Master Student of Kyutech Japan Conducts Research in FILKOM through Short Exchange Students and Collaborative Research

Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Brawijaya (FILKOM UB) accepts foreign students in the Short Exchange Students and Collaborative Research program. This time Mizuno Akari, a master program student from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan. Mizuno came from 17 November 2022 and conducted study related to his research until 20 December 2022. The research was conducted at Computer Vision Research Groups, FILKOM UB.

Dr. Eng. Fitri Utaminingrum, ST., MT. as the supervising lecturer said that the international students had intensive discussions regarding their research, so that by conducting research discussions in the future they would produce a joint research innovation that was built by two institutions namely FILKOM UB and Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) Japan.

“The Short Exchange Students Program automatically becomes a means to train self-confidence among students. Students can practice how to get along with friends across cultures, ethnicities, nations and languages,” explained Fitri.

The research conducted by Mizuno is the detection of rail line boundaries (platform stations) for the blind. This research develops smart glasses by utilizing a camera to detect presence (platform station) using Computer Vision technology and a sensor in the form of a wave radar, namely in the form of a single-chip that functions as a navigation instrument to determine the distance and angle to object obstacles, where the camera and radar sensor are installed as high as the user’s eye level.

“With this tool, it is hoped that it can help blind people, in increasing security and safety while on the railroad tracks, and being able to carry out activities independently without the help of others,” added Fitri

Fitri explained that the internationalization of higher education has developed so fast that it demands international student mobility which must continue to increase as an effort to improve the quality of the tridharma of higher education through international cooperation.

Dr. Eng. Fitri Utaminingrum, ST., MT. (center) with Mizuna Akari (second from right) and FILKOM students

This program can increase international reputation and increase the number of foreign students coming from abroad as well as being able to send FILKOM students to conduct Exchange Students and Collaborative Research with several universities abroad, one of which is at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.

In accordance with the agreement with Prof. Chikamude Wada (Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) Japan which was conducted via e-mail, next year Kyutech will accept 2 students from the Computer Science Masters study program to take part in the Short Exchange Students for 3 months there.

Finally, Fitri said that apart from being required to be able to collaborate on research both domestically, a lecturer is also expected to be able to collaborate with researchers abroad. Institutions that already have MoUs with several universities or other research institutions abroad are expected to produce clear outputs. So that a wider research network can be established as an effort to build recognition at the international level (recognizing international) as well as more intense communication between experts, especially from abroad so that there will be continuous use of shared facilities between institutions as an effort to improve the quality of academic community’s research at the international level. [ft/drn/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]