D4 2010 (POLARIS): Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes14th April 2010
This year's D4 System Design Exercise presented a particularly testing challenge to second-year Electronics students, who worked in teams to design and build a portable Mixed Signal Oscilloscope in 11 days. Teams were given precise specifications, for example, the device had to feature 8 digital channels and 1 analogue, have a graphical display, be portable and robust, and able to operate in the field. Pressure on the students was intense as they worked round the clock to design their oscilloscopes and build a prototype while handling other module deadlines. At the end of the 11 days, the teams had to make a competitive pitch for their design in front of the judges and their classmates.
The Electronics Lab as the deadline approached
Photo copyright Andy Vowles
The competition was sponsored by Detica, and Dr Matt Sacker of the Detica Electronic Systems Group and an alumnus of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, was one of the judges. "The D4 exercise is all about translating the skills and knowledge learnt from the course into a practical design exercise, and therefore having industrial input and support in this process is invaluable," said Dr Geoff Merrett, one of the course leaders. "As an ECS alumnus (both undergraduate and postgraduate!), Matt is in a perfect position to explain the challenges and relevance of applying the skills and knowledge he learnt at University to his subsequent career. He has fond memories of the D4 exercise from when he was an undergraduate and, during his presentation to the students at the final 'trade fair', was able to explain how the lessons that teams learnt in both project management and 'design-and-build' electronics will directly apply to their future careers."
The winning team members were: Tristan Bogle, Avadhi de Costa Tom Dell, Adam Malpass, Bekki Robinson, and Miraj Wanaguru, and each received £100 from Detica for their prize. Course leaders were Professor Steve Gunn, Dr Geoff Merrett and Dr Rob Maunder, with support from Tim Forcer, Jeff Hooker and Dave Oakley.
Read undergraduate student Adam Malpass's blog: "The most intense few weeks of my University life..."
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Davide's Hunt for Cicadas in Slovenia20th June 2012
The New Forest Cicada is an insect native to the UK in great danger of becoming extinct. Several entomologists have searched for it in the past few years, but no sighting has been confirmed for over a decade. However, the area where the cicada could be found is vast, extending to the entire New Forest. This cicada makes a high-pitched call that is difficult for humans to hear.
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Alex Presents DejaView Research at IET WSS19th June 2012
Today Alex presented his research at the IET conference on Wireless Sensing Systems (WSS). His paper was on the topic of "Adaptive Sampling in Context-Aware Systems: A Machine Learning Approach", and is a method he is researching to attempt to maximise the usefullness of images captured by the DejaView system, while minimising energy consumption.
Alex's presentation was recorded, and his slides and a video of the presentation can be watched on the IET website by clicking here.