Engineering and IT Showcase
The Hooper Memorial Project Presentation highlights the outstanding project work of our final year undergraduate and Masters students. The event provides high-performing students with an opportunity to present their work to our industry professionals, allowing a platform for interaction with prospective employees.
The annual Engineering and IT Showcase event is an important part of the Department's ongoing collaboration with industry partners, who sponsor the prizes awarded on the night.
Each year, students select a project from one of our many engineering streams which include biomedical, communication, electronic systems, optical, sustainability in energy production, robotics, mechatronics and power systems. Students develop individual projects and are expected to demonstrate entrepreneurship, innovation, global citizenship and sustainability thinking.
See examples of how our students use their inquisitive minds, technical knowledge and practical problem solving skills to create innovation, technology-based business and market-driven solutions for challenges set by industry.
Telstra Machine to Machine (M2M) Challenge 2014
eNurse Medical System
Matthew Felicetti,Nghia Tran, Micheal Hill, James Hegedus, Sam John Oliver
The eNurse system is aimed at minimising the need for nurses, caregivers, and medical professionals to spend time administering routine or prescription medication and treatment. The goals of the system are:
- Electronic patient and prescription management
- Medical Professional/Caregiver-free administration of treatment
- Non-intrusive patient monitoring and administering
According to Australian Bureau of statistic, 7 million Australian suffer from chronic diseases and require monitoring regularly. A majority of chronic disease patient are senior citizens, who prefer to live at home alone and can often forget to take their medication.
Many similar systems exist, but none have proven to be affordable and work effectively. The M2M challenge provides students 10 weeks to provide an innovative business product/solution utilising Telstra's nextG network.The prototype system must be cost-effective, easy to use, reliable.
eNurse uses the state-of-the-art machine-to-machine technology to keep everything connected.The eNurse design follows the "Simple, modular and extensible" philosophy that distinct it from the current systems and overcome their weaknesses.
The eNurse's pillbox
The eNurse pillbox has been designed as the first attachment to the eNurse medical system. It will serve as an automated reminder for patients to take their medication while informing doctors and carers.
The Atmega µC controls a customizable array of modular pillboxes and the Wi-Fi module. The modular pillbox can be attached in any arrangement that suit sthe user's need.
The eNurse's Iris
This is the main user interface for the doctor and caregiver. From the website, the doctor can setup and monitor the patient treatment. The website is designed to be interactive and include advanced encryption methods to ensure patient confidentiality.
The doctor will login to the eNurse' Iris to schedule a patient's medication. This will be synced to the patient's device.At designated time, the pillbox will flash and buzzer will sound to remind the patient to take their medicine. If the patient does not respond to this event, a message will be sent to the doctor or caretaker.
In the future, the team intends to explore eNurse's vast potential by developing more attachments and open-sourcing the system. The team will give support to individuals and corporations who are interested in developing devices that can be integrated into the system.
National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition 2014
A group of 3rd and 4th year engineering students from La Trobe University are finalists in the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition for 2014. The competition which has attracted 30 entries across Australia and New Zealand requires students to create an autonomous mobile robot to navigate around, perform obstacle avoidance and perform specific tasks. The finals are to be held in late September in Sydney.
The annual competition, sponsored by National Instruments and is a chance for students to show off their mechatronic design and integration skills along with project management to create a reliable robotic solution. This year the competition has had a farming theme. The La Trobe robot uses a LIDAR for obstacle avoidance and plants foam 'seeds' in prescribed locations using a two stage electronic actuator assembly.
The members of the La Trobe team were: Aiden Nibali, Alice Beckett, Michael Jenkins, Sam Edwards, Adrian Clark, Siwit Techathawiekul, Nghia Minh and Mohammed Al Azri.