Dr Vimala Balakrishnan

Fulbright Scholar Award 2018

Dr Balakrishnan spent three months at the University of Georgia, USA, to pursue her research on cyberbullying detection mechanisms, a study that was supported by the prestigious Fulbright Award. The opportunity granted not only enabled her to successfully complete her research work, but was an eye-opener that enriched her life, personally.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowship 2017, UK

A two-week residential program held in London to promote commercialization, in which Dr Balakrishnan was selected as one of the 16 participants from Malaysia. The fellowship was a joint-award by the Royal Academy of Engineering UK and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT), as part of the Newton-Ungku Omar initiative. At the end of the program, participants were required to pitch their product, in which Dr Balakrishnan pitched her book recommender system, that is, PHyBR.

Conferences and Visits

Dr Balakrishnan actively participates in international conferences, having attended several well-established conferences in countries such as Italy, Ireland, Spain, South Korea and Taiwan, just to name a few. She has also been invited as Guest Speakers at Soongsil University, South Korea, University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and as a Keynote at Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering 2019 Conference.


Over the last few years, Dr Balakrishnan has participated in several competitions, both locally and internationally. Her main two products that have been actively featured in these competitions are Personalized Hybrid Book Recommender (PHyBR) and Sentiment Intensity Calculator (SentICal). PHyBR has won several awards, including a Gold Award at the Invention Innovation and Design Exposition 2016 (IIDEX). SentICal on the other hand won a Diamond Award at the recently held International Invention Innovation Competition 2017.