Kuala Lumpur, October 31, 2013: Seven outstanding individuals and one local company were today awarded the MIMOS Prestigious Award (MPA) for breaking new grounds in research, development and commercialisation (R,D&C) that are crucial to enhancing Malaysia’s global competitiveness.
The ceremony was attended by YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II.
The MPA, which is the national R&D centre of ICT’s highest recognition, honours doctoral-level researchers from the academia, MIMOS researchers who have contributed to the most commercialised Intellectual Property and MIMOS Technology Recipient companies who have demonstrated the most outstanding commercialisation performance.
This year’s awards differed slightly from last year’s inaugural presentation of honouring the academia; by introducing two new categories; intellectual property and commercialisation.
“The three categories represent the R,D&C areas which emphasises just how critical the role of academia, intellectual property and commercialisation are in the development of a successful innovation ecosystem for Malaysia,” said Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah, MIMOS President and Chief Executive Officer at the award presentation ceremony here today.
Winners for the Academia category were Dr. Zahidah Zulkifli of University Malaya, who was awarded a MPA for her work on palaeography and digital library Malay manuscripts, Dr. Teoh Wei Lin of Universiti Sains Malaysia for his research on optimal designs based on parameter estimations and Dr. Salfarina Abdullah of Universiti Putra Malaysia for her insights into software architecture development.
Dr. Afnizanfaizal Abdullah from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia received a MPA for his research on Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics Group (AIBIG), while
Dr. Muhammad Zaini Ahmad for his research on Numerical Method for Computing Fuzzy-valued Functions and Its Application to Differential Equations.
A team of researches and developers who worked on MIMOS’ Intelligent Service Delivery Platform 3.0 (iSDP 3.0) received the MPA under the Intellectual Property category. The platform, which has been commercialised by a MIMOS Technology Recipient company, is made up of the most number of IP protected technology developed in MIMOS.
Meanwhile, Dagang Net TechnologiesSdn Bhd was cited for demonstrating the most outstanding monestisation performance under the Commercialisation category.
Abdul Wahab said the MPA not only honoured researchers for contributing towards enriching the nation’s research and commercialisation, but would also spur them to take innovation here to new heights.
“In the spirit of open innovation, the MPA is set to fuel innovation as it augments the creativity, skills and capabilities of Malaysian research and business talent,” he said. “This will lead to bigger and more innovative projects in the future, including bringing innovations successfully to market.”
The MPA is aimed at inspiring progress and competition, encourage the birth and development of original ideas and reward outstanding research leadership. It simultaneously opens opportunities for translating high-novelty technologies into commercial opportunities that create economic impact and bring benefits to society towards national competitiveness.
The collaborative nature of MIMOS’ initiative seeks to foster top-notch researchers in ICT for the commercialisation of home-grown innovations. The MPA aims to transform research work into the catalyst for early-stage commercialisation of breakthrough discoveries.
The MPA comprises a pewter trophy designed by award-winning MIMOS Industrial Designers, a Certificate of Merit and a cash prize.