Key Research Areas

At Taylor’s University, we believe research can help shape the future. Our postgraduate research programmes cover a broad range of topics with the aim to help shape the future in the aspects of; society, technology, economy, and environment.

Other than our flagship programmes and Centres of Research, our efforts are further enhanced by involving faculty members from several departments to work along with our masters and Ph.D. students. We also believe in broadening our contributions by collaborating with international and industry partners.

Listed here are the research areas taking place at Taylor’s University.

Arts & Social Sciences (Communication, Liberal Arts, Education, Languages)
Research Groups

The group’s core area of interest is inquiring in to the interplay of Technology and Society, principally in Malaysia and Asia.  It inquirers into issues centred around how technology and media impacts society, particularly how they can be utilized as a catalyst to transform society. The group’s interest ranges from Communication, Education, Psychology, Languages, and the Humanities.

Key Experts:

Dr Logendra Stanley Ponniah
Dr Mary Varghese
Dr Yang Lai Fong (Nicole)
Associate Professor Dr Ramachandran A/L Ponnan


This multidisciplinary research initiative by the newly constituted School of Liberal Arts and Sciences charts the fields of Education, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Politics, Language and Communication.
It merges two prominent research areas in the School- pedagogy and Culture studies. Pedagogical practices are intrinsically linked with the societal beliefs and values systems and also with the contemporary issues like multiculturalism, minorities and cultural inclusion. Working in close collaboration, the academics from the field of Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences seek to make meaningful interventions into the practices of pedagogy as well as the theories of culture. The group will produce theoretical, empirical and applied research through quantitative as well as qualitative approach.

The primary objectives are to:

  1. Explore the formations of identities and human development through the lens of culture, society and knowledge.
  2. Provide new research and innovative solutions to issues surrounding early and childhood education, languages teaching and online learning.
  3. Contribute to the field of existing knowledge through high-impact publications
  4. Contribute to the professional development of global academic community by sharing the research through seminars and workshops

Key Experts:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anindita Dasgupta
Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah
Dr. Vandana Saxena
Dr. Mary Varghese
Dr. Mohd Faizal Fauzan
Dr. Wong Yau Hsiung
Dr. Loh Kah Heng

Hospitality, Food & Leisure Management

Research Groups

As a complex economic and socio-cultural phenomenon, tourism offers tremendous scope for interdisciplinary research. This group focuses on tourism and its related industries, including the aviation industry, tour operators and travel agents, hotels and hospitality industry, food and restaurants, cruise operators, transport service provides, travel technology providers, online travel companies, destination management companies, MICE and event organisers, leisure service providers, entertainment, museums and galleries, handicrafts and souvenirs, etc. More specifically, the group aims to conceive innovative theories, methodologies and practices that could advance our understanding of tourism and its allied industries.

This group focuses  on:
  • ASEAN Studies
  • Business Tourism and Events
  • Human Capital and Service Quality
  • Future of Hospitality/Tourism
  • Sociology of Tourism

Key Experts:

Professor Dr Perry Hobson
Professor Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee
Associate Professor Dr Frederic Albert Louis Bouchon
Associate Professor Dr Rahmat Hashim
Associate Professor Dr Toney K. Thomas
Dr Paolo Mura
Dr Kandappan Balasubramaniam
Dr Suresh Kannan
Dr Sushila Devi Rajaratnam
Dr. Vinayaraj Mothiravally
Dr Rokhshad Tavakoli
Dr Jeetesh Kumar
Dr Gan Joo Ee


The increase of non-communicable diseases is concomitant with the modernization of societies. The diet-related health problems in Asia, in particular Malaysia are serious because of the very rapid speed of modernization in this part of the world (compacted modernity). 

This group address one of the most important challenge of the Asian societies, that is, the rise of non-communicable diseases that accompanies the nutritional transition related to the modernisation of the food habits of its population.  

