A newly-inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) lends support to the government’s call for small and medium-sized businesses to adopt technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to resolve challenges in freshwater prawn production.
The MoU was signed between Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) through the Centre for Research on Agri-Food and Technology (CrAFT); Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) and ODE Aquaculture and Agriculture Company.
UTB Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Dr Mohamed Hasnain Isa, Fisheries Department Director Noraini binti Haji Anggas and ODE Manager Muhammad Zuhairi bin Haji Awang Azahari inked the MoU.
UTB Vice-Chancellor cum guest of honour Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman attended the event alongside UTB’s principal officers, project members and personnel from UTB and the MPRT.
Senior Assistant Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme Area from the Faculty of Engineering Dr Lim Tiong Hoo is leading the collaborative project as the project’s principal investigator.
According to Dr Lim, the project has been awarded a research grant of over BND100,000 under the UK-ASEAN Institutional Links Early Career Researchers Scheme and ICT Virtual Organization of ASEAN Institutes and NICT (ASEAN IVO). The grant will form the basis for collaboration between UTB, ODE and the MPRT to discover – through joint research – the Industrial Revolution 4.0 opportunities waiting to be tapped.