Local minds challenged to produce made-in-Malaysia robots

Brilliant minds: Participants making final adjustments to their robot during the International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensor in Kuching yesterday. — ANDRE OLIVEIRO / The Star

KUCHING: Local scientists, engineers, researchers and practitioners have been challenged to produce made-in-Malaysia robots.

Malaysian Robotics and Automation Interest Group (MYRAIG) chairman Prof Dr Ishkandar Baharin said the robotics and sensors industry had a bright future as the Government and industries strove to enhance efficiency, flexibility and mobility.

He said robotics and automation was one of the key initiatives seriously looked into to overcome the shortage in skilled manpower.

“Therefore, it is time for you all to come out with the made-in-Malaysia robots to cater to the needs of both local and international robotic and automation clusters,” he said.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensor (IRIS) 2012 here yesterday.

The symposium themed “Smart Sensors, Smart Robots” presents a comprehensive landscape of the progress of the 21st century with robotics and sensors playing a pivotal role in the future technology of mankind.

IRIS 2012 is organised by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Mara in collaboration with MYRAIG, the Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology (Myset) and the Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Japan.

“The symposium is aimed at bringing together international and local scientists, engineers, researchers, practitioners and students to present and deliberate on their latest research findings, ideas, developments and applications related to various aspects in robotics and sensors,” he added.

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