Publish Date : 17th February, 2016
UIU Research Grants 2016
United International University (UIU) has taken a pioneering initiative to provide Research Fund for its faculty members to conduct quality research activities and set examples for other institutions. An initial annual budget of Tk. 10,000,000 (1 Crore) has been allocated for this purpose.
Research proposals will be invited twice a year to award funds in January and July every year (Tk. 5,000,000 for each call). The maximum allocated fund for a particular project will not exceed Tk. 1,200,000 for a 2-year project. Smaller projects with duration between 1 to 2 years or less than 1 year will be allocated a budget proportionate to their time duration. In its January call, a total of 18 applications were submitted by the faculty members.
A Selection Committee was formed comprising of the Vice Chancellor as its Chairman and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Deans of two Schools as its members. The Selection Committee, in the meantime, interviewed the Lead Researchers and selected the projects to award the grant.
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Research Grants Awarded under UIU Research Grant Scheme 2016:
Name of Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Hasnan Ahmed (Professor – School of Business & Economics)
Abstract: The study will be conducted to prepare an environment friendly performance measurement system of the Ready Made Garments (RMG) in Bangladesh. The proposed performance measurement system will help the organizations to improve their financial as well as non-financial aspects which will ensure the long term success of this most expanding sector of the country. After the successful completion of the study, a frame work can be designed regarding the environmental reporting which is entirely absent in the garment sector of the country. As a result, the expected result of the research will help the garment sectors to attract more international buyers and assist them to ensure sustainable development in the RMG sectors of Bangladesh.
2.Title of the Project: Quality education and employee retention practices among Private Universities in Bangladesh: Mediating effects of organization commitment (OC) and perceived organizational support (POS) on HRM practices and employee retention
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Mohd Hasanur Raihan Joarder (Associate Professor – School of Business & Economics & Director – BBA Program)
Abstract: Academic institutions are highly human capital intensive organizations where people issues are the central of the organizations. To be more specific in this context, qualified faculty members and experienced non-academic staffs could determine and ensure the quality education. Private universities in Bangladesh have undoubtedly fulfilled the rising demand for higher education in the country as the capacities of public universities were insufficient. However, ensuring quality education still, is one of the prime concerns for policy makers for higher education. It is to be noted that, according to UGC (The Daily Star, 2004) evaluation report, the performance in terms of offering quality education, of many private universities in the country is not satisfactory. The main objective of this research project is to investigate the relationships among various dimensions of HRM practices and employee retention in the context of private universities in Bangladesh. It is noted that if institutions understand the mechanism and influencing factors of retaining qualified faculty members and non-academic staffs, the institutions will have the better tools to ensure quality education.
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Mohammad Badruddoza Mia (Asst. Professor – School of Business & Economics and Coordinator – MBA & EMBA Programs)
Abstract: The study aims to look into the scenario of present practice and impact of social performance of micro finance organizations to different aspects of micro finance clines and micro finance organizations in general, and to the financial performance of micro-financed projects of the clients in particular. The study would be conducted in two upazilas of Bangladesh using quantitative and qualitative research methods. It is expected that the study findings would help policymakers, program managers and interested academicians in formulating microfinance program implementation strategy for the future.
Name of Principal Investigator: Mr. Md. Kaium Hossain (Asst. Professor – School of Business & Economics)
Abstract: Bangladesh has high potentials in tourism with its sea beaches, forests, hills, valleys, deep rivers, and sports. The purpose of this study is to determine the destination competitiveness of Bangladesh Tourism with its potentials and impediments. This research will use both qualitative and quantitative methods. For collecting primary data, questionnaire survey, depth interviews and focus group discussions will be conducted. Afterwards, collected primary data will be used for determining the destination competitiveness of Bangladesh tourism by using established destination competitive models. This study is expected to determine the destination competitiveness which can contribute in the field of tourism education and will help to prepare a master plan of Bangladesh tourism.
Name of Principal Investigator: Muhammad Rehan Masoom (Asst. Professor – SoBE)
Abstract: Economic growth of Bangladesh discernibly reflects through the spending habits of its people, as they are spending more both for their purpose of living and devouring of pleasure. This monetary progress does not simply an indicant for development, but also a precursor for ‘culture shift’. The Research intends to unveil this culture shift by outlining the relationship among Religion, Materialism and Consumerism based on primary data. In doing so, it adopts Richins and Scott Dawson’s “Materialism Measurement Scale” and Sheena Sethi and Martin E. P. Seligman’s ‘Religiousness Measure’ as valid and appropriate assessment tools. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis will be applied to analyze the data collected from a survey around Dhaka City.
Name of Principal Investigator: Mr. Raihan U. Amin (Asst. Professor – School of Business & Economics)
Abstract: By one account, there are more than 245 million widows worldwide and comprise a significant portion of adult women. In Bangladesh they make up approximately 10 percent of all adult women. How widows are coping in adversity merits closer scrutiny because the issue has important legal, social, and economic ramifications. An empirical study taking field-level data from a sample will be undertaken to find out which factors help widows in getting back to their feet. Finally, an article of international standard is expected to be published.
