INNOVATIVE ACTIVITIES

MONTHLY RESEARCH PRESENTATION

The faculty organizes a monthly research presentation which is opened to all members to attend. The objective of the programme is to encourage faculty to engage in more research and also publish more. The event is held on the last Thursday of every month and the presentation is opened to any lecturer who has a paper and is interested in sharing it. The maiden one happened on the 25th of September, 2014, it was lead by Dr. Ezer Yeboah-Boateng and 14 faculty members were in attendance. The second research presentation took place on 30th October, 2014 and 20 faculty members attended; this was lead by Mr. Anthony Angmor. The November session was held on 27th November, 2014 at 2:00pm and it was lead by both Mr. Bernard Appiah Kubi and Mr. Giovani Soglo on different topics, it was attended by 20 members including two staff from Research and Innovations Unit.

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UBUNTU-4-THE COMMUNITY

The group was founded with the Ag. Head as a founding patron during the 2013/2014 academic year, to facilitate open-source hands-on applications and learning amongst computer engineering and informatics students; the group is opened to all students, as a means of promoting employability.

Challenges

  • Publicity challenges with the students’ affairs, as the unit doesn’t recognize the group;
  • Finding suitable classroom and/or space for the learning sessions;

VOLUNTARY HANDS-ON TRAINING

Two third year students at the faculty of Informatics, Desmond Azah and Jude Gyimah have received a hands-on training in computer programming. Within four months, these students have worked on four major projects;

  1. Online library system
  2. Video portal for high school videos
  3. portal for publishing journals and papers
  4. Online advertisement portal for academic institutions

Evidence of all these systems could be found at http://afridemy.net/

Microcontroller (Arduino) Practical Training

Workshop Report (Summary)

Dates: (May 14th – 16th, 28th – 30th and Oct 8th –  10th, 2014)
Venue: Open Lab, GTUC, Tesano Campus
Organized by: Mr. Bernard Appiah-Kubi (Informatics Faculty)
Supported by: John Awotwi, Lloyd Acquaye Thompson, William Aggrey, Patrick Asante.
Participants:  Students from Informatics Faculty, Tesano Campus and Engineering Faculty –Tesano and Kumasi Campuses.
Number of Workshops: 3
Number of days for each workshop: 3
Number of students for the 3 workshops: 120

Aim of the Workshop: To train students to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs.

The training is based on the Arduino microcontroller board.

Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.

Arduino can be used to Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.)

Some Activities Completed at the end of the workshop:

  1. Controlling light with potentiometer
  2. Simple traffic light
  3. Light sensor system with photo resistor
  4. Sensing for temperature
  5. Construct a simple megaphone using a buzzer or piezo element

Supporting Visitors: Mr. Dominic Louis, Mr. Thomas Henaku, Mr. Isaac Hanson,   Dr Baffour Awuah

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