DATA ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (DERDC)
Data has become one of the most important resources in modern world and the future. This phenomenon is resulted from the blooming of internet technologies and usages since the past decades, hence contributing to the huge amount of data which is trafficking through the internet. To date, it is estimated that approximately 3 exabytes of digital data production per day. This vast volume of data is resulted from various of computer-aided activities on the globe, not only limited to human activities but also machine’s. 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 which different types of data are created, converted, transferred, analysed, stored, and visualised for different purposes. This has formed a massive ecosystem for data which provides an environment for data systems to interact with each other. Data ecosystem is predicted to bring a huge impact to the world as proper management of the ecosystem can produce significant information and knowledge to improve the efficiency of the fast growing world. Therefore, the data ecosystem has become one of the cutting edge areas for the scholars and the students of a university in carrying our research and development activities.
A data ecosystem can be defined as a community of various types of data in conjunction with the tools and applications of their environment. Different components in this community interact with each other to form computer systems which help different components in the world to carry out their activities in a more efficient way. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an important role in controlling the data ecosystem. ICT solutions have been proven to successfully automate and assist in, hence improve the efficiency of the daily operations of the world communities. This can be achieved by using computer systems to handle and manage the vast volume of data resulted from the activities of the corporates and industries. There is no single go-to solution which can handle and manage the data from different entities of the entire data ecosystem. Unique nature and characteristics of different entities need specialised ICT systems to manage their data. As a results, more and more corporates and industries are desperately looking for ICT solutions to facilitate and automate their daily operation.
This proposal puts forward the establishment of a centre which is attached to the university to conduct R&D activities, with the goal of researching and developing edge-cutting approaches, technologies and solutions to improve the activities in a data ecosystem in the modern world. As one of the very few universities in the northern region of 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. This can be achieved by promoting the knowledge and skills of the staff and the students of the university in developing ICT solutions and products which fulfil the needs and requirements in computerising and automating the operations from different corporates and industries. The results from the centre will help in promoting the ICT related programmes of the university, which these programmes are not examination-oriented, but also equip the graduates with the experiences and skills in providing IT solutions, supports and consultancy, not only to the university but also to the community.
The centre is participated by the university staff and students who are interested in R&D in the area of computing, specifically in processing data from different entities of the communities. The main objective of the centre is to expose the staff and students to the latest trends and technologies in handling and managing data, and needs and requirements in ICT from different corporates and industries. Requirements gathering and problems analysis based on the cases acquired from the corporates and industries will expose the students to the real-world scenario, hence minimise the gaps between the knowledge and skills learned from the education system and the industry’s expectations.
- To furnish the ICT related programmes of the university with real-world problem-solving approaches, by working on projects which fulfil the needs of the real-world problems acquired from the university, as well as the industries and community.
- To distinguish the ICT related programmes of the university with the programmes from other institutions, which QIUP’s ICT programmes provide R&D driven education, and able to develop technologies and solutions which solve the real-world problems.
- To promote the solutions and products from the centre to the community, in order to build the reputation of the university, which not only emphasise in education, but also focus on research and development activities to address solutions to real world problems.
- To cultivate multi-disciplinary R&D culture and activities in the university. This can be achieved by bringing the staff and students from different faculties together in acquiring and analysing problems and requirements from a different area of study, and developing solutions to for the problems.
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.
|a||“The Investigation and Evaluation of Data Mining and Machine Learning Techniques for Fraud Detection in Credit Card Transactions” awarded by Cardzone S/B||Role: Principle investigator|
|Amount/Duration: MYR24,000.00 / Oct 2018 – Present|
|Prototype Development and Internal Acceptance Test were completed in February 2019 using the datasets provided by Cardzone.|
|User Acceptance Test is carrying out by Cardzone using real world datasets from external partners (which are the banks from Cambodia and Myanmar) since March 2019|
|b||“Face Comparison Program for “Electronic Know Your Customer” (eKYC) Process” awarded by Cardzone S/B||Role: Principle investigator|
|Amount/Duration: MYR24,000.00 / Oct 2019 – Present|
|c||“An Enhanced Support Vector Machine Classification Framework for Knowledge Discovery in Large, Complex and Noisy Datasets from Social Networks” awarded by FRGS||Role: Co-researcher (Collaboartion with UNMC)|
|Amount/Duration: MYR62,000.00 / Jan 2019 – Jan 2021 (2 years)|
