IEEE Digital Sarawak :
Smart Villages Paving the Way for Accessible Rural Communities Workshop


  • Dr Robin Podmore (IEEE Smart Village)
  • Associate Professor Dr Poline Bala (UNIMAS)
  • Associate Professor Dr Tan Chong Eng (UNIMAS)
  • Dr Lai Chean Hung (Swinburne University)


This is the first IEEE Smart Village workshop in Sarawak which is initiated by the IEEE Sarawak Subsection. We are proud to present a panel of international and local experts speaking on various topics such as the challenges, opportunities and solutions for rural communities in Sarawak and Malaysia to support locally owned business, innovation and development. In this not-to-be-missed session, Dr Podmore will outline and share his experience on the community solutions initiatives, followed by Dr Bala highlighting the importance of human centred approach to developing applications, while Dr Tan and Dr Lai will provide insights into the challenges and innovative solutions to implement technologies in rural and remote villages

Date : 17 October 2017
Venue : Detar Putra, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Time : 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Fees : RM200.00 (Refreshments provided)
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Registration & Breakfast
Welcome by Associate Professor Dr Lau Bee Theng, IEEE Sarawak Subsection
Keynote Address - IEEE Smart Village - a Systems of Systems Approach for Electricity, Education and Empowerment by Dr Robin Podmore

Moderator: Mr Victor Wong, SEB

Tea Break
Smart Village Case Studies in Sarawak

Moderator: Associate Professor Dr Johari Abdullah, UNIMAS

  • People Centred Approach for Smart Villages in Rural and Remote Communities by Associate Professor Dr Poline Bala, UNIMAS (40 mins)
  • Challenges of Technology Implementations in Rural Communities by Associate Professor Dr Tan Chong Eng, UNIMAS (40 mins)
  • Smart Microgrid Technologies for Rural Electrification in Sarawak Encompassing Technical, Social and Market Analysis by Dr Lai Chean Hung, Swinburne University (20 mins)
Q&A and Plenary Discussion Session

Moderator: Professor Dr Narayanan, UNIMAS

Summary and farewell