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Photos and Pictures of various talks and events are posted below.  

Currency Hedging and Fair Premiums in Life Insurance Guaranty Schemes

 

Date/day

20 August 2019

Time

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

KB107

Speaker

Professor Bill Chang Shih-Chieh

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences


Professor Bill Chang Shih-Chieh is an Independent Director at CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd. since December 8, 2016. He served as an Independent Director of Taiwan Life Insurance Co., Ltd. and TLG Non- Life Insurance Co., Ltd. He was Professor of Dept. of Risk Management and Insurance at National Chengchi University. He was a Commissioner of Financial Supervisory Commission at Taiwan, R.O.C. He received his  Ph.D. from the Dept. of Statistics in University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The research results of Prof Bill indicate that regardless of whether capital forbearance exists, currency risk significantly increases the fair premium while the minimum guarantees play a key role in increasing the capital forbearance component. The findings also show that Forex hedging can reduce the risk premium, but the cost of hedging also reduces the worth of shareholders’ equity. Besides, Prof Bill highlighted that the volatility of the exchange rate and the minimum guarantee rate are important parameters under fair premium pricing.


           Thank you Prof Bill for your knowledgeable sharing !!!  

On Lifetime Data Modelling and Model Selection With Extended Weibull Distribution

 

Date/day

19 August 2019

Time

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

KB211

Speaker

Professor Xie Min

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences


Prof Xie Min has published over 200 journal papers and 100 conference papers. He serves as an editor, associate editor and editorial committee of over 15 international journals. He has served as conference chair in a number of conferences and delivered keynote speeches at many others conferences. Prof Xie Min served as Program Manager for MSC(ISE) program for many years at National Univ of Singapore, and also as Associate Head (ISE) 2009-2011 there. He was the Acting Head (SEEM at CityU) during fall 2011. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean (Internationalization) at College of Science and Engineering. Prof Xie Min has supervised over 35 PhD students and they are holding various positions in academia, industry and financial institutions. In his talk, useful models were presented and their properties together with applications were discussed. The discussion also includes the graphical approach for model selection and parameter estimation. Some related research directions were highlighted as well.


           Thank you Prof Xie Min for your interesting sharing !!!  

Matrix Visualization: New Generation of Exploratory Data Analysis

 

Date/day

19 August 2019

Time

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue

KB211

Speaker

Dr Chun-houh Chen

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences


Dr Chun-houh Chen’s research interests consists of Multivariate Analysis, Information Visualization, Bioinformatics and Statistical Computing. 
During the talk, Dr Chun-houh Chen briefly introduced the technical background of matrix visualization for continuous, binary, nominal, symbolic data, and also the data with cartography links. He also presented the Generalized Association Plots (GAP) developed by the laboratory of information visualization as well as the applications on scientific problems, ranging from biological experiments, medical studies, and social surveys. He ended his talk by highlighting the ongoing developments and also the potential directions for future research.

           Thank you Dr. Chen for your meaningful presentation !!!  

Deep-Learning Solution to Portfolio Selection with Serially-Dependent Returns

 

Date/day

16 August 2019

Time

03:30pm - 04:30pm

Venue

KB208

Speaker

Professor Wong Hoi Yin

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences


Wong Hoi Yin is a Professor from Department of Statistics in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research expertise lies within Derivatives Pricing, Interest Rate Modeling and Financial Risk Analysis. The highlights of the research talk are listed as follows:
1) To offer a simple deep neural network architecture to portfolio selection problems.
2) To analyze the convergence properties of the proposed network under a general portfolio selection problem.
 3) To show the convergence under some popular econometric models for asset returns, typically multivariate AR(1) and CCC - GARCH(1,1).
4) To present some numerical examples of the proposed deep learning solution which perform well for high-dimensional portfolios (up to 100 assets). 

           We are grateful for your sharing Prof Wong !!!  

