Professor Dr David A/L Asirvatham

Dr. David Asirvatham is currently the Head for the School of Computing and IT, Taylor’s University. Prior to this, he was the Director for the Centre of Information Technology at University of Malaya. He has held numerous posts such the Associate Dean for Faculty of Information Technology (Multimedia University), Project Manager for the Multimedia and IT Infrastructure Development for a university campus (US$14 million), Finance Committee for Multimedia University, SAP Advisory Council, Consultant for e-University Project and many more. Dr. David completed his Ph.D. from Multimedia University, M.Sc. (Digital System) from Brunel University (U.K.), and B.Sc. (Hons) Ed. and Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from University of Malaya. He has been lecturing as well as managing ICT projects for the past 25 years. His area of expertise will include Neural Network, E-Learning, ICT Project Management, Multimedia Content Development and recently he has done some work on Big Data Analytics.


At the national level, he was the Chairman, ICT Human Capital Development for 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 (Prime Minister’s Office), Secretary for the Artificial Intelligence Society Malaysia, Country Representative for the Asia E-learning Network (AEN) based in Japan, Steering Committee Member for the Implementation of E-Learning for Malaysian Public Sector, and Member of the Malaysian Grid for Learning's (MyGfL) Standards Expert Group (SEG), 2003-2004.


At International level, he worked on various ICT Projects and e-learning Workshops in South Africa, Sudan, Iran, Ghana, Kenya, Vietnam, Maldives, Bangladesh (World Bank Project), UAE, India and Brunei.


On Research, currently he hold two Research Grants: (a) Newton Grant (RM800,000) and (b) Taylor’s University Grant for Travel Behavior Analytics (RM300,000). He is also leads the Data Analytics, Modelling and Visualisation Research Cluster at the university.

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D(Computer Science), MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY, Malaysia
  • M.Sc (Digital System), BRUNEL UNIVERSITY,U.K, United Kingdom
  • B.Sc (Hons) with Education(Major:Maths&Physics), UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA, Malaysia
  • Post-graduate Diploma Computer Science, UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA, Malaysia

Professional Qualification

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Areas of Expertise

  • Information, Computer And Communication Technology (Ict), Data, Big Data Analytics
  • Information, Computer And Communication Technology (Ict), Web Technology, Web Services
  • Information, Computer And Communication Technology (Ict), Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms And Fuzzy Logic

Research Interest

  • Sustainable Cities
  • Web Technologies
  • Neural Network and Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics


  • Applicability of Multi-Agent Systems for Electroencephalographic Data Classification, International Conference on Pervasive Computing Advances and Applications (PerCAA-2019) - To be published in Journal - Article in Journals
  • An Empirical Study on Using Agile Methods in Global Software Development., IEEE Xplore - Article in Journals
  • A Critical Evaluation on Low-Cost Consumer-Grade Electroencephalographic Devices. (SCOPUS-Indexed), IEEE Xplore - Article in Journals
  • Towards Smart Cities Development: A Study of Public Transport System and Traffic-related Air Pollutants in Malaysia, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 167. (SCOPUS-Indexed), IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science - Article in Journals
  • Effect of blended learning and learners characteristics on students competence: An empirical evidence in learning oriental music (SCOPUS-Indexed), Education and Information Technologies - Article in Journals
  • Challenges to Practice Agile Methods in Global Software Development A Review of Literature. (SCOPUS-Indexed), International Journal of Computer Applications - Article in Journals
  • Comparison of Syllable and Phoneme Modelling of Agglutinative Tamil Isolated Words in Speech Recognition (SCOPUS-Indexed), Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology - Article in Journals
  • Investigating the Issues of Using Agile Methods in Offshore Software Development in Sri Lanka - Book Chapter
  • Investigating the Issues of using Agile Methods in Offshore Software Development in Sri Lanka (SCOPUS-Indexed), Advanced Topics in Intelligent Information and Database Systems - Article in Journals
  • Context-Dependent Syllable Modeling of Sentence-Based Semi-Continuous Speech Recognition for the Tamil Language (SCOPUS-Indexed), Information Technology Journal - Article in Journals
  • Isolated to Connected Tamil Digital Speech Recognition System Based on Hidden Markov Model (SCOPUS-Indexed), International Journal of New Technologies in Science and Engineering - Article in Journals
  • Functional Discrimination of fMRI Data from Multiple Subjects (ISI-Indexed), International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering - Article in Journals
  • Model-Free Analysis of Single fMRI Time Series Based on Spatial Synchronization, International Journal of Electronics Communication and Computer Engineering - Article in Journals
  • Quality Framework for Assessment of Multimedia Learning Materials Version 1.0 (SCOPUS-Indexed), Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences - Article in Journals
  • The impact of E-Commercie Security and National Environment on Consumer adoption of Internet Banking in Malaysia and Singapore (SCOPUS-Indexed), Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce - Article in Journals
  • A Design Strategy for Digital Neural Networks with Multiple Input Connectivity (SCOPUS-Indexed), IEEE International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Computer Vision - Article in Journals


  • A novel big data analysis and Cloud platform for education data mining.,  Co-researcher2017 to 2018, Taylor's University
  • Travel Behaviour Modelling,  Project Leader2017 to 2020, Taylor's University
  • Cyber risk and bank stability: An empirical study,  Co-researcher2017 to 2020, Taylor's University
  • Innovative technique in studying contextual eating behaviour,  Co-researcher2017 to 2020, Taylor's University
  • Smart sustainable cities - connecting Bristol with Kuala Lumpur,  Project Leader2016 to 2018, International

Awards and Stewardship

  • Education Leadership Award , Special, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), 7th Asia s Education Excellence Awards , 2016
  • 14 Influential Higher Education Tech Leaders in Southeast Asia , Special, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Digital Education Show Asia , 2014
  • Smart Community International Network (SCIN) Best Practice Award, 2004, Conference, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Multimedia Learning System , 2004
  • Asia Pacific Multimedia Super Corridor Information Technology & Telecommunications Awards 2003, Conference, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Multimedia Learning System , 2003
  • Asia Pacific Information Communication Technology Award for Best Learning Application, 2001, Conference, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Multimedia Learning System , 2001
  • Asia Pacific Multimedia Super Corridor Information Technology & Telecommunications Awards 2000, Conference, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Best Smart Learning Application , 2000
  • Best Lecturer, Education, Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU), Best Lecturer , 1995

Paper Presented

  • Big Data initiatives at UM, The Digital Education Show Asia 2015 (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 15/06/2015
  • Technology-based tools in pursuit of global workforce development, OIC Higher Education Conference 2015 (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 24/10/2015
  • Balancing online & F2F intention to create a rich learning experience, Paper presented at Bett Asia Leadership Summit (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 17/11/2015
  • Transforming Classroom Education through MOOC, 7th Annual Education Summit (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 19/10/2015
  • The Andriod World, National Level Worlshop on Andriod Platform (NWAP 2013) (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 22/02/2013
  • Moving towards a world class university, First International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 21/02/2013
  • University of Malaya Experience in Google Apps for Education, Google Apps for Education Indonesia Conference (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 09/08/2012
  • Quality Framework for Assessment of Multimedia Learning Materials Version 1.0, 3rd International Conference on e-Learning ICEL2011 (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 23/11/2011
  • Instructional Design platform: as a successful key factor for Contents Repurposing, UiCEL conference of Quality Assurance in E-Learning Contents (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 12/12/2007
  • Information and Communication Technology in Education: Multimedia University s Experience, ICT Conference (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 12/01/2007