Five students from Batangas State University (BatSU) bagged the championship at the university level of the 2022 Engineering Innovation Challenge in Singapore with their small-scale aquaponics system using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. 

“AI-quaponics 360,” which was developed by fourth-year engineering students Marc James Beltran, John Vincent Biscocho, Lawrence de Castro, Maria Nelly Magboo, and Jerico Matibag, bested other finalists from two top Singaporean schools, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, which came in second and third, respectively. There were also participants from other countries.

The BatSU team received a monetary award of SG$8,000 (around P329,000) and will continue to work on developing the prototype for its possible integration into the market.

The competition organized by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, and Science Centre Singapore was held last month and concluded during the celebration of Singapore’s National Engineering Day.

“The Filipino engineering students are really competitive. They are just shy, but the mentor’s purpose is to keep pushing them to be more confident in achieving their goals,” Alvin Alon, the team’s mentor and head of BatSU’s Digital Transformation Center, said in a recent interview.

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