DOST-ASTI Tech Experts headline PUP Futures Tech Forum, explore Disruptive Innovations and Emerging Technologies

17 Jan 2024 10:37 AM

Sta. Mesa, Manila — DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) technical experts took center stage at the recently concluded Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Futures Thinking Forum held from 4-5 December 2023 at Bulwagang Bonifacio, Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center, PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila. Organized by the PUP Research Institute for Strategic Foresight and Innovation, this two-day event sought to foster a platform for discussions and insights into the evolving technology landscape. 

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With the theme "Exploring Disruptive Innovations: The Impact of Emerging Technologies," DOST-ASTI researchers shared their expertise on quantum computing, generative AI, blockchain technology, data-driven society, social sensing, robotics, and automation. 

In his talk titled "Computing Beyond Conventional with Quantum Computing," Mr. Jul Jon R. General of the Quantum Computing Simulation (QCS) Project presented a comprehensive overview of quantum computing, highlighting its potential to solve complex problems faster than classical computers, and its transformative potential and limitations. 

Mr. Jose Maria E. Braga, Senior AI Engineer of the ASTI-Automated Labeling Machine (ASTI-ALaM) Project, presented on "Generative AI and Disruptive Technologies: Transforming Industries and Shaping the Future," demonstrating the application of Neural Radiance Field (NeRF) in 3D reconstruction. 

Ms. Jelina Tanya H. Tetangco, Supervising Science Research Specialist from the Research and Development Division, highlighted the crucial role of research infrastructures in facilitating research and innovation in her presentation "The Role of Science Infrastructures in Facilitating Research and Innovation." Ms. Tetangco discussed the impact of DOST-ASTI's Computing and Archiving Research Environment (COARE) and Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINET) in supporting R&D innovation in various sectors. 

Ms. Roxanne S. Aviñante, Project Leader of DataProtect, provided insights into blockchain technology, discussing its impact, opportunities, and challenges. She also shared DOST-ASTI's efforts in blockchain R&D, the open-source platform "Self-sovereign Identity Empowerment: Reinventing Rights and Attributes" (SIERRA) which focuses on decentralizing user privacy using blockchain technology. 

Mr. John Kevin C. Abonita, Lead Software Quality Engineer, explored the concept of "Data-driven Society: The Influence of Social Sensing" and delved into the multidisciplinary approach, ethical considerations, and real-world applications of social sensing. He highlighted the IoT and AI-driven phenotyping plantform Project and the social network sensing application Kooha. 

Mr. Emmanuel P. Balintec, Supervising Science Research Specialist from the Research and Development Division, discussed robotics and automation in the context of Industry 4.0 in his presentation titled "Revolutionizing Industries: Robotics and Automation," navigating through the historical contexts, the human-robot collaboration paradigm, and showcasing the Robot for Optimized and Autonomous Mission-Enhancement Response (ROAMER) Project. 

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DOST-ASTI is committed to advancing science, technology, and innovation and contributing to the discourse on emerging technologies, fostering collaboration, sharing insights, and pushing the boundaries of research and innovation in cutting-edge technologies.