Announcements


17 April 2017

We are always looking for sharp and talented students who have a passion for machine vision and stochastic signal processing. If you are one of them, contact me and we may be able to provide you with a PhD scholarship.


1 March 2017

Check out our conference ICCAIS2017 that will be held in Thailand during Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2017. The papers are indexed by all major indexing databases such as Scopus and IEEExplore.

Mechatronics Principles (MIET2370) is a year 2 course that I developed from scratch in 2011, and taught it until 2016. In this course students learn the basic concepts and skills needed to design and build automated mechatronics systems, in the context of a hands-on design and build project. The project is a national competition organised by Engineers Australia, called Warman Design & Build competition. The competition changes every year, and it always involves a highly challenging design problem.


Example 1:


In 2015, the competition was focused on designing an autonomous device that would pick 6 golf balls from the top of pegs without dropping the pegs, and transfer and release them  into one of three holes (a small one, a medium one and a large one). Here is a sample of the designs my students in the course came up with:

The best design by my students that was selected to compete in the naitonal event against all other universities from Australia and New Zealand won the national championship in 2015. The following video shows my students’ design versus other university teams in the order of performance in the national finals.

Example 2:

Here is a design made by my students for the competition in 2014 (top design among nearly forty student team designs). The RMIT team ended up second in the national finals.

Example 3:

One of my student team’s designs, selected for the competition in 2013:

Example 4:

Not all designs worked to perfection, but students put a lot of effort and passion, and both enjoyed and learnt a lot from this experience.