UTB, research partners acquire USD80,000 for smart-city apps

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) under the Digital and Creativity research thrust, along with four other international research groups have secured project funding to the tune of USD80,000 from ASEAN ICT Virtual Organisation (ASEAN IVO), a consortium of research institutions in ASEAN and Japan, for their project proposal titled ‘Reusable, Sharable, and Transferrable Smart Data Platform for Collaborative Development of Data Driven Smart Cities’.

The research groups comprise UTB; Da Lat University, Vietnam; National University of Singapore; Isabela State University, the Philippines; and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan as the project leader. The awarded project – which started on April 1, 2020 – runs until March 31, 2022.

Representing UTB as the lead researcher is Assistant Professor from the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) Dr Asem Kasem, along with associate members Assistant Professor Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili and a PhD student from SCI Effa Nabilla Aziz.

The project aims to develop smart-city applications revolving around environmental-awareness in ASEAN member countries, collaboratively using a reusable, sharable and transferrable smart data platform – namely xData, which was initially developed by NICT. It helps to promote collaborative prediction and counter-measure of social risks caused by environmental disasters in ASEAN member countries.

The researchers will be organising international workshops to facilitate knowledge transfer, discuss and determine future sharing and collaboration standards, enable applications development and enhance the architecture of the xData platform.

Assistant Professor from the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) Dr Asem Kasem explains the project. PHOTO: UTB

The new applications will be built by each research group to create, share, transfer and customise predictive modelling with local data on the test bed effectively.

The proposed applications include Smart Environmental Tourism and Sustainability Mobility by Da Lat city and Da Lat University; Smart Outdoor Activities by National University of Singapore; Smart Dengue EW System by Isabela State University at Cauayan Campus; and Transboundary Air-Pollution Forecasting by UTB.

The UTB project will focus on forecasting haze and transboundary air-pollution, which encourages the trans-border disaster research, and helps decision-makers in the government to plan for public health advice for example closure of schools in the event of predicted prolonged dangerous levels of haze.

Each of these applications by itself offers some aspect of social impact that improves the services/life quality of people in the cities where they will be deployed.

The collaborative work on these applications will lead to faster development and more accurate modelling through sharing and reusing of resources, methods, models, and/or data.

The success in implementing these applications using a shared platform will make it easier in the future to combine all of them into one smart city.