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This report presents the consultancy and commercialisation statistics and activities for the year 2014.

The consultancy activities have made steady progress over the past years. In the year 2014, the total amount approved has increased to RM1,237,073.23 as shown in Figure 1. This is an increase of 16% as compared to the year 2013. Total number of projects approved in the year 2014 is 292.

Figure 1: Total Value of Approved Consultancy/Outside works For the Period 2008-2014

Figure 2 shows the percentage share of consultancy/outside works by faculties. Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) has the largest share at 26.6% of the total approved amount in 2014. This is followed by Faculty of Creative Industry (FCI) at 21.8% and Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) at 16.1%.

Figure 2: Percentage Share of Approved Consultancy/Outside Works by Faculty (2014)

Figure 3 shows the percentage value of approved projects by categories. Advisory/Consultancy constitutes 50% of all approved projects. This is followed by Training which forms 42% of all approved projects.

Figure 3: Percentage Share of Approved Consultancy/Outside Works by Category (2014)

Commercialisation Activities

For the year 2014, UTAR has signed only one agreement which is with ERS Energy Sdn Bhd for the pre-commercialisation of an energy storage system. In addition to that, one of the R&D project delivered by UTAR for Construction Research Institute of Malaysia is now in the process of pre-commercialisation.

Number of patents filed:

UTAR has to date 17 inventions which have been submitted for patents at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office (MyIPO). 4 patent applications were filed in 2014. The newly filed applications are as follows:

  • "Non-Imaging Dish Concentrator with Secondary Optics for Optimizing Performance of Dense Array Concentrator” (23 January 2014 - PI2014000210) – Prof. Dr. Chong Kok Keong – LKC FES.

  • "Database-less and Certificate-less Multi-factor Authentication Methods" – (3 April 2014 - PI2014700810) – Prof. Dr. Goi Bok Min – LKC FES.

  • "A Ventilated Roof" – (18 June 2014 - PI 2014701635) – Ken Holdings & UTAR, Dr Wai Soon Han – FEGT

  • "Method of Distributing Service Directory" – (27 August 2014 - PI2014702419) – MIMOS & UTAR, Dr Liew Soung Yue – FICT

Figure 4 shows the number of patents that has been filed for the period 2008 to 2014 at MyIPO.

Figure 4: Number of Patents Filed for the Period 2008-2014

In addition to the above, the following invention has been filed for patent protection in USA and China:

  • "Non-Imaging Dish Concentrator with Secondary Optics for Optimizing Performance of Dense Array Concentrator” - Prof. Dr. Chong Kok Keong
Number of Technical Assist

In addition to Academia-Industry collaborations, UTAR also aligned its R&D works closely with relevant government bodies such as MSC Malaysia via Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). There were two projects which have received funding from the ?MSC Malaysia Innovation Voucher? in 2014. The projects are as follows:

  • "Time-Guard Solution System" – Asst Prof Dr.Teh Peh Chiong – FEGT

  • "Internet of Things" and "Big Data" Projects" – Asst Prof Dr. Chong Poh Kit – LKC FES

Prospect for the Year 2015

The Department of Consultancy and Commercialisation will continue to promote and encourage consultancy and commercialisation works amongst the academia as well as to align its efforts in elevating UTAR MyRA‘s status.