  • Food heritage and touristic valorisation
  • Asian Food Barometer
  • Experimental Platform
  • Food, Nutrition and Culinary Innovations
Key Experts:

Emeritus Professor Dr Ismail Noor
Professor Dr Jean Pierre Poulain
Associate Professor Dr Aninidita Dasgupta
Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan
Dr Elise Mognard
Dr Chong Li Choo
Dr Nima Azarakhsh
Dr Yan See Wan
Dr. Chin Nyuk Ling
Dr Suresh Kannan

Health & Medical Sciences (Medicine, Pharmacy, Biosciences)
Research Groups

In Malaysia the percentage of the population above 60 years of age is currently around 9% and this is expected to rise to 15% by the year 2030.
The elderly have unique needs and problems and often these not well studied, identified or are left unattended.  This research group will use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology to look at the demographics of the ageing population, the issues and problems faced by the elderly and the consequences on the elderly, their families and society in general. Three subgroups that have been identified and some of the focus areas are:

• Psychosocial Aspects of Ageing - Social , emotional well-being of the elderly; Issues faced by caregivers

• Healthy Ageing - Preventing cognitive decline – biological, neurological, psychological approaches; Access to medical care, elderly care facilities; Effective financial planning

• Systematic reviews of studies involving the elderly

Key Experts:

Emeritus Professor Dr P.T. Thomas
Associate Professor Dr Nurjahan Mohd Ibrahim (Primary Care)
Associate Professor Dr Abdul Kareem Meera Mohaideen (Radiology)
Associate Professor Dr Lai Nai Ming (Systematic review)
Dr Anjan Kumar Das (Surgery)
Dr Wong Eng Hwa (Microbiology)
Dr Aditya Arya (Pharmacology)
Dr Renukha Sellappans (Qualitative studies and Pharmaceutical care)
Professor Dr Chua Siew Siang (Quantitative studies and Pharmaceutical care)
Dr Narendiran Krishnasamy (Medical Education)
Dr Priya Madhavan (Microbiology)
Dr Narendra Babu
Professor Dr Roland Gamini Sirisinghe
Teresita Mortel Gutierrez
Chan Lai Ngo
Dr Farzana Rizwan
Dr Ratneswary Rasiah
Associate Professor Dr Filzah Md Isa (issues faced by caregivers)
Muhd Afiq Syazwan
Dr Ali Shafiq
Dr Nurlida Ismail
Dr Nga Koe Hwee, Joyce
Thavamalar Thuraisingam
Parvinder Kaur Hukam Singh
Dr Lim Chong Hin
Dr Goh Wei Wei, Sharon
Dr Adeline Chia Yoke Yin



Drug design, development and delivery research group is a multidisciplinary group working at the interface of synthetic medicinal chemistry, computer modeling, cellular and molecular pharmacological approaches and drug delivery through novel formulations. Current research interests of the group include developing molecular design strategies for targeting infectious & non-infectious diseases, cardio-metabolic & neurological disorders and cancer therapeutics. Moreover, the group is also involved in the development and delivery of nanoformulations ranging from self nanoemulsions, polymeric nanoparticles and solid lipid nanoparticles for brain targeting. In this effort, we utilize a variety of expertise, including molecular docking simulations, QSAR, pharmacophore, virtual screening, organic synthesis, preformulations of new chemical entities (NCEs), natural products extraction and development of innovative drug delivery strategies.

Key Experts:

Dr Sreenivas Patro Sisinthy
Dr Bibhu Prasad Panda
Dr Rajinikanth Siddhalingam
Dr Naveen Kumar Hawala Shivashekaregowda
Dr Jason Loo Siau Ee
Dr Narendra Babu Shivanagere Nagojappa
Prof. Dr. Jamunarani A/p S Vadivelu


Molecular pharmacology is a multidisciplinary team with expertise that spans many areas including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, phytochemistry, microbiology, immunology and medicinal chemistry. The strength of the team revolves around the diverse background of its members, henceforth bridging the gaps of existing in vivo and in vitro research via an integrative approach facilitated by molecular level insights of diseases. As such, the team seeks to:

•Expedite the process of novel drug discovery, with the aim of combating communicable diseases, respiratory diseases, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

•Expand the pharmaceutical and medical applications of biotechnology in the country with the hope of optimizing the process of disease diagnosis & treatment, improving the yield and affordability of protein drugs/diagnostic kits.

