DATA ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (DERDC)
Data Ecosystem Research and Development Centre (DERDC) is a research centre at QIUP, with the mandate to carry out R&D activities, with the goal of researching and developing cutting-edge approaches, technologies and solutions to improve the activities in a data ecosystem in the modern world. Data has become one of the most important resources in modern world and the future. This phenomenon is a result of the blooming internet technologies and usage since the past decades, hence contributing to the huge amount of data which is trafficking through the internet. Data is produced from various activities of the world, from human spending for daily groceries, to the communication of sensors with the satellites. The modern world which consists of various communities, businesses, industries and corporates, has provided an environment in which different types of data are created, converted, transferred, analysed, stored, and visualised for different purposes. This has formed an ecosystem for data, which will definitely bring huge impact to the world and the future. Therefore, data ecosystem has become one of the advancement area for the scholars and the students of a university in carrying out research and development activities.
As one of the research led universities in Malaysia, QIUP bears the responsibility in assisting the corporates and industries in managing their data in the ecosystem, hence solve their problems and improve the efficiency of their operations. DERDC promotes knowledge and skills of the staff and students of the university in developing ICT solutions and products. This eventually fulfil the needs and requirements in computerising and automating the operations from different corporates and industries.
- To furnish the ICT related programmes of the university with real world problem solving approaches.
- To distinguish the ICT related programmes of the university with the programmes from other institutions.
- To promote the solutions and products from the centre to the community, in order to build the reputation of the university.
- To cultivate multi-disciplinary R&D culture and activities in the university.
The main activity of the centre is to acquire and analyse problems and requirements from the university, the industries and the community, design and develop the solutions which address to the problems. Extensive research and development activities will be carried out as projects which will be participated by staff and students of the university from different disciplines. The centre will be operated by staffs who are appointed by the university as Graduate Assistants, to carry out the main tasks of researching and developing projects to solve the problems acquired from the university, as well as the corporates and industries. Staff and students who are interested could join the centre as members to participate and gain experiences in the design and development of ICT projects.
As a start-up, the centre is equipped with some ready products which are resulted from the previous projects of the students and staff, such as Automatic Parking Management System, Sales Leads Management System (LMS), Customer Relationship Management System (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), and Human Resource Management System (HRMS). This software could be further developed and customised in order to deliver tailor-made products which suit the needs of the university, the corporates and the industries.
The centre is also responsible in designing and developing new products to solve the problems which are currently facing by the operations of the university. Staff and students could also approach the external corporates and industries to identify their problems, gather and analyse the requirements, and deliver the solutions, in order to develop the reputation of the university in the community.
For educational purposes, software mentioned above can be used as learning and R&D tools for the staff and the students. The mapping of relevancy between the software and the areas of study of the staff and students is illustrated in the table below.
|Software||Area of Study|
|LMS & CRM &HRMS||Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Administration|
|ERP||Computer Science, Information Technology, Accountancy, Business Administration|
For commercialization, the staff and the students can amended, and develop additional modules for the existing software upon the requirements from the end users or upon the proposal for enhancement to the existing version. The staff and the students may also involve in developing small scale applications, such as mobile applications as small projects, and the centre will assist to distribute the application in digital distribution platform such as AppStore and GooglePlay. The centre can be the sales and support providing agent for the existing products of the collaborator. The centre may also jointly develop customised solutions together with the collaborator as projects. These activities will become part of the publicity channels to expose and advertise the university to the public and community.
Grants, industry partnerships & collaborations
The centre serves as a platform for industry partnership and collaboration in the area of ICT:
- To collaborate with government agencies, private corporations and technology accelerators such as Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) in the research and development of new information and communication technologies.
- To commercialise and deploy proven IT solutions and processes with industry collaborations and partners through the centre’s technology transfer program.
- To own and manage all IT related intellectual property as a research outcome from grants, and R&D projects carried out by the centre.
- To serve as a platform for QIUP students to network and provide internship opportunities at industry partners’ companies.