Universitas Brawijaya (UB) and PT INKA (Persero) agreed to cooperate in developing hybrid-based light trains and Indonesian smart trains.
This collaboration was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Consortium of Nine Universities and the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of SOEs, BRIN, and PT INKA, in Madiun, Sunday (17/7/2022).
UB is one of the universities that is a member of a consortium of tertiary institutions that has long been a partner of PT INKA, and is trusted to be involved in the development of future trains.
Through this collaboration, it is hoped that the expertise of UB lecturers in the fields of transportation information technology, machinery, automation, design, materials, and transportation management can play an active role in one of these national strategic projects.
Through the development of the Center of Excellence for Independent Learning Independent Campus (COE-MBKM), UB is now preparing research on the construction of environmentally friendly high-speed trains. This environmentally friendly high-speed rail project is also supported by the Ministry of Transportation and the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.
UB Rector, Prof. Widodo, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D.Med.Sc said that UB will conduct research related to environmentally friendly mass transportation.
“This environmentally friendly fast train research program is to present a more eco-friendly mass transportation mode,” said the Rector at the Conversation and Casual Chat (BONSAI) event held in UB Gazebo, Monday (18/07/2022).
According to him, in addition to being environmentally friendly, the fast train project is also equipped with an integrated communication and information system.
“So how to communicate the entire system on the train using artificial intelligence and also the internet of things. This study and research will be produced by the Center of Excellence,” said the former Dean of FMIPA UB.
Furthermore, UB is ready with research assistance funds through the lecturer work program (DOKAR), and will involve MBKM students in this activity. [Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]