Showcasing La Trobe innovation

Students with a passion for overcoming modern day challenges with the latest in technology will showcase their ingenuity this month.

The Engineering and IT Showcase is the pinnacle event that has been run for 24 years by the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at La Trobe University.

Academic and Industry Project Coordinator Eddie Custovic said the event is an opportunity for students in their final years of study to demonstrate their hard work to industry and the public.

“The event brings together some of La Trobe’s brightest and most creative minds. Each project is a culmination of several years’ hard work and we finally get to see their ideas come to life,” Dr Custovic said.

“Industry representatives from various sectors will be attending and on the look out to recruit talented students; so you can be assured of the high standard of work that will be on display.”

Students work with industry and research centres to develop innovative solutions across sectors such as defence, health, sports technology, and transportation.

Final year engineering and computer science double degree student Nghia Minh Tran has worked closely with health professionals and used his expertise in engineering to develop a low-­‐cost digital stethoscope.

“The principle of ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ technology is used to digitize the traditional stethoscope so that medical examinations can be done remotely. Sounds from the heart and lungs are automatically recorded and sent to a server which doctors and caregivers can have access to,” Mr Tran said.

“It means patients don’t have to travel long distances for a simple check-­‐up, and likewise their caregivers don’t need to travel to them. It can also assist doctors to decide whether further medical attention is needed.”

Other projects include:

  • A window-­‐climbing robot to assist in high risk jobs, such as window cleaning
  • A self-­‐balancing bicycle

Media contact: Briena Barrett 0432 566 014

Event Details

When: Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Where: La Trobe University Bundoora Campus

Time: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm