Malaysia – French Industrial Collaboration on R&T development in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, May 2016 – A signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Agreement was held during the ICT-BIO Asia 2016 Regional Workshop at University of Malaya, between Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), Airbus Group, University of Malaya, and the French Embassy in Malaysia on a strategic collaboration entitled “Online Robot and Machine Planning in Virtual Environment”.

This project, lasting 24 months, brings forth a cooperation in research and development of a seamless interface between human and machine. The collaboration gathers subject matter experts from across the globe, and tackles the costly nature of robot programming, configuration, and validation, by developing a platform in a virtual environment.

In addition, the project will enable real-time numerical control program modification, remote control of robotic equipment over distance using a virtual environment system, increase flexibility in reconfiguration, execution and safety. The development of this project is industrially driven, and is aimed at developing core capabilities useful for the future of manufacturing in Malaysia.

In a statement during the ceremony, the CEO of AMIC, Mr. Razman Shah Rajab said, “this initiative will greatly drive the spirit of global industry-led R&T level in Malaysia especially on Virtual Reality and Robot Control”. This project is supported by the National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) of MITI, who is an advocate for advancing the manufacturing capabilities in Malaysia, and is represented today by the Head of NAICO, Mr. Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah.

The workshop was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah and the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, His Excellency Christophe Penot.

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