Ingenuity is an annual showcase event of more than 250 innovative research projects by final-year undergraduate students from the University of Adelaide.
The event brings together the expertise and creative problem solving from a wide range of fields, from architectural design and mechanical engineering to cybersecurity and data science.
Unlike previous years, the event will be hosted online from Tuesday, 27 October to Friday 27 November, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Attendees of Ingenuity can engage with university students, share in their experiences and learn about studying architecture, engineering, computer or mathematical sciences at the University of Adelaide.
It’s the biggest event of its kind in South Australia, with 5000 participants attending the 2019 event, and provides a dynamic platform for students to present their work to a wide range of audiences professionally.
The event is useful for industry members seeking prospective candidates for graduate recruitment opportunities, and university students to network amongst STEM professionals.
One project on display this year is a bio-inspired flying robot that mimics the flying style of both bees and rhinoceros beetles.
The project aims to produce a robot that can detect a flower using a camera, then fly to it and pollinate it.
Bees are responsible for preserving the world’s food chain and with their population under threat, this project aims to explore ways humans can support bees and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.
This isn’t the first project inspired by nature that’s been on display at Ingenuity.
Last year, engineering students Dannion Hards, Jeet Patel, Daniel Schoell and Joshua Tatton created a bio-inspired Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that mimics the movement of cuttlefish.
The project intended to enable scientists to reach oceanic depths inaccessible to humans and assist in marine conservation efforts.
The team then went on to win the 2019 global Ericsson Innovation Awards for their project.
Sustaining human life in space may not be as far off as you think, with another project on display this year being a moonbase habitat.
This project combines the knowledge of researchers and students from across the university to design a lunar habitat that considers not just the practical logistics of sustaining long-term human habitation in space, but also the wider wellbeing considerations.
Be sure to vote for your favourite student project to win the 2020 Pitch Competition.
High school students are also welcomed to join in free virtual activities from Thursday, 22 October to Wednesday, 28 October, from their classrooms.
Eight interactive activities can be chosen from, with hands-on kits being delivered to schools.
All visitors are welcome to attend the free admission event, from primary and secondary students, teachers, industry members and the public.
Ingenuity is proudly supported by community partner AGL Energy and event supporter OZ Minerals.
Register online at https://www.ubivent.com/register/11/Ingenuity2020.
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