MMU Research Team Bags the Semi-Grand Prize at the 5th International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2020)

Corporate Communications Department


On 29 August 2020, a team of MMU researchers with the project titled “The Smart Toilet: IoT Implementation for Resource Optimisation and Digital Lifestyle”, did MMU proud when it won the semi-grand prize at iCAN 2020 organised by the Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills (TISIAS). With the participation of 500 projects from 60 countries, the competition was supported by the Innovation Initiative Co-operative Inc. (ICO), International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), and the World Invention Intellectual Property Associations (WIIPA). Apart from being the semi-grand prize winner, MMU’s Smart Toilet project had also clinched the top prize for the ‘Best Invention Video Presentation’ for iCAN 2020.

The Smart Toilet project, which is fully funded by the TMR&D research grant from 2018, is led by Ts. Dr. R. Kanesaraj Ramasamy with the rest of the technical research and development team from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) comprising Prof. Dr. Ho Chin Kuan, Ts. Dr. Ho Chiung Ching, and 4 postgraduate students, Ms. Venushini Rajendran, Mr. Amar Bin Lokman, Mr. Yogan Nadarajah, and Mr. Kirenraj Rajendran. The project’s stakeholder engagement team comprises members from the Faculty of Management (FOM), Dr. Intan Soraya Rosdi, Dr. Ruzanna Ab. Razak, and Dr. Nurazlin Mohd Fauzi. Special thanks to Mr. Razeelan Saaidan Kadri, Assistant Graphic Artist, MMU Cnergy, who was roped in to assist the team in developing the winning project video.

The Smart Toilet, whose prototype is available on the Cyberjaya campus at the FCI building, is enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The system tracks toilet usage and other maintenance-related data for report generation and analysis, which enables predictive maintenance activities and optimisation of toilet cleaning resources. For the general public, the Smart Toilet app enables them to check toilet locations inside a building, the various toilet features, as well as the toilets’ occupancy status. The app’s ability to rate toilet cleanliness levels empowers users to give immediate feedback for more effective toilet maintenance.Smart Toilet technology is consistent with industry aspirations regarding the importance of IoT technology adoption for a digital lifestyle. It effectively showcases MMU’s commitment to interdisciplinary and high impact research.

Congratulations to the team!