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School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is active in a wide range of research areas such as chemical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, renewable energy engineering.

Researchers of EPS Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) are working in various sustainable engineering technologies to achieve net zero. Sustainable engineering is an engineering idea of designing or operating systems such that they use energy and resources sustainably, in other words, at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Currently active projects are focused on several clusters:

  • Sustainable Systems Engineering,
  • Sustainable Advanced Materials and Manufacturing,
  • Internet of Things (IoT),
  • Digital and Smart Systems (IDSS),
  • Mechanical and Energy Systems Optimization, and
  • Solar Energy: System, Storage and Integration.

Petroleum Engineering

Research expertise:

  • Reservoir Simulation and Modelling
  • Deep Eutectic Solvents
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • CO2 Storage / Flooding
  • Hydrates
  • Hydrogen Storage

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS)

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) in Malaysia is actively engaged in research addressing challenges, offering solutions and innovative technology within the infrastructure, and built environment sectors. The school research activity is clustered under the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Group (SIG).

SIG main research agenda is Decarbonizing the Built Environment. We inspired to be the leading built environment research center of excellence in Malaysia tackling climate and energy-related challenges. We aim to bring together interdisciplinary expertise in solving challenges and achieving net-zero carbon emission targets for Malaysia's built environment sectors through adopting energy-efficient materials, innovative technologies, and sustainable practices.

SIG main research focus areas include:

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Human-centred Design and Analytics
  • Construction Project Management and Innovations
Our EGIS research experts

Teo Wee | t.wee@hw.ac.uk | Research profile,

Research expertise:

  • FRP strengthening and retrofitting of structures
  • High performance cementitious composites materials (UHPC/ECC)
  • Alkali-activated cementitious materials
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis of concrete structures
  • Seismic assessment of concrete structures

Md Shabbir Hossain | m.hossain@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Water resources management
  • Artificial intelligences in hydrology
  • Optimization using heuristic and swarm based algorithms
  • Dam failure analysis

Ng Soon Min | Soon_Min.Ng@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Rainfall induced slope failure
  • Sustainable solutions for built environment
  • Numerical Modelling in geotechnical practice

Ibrisam Akbar | i.akbar@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Steel/FRP retrofitting
  • FRP strucures
  • Soil-structures strengthening

Chu May Yen | C.May_Yen@hw.ac.uk

Research expertise:

  • Private vehicle growth trend and demand
  • Transport management and safety
  • Transport Policy

Ashley W. T. Hong | wan_thing.hong@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Low Energy Facade/Passive Design Strategies
  • Green Retrofit of Office Building
  • Green Building Assessment
  • Indoor and Outdoor Thermal Comfort
  • 6R Waste Management
  • Cost Overrun and Management

Tan Hai Chen |  h.tan@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Cloud-based Project Management and Contract Administration Systems
  • BIM
  • Construction Innovations
  • Supplier performance management
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment
  • Construction Project Management

Puteri Nur Farah | P.Mohd_Fauzi@hw.ac.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Construction contract administration
  • Construction procurement
  • Protection and Insurance for construction works and project development
  • Risks and risk management in construction and project
  • Sustainability construction and project development
  • Shariah-compliant construction contract
  • i-Procure (Shariah compliant construction procurement)

Nurul Izma Mohammed | nurul_izma.mohammed@hw.c.uk | Research profile

Research expertise:

  • Air Pollution Engineering
  • Climate Change
  • Indoor Air Pollution
  • Renewable energy

Diyana Syafiqah Binti Abd Razak | D.Abd_Razak@hw.ac.uk

Research expertise:

  • Project Management
  • Project-operation management
  • Quality management
  • Failure in construction / project failure
  • Innovation in project

School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS)

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) actively engages in research in mathematics, statistics and computer science. The research of MACS staff and students is wide ranging and is focused on supporting interdisciplinary activities for solving real-life problems.

Research areas in computer science cover areas such as computer vision, artificial intelligence, multimedia signal processing, parallel and distributed systems, data analytics (multimedia and text), blockchain, biometrics and big data. In the fields of statistics and mathematics, the active areas of research include Bayesian statistics, data assimilation, space-time data analysis, statistical computing, data science, statistical quality control, stochastic modelling and financial mathematics.

