The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people.

Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Professor & Deputy Provost
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
Deputy Vice-Principal (Malaysia)
Heriot-Watt University
+603 8944 3888


M. L. D. Wong received his BEng(Hons) in Electronics and Communication Engineering and PhD in Signal Processing from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. In 2004, Dr. Wong joined the School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus as a Lecturer. Subsequently, he was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2007 at the same institution. From 2011 to mid 2012, he was an Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China. In June 2012, Dr. Wong was appointed as an Associate Professor and Acting Dean for Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science at Swinburne Sarawak. Subsequently, he was appointed as the full Dean in August 2013. Since October 2016, Professor Wong moved to Heriot-Watt University Malaysia to take up the role of Deputy Provost.

Professor Wong is also a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council UK; a Fellow of the IET; a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer with IEAust and a Senior Member of the IEEE. In 2014, he was electecd as the inaugural treasurer of the IEEE CIS Malaysia Chapter and subsequently the vice-chair in 2015. In 2016, he was elected as the inaugural chair for IEEE Sarawak Subsection.

His research interests include statistical signal processing and pattern classification, machine condition monitoring, and VLSI for digital signal processing.

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Research Areas

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Omnidirectional Vision

Using a catadioptric configuration, one can achieve a 360 degree field of view.


  • N.S. Chong,
  • Dr. Y. H. Kho, Nazarbayef Univeristy

Cancellable Biometrics

This research concerns with the security of biometic templates. Adopting a chosen one way transformation, one can regenerate a new biometric template on the fly.


  • W. J. Wong
  • A/Prof A. Teoh, Yonsei University
  • Dr. Y. H. Kho, Nazarbayef Univeristy

VLSI Signal Processing

Smaller Area vs Faster Operation vs Lower Power.


  • Dr. M. M. Wong
  • Prof. Cishen Zhang
  • Ismat Hijazin
  • Prof. A. K. Nandi, Brunel University

Machine Condition Monitoring

Vibration Signal Processing is useful for diagnosing the underlying condition of a electrical machine in operation.


  • Prof. A. Nandi, Brunel University
  • Dr. S.H. Lee, XJTLU
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From left to right: Jong Bih Fei, Chang Zhi Hao, Jing Wen Long, Dr. Chong Nguan Soon, Wong Wei Jing
Not in picture: Paul Dylan Lim, Tay Jia Jun

Graduated students:
  1. Dr. Wong Ming Ming, PhD, VLSI Implementation and Its Optimisation for Digital Cryptosystems
    Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, IEEE Circuit and Systems Society, Malaysia Chapter
  2. Dr Chong Nguan Soon, PhD, Mathematical modelling and applications of spherical catadioptric omnidirectional view sensors
  3. Jack Lau, MEng, Multi-layered semantic-based watermarking for medical images


Teaching Interest

Units taught at Swinburne:
  1. Digital Signal and Image Processing
  2. Digital Electronics Design
  3. VLSI Signal Processing
  4. Embedded Microcontroller with HCS12
  5. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  6. Advanced Technologies for Robotics and Mechatronics
  7. Communication Principles
  8. Introduction to Electronic Packaging, a graduate course
Subjects taught at XJTLU:
  1. Digital Filters
  2. Information Theory
  3. Optical Communication Networks

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Last update: January 2015.
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