DOST-PCIEERD builds 3 new laboratories, finances 5 new R&D projects in the regions

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Research and Development of Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies (DOST-PCIEERD) will set up three new laboratories and fund five research projects in various regions from the country.

Under the Institutional Development Program (IDP), the three new research laboratories are: 1. Creation of the Al Research Center for Community Development (AIRCoDE) – This project will establish an AI research laboratory at Polytechnic Colleges in Camarines Sur State to strengthen the research capacities of AI enthusiasts, professors and students in the field of artificial intelligence, such as as deep learning, computer vision, etc. The Creation of the AI ​​Research Lab will be a critical step in the Philippines’ continued development to keep pace with current trends in artificial intelligence in other countries. 2. Creation of the ParSU microbiological testing laboratory (MTL) – The creation of the microbiological testing laboratory will complement and support the existing research activities of Partido State University – Goa Campus in Camarines Sur. The acquisition of the requested equipment will increase the integrity of academic research results, improve the research skills of faculty and students, and increase scientific publications.

3. Creation of the Mindanao Natural (MinNa) Language Processing (LProc) research and development laboratory – The main objective of the project is to establish the Mindanao Natural (MinNa) Language Processing (LProc) laboratory at the University of the Immaculate Conception in Davao City, which specifically aims to collect the linguistic resources necessary for the development of the translation system. multilingual automated system (MT) and conversational agent (CA) and develop a multilingual MT system and web CA, among others. As part of the Regional Research Institute (RRI) program, the projects are as follows:

1. Development of Halal Compliant Restructured Goat Meat Products The project, which will be implemented by Sultan Kudarat State University, aims to transform goat meat and milk into value-added, halal-compliant products with increased market value to meet customer needs.

2. Design, development, testing and implementation of a proportional fuzzy plus integral (PI) power factor correction controller (PFCC) for a 10 kW load – This project, which will be implemented by the University of Science and Technology of Iloilo (ISAT-U), aims to design, develop, test and implement the Fuzzy-PI PFCC for a load of 10 kW which will reduce the power losses and will increase productivity.

3. Application of Blockchain technology to the supply chain of Guimaras Mango- This project, which will be implemented by ISAT-U, aims to guarantee the authenticity of exported mango products; the proposed study will use blockchain technology to trace the origin of the product until it reaches consumers. 4. Development of an optimized pineapple fiber scraping machine – The general objective of this research study, which will be implemented by Capiz State University, is to develop a mechanical extractor of pineapple fibers optimized in terms of extraction capacity. 5. Use of banana peel, canistel fruit and brown rice in the development of composite flour To be implemented by ISAT-U, the project seeks to use banana peel, canned fruit and brown rice in the development of composite flour. This flour is intended to be an ingredient in functional foods. The Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD, Enrico Paringit, congratulated the project managers for their zeal in increasing the R&D capacities in these priority sectors in their respective regions with the aim of improving S&T research through their projects. “These capacity building programs under the Human Resources Development Program (HRDP) continue to advance and strengthen Philippine R&D as it keeps pace with the times,” Paringit said. As part of the HRDP, the IDP provides support for the upgrading of research laboratories and facilities of academic and research institutions where there is a lack of expertise and / or research facilities. It gives priority to new institutions in regions which have limited capacities to carry out R&D activities. As part of its support, it modernizes and / or sets up research laboratories, purchases laboratory equipment / facilities (including highly specialized software) and small research grants aimed at developing research capacity. On the other hand, the RRI is designed for new researchers and new institutions in do R&D in the regions. Its objective is to develop research capacities and increase the researchers, scientists and engineers available in the priority sectors of the PCIEERD through a program of regional consortia.

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