AI3 & SOI ASIA JOINT MEETING @ USM Penang, Malaysia- Spring 2016

marinescience bannerThe AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting for Spring 2016 will be hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia, from 26-28th May, 2016 at USM main campus, in Penang, Malaysia.

Representatives from all partners will gather for 3 days to share information and discuss the directions for both projects. More details will be updated in this page.

If you need an invitation letter, please fill in the Invitation Letter Request form. (or access the URL:

To register, kindly fill in the Registration Form. (or access the URL:

Registration Deadline is 2nd May 2016.



The meetings will be held at the USM main campus in Penang, Malaysia.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 – Meeting Room Level 7, School of Computer Sciences, USM. 

School of Computer Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.


Friday, 27 May 2016 & Saturday, 28 May 2016 – Dewan Persidangan Universiti, USM.

Dewan Persidangan Universiti (DPU),
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800, Minden, Penang, Malaysia.


[OPTIONAL] DAY 1 Morning (Half Day) – 26th May (Thursday)

A half-day workshop is being organized at USM on “Developing Responsive Web Applications using HTML5 and CSS3” (

It is free of charge to AI3 / SOI Asia partners.

Note: Registration for the half-day workshop for AI3 / SOI Asia partners is done via the AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting Spring 2016 registration page.

09:00 – 13:00  Workshop – “Developing Responsive Web Applications using HTML5 and CSS3”

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch break


DAY 1 Afternoon (Half Day) – 26th May (Thursday)

14:00 – 14:30  Registration for AI3/SOI Asia Meeting

14:30 – 14:45  Introduction to AI3 and SOI Asia Joint Meeting 2016

14:45 – 16:00  Operation Task Force Meeting

16:00 – 16:30  Tea break

16:30 – 18:00  Operation Task Force Meeting

18:00  Depart for Official Dinner (sponsored by USM)


DAY 2 – 27th May (Friday)

08:45 – 09:00  Registration Opening

09:00 – 10:15  SOI Asia Meeting

                      – Site updates

                      – Review of Operation Task Force

10:15 – 10:45  Tea break

10:45 – 12:00  Welcome Speech by Vice Chancellor of USM

11:00 – 12:00  Keynote Speeches

                      – Keio University: Prof. Jun Murai

                      – MOOCs: Dr. Aisyah Saad Abdul Rahim (USM)

12:00 – 14:45  Lunch break, Friday Prayers

14:45 – 16:00  Research Presentations

16:00 – 16:30  Tea break

16:30 – 18:00  Research Presentations

18:00  Depart for Official Dinner (sponsored by AI3 & SOI Asia)

Heritage Zone Night Walk: If the weather permits, we will have a short (60 minutes) walk around the Georgetown Heritage Zone near Little India on Friday night after the SOI Asia sponsored dinner. You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes on Friday if you wish to join the walk.


DAY 3 – 28th May (Saturday)

08:30 – 10:00  Business/Entrepreneurship Session/Academic steering meeting

10:00 – 10:30  Tea break

10:30 – 11:30  Academic Steering Committee (Planning Discussion for Academic Session 2016/2017)

11:30 – 13:00  Director’s Meeting

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch Break (+ continue the meeting if needed)

14:00 – 14:30  Wrap-up & Closing


Bus pick up schedules:
We will arrange a bus for pick up from the hotel to the meeting venue. Please gather at the hotel lobby before the following time.
Day 1 (Thursday, 26 May 2016): 8.15 a.m. (for HTML5 workshop)
Day 1 (Thursday, 26 May 2016): 1.30 p.m. 
Day 2 (Friday, 27 May 2016): 8.15 a.m.
Day 3 (Saturday, 28 May 2016): 8:00 a.m.
Arrival & Departure (Airport – Hotel)
There will be no transportation provided from the airport to hotel and vice versa. Please make your own transportation arrangements. The official white airport taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approximately RM 34. 


Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits to Malaysia. Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of stay.

Please check the following website to ascertain if you require a visa for your visit to Malaysia:



Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Main Campus is located at the east side of Penang Island in Malaysia. The campus is located near to the Penang Bridge and it is about 17-20 minutes away (by taxi/car) from the Penang International Airport.

Address: Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.



The recommended hotel is Eastin Hotel Penang.

Address: 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.        Tel: +604-612 1111

Eastin Hotel Penang is a 4-star hotel overlooking the Malacca Strait, this ritzy hotel in a striking, modern high-rise is a 5-minute walk from Queensbay Mall and 13km from Kek Lok Si temple. Featuring solid wood furniture and sleek decor, the modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, desks and minibars; some have sea views.

    Distance to and from airport (by taxi/car): 12-15 minutes/20-22 minutes

    Distance to and from USM (by taxi/car): 8-10 minutes/9-10 minutes


All rooms are provided with the following: Twin or king size beds,  a new LCD TV with 29 channels, IDD Telephone, internet access, coffee/tea making facilities, fully stocked mini bar, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, safety box in room, fire escape signage and electronic key-card for room access.

For more details, please visit



Penang, known as “Pearl of the Orient” to many people, is one of the famous islands in South-East Asia. It is renowned for its culture, food and heritage. However, this is not all that she has to offer. Minutes away from the busy city center lies another attraction of Penang, her natural beauty. This turtle shaped island offers miles of idyllic beaches with swaying palm trees, and soothing hill for those who seek refuge from the tropical heat.

The capital of Penang, George Town was named after King George III of England. George Town was awarded city status by the royal charter on January 1st 1957. Located in the heart of the city is one of South East Asia’s largest collections of Pre-war buildings. In order to preserve the heritage of Penang, modern structures are built surrounding these pre-war buildings. Some of these structures are built more than 100 years ago. A number of effort and money has been invested by the state government and private investors to preserve the beauty of these structures. As a reward for the effort, Penang was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th July 2008.

The State of Penang or Negeri Pulau Pinang in Malay is made up of Penang Island and Province Wellesley, which is on the peninsula. In the year 1985, one of South East Asia’s longest bridges was build across the channel to connect the island with the peninsula. The bridge has great impact on the citizens and the development of the island. The bridge eases the transportation of raw materials and finished products to and from the factories located in the industrial free trade zone of Penang.

 The development of Penang has also turned Penang into a shopping paradise. You will be able to find things like handicraft, jewellery, clothes and many more at attractive prices.

Other than that, Penang is also known as the “Food Paradise in Asia” with a variety of famous local cuisines that anyone must try whenever they visit Penang. The multiracial and multicultural society in Penang gave birth to a wide variety of cuisines which include Malay food, Chinese food, Indian food and more.

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