The Conference on Information Technology in Asia (CITA) is an international event organised every two years by the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). This year, the 9th CITA theme is “Transforming Big Data into Knowledge” emphasising the big data challenges and its potential solutions which include data capture, data curation, data storage, data search, data sharing, data transfer, data analysis and data visualization. With the aim of managing the ever growing data, big data is also a key enabler to various fields such as engineering, medical, and business.


Conference Program

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Day 1 - Tuesday, 4th August 2015
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Kuching

8:00am – 9:00amRegistration (Lounge Area)
9:00am – 10:30amOpening Ceremony
10:30am – 11:00amTea Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote Address #1
Data Ecosystems: From Very Large Data Bases to Big Data Infrastructures
Prof. Timos Sellis, RMIT University
Chairperson: Dr Edwin Mit
12:00pm – 12.45pm Invited Speaker #1
The State of the Net: Threat Landscape and Digital Freedom
Mr. Goh Su Gim, F-Secure
Chairperson: Dr Edwin Mit
12:45pm – 2:00pm0Exhibition & Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm Keynote Address #2
The Intersection of Big Data, Data Science, and the Internet of Things
Prof. Bebo White, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Alvin Yeo Wee
3:00pm – 3:30pmTea Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Parallel Sessions 1.1
Venue: Ballroom 2
Chairperson: Dr Chiew Kang Leng

Full Paper
  • * 13 – Predicting Electricity Consumption: A Comparative Analysis of the Accuracy of Various Computational Techniques.
  • * 19 – The Effect of Vaccination Decision in Disease Modelling through Simulation
  • 22 – Impact of Human Diffusion and Spatial Heterogeneity on Transmission Dynamics of Mosquito-borne Diseases


Short Paper
  • 15 – Comparing Classification Performance of Decision Trees and Support Vector Machines: A Small Data Scenario
  • 39 – Semantic Relatedness Measure For Identify Relevant Answers in Online Community Question Answering Services.
Parallel Sessions 1.2
Venue: Ballroom 3
Chairperson: Dr Kartinah Zen

Full Paper
  • * 66 – Neighbor Selection Protocol for Heterogeneous Information Dissemination in Opportunistic Networks.
  • * 75 – Towards Vulnerability Prevention Model for Web Browser using Interceptor Approach.
  • 26 – Performance Evaluation of ZigBee in Indoor and Outdoor Environment.

Short Paper
  • 1 – An Analysis of Graphical User Authentication Systems.
  • 20 – Analysis of Single Sign-On Protocols from the Perspective of Architecture Deployment, Security and Usability.
Parallel Sessions 1.3
Venue: Kenyalang Room
Chairperson: Dr Hamimah Ujir

Full Paper
  • * 64 – EFA for Structure Detection in Image Data: Empirical Results on Two Datasets of Different Perception.
  • * 73 – Automated Machine for Sorting Sarawak Pepper Berries.
  • * 74 – Spatio-Temporal Semantic Representation of Cardiac MRI in Heart Attack Patients.

Short Paper
  • 8 – Impulse Noise Reduction using Image Fusion Approach.
  • 51 – Investigation of Content-based Features in Sentiment Analysis Performance.
7:30pm – 10:00pmConference Dinner

Day 2 - Wednesday, 5th August 2015
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Kuching

8:30am – 10:00am Parallel Sessions 2.1
Venue: Ballroom 2
Chairperson: Dr Mohd Nazim Jambli

Full Paper
  • * 58 Enhancement of AODV Routing Protocol in MASNETs.
  • * 59 – Evaluation of Clustering and Multi-hop Routing Protocols in Mobile Ad-hoc Sensor Networks.
  • 52 – Wireless Body Area Networks Channel Decongestion Algorithm.


