This research group was started in 2006 and I decided to keep it the same way since then, even though there have been some administrative changes on how research group / cluster shall be managed within the university today.
We are very fortunate to have the opportunities to work with some of the greatest rural communities in Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia. The rural communities need to be honored for willing to take their first step in adopting the technology that could change their living for the better. We honor them with technology that wouldn't have given them much burden in the process of adoption and learning.
We believe adopting a technology shouldn't have caused the community pain and to suffer through the steep learning process. The same goes for maintaining the technology which usually costly and complicated to deal with. Our philosophy of technology innovation for rural applications will fill this gap and allowing more rural people to embrace the innovations to upgrade themselves, to move their own community forward.
We re-define and innovate technology to make them usable in the rural context owing to lots of state of the art technology are still being designed with an urban environment in mind. Usability is not only a term for better user experience but should also include portability friendly, tough in withstanding usage vandalism, maintainable and manageable by non-technical personnel. We will continue to innovate rural applicable technologies to make them even more usable and practical by blending the local community lifestyle into the technological design.
Chong Eng, TAN
We are researchers specialize in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), in Malaysia.
We are crazy enough to submerge ourselves in some of the most remote rural environment to get the first-hand experience in rural living, feel the inconveniences and challenges the way the local community go through and turn that experiences into the basis of our philosophy for future technology innovations.