Dr. Hanafiah Yussof

ILSAS International Virtual Conference on Learning & Development

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof is the Founder, Board of Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Robopreneur Sdn Bhd. With more than 18 years of experience in robotics research and development, Dr. Hanafiah is not only an academician, researcher, innovator, game changer and well describe as a symbolic of an emerging role that is the key to achieving corporate-wide adoption of robotics technology in business. His success in the field has led him to be regarded as a prominent figure in the campaign to achieve corporate-wide adoption of robotics technology in all business’. Dr. Hanafiah holds PhD in Information Science from Nagoya University Japanspecializing in humanoid robot. Dr. Hanafiah extended his research in humanoid robotics by developing tele-rehabilitation system employing humanoid robot in Autism rehabilitation.

Holding permanent position as Associate Professor at the Faculty of 
Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Dr. Hanafiah venture into business by establishing Robopreneur Sdn Bhd in 2015 to commercialize his research products and explore service robotics business. Recognized as the pioneer in Service Robotics Industry in Malaysia by the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Robopreneur features a solid foundation in industrial R&D specializing in developing service robots and Artificial Intelligent (AI) solutions, with team of local talents at the new office setup in Cyberjaya. The company is currently undergoing several projects including development of first Malaysian made Humanoid Robot; a project funded by the Ministry of Finance Malaysia. The company is also venturing into AI solutions, Additive Manufacturing and Smart Manufacturing as technology solutions provider for Malaysia 4th Industry Revolution Policy (Industry 4Ward).

With strong business corporate management, leadership and deep technical 
knowledge in robotics, Dr. Hanafiah believes that Robopreneur will become a worldclass robotics company and making Malaysia as one of the producer and exporter of service robots to the world. Dr. Hanafiah also holds prominent position in robotics professional community. He was the Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Malaysia Chapter from 2013 until 2015, Editors in several high-impact journals and well known among robotics scientists and researchers. He also serves as Visiting Professors at University of Toyama Japan, and Visiting Researcher at Nagoya University and Hosei University Japan. Dr. Hanafiah have received several national and international awards such as ASME Best Mechatronics Paper Award and Nagoya University Award for Contribution to International Exchange between Japan and Malaysia.