Industry Forum

Industry Forum @ MICC 2017


Date: 29 November 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 11:15 – 12:45

Theme: Smart City and Internet of Things

Moderator: TBC


  1. Gopinath Rao Sinniah (Co-Founder and CTO, FAVORIOT)
  2. Usman Sarwar (Software Architect and Technologist, Intel Corporation)
  3. Syaril Nizam Omar (Assistant Vice President, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA))


Dr. Gopinath Rao Sinniah is the CTO and Co-Founder of Favoriot Sdn Bhd, a start-up focusing on IoT Platform and Solutions. He has architected many IoT solutions in current and previous organisations. He has many years of experiences in various IT industries, with the focus on Research and Development. An expert in IPv6 and Internet of Things and a Leader in standardization forums, locally and internationally. He is currently the Chairman of Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group under Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Berhad (MTSFB) and the Deputy Chairman of SIRIM TC/G/16 (Internet of Things). His main role in the IoT WG is to promote IoT, create and adopt IoT standards that can be used in Malaysia. He has also authored several conference and journal papers, patents in the field of networking and computer science. Due to his numerous contributions, he was awarded the innovator award at his previous organisation. He was also awarded as the most active working group Chairman at MTSFB. He has conducted trainings in IPv6, networking and future technologies, presented at various events, conferences and international meetings.

Usman Sarwar is a technologist and a software systems architect working on IoT connectivity technologies in Intel’s IoT group having fifteen years of R&D and software development experience. He has diverse technical background by working on areas related to IoT connectivity technologies and protocols, middleware protocol systems as well as applications. Currently, he is working on the time sensitive networking for industrial and automotive technologies. He is also Liaison for Intel with ZigBee and Thread Alliances as well as contributing to industrial certification in Avnu Alliance. He has invented more than 22 patents, published 20 international papers and contributed to ITU-T resolutions.

Dr. Syaril Nizam Omar completed his Ph.D. at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in Computing in April, 2016. He has extensive research and teaching experiences in Security Architectures and Information Security. His research interests include Mobility Management, Sensors Network, Network Analysis, Renewable Energy, Information Security, Public Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Video Analytic, and energy optimization. After graduating from his diploma’s in Computer Science and Mathematics, he joined Sapura Research in October, 1997, the local’s largest IT and Systems services provider company, as a programmer. In the company, he synergized with colleagues from diverse domain expert, and achieved goals targeted by stakeholders within stringent deadlines in SCADA. From there, he develops a great interest in analyzing and developing novel solutions from system automation and networking with Telekom Applied Business, MCSB, and Sapura Technology. During that time, he decided to pursue his Degree and Master by taking part-time programmed with UTM in computer science majoring in Systems and Information Security. After gaining enough industries experience, he then decided to pursue his Ph.D under the most prestigious Ph.D fellowship in Malaysia – National Science Fellowship Scheme under MOSTI. He is currently working as a Head of Infrastructure and Innovation department of Urban Observation Division at Iskandar Regional Development Authority. His main responsibilities is to lead, plan and manage the  Technology and Infrastructure department, strategize the business plan and oversea, provide consultancy and advise in ICT related projects, to ensure the agenda in ICT Plan, ICT blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia is accordance to initiative in Comprehensive Development Plan ii and Iskandar Malaysia’s vision.

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