students at their Open Day.
Students thrilled parents and the public with high tech projects and innovative designs at the School of Engineering’s Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EEC) annual project open day and awards function.
All students were recognised for their achievements, however the most outstanding students were awarded for their unique ideas and designs during an awards function in the foyer of the Dennis Shepstone building on the Howard College campus.
Some of the projects included a model-based video communication system; a power line inspection robot; a mobile phone controlled home appliance and a mobile panic button. Students were proud of their projects and many found it encouraging that the public had the opportunity to view some of their work.
Mr Ridwaan Amod, a fourth-year student in Electronic Engineering, said: ‘I feel it was a great opportunity to showcase innovation in engineering applications. Furthermore, I am glad to enlighten people about practical applications of such frameworks and how it can make a positive difference to their lives.’
Amod won several awards, including the Lawrence and Constance Robinson Scholarship, given to the best undergraduate at UKZN and the Townley Williams Scholarship, for the best student entering the final year of study.
He also won the Reutech Communications Award for the most innovative design implementation in Electronic Engineering and the Altron Group prize for the best final year Electronic Engineering Student.
His project dealt with the implementation of a targeted scene understanding framework. This allows a computer to track the 3D location and orientation of a target object in real-time.