Electromechnical System Design (MEMS), Material and Devices, Fabrication and Characterisation, Packaging and Test, Optoelectronics

years establishment period

Faculty of Electronic Engineering & Technology Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Pauh Putra Campus, 02600 Arau, Perlis, MALAYSIA https://mictec.unimap.edu.my/ https://sites.google.com/unimap.edu.my/coemictec

Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CIRAS)

Bachelor Degree of Mechatronic Engineering programme is one of the multidisciplinary programmes often receives attention locally and internationally. Mechatronic Engineering is often said to be a modern buzzword, synonymous with automation, electromechanical systems, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Robotics is a combination of engineering and AI elements, and involves various aspects such as design, development and operation. Robotics and AI turns out to be important and useful and have successfully aid human affairs, in various fields involving industries, agriculture, medicine and so on. Thus, with respect to this importance of robotics and AI in general to the country as well as to the society, the Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Robotics & Autonomous Systems (CIRAS) was established in UniMAP.

COE HEAD : PROF. MADYA DR. SHAZMIN ANIZA BINTI ABDUL SHUKOR Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Key niche areas :  Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and their applications

3 years establishment period

Fakulti Kejuruteraan & Teknologi Elektrik, Kampus Pauh Putra, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 02600 Arau, Perlis https://ciras.unimap.edu.my/