UiTM delves into drone tech

Jamil (second left) presenting a souvenir to Abang Johari while (from left) IConDA 2019 chairperson Dr Lee Beng Yong; UiTM Sarawak deputy rector (academic and international affairs) Associate Professor Dr Firdaus Abdullah; and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) representative Alexander Chu look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

SAMARAHAN: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak is in the midst of encouraging young talents in drone technology, having integrated robotics and coding into the classroom syllabus.

UiTM Sarawak rector Professor Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali said this will open up more perspectives on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which is key to developing future skills.

“Although the local scenario is still at the nascent stage, drone technology can be developed further with public-private partnerships and the involvement of relevant government agencies to assist us in engaging and developing the drone-tech industry,” he said.

He was speaking at an International Conference on Computer and Drone Applications (IConDA) 2019 held at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Samarahan Campus 2 yesterday.

Jamil (second left) presenting a souvenir to Abang Johari while (from left) IConDA 2019 chairperson Dr Lee Beng Yong; UiTM Sarawak deputy rector (academic and international affairs) Associate Professor Dr Firdaus Abdullah; and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) representative Alexander Chu look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

He added that collaborating with the Entrepreneur Development Ministry may also boost the creation of ‘dronepreneurs’.

Touching on IConDA, Jamil said that it was a platform to pool the potential of the future generation in an era of rapid advancement.

He said that drones and computer technology were significant and therefore there was a need to consider their impact on the economy.

This 2nd edition of IConDA themed ‘Technological Convergence for Digital Economy Advancement’ and the conference aimed to encourage knowledge-sharing related to computer and drone applications.

A total of 200 persons took part in the conference and 16 research papers were presented. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the opening ceremony of the event.