Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. showcases new tech during 2019 DOST Roadshow

In photo: The remote monitoring device developed by T.I.P. Computer Engineering students.

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) served as the first stop of the 2019 Department of Science and Technology - National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) Roadshow, showcasing the progress of its project conducted under the DOST Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) program. DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth Manzano, NCR Regional Director Jose Patalinjug III, and other DOST officials visited the T.I.P. Quezon City campus last February 19, 2019.

T.I.P.’s project aims to develop artificial intelligence applications to discover further medicinal uses for the aromatic shrub sambong. While the plant is a common therapeutic alternative here in the Philippines, the chemical variations among each individual sambong plant, as well as the variations between each plant’s growth environment, hinders its standardization as a potent, all-natural medicine. Being able to accurately predict the chemical composition of each sambong and relate it to the plant’s environmental condition is a major step towards hastening the discovery of and legitimizing sambong’s medicinal applications.

In photo: T.I.P. Manila Research and Development Director Dr. Dranreb Earl Juanico (middle right) discussing the project with DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (middle left).

Currently, T.I.P. has managed to successfully engineer 10 remote monitoring devices for the environmental conditions of a sambong plant. They gather real-time data on a plant’s growth environment, including soil moisture, ambient light, humidity, temperature, and soil pH level. After a number of data collection periods, T.I.P. will then train an artificial intelligence (AI) neural network to establish a relationship between the environmental conditions, the chemical composition of the monitored plants, and the potency of their medicinal effects.

Dela Peña hailed T.I.P.’s project during his visit, saying that with the ingenious application of AI for medicinal drug discovery, the country’s pharmaceutical industry surely has a bright future.

In photo: DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (second from right) awarding the 2019 DOST-NCR Roadshow Certificate of Appreciation to the T.I.P. Project Team.

This project on artificial intelligence applications on medicinal drug discovery is led by T.I.P. Manila Research and Development Director Dr. Dranreb Earl Juanico, with the assistance of T.I.P. researchers Junelle Bacong and Engr. Paul Nonat, and T.I.P. chemist Anne Marie Valdez. Meanwhile, the remote monitoring devices were developed by T.I.P. Computer Engineering students Neil Aguel, Desiree Laurente, Jericho Rull, and Angelica Lapitan.

This push for academic participation in developing Filipino R&D was facilitated by T.I.P. TechnoCoRe, the institution’s program towards Student Technopreneurship and Industry-Academe Collaborative Applied Research. This institutional thrust enables T.I.P. students and researchers to work on and provide value-laden solutions for the nation. T.I.P. TechnoCoRe allows T.I.P. to challenge the status quo of Philippine engineering education, creating globally competitive graduates, professors, and researchers who are more attuned to the needs of industry and the country.