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Philippines’ DOST plans to include research on AI in R&D agenda

Adrian M. Reodique | Nov. 4, 2016
The government agency is now coordinating with other R&D institutions to develop an AI programme.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is considering to include research on artificial intelligence (AI) to its 2017-2022 research and development (R&D) agenda.

"We would like to pursue new areas, not necessarily new in the global sense but as far as local R&D is concerned, and that is in the field of artificial intelligence and space technology," said DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña in a report by Philippine News Agency.

In line, DOST is now coordinating with other R&D institutions to develop an AI programme which will consist of various project components.

"We are in the process of consulting experts and stakeholders to form a development programme on AI. This is something not totally new but it is a promising field for our researchers with applications in the industry," said Raul Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development, in the report.

Sabularse added the department initially plans to use AI for manufacturing sector to help optimise the mass production of goods in the Philippines.

DOST also underscored the wide range of use of AI like in medical diagnosis, law, robot control, remote sensing, stock trading, scientific discovery, and toy making. 

 

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