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To help enhance the technological capabilities of ASEAN countries and remain globally competitive, the Philippines organized a five-day online training on multi-tasking artificial intelligence (AI) for ASEAN Member States.

Implemented by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) from 23 to 27 August 2021 via Zoom Videoconference. The 21 ASEAN delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, and Singapore were able to complete the online training course and learned about the most recent advances in AI, available technologies to create more innovations, and how to use AI for various applications.

“Learning about multi-tasking AI arms ASEAN countries with ample knowledge to employ AI tools in a gamut of applications or tasks, this allows seamless image and speech recognition, translation and sentence analysis, and many more game-changing processes. This is the Philippines’ contribution to the ASEAN and the world in spurring sustainable economic development,” said Project Leader and DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

The five-day training enabled the participants to fully grasp the whole AI process from acquiring data, processing, interpreting, and quality assessment.

These are the specific topics that the participants learned through lectures and hands-on exercises in a collaborative environment:

  1. Introduction to AI
  2. Recent Trends in Machine Learning (ML) Research
  3. Keras and Tensor Flow
  4. The Power of Data
  5. Convolutional Neural Networks
  6. Recurrent Neural Networks and Long Short-term Memory Networks
  7. AI in Policy Making and Other Applications 
  8. Multi-tasking AI Using Neural Network
  9. Multi-tasking AI Using Natural Language Processing
  10. Basic Remote Sensing Concepts and QGIS Walkthrough
  11. Deep Learning Applications on Remote Sensing
  12. Connecting to CoARE VM
  13. Training Data Preparation
  14. Training and Prediction Using QGIS Plugin

The DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) provided support in the conduct of activities, specifically in the use of the CoARE facility for the data, DOST’s high-performance cloud computing facility that allows free access of its services to Filipino students, researchers, and data analysts.

After the training, the ASEAN participants shared their AI initiatives in their respective countries and possible areas for collaboration.

“As a leader and partner in enabling innovations in the Philippines, DOST-PCIEERD also sees to it that it uplifts the Asian region through the online training on

multi-tasking AI for ASEAN Member States. Initiatives like this strengthens the bond between countries and births new collaborations that spur regional growth,” said Paringit.

 

Motivated by a mission to preserve and save endangered Filipino Languages, a community-built online web dictionary platform was developed through Project Marayum by a team of computer scientists and linguists as led by Mr. Mario Carreon, Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and monitored by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), the project sought to produce an online language dictionary which can be modified by registered members of a specific community who mainly utilizes the language.

During its initial development, the first dictionary uploaded was the Asi-English language dictionary. Revisions to the dictionary are allowed only to registered Asi language speakers with entries reviewed by a group of assigned language experts.

Project Marayum was built through a collaborative effort of different communities. As an online dictionary platform for Philippine languages, it aims to empower native language speakers to create and curate an online dictionary of their language without needing to have technical expertise in website design, implementation, and maintenance.

On the other hand, DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit expressed support to the project which paved the way for further communication through innovative solutions. He underscored the project's importance in celebration of Buwan ng Wika.

"The national language is as symbolic as the country's own freedom, giving it its unique identity as a sovereign nation. This Buwan ng Wika, we can also celebrate other local languages in the country through this project," Paringit said.

The Marayum website is now available online at https://marayum.ph with an initial layout of four dictionaries: Asi-English, Cebuano-English, Hiligaynon-English, and Kinaray-a-English.

Other dictionaries are currently being collated using Marayum which include Bikol-Buhi’non, Bikol-Central, Bikol-Rinconada, Masbatenyo, Kapampangan, Chavacano, Gaddang, Inakyeanon, Waray, and Ilocano with corresponding English translations. All the dictionaries are being managed by their communities and assigned linguists.

 

As a nod to initiatives in the scientific field communicated in the Filipino language, the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) awards the Selyo ng Kahusayan sa Serbisyo Publiko to the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa KWF para sa kanilang pagkilala sa ating mga inisyatiba para suportahan ang paglilinang ng wikang Filipino sa ating mga proyekto at programa. Ibinabahagi namin ang parangal na ito sa mga mananaliksik at kawani ng DOST PCIEERD na siyang nagsasanib pwersa para maitaguyod ang mga adhikain ng pagsusulong ng wikang Filipino,” said DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

DOST-PCIEERD will receive the prestigious award in KWF’s virtual event on August 31, in celebration of the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.

KWF established the Selyo ng Kahusayan sa Serbisyo Publiko in 2016 to recognize government agencies and local government units (LGUs) that have shown excellence in the use of the Filipino language in serving Filipinos.

This year, KWF focused on the use of Filipino in the social media posts and campaigns of agencies and LGUs.