Technical Talk for Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China

 

Date/day

5 August 2019 (Monday) 
August 2019 (Friday)

Time

11 am- 1 pm
9 am -11 am

Venue

E010 (UTAR, Kampar campus)
KB315 (UTAR, Sungai Long campus)

Speaker

Encik Khairul Rizuan bin Suliman (speaker on 5/8/2019)
Ts Dr Teoh Lay Eng (speaker on 9/8/2019)

Organizer/co-organizer

Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology, UTAR
 (Dr. Lo Po Kim  )


Encik Khairul Rizuan bin Suliman (FSc, UTAR) and Ts Dr Teoh Lay Eng (LKCFES, UTAR) were invited to deliver a talk respectively at UTAR Kampar and  Sungai Long campus to a group of 16 international students from Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China. The title of the talks are listed below:
• The Overview and Development of Logistics Industry in Malaysia (speaker: Encik Khairul)
• Green Transport: From Planning to Operation (speaker: Ts Dr Teoh Lay Eng)
 The students revealed that they gain a lot of insightful information not only from the talks but also their entire study tour in UTAR.

           Thank you Lanzhou Jiaotong University students for you visit!!!  

Preparation on the Application for Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN) – Anugerah Pengajaran

 

Date/day

12 July 2019 (Friday)

Time

10.00 am - 11.00 am

Venue

D121, FSc, Kampar campus, UTAR.

Speaker

Mr Chong Fook Seng (FSc, UTAR, Kampar)

Organizer/co-organizer

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


The speaker, Mr Chong FS was recently nominated for the teaching award of Anugerah Akademik Negara (ANN) by UTAR. This talk was organized as a sharing platform for staff from various departments on the application process and the necessary documents needed to be submitted to the AAN. With this opportunity, the academicians are given a chance to obtain a recognition from the Malaysian society and country for their contribution in enhancing the students with true knowledge of 4.0 Industrial Revolution as well as their guidance in training the students to have an attitude and professionalism that is respected by the society from various countries.

           Thank you Mr Chong for your Sharing!!!  

Industry Talk by Alliance Bank

 

Date/day

5 July 2019 (Friday)

Time

9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Venue

KB313(9am-12pm), KB323(2pm-5pm)

Speaker

Ms Heng Ai Lee (Senior Vice President, Head of Decision Management), 
Ms Hor Jiun Ru (Vice President, Coordinator of Decision Management Structure Internship Program)

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


Miss Heng Ai Lee (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons.)) has a career spanning over 25 years dealing with data. She started her career in information technology and subsequently moved into data warehousing / data mart development, software solution sales and project management. She has then spent 15 years in managing campaign management and advanced analytics department in banking industry. At present, she is the Head of Decision Management in Alliance Bank, leading and overseeing the team to transform data to support decision making process. Miss Hor Jiun Ru (University of Malaya, Bachelor of Science in Statistics) has 10 years of experience in banking industry. She began her career by joining Apprentice Program under cooperation between UM and bank. At present, she is the team leader of Asset portfolio under Customer Relationship Management, supporting end to end campaign execution; and Coordinator of Decision Management Structure Internship Program. This talk included the Introduction to Alliance Bank, Introduction to Decision Management, Case Study, DM Structured Internship Programme and etc. The students gained a lot of knowledge from this talk. 

           Thank you Alliance Bank for the Opportunity!!!  

Applications of Graph Theory in Data Science

 

Date/day

24 June 2019 (Monday)

Time

9.30 am-11.30 am

Venue

KA600D

Speaker

Associate Professor Dr. Gobithaasan Rudrusamy

Organizer/co-organizer

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


Data science is a new field of interdisciplinary research which involves various scientific approaches to visualize and elucidate the characteristics of given dataset. It is proliferated with the growth of data size, prone to noise and incompleteness. This talk delves into the application of graph theory in the context of data science where two essential tools will be explored namely Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Topological Data Analysis (TDA). Social network is a social structure that made up of nodes, ties, given weights, directions and signs. There are three measures of SNA; individual, intermediate and group measures which provide social behavior and interaction. We explore how these measures aid in identifying the constraints and opportunities of a node (group or network) hence aiding in future prediction. The second part of the talk explores on TDA which was derived in the attempt to understand the shape of data. It has a good mixture of topology, geometry and graph theory which can be utilized not just to elucidate the qualitative properties of data (homology classes), but also applicable for data reduction and visualization purposes. This talk provides a brief introduction and mathematical foundation hence enabling new researchers to kick-start implementing/modifying SNA and TDA for their own problems/dataset.

           It was an Insightful session!!!  

