Malaysian Researchers Tops at IPITEX 2016 In Bangkok, Winning 24 Gold Medals


( – A group of Malaysian researchers emerged as champions after defeating the teams from 20 other countries at the Bangkok International Intellectual Property Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (IPITEX 2016), recently.

Malaysian Research and Innovation Society (MyRIS) president, Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin said the Malaysian delegation won 24 gold, five silver and two bronze medals, bringing glory to Malaysia at the exposition.

“Malaysia’s participation, sponsored by MyRIS and the Malaysian Invention and Design Society, involved 31 entries including six from primary and secondary schools,” he said in a statement.

Kamarudin said Malaysia’s participation was in conjunction with Thailand’s Investors Day 2016 and the exposition also featured a Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) research product by Dr Ammar Zakaria which won the Best Asian Invention Award.

The exposition, held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from Feb 2 to 6, was opened by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prajin Juntong.

Among the participating countries at IPITEX 2016 were China, Poland, Indonesia, Iran, United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea, the Philippines, Romania, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Kamarudin, who is also UniMAP vice-chancellor, said he was proud that 17 researchers representing the university, won 16 gold medals and one bronze.

Meanwhile, Ammar described his research product, “Aquasense – Real Time and Intergrated Prawn Farming Monitoring”, as a wireless water quality monitoring system for seawater ponds for breeding prawns, fish and other seafood.

He said the water quality readings could be sent to the control centre every 15 minutes without the need for the presence of manpower at the farm cages.

UniMAP had sent a delegation of young lecturers from various departments including the Technology Engineering Faculty, Centre of Excellence for Advanced Sensor Technology, Centre of Excellence for Geopolimer and Green Technology, and Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy.

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