Robots to the rescue: Malaysian university ready for virtual convocation ceremony

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) in Terengganu announced that it is ready to hold a virtual convocation ceremony where robots will be programmed to receive scrolls on behalf of graduates who will be tuning in via livestreaming.

The university released a simulation video on May 29 to showcase how its locally-developed robots Naseem and Seeba can be used to represent graduates to accept their scrolls from vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan.

In the video, the anthropomorphic robots were fitted with mobile devices likes smartphones and tablets in the head area, allowing graduates to view the convocation ceremony via livestreaming and interact with the vice chancellor through the robot.

“The (virtual convocation) that we’re doing here is a simulation for our graduates.

“Should there be any problems with ceremonies involving face-to-face interaction, we are prepared and would like to showcase that the university is ready for a virtual convocation ceremony,” he said, adding that graduates can attend the virtual convocation event from any location to receive their scrolls and be a part of the ceremony.

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