AI and IT are the way of the future

PETALING JAYA: Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing rapidly and is fast becoming an essential part of our lives; from speech recognition tools to drones.

AI is the future, believes Grace Chai.

The University of Southampton Malaysia assistant professor will be giving a talk titled “Shining a light on the future of Artificial intelligence” at the Star Education Fair 2019 on Sunday.

The Star Education Fair will take place on May 25 and 26 from 11am to 6pm at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

Students unsure of what to do next can meet experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities at the fair.

They will brief students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as professional qualifications.

“There are many pathways to AI, it is not only through programming.

“What makes AI possible is the engineering that improves the computing power – optical network advancement through higher performance optical interconnects and transceivers.

“Optical networking becomes more and more complex, driven by more data and more connections.

“I will be highlighting that optical circuit too, can perform critical functions of an electronics-based artificial neural network and could lead to less expensive, faster and more energy efficient ways to perform complex tasks such as speech or image recognition,” she said.

Chai said often, students think computer science is the only pathway to AI.

“That is not true! In fact, we need a lot of electrical and electronics engineers to realise our AI dream.

“When it comes to a career in AI, it’s never a one-size-fits-all scenario.

“Different areas will need different levels of mathematics, computer science, robotics, engineering and analytical science skills.

“There will be jobs disrupted by AI and there will be new jobs created by AI. All these can’t be realised by computer scientists alone,” said Chai.

Dr Izzatdin Abdul Aziz, on the other hand, will be present also on Sunday, to speak on career diversity in Information Technology (IT) and its job prospects.

The Universiti Teknologi Petronas department of computer and information science associate professor said the fourth industrial revolution and Internet of Things have forced businesses to employ knowledgeable workers with advanced IT skill sets.

“Future business trends and careers depend heavily on IT skill sets.

“I will be sharing on job scope from the viewpoint of a Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Cyber Forensic Expert and an Algorithm Developer,” he said.

Visitors will also get to listen to Dr Izzatdin’s explanation on the current skills in demand in the IT field, as needed by the industry.

The biggest exhibitors at the Star Education Fair 2019 are Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Manipal Inter­national University and Management & Science University with 18, eight and six booths respectively.

The fair is also an avenue to seek out various scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers and discounts.

Students can also source for tips from the various education and career talks.

The Star Education Fair will take place at Halls 4 and 5 at KLCC from 11am to 6pm on May 25 and 26. Admission is free.

For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, e-mail or visit and


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