Key Experts:

Dr John Tiong Jeh Lung (Molecular microbiology: gene cloning and mutagenesis)
Dr Yow Hui Yin  (Pharmacogenomics and epilepsy research)
Dr Sharina Hamzah  (Pharmacogenomics, Gene expression analysis, Molecular cloning)
Dr Adeline Chia Yoke Yin (Drug discovery & development, Nutritional & human biochemistry, Reproductive and endocrinology)
Dr Mah Siau Hui (Natural products, Structural modification, Structure-activity relationship)
Dr Ooi Yin Yin (Immunology, Basic human physiology, Infectious diseases, Epidemiology)
Dr Toh Gaik Theng  (Stem cell-based therapy, Cell cycle regulation)
Dr Yap Wei Hsum  (In vitro skin model development, Inflammation signaling, Proteomic analyses)


Our research programmes are directed towards evidence-based, safe and effective use of medicines, steering to enhancements in health outcomes of patients. Among some research undertaken by our research members are in the areas of assessing the knowledge and use of medicines for women’s health, gastrointestinal diseases and amongst the indigenous people of Malaysia. This research group also focuses on unused medicines, medicines disposal and medication safety.
• Disposal of medications
• Pharmaceutical care 
• Medication safety
• Minor health problems/self-medication
• Community pharmacy practice


Key Experts:

Emeritus Professor Dr P. T. Thomas (Health Policy and Regulatory)
Professor Dr Chua Siew Siang (Medication Use, minor health problems/self-medication, medication safety, pharmaceutical care)
Mr. Selvaraja Seerangam (Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Industry)
Ms. Hoo Yoon Fong (Healthcare for orang asli)
Dr Jason Loo Siau Ee (Minor health problems/self-medication, pharmaceutical care)
Dr Renukha Sellapans (Medication safety, pharmaceutical care)
Dr Yow Hui Yin (Pharmacogenomics, epilepsy research)



The outcomes of host-pathogen interaction depend on the balance between the ability of the host to detect and eliminate a potentially harmful agent and the ability of the pathogen to utilize host cell signaling in survival and evading elimination. Thus, understanding the cross-talk between host and pathogen such as bacterial and fungal infection may shed some lights on how these pathogens can breach the host cells and cause a plethora of host cell reactions. This research group is aimed to provide an avenue to understand the molecular mechanism on how pathogen infects the host, the prevalence of antibiotic resistance, looking at ways to improve the efficacy of antibiotics or antifungals, development of rapid kits in the bacterial/ fungal infections and commercialisation of fundamental research for market use.
• Neglected tropical diseases
• National surveillance on antibiotic resistance
• Molecular mechanism on pathogen virulence and host immunity in infection
• Commercialisation of research


Key Experts:

Dr Phelim Yong Voon Chen
Dr Chua Lin Lin
Dr Lee Khai Wooi
Dr Wong Eng Hwa
Dr Priya Madhavan


Issues in food and nutrition range from obesity to food insecurity in units from families to governmental agencies. The causes of food insecurity and malnutrition are very complex, involving biological, economic, social, cultural and policy issues. There is a huge demand for research in this area. In Taylors University, we have the opportunity to investigate the key positions of food in health and well-being, as well as in the research and development of functional food with thorough understanding on the food choices and consumption behaviours of individuals in local setting and this can reflect our group strength. In addition, we focus on designing and evaluating nutrition interventions including nutrition education and nutrition related research. Food Science and Nutrition group comprises a wide spectrum of research experts covering physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of foods and food constituents as well as nutrition and sensory sciences. The broader aim of this research group is to study the fundamentals and applied aspects of new functional foods, medical foods and nutraceuticals for the development of safe, innovative, and nutritious foods to enhance human health and well-being.

Key Experts:

Dr Yan See Wan
Dr Chan Sook Wah
Dr Ewe Joo Ann
Dr Neo Yun Ping
Dr Roseline Yap Wai Kuan
Dr Yeo Siok Koon


