Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia (FTUI) Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, M.M., M.Sc., won the Habibie Prize 2022 held by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and the Foundation for the Development, Development of Human Resources in Science and Technology (Yanbinbang SDM Iptek) at the Auditorium of Building B. J. Habibie, Jakarta, on Thursday (10/11). This award is given to Indonesian leaders who have made breakthroughs and contributed to the development of science and technology and innovation in society in four fields, namely Medicine and Biotechnology, Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Philosophy, Religion, and Culture.

Prof. Riri who received an award in the field of Engineering Science said Computer Engineering is a very challenging field that changes the world into a new world based on the industrial revolution 4.0. “Researches in the fields of Protocol Engineering, Parallel Processing, Cloud Computing, IoT, Blockchain Technology, and various developments in the field of software engineering and other engineering allow us to apply new things. Many things that used to only be done by humans, now in their implementation can be assisted and transformed digitally to facilitate human life, “said Prof. Riri.

This award was given directly by the Head of BRIN, Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko, M.Sc., in the form of medals. Meanwhile, the award in the form of a charter was given by the Head of Yanbinbang HR Science and Technology Wardiman Djojonegoro. The award in the form of cash worth US$ 25,000 was given by the eldest son of the third President of the Republic of Indonesia B.J. Habibie, namely Ilham Habibie.

As a professor of FTUI in the field of computer engineering, various research on internet protocols, IoT, and blockchain have been carried out by Prof. Riri and her research team. This is applied as a form of contribution to the field of computer engineering and the implementation of information and communication technology in society. In addition to teaching and researching, Prof. Riri served as Director of Information System Development and Services at UI from 2006-2014. He leads the development of UI’s information system and infrastructure toward digital transformation.

In 2010, Prof. Riri and the team initiated the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, which is a ranking of universities worldwide based on sustainability aspects, which include setting and infrastructure, energy, waste management, water, transportation, education, and research. In mid-2022, UI GreenMetric will innovate and adjust indicators for sustainability for districts/cities in Indonesia through UI GreenCityMetric. The UI GreenMetric network has been the trigger for many national and international collaborations where he is often a keynote speaker at regular meetings at home and abroad.

In addition, in 2019 Prof. Riri also built the Poetry Reading Society of Indonesia. This community was built to preserve technology-based literacy culture. Thanks to the technology designed by Prof. Riri, this community regularly meets during the pandemic and holds colossal performances at the Makara Art Center UI. Not only that, but Prof. Riri also founded the History of Computing in Indonesia community, to continue working on creating a scientific society and the formation of a knowledge-based society in Indonesia. He realized this goal through various pieces of training on writing scientific articles and training in information and communication technology for teachers, students, and the general public.

During 13 years as a professor, Prof. Riri has mentored 26 doctoral students, 42 master students, and 123 undergraduate students. He has collaborated a lot with professors and researchers from various countries to guide and test doctoral students through the research group he leads. The research group is engaged in the Internet of Things, Protocol Engineering, Computer Networks, and Blockchain Technology, actively collaborating with the Broadband Wireless Access Laboratory at Taiwan Tech (NTUST). Over the past four years, he has mentored several students who regularly participate in a two-month internship at NTUST. To date, there have been 13 patents and copyrights obtained by the team’s collaboration.

In addition to actively making breakthroughs, Prof. Riri is active in various activities, such as promoting research among the younger generation by becoming Chair of the Jury and President of the Indonesia Science Project Olympiad (ISPO) and the Indonesian Student Research Olympiad (OPSI). In addition, she also encourages the role of women in the technology sector by becoming the Coordinator of the Women in Engineering Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineer (IEEE) Indonesia. Prof. Riri has conducted various campaigns and provided evidence of the contribution of women in the field of cybersecurity in Indonesia Women in Cybersecurity (IWCS).

Currently, Prof. Riri became Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) in the field of Empowerment of Women, Children, Youth, Elderly, and Health. For the various collaborations and achievements that have been achieved, Prof. Riri has received various awards from home and abroad such as the title of Honorary Professor from KAZNAU Kazakhstan (2017) and the Most Inspiring Engineer from WIE IEEE Asia Pacific.

In 2009, Prof. Riri was selected as the best-performing lecturer at the UI level and 3rd place at the national level. He has also been a jury in various national competitions in technology-based fields such as CIO, judge for various research funding schemes, and reviewer for various selections of overseas scholarships from the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP).

“The Habibie Prize 2022 award from BRIN in the field of Engineering, especially in the field of Computer Engineering is a prestigious award that is very rewarding. I thank Yanbinbang HR Science and Technology, the Big Family of Mr. B.J Habibie, and BRIN as well as the leaders and academics of the Universitas Indonesia. This award for many works in the field of information and communication technology, makes me hope that many will excel in the future in this field of Computer Engineering and cyberinfrastructure in Indonesia, “said Prof. Riri.

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Bureau of Public Communications
Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia

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