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Engineering and Design students showcase products for the future

19 May 09

The School of Engineering, Design and Technology (EDT), at the University of Bradford, is inviting members of the public and industry to its Final Year Project Open Day's on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May 2009.

Electrical engineering students in EDT will give people from the industry the opportunity to view the excellent work emerging from this year's graduates.

The show will present a Robo Dog project which will be presented by an electrical engineering student and a lecturer in robotics, from the University.

Agnieszka Pieronczyk, aged 22, an ERASMUS student from Poland and Dr Darwin Liang, designed and implemented the interactive toy to have intelligent adaptive ability that would be well suited for further developments.

The Robo Dog is unique as it behaves like a domestic pet dog. Using intelligent sensors and dedicated microcontrollers, it can obey commands such as 'come here' and 'stay'. Moreover, it also exhibits social intelligence and feelings, as it is capable of appearing happy, hungry and even bored.

Agnieszka's project supervisor, Dr Darwin Liang said: "I have enjoyed supervising Agnieszka in designing and developing the Robo Dog. I am looking forward to the open day when we can showcase the Robo Dog and other electrical engineering student's innovative work."

During the course of the two days there will also be the chance to view work from graduates from Automotive Design Technology and Industrial Design in their The D:UB (Design: University of Bradford) 2009 show.

The D:UB 2009 show, will display the work of 13 students who have undertaken a range of exciting and interesting design projects, including a Child's Training Sink and an Amphibious Tour Bus.

The sink encourages children to wash their hands and develop hygiene awareness. The sink that has been designed for 2-8 year olds grows in height with the child.

The tour bus, which can travel on water and land, aims at being the ideal way to see the sights of London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Director of Design Studies, Nik Hills, said: "Each student has shown a wealth of detail design, care and consideration in their work. The show and projects are a credit to this graduating year and we hope by showcasing their innovative work, their talents are recognised within the industry."

19 May 09

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