ICIT 2021

The Dawn of a New Horizon, Restrategising Post COVID 19


Theme : The dawn of a new horizon: Restrategising Post Covid 19

Track 1 : Smart Manufacturing and Product Engineering

Track Chair: Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Izzat Nor Ma'arof

Keynote Speaker(s):

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Professor Ir. Ts. Dr.-Ing Yupiter HP Manurung,

Director of Smart Manufacturing Research Institute (SMRI),

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

  • Mr. Mohamad Fauzi Yahaya,
    Senior Director

MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia.


The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about catastrophic implications to many traditional engineering sectors. Unfortunately, industries were caught in the crossfires between the pandemic and unceasing tides of movement control orders that have significantly constrained their respective operations. Even so, the hope for survival and perseverance are still relentlessly strong through the rigorous and continuous advancement in engineering technologies. Today, the growth and implementation of IR4.0 and digitalization are rampant. The manufacturing industries have been compelled to revolve towards overall sustainability, reconstitution of resources, and the re-thinking of the conventional engineering methodology. Henceforth, this track is more important than ever. This track invites suitable papers and presenters that fervently address the issue of smart manufacturing and product engineering post-COVID-19. The track shall enlighten on the foreseen challenges soon, thus, proposing proactive actions and countermeasures that could be undertaken in order for the manufacturing industries to stay competitive amidst the ongoing adversities. Eventually, the call for the total implementation of IR4.0 and the digitalization shall open the doors towards the pathway of embracing the inevitable transition to IR5.0.

Track 2: Engineering Innovation and Invention

Track Chair: Dr. Lee Hoong Pin

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Associate Professor Ts. Hj. Dr. Mohd Fadzil Arshad,

Head of Student Warfare, College of Engineering,

Universiti Teknologi MARA,

President of Concrete Society Malaysia.

  • Mr. James Yeoh,

Director of Solid Horizon Sdn. Bhd.


The astounding technological achievements in the twentieth century would not have been possible without innovation in engineering. From Neil Armstrong’s walk on the Moon to 5G cellular phones with multiple functions, engineering and scientific advances have captured people’s imaginations and demonstrated the wonders of engineering science. Without the creativity, ingenuity, and courage of innovators, innovation and invention in engineering would not succeed. Many complex engineering achievements have become part of everyday life: engineering innovation and creativity are taken for granted. Without it, the world would be less accessible, more imperfect, far less attractive, and new industries and old industries transformation will not be happening. An endless number of innovations include plastics to carbon fibres and then to various applications, electricity generation and distribution, renewable energy, clean water, CO2 sequestration technique, advanced concrete materials, and even the cold box for coronavirus 2019 disease. The COVID-19 vaccine is the ground-breaking innovation that drives the force behind every engineering innovation and invention. All these have transformed the economy, the military, and society, making the world more prosperous, healthier, and safer in the process. In this Research Track in ICIT 2021, we welcome engineers, innovators, and researchers with eminent research and innovation, regardless of any engineering field, to share and publish on innovation with ICIT2021, and make the technological innovations possible.

Track 3: Emerging Technologies and Computing

Track Chair: Ts. Dr. Rajermani Thinakaran

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Associate Professor Dr. Thingaran Perumal,

Department of Computer Science,

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology,

Universiti Putra Malaysia.

  • Associate Professor Dr. Suriayati Chuprat,

Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics,

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


The International Conference on Innovation and Technopreneurship 2021 (ICIT 2021) is an annual event organized by INTI International University, Malaysia. In this ICIT 2021, program has been arranged to attract researchers, especially in Computer Science and Application. This track intends to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas among researchers, professionals, academicians, corporate & industry professionals, technically sound students and entrepreneurs in various disciplines across the globe to present the state-of-the-art innovations in Computer Science and Application and point out the new trends in current research activities and emerging technologies.

Track 4: Digital Construction

Track Chair: Dr. Chan Siew Chong

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Datuk Dr. Syed Omar Sharifuddin bin Syed Ikhsan,

Secretary General,

Ministry of Works Malaysia.

  • Sr Sharifah Noraini Noreen Syed Ibrahim Al-Jamalullail,

Project Senior Manager,

Perunding DMA Sdn. Bhd.

  • Ts. Mohd Rizal Mohd Rosly,

Chief Technical Officer,

BIMeD, Malaysia.