DOST PCIEERD supports the advancement of the Filipino language through research and development projects like:

  • Project Marayum - a collaboratively built online dictionary platform for Philippine languages. Its goal is to empower native language speakers to create and curate an online dictionary of their language without needing to have technical expertise in website design, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Senti AI – a DOST PCIEERD supported startup that provide social media monitoring services that is focused on understanding Filipino. To process social media posts better, they have developed a machine learning -based language classifier that automatically detect the language of any document. The product will allow the clients to view the market behavior on social media as well as the real time conversations about their brands.

The Innovation Council also uses the Filipino language in its social media pages for announcements and sharing information about breakthroughs in its researches.

“Nakikiisa kami sa KWF sa adhikain nitong linangin at palaganapin ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa bansa. Lalo pa naming paiigtingin ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa aming mga opisyal na gawain at sa aming mga pakikipagtalastasan,” added Paringit.

 

The Department of Science and Technology Philippines Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development enters the Finals of the prestigious international science engagement competition Falling Walls Engage 2021 for its science communication social media campaign Pinoy Science in partnership with TikTok.

Out of the 189 competitors from around the world, DOST PCIEERD is among the Top 50 Finalists in the international tilt and will be vying to be included in the Top 20 winners which will be selected by the Fallings Walls Advisory Board composed of renowned scientists, communicators, and consultants with a variety of backgrounds and a shared expertise in the evaluation of science engagement projects. This will be announced on August 18 to 23, 2021. From the Top 20 winners, a Breakthrough of the Year will be selected during the Falling Walls Conference in November 2021.

The partnership between DOST-PCIEERD and TikTok was forged in 2021 to promote science and technology specifically through the Pinoy Science TikTok account.

Through the collaboration, Filipinos were trained to use the social media platform for science communication, Filipino-made technologies were promoted, and hashtag contests such as the #PinoyInnovator challenge was conducted.

“We thank Falling Walls for this recognition, and we share this award with the game-changing innovations that our researchers come up with and share in this innovative platform.  We thank TikTok for this partnership and giving us a channel to share to the world Filipino ingenuity,” DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit said.

The Top 20 winners of the Falling Walls Engage Competition will get a chance to present their project on stage of the Falling Walls Conference in front of an international audience of global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media, which will also be the first in-person gathering since the pandemic erupted. This will take place in Berlin, Germany from November 7 to 9, 2021 on the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall.

Falling Walls Engage is the global platform for science engagement, hosted by the Falling Walls Foundation in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which aims to provide a better understanding and public involvement in science that can help tackle global societal challenges through fact-based decision-making and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the society.

 

As the pandemic halted the physical classroom setup type of learning, Filipino innovators showcased on Tuesday 13 projects that would help students cope with remote learning in an engaging way.

Various resource speakers hailing from different institutions, agencies, organizations, and the academe shared their new projects during the third leg of the Science and Innovation Budding Opportunities for Leverage (SIBOL) webinar series organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

These are the following projects:

  1. Resilient Education Information Infrastructure for the New Normal (REIINN);
  2. Development of Framework and Materials for Distance and Remote Learning via Datacasting;
  3. Mathematical Resources for Distance Learning Utilizing Community LTE Networks and Television Frequencies;
  4. Establishment of the PRR-1 Subcritical Assembly for Training, Education and Research (SATER);
  5. Diachronic Representation and Linguistic Study of Filipino Word Senses Across Social and Digital Media Contexts;
  6. Philippine Science Centrum Travelling Exhibits;
  7. The Design, Implementation, and Analysis of a Digital/Mobile Game-based Learning Tool for Primary and Secondary Education;
  8. Education Game for Chemistry in the Senior High School and Junior High School sectors of Baguio City;
  9. Augmented Reality-based Lesson for the Improvement of Learning Achievement in Cell Biology for the STEM Curriculum;
  10. Physics Simulator Mobile Game;
  11. Game-based Learning Platform for Social Studies; Nurturing Interest in STEM Among Filipino Learners Using Minecraft;
  12. Development of Plasma Coating Process for the Furniture Industry; Cultural Adaptive Mapping Platform using Mixed Reality; and
  13. Augmented Reality-based Gamified Local Tourism and Cultural Heritage Promotion and Preservation.

“The global health crisis has pushed the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement emergency online education (EOE) and emergency remote education (ERE) which are crisis response terms for online or remote instruction during an emergency. Filipino educators taught students through multiple learning delivery modalities such as distance learning and blended learning, either on top of—or in place of face-to-face learning. Classes were done through various video conferencing software like Zoom and Google meet. Moreover, to help learners, parents, and teachers implement these learning delivery modalities, Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) were made available in print and offline and online digital formats,” DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit said in his speech.

“These strategies have underscored the need for us to integrate emerging technologies into our education system in order to strengthen modes of instruction and keep students interested and engaged. We are also optimistic that leveraging leading edge technologies and platforms will help us overcome the challenges in distance, the evolving needs for learning, and to continuing threats posed by the pandemic.” he added.

The SIBOL webinar series is a monthly presentation to the public of new projects and programs that DOST-PCIEERD is funding and create awareness on the promising new projects and their potential impact to the society.