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UCSI: A TRAILBLAZER IN UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


KUALA LUMPUR, Friday 16 December 2005 - UCSI’s Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) has secured a government research grant of nearly RM1 million for undertaking a 24-month project titled “Volumetric Display Using Light Emitting Diodes”. 

On 7th July this year, the CRE received a letter of approval signed by YBhg. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Arif Nun, Chief Executive Officer of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) and Chairman of the MGS Management Committee.

Present at today’s Press Conference representing Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) is Dr. Muhammad Ghazie Ismail, Senior Vice President of Socio-Economic Development Division.The project, pioneered by UCSI’s own Computing graduate, Andres M. Trianon, who is currently the manager of CRE. At 25 years of age, this is indeed a remarkable achievement for him, where in most other universities, it would have taken a team of at least 5 or 6 experienced lecturers to pull off such a feat but he had managed to accomplish it single-handedly.
UCSI is one of the few local private universities to have secured such a substantial research grant from the government and is probably also among the few that has such an active research centre. 

In line with the government’s aspirations to make Malaysia Asia’s premier information and communication technology (ICT) investment hub, UCSI places tremendous emphasis on continuous improvement through research and development despite being a private university. 

Aware of its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen, UCSI seeks to contribute towards national development through the CRE and other similar endeavors.

The project is aimed at designing and constructing an innovative device capable of simulating 3-dimensional, or 3D, objects in the real world. 

Scheduled to be conducted on-campus beginning from 3rd October 2005 to 2nd October 2007, the project is set to showcase the synergy of ICT and Engineering technologies. Christened the Volumetric Display, the device is anticipated to revolutionize how televisions, computers and any other kind of visual data is displayed.

Upon successful completion, the Volumetric Display is expected to become a popular advertising tool. 

Trianon, who is also the appointed Project Leader, explained that the Volumetric Display can be used for things like structural blueprints, scanning and analysing biometrics, videoconferencing, medical operations and different types of simulations, among others. 

The display will give a whole new meaning to “shopping from the comfort your own home”. Retail businesses in e-commerce would be able to literally “send their products to the living rooms” of prospective buyers who owned Volumetric Displays, thus, making shopping more convenient. Another example for the use of a Volumetric Display would be in the entertainment industry. In fact, the possibilities are endless. 

“With futuristic books, TV series and Sci-Fi movies promoting the 3D-holography concept for decades, who knows what uses the market would be able to think of? Leave it to them, they will figure out how to use it for their benefit,” Trianon quipped when asked how an innovation like this would benefit the community besides its commercial value at an interview recently.

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