Nowadays, Digital Construction is promising to be the expediter of integration, interoperability, and collaboration for the construction industry's future. The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the lockdown has taken the world by storm. During the lockdowns, people from different sectors had to implement digital tools to sustain their business growth. Therefore, the pandemic has been the promoter for intensive revolution in almost all industries, including construction. It has not been transforming at the rate and scales it could have for a long time. Compared to other sectors, the levels of digitalization in construction are low. They are having fragmented and interrelated chains while high rates of interdependency. The extent of COVID-19 has caused the frontage to change in mindset towards using digital tools and making accelerated decisions on investments in new technologies. Therefore, innovation and digital alteration are likely to continue accelerating and will become the NEW NORM in the construction industry. The mission of this Research Track is determined as providing some up-to-date comprehensive and collective viewpoints of both the contemporary cutting-edge research and the current implementation and application in the area of Digital Construction within the worldwide construction industry. The speakers of the forum will be sharing some insights of various areas, including perspectives from statutory bodies, availability of tools and solutions, data and information management, and perspectives from construction business owners.

Track 5: Digital Business And Entrepreneurship

Track Chair: Dr. Lim Kim Yew

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Adjunct Professor Dr. Lim Swee Geok,

Chief Executive Officer,

Ler Lum Advisory Services Sdn Bhd.

  • Dato’ Liew Bin,

Deputy President,

Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA).

  • Associate Professor Shahryar (Shah.) Sorooshian ,

School of Business, Economics and Law,

University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Tan Owee Kowang,

Department of Business Admin,

Azman Hashim International Business School,

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) has brought about catastrophic implications to many traditional businesses. Many unwary businesspersons were caught in the onslaughts of continuous lockdowns and movement control orders that have significantly constrained their market reach. The losses suffered by businesspersons were astronomical, and many ceased operation. However, those businesses that grounded their operations on digital platforms thrived that provided a fertile medium for reaching the market. While many businesspersons may hesitate to venture into digitalizing, COVID-19 has accelerated the invocation of IR4.0. This track is more important than ever. Previously, IR4.0 and digitalization of business are merely a fancy mouthpiece in the industry, but now, IR4.0 has become increasingly necessary. This track invites suitable papers and presenters that fervently address digital business and the role of digital entrepreneurship post-COVID-19. It sheds insights into some of the salient issues, sentiments, and challenges of digitalization and, most importantly, how entrepreneurs can harness digital technologies to reach their markets amidst the ongoing adversities radically.

Track 6: Economics

Track Chair: Associate Professor Dr. Evan Lau Poh Hock

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • AP Dr Abdul Rahim Ridzuan,

Head of Scholar and Publication Unit,

Faculty of Business and Management,

Universiti Teknologi MARA (Melaka campus), Malaysia.


Over a decade ago, smartphones did not exist, while three decades before that, no one owned a personal computer. Nowadays, most of us have personal devices that fit our wrists that are just as powerful as the ‘supercomputer’ from the 1980s. The rise of the machine revolution has enabled individuals, businesses, and governments to do things differently, often more efficiently. Coupled with the recent coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic further disrupt and shocked the society where it leaves no one behind, leading to economic damage, health crisis, and technological disruption. As we are in the era of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity), we call for rethinking strategies in a new typical growth trajectory. The pandemic also accelerates the urgency for agility, adaptability, and transformation into the digital front for the research journey. This economics track focuses on the impact, challenges, opportunity, and recovery path in amid extraordinary scenarios. We are open to endless avenues of research within the scope of the economics sphere. We welcome research papers that cut across discipline and domain would be the way forward towards more resilience, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development pathways post-pandemic.

Track 7: Education & Talent Development

Track Chair: Ms Wan Noor Farah Wan Shamsuddin

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Associate Professor Dr. Irene Tan Ai Lian,

Deputy Vice Chancellor,

Veritas University College, Malaysia.

  • Dr. Kenny Cheah Soon Lee,

Senior Lecturer,

University Malaya, Malaysia .


When COVID-19 pandemic was first discovered towards the last quarter of 2019, it has affected people regardless of nationality, socioeconomic status, royalty or the average Joe, level of education, and gender. The pandemic has also affected businesses of every nature, and the education sector is no exception. When schools and institutions of higher education were forced to close, the conventional learning model to which we are all accustomed was interrupted. Students had to find different means of learning at home, and parents had to juggle working from home and attempting to guide and monitor their children’s education. Additional expenses had to be forked out for procuring bandwidth, computers, laptops, and other technical requirements that supported online learning. These issues will escalate into a cycle of loss of learning, loss of skills, loss of productivity, and decreased economic activity, which affects the country’s progress both in the short and longer term. These closures affect transiting to online learning, mobility programs, and finding forms of assessments that would work for higher education. This conference track invites suitable papers and presenters that fervently address teaching, learning, policy planning, and managing online education. It sheds insights into some of the salient issues, sentiments, and challenges of virtual learning and digitalization. It provides insights into its economic consequences for education and discussions into the delicate balance of reconciling public health and safety while maintaining equitable educational provision for the country.

