The Asia Pacific Advanced Network 48th Meeting

22-26 July 2019, Putrajaya

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Alexandre M.J.J Bonvin

Professor Of Computational Structural Biology, University Of Utrecht, The


Alexandre Bonvin (1964) studied Chemistry at Lausanne University, Switzerland and obtained his PhD at Utrecht University in the Netherlands (1993). After two post-doc periods at Yale University (USA) and the ETHZ (CH) he joined Utrecht University in 1998 where he was appointed full professor of computational structural biology in 2009. In 2006, he received a prestigious VICI grant from the Dutch Research Council. He was director of chemical education from February 2009 until February 2012 and vice head of the Chemistry Department from 2010 until April 2012. He is participating to several EU projects including the BioExcel Center of Excellence in Biomolecular Simulations and the European Open Science Cloud Hub project. His work has resulted in over 225 peer-reviewed publications.

Structural biology in the clouds: Past, present and future

Structural biology deals with the characterization of the structural (atomic coordinates) and dynamic (fluctuation of atomic coordinates over time) properties of biological macromolecules and adducts thereof. Gaining insight into 3D structures of biomolecules is highly relevant with numerous application in health and food sciences. Since 2010, the WeNMR project ( has implemented numerous web-based services to facilitate the use of advanced computational tools by researchers in the field, using the grid computational infrastructure provided by EGI. These services have been further developed in subsequent initiatives under the H2020 EGI-ENGAGE West-Life projects. The WeNMR services are currently operating under the European Open Science Cloud with the H2020 EOSC-Hub project ( In my talk, I will summarize 10 years of successful use of e-Infrastructure solutions to serve a large worldwide community of users (>13’500 to date), providing them with user-friendly, web-based solutions that allow to run complex workflows in structural biology. I will show how, over the years, thanks to various projects, conferences, and networking events, and the continuous support of several RENs in Europe and Asia, we could get access to a large distributed infrastructure of >100’000 CPU cores to run the CPU intensive tasks of the services we are operating. Our HADDOCK portal ( for the integrative modelling of biomolecular complexes is the most used our services, with
>10 millions jobs per year being sent to HPC resources for the equivalent of 2700 CPU years. Those services have also found their way into education as monitored by groups of students from a same university registering at recurring times throughout the year. We are thus no longer only serving the research community, but also contributing to training and exposing the next generation of scientists to modern eScience solutions.

Dr. Mazlan Abbas



Dr. Mazlan is the co-founder and CEO of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd. He is ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018, ranked Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) by Thinkers360, ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders, ranked among 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by
World CSR Congress 2017 and UTM Alumni Industry Personality 2016. He is currently one of Global Vision Board Member (2017). Before Favoriot, he spent 2.5 years as CEO of REDtone IOT and 8 years in MIMOS Berhad as Senior Director Wireless Communications Cluster. He also spent 13 years in CELCOM (mobile operator), handling many senior management positions. Prior to Celcom, he spent 10 years as an Assoc. Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is currently the Adjunct Professor for Universiti Malaysia (UniMY) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP). He was also the Adjunct Professor for UTM from 2008 to 2013, UTHM (2004-2005, 2013-2016) and UniSZA (2017). Dr.Mazlan is a frequent speaker in many major & established IOT, Smart Cities and telco conferences locally and globally. He
sits in Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) for several local universities. He graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a BEE (1984), University of Essex (UK) with MSc. in Telematics (1986) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a PhD in Telecommunications (1993). He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from UTHM (2017).

IoT Solutions for Societal Well Being

IoT technology not only plays a significant role in providing a “Peace of Mind for All” in monitoring the most important assets of an individual i.e. health and safety, but, FAVORIOT have developed a “crowdsensing” solution called Favorsense to bring citizens and authorities engagement much closer and transparent. The core infrastructure that enable such services being offered is via FAVORIOT’s IoT platform. This platform is also being offered to many Universities and Training Providers to create more IoT talents for the Nation and the well-being of the society.FAVORIOT would like to elaborate one use case as examplar on what we do.

Many who have performed their pilgrimage either Hajj and Umrah will understand the difficulty when thousands or millions of people converge into one place. The challenges faced by the Authorities to manage the well-being of their own pilgrims either for health or safety. Many have gone missing when staying in a new place. A big mosque like Masjidilharam with many doors to enter and exit can be a nightmare
to many old people or people who rarely travel from their hometown. During the peak period of Hajj when pilgrims travel to Arafat, Mudzalifah, and Mina whereby the men can only wear a white robe, the best and safest way to carry any communication device safely is by wearing only a “watch” rather than a smartphone. Health and security factor is the main concern in a packed area for a couple of days.FAVORIOT provide a solution called RAQIB that can help both the Hajj/Umrah Travel Agencies or Authorities to monitor and care for the well-being of their pilgrims. This solution has now been extended to different market segments such as elderly people, remote patient monitoring, employee tracking and travellers’ safety.

