RAISE-MED: Research Alliance for Intelligent Systems in Medical Technology in Malaysia

Successful German-Malaysian event series goes into its seventh edition

News / August 02, 2018

This series of events brings together the key competences of both nations to advanced new research topics and new ideas for the challenges of digitization. A central component of the event is the RAISE-MED project, which was ap-proved by the BMBF last year and promotes German-Malaysian cooperation in the field of intelligent technical systems.

In the SmartFactoryOWL and at the Fraunhofer IEM, the workshop participants were able to visit various demonstrators from the context of digitized working environments.
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In the SmartFactoryOWL and at the Fraunhofer IEM, the workshop participants were able to visit various demonstrators from the context of digitized working environments.
On the last day, the participants visited GEA Group and gained exciting insights into the production processes of the industrial group.
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On the last day, the participants visited GEA Group and gained exciting insights into the production processes of the industrial group.

After the "German Malaysian Workshop Series (GMWS)" was successfully held in Hanover (2012), Malacca (2013), Bremen (2014), Bali (2015), Paderborn (2016) and Krabi (2017), the seventh edition took place in Paderborn again this year. The focus was on insights of the German innovation landscape and science; the agenda included a strategy workshop, the participation in an international conference and various visits to the industry in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region.

Workshop at Fraunhofer IEM

The four-day series started with an whole-day workshop at Fraunhofer IEM, which was focusing on the future strategy of the RAISE-MED project. Discussions were also held on how a technology transfer can be designed in Malaysia. Representatives of the it's OWL Cluster Management took part and discussed the experiences of technology transfer over the last five years in the Spitzencluster.

Martin Rabe, research assistant at Fraunhofer IEM and coordinator of the RAISE-MED project, emphasizes the importance of personal exchange and joint strategy development: "The format of the German Malaysian Workshop Series has been very popular with participants for several years. The four days together are characterised by an intensive exchange. The results are new impulses for further cooperation and collaboration. This makes it clear that even in the digital age the fundamental, common dialogue cannot be replaced". One result of this year's meeting is the establishment of a joint IT infrastructure to develop data analytics in an industrial environment and to enable a worldwide, collaborative work.

Visit of the international conference SysInt

The International Conference on Systems-Integrated Intelligence (SysInt) (19-20 June) is a forum for science and industry to disseminate the latest innovations. As part of the RAISE-MED project, Fraunhofer IEM and the Malaysian partners were able to publish a total of four contributions. The contributions dealt with the methodical support of agile development processes in the areas of rehabilitation, the interpretation of brain waves to support therapies as well as the conception and development of a Smart Factory demonstrator in Malaysia.

Industrial visits to the Innovation Region Ostwestalen-Lippe

On the last day of the workshop series, the participants had the opportunity to visit GEA Group's production facilities. The visit was part of the programme of the meeting of the “Fachgruppe Industrie 4.0”. Such events for the exchange of industry and science are also to be established in Malaysia. The agenda also included visits to the incubator and start-up centre garage33, the University of Paderborn and SmartFactoryOWL, a Living Lab for Industry 4.0. Here too, the aim is to establish such structures in Malaysia in order to strengthen the innovation eco-system. Visits by the various partners of Fraunhofer IEM provided the participants with exciting insights into the East Westphalia-Lippe innovation region.

Malaysian representatives from research and industry visiting Fraunhofer IEM

News / May 29, 2018

On the 20th April 2018 Fraunhofer IEM had a one day visit by key stakeholders from Malaysia. Representives from the Federation of Manufacturers in Malaysia (FMM), the Institution of Engineers in Malaysia, the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and the Consul for Trade were welcomed at the "Zukunftsmeile" in Paderborn.

