Free Forum : Engineering for Social Innovation

We are pleased to annouce an IEEE and Social Innovation Movement (SIM) joint talk.

Date: 12th April 2019

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue: Change to Hanoi Room*, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre, Cyberjaya

The program agenda:

9.30am – 10.00 am: Registration & Networking
10.00am – 12.00pm: Engineering for Social Innovation By Dr Ainurul Rosli and Dr Jane Chang, Social Innovation Movement
12.00am – 12.30am: IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) by Dr Robiah Ahmad, IEEE Malaysia

Free admission to public.

Registration :

Abstract: Engineering influences every aspect of our society and engages a substantial set of the population in carrying out development through design. What is the nature of this activity? What is the role of engineer respond to society’s needs as well as in shaping them? How well does engineering carry out this role? Many engineering developments of this century with immense impacts on our lives have not been accompanied by realistic engineering views of those impacts on the social fabric of society. Would the societal consequences have been different if engineers had been more involved in a systematic study of engineering’s complex role in society, had a working dialogue with social scientists like us on how to assess impact.

About the speaker

Dr Ainurul Rosli, President of Social Innovation Movement

Ainurul is a Reader in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Brunel University London and the founding director of GRITse. She is an Entrepreneurial Mindset Practitioner (EMP) and an avid believer in the importance of university-industry interaction. Ainurul is part of Team Academy (Tiimiakatemia, Finland), a global team-learning community that aims to equip young adults with the skills, knowledge and personal qualities required to run their own businesses, while pursuing a degree. In terms of research, Ainurul specialises in entrepreneurship, inter-firm collaboration, innovation strategy, knowledge co-creation and impact.

Dr Jane Chang, Vice President of Social Innovation Movement

Jane is a founding director of GRITse, a social enterprise which seeks to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to take control of their lives and contribute to their wider communities through social innovation. A visionary leader who incorporates social innovation and practical entrepreneurship education in everything she does, Jane brings together an impressive eclectic mix of skills and experience. She has previously initiated six entrepreneurial ventures and is a specialist scholar of cognitive entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education with a passion for bridging academia with real world impact.

Dr Robiah Ahmad, IEEE Malaysia, HAC Chair

Robiah Ahmad graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A and then obtained her M.Sc. in Information Technology for Manufacture from Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, UK. She completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia. She is currently an Associate Professor in the UTM Razak School of Engineering, UTM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has more than 20 years experience as a research scientist and published more than 80 peered reviewed international journal papers / proceedings in areas of instrumentation and control, system modeling and identification and evolutionary computation. Currently, she holds position as an Executive Committee for Humanitarian Activities for IEEE Malaysia Section and Chair for IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Malaysia Chapter.

About Social Innovation Movement

At Social Innovation Movement, our vision is to lead impact driven social innovation through community development based upon collective intelligence, including those emerging from corporates, academic institutions, civil society organisations, governments and local communities.

Bringing together our own and others’ initiatives, we are building a shared body of knowledge, evidence and insight about how communities are rewiring and reframing social innovation approaches.

We leverage what we learn and co-create across communities to spot patterns of need and opportunity. Our network enables us to support new purposeful ideas in order to tackle those shared challenges. We are catalysts in co-shaping institutions’ innovation strategies that are practical, as well as intellectually and socially grounded.