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A robotic arm, facial recognition software and world-leading research will be showcased at Made@City

An exhibition of academic research and final-year student projects will be held on 11th June

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

An end of year celebration showcasing the best student project work involving creativity, Logo for Made at City competitiontechnology and design is set to be held at City on Thursday 11th June. Made@City will bring together students, staff, and alumni, to exhibit some of the the innovative new products and technologies that City students have been working on over the past academic year. A photographic exhibition will portray a selection of innovative research taking place at City exploring topics as diverse as life expectancy, philanthropy and aerodynamics. 

City Unrulyversity, City’s pop-up university will be hosting a series of Tech Talks with academics from across the five schools. Attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favourite student project to choose the winner of Made@City 2015. 

Alex Elkins, Business Development Manager for the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering said: “We are delighted to be producing the 2015 edition of Made@City. It promises to be even bigger and better than it was last year, with more exhibitors and student projects showcasing the very best combination of technology, creativity and entrepreneurship at City. 

We are extremely excited to be presenting our first Images of Research gallery which will demonstrate the link between the research carried out at City and the real world in a new and unique way. We’re also teaming up with City Unrulyversity who will be offering a number of their excellent pop-up talks focussing on technology, entrepreneurship and creativity. In summary, it’s going to be awesome and offers something for everyone.

Meet the exhibitors

More than forty students will be exhibiting at the event with projects including health and fitness apps, addictive computer games and data-driven social networks. 

Among the exhibitors will be Sara Al-Zaidy who will Robotic arm will be displayed at Made at City in June 2015.showcase her project to design, build and test a prosthetic arm using 3D printing. Sara said: "The aim of myproject was to create a 3D printable myoelectric arm that costs under £500 to produce. A myoelectric arm is a type of prosthetic that uses electromyography (EMG) to allow the user to control the robotic arm using their own muscle. The myoelectric arm is able to open and close the fingers individually and rotate the wrist. At Made@City I will be doing demonstrations of the 3D printed arm and visitors may even have the chance to try it out.”

Catriona Andrew from the School of Health Sciences will be exhibiting her project which investigated the use of drawing to help people with aphasia. Talking about the project, Catriona said: “Drawing is a way of thinking without language. People with aphasia took an eight week course in observational drawing and were tested before and after on a number of measures including language and visual attention. The results showed an improvement in semantic information-gathering, as well as self-rating communication, confidence, concentration and quality of life.”

Ben Searle is studying Computer Science and will be demonstrating his Xbox Kinect Skeletal and Facial Tracker and Broadcaster software. The facial recognition software tracks 20 joints of a person and uses calculations from 58 facial points. He said: 

“Through creating this project I’ve learnt how facial recognition works along with various programming techniques, including how to use the programming language C#. At Made@City I will be doing a live demo of the software. Visitors will be able to find out how facial recognition works and try out augmented reality, the next big thing in the tech world.

Anthony Onwuzurike is part of the group exhibiting their Catering on Demand webapp. The app aims to reduce waiting times in a local café business by providing a computerised ordering system. Anthony said: “The café currently doesn’t have a computerised system, resulting in long waiting times during breakfast and lunch hours. We designed a system in order to automate much of the process, allowing customers to order without queueing. It even has the functionality to allow them to order in advance and receive a notification when their food is ready.”

He added: “Our exhibition is very unique and many man hours have gone into the design and implementation of our webapp. We are delighted to showcase it to the audience and collect their views on our designs.”

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Please register here for this free event, or get in touch with Christine Kemp (Christine.kemp@city.ac.uk) for more information.

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3D printing

A process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.

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