CMS Talk Series: “Effective Teaching Skills in Mathematics for Engineering Students”

 

Date/day

24 May 2019 (Friday)

Time

10 am -11 am

Venue

D121, FSc, UTAR Kampar

Speaker

Mr Chong Fook Seng
(FSc, UTAR, Kampar)

Organizer/co-organizer

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


The speaker, Mr. Chong FS was awarded the 2018 UTAR Teaching Excellence Award and hence this talk was organized to provide a platform for fellow colleagues to exchange ideas and teaching experiences. The talk was attended by 18  teaching staff from both the FSc and FGET. The talk begun with a 35 minutes presentation followed by Q&A. During the Q&A session, various questions were raised by the participants based on their teaching experiences and therefore an active discussion took place . The event adjourned at approximately 11.05 am. 

           It was a Meaningful and Beneficial Event!!!  

Robust Tensor Completion and Its Application

 

Date/day

15-05-2019(Wednesday)

Time

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue

KB520, UTAR Sg. Long

Speaker

Prof Michael Ng Kwok Po 
 (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


Prof. Michael Ng Kwok Po is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Professor (Affiliate) of the Department of Computer Science at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1990 and M.Phil. Degree in 1992 at the University of Hong Kong, and Ph.D. degree in 1995 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a Research Fellow of Computer Sciences Laboratory at Australian National University (1995-1997), and an Assistant/Associate Professor (1997-2005) of the University of Hong Kong before joining Hong Kong Baptist University. During his sharing, Prof .Michael  presented an interesting result of robust tensor completion using tubal singular value decomposition. Several applications and theoretical results were discussed. The explanations given by Prof. Michael during the Q&A session deepen the attendees’ understanding towards the usefulness of his research.

           Thank you Prof. Michael for your Knowledgeable Sharing!!!  

Workshop on Python in Statistical Modelling

 

Date/day

22/04/2019 (Monday) - 23/04/2019 (Tuesday)

Time

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

Ulugh Beg Computer Laboratory, 
Institute for Mathematical Research (INSPEM),
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Speaker

Mr. Chin Ching Herny (CMS, UTAR)
Dr Mahboobeh Zangeneh Sirdari  (CMS, UTAR)

Organizer/co-organizer

Institute for Mathematical Research (INSPEM),
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS),
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


This workshop was organized with a research direction of applied statistical modelling by using Python. The participants were imbued with the idea of using some commonly used statistical model that is available in Python software. Besides, the participants also learnt how to build up their own statistical model with corresponding predictions. This workshop also introduced advanced Python 3 techniques such as machine learning which is useful for future career development in the BIG DATA industry.

           It was a huge Statistical & Analytical event!!!  

CMS ONE-DAY RESEARCH SEMINAR

 

Date/day

19-04-2019 (Friday)

Time

8:50 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

KB110

Speaker

Prof Pooi Ah Hin, 
Dr Goh Yong Kheng, 
Dr Sim Hong Seng, 
Dr Chang Yun Fah, 
Prof Chia Gek Ling

Organizer/co-organizer

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)


The objectives of CMS One-Day Research Seminar are as follows: 
1. To create a platform for researchers from different research group/background to present and share insightful findings in Mathematical Sciences. 
2. To create an opportunity for researchers to explore new knowledge and to exchange research ideas. 
3. To encourage multi-discipline collaborations among the researchers by expanding research networks. 
4. To engage the latest research trends in Mathematical Sciences 

The seminar started off with a warm welcome from Dr Yong Thian Khok (Director of Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman).
Then, we have 
our Invited Speaker, Prof Pooi Ah Hin to present on a topic titled “Applications of Latent Factors in Statistical Prediction” followed by Dr Goh Yong Kheng with “Financial Network Construction using Generative Adversarial Network” & “Build and Evaluate Your Algo Trading Strategy with Easystp Platform” topic, Dr Sim Hong Seng with a title “Gradient Method with Multiple Damping for Large-scale Unconstrained Optimization”, Dr Chang Yun Fah  “On the Macroeconomic Determinants of the Housing Price Index in Taiwan: An Autocorrelated Unreplicated Linear Functional Relationship Model” and last but not least Prof Chia Gek Ling who presented a topic on “Symmetry in Magic Squares and Chinese Literature”. After a day of insightful event,  the seminar ended at 5pm.

           It was an event full of knowledge !!!  

