Young trailblazers to the fore


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 10 Aug 2019

(Top, from right) Ong visiting the demo booth of Keysight Technologies. With him are Ee (red blouse) and Loo Keng Leong (second left), director of research & development for Keysight.

A TEAM of young innovators from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) beat 60 others to win the Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award at the grand finale of the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2019.

The trio of Alexander Tan Wai Teng, Gan Zheng Hong and Voon Zhen Liang won for their Machine-Learning Enabled Stroke Rehab System.

In addition to the grand prize, they won the SAS Technology Track and Best Demo Video Award.

For their efforts, they took home RM8, 000 and are now eligible to participate in a data science course worth more than RM17, 000, courtesy of SAS, a leader in analytics innovation.

“This competition provides participants a safe space to gain technical skills and capabilities that equip individuals to compete globally and face the demands of current and future workforce requirements, ” said International Trade and Industry deputy minister Dr Ong Kian Ming in his speech at the IMDC 2019 grand finale.

He added that these talents gave industries the confidence to take on higher-value activities like research and development.

“This shift has the potential to advance the country towards a developed digital economy and realise its aspiration of becoming a high-income nation.”

The competition was organised by IMDC 2019 industry lead and host, Keysight Technologies, together with other leading companies including Google, Intel, MathWorks, Microsoft, SAS, SilTerra and Solidworks.

Keysight vice-president of education and vice-president & general manager of General Electronics Measurement Solutions Ee Huei Sin said Keysight was proud to be one of the pioneer IMDC technology partners which has been working closely with universities to cultivate innovation.

She added that strong partnerships between industries and academia were critical to create a talent pool to transform Malaysia.

The grand finale saw teams showcasing their innovations in various trending application domains including Industry 4.0, automotive, digital economy, smart applications, digital social innovation, healthcare, and green technology.

Many of them also took on the IMDC Design Challenge with projects addressing challenges set by organisations including Cenergi, Continental, Cyberview, Exabytes, MML, Shell and Smart Selangor Delivery Unit.

For more details on the IMDC 2019, visit http://innovate. dreamcatcher.asia/.

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