Program: Collaborative Research for Common Regional Issues (CRC)

Field: Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Principal Investigator: Dr. Zool Hilmi Ismail

Sending University: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Japanese Co-Investigator: Prof. Dr. Toru NAMERIKAWA

Japanese University: Keio University

Year: 2014


Technological advances and pressing management problems have coerced the development of a new mode of riverine monitoring system. Many human benefits derived from the earth™s ecosystems are contingent on knowing the current condition of the said ecosystems, understanding the controls on those systems and identifying stressors that might lead to deterioration in the future. Therefore, a continuous, real-time information on multiple variables is essential and increasingly feasible through new instrumentation and communication. In this CRC research work, a fleet of floating robotics platform is developed that can be deployed at a specific location, allowing them to propagate through the environment with the water currents, and retrieving them at the end of the mission. The retrieval operation is assisted by the device that transmitting its location to the research team. Strong linkages with Keio University, Japan and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesi as another 2 jointpublications are currently under review. My students are having their chance to visit and test the proposed devices in the actual site in Kapit, East Malaysia. Local residents and Sarawak Rivers Board are requesting our research group to conduct a research on possibility to deploy an Integrated Green Energy Profiler (HydrokineticSolarWind) near to Bakun Dam. The proposed work is very useful to the local group since it can provide the positive impacts that local boundary layer data can have on short term forecasting and warning issuances.