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

The Philippines to Develop UV-C Robot for Disinfections

A robot with ultraviolet-C light that can clean indoor places has been given PHP 5.9 million by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The robot will have intelligence features built into it as part of the effort to lessen the risks associated with employing UV radiation.

“While it is true that there are existing robots installed with UV light, most of these target only the floor. There are also existing robots with UV lamps installed on top, but the UV lamp shines the light in an uncontrolled fashion, making it a hazard for humans as UV-C can cause skin burns or eye injuries,” says Franz de Leon, Director, ASTI.

The team behind the initiative will programme the platform’s intelligence and computer vision on a commercially available robot platform. The navigation system’s intelligence will be completed soon, according to the planned deliverable. The robot should be intelligent enough to steer clear of objects in both the horizontal and vertical axes. This means that the robot must avoid bumping into things and even consider its payload’s vertical clearance.

In 2023, the entire system will be integrated and optimised, and the prototype will be developed. The project began in 2020, with the goal of increasing the capacity of the staff involved in the design of autonomous robots. Because of the epidemic and restricted personnel migration, the progress delayed in 2021.

However, the pandemic hampered project development due to constrained employee movement, which was exacerbated by a global shortage of some technological items. Only this year has the project regained thrust. While the overall budget for this project from 2020 to 2023 is PHP 5.9 million. The project team aims to seek external funding if necessary.

The robot is being considered for usage in common indoor areas such as offices, schools, and commercial businesses. As with other ASTI initiatives, the intellectual assets of the robot may be licensed for commercialisation. The ultimate price has yet to be determined, but the team hopes to set a competitive price point in the market.

Meanwhile, employment development and the utilisation of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to address numerous challenges that the country faces are among the goals of the new Secretary of Science and Technology (DOST).

According to DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., STI creates jobs while simultaneously promoting rural development. They also have the Science for Change Programme, which focuses on R&D engagement across DOST organisations and higher education institutions.

In terms of human resource development, the DOST will continue to provide undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral scholarships, as well as scholarships at the Philippine Science High School. Moreover, the agency encourages graduates, Masters and PhD students to study entrepreneurship in addition to science, technology, engineering, math, creative arts and agriculture. This will allow people to apply their knowledge and ideas in their work, which will boost industrial production.

DOST assists industries, particularly micro, small, and medium firms, by funding activities and programmes and STI counselling. It is also concerned with issues such as food security and energy. Part of this is investigating plant growth boosters, which could aid in crop output. This differs from fertiliser that can be applied to the soil in that it is sprayed on the leaves, which could result in a 15% to 30% increase in rice output.

Healthy supply alternatives, such as employing root crops and coconut as a flour replacement in bread, are also being studied. In terms of energy, he believes that renewable energy and increased energy storage are essential.

Aside from fossil fuels, DOST stated that a battery can be utilised as an alternate mode of transportation, such as a hybrid road train, and wave energy can be used to power a ship.


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 www.planview.com.


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.

Send this to a friend