The projections and viewpoints of artists and designers
Extrapolation of recent and present technological developments, making imaginative but credible (do-able) scenarios, and simulating the future
New product design, prototyping, and demonstration work of engineers, computer scientists, and designers
Imagineering Institute is the first lab of its kind to integrate blue skies research and an accelerator programme for start-up companies through the commercialization of IPs. Entrepreneurs are given the chance to work side by side with academic researchers, building a symbiotic benefit by combining entrepreneurs' commercial input and world-class researchers' technical advice.
The institute is envisioned to be a hotbed for high-impact R&D in a relatively nascent Malaysian IDM industry. Furthermore, the successful commercialization of projects emerging from the institute, along with partnerships with renowned research labs, will potentially place both the institute and Iskandar on the global radar.
By emulating an incubator programme for start-up companies, Imagineering Institute is able to develop the local talent pool and support their R&D efforts towards commercialization. Participants of the incubator programme will benefit greatly from the institute’s physical infrastructure and extensive global network of academics, corporates and Khazanah's investee companies.
As an R&D hotbed, the research institute can provide Malaysian companies direct visibility of up and coming IDM technologies. Given the research areas that the institute is focusing on and the multi-disciplinary talent that it is expected to attract, Malaysia is bound to benefit greatly and its impact will be clearly seen across all sectors.
The institute’s differentiated scenario-driven R&D approach fosters multi-disciplinary collaborations and strengthens IDM R&D in Malaysia. Furthermore, the institute's partnerships with academic institutions both locally and internationally can ensure a sustainable pipeline of talent into IDM specifically, and Malaysia in general.
While Malaysia has shown excellence in the electronics commodity industry, there has been an increasing need to move up the value chain within the technology sector. Malaysia can gain competitive advantage by identifying the technology winners of tomorrow rather than just producing and consuming foreign technology.
Our research aims to be visionary, quantum step ground-breaking research. Our researchers and Ph.D. students will aim to submit and publish at the world's best academic conferences and journals. This will increase the international impact of Malaysian-grown research.
BY REGINA MARIE LEE
JULY 8, 2016
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