Understanding of Actuarial Sciences Studies and its Applications

Date/day

25-03-2019 (Monday)

Time

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Venue

KB214

Speaker

Great Eastern Life Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad:

Mr Goh Chek Heong (Senior Group Sales Manager)

Ms Sasa Tan Yuin Joo (Group Agency Manager)

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (DMAS) 

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)


Mr. Goh Chek Heong
 
obtained his B. Sc. Agribusiness from UPM and currently, he 
is a 
personal coach & manager trainer. His expertise lies 
in insurance, investment as well as estate planning. With 24 years of financial planning experience, he had successfully trained & promoted 4 Group Sales Managers within his company. 

Ms. Sasa Tan Yuin Joo obtained her Bachelor in Business Administration from MMU. With 15 years of experience in sales and marketing together with her excellent interpersonal skills, she was able to influence her peers along with her juniors in achieving greater heights in their career as well as to lead a purposeful life together.. 

During the talk, Mr. Goh Chek Heong shared with the students on the following topics:

(1) Why I choose Actuarial Sciences
(2) Assurance VS Insurance 
(3) Application of Actuarial Sciences in Real Life Situation 
(4) What has Actuarial Sciences Gotta do with Life Assurance. 

Mr. Goh Chek Heong discussed about Misconception of Life Assurance, for example: (1) too wide / far fetching (2) a social product that’s irreplaceable and etc. Besides that, he also shared with the students about the concepts of Special Saving Account, Risk Profiling, Actuarial Sciences Product, Dollar Cost Averaging and etc. At the end of the guest lecture, Mr. Goh Chek Heong and Ms. Sasa Tan Yuin Joo were given tokens of appreciation for their wonderful sharing. 

           Thank You GE for the Knowledgeable sharing !!!  

 Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM)
New Council
Meeting

Date/day

04-03-2019 ( Monday)

Time

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Venue

KB 803

Speaker

Ms. Sophia Ch'ng
Ms. Lim Shu Yi,
Mr. Soo Wei Chern
Ms. Macy Lee

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (DMAS)
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)


The Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) was founded on 5th October 1978. ASM are the only representative body for the actuarial profession in Malaysia, and provide a platform for members of the actuarial profession to raise and discuss technical issues and public interest related to the actuarial profession; to communicate such issues to relevant parties including the public, industry regulators and corporate stakeholders; to provide educational support to actuarial students and professional development to qualified actuaries; and to provide space for members of the profession to build relationships. On 20th October 2003, ASM became a Full Member Association of the International Actuarial Association. ASM is committed in working to become a full-fledged professional body with recognised examinations and accreditation system. The meeting commenced at 2pm. Ms. Sophia Ch'ng, Ms. Lim Shu Yi, Mr. Soo Wei Chern and Ms. Macy Lee were given tokens of appreciation at the end of the meeting.


Thank you and All the Best !!!


METLIFE ACTUARIAL INDUSTRY TALK

Date/day

26-02-2019 (Tuesday)

Time

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Venue

KB 209

Speaker

Tim Braswell
Stephanie McGovern
Nick Walters.
Des Thomas
Rick Butler
Micky Kuo

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (DMAS)
Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)


MetLife is one of the world's leading financial services companies which includes providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. MetLife is building a Finance Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support the finance teams based across Asia in markets like Japan, Korea, Australia, Hong Kong etc. The event starts off by an introduction about MetLife, its departments as well as the various important responsibilities they hold. An interview session which is part of the recruitment drive was then held after the talk.


Thank you METLIFE for the Opportunity !!!

IAP Talk For Final Year Students

Date/day

9 Jan 2019 (Wednesday)

Time

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

KB100, UTAR (Sungai Long campus)

Speaker

Mr. Kelvin Hii Chee Yun,

Vice President – Actuarial at MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd

Organizer/co-organizer

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (DMAS)

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS)


This talk is organized to provide advice to students on methods to prepare themselves for the working world in the final trimester before graduating. These advice were given by one of the most important people from the actuarial world, Mr. Kelvin Hii. Among the preparations mentioned, they include improving soft skills (e.g. interview tips), preparing for professional exams (e.g. SOA exams) strategy and widening their knowledge on the latest trend in the actuarial industry (e.g. the development in the insurance industry) such as the implementation of IFRS and MFRS accounting standards. It was a very fruitful talk given by Mr. Kelvin Hii especially to the final year students. They gained many insightful knowledge and broadening ideas in order to be ready for the tough challenges that lies ahead of them in future. 


Thank you Mr. Kelvin Hii !!!