AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting Spring 2018, Manila , the Philippines

The AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting for Spring 2018 will be hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, on 22-24th May, 2018 at DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute , in Manila ,  the Philippines .

Representatives from all partners will gather for 3 days to share information and discuss the directions for both projects.

For meeting details including registration ( Deadline 30 April 2018 and invitation letter ,  please click here.




Advanced Topics for Marine Science & Technology 2017


This course—held by Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology—aims to explain advanced technology and tools of Marine Science, Engineering, Logistics, Information Technology and Maritime Education which are applied for present operation and management of marine industries. For online participants, all lectures will be provided through live streaming and videos (archived). For more details, click here.

20th Anniversary of AI3 & 15th Anniversary of SOI Asia@ITB Bandung, Indonesia

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The AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting for Autumn 2016 will be hosted by Institute of Technology, Bandung (Indonesian: Institut Teknologi Bandung, abbreviated as ITB), from 4-6th September, 2016 at Bandung, Indonesia. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of AI3 and 15th Anniversary of SOI Asia, the event will consists of presentations and workshops with plenty of opportunities to interact with colleagues from Asia-Pacific advanced networking and research communities. For more details, check the meeting webpage.

AI3 & SOI ASIA JOINT MEETING @ USM Penang, Malaysia- Spring 2016


The AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting for Spring 2016 will be hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia, from 26-28th May, 2016 at USM main campus, in Penang, Malaysia.

Representatives from all partners will gather for 3 days to share information and discuss the directions for both projects. More details will be updated in this page.

If you need an invitation letter, please fill in the Invitation Letter Request form. (or access the URL:

To register, kindly fill in the Registration Form. (or access the URL:

Registration Deadline is 2nd May 2016.



The meetings will be held at the USM main campus in Penang, Malaysia.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 – Meeting Room Level 7, School of Computer Sciences, USM. 

School of Computer Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.


Friday, 27 May 2016 & Saturday, 28 May 2016 – Dewan Persidangan Universiti, USM.

Dewan Persidangan Universiti (DPU),
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800, Minden, Penang, Malaysia.


[OPTIONAL] DAY 1 Morning (Half Day) – 26th May (Thursday)

A half-day workshop is being organized at USM on “Developing Responsive Web Applications using HTML5 and CSS3” (

It is free of charge to AI3 / SOI Asia partners.

Note: Registration for the half-day workshop for AI3 / SOI Asia partners is done via the AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting Spring 2016 registration page.

09:00 – 13:00  Workshop – “Developing Responsive Web Applications using HTML5 and CSS3”

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch break


DAY 1 Afternoon (Half Day) – 26th May (Thursday)

14:00 – 14:30  Registration for AI3/SOI Asia Meeting

14:30 – 14:45  Introduction to AI3 and SOI Asia Joint Meeting 2016

14:45 – 16:00  Operation Task Force Meeting

16:00 – 16:30  Tea break

16:30 – 18:00  Operation Task Force Meeting

18:00  Depart for Official Dinner (sponsored by USM)


DAY 2 – 27th May (Friday)

08:45 – 09:00  Registration Opening

09:00 – 10:15  SOI Asia Meeting

                      – Site updates

                      – Review of Operation Task Force

10:15 – 10:45  Tea break

10:45 – 12:00  Welcome Speech by Vice Chancellor of USM

11:00 – 12:00  Keynote Speeches

                      – Keio University: Prof. Jun Murai

                      – MOOCs: Dr. Aisyah Saad Abdul Rahim (USM)

12:00 – 14:45  Lunch break, Friday Prayers

14:45 – 16:00  Research Presentations

16:00 – 16:30  Tea break

16:30 – 18:00  Research Presentations

18:00  Depart for Official Dinner (sponsored by AI3 & SOI Asia)

Heritage Zone Night Walk: If the weather permits, we will have a short (60 minutes) walk around the Georgetown Heritage Zone near Little India on Friday night after the SOI Asia sponsored dinner. You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes on Friday if you wish to join the walk.


