Educational institutions should involve in IR4.0 research


KUALA LUMPUR: Educational institutions should involve in more research relating to Industry 4.0 (IR 4.0), be it academic or applied research, said International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Dr Ong Kian Ming.

In a statement released by the National Applied Research and Development Centre (Mimos), Ong said one of the possible ways for academia to accelerate Industry 4.0-related research was by collaborating with Mimos.

“We are already embracing IR 4.0 where we see industry transformation with the application of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and Internet of things.

“We encourage more educational institutions to involve in research relating to Industry 4.0, be it academic or applied research, that can benefit the industry and nation as a whole,” he said during the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Mimos and SEGi University on Tuesday.

He also launched the SEGi-Mimos Centre of Excellence in AI, at the university.

“I hope this partnership will benefit the nation in its research and development of AI technology,” he said.

Under the partnership, both parties will undertake collaborative research in relation to AI technology while the SEGi-Mimos Centre of Excellence in AI will see both parties leverage on each other’s expertise.

The agreement will bridge the gap between basic research being undertaken by SEGi University and technological development in Mimos through collaborative research and development, and will contribute to the development of a new talent pool with the right competencies in AI.

The agreement was signed by Mimos interim chief executive officer, Emelia Matrahah and SEGI International Bhd group chief executive officer and executive director, Hew Moi Lan. — Bernama