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  • Commercialisation Of R&D Output In Ict Industry

    1. 1. Commercialisation of R&D Output in ICT Industry – A University Perspective Prof. Dr. Noraieni Hj. Mokhtar, Bureau of Innovation & Consultancy. Prof. Dr. Azlan Abdul Rahman, Research Management Center. UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA Seminar on Investment Opportunities for GLCs in Enhancing Competitiveness for ICT Industry, 14 Dec 2004, Equatorial Hotel, Bangi, Selangor
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Raise the level of debate among key stakeholders and influencers </li></ul><ul><li>Observations & re-affirmation </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms & related issues </li></ul><ul><li>University scenario </li></ul><ul><li>General recommendations </li></ul>
    3. 3. Macro View of National Vision
    4. 4. ICT Research & Production <ul><li>Malaysia will struggle to be competitive in global market if we do not focus on continually improving domestic capacity in ICT innovation and production. </li></ul><ul><li>Without ICT research & production capabilities , we may well lose the capability to be intelligent purchasers of ICT goods, let alone become pioneers of technologies. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Relative Importance of University Research <ul><li>OECD Report : </li></ul><ul><li>the role of technology & innovation as drivers of economic growth </li></ul><ul><li>the positive impact on productivity growth of strong industry-university links and science-industry collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>the contribution of ICT particularly on the service sector </li></ul>“ A New Economy? The changing role of Innovation and Information Technology Growth”, OECD/DSTI, 2000.
    6. 6. Relative Importance of University Research <ul><li>OECD Report : </li></ul><ul><li>Research on national and regional systems of innovation had shown the importance of universities as sources of highly trained manpower and as generators of knowledge </li></ul>“ National Innovation Systems”, OECD/DSTI, 1997: and Local and Regional Systems of Innovation, edited by J. dleaMothe & G. Paquet, Kluwer Academic Pub. 1998
    7. 7. Aerospace/ Defense Industrial Machinery Home & Lifestyle products Fashion, Apparel & Textiles Health Services Consumer Product/Services Electronics Bio-medical Products Automotive Advanced Manufacturing Educational Services Info/Media & Entertainment Business services Transport & Distribution Tourism & Recreation Financial Services Business Services Agricultural & Food Processing Construction Materials Energy & Processed Materials Forest Products Metals Resources ICT As Enabling Tool Engines of the US Economy
    8. 8. ICT in Business <ul><li>In the K-economy, ICT is the enabling tool and talented knowledgeable people sharing business creativity progress ahead of others </li></ul><ul><li>The internet has emerged as an increasingly important information channel for computer-literate businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Internet firms tend to be particularly well-networked and informed, which gives them a certain advantage over other firms </li></ul><ul><li>Internet portals and databases are also becoming increasingly important support delivery channels for university-based start ups. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology has a short life-cycle for commercial sustainability, fierce competition in the globalisation era, innovation and product quality, first market entry and low price </li></ul>
    9. 9. Players in ICT R&D Commercialisation <ul><li>Basic researchers & knowledge creators </li></ul><ul><li>Developers, sellers of knowledge-embedded technology </li></ul><ul><li>Individual & organizational users of knowledge and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs – building wealth generating platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Resource suppliers – financiers, governments, collaborators </li></ul><ul><li>All of us are either one, or all simultaneously </li></ul>
    10. 10. Connectivity between Industry & Academia <ul><li>Commercialization of R&D has not been traditionally a high priority of universities </li></ul><ul><li>During the last decade these efforts have been restructured in leading universities </li></ul><ul><li>Increased emphasis has been put on connecting R&D capabilities to the commercial strengths and responsibilities of business </li></ul>
    11. 11. Connectivity between Industry & Academia <ul><li>Efficient transfer of academic knowledge to industry is required due to : </li></ul><ul><li>the relative importance of university R&D in the country’s system of innovations; </li></ul><ul><li>the increasing amount of industry-funded research done in universities; </li></ul><ul><li>the public pressure on universities to show the short-term relevance of their research activities </li></ul>