DAY 3 – 28th May (Saturday)

08:30 – 10:00  Business/Entrepreneurship Session/Academic steering meeting

10:00 – 10:30  Tea break

10:30 – 11:30  Academic Steering Committee (Planning Discussion for Academic Session 2016/2017)

11:30 – 13:00  Director’s Meeting

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch Break (+ continue the meeting if needed)

14:00 – 14:30  Wrap-up & Closing


Bus pick up schedules:
We will arrange a bus for pick up from the hotel to the meeting venue. Please gather at the hotel lobby before the following time.
Day 1 (Thursday, 26 May 2016): 8.15 a.m. (for HTML5 workshop)
Day 1 (Thursday, 26 May 2016): 1.30 p.m. 
Day 2 (Friday, 27 May 2016): 8.15 a.m.
Day 3 (Saturday, 28 May 2016): 8:00 a.m.
Arrival & Departure (Airport – Hotel)
There will be no transportation provided from the airport to hotel and vice versa. Please make your own transportation arrangements. The official white airport taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approximately RM 34. 


Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits to Malaysia. Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of stay.

Please check the following website to ascertain if you require a visa for your visit to Malaysia:



Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Main Campus is located at the east side of Penang Island in Malaysia. The campus is located near to the Penang Bridge and it is about 17-20 minutes away (by taxi/car) from the Penang International Airport.

Address: Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.



The recommended hotel is Eastin Hotel Penang.

Address: 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.        Tel: +604-612 1111

Eastin Hotel Penang is a 4-star hotel overlooking the Malacca Strait, this ritzy hotel in a striking, modern high-rise is a 5-minute walk from Queensbay Mall and 13km from Kek Lok Si temple. Featuring solid wood furniture and sleek decor, the modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, desks and minibars; some have sea views.

    Distance to and from airport (by taxi/car): 12-15 minutes/20-22 minutes

    Distance to and from USM (by taxi/car): 8-10 minutes/9-10 minutes


All rooms are provided with the following: Twin or king size beds,  a new LCD TV with 29 channels, IDD Telephone, internet access, coffee/tea making facilities, fully stocked mini bar, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, safety box in room, fire escape signage and electronic key-card for room access.

For more details, please visit




Penang, known as “Pearl of the Orient” to many people, is one of the famous islands in South-East Asia. It is renowned for its culture, food and heritage. However, this is not all that she has to offer. Minutes away from the busy city center lies another attraction of Penang, her natural beauty. This turtle shaped island offers miles of idyllic beaches with swaying palm trees, and soothing hill for those who seek refuge from the tropical heat.


The capital of Penang, George Town was named after King George III of England. George Town was awarded city status by the royal charter on January 1st 1957. Located in the heart of the city is one of South East Asia’s largest collections of Pre-war buildings. In order to preserve the heritage of Penang, modern structures are built surrounding these pre-war buildings. Some of these structures are built more than 100 years ago. A number of effort and money has been invested by the state government and private investors to preserve the beauty of these structures. As a reward for the effort, Penang was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th July 2008.


The State of Penang or Negeri Pulau Pinang in Malay is made up of Penang Island and Province Wellesley, which is on the peninsula. In the year 1985, one of South East Asia’s longest bridges was build across the channel to connect the island with the peninsula. The bridge has great impact on the citizens and the development of the island. The bridge eases the transportation of raw materials and finished products to and from the factories located in the industrial free trade zone of Penang.


The development of Penang has also turned Penang into a shopping paradise. You will be able to find things like handicraft, jewellery, clothes and many more at attractive prices.

Other than that, Penang is also known as the “Food Paradise in Asia” with a variety of famous local cuisines that anyone must try whenever they visit Penang. The multiracial and multicultural society in Penang gave birth to a wide variety of cuisines which include Malay food, Chinese food, Indian food and more.


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Advanced Topics for Marine Technology and Logistics 2015/2016

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This course—held by Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology—aims to explain advanced technology and tools of Marine Engineering, Logistics, Information Technology and Maritime Education which are applied for present operation and management of marine industries. Starts in January 18 (Monday). Live streaming and archive of past lectures will be available on SPICE. For more details, click here.

Advanced Topics for Marine Science 2015/2016

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Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology presents the 2015-2016 series of lectures on “Advanced Topics for Marine Science.” This course will focus on marine biology and marine environmental studies. The course started on December 14 and holds a total of eight interactive lectures, including a final presentation by students. Live streaming and archive are available on SPICE. For more details, click here.

SOI Asia Business 2015


SOI Asia Business and Gestation Plan Contest 2015/16

SOI Asia is happy to host a Business and Gesttion Plan Contest on coming 13 January, 2016, to cultivate the environment for the potential entrepreneurs in the region and to prepare for efficient fund matching opportunity with research asset originated from universities.

