Shahriman Zainal Abidin, PhD

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Selangor, MALAYSIA


Professor Dr. Shahriman Zainal Abidin, holds a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Society of Designers (aCSDm), United Kingdom (membership no: 018173). He served in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam for 20 years in the field of Industrial Design. He is a Professor of Industrial Design at the College of Creative Arts, UiTM. He used to be a Visiting Professor for Design Thinking and Industrial Design subjects at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland in the year of 2021. Previously, he has held a position of Dean for the Faculty of Art & Design, UiTM. Yet, He is an Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Internationalization) of the UiTM Global. Recently, he leads the REI of Formgiving Design Research Group. His research interest is in the field of Industrial Design includes Industrial Design Research, Design Methodology and Interaction Design.


The Challenges of Developing a Validation Protocol for the New Curriculum of Making 4.0: Between Malaysian and European Education Systems


This paper discusses the challenges on developing a new program that could be recognised between Malaysian and European countries. It is crucial as it involves readiness for future production toward the Industry 4.0 policies and how it may create innovation in education systems. The essential goal of Industry 4.0 is to make manufacturing and related industries, such as design, faster, more efficient, and more customer-centric. At the same time, Industry 4.0 aims to go beyond automation and optimisation, and detect new business opportunities and models. At this point, frontier technologies identified by select organisations to re-present the characteristic of Industry 4.0. However, there is no universally agreed definition of frontier technology. The following technologies have been most commonly identified as frontier: 3D printing, the Internet of Things, AI, and robotics. The reviews of COPPA between European-Malaysian with the reason to develop a master’s degree for engineers of furniture smart factories that will modernise Higher Education degrees. This will be achieved by focusing on the ICTs skill needed to increase the competitiveness of the wood and furniture industry of Malaysia. Comparative studies of the existing frame of references have been selected as the methodology. The results indicate that a framework of qualifications must be fit for purpose. As we can see, what exactly “fit of purpose” entails, depends to some extent on the setting. To put it simply, whether or not a framework is “fit for purpose” depends on its purpose.