Track 8: Health Sciences

Track Chair: Mr. Vinodhkumar Ramalingam

Keynote Speaker(s)

  • Dr. Vikram Mohan, Faculty of Health & Social Science,

Bournemouth University,

United Kingdom

  • Professor Dr. Jagatheesan Alagesan,

Saveetha College of Physiotherapy,

Saveetha University, India.

  • Dr. Deivendran Kalirathinam,

Senior Physiotherapist,

Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust,

United Kingdom.

  • Mr. Andrew Reggie,

Head of Rehabilitative Services,

ParkCity Medical Centre,

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, Malaysia.


The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic has afflicted nearly every country globally, affecting over 82 million people and killed more than 1.8 million worldwide as of 31st December 2020. All countries are now prioritizing health and safety above everything else. Physiotherapists are front-line healthcare practitioners who are highly affected during this pandemic by various means. While facing a significant challenge in treating patients with social distancing, physiotherapists also play a critical role in acute and post-acute rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients. In education, physiotherapist academicians face a tremendous hurdle in keeping students' progress in their lessons. Many significant innovations have emerged via the usage of technology. Virtual learning courses, online consultations, telerehabilitation, and remote sensing robotic devices are some of the emerging trends in education and patient care. Looking at innovation, creativity, and good practices, ICIT 2021 aims to provide an international platform for clinical therapists, academicians, and researchers from all over the world to share cutting-edge ideas, inventions, innovative methods, and strategies in solving the ongoing challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Track 9: Life Sciences

Track Chair: Associate Professor Dr. Ong Ghim Hock

Keynote Speaker(s):

  • Mr. Ding De Qin,


Hartalega NGC Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia.

  • Dr. Soh Wai Tuck,


Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany.


The COVID-19 pandemic brought tremendous changes and challenges to the world. Notwithstanding, the global COVID-19 health crisis has rapidly impacted the life science landscape as well. Since the release of the first genome sequence of the novel coronavirus in February 2020 to the world, science has been supercharged. Researchers have to lead the way to unravel molecular information of the virus, epidemiology of the disease, understanding the spread of the virus, who is at risk, and potential remedies. In addition, biotechnologists had invented test kits, drugs, and vaccines to help overcome the pandemic. With the help of technology, scientists can connect and collaborate from different parts of the world to share their expertise and data. In this way, vaccines can be produced from different parts of the world and faster. Other than that, academicians are using technology to provide the latest information to foster the next generation of researchers and designing lab work that could be done at home or by building an online version of practical experiments. Thus, it will enhance the students' active and collaborative learning, lifelong learning, and problem-solving skill, which are essential attributes to produce researchers to cope with future challenges. In ICIT 2021, we invite researchers and educators to share the creativity, innovation, and breakthrough in life sciences and science education, which contribute to overcoming the challenges caused by the pandemic. The sharing is expected to enlighten participants in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and similar challenges in the future.

Track 10: Financial Technology (FinTech)

Track Chair: Dr. Mustafa Nourallah

Keynote Speaker(s):

  • Professor Peter Öhman,

Director of Centre for Research on Economic Relations,

Mid-Sweden University, Sweden.

  • Associate Professor Dr. Chia-Li Chien,

Director of Financial Planning Program,

California Lutheran University; and

Program Director,

Value Growth Institute, USA.


The coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created both a public health crisis and an economic crisis in Malaysia. At a time when we are all taking precautionary measures towards recovery, most people are feeling the financial effects. This attempt to flatten the curve to prevent a sharp peak of cases and spread out the infection over a longer period of time is leaving many Malaysian without jobs and unable to make ends meet financially. Many individuals suffered from financial fragility and financial instability as they lost their jobs or became responsible for their relatives. In addition, individuals exhibited a remarkable tendency to pay and transfer money via digital platforms and shop from e-commerce platforms. Given the promise of FinTech, entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to utilize advanced technologies to offer innovative FinTech solutions; of particular interest is the solutions that might help individuals organize and plan their financial matters. In ICIT 2021, we invite researchers, practitioners, and educators to share the creativity, innovation, and breakthrough in financial behavior and financial technology, which contribute to overcoming the financial crisis caused by the pandemic. The sharing is expected to enlighten participants in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and challenges to financial institutions and markets in the future.