    12. 12. Government-University-Industry <ul><li>R & D Projects Collaboration and Sponsorships </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Incubation and Spin-Outs </li></ul><ul><li>Product Development & Commercialisation of IP </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy & Testing Services </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Training Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum/Modules Development for Marketable Graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni/Professional Bodies </li></ul>
    13. 13. Government-University-Industry <ul><li>When the government acts to champion excellence in R&D and endorse university-industry alliances, the ICT capabilities in our universities benefit both university & industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Industry, university and government collaboration would attract outstanding researchers, train graduate students, and develop the technology needed to support and drive a broad range of leading edge initiatives. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Proposed Areas <ul><li>High performance networks; </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced simulation and visualisation software; </li></ul><ul><li>Data, information, and knowledge repository, storage, access and synthesis; </li></ul><ul><li>Software engineering; </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-supported collaborative work; </li></ul><ul><li>Data and network security; </li></ul><ul><li>Social science; </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial business networking in the ICT sector. </li></ul>
    15. 15. From Lab to Market RMC IP Committee IP Unit & BIP IP Unit & BIP Commercialisation committee
    16. 16. Bringing ICT Product to Market <ul><li>Short competitive life span of ICT products/services. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful commercialization of ICT is critically dependent on bringing products to market quickly . </li></ul><ul><li>Delay can reduce the useful market life of product and hence reduce the income needed to recover prior investment in R&D. </li></ul>
    17. 17. High Risk <ul><li>“ We think that commercialization of university research is very very high risk – high risk for the university and high risk for the companies, and the success very much depends on the type of company and our technologies are 10 to 15 years away. So the companies have to consider the long development time before they take on our projects.” </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Ku, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer, Stanford University </li></ul>
    18. 18. Network Issues & Gaps <ul><li>Lack of entrepreneurship culture among students and university staff; </li></ul><ul><li>The public sector provides major portion of finance; </li></ul><ul><li>The public sector is unable to develop new & innovative financing as effectively as the private sector; </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent organizational change; </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented initiatives; </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of interaction/cooperation between universities , Research Institutions and private sector. </li></ul>
    19. 19. N ATIONAL I NNOVATION S YSTEM Noraieni, 2002
    20. 20. Key Success Indicators for MSC as Test Ted for R & D Commercialisation <ul><li>RM 124.61 million approved for 56 R & D projects </li></ul><ul><li>785 research personnel employed </li></ul><ul><li>37 completed projects </li></ul><ul><li>15 ICT local and foreign awards won by 9 MGS recipients </li></ul><ul><li>6 patents pending in Malaysia/US </li></ul><ul><li>5 MGS recipients listed at MESDAQ and more listings to come </li></ul>Source: Ravee MDC
    21. 21. Some Success Stories 5 MGS recipients with market capitalisation of RM 740 million listed at MESDAQ Source: Ravee MDC Customer behaviour analytical engine and financial application data interchange Predictive CRM for financial applications Ingenuity M Software engine that allow users to build mobile and internet based business applications Biz –Engine & E-Biz Infotech Alliance Hardware and software based on SCADA system that captures processes and field information SCADA Willowglen MSC Authentication terminal that verifies a person’s identity through registered fingerprints Finger tec PUC Founder (MSC) CTI Solution to support Unified Messaging, Internet telephony and automatic call distribution Total Enterprise Communication System (TES) Redtone Telecommunications Product Project name MGS recipient
    22. 22. Some Potential Impacts <ul><li>Growing international presence (China, US, Japan) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase international sales partners and distributors </li></ul><ul><li>Established foreign R&D company relocated to MSC (US, Singapore) </li></ul><ul><li>R&D Collaboration with foreign universities (China, Spain) </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of World Class R&D Facility </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment of R&D personnel with Masters/PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in patent disclosures and publications </li></ul><ul><li>Create a pool of software engineers and IC designers </li></ul><ul><li>National IC Design Institute </li></ul>Source: Ravee MDC