|d||“Reliability Assessment of Regional Climate Model (RCM) based on Representative Concentration Pathway(RCP) for Peninsular Malaysia” awarded by FRGS||Role: Co-researcher (Collaboration with UTAR)|
|Amount/Duration: MYR73,200.00 / July 2019 – June 2021 (2 years)|
|e||“Agricultural IOT to Reduce Costs for High Value and New Food Crops in the Digital Age”, collaboration between UNMC, Elliance, CFF and QIU||Grant application is expected to be submitted to MESTECC R&D Grant by the end of 2019. IoT Precision Farming prototype has been developed by QIU and Elliance and deployed in QIU Biotech Farm. Auto-piloting drone prototype has been developed by UNMC.|
|f||“Predictive Maintenance for Smart Manufacturing”, collaboration with Elliance S/B and Duospark Resources Sdn. Bhd.||MoU signed in conjunction with SEMICON SEA 2019 on 7 May 2019, witnessed by the Deputy Minister of MITI. Undergoing the stage of prototype development.|
|g||“Precision Farming for QIU Farm using IoT and Machine Learning”, collaboration with Elliance S/B and Technogine Sdn. Bhd.||Prototype of sensors and microcomputer has been deployed at QIU Biotech Farm, and web-based dashboard for parameters monitoring has been developed. Data collection is in progress for analysis purposes in the future.|
|h||“Strategic Partner to Industry 4.0 Technology Centre for Consultancy, Providing Training, Solutions Development and FST’s Projects Exhibition/Commercialisation”, collaboration with Elliance S/B||MoA for FST Projects Exhibition signed in 2018|
|MoU for Consultancy, Providing Training, and Solutions Development is expected to be signed in Nov 2019|
|i||“Technical Support Partner for DOBOT, the leading smart Robotic Arm Solution”, collaboration with Avantgarde Centre of Excellence||MoA for Consultancy, Providing Training, and Technical Support is expected to be signed in Dec 2019.|
|Staff has been sent for DOBOT Immersion Session in Shenzhen, 14-18 Oct 2019.|
|a||Implementation of SmartHome Appliances and Applications at Data Ecosystem Laboratory of Technology and Applications (DELTA)||Completed|
|b||“One2Many Speech Translator” by BIT student, Lim Kha Shing||Won Bronze Award in Asian Youth Innovation Awards 2019 Category, in Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE).|
|Won Third Place in Product Category in SAINTEX2.0.|
|The mobile app is available in Google Play Store|
|c||“Spot Park” by BIT student, Lim Kha Shing||won Merit Award in Invention and Innovation 2019 Category, in Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE).|
|d||“Park In” by BCS students, Dickson Chin, Wilson Ho, Ivan Fong and Wong Kok Wai||Won Bronze Award in Invention and Innovation 2019 Category, and also Bronze Award in Asian Youth Innovation Awards 2019 Category, in Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE).|
|Won the Most Innovative Award, The Best Poster Award, and Gold Medal award in the 40th SEDEX.|
|C||Collaborations with Academic Institutions and Industrial Partners|
|a||Collaboration with University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus||(1) MoU Signed on Research Collaboration|
|(2) 1 FRGS Secured in 2018. Project entitled “An Enhanced Support Vector Machine Classification Framework for Knowledge Discovery in Large, Complex and Noisy Datasets from Social Networks”. Amount/Duration: MYR62,000.00 / Jan 2019 – Jan 2021 (2 years)|
|b||Collaboration with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman||1 FRGS Secured in 2019. Project entitled “Reliability Assessment of Regional Climate Model (RCM) based on Representative Concentration Pathway(RCP) for Peninsular Malaysia”. Amount/Duration: MYR73,200.00 / July 2019 – June 2021 (2 years)|
|c||Collaboration with Cardzone S/B||Two research contract signed with two on-going projects|
|(1) “The Investigation and Evaluation of Data Mining and Machine Learning Techniques for Fraud Detection in Credit Card Transactions”. Amount/Duration: MYR24,000.00 / Oct 2018 – Apr 2019 (6 months)|
|(2) “Face Comparison Program for “Electronic Know Your Customer” (eKYC) Process”. Amount/Duration: MYR24,000.00 / Oct 2019 – Apr 2020 (6 months)|
|d||Collaboration with Crops for the Future||NDA Signed for MESTECC R&D Grant application for project entitled “Agricultural IOT to Reduce Costs for High Value and New Food Crops in the Digital Age”. Collaboration between Elliance S/B, CFF and QIU. Proposal writing in progress. Expected submission in December 2019|
|e||Collaboration with Elliance S/B||(1) MoA signed for FST’s projects showcasing and commercialisation;|
|(2) MoU signed in conjunction with SEMICON SEA 2019 for “Predictive Maintenance for Smart Manufacturing”. Collaboration between Elliance S/B, Duosparks Resources S/B and QIU.|
|(3) Strategic partner in providing training and technology/solutions development to Industry 4.0 Technology Centre. MoU is expected to be signed in the end of 2019.|
|(4) Project entitled “Precision Farming for QIU Farm using IoT and Machine Learning”. Collaboration with Elliance S/B and Technogine Sdn. Bhd. Prototype of sensors and microcomputer has been deployed at QIU Biotech Farm, and web-based dashboard for parameters monitoring has been developed.|
|f||Collaboration with Avantgarde Centre of Excellence S/B||Technical support partner for DOBOT, the leading smart Robotic Arm Solution. QIU is appointed to provide training, consultancy and technical support for the academic institutions and the industry in the region of SEA. Staff has been sent for DOBOT Immersion Session in Shenzhen, 14-18 Oct 2019. MoA is expected to be signed in the end of 2019|
|g||Collaboration with Simplify Networks S/B||MoU Signed and 1 Project (SmartHome Appliances and Applications) Completed|
|h||Collaboration with UCTS||MoU Signed|
|(1) Drone Training Workshop in Ipoh|
|(2) Google Cloud Platform Training Workshop in Sibu|
|i||Collaboration with San Min Independent High School, Teluk Intan||Course coordinator and Module Planner for Form 6 Computing classes|
|j||Collaboration with Beijing Institute of Technology, China||Dual Degree Programmes for Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Electronics Engineering are under evaluation.|
|MoA is expected to be signed in the 1st quarter of 2020|