Thinking about Summer Studio? Here's what's on offer in 2019.
Open the door to new possibilities and enrol in a Summer Studio. The studios are high energy, open-ended, collaborative and project-inspired. Each studio delivers a different focus based on real-world engineering and IT problems.
Living in Smart Cities
Have you ever considered the impacts of an ever-growing population on the quality of city living? How might we design ways our ever-expanding cities will remain easy to live in? Who are the people in cities who need to maintain a quality of life and how might we ensure this? These are just some of the emergent issues that the Living in Smart Cities Studio will address.
Students will work as professional entrepreneurs using design thinking and systems analysis thinking. The work will be solution focused where students first empathise with stakeholders and then create solutions that provide value to the stakeholders. Students will prototype a service or system that will result in improved benefits for a selected group of stakeholders. Stakeholders include city residents, workers, business owners, tourists and people needing improved community services such as homeless people, victims of violence or other groups needing assistance. Students will investigate and analyse how to provide smart services for specific businesses, to improve processes or how to add to the infrastructure that will add value to people in the city.
Students will learn to use specific tools and methods, which are currently used in entrepreneurial industries. These industries are looking for innovative ways to grow their activities by developing new products or services. Students will learn how to use these methods and tools to find out what is happening now, what are the critical issues and problems to address and, how to provide solutions.
Join the Living in Smart Cities Studio and be prepared to propose a prototype that will demonstrate a benefit to a service or system. It will define the proposed service and ways that will lead to its adoption in the city now and in the future.
Limit: 24 students
Design, Modelling and Simulation of High-speed Railway
Why do we still build rail track the same way we did in the 19th Century? Can we operate passenger trains at speeds exceeding 200 km/h? This studio deals with modern aspects of the high-speed railway (HSR).
The modelling and simulation of HSR in Australia will be performed using finite element software Optum G2. Three strategic corridors viz. Sydney-Canberra, Sydney-Newcastle and Sydney-Wollongong will be investigated. Selection of track alignment can be made on the basis of geospatial data. Passenger data will be obtained from Transport NSW while information on soil variability and track parameters will be sourced from the literature.
Students will work in groups and propose design alternatives (ballasted, slab track or Hyperloop) while nominating the most favourable and economic HSR corridor along the eastern coast of Australia.
This studio will be a perfect playing field for students to acquire general knowledge in HSR infrastructure and to enhance professional skills and capabilities.
Limit: 25 students
RoboCup@Home Social Robotics Challenge
RoboCup@Home is an exciting international robotics competition where top universities around the world imagine the future by programming robots that help people in their homes.
In this studio, you will join UTS's RoboCup@Home team. You will work on a social robotics programming challenge inspired by RoboCup@Home. You will design and develop robot behaviours that address the challenge and execute successfully on a state-of-the art social robot (one of UTS's "Pepper" robots built by Softbank).
You will be writing a lot of Python code. If you have a passion for writing software and enjoy seeing your code quite literally changing the world, then this studio is for you.
Limit: 9 students
Building a biogenePCR Machine for Molecular Diagnostic Testing
Are you interested in building a machine which can detect DNA genes and bacteria in foods or water? If so, we want you for this studio!
In our studio, you will prototype a biogenePCR diagnostic machine and make it affordable for general use. These machines are vital for the detection of disease and mutations across different industries. Most commercial PCR machines cost thousands of dollars. This cost is not feasible for small business or individuals.
Our studio will explore strategies to build a machine for a fraction of this cost. Groups will learn how to utilise design software such as SOLIDWORKS and AutoCAD, laser cut materials, component integration and assemble into a working PCR unit. The studio also encourages students to develop their own designs and incorporate these ideas into the final product.
We build, we create, we test and we have fun!
Beyond the building and construction of these PCR machines, we will also explore the biology of PCR and how this technology has impacted on the development of molecular devices. After completion of the studio, students will have experience in building a biomedical device but also appreciate the challenges involved in modern diagnostics.
Limit: 20 students
Kick-start Your Business (Intensive Startup Pre-accelerator)
Looking to develop your business?
The studio could be thought of as a pre-accelerator or a bridging program if you intend on joining UTS Startups or another accelerator program but need some help to fill the gap.