    23. 23. MSC Hubs and Clusters of R&D MSC Central Incubator UTMJB Kulim Hi-Tech Park TPM USM UPM UKM MMU UM UTMKLCC UNIMAS UMS
    24. 24. MSC – Status in the Southern Corridor IHL & Technopreneur Flagship/Incubator Management UTM City Campus, CoEs, BIP Branch Office for Tech Comm UM UiTM MMU UPM UKM University Incubators-MSC/TDF KULIM Hi-Tech USM UUM Northern Corridor UTM UTM-Techno-Park Industry Center New Proposed KUTKM,Melaka KUITHO, Batu Pahat, Johor MSC boundary PETALING JAYA KLCC KLIA AIRPORT CITY Technology Park PUTRAJAYA KL Tower CYBERJAYA
    25. 25. RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS Recipients of MGS <ul><li>Name of Companies </li></ul><ul><li>I-Power Technologies Sdn Bhd </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Prospect Sdn Bhd </li></ul><ul><li>iNavigate </li></ul><ul><li>3ntity </li></ul><ul><li>MSC Trustgate </li></ul><ul><li>I-Systems Group Sdn Bhd </li></ul><ul><li>Inter nexus Protocol </li></ul><ul><li>Chronos </li></ul><ul><li>Airstair </li></ul><ul><li>PUC Founder </li></ul><ul><li>Pintar Media </li></ul><ul><li>Ingenuity </li></ul><ul><li>Machinery Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Ambersoft </li></ul><ul><li>Name of Universities </li></ul><ul><li>MMU, UM </li></ul><ul><li>USM </li></ul><ul><li>USM </li></ul><ul><li>UTM </li></ul><ul><li>UKM </li></ul><ul><li>USM </li></ul><ul><li>UPM </li></ul><ul><li>MMU </li></ul><ul><li>UTM </li></ul><ul><li>Peking University </li></ul><ul><li>UKM </li></ul><ul><li>UKM </li></ul><ul><li>UTM </li></ul><ul><li>UKM </li></ul>Source: MDC
    26. 26. University-Cradle Program (U-CIP) under MAVCAP <ul><li>Allocation of RM 100 million </li></ul><ul><li>Grant of RM 50 K for Pre-Seed Funding towards Idea Bank </li></ul><ul><li>From research idea to product development to proof of concept </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Beta Institutions: UTM, MMU, APIT, LIMKOKWING </li></ul><ul><li>Other universities in the process… </li></ul>
    27. 27. Current Focus Areas in ICT of University R&D Projects <ul><li>Artificial Intelligence/Neural Network : Facial/Pattern Recognition/Image Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul><ul><li>Photonics </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless Communication and Broadband Antenna </li></ul><ul><li>RFID </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Protocol (IPV6) </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-informatics and Tele-Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Database Management </li></ul><ul><li>IT Security; Firewall, authentication, encryption, decryption </li></ul><ul><li>Financial and Management tool; ERP/CRM </li></ul><ul><li>IC Design and prototype development </li></ul><ul><li>Microelectronics and Digital Signal Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Visualisation Multi-Media Education Software </li></ul><ul><li>Web-Based learning software </li></ul><ul><li>Specialised engineering /industrial design software (Life-cycle cost, info-forecasting, waste management, process and energy management) </li></ul>
    28. 28. Indicators for Universities’ Achievement <ul><li>No. Invention Disclosures: </li></ul><ul><li>No. Patents Filed: No. of IP granted: </li></ul><ul><li>No. of National Awards: </li></ul><ul><li>International Awards: No. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Projects Commercialised: </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of Revenue received by University from Technology Licensing: </li></ul><ul><li>No. of projects prioritised listed for commercialisation: </li></ul><ul><li>No.of prioritised ICT projects : (TDF/MDC & U-CIP/MAVCAP program): </li></ul><ul><li>Number of anticipated projects commercialised </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing:JV: Start-ups:Spin-outs:Tech Incubators: </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of Research Grants/contract Research received from Industry: </li></ul><ul><li>MoU & MoA (Consultancy, Testing Services and Research Contract) </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Researchers (Professors,PhDs, MScs.) </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Research Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Growth/increase of Scientists and Technical Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>State of The-Art Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored/Shared facilities </li></ul>
    29. 29. ICT Projects Management (UTM Case) <ul><li>1. Research Management Centre </li></ul><ul><li>2. Centres of Excellence and Faculties </li></ul><ul><li>3. Bureau of Innovation and Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>4. R&D Focus Group: Aerospace, IT and Telecommunication </li></ul><ul><li>Aerospace: GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology: Bio-info & Software Engineering, Computing System,IS and K Management, Security, IM Pro </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunication: Wireless Communication, Switching and Optics </li></ul>
