Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

UM and commercial partners collaborate to provide AI-based solutions

[Image Credits: University of Malaya, Press Release

According to a recent press release, UM Innovations Sdn. Bhd., a company wholly owned by University of Malaya (UM) organised and held a pre-launch event for its future spin-off company, Fylix.

At the pre-launch event, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) and a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signing ceremony were conducted between UM Innovations (UMI) and its commercial geo-solutions partner.

The signing of these two agreements signifies an official partnership being established between the two companies.

The partnering firm is dedicated to helping its clients achieve successful and cost-effective implementation of innovative technological solutions for the betterment of our environment.

It is currently an official vendor for a well-known Malaysian oil and gas company, and this partnership is a strategic move by both parties to leverage on their combined strengths to optimally serve the oil and gas industry, as well as other industrial domains.

For the signing, UM was represented by the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Networks), while the firm was represented by its Managing Director.

Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, the Director of Fylix, the Deputy Dean of Undergraduates, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT), and also the Head Coordinator of UM Commercialization and Innovation Center (UMCIC).

It was noted that UM is committed in being a world-renowned university, and commercialisation efforts such as this, is an effective vehicle in improving the industrial perception on the university.

Via UM Innovations, Fylix as a business initiative, is focused on commercializing technologies based on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. It has scored and delivered commercial projects for various organisations.

Fylix as a business initiative has proven to be highly successful and profitable with its range of AI solutions, that has competed with the likes of IBM’s Watson and TATA Industries at different levels of commercialization. It is the brainchild of three UM’s academicians from FCSIT.

Another factor that sets the spin-off apart is that its engineers are all students or alumni of UM (with most of them from FSCIT), ranging from undergraduates to postgraduates. It is evident that FCSIT UM, had been the center-piece in ensuring that the spin-off firm is a commercial success.

Fylix provides a range of AI-based solutions, as follows:

  • KRISPI which is a localized, intelligent and easy to train AI-powered chatbot (won TNB’s Botathon in 2016 and side-lined TATA Industries as well as IBM Watson); and
  • PRIDE, a data extractor, that has the ability to convert unstructured data from raw documents, into pre-defined structured templates. PRIDE was an award winner for the 4th Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Exhibition and Conference in 2018 (MOGSEC 2018).

Pushing Industry 4.0

Malaysia’s National Policy on Industry 4.0 emphasises the need for and importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs).

The Policy notes that there is a need for a more streamlined and cohesive national agenda under which initiatives and organisations can be integrated to accelerate Malaysia’s transformation into a smart and modern manufacturing system.

This will also include the need for a greater alignment across Government, research and academia regarding priority industries, specific goals, enabling actions, and their funding.

The Malaysian government is, thus, working to create and sustain a system wherein the Government, members of research institutions and academia are tightly integrated with the manufacturing industry through collaborative public-private partnerships (PPPs) that develop innovative solutions for specific industry needs.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.