The Laguna University Research & Development Center (LU-RDC) successfully held the 1st Student Research Colloquium on July 28, 2021 with the theme: ”Reinventing IT in the New Normal.” The event was convened to showcase the diverse capstone projects of BS in Information Technology graduating students and to encourage their juniors to develop an appreciation and deeper understanding of research in their respective fields.
Research director, Marie Joy Q. Elomina, Ph.D. welcomed the participants and stated the objectives of the activity. These are: 1. Impart knowledge and technologies that can create a better window of opportunities for the students; 2. Provide a forum for a wider dissemination of capstone projects; and 3. Develop the presentation skills of IT students by exposing them to an academic forum atmosphere. University President Charlemagne Laviña, emphasized in his inspirational message, the relevance of this activity that can motivate students and viewers to develop a more meaningful appreciation on the value of research and capstone projects. He added that doing projects like these can lead to innovation consisting of the design and development of solutions incorporating appropriate computing and IT standards.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Aaron Raymond See, an international expert in the field of information and technology and also the Director of Student Affairs in the Office of the International Affairs in Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology encouraged the students, especially those in the field of IT to keep on trying to be innovative. He shared his research project entitled “Spatial Exploration and Environment Recognition (SEER) Platform for the Visually Impaired and Blind” as basis on how technology can find solutions and help people. Dr. See thoroughly explained the importance of personal assistive devices that are developed and manufactured locally. “Students should believe in themselves that they can also do something.” He accentuated that the point is not always about earning money, but how they can be of help to those in need through research.
After this very insightful and inspiring talk, the presentations of the students’ capstone projects followed: 1. “Pharmaceutical Inventory and Monitoring System for Arriola-Robles Clinic” by Monica B. Rivera, Patrick O. Gadaza, and John Carlo F. Alvarez; 2. “Accreditation Management Portal for Laguna University Programs” by Rigs Albert H. Arellano, Mark Angelo D. Buenaseda, Daizebel E. Polly, and Myths Ryan M. Aruiza; 3. “Knowledge Management Portal for Laguna University Research and Development Center” by Joshua N. Caballes, Jeus B. Dela Cruz, Bonjour Bonifacio, and Rezzel V. Austria; and 4.“Development of e-Report Generation System for the Municipality of Pila, Laguna” by Efrain R. Layoso and Jeffrey D. Torres.
To get insights on the projects presented, three industry experts were invited as reactors or commentators. First, Dr. Ryan S. Evangelista, the president of Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines (ICpEP), who is also a senior consultant at Quantum Systems Pte, Ltd. in Singapore. The second reactor was Ms. Ma. Gracia Corazon S. Cayanan, a Faculty of Design and Environment in the Technological and Higher Institution of Hong Kong. Lastly, Engr. Luisito L. Lacatan, Ph.D., a faculty member of LU College of Engineering who is also an experienced quality consultant.
All presenters demonstrated knowledge and mastery of their researches which was highly commended by the panel of reactors. Dr. Evangelista said that he was proud of the students’ presentations, saying that marks the onset of their professional practice in the world of information and technology. He suggested to adapt the use of new innovative technologies and methodologies and explained that maximizing the use of new innovative technologies widens the chances of getting industry opportunities. On the other hand, Ms. Cayanan emphasized the importance of immortalizing research projects and to ponder on using technologies that are viable and competitive to the market. Likewise, Engr. Lacatan believes that presented outputs are a good start and that the next student researchers could improve more. They congratulated the student-presenters who came prepared and ready for the event. They also commended the advisers Mr. Numeriano B. Aguado and Ms. Chrisna L. Fucio who partnered with the students in the process of completing their capstone projects, as well as the Research and Development Center who planned and organized the colloquium.
Dr. Bartolome T. Tanguilig III, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs expressed his gratitude to Dr. See, Dr. Evangelista, Prof. Cayanan, Engr. Lacatan, the faculty of College of Computing Studies, Dr. Elomina, and to the students who took the challenge of presenting in the colloquium. He also thanked Dr. Zandra N. Maningas who emceed the activity.
The major key take-aways of this activity were adapting to the new technological requirements, gauging the impact and possible continuity, establishing the potential for funding and commercialization, adapting to international requirements, and immortalizing the projects. This research colloquium is a major milestone for LU and it will serve as an inspiration and motivation to its faculty and students to always do better. Everyone can look forward to the next research colloquium!