The sustainable management of our natural resources is vital for ensuring human wellbeing, now and in the future. The Applied Biodiversity group consists of members from multidisciplinary field, and our research encompasses areas including Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Bioprocess and Applied Chemistry.
1. Research conducted in Agricultural Science and Environmental Science focuses on plant genetics and genomics, bioremediation, taxonomic identification of marine flora (seaweeds and microalgae), algae adaptation to environmental stresses and potential bioactive compounds from plants and algae for application in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. In addition, researchers in this area also provide consultation on environmental management systems, plant genomics and micro-propagation of crops.
2. Research conducted in Bioprocess and Applied Chemistry focuses on bioprocessing (fermentation), biocatalysts and polymer chemistry. This field includes fundamental biomolecular research and combines biotechnology and engineering for the manufacturing of recombinant proteins as well as renewable energy (e.g. battery). The members focus on inorganic molecular interactions in natural and industrial systems to develop fundamental knowledge and create new efficient processes. Besides, the members also towards getting solutions for stronger, lighter, more durable, more recyclable material which can be produced with less energy and less waste.

As such, there are great potentials for collaborative research that spans across disciplines, for instance, in regeneration medicine, health sciences as well as sustainable environment.


Key Experts:

Dr Teoh Ming Li
Alex Law Kung Pui
Jamie Kok Mei Lin
Dr Lai Zee Wei
Dr Nallammai Singaram
Dr Ng Jeck Fei
Dr Tam Sheh May
Wong Chee Sien
Associate Professor Dr Wong Ching Lee



Medical care is improved through the introduction of new pharmacological agents and new methods of treatment using old and new technology and agents.  There is therefore a critical need for independent research on the introduction and evaluation of these new agents and methods.  This group will look at current and future healthcare needs and identify gaps and weaknesses.  Translational research that uses epidemiological and laboratory data that lead to actual products, changes or innovations in medical care will be prioritised.  Among the focus areas of this group are:
1. Epidemiological studies, meta-analysis and systematic reviews to identify gaps in knowledge and also to educate the healthcare community to use and practice evidence-based medicine.
2. Clinical nutrition
3. Clinical risks and outcome assessment
4. Clinical evidence synthesis and Interventional studies
5. Mental Health and Clinical Psychology


Key Experts:

Associate Professor Dr Anjan Kumar Das
Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Associate Professor Dr Nurjahan Mohd Ibrahim
Dr Lim Su Yin
Dr Suresh Ponnusamy
Associate Professor Dr Gnandev Phutane
Dr Low Bin Seng
Dr Jo Ann Andoy Galvan
Associate Professor Dr Eugene Leong Weng Kong
Associate Professor Dr Win Min Thein

Small Animals research: 

Dr Aditya Arya
Dr  Priya Madhavan
Dr Wong Eng Hwa


This group encompasses research in chronic diseases particularly cancer and metabolic diseases.  Cancer research includes development of technology and innovations for the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Investigation of metabolic diseases and its relation to obesity and the relationship between the gut microflora and chronic diseases will also be a focus of the group.

1. Medical Imaging and Interventional Oncology Research
2. Phytomedicine cancer Research
3. Gut Microflora
4. Metabolic-Obesity Research 


Key Experts:

Interventional Oncology
Associate Professor Dr Abdul Kareem Meera Mohaideen
Associate Professor Dr Eugene Leong Weng Kong
Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Dr Priya A/P Madhavan
Dr Wong Eng Hwa
Dr Aditya Arya (Phytochemical Cancer Therapy)

Dr Jo Ann Andoy Galvan
Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil
Dr Gul Muhammad Baloch
Dr Serene A Abbas

Phytomedicine interest group
Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Dr Aditya Arya
Dr Wong Eng Hwa
Dr Priya Madhavan
Dr Low Bin Seng

GUT MIcroflora
Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Dr Priya Madhavan
Dr Wong Chee Sien
Dr Farzana Rizwan

Obesity- Medical Management
Dr Aditya Arya
Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil
Dr Ameya Ashok Hasamnis
Dr Wong Eng Hwa
Dr Jo Ann Andoy Galvan
Priya A/P Madhavan
Dr Gul Muhammad Baloch
Dr Serene A Abbas
Associate Professor Dr Nurjahan Mohd Ibrahim
Dr Suresh Ponnusamy


The pace of innovation in the health and medical sciences requires that educators in the field continuously update and upgrade curricula and delivery methods and challenge the existing paradigms in which knowledge is disseminated and acquired.  This group will research innovative learning approaches such as simulations, silent mentor programmes, and technology integration and integrate values such as ethics, compassion, empathy and even anthropology in the new curricula of health and medical sciences.  There will also be emphasis on inter-professional education given the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare where expertise in medicine, pharmacy and basic sciences converge. 

