USM Team Crowned Innovate Malaysia 2019 Grand Champions



PENANG, AUGUST 5 – A team of young innovators from Universiti Sains Malaysia emerged as the winner of the prestigious Innovate Malaysia Excellence Award at the grand finale event of the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) 2019. The trio of Alexander Tan Wai Teng, Gan Zheng Hong and Voon Zhen Liang beat 60 other teams from top universities at the country’s biggest engineering designcompetition.

On hand to present this award to the team, was Yang Berhormat Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In addition to the grand prize, the team also won the SAS Technology Track and Best Demo Video Award for their project entitled Combined Upper and Lower Limb Stroke Rehabilitation System Using Machine Learning. For their efforts, they took home RM8,000 in cash and are now eligible to participate in a Data Science course worth more than RM17,000 courtesy of SAS, a leader in analytics innovation.

“This competition provides participants with a safe space to gain the technical skills and capabilities that equip individuals to compete globally and face the demands of current and future workforce requirements,” said Dr. Ong in his speech at the IMDC 2019 grand finale.

He added “these industry-ready talents give industries the confidence to position themselves into higher- value activities like R&D. As a result, this shift has the potential to advance the country towards a developed digital economy and realize its aspiration of becoming a high-income nation.”

The competition was organized by IMDC 2019 industry lead and host, Keysight Technologies, together with other leading companies including Google, Intel, MathWorks, Microsoft, SAS, SilTerra and Solidworks.

“Keysight is proud to be one of the pioneer IMDC technology partners who has been working closely with universities to cultivate a culture of innovation among its students through the years,” said Keysight’s VicePresident of Education and Vice President & General Manager of General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Ee Huei Sin.

She added that strong partnerships between the industry and academia is critical to create a talent poolthat can transform Malaysia’s industries and move them up the value chain.

The grand finale event saw 56 teams showcasing their innovations in various trending application domains, including Industry 4.0, automotive, digital economy, smart applications, digital social innovation, medical and healthcare, and green technology. Many of them also took on the IMDC ‘Design Challenge’,where their projects address challenges that were set by various organizations like Cenergi, Continental, Cyberview, Exabytes, MML, Shell and Smart Selangor Delivery Unit.

For more details on the IMDC 2019, please visit

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