 Business and Gestation Plan Contest at SOI Asia 2015/16 

– Building the future from Asia –
– For All Innovators –

Paper submission due : 11 December 2015,  24:00 [GMT+9]
Final presentation contest : 13 January 2016, 11:10 [GMT+9]

“Technology entrepreneurship gives us capabilities to prove whether our
technology is accepted and can benefit to people, and may derive our
economic incentives”

– Statement from
2008 Spring SOI Asia meeting in Keio, Japan

1. Purpose

SOI Asia is glad to host the 8th Business and Gestation Plan Contest ( previous know as Business Plan Contest) on coming 13 January 2016, to cultivate the environment for the potential entrepreneurs in the region and to prepare for efficient fund matching opportunity with research asset originated from universities. This contest is hosted by SOI Asia Business Platform LLP that engages in entrepreneur assistance, and supported by Universities in SOI Asia network. We wish to promote the entrepreneur development by the students, faculty members, researchers and graduates from the SOI Asia partner institutions through this contest.


Contest Winner 2013                                                       Winner 2012                                          Winner 2014

“Kyubi Team”                                                         “Netmedics Team”                                       “Edhet Team” 

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2. Target Participants

i) Business can be any industry, involving ICT, for profit or non-profit purpose

ii).Must be in a team, with minimum 3  to 5 members 

       – CEO must be student from SOI Asia Universities

       – Members can be exisitng student/ alumni/ lecturer

 * With interest to learn how to make plan and take actions from idea into minimum prototype that can be validated by end user in next 12 months as part of gestation outcome 

3.Briefing and Preparatory Contest Workshop 2015

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Workshop I :”How to create a winning business plan”   

                      25 November 2015 (Wed), 17.00-18.30 GMT+9 ( refer to Japan Timing)

                      Materials : [Click: Slides ]

                      Video    : [Click: To be uploaded]

Workshop ll: ” How to create successful venture gestation”  

                     2 December 2015 (Wed), 17.00-18.30 GMT+9 (refer to Japan Timing) 

                     Materials: [Click Slides], [Case study]

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The workshop will be interactive to explain about the rules and basic template of writing business plan.

In addition, the winning teamand 1st runner for business plan contest 2014 will share their actual experience and challenges of creating business plan and taking gestation as university student and student entrepreneur. 


4. Submission Procedure

Please download this format [Click Business and Gestation Plan Template] and fill in your ideas to be submitted from the following file uploader by:                         

                    Date: 11 December 2015 (Fri), 24:00 GMT+9 (refer to Japan timing)

You can also use your own format, but we strongly recommend that you use the provided format

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5. Evaluation Criteria


Evaluation is done based on 4 components :


i)   Entrepreneur

ii)  Business Model

iii) Finance

iv) Venture Gestation


Prominent specialists as judges from many fields: e.g. IT technology, Management, Intellectual Property, Financial Sector, Accountant and University faculty members will be invited as contest judges. 


6. Evaluation Process & Result

Announcement of  finalist teams : 

1. Ihelp                     (University of Brawjaya)
2. KaraengMedis    (Hasanuddin University)
3. Dr Tumbler          (University Sains Malaysia)
4. Smart Ceramic    (Keio University)
5. Camp on Fire       (Institute of Technology Bandung)


Final Presentation (for finalist only)

The finalist teams will make a 12-15 min powerpoint presentation (including any video presentation or demonstration)

Followed by a Q&A session 

Date     : 13 January 2016 (Wed), 11:10 – 12:40 (GMT+9) (refer to Japan timing)

*Judgement will be based on business plan and presentation

-Announcement of Contest Winner

Date    : 27 January 2016

Method: Contest Website and email (for finalist only)


7. Contest Incentive

i) Certificate Recognition as the “SOI Asia Best Business Plan 2015/16”

ii) Venture Gestation Support Program (online and onsite) for 9-12 months*

    –  A onsite 3 day- 2 nigh gestation worshop in home country of winner (Feb or Mar 2016)

    – Minimum quarterly online gestation consultation through SOI Asia system 

  * Subjected to the gestation conditions

iii) Overseas Guest Speaker Presentation Opportunity

     – As an educational case based on student based venture gestation (based on 12-month gestation)

     – Airticket and accomodation to be covered for **two nomimated representatives”  from winning team

*Above coDuration is subjected to change based on the business plan

** The participating team should have 3- 5 members 


8. Language

The documents and presentations should be in English.


9. Final Results

Champion contest 2015/16


“IHELP” Team

University of Brawijaya, Indonesia