University of Nottingham Malaysia
Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Grace Soo Yong LIM

Associate Professor,


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    Malaysia Campus
    Jalan Broga
    43500 Semenyih
    Selangor Darul Ehsan
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Soo Yong (Grace) Lim received the BEng(Hons) degree in electronics majoring in telecommunications from Multimedia University, Malaysia, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, in 2010. She is presently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her current research interest includes radio propagation modeling, channel measurements, ray tracing, and machine learning.

Ir. Dr. Grace Lim is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK), a senior member of the IEEE, and a registered professional engineer with the Boards of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) since 2016. From 2011 onwards, she started serving the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society as a member of the Education Committee, and from 2015 forth, she commenced the role of an Associate Editor of the Computer Applications in Engineering Education, published by John Wiley and Sons. She remains in active service for both these roles hitherto. Dr. Grace Lim received the Lord Dearing Award in June 2022, which celebrates excellent teaching and learning at the University of Nottingham. In July 2018, she was honored globally as the recipient of the IEEE AP-S Donald G. Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award, with this citation "For modernizing the teaching of electromagnetics and for innovating its relevant curriculum design". Earlier in May 2018, she was selected worldwide as the Reviewer of the Month by IEEE Access, "for notable services and fine contributions towards the advancement of IEEE Access". This recognition is to thank her "for her valuable and thorough feedback on manuscript, and for her quick turnaround on reviews". Nationally within Malaysia, she received the IEEE Best Paper Award in year 2022, 2021, and 2018; and the IEEE Excellent Award in year 2020 and 2019, all from the IEEE AP/MTT/EMC Awards Committee, Malaysia Chapter. In 2012, she won the Award for Achievement in Research for Early Career Researchers, Sunway University; and a bronze medal at the Malaysia Technology Expo, awarded by the Malaysian Association of Research Scientists.

Expertise Summary

Research expertise: antennas and propagation, fields and waves, electromagnetics, ray tracing, channel measurement, propagation prediction, propagation modeling, and machine learning.

Teaching Summary


H63FWA Fields Waves and Antennas

H62MMT Modelling: Methods and Tools

H61ENA Engineering Mathematics (Fields and Waves)

H61CET Contemporary Engineering Themes (Electromagnetic Engineering)

Year 1 Skills Series: MATLAB Workshop

Past (Selected):

H61SCP Introduction to Circuits and Fields

H62PEP Practical Engineering Design Solutions and Project Development (Electronic Project)

Research Summary

Ir. Dr. Grace Lim's research interests for the past two decades have revolved primarily around radio propagation measurement and modeling in wireless communication environments. She adopts the… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Ir. Dr. Grace Lim's research interests for the past two decades have revolved primarily around radio propagation measurement and modeling in wireless communication environments. She adopts the fundamental, physics-based, and empirical approach to modeling random electromagnetic waves in special and not-well-explored wireless propagation environments such as indoor stairwells, the outskirt of periodic building façade, open-trench drains in Southeast Asia, pedestrian tunnels, and natural caves in Malaysia. All these findings are expected to collectively contribute towards accurate planning and implementation of wireless communications systems in complex environments.

Of late, Dr. Grace Lim has explored the use of machine learning to do propagation prediction, which contributes toward optimal base station planning and placement. This is especially relevant for 5G and other future generations of cellular networks. As an example, she and her group has proposed a machine learning-based method to rapidly predict path loss in an urban area using data extracted from online sources to aid in cellular coverage estimation in an area. The outcome of this work is useful for an urban environment that sees rapid development and changes to its landscape. In such scenario, the location of the existing base station will benefit from adjustment for optimal coverage provision.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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