Our research article on rehabilitation robotics for autism entitled “Engineering Research: Reaching out from the Ivory Tower to the Disabled Community” has been published in IEEE GoldRush newsletter for June 2012 issue. Congratulation to my PhD student Syamimi Shamsuddin.

See the article here: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/goldrushnewsletter.html

Engineering is often envisaged as the branch of knowledge connected to maths and sciences to solve realworld problems. In most parts of the world, any person who wishes to practice as an engineer must first successfully complete an accredited degree in engineering. There- in lays the path to pursue postgraduate study to individuals who wish to reach the highest levels of his or her capabilities. Such pursuit relies greatly on the opportunities and the wealth of researches that are accessible in the institutions of higher learning. Undeniably, on-going research is the heartbeat of the university. It is the catalyst to the number of grants acquired from the government and private sector; and of course the ‘magnet’ that draws postgraduate students to the particular university. Despite all this, the research in engineering needs to be motivated by the ‘values’ it carries into the society. Then only the gap between academia (often termed as the ‘ivory tower’) and the community can be bridged together. (Read full article here http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/gold/goldrushnewsletter.html)

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