The UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) and the Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) forged research and development (R&D) partnership with the launching of the UP-Samsung Smart Classroom, held on 30 January 2017.
The inauguration was graced by the presence of SEPCO’s President and Managing Director Kevin Lee, Samsung R&D Philippines Managing Director Yongduk Hwang, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, UP College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda de Leon, and other officials from Samsung R&D PH.
Mr. Lee noted that the UP - Samsung Smart Classroom is the company’s contribution in promoting quality education. Mr. Hwang also added that this is considered as an “important milestone and partnership between Samsung and UP [...], opening long term collaboration opportunities with the best academic institution in the Philippines.”
“I believe in the potential of young Filipino engineers and I would like to continue enjoying the privilege of taking part in growing and maximizing their potential, not only to Samsung job business but also to drive research and technology advancement in the region,” said Mr. Hwang.
Both Chancellor Tan and Dean De Leon expressed their excitement with this new industry-academe collaboration.
“Your investment to the College [of Engineering] will be put to good use and will bear fruit both for UP and Samsung-- fruitful for UP because this laboratory will definitely enhance the learning experience of our students by getting their hands on the latest technologies; [and] also fruitful for Samsung, I trust, because there will be more human resource with more relevant capabilities that would be available for you to tap,” Dean De Leon added.
The UP-Samsung Smart Classroom (Rm, 204, EEEI Bldg. I) houses the latest Samsung technologies including tablets and smart LED boards. It will be used as one of the instructional laboratories in the UP EEEI. The classroom will be utilized in virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) research, in line with one of UP EEEI’s research thrusts and with Samsung’s key corporate citizenship program, VR4Good.
UP EEEI faculty members Dr. Nestor Tiglao, Dr. Rowel Atienza, and Mr. Paul Alpano presented a demonstration of the classroom’s features. They also highlighted the Institute’s VR research and relate it on how the classroom could be used to further the studies.
Samsung executives noted that there is more to this partnership than a classroom. Mr. Hwang said to expect workshops, conferences, lectures, and contests in the near future.
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