Short Paper
  • 43 – Enterprise Mobile Cloud Application for Textile Cyberpreneurs: Big Data Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.
  • 4 –Formal Representation in Defining Indigenous Knowledge Framework
Parallel Sessions 2.2
Venue: Ballroom 3
Chairperson: Dr Sze San Nah

Full Paper
  • * 29 – Feature Selection with Mutual Information for Regression Problems.
  • * 45 – Simulation of 2D Surface Flow in Open Channel Using Finite Difference Method.
  • * 48 –Improved H3K27ac Histone Mark Prediction using K-mer Proximity Feature

Short Paper
  • 17 – Optimal Path for E-Commerce Logistics Distribution.
  • 69 – Comparisons of Enhancers Associated Marks Prediction Using K-mer Feature.
Parallel Sessions 2.3
Venue: Kenyalang Room
Chairperson: Dr Hamimah Ujir

Full Paper
  • 14 – Hybrid Rule-Based Approach for Aspect Extraction and Categorization from Customer Reviews.
  • 18 –Modeling User Music Preference through Usage Scoring and User Listening Behavior for Generating Preferred Playlists.
  • 23 – Building a Pilot Software Quality-in-Use Benchmark Dataset.

Short Paper
  • 31 – An Interactive Video Conferencing Module for e-Learning using WebRTC
  • 40 – Generating Offers with Cosine Similarity in Multi-Attribute Negotiation.
10:00am – 10:30amTea Break
10:30am – 11:15am Invited Speaker #2
The Challenges of Geospatial Analytics in the Era of Big Data
Dr. Noordin Ahmad, ANGKASA
Chairperson: Prof. Dr Wang Yin Chai
11:15am – 12:45pm Parallel Sessions 2.4
Venue: Ballroom 2
Chairperson: Dr Chai Soo See

Full Paper
  • 6 – Building Use Cases for Big Data Analytics With Activity Reference Framework for Big Data Analytics
  • 56 – Comparison of Data Driven Models (DDM) for Soil Moisture Retrieval using Microwave Remote Sensing Data.
  • 63 – Measuring Task Performance Using Gaze Regions.


Short Paper
  • 47 – Modeling Business Intelligence (BI) Requirements of Rural Healthcare Center Using Goal-Oriented Approach.
Parallel Sessions 2.5
Venue: Ballroom 3
Chairperson: Dr Halikul Lenando

Full Paper
  • 11 – Phishing Email Detection Technique by using Hybrid Features.
  • 25 – Performance Analysis of RTS/CTS Protocol over Basic Access in Wireless Networks.
  • 83 – Wi-Fi Fingerprint Database Construction using Chebyshev Wavelet Functions.
  • 24 – Formalize The Software Quality Measurement for Heterogeneous Requirements.
Parallel Sessions 2.6
Venue: Kenyalang Room
Chairperson: Dr Tiong Wei King

Full Paper
  • 30 – Feature Selection based on Mutual Information for Machine learning prediction of Petroleum reservoir properties
  • 68 – Green Manufacturing and Logistics in Automotive Industry: A Simulation Model.
  • 42 – Information Seeking Features of a PICO-based Medical Question-Answering System: A Usability and Satisfaction Survey.
  • 55 –A Study on Heuristic Timetabling Method for Faculty Course Timetable Problem
12:45pm – 2:00pmLunch
2:00pm – 2:45pm Invited Speaker #3
Hybrid ACS and Flower Pollination Algorithm for Optimization
Prof. Dr. Ku Ruhana Ku Mahamud, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Chairperson: Dr. Dayang NurFatimah Awang Iskandar
2:45pm – 3:00pmBreak
3:00pm – 4:00pm Keynote Address #3
Big Data and Stream Analytics
Prof. Geoff Holmes, University of Waikato
Chairperson: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jane Labadin
4:00pm – 4:45pm Panel Discussion
Future and Challenges of Big Data Research
Panels: Mr Reuben Wee, Prof. Bebo White, Prof. Geoff Holmes, Prof. Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer
Chairperson: Dr. Johari Abdullah/ Prof Dr Alvin
4:45pm – 5:30pmClosing Ceremony & Award


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