/ 13 April 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development and various universities unveiled their projects on artificial intelligence research and development.

The projects, to be carried out by the DOST’s Advanced Technology Science Institute, University of the Philippines Mindanao, and De La Salle University, aim to spur growth in this emerging industry in the Philippines.

PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico Parinigit said that AI is one of the priority areas as “it truly can boost the country” and “usher us to the fourth industrial revolution.”

“As a powerful agent for good, AI can disrupt traditional processes and provide solutions and opportunities that Filipinos can maximize,” he added. “These projects are a testament to our shared goal of uplifting our nation by making innovation work for the Filipino people.”

UPMin will handle the Harmonized Aerial Watch and Knowledge-based Survey Project, the aerial component of the ASIMOV program. It aims to develop core technologies necessary for autonomous drone deployment.

UPMin will also handle the Philippine Sky Artificial Intelligence Program. Its main research component is the Automated Labeling Machine – Large-Scale Initiative.

The DOST meanwhile will work on the Robot for Optimized and Autonomous Mission-Enhancement Response Project that develops prototypes of unmanned ground vehicles to help increase the productivity of different industries in the country, especially in agriculture.

The DLSU will develop a “low-cost, wireless structural health monitoring system.”

It will also work on the development of a multi-lingual chatbot to monitor the health of school children.