Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

UP EEEI sets platform for R&D collab in 1st Tech Fair 2017

With the goal to foster a culture of innovation among stakeholders in the country, the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) organized its first Technology Fair, held on 24 May 2017, in the UP Professional Schools, Bonifacio Global City.

The event adheres to the theme, “Enhanced Industry-Academe Collaboration to Support a Culture of Innovation” as it was participated by around 150 peers from the academe, industry, and government. The UP EEEI and the industry sponsors showcased their respective research and technology outputs in exhibits. Government partners were also present to discuss funding opportunities in research and development (R&D), and faculty and student development. There were also parallel sessions to discuss research trends in electrical, electronics, and computer engineering namely renewable energy technologies, communication networks, and Internet of Things (IoT).


Industry-Academe-Government Framework in R&D

As noted by the UP EEEI Director John Richard Hizon in his welcome remarks, the event is not just a celebration of the Institute’s research capabilities, but a networking opportunity among stakeholders towards a more locally-relevant and globally-significant R&D endeavors. In addition, he invited the faculty from state universities and colleges to encourage their students to pursue higher education to increase the country’s capability in quality research.

“[...] And to support a culture of innovation, we need to invite our peers from the academe to work with us. The Philippines needs talented engineers more than the EEE can provide. We look forward to partner with you to develop your faculty, to build your research capability, and to develop specialization courses,” he added.

He was seconded by Dr. Menandro Berana, Associate Dean for Instruction and Research of the UP College of Engineering, as he recognized the importance of working with other institutions and pursuing multidisciplinary research towards  “vibrant, innovation ecology.”

Ms. Maridon Sahagun, director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Planning and Evaluation Services, also laid out the plans of DOST in her message. She introduced the agency’s additional R&D areas  that could be explored namely artificial intelligence, human security, science and technology for the creative industry, and tourism and service sector. She later concluded that they are one with EEE in this effort as “DOST’s goal is for science to work for the people and to lead to more inclusive and socio-economic development for all.”

Dr. William Padolina, executive director of the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) closed the morning session of the Fair with his talk about the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) R&D programs and their proposed Industry-Academe-Government Framework.

He noted that in today’s knowledge economy, it is better to be doing something different than doing better what is already being done in terms of R&D. He then recognized the important role played by the academe in driving the culture of innovation.

“You can correct corruption. You can kill all the drug addicts. You can balance your budget. But if you don’t take care of the universities, you will not be able to create new wealth,” Padolina added.

The current industry-academe partnership activities, according to him, are On-The-Job Trainings, Graduate Placements, and Early Stage of Collaboration in R&D. He later introduced the industry-academe-government linkages framework which deals with technology-explicit development agenda. He noted that for this to happen, the government must be able to set the groundwork by passing a science and technology policy, improving S&T services, and financing National Quality Infrastructure.

He also noted critical concerns of this framework such as the numbers and quality of graduates, the lack of industry-relevant R&D, the unresponsiveness of the curriculum to industry needs, the generally low quality of instruction in higher education institutions (HEIs), and the need to strengthen S&T delivery and extension.

He later concluded the need to innovate by “upgrading the capacity for directed R&D and extension programs to serve socio-economic goals.”


4th Industrial Revolution, Powered by 5G

Apart from the messages from government partners, the event also served as a platform to discuss one of the hottest technology trends- the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G. The IoT is basically the interconnection of computing devices in everyday objects via the Internet, enabling the sending and receiving of data. The 5G, on the other hand, is what they call the next generation of mobile networks beyond 4G LTE networks of today. Mr. Lowell Tortona, head of the Nokia 5G R&D in the Philippines discussed how the IoT is changing our lives and how the 5G complements IoT and is the “key to the programmable world.”

Possibilities of 5G in automotive, smart city, health care, home and utilities, versatile radio, to name a few, are tackled in his lecture with audio-visual presentations.


A Showcase of EEE Research Thrusts

The EEE research laboratories which participated are the following:

UP-Analog Devices Microelectronics and Microprocessors Laboratory

  • The SmartWire Program
  • Resilient Sensory Swarms for Smart Energy and Environmental Monitoring (RESE2NSE)

UP-Artesyn Power Electronics Laboratory

  • Siglo Electric Vehicle

UP Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

  • ISIP-SAFE Research Program

          A. Tanglaw: an automated reading tutor developed to help facilitate learning Filipino of primary school children

          B. Automated subtitling systems of broadcast news program in different Philippine languages

  • Gitara ni Juan
  • Traffic monitoring

UP Innovation Research Center

  • RxBox

UP Power Systems Simulation Laboratory/ UP Smart Grid Research Center/ UP Electric Power Research Laboratory

  • Resilient electricity grids through data analytics for diagnosis
  • Power distribution system state estimation with limited sensors
  • Optimal curtailment dispatch for demand response energy allocation
  • Short term load forecasting using Gaussian processes under the interruptible load program

UP Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory

  • Cache-based Transport Protocol in Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Optimization of an Energy-aware RPL for Wireless Sensor Networks with Ambient Energy Harvesting
  • Filipino Speech-To-Text Using Deep Learning
  • Human Activity Recognition Based on Sensor Fusion in Smartphones

UP Wireless Communications Engineering Laboratory

  • The PHL-Microsat Program - Project 1: BUS Development of Diwata 1 and Diwata 2
  • The Village Base Station Project


The following are the presentations during the parallel sessions:


Technologies to harness renewable energies

  • About Artesyn Embedded Technologies
  • Researches in Power Electronics Laboratory (UP-Artesyn Power Electronics Laboratory)
  • Inclusive Electric Transport systems (EVWealth, Inc.)
  • Resilient electricity grids through data analytics for diagnosis (UP Smart Grid Research Center)


Technologies to enable the Internet of Things

  • IoT in Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Building the solutions tomorrow (Analog Devices, Inc.)
  • Microelectronics in the academe (UP-Analog Microelectronics and Microprocessors Laboratories I & II)
  • About Xynix Design Consultancy and Services, Inc.
  • Procedural Plant Generation: 3D Content Creation for VR Applications (UP Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks and Machine Learning (UP Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory)
  • Inspire the world, create the future (Samsung R&D PH)
  • ISIP Safe Research Program, Gitara ni Juan, and Traffic Monitoring (UP Digital Signal Processing Laboratory)


Enabling Communication Networks

  • About Nokia R&D Philippines
  • The Philippine Microsatellite Program: Project 1 (BUS Development of Diwata 1 and 2.
  • Engineering capabilities in Analog Devices, Inc.
  • The Village Base Station Project
  • About Maxim integrated, Inc.
  • Rxbox

The event was made possible by Nokia Manila Technology Center, with Analog Devices Philippines, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, EVWealth Inc., First Philec, Maxim Integrated, PHINMA Energy, Samsung R&D Philippines, and Xynix Design Consultancy and Services, Inc.; Quantel Philippines Inc. and Sqreem Technologies Private Ltd.; and Trident Electronics.