 The guests from Malaysia with staff from Fraunhofer IEM: Kok Chee Wee (FMM), Ir. Dr. Tan Chee Fai (IEM), Martin Rabe (Fraunhofer IEM), Fabian Machon (Fraunhofer IEM), Jamaliah Jamaludin (Director MATRADE), Dr.-Ing. Arno Kühn (Fraunhofer IEM), Richard Peh (FMM), Mr. Badrul Hisham Hilal (Consul for Trade).
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The guests from Malaysia with staff from Fraunhofer IEM: Kok Chee Wee (FMM), Ir. Dr. Tan Chee Fai (IEM), Martin Rabe (Fraunhofer IEM), Fabian Machon (Fraunhofer IEM), Jamaliah Jamaludin (Director MATRADE), Dr.-Ing. Arno Kühn (Fraunhofer IEM), Richard Peh (FMM), Mr. Badrul Hisham Hilal (Consul for Trade).
Using demonstrators, the guests learn about technologies for collaborative robotics.
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Using demonstrators, the guests learn about technologies for collaborative robotics.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss on how to adapt the German model of innovation (for example with the instrument of applied research practiced by Fraunhofer) to the Malaysian Innovation Ecosystem which is part of the project RAISE-MED. In addition, the relationship with the visitors from Malaysia should be strengthened. The three organizations FMM, MATRADE and the Consul for Trade gather thousands of companies and are thus a crucial bridge between research and industry. They are comparable with German associations such as the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) or the Association of German Engineers (VDI).

To give a brief overview about the current research and activities in Germany and Malaysia, the first part of the meeting consisted a brief presentation of all participants and project RAISE-MED, and a demonstration of current key technologies for Industry 4.0. The guests then had the chance to experience the Systems Engineering Live Lab, the demonstration of collaborative robotics and Industry 4.0 related Virtual and Augmented Reality applications. The second part of the day included a guided tour through the production line of Diebold Nixdorf. There the visitors got an insight into processes and machines. The group then moved to the SmartFactoryOWL, an open research and demonstration platform for digital transformation.

"We were able to show our Malaysian guests how valuable and inspiring it is to present and discuss future technologies. We have also explained the advantages of the Fraunhofer model of applied research. We are looking forward to our German-Malaysian cooperation and a further exchange in terms of innovation and research", Dr.-Ing. Arno Kühn sums up the day.

The new German-Malaysian research alliance will organize workshops and events alternating between Germany and Southeast Asia in order to encourage exchange between companies and scientist and to build up a network. For this purpose the project cooperates with the German Technology Network “Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it’s OWL), where research and industry work together and which was awarded by the German government as so-called Leading Edge Cluster in 2012.

The events will be offered free of charge, details will be announced online (www.iem.fraunhofer.de/raise-med).

Partners of RAISE-MED

All partners contribute their broad expertise to the project: Fraunhofer IEM contributes its know-how in systems engineering in the context of digitization and industry 4.0. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) are core partners of the project and leading Malaysian universities in medical technology. The overall network of the project is growing steadily and since the start of the project 25 new Malaysian partners from research and industry have already been integrated.

Funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The project RAISE-MED is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). During the first period (2017-2019) of “RAISE-MED” the innovation laboratory and innovation network will be built up. Further funding until 2022 will likely be permitted. 

German-Malaysian engineering laboratory connects research and industry for innovations in medical tech-nology

Pressemitteilung / August 15, 2017

German engineering meets Malaysian medical technology: Based on a fruitful cooperation for many years the Fraunhofer-Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM and the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Tun Hus-sein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) start a research presence in Kuala Lumpur connected with two major questions: How will intelligent medical technology products be developed in the future and which key technologies are used?

