UTAR creates networking through the University-Industry ForumDecember 08, 2016
UTAR hosted the University-Industry Forum at its Kampar Campus on 28 November 2016 following the inaugural University-Industry Link Campus Open Day held previously at the Sungai Long Campus in July 2016.
A concerted effort by UTAR, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Perak and The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), the University-Industry Forum aimed to connect UTAR’s academic fraternity with industry players through networking sessions, further allowing both sides to jointly explore opportunities for win-win collaboration.
Invited to officiate the forum was Second Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who is also a Member of the UTAR Council. Also present at the ceremony were UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Chairman of FMM Perak Dato’ Gan Tack Kong, Chairman of ACCCIM’s Science, Technology and Innovations Committee Datuk Ir Hong Lee Pee, SilTerra Senior Sales Director Timothy Lee, UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, Dean of UTAR Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology Assoc Prof Dr Yap Vooi Voon, and Chairperson of UTAR Centre for Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) Research Tang Chong Ming, along with over 150 participants consisting of academics and 103 industry representatives.
Prof Chuah in his speech said, “The University-Industry Forum is a platform for academics and industry players of diverse disciplines to share their expertise, and to exchange resources for R&D projects, consultancy services, trainings and so on. Today, UTAR teams up with ACCCIM again and also with FMM Perak for this forum, bringing together participants from academia and the industry once more. I have been informed that the forum today will also provide insights about bridging the gap between the university and the industry, as well as shed light on UTAR’s role in materialising such alliances.”
The highlight of the event was the launching of the Rahman University Multi-Processor System-on-a-Chip 401 (RUMPS401). The invention, spearheaded by Tang, includes four ARM Cortex M0 processor systems in a single silicon chip communicating and working together via a UTAR proprietary Adaptive Network-on-a-Chip (NoC). Its built-in hardware also features functions that can be used for signal processing, AES encryption in security sensitive applications, error detection and correction, and communication protocol implementation.