    30. 30. State-of-the-art Facilities and Niche Programs <ul><li>Computer facilities and network Infra-structure </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>Super-Computers, Servers, PCs, Training Labs; CAD/CAMS </li></ul><ul><li>R&D Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Training ; Post-Grad Programs; (MSc & PhD, by Coursework and by Research: Software Engineering, IT Entrepreneurship, Professional Courses </li></ul><ul><li>NUDP-Technopreneurship Development </li></ul><ul><li>MSC Technology Incubator Management Program </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate course in Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni & Students Entrepreneur Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Library (ISO and E-Library) </li></ul>
    31. 31. UTM ICT Project 1 WIDEBAND SUSPENDED MICROSTRIP ANTENNA Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ir. Wan Khairuddin Bin Wan Ali wankhai @fkm.utm.my <ul><li>An antenna using square microchip patch antenna with suspended parasitic element that can give broader bandwidth in the order of 6 to 10 times that of a normal antenna </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency bandwidth of between 4.72 GHz to 6.02 GHz. A 24.21% bandwidth against a 2% - 4% narrow bandwidth with normal antenna. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications include Satellite and Mobile Communication. Radio Astronomy. Aeronautical radio-navigation, satellite services, satellite earth exploration, Radiolocation, 3G multi-point indoor application. Marine Radio-navigation and Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) spectrum. </li></ul>Award: 2nd Prize,INATEX, UTM 2002/2003 1 st UTM recipient of CIP (MAVCAP) SHOWCASE- EXHIBITION
    32. 32. ICT Project 2: FLAT ANTENNA FOR POINT-TO-POINT MICROWAVE LINK Prof. Dr. Tharek Abdul Rahman [email_address] www.fke.utm.my/wcc Award Gold medal, INPEX 2004, Pittsburg, United States Application: Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), 5.4 -6 GHz
    33. 33. TRIAL AT KOLEJ PERDANA, UTM Access Point Mobile Stations Switch Indoor Unit Backhaul Indoor Unit
    34. 34. ICT Project 3: ADVANCED CYTOGRAPHIC PROCESSOR IC CHIP PROTOTYPE FOR NEXT-GENERATION SMART CARDS AND SECURITY DEVICES Prof. Dr. Mohamed Khalil Hj Mohd Hani [email_address] The IC prototype is an advanced cryptographic processor, designed for improving security and performance for elliptive curve public-key cryptographic (ECC) operations, that are essential in smart card Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Digital Signature and advanced security requirements. It is prototyped in a single FPGA IC chip. Application: Wireless communication, electronic government, transportation and health/telemedicine systems. Award Silver medal, IENA 2004, Germany
    35. 35. ICT Project 4: MEMS FIBER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM (PROTOTYPE) Prof. Dr. Abu Bakar Mohammad [email_address] surface micromachined MEMS. Specification: For SMF diameter 7-9µm, Operating voltage 0-20V, Actuation range 100µm Award Silver medal, IENA 2004, Germany <ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient optical signal coupling, </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate conventional off chip alignment submount, </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated on chip alingment solution, </li></ul><ul><li>Simple packaging and assembly work </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing production time while maximizing yield for optical MEMS device </li></ul><ul><li>Application : </li></ul><ul><li>Active alignment of fiber with up-down control, Passive alignment of fiber,On chip </li></ul><ul><li>integrated alignment for optical device packaging (i.e. switch, router), </li></ul><ul><li>Field test of fiber communication system, Laboratory optical device characterization </li></ul><ul><li>and measurement & Photonic components manufacturing equipment and automation </li></ul>
    36. 36. Waste Water Treatment Plant design (WASDA) Design of Storm Filter, Hybrid membrane reactors Prof. Dr. Zaini Ujang [email_address] Other Technologies for Commercialisation Prof. Dr. Marzuki Khalid [email_address] Fuzzy Logic/Artificial Intelligence Visual/Facial Recognition and Licence plate CAIRO/AISB WASDA Licensed to DOE KAQ 60 Intelligent Solutions by VisionPlate Computer Database
    37. 37. Final Remarks <ul><li>Having a local ICT research & production capacity would enable rapid take-up & deployment of ICTs across the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Important to realise that ICT production & trade play a significant role in driving employment & productivity growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to create an environment that is globally competitive through world-class R&D in ICT sector. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop effective government-university-industry advisory group. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote commercialisation, there is a need to make university R&D more visible to private sector and encourage IP guidelines </li></ul>
    38. 38. Thank You

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