Washington, DC., (10/08/2020). KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara) or “We talk”, a serial-webinar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA through the Attaché for Education and Culture has been conducted successfully.
In this 6th series of KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara), Dr. David R. Schneider, Director of MEng Studies Systems Engineering, Cornell University became one of the speakers. Dr. Schneider gave a brief introduction about Cornell University, especially Engineering PhD and MEng Programs. The title of his presentation was “Any person, Any Study”. Dr. Schneider stated that, within the field, the Systems in Engineering Cornell is an excellent place because of that ‘Any Person, Any Study’ all different kinds of respective discipline that are stay across the university has greater opportunities there. In addition, Cornell distance learning MEs programs were also discussed. Moreover, Dr. Schneider also introduced Cornell Cup, a system engineering guide that they put out the introductory audience to people who are brand new to system engineering perhaps haven’t had any exposure to it and something that can really help them to start recognize the value of this engineering design processes. The competition itself is called The Cornell Cup on ARM and it is presented by Intel.
Mr. Yunfei Hou, Assistant Professor of The School of Computer Science and Engineering, California State University, San Bernadino, on the other hand, shared about some projects that he has been working with his students One of the recent projects is smart parking project. They build this parking monitoring system inside one of their campus’ parking structures. This is showing the floor plan of this parking lot and they equipped this parking lot with sensors that is embedded under the pavement and also with camera that point it on to the entrances. For this particular project, it’s a combination of computerization and internet things the sensor to count how many cars are entering and leaving the structure. The other topic Mr. Hou presented was about the general information about California State University, San Bernardino. Many topics such as the graduate admission requirements, MS Computer Science, the registration fees and tuition as well as Presidential Non-Resident Scholarship, one major scholarship for postgraduate students were also explained.
Two Indonesian students, Pascal Sapari, B. SCpE., MSIT and Richard Mahuze were also participated in the event chaired by Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attaché. Mr. Sapari who is taking Master of Science in information Technology at the University of Redlands presented his research about Smart Plant where he installs some devices which could make the plant ‘smart’. In this project, he uses Phyton software while for the hardware, he uses Raspberry Pi 3. All the devices could identify the humidity of the plant and could detect if there is animal or insect which is approaching the plant.
Meanwhile, Richard Mahuze, BSEE., student of Master of Engineering, System Engineering, College of Engineering – Cornell University, Itacha, New York, presented his presentation entitled ‘Energy Disaggregation for Energy-Efficient Buildings’. As a study shows that one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions each year is the building sector, the aim of this topic is how to maximize energy savings and minimize costs at the same time. This energy disaggregation system can be applied in several areas, such as remote energy diagnostics & auditing, demand response where electricity providers can perform a more responsive demand response because we can imagine they can have more granular or more detailed data. Therefore, daily electricity usage can be monitored.
The event ended by inviting Prof. Bambang Riyanto Trilaksono (School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, ITB – Center for Artificial Intelligence, ITB). Prof. Trilaksono shared ITB’s experiences in research collaboration with Universities in the USA. The topics discussed are categorized into a research cluster consisting of Sustainable Energy and Transportation, then related to the environment, water, then a cluster related to health and food technologies and another cluster related to social and economic policies.