Professor Dr. Salem Al-Agtash

Department Of Computer Science And Engineering Santa Clara University


Salem Al-Agtash, got his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998. He is a professor of Computer Engineering and an experienced technology advisor and consultant. His experience is in the area of academic research, teaching, and consulting. He served as a department head and managing director of the Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence at Yarmouk University, with emphasis on developing graduate programs and strong linkage with industry. He also served as a dean of School of Informatics and Computing and a dean of graduate studies and scientific research at the German Jordanian University, with emphasis on developing research and relevance in education and partnership with German Universities and industries. His recent research focuses on Agent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Software Design, Smart grids, and ICT Infrastructures, Dr. Al-Agtash has significantly contributed to the development of the
Arab States Research and Education Network to boost pan-Arab scientific research and cooperation through the provision of world-class e-Infrastructures and e-services. He has been actively engaged in the EU funded AFRICACONNECT and EUMEDCONNECT projects, which focuses on setting up international links to provide research communities with access to highly sophisticated computing facilities and repositories at a wider scale as well as with other EU funded projects, mainly EUMEDGRID, CHAIN/ CHAIN-REDS, and MAGIC with emphasis on interoperable e-Infrastructures at a larger scale.

Interoperable E-Infrastructure Services

E-Infrastructures became critical platforms that integrate computational resources, facilities and repositories globally. The coordination and harmonization of advanced e-Infrastructure is motivated by the availability of interoperable platforms that are based on identity federation and science gateway technologies. This keynote will present such technologies to support key services in the development of Arabia networking and services platform for research and education. The platform provides scientists, teachers, and students with seamless access to a variety of advanced resources, services, and applications available at regional e-Infrastructures in Europe and elsewhere. Users simply enter the credentials provided by their home institutions to get authenticated and do not need digital certificate-based mechanisms. Twenty applications from five scientific domains were deployed and integrated. Results showed that on average about 35,000 monthly jobs are running
for a total of about 17,500 CPU wall-clock hours. Therefore, seamlessly integrated e-Infrastructures for regional e-Science activities are important resources that support scientists, students, and faculty with computational services and linkage to global research communities.

Dr. Wan Wardatul Amani binti Wan Salim

Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Kulliyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia


AMANI received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2001 and 2003 respectively, and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University in 2009. Prior to her position at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, where she is currently teaching, Amani was a Postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, USA and was appointed as the Principal Investigator to a NASA Small Satellite project ( Amani’s research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches for the development of advanced sensor technologies with applications in agriculture, biology, environmental science, medicine and space biology.
Dr. Amani has published numerous research articles in leading journals such as Langmuir, Lab on a chip, Advanced Materials, and Nanotechnology. She also received the Thora W. Halstead Young Investigator’s Award in 2012 from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), and was recipient of the 2015 National L’Oréal – UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science. Dr. Amani is also a public speaker and populariser of science, having spoke at TEDxKL, various government- and institutional-led initiatives in technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

My Journey as NASA Scientist

SporeSat is an autonomous, free-flying spacecraft that was used to conduct a scientific experiment to investigate how germinating plant cells sense and respond to gravity. The plants used in the experiment are single-celled spores of the aquatic fern Ceratopteris richardii. The SporeSat mission was flown using a three-unit (3U) nanosatellite weighing approximately 12 pounds and measuring 14 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall. The SporeSat science payload serves as a technology platform to evaluate new microsensor technologies for enabling future fundamental biology missions.

I was appointed as the Principal Investigator to develop the science payload especially the biochips for measuring the calcium ions from germinating spores. Best practices were accumulated during my three years of working with NASA’s mission-oriented project; some these best practices include living and breathing the “I CAN DO” attitude, coordinating expertise across disciplines, collaborating effectively with a diverse and multidisciplinary team, and learning to have fun in both good and hard times. I will share some of the best practices I learned, including how to overcome challenges in the face of adversity.

Scott S. Chevalier

Network Systems Analyst, Trainer, Indiana University, USA


Scott Chevalier joined International Networks as a Network Systems Analyst in 2015. He currently helps to plan and distribute small form factor network measurement and monitoring resources to developing research and education networks domestically, across Africa and within Asia. He is currently co-chair of the perfSONAR Documentation and Training Group and specializes in resources for deployments on limited resources or for wide deployment.

Chevalier assists National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) with triage and setup of organizational perfSONAR meshes utilizing MaDDash. In this capacity he interacts with various NRENs around the world, helping ensure their network representation via perfSONAR remains current and productive. He also assists NRENs with training and diagnosis of network issues where he often leads workshop events. Currently his focus is transitioning to Engagement Support for the TransPAC grant in support of the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to joining the International Networks team, Chevalier had served for more than twenty years in Communications and Marketing; specializing in web architecture and customer liaison. These experiences led ultimately to a role as senior support position over International Networks with the IU GlobalNOC prior to become an internationally traveling trainer.

Network Measurement as a metaphor for Collaboration and Community

Networks are vital to research disciplines. Collaboration and data mobility rely heavily on network infrastructure, and almost always cross administrative domains. Ensuring that things are operating well, on an end-to-end basis, is critical. Monitoring within a single domain is a common and accepted practice; cross-domain performance monitoring is difficult to do with traditional tools. perfSONAR is a widely-deployed test and measurement infrastructure that is used by science networks and facilities around the world to monitor and ensure network performance.

Chevalier condenses highlights from his two most recent workshop training experiences in India and Laos to showcase the similarities of Research and Education Networks to our communal experience operating those same networks.