Unimas wins big at Seoul International Fair (SIIF) 2016
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) continues to mark its strong presence in research exposition with a big win during the Seoul International Fair (SIIF) 2016.
According to vice-chancellor Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, Unimas showcased nine inventions at SIIF 2016 where they won four gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal as well as a certificate.
“The fact that we were there with 640 other products from all around the world of 31 countries is something to be proud of and also the fact that we come back with four gold, three silver and one bronze as well as one certificate is the testimony of our capability and capacity in the international platform,” said Kadim during a press conference at Rumah University, Unimas on December 9th.
According to Kadim, out of 200 inventions exhibited during the Unimas Innovation and Technology Exposition (InTEX) 2016 held in May this year, they have chosen the best nine inventions to be showcased for SIIF 2016.
For winner of gold medal for the invention ‘The Shape Shooter : 3-Dimensional Teaching Aid For Autistic Children’, led by Dr Musdi Shanat, the Association for the Welfare of Intellectually Disabled Children (Perkata) Special School has expressed their interest in the project.
According to Musdi, they are now working on getting a grant to develop the product to be used for special needs children.
The shape shooter is a three dimensional teaching aids for autistic children between the ages of three to six years old.
It is designed ergonomically in size and shape to stimulate children’s cognitive thinking via repetitive behavior, encourage colour and shape recognition, logical thinking and imagination as well as to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
“For the product, we use pastel colours and avoid using vivid bright colours as it can make the children more hyper,” said Musdi adding that the colours and unique shapes are meant to attract their attention.
Besides that, another gold medal award winner for the project ‘Stormpav: A Green Pavement Technology From The Aspects Of Hydrology’ led by Dr Mah Yau Seng.
The StormPav is a three-piece pre-cast concrete block that consist of three layers; a top cover, a bottom plate and a hallow cylinder. It is a multi purpose road pavement for urban area that could accommodate traffic and storm water management.
“So, what we are trying to do is to store water under the road,” said Mah explaining that the invention has met the Malaysian Green Building Index (GBI) and is useful as the roads in Malaysia are not flood friendly.
According to Mah, as of now, he started collaborating with JKR Sarawak Research Centre for a pilot project at Kampong Mang, Asajaya November 30th and hopefully his project will be completed by the end of this year.
Also present during the press conference was recipient of gold medal winner for the invention ‘Cyclesense: Sensor-Based Bicycle Safety System’ led by Unimas Dean of Faculty of Computer Science and IT Dr Johari Abdullah.
Cycling is gaining a lot of interest among our community but according to Johari, our roads are not fit for cyclist in terms of safety.
Johari explained that the invention has two safety components, one is on the cyclist vest embedded with LED lighting (useful during night time) used for turning and braking notification and also a sensor on the bicycle itself that can notify the cyclist on approaching vehicles.
“Those two components can contribute to the safety of the cyclist and hopefully can encourage people to take cycling as a hobby or mode of transportation” said Johari adding that the invention is actually his final year students’ project, displaying the students are competency.
“Our participation is in line with our strategic plan to gain global prominent and visibility at the international level as well as to showcase Unimas’ strength in research and product development,” said Kadim adding that this year was the sixth time Unimas had participated in SIIF.
“The fact that we won is something to be proud of, but the next thing to consider is to how we can bring this product to the next level by commercialising and marketing it,” he added.
“For that, we need to find industry partners that are willing to work with us to create a prototype, bring the product out of the lab and into the market,” said Kadim adding that it is a challenge for most universities to get the right partners s well as investors to develop their products and get into the market to be used by the community outside.
Another winner of the gold medal award was the invention ‘Application of Coir Composite As An Alternative Structure For Kid’s Block Toys led by Associate Professor Dr Saiful Bahari Yusoff.
The Alternative Compund to Wooden Toys (ACToWood) is produced to be alternative material for any type of kids’s wooden based products. It originates from unwanted fiber coconut husks, combined with natural dye coating, it is safe for children and to the environment.
Other inventions from Unimas such as the ‘Stormpav Composite Pavement led by Dr Md Abdul Manna, the ‘Portable Nano-Biosensor For Rapid Detection And Quantification Of Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) Antigen led by Associate Professor Dr Chin Suk Fun and the ‘Upper Limb Rehabilitation’ led by Dr Shahrol Mohamaddan all received the silver medal award.
The invention ‘Ezz-Vest: Vest With Rain Coat’ led by Norhayati Suleiman and ‘Lightweight: Eco-Friendly Panpanus Based Composite’ led by Dr Nicholas Kuan Hoo Tien received bronze medal and certificate respectively.
Held in Seoul, Korea from December 1st until 4th, the event was hosted by Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and organised by Korean Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) with the judging support provided by International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA).
SIIF 2016 has assembled inventions from leading inventors and innovators, academic, research institutions and entrepreneurs who share a common belief that invention is the vital spark that drives the world’s technology and new order of wealth creation.
“We hope that we will continue to participate at international level next year and perhaps to showcase even better products,” said Kadim.