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Chong Eng, TAN, PhD

Chong Eng, TAN is a professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). He has been with the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Unimas since 1999. He completed his PhD research at the University of Cambridge, UK under the Laboratory for Communication Engineering (LCE, now known as Digital Technology Group of Computer Laboratory). His research has been in the areas of wireless communication networks and broadband access technology. After the first encounter with the rural community in 2007, he starts to venture into developing ICT technologies to challenge the unique requirements of the rural environments as an effort to bridging the digital divide.    



Research and Postgraduate


He is a senior member of the IEEE and a graduate member of IEM (the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia). He has supervised 8 PhD and 16 MSc students since 2004, all in research areas related to network technologies, wireless and broadband communication, green architecture and communication system optimization. He authored and co-authored close to 100 research publications. Interested and potential postgraduate students may contact via email below. 



Rural Involvement


Throughout his involvement with rural communities in the past 12 years, he has designed and innovated various long-range wireless systems integrated with tailored made modular solar power sub-systems, specifically to sustain the harsh rural environments where a lot of modern technology found to be either failed or impractical. He has also proposed the highly portable Virtual Telecentre design, together with the mother-and-sons Telecentre concept to fully utilize the VSAT Satellite Internet gateway investment of the main Telecentre (the mother) for the benefits of multiple rural villages nearby (the sons). Tan has started to venture into green energy supply and green ICT architecture innovations as he sees the great potential of such green technologies for improving the living quality of the rural community. He believes a well designed green technology based on the rural context could overcome the current problems of technology sustainability by the rural community itself. The definition of "green" for the rural is never the same as the green defined for the urban applications, hence a new set of design philosophy has been proposed and adopted.  



Representative Projects


  • Adaptive Throughput Scheme For Cooperative Broadband Wireless Networks, 2004

  • Affordable Long Range Wireless Connectivity for Rural Communities, 2008-2010

  • A CSI-based Throughput and QoS Enhancement Scheme for TCP over Cooperative Broadband Wireless Networks, 2008-2010

  • An Optimized and Weighted Genetic Algorithm approach for PAPR Reduction in Large Sub-Carriers OFDM Systems adopting Peak Reduction Carriers

  • Resource Efficient Scheme and Intelligent Mesh Network for Long Range Rural WiFi Connectivity, 2011-2013

  • Cost Effective and Self-Sufficient Power Supply Model for Wireless End User Access Equipment in Rural Long Houses, 2012-2015

  • Electrification by Solar Energy in Long Puah, Ulu Tinjar, Sarawak, 2014

  • Telecentre Programme for Orang Asli (TPOA), ICT system and Training, 2013-2018


Recent Publications:

Siva Raja Sindiramutty, Chong Eng Tan and Sei Ping Lau, “Priority based Energy Distribution for Off-grid Rural Electrification,” International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), 11(3), 2020.

Chong Eng Tan, Poline Bala, Sei Ping Lau and Siew Mooi Wong, “The TPOA Telecentre: A Community Sustainable Telecentre Architecture,” International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications(IJACSA), 11(8), 2020.

C. E. Tan, S. P. Lau, S. M. Wong and P. Bala, "Innovative Use of TPOA Telecentres for Covid-19 Awareness among the Orang Asli Communities," 2020 IEEE 8th R10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10-HTC), Kuching, Malaysia, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/R10-HTC49770.2020.9357028.

P. Bala and C.E. Tan, "Digital inclusion of the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: Remote virtual mechanism for usability of telecentres amongst indigenous peoples," the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 2021. 

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