Ceremonial opening of the RAISE-MED project: Prof. Dr. Salmiah Kasolang (Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM), Prof. Dr. Mohamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center of the UTHM), Prof. Ir. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM), Dr. Dr. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM), Dr. Dr. Dr. Hjamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center of the UTHM), Prof. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM). Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (Malaysian Vice Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation), Jens Brinkmann (German Embassy Kuala Lumpur) and Prof. Dr. Roman Dumitrescu (Director at Fraunhofer IEM and Managing Director it's OWL).
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Ceremonial opening of the RAISE-MED project: Prof. Dr. Salmiah Kasolang (Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM), Prof. Dr. Mohamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center of the UTHM), Prof. Ir. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM), Dr. Dr. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM), Dr. Dr. Dr. Hjamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center of the UTHM), Prof. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar (Vice President Research and Innovation of the UiTM). Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (Malaysian Vice Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation), Jens Brinkmann (German Embassy Kuala Lumpur) and Prof. Dr. Roman Dumitrescu (Director at Fraunhofer IEM and Managing Director it's OWL).

The project “Research Alliance for Intelligent Systems in Medical Technology in Malaysia” (RAISE-MED) started with a ceremony on August 14, 2017 at UiTM in the presence of the Malaysian Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, the Counsellor for Economic, Commercial and Environmental Affairs of the German Embassy Jens Brinckmann, the Vice-Chancellor of UiTM Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr. Hassan Said, the Director at Fraunhofer IEM Professor Dr. Roman Dumitrescu, the Vice-Chancellor of UTHM Professor Dr. Wahid bin Razzaly and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of UiTM Prof. Ir. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Omar.

“The idea for our innovation laboratory arose out of a long-lasting, friendly and loyal cooperation between Fraunhofer IEM, UiTM and UTHM. Based on that and together with competent partners we will build up an excellent research network”, said Professor Dumitrescu.

“The Malaysian partners including UiTM and UTHM are strong in the Science and Technology area, and have the correct platform for R&D in medical technology products”, said the Malaysian Deputy Minister Dr. Abu Bakar.

Innovation laboratory brings together research and industry

Central component of the cooperation is an innovation laboratory that will be built up at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) near Kuala Lumpur, the biggest university in Malaysia with 160.000 students and 18.000 employees. The objective: Establishing a research presence in the field of development of intelligent systems for medical technology (Smart Health). The facilities of the lab with “Digital Engineering”-Workplaces, areas for prototyping technologies as well as for workshops and trainings will be open for students, researchers and industry. “The aim is to bring both – academia and industry – together. In Germany this concept of cooperation promotes innovation for a long time, especially Fraunhofer represents this perspective. Now we will work with Malaysian companies and researchers in the same way”, said Professor Dumitrescu.

“The research alliance will act as a catalyst for both countries in boosting the much needed development in intelligent medical technology. It is hoped that the innovation laboratory will be a hub to strengthen current and future research”, said Deputy Vice Chancellor of UiTM Prof. Abdul Rahman.

“We are excited to see engineering experts, medical specialists and technopreneurs from Germany and Malaysia work hand in hand in tackling key issues in health care by designing intelligent systems using the Fraunhofer approach”, said Vice-Chancellor of UTHM Professor Wahid of UTHM.

Network offers events and workshops

The new German-Malaysian research alliance will organize workshops and events alternating between Germany and Southeast Asia in order to encourage exchange between companies and scientist and to build up a network. For this purpose the project cooperates with the German Technology Network “Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it’s OWL), where research and industry work together and which was awarded by the German government as so-called Leading Edge Cluster in 2012.

The events will be offered free of charge, details will be announced (www.iem.fraunhofer.de/RAISE-MED).

Partners of RAISE-MED

The partners contribute to the project with broad expertise: Fraunhofer IEM brings in its methods of Systems Engineering in the context of Digitization and Industry 4.0.  Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) are the leading Malaysian universities for medical technology. Monash University Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) are also renowned for the field of “smart health”. The specialist in medical technology Techcare Innovation and the Malaysian Association of Rehabilitation Physicians help to match the research questions with application scenarios.

Funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The project RAISE-MED is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). During the first period (2017-2019) of “RAISE-MED” the innovation laboratory and innovation network will be built up. Further funding until 2022 will likely be permitted.