1. Medical Simulation Training Centre
2. Silent Mentor and Mental Health 
3. Surgical Innovation Research: 
4. UNESCO Bioethics Research
5. Evolution Medicine and Anatomical research
6. Inter-professional Education and Communication Skills Development (SOP)
7. Teaching & Learning Methods (e-Learning) and Education Systems (SOP)
8. Curriculum Development & Continuing professional development (SOP) 


Key Experts:

Medical Education:  Professor Dr Roland Gamini Sirisinghe
Skill Training and Development: Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Associate Professor Nurjahan Mohd Ibrahim
Dr Narendiran Krishnasamy
Dr Lim Su Yin
Dr Farzana Rizwan
Associate Professor Dr Loh Keng Yin
Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Kareem Meera Mohaideen
Associate Professor Dr Ihab Elsayed Mohamed Ali Abdou
Dr Susmita Dutta
Associate Professor Dr Win Min Thein
Associate Professor Dr Xavier Vincent
Associate Professor Dr Eugene Leong Weng Kong
Dr Serene A Abbas
Dr Tint Lwin
Associate Professor Dr Gnandev Phutane
Dr Suresh Ponnusamy
Dr Benjamin Samraj Prakash Earnest
Associate Professor Dr Anjan Kumar Das
Dr Anitha Ponnupillai
Dr Prabal Bhargava
Dr Rekha Prabhu
Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil
Dr Ameya Ashok Hasamnis
Dr Subhash Parvatagouda Patil
Dr Joseph Jacob
Associate Prof Dr Shajan Koshy
Dr Umesh Bindal
Dr Rekha Prabhu (Physiology)
Dr Ameya Ashok Hasamnis (Pharmacology)
Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil (Public health)
Dr Girish Prabhu (biochemistry)
Dr Gul Muhammad Baloch (public health)
Professor Dr Chua Siew Siang
Dr Renukha Sellappan
Dr Priya Madhavan
Dr Wong Pei Nee
Dr Narendiran Krishnasamy
Dr Sharina Hamzah
Dr Phelim Yong Voon Chen
Dr Foong Chan Choong (University of Malaya)



The identification of needs of the society, the prudent and cost effective use of resources and health technology and the management of these services and resources are essential to ensure success and sustainability of healthcare services.  This group will look into areas of healthcare services that can be introduced, developed, enhanced, promoted, and sustainable.  Among the focus areas of this group are:
1. Economic analyses and technology assessment of health services in primary, secondary and tertiary care centres.
2. Health tourism – the standard and quality assurance of health services for medical travel.
3. Medical outreach – the logistics in providing medical outreach services in an ambulatory setting.


Key Experts:

Professor Dr Chin Kin Fah
Associate Professor Dr Nurjahan Mohd Ibrahim
Associate Professor Dr Lai Nai Ming
Associate Professor Dr Eugene Leong Weng Kong
Associate Professor Xavier Vincent
Dr Girish Prabhu
Dr Jo Ann Andoy Galvan
Dr Serene A Abbas

Business and Law
Research Groups

The main purpose is to increase underpinning research capacity in family business and entrepreneurship. The primary focus will be on family businesses of all sizes, particularly within the ASEAN region. A second area concerns start-ups and small business development, SMEs and SME networks within ASEAN as well as within global supply chains. A third stream of research concerns entrepreneurship and innovation, including entrepreneurial values, social enterprises and indigenous entrepreneurship. Researchers engage with the Centre for Asian Family Enterprise and Taylor’s Bizpod incubator.
The principal aim is to develop a world class centre for research on human capital and economic development, with a particular focus on ASEAN economies. Projects are exploring human capital in the region, as well as related labour market issues such as skills utilisation and employability, with EU-ASEAN comparative projects. A second theme concerns performance, including the development of HPWS (high performance work systems) and the respective roles of competence, motivation and work organization. A third emerging area will address the agenda of ILO Decent Work Campaign and HR Sans Frontiers concerning labour standards.
The main objective of this research group is to develop a coherent body of research on financial markets, banking and corporate finance with a special focus on comparative economic and governance development. Ongoing research explores the impact of successive economic crises on Malaysian and other financial markets, and corporate sectors that impede progress towards a better economic performance. Another research theme concerns access to microfinance and its role in enterprise development, particularly social enterprises and start-ups. The third stream of research focuses on the financial technology (FinTech) revolution that changes risk parameters in the banking and financial industry.
The main objective of this group is to contribute significantly to the body of knowledge in the areas related to operations, supply chain and logistics. The contribution will be in four major areas: (1) addressing issues pertinent to global supply chains with specific emphasis to the ASEAN region; (2) addressing issues critical to manufacturing and service operations with special attention to SMEs; (3) developing and testing frameworks and models pertinent to supply chain and logistics; and (4) including sustainability as a key component in all relevant areas of research. 