Our MACS research experts

Sarat Chandra Dass | s.dass@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal

Research expertise:

  • Statistics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Data Science
  • Data Assimilation
  • Computing 
  • Machine Learning

Ian Tan | i.tan@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal

Research expertise:

  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Multimedia (Data) Analytics
  • Distributed networks (blockchain included)
  • Text Analytics
  • Data Analytics (Data Distribution Issues)

John See Su Yang | j.see@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal
Research expertise:

  • Computer Vision
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Affective computing
  • Multimedia signal processing 

Abdullah Almasri | a.almasri@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal
Research expertise

  • Data Science
  • Big Data (Analysis & Visualization)
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning

Ong Kai Lin | k.ong@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal

Research expertise:

  • Algebra
  • Coding theory
  • Quantum computing

Teoh Wei Lin | wei_lin.teoh@hw.ac.uk | Research Portal
Research expertise:

  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Statistical Process Control

School of Social Sciences (SoSS) and Edinburgh Business School (EBS)

Research in the School of Social Sciences cover three broad areas, namely psychology, business management, and accounting and finance. In psychology, we take pride as the nation's leader in research in positive psychology, positive education, and hypnotherapy areas. From business management perspective, our current research contributes to adding value in the areas of emerging importance to the nation, namely grooming competent workforce, digital marketing and social enterprise. Finally, our current research work in the accounting and finance area contributes to economic sustainability through research on personal financial planning. 

Our SoSS research experts

Business Management Department

Gowrie Vinayan | G.Vinayan@hw.ac.uk |https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/gowrie-vinayan

Research expertise:

  • Entrepreneurial, Strategy
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain

Jessica Sze Yin Ho | J.Ho@hw.ac.uk | researchportal 

Research expertise:

  • Digital Marketing (Online Consumer Behaviour, Social Media Marketing Customer Experience Behaviour, Online Buyer-Seller Relationship, and Online Service Quality)
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Consumers and Demographics Behaviour
  • Organisational Behaviour

Ng Lai Hong | LaiHong.Ng@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Marketing, Services Marketing
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Virtual Learning
  • Student Experience
  • Higher Education

Ng Lai Ling | LaiLing.Ng@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour Learning
  • Teaching Communities of Practice

Praveen Balakrishnan Nair | P.Nair@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Marketing
  • Sustainability
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Triple Bottom Line

Agnes Tan Siok Inn | Siok_Inn.Tan@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Management
  • Human Resource Practices
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship

Daphne Lim | W.Lim@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Work Life Balance
  • Human Behaviour

Dewi Arual | dewi.arual@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Strategy
  • RBV
  • Talent Management
  • Flexible Work Practices
  • ICT in Education
  • Work Intensification

Lim Ooi Wei | o.lim@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Health Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Digital Health
  • Healthy and Active Aging
  • Copreneurship
  • Managerial Economics
  • Positive Education

Loo Yoke Mei | Y.Loo@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • International Competitiveness
  • Strategy
  • China

May Ng | M.Ng@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Civil Rights
  • Corporate Law
  • Human Rights
  • Social Justice

Shaharudin Yunus | S.Yunus@hw.ac.uk | researchportal
Research expertise:

  • Business Ethics
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Moral Development
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Strategic Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Change
  • Change Management
  • Business Strategy

Accounting Department

David Ong | fong_yew.ong@hw.ac.uk | researchportal
Research expertise:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Auditing

Jimmy Tan | K.Tam@hw.ac.uk | researchportal
Research expertise:

  • Performance Measurement
  • Commercialisation of R&D Outputs
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Nor Irdawati Mahyuddin | N.Mahyuddin@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Earnings Management
  • Ownership Structures
  • Corporate Governance

Rick Chee | C.CHEE@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Market Efficiency
  • Share Repurchases
  • Dividend Policy
  • Corporate Finance

Ricky Wong | R.Wong@hw.ac.uk | researchportal 

Research expertise:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Derivatives
  • Firm Performance
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Risk-Return

Ruth Lim | Sheau_Yen.Lim@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Derivatives
  • Firm Performance
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Risk-Return

Wahida Yaakub | n.yaakub@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Investor Sentiment
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Wellbeing
  • Financial Resilience

Ke Guek Nee | G.N.Ke@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Leadership
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Prevention of Internet Addiction


Lim Ooi Wei | o.lim@hw.ac.uk | researchportal
Research expertise:

  • Health Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Digital Health Healthy and Active Aging
  • Copreneurship
  • Managerial Economics
  • Positive Education

Poh Wei Lin | W.Poh@hw.ac.uk | researchportal
Research expertise:

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Well-being 

Ron Salden | R.Salden@hw.ac.uk | researchportal 

Research expertise:

  • Learning & Teaching
  • Educational Technologies
  • Memory
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Scuba Diving Therapy
  • Cultural & Social Differences

Wong Shiet Ching | S.C.Wong@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise:

  • Psychology

Yap Chia Keat | J.Yap@hw.ac.uk | researchportal

Research expertise

  • Psychological Resilience
  • Stress and Well-Being
  • Effective Positive Psychology Interventions