The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) had the opportunity to showcase its cutting-edge technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas and a Business Mission in Silicon Valley from January 5-11, 2023. DOST aimed to promote emerging technologies such as Semiconductor Manufacturing Services, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Space Technology in the Philippines through these events.
CES is one of the most significant technology events in the world, showcasing the latest innovations and breakthrough technologies. This year, the event focused on sustainability, digital health, metaverse, electric vehicles, transportation, and mobility, providing valuable insights and opportunities for the Philippines to use market intelligence and benchmarking.
The Philippine delegation, composed of representatives from DOST, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center, sought to establish partnerships with governments and key players through the Philippine Business Forum, highlighting the country’s investment-ready environment.
DOST participated in the World Electronics Forum, where Undersecretary Leah J. Buendia presented technologies and programs of the Philippine government that are on par with emerging global technologies. Technologies observed at CES 2023 included a scouting robot for monitoring field crops, an AI-assisted indoor home vegetable-growing device, and an application for monitoring lands of interest from space.
DOST’s Advance Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) also has ongoing projects with similar functions, such as a robot for monitoring banana plantations, a mobile AI-powered plant growing system, and an AI-powered engine for land feature detection from satellite images. This demonstrates the relevance and potential of DOST’s R&D activities to address society’s needs.
Undersecretary Leah J. Buendia said, “We also recognize the importance of having a pool of experts in achieving this vision; hence we have the commitment to continuous knowledge transfer and developing our home-grown science and engineering workforce through the Balik Scientist Program.” As the lead government agency for scientific and technological efforts, DOST aims to ensure that its research and development results are geared towards maximum economic and social benefits for the people.