The Centre for Research in Law and Development in Asia serves as a major platform for high quality research, policy and legal analysis within the fields of public and private law. The Centre focusses on the interaction between private law subjects including Contract, Tort, Unjust Enrichment, Equity and Trusts, Company Law, Competition Law, Taxation, Banking and Finance Law and Intellectual Property. The second area of study encompasses a comprehensive examination of the role of law within the contemporary healthcare environment.  The regime of laws related to Human Rights and Fundamental liberties is the third area of research. In the process of extensive research on core areas of law, an emerging area of research focusses on improving legal education and research techniques to enhance teaching & learning of law in Asia.

Built Environment, Engineering, Technology & Design
Research Groups

Stephen Hawking once said :The success in creating Artificial Intelligence would be the biggest event in human history.” Engineering in electromagnetism has created a great revolution in the field of engineering applications. In addition, this caused a great impact on various fields such as medical, industrial, space and others. CIA attempts to address challenges that threaten the sustainability of mankind in the 21st century as advocated by the National Academy of Engineers such as Advanced Personalised Learning,  Securing Cyberspace and many others. The research group aims to foster, promote and communicate findings in the field of high and low frequencies electro-magnetic applications to attain sustainable technology and significant knowledge growth for the common benefit of humankind as a whole.

Key Experts:

Dr Chockalingam Aravind Vaithilingam
Associate Professor Dr Edwin Chung Chin Yau
Dr Mohsen Nabi Poor
Dr Chew Wei Jen
Charles Raymond Sarimuthu


The use of biologically friendly materials for implants, the use of biomimicry to innovate sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies are amongst the may challenges that remain unresolved and needs further exploration. Advances in science and technology have led to the emergence of diseases that require immediate attention and medication. Health is a vital factor that needs to be addressed promptly. Realising that the greatest wealth is health, and that the value of health is only realised once it is lost, the Health Research group aims to address challenges advocated by the NAE which include but are not limited to advanced personalised learning, engineering better medicines and others. Realising that the provision for quality healthcare is gaining increased attention worldwide, the group promotes knowledge sharing by like minded individuals through the exchange of quality research and innovation in the field of healthcare by utilising engineering tools and applications. 

Key Experts:

Dr Chua Bee Lin
Dr Siva Kumar A/L Sivanesan
Dr Azadeh Ghadimi
Dr Yong Leng Chuan
Mohammad Taghi Hajibeigy
Dr Kelvin Chew Wai Jin
Dr Chow Yin Hui


EELRG believes in the notion that if knowledge pertaining to science and technology is not made simple to understand, the chances to apply science to create and advance technology would diminish completely. EELRG aims to address NAE’s grand challenges such as Advanced Personalised Learning and to Reverse Engineer the Brain. Engineering education plays a pivotal role in creating engineers capable of addressing challenges that are growingly more difficult and complexed. Through high quality and relevant research on engineering education, the group aims to link engineering educators across international borders and bring together lecturers, researchers and corporate colleagues to foster the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching pedagogies and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives. EELRG is committed to provide enhanced engineering education in its pursuit to engineer tools that enable scientific discovery for the sustainability and advancement of mankind.