Name of Principal Investigator: Ms. Fahim Tasneema Azad (Lecturer – School of Business &Economics)
Abstract: Since the textile and apparel industry plays a vital role in the economy of Bangladesh, it is essential to manage all the business processes efficiently. Thus it is necessary to ensure the implementation of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). This is a challenging task and the failure rates are high. To avoid the future failures, precautions must be taken while implementing an ERP system and the critical failure factors need to be identified. The research aims to investigate the critical failure factors of ERP implementation in textile and apparel industry of Bangladesh using a methodological triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Name of Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Hasan Sarwar (Professor – CSE Dept.)
Abstract: In this research, we will assess and establish a route locally to synthesize metal nanoparticles. Recently, nanoparticles have become a major area of interest owing to a phenomenon known as Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). There are many promising applications of SPR such as enhancing the performance of thin film solar cell, in the areas of light-sensitive devices, integrated optics, imaging, bio-sensing and medicine. In our knowledge, this will be the first such type of an attempt to be taken in Bangladesh.
Name of Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nurul Huda (Professor – CSE Dept. & Coordinator – MSCSE Program)
Abstract: Our proposed project Bangla Onubad presents English to Bengali machine translation (MT). Here, the machine translator translates automatically from English language text to Bengali language text. Many methods of MT can be used for this translation, but Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) approach has great potential and it will be used for the implementation of the project. We named our project as Bangla Onubad, which has several applications in Bangladesh, such as, for learning the meaning of English, English document translation, translation of English book of foreign writers, web information translation, and translation of mobile information or messages to Bengali.
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun (Associate Professor – CSE Dept.)
Abstract: The trend of current neural interface systems, such as Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) alongside neuroprosthetics and neuro-feedback, seek to establish bi-directional communication with the brain, for instance, recovering motor functions by externally controlling devices and directly stimulating the brain. This will not only provide tools for assisting paralysed individuals through bypassing the damaged brain region, but also assist in building bi-directional brain machine communication for instance, brain-machine-brain interfaces (BMBI) for treatment of diseases or investigation of neural circuit mechanisms. The key process of this communication interface is to decode information from neural signals and encode information as electrical impulses to stimulate specific parts of the brain or to suppress abnormal neural activity. Decoding neural activity from the human brain is also essential for advancing intelligent brain stimulation for treatment of neural dysfunction. The overall objective of this proposal is to enhance the decoding performance of neural signals related to movement execution towards development of brain machine interface (BMI).
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Salekul Islam (Associate Professor & Head – CSE Dept.)
Abstract: The concept of Edge Cloud has emerged as a collection of many small Clouds: in addition to mostly application-centric Cloud infrastructures at remote, core-deep locations, multiple smaller, generic Clouds at the edge of the Internet are implemented in partnership with the edge ISPs. In this project the concept of Edge Cloud will be further extended to Smart Edge Data Cloud where, in addition to developing storage facilities smart, adaptive, user-centric computing with code execution environment (e.g., support of Java Virtual Machine (JVM)) will be incorporated. The objectives of this study are feasibility study to identify which types of applications are suitable for executing in Cloud and designing a comprehensive architecture for the Edge Storage Cloud with smart services.
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Md. Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury (Associate Professor – EEE Dept.)
Abstract: This project is aimed to design and implement a novel MIS solar cell structure based on all carbon materials (graphene as metal electrode, graphene oxide as insulating layer and carbon nanotube as semiconducting material) using TCAD software tools. In order to justify the superiority of the proposed solar cell, various performance parameters have to be investigated as well as to be compared with those of conventional MIS solar cells. The project also intends to develop an analytical model which will include all possible effects and non-idealities and should be closely matched with the TCAD simulation results. The proposed solar cell is expected to offer superior performance over the conventional MIS solar cells because of excellent material-matching, possible ease of fabrication and improved material properties.
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. M.K. Masukur Rahman (Associate Professor – EEE Dept.)
Abstract: Brain Computer Interface (BCI) requires the interpretation of EEG (electroencephalogram), electrical signals collected on scalp. The proposed project will focus on developing new features of EEG signal in time, frequency and spatial domains as well as exploring the most effective approach for their fusion for the application of BCI. Unlike conventional techniques, feature extraction will incorporate the spatial information to enhance the richness of information in the time-frequency domain. Performance of these features will be compared to the other state of art techniques. The project can be extended to build small scale hardware demonstration such as moving a robotic arm through imagination subject to the availability of the appropriate hardware.
Name of Principal Investigator: Dr. Intekhab Alam (Asst. Professor – EEE Dept.)
Abstract: Mode division multiplexing is a new concept in optical communication. Mode conversion is required in this system. We are proposing a new type of optical mode converter by exploiting photonic bandgap structure in this research.
Name of Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Abu Saklayen (Professor of Physics, UIU)
Abstract: Collective wave in highly charged dusty plasma is one of the most important rapidly growing subject in developing the plasma science and technology. Admixture of dust drastically changes the pattern of the plasma waves due to its collective nature. The research objective is to investigate the peculiarity of the collective behavior of dust and the salient features of dust in context of the propagation of different nonlinear collective waves(i.e., SWs, SHWs, DLs,etc.) in developing low-frequency electrostatic oscillations in different astro-plasma/laboratory environments in the plasma system.