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Universities struggle to apply research findings to real projects

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The Hanoi University of Science amp; Technology and the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam in early October announced their agreement in research and application of high technologies in transport management.

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Trainees use positioning device created by NAVIS


Ta Hai Tung, director of the International Collaboration Centre for Research and Development on Satellite Navigation Technology in South East Asia (NAVIS Center), said the state management agency needs a solution to better manage transport.

By October 8, the cruise monitoring system used by the directorate had 1 million connected vehicles. However, many drivers use GPS wave breakers to escape the monitoring. The devices can be easily bought in the market. Every day, the NAVIS GPS breaking detecting station finds 100-200 cases.

Tung said that cruise monitoring devices are examined daily. However, as the examination is carried out manually, only several sets of device can be verified.

In principle, the watchdog agency and police impose a ‘cold fine’ (the penalty after a traffic violation has occurred and is detected through the use of professional technical means) on violators based on the speed data and digital map. 

However, it is still impossible to define the coordinates of signboards on maps.

All these problems have been settled with devices created by NAVIS. Tung said the devices are being tested by agencies before they are put into use to serve the operations of inspection and registering agencies.

However, NAVIS once again shows the problems of scientific research management. 
Universities and research institutes have to take the initiative in planning projects and seeking funding to cover their R&D and technology transfer activities.

State management agencies affirmed that administrative procedures have been simplified to help scientists more easily access funding sources. However, scientists continue to complain about complicated procedures. 

Some scientists, after finishing projects, have decided not to continue carrying out research projects because of many requirements. They instead began to seek funding from other sources, while others returned to the lecture hall.

Tung said in developed countries, there are sufficient ecosystems which can help quickly use scientists’ findings. In Vietnam, scientists have to do things from A to Z.

There are two technology transfer models. First, scientists transfer their research results to businesses which pay a licensing fee to scientists. Second, scientists and their partners set up spinoffs to commercialize their inventions.

Tung believes that the latter model, with strong points, needs to be encouraged, because scientists understand their research the most.


Source: VietNamNet

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