Key Experts:

Associate Professor Dr Ir. Satesh Narayana Namasivayam
Dr Abdul Kareem Sh.Mahdi Al-Obaidi
Douglas Kum Tien Tong
Reynato Andal Gamboa
Mohd Farid Aladdin


David Orr, a great environmentalist once said, “If today is a typical day on planet earth, humans will add 15 million tons of carbon to the atmosphere, destroy 115 square miles of tropical rain forest, create 72 square miles of desert, eliminate between 40-100 species, erode 71 million tons of top soil, add 2,700 tons of CFCs to the stratosphere, and increase the population by 263,000.” In studies pertaining to the environment, failure may be regarded as fossils and our surrounding is the secret to survival. ERG is concerned with the environmental impact of daily mankind activities. ERG  applies their broad knowledge of engineering and environmental processes in identifying complexed environmental challenges and in developing effective and innovative solutions to them. The grand challenges by NAE that this group aims to address among many are to restore and improve urban infrastructure, provide clean access to water, manage the nitrogen cycle, develop carbon sequestration methods and others. ERG aims to provide a platform for like minded researchers to design environmental engineering systems that include considerations of risk, uncertainty, sustainability, life-cycle principles, and environmental impacts. ERG promotes sustainable development in a constructive way,as well as information transfer and the implementation of environmental technologies, green economies, renewable energies, resource protection and sustainability as well as protection of water, forest, air, oceans and the climate.

Key Experts:

Dr Rajesh Rajasekaran
Dr Pang Ming Meng
Eunice Phang Siew Wei
Nurhazwani Ismail
Mohd Hardie Hidayat Mohyi
Dr Yoon Li Wan
Dr Chou Pui May


Promote and undertake fundamental and applied energy research addressing NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Key Experts:

Dr Rashmi Gangasa Walvekar
Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Hosseini Fouladi
Associate Professor Dr Ir. Satesh Narayana Namasivayam
Dr Mohsen Nabi Poor
Dr Rajesh Rajasekaran
Dr Azadeh Ghademi
Mohammad Taghi Hajibeigy

Data Science

Information, systems, and communications security have become a central issue in our society. Interaction between people's personal devices (far beyond just phones and computers) and the rest of the connected world is nearly continuous; and with the advent of the Internet Of Things its scope will only grow. The cyber security research group at Taylors University operates within that context of finding new and innovative approaches to dealing with cyber breaches. All members bring a particular technological emphasis - the analysis of particular classes of security problems or their solutions - but are fully aware that it all fits within a wider context of people using systems and communicating data in secure and insecure ways, and how external pressures beyond the mere technology impact on that. The topic of computer security then naturally widens to include topics like privacy, cybercrime, and ethics and law relating to computing, as well as bringing in aspects of psychology, sociology and economics. The group focus has been in the following areas-Network Security, Intrusion Detection and Wireless Security, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment, Modeling and Simulation, Cyber Prediction System, Formal Systems, Threat Assessment and Risk Management.

Key Experts:

Associate Professor Dr David A/L Asirvatham
Dr Thulasyammal a/p Ramiah Pillai
Sanath Sukumaran
Associate Professor Dr Raja Kumar Murugesan
Dr Kiu Ching Chieh
Dr Tan Ee Xion
Lim Eng Lye
Sarojini Devi Nagappan
Gayathri Mageswaran
Norhidayah Hamzah
Sukhminder Kaur
Tee Wee Jing
Professor Dr Kannan Narayanan


The Big Data Research Group focuses development and application on Big Data technology, drawing on the best scientific traditions in Computer Science, Medicine, Bio-sciences, Engineering and Business. The Taylor’s Big Data Group supports collaboration and knowledge transfer in this growing field. Hence, our team members work collaboratively with the research community and industry. Our research involves modeling, analyzing, and simulating dynamic systems characterized by complex logic and uncertain behaviors. This Big data group is interested in various areas namely big data analytics, IOT, cloud computing, data mining, simulation-optimization methods, spatial-temporal data analysis, business intelligence, Informatics, Visualization and graphics, software metrics and business process re-engineering.

Key Experts:

Dr Azween Bin Abdullah
Associate Professor Dr Raja Kumar Murugesan
Lee Weng ken
Venantius Kumar Sevamalai

Cloud computing

The Cloud Computing and IoT (CCIT) research group will examine new trends and concepts for the management of cloud systems to provide intelligent solutions for high throughput and computational problems utilizing large-scale data in the cloud environment. The research group will investigate open research issues in turning a true “Internet of Things” into reality, an Internet where low-resource nodes (“things”, “constrained nodes”) can communicate among themselves and with the wider Internet in order to partake in innovation.