Groups that will benefit from the Studio are currently seeking to:
- Develop product building capabilities (execution)
- Develop a prototype (building)
- Get ready for the first investment (funding) Students coming from entrepreneurship and commercialisation, capstone or similar will be well placed to develop their ideas further.
Note: Students should come to the studio with an idea and some information about the possible market, solution and customer. This studio is not designed for ideation session and student should have a firm understanding of what they are developing prior to the studio. This studio is not an ideation session, students should have a firm understanding of their business idea and plan prior to further developing on it.
Limit: 25 students
Shaun has worked in software development, legal (litigation), digital forensics and is currently lecturing in entrepreneurship and commercialisation. Shaun has also spent the last year developing a software business from the ground up. With a strength in developing early-stage companies, Shaun will be assisting students develop their company or product using the latest industry standard tools and methods.
Cyber Security: An Offensive Mindset
This studio aims to expose students to real-world offensive security practices. Students will experience common and unorthodox attack vectors and learn to simulate the mindset of a threat actor. Unlike standard learning environments, this studio will provide hands-on and lab-focused experiences that will ingrain students with the practical and foundation knowledge needed to embark on a potential career in cyber security. Students will have the opportunity to present their final project to industry professionals at the end of the studio. Students from all listed faculties are welcome.
Limit: 20 students
Real-world Applications of Neural Networks
Artificial Intelligence is currently transforming many industries in how they solve complex problems on a day to day basis - much like electricity in the 20th century. Such examples include object recognition systems in Tesla automobiles to avoid collisions, speech recognition systems in Siri by Apple and fraud detection systems in the banking sector.
The studio will overview the fundamentals of AI using deep neural networks as the core technology. The students will be working on a major project that solve real world problems while undertaking tutorial projects throughout the studio. The studio is designed such that anyone can learn how to implement artificial intelligence.
Limit: 25 students
Kwang Ho Baik
IoT Product Development from a Data Perspective
Platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have facilitated many IoT concepts and prototypes to flourish into successful products and solutions. Data is a common trait that all IOT devices and systems share, along with the network of technologies that handle the acquisition and distribution of that data.
This studio will take you on the journey of discovering the potential and value of different types of data that is available in the real world yet to be harnessed. Technically speaking, you will be building microcontroller data acquisition devices, pushing that data to the cloud and processing it to provide insight and educated decisions. You will be programming using C and NodeJS. You will be designing and building circuits, as well as housing everything together in your 3D printed enclosures.
Limit: 10 students
Robotics: The Challenge
Are you interested in Autonomous Robots? Do you want a hands-on deep dive into software, hardware and systems integration for Robotics?
This studio provides an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the UTS Centre for Autonomous Systems to participate in MBZ International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC). MBZIRC provides an ambitious and technologically demanding set of challenges for collaborative aerial and ground robots. MBZIRC aims to inspire future robotics through innovative solutions and technological excellence.
The technological challenges addressed in the MBZIRC 2020 Challenges include, fast autonomous navigation in semi unstructured, complex, dynamic environments, with reduced visibility (e.g. smoke) and minimal prior knowledge, robust perception and tracking dynamic objects in 3D, sensing and avoiding obstacles, GPS denied navigation in indoor-outdoor environments, physical interactions, complex mobile manipulations, and air-surface collaboration.
Limit: 15 students
Robotics meets Advanced Fabrication: A Cross-disciplinary Experience
Are you interested in Robotics and 3D printing? Have you thought how the future of 3D printing technology might look like? This interdisciplinary studio presents an opportunity to design, fabricate and develop robotic technology for advanced fabrication.
Advanced fabrication bridges the worlds of digital design and physical realisation. By pushing the bounds of new and innovative technologies, advanced fabrication continues to demonstrate its pertinence through industry adoption. However, growth opportunities still exist in key areas such as sensing, data analysis, design, and the incorporation of collaborative robotics, (augmented) and virtual reality.
To realise the full potential of these technologies, this studio encourages you to explore and experiment with available resources whilst considering their real-world applications and implications.
Limit: 15 students
If you have any questions about Summer Studio, please send us an email.