Key Experts:

Dr Sarfraz Nawaz Brohi
Sukhminder Kaur
Sharon Lim Pui Voon
Associate Professor Dr David A/L Asirvatham
Associate Professor Dr Raja Kumar Murugesan
Dr Goh Wei Wei
Sumathi Balakrishnan
Venantius Kumar Sevamalai


The Taylor’s Creative Industries Research (TCIR) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.  With the intention to strengthen multi and interdisciplinary research and enhance knowledge transfer capability in the Creative Industries for Malaysia context. Focus toward creative approaches to key issues for the Creative Industries with the aims to work closely with both government and industry to address future skills requirements of the creative industries.

Key Experts:

Choong Wai Keng (Michael)
Shamsul Hamimi Ab Rahman
Vinod J. Nair K.J. Nair
Yip Jinchi
Martin Chong Yuh Lin
Noranis Ismail
Jeffrey Patrick
Kannan Vijayan
Mohd Asrizal Razali
Razif Mohamed
Hafiz Zamri
Ernesto Carlos Pujazon Patron
Dr Noorhayati Binti Saad
Charles Sharma Naidu Achu Naidu
Choy Chun Wei


Research within interior architecture (IAR) are in the contexts of rich cultural heritage, environmental concerns and sustainability. Where experiment and exploration in all aspects of design and design-related issues within studio environments through analyses, conceptual frameworks, critical discourses, and design processes are to be undertaken. Research involvement is certainly beyond the academic community and industry.

Key Experts:

Nur Diana Mohamed Rosli
Norji Nasir
Aidatul Aida Ahmad Kushairi
Vickram Thevar Vijayan
Mohd Redzwan Hisham Bidin
Edwin Nada Chomen
Noorseah Amat
Annie Jaid Parker
Sh Nur Sharmila Sy Mohamed Sharer 

The growth in the number and size of large Asian cities presents various issues to its inhabitants. Quality of life, accessibility to various services, mobility, resource and waste handling, social fabric and family dynamics are but a few issues that will be impacted as cities expand beyond its comfortable limits and authorities play catch up and can only react to urgent situations. Given our unique composition of people, culture, heritage, beliefs and systems in Asia, adoption of models built largely upon research in western developed nations may not address nor provide viable solutions to many of the unique problems likely to arise in Asia.
The objective of our research is to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to identify the key factors likely to contribute to impending crisis in rapidly growing Asian cities. This will include developing new knowledge in understanding and describing uniquely Asia-centric problems and to propose solutions to overcome current or avert potential dysfunction and preserve our heritage. This programme should give rise to information and potential solutions that can be used by different levels of urban designers, city planners and policy makers, in planning, designing and maintaining Asian cities facing a plethora of environmental, economic, health and social problems both current and in the future.
Key Experts:
Professor Robert Powell
Associate Professor Dr Veronica Ng Foong Peng
Dr Camelia May Li Kusumo
Dr Sucharita Srirangam
Ar Ian Ng
Hoi Jung Wai

In a fast changing world conservation of built heritage is an important anchor for communities and assists in the formation of national identity. The focus of the Group is upon documenting and classifying the built heritage of Malaysia via measured drawings and photography along with analysis of the social and cultural significance of selected buildings. The outcome of the research is generally plans, section, elevations, models and photographs of historically significant structures together with details of construction techniques, materials, styles and ornamentation. The documentation involves extensive fieldwork. The group also records adaptive reuse of heritage assets.

Key Experts:
Professor Robert Powell
Associate Professor Dr Veronica Ng Foong Peng
Dr Camelia May Li Kusumo
Dr Sucharita Srirangam
Dr Keith Tan
Ar Ian Ng Aik Soon
Ar Zahari Zubir
Ar Prince Favis Isip
Koh Jing Hao
Nurul Alia Ahamad
Mhd Adib Ramli
Muhammad Afif Azhor
Normah Sulaiman
Siti Balkish Roslan
Ar Sateerah Hassan
Delliya Mohd Zain
Mohamed Rizal Mohamed
Nazmi Anuar