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20160816 - From Arduino to Self-Driving Cars & Shipping Port Automation - How can we help prepare for the automation job possibilities that lie ahead? - 16 August 2016 - 10:30 - Stream 4

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From Arduino to Self-Driving Cars & Shipping Port Automation - How can we help prepare for the automation job possibilities that lie ahead?


Classifications: Enabled, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: LEAP- Links @ Macquarie University


Presenter: Carl Svensson

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Date: 16 August 2016

Start Time: 10:30

End Time: 11:20am

Duration: 35 minutes + 10 minutes question time

Closing Date: Bookings Close 15-Jun-16

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 15

Non-DEC Positions: 5

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

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KLA Keyword/s: Science, Engineering, Arduino, Robotics, Autonomous Technology


From Arduino to Self-Driving Cars & Shipping Port Automation


Back in one of his junior years at school, a guest speaker came into Carl’s class and showed a robot that he had built. It was a life-sized R2D2 with driving capability, sensors, and code that made sure it didn’t crash into anyone (well, at least that was the aim). While this sounds cool, it would have been a lot of hard work for someone over 20 years ago. However, the software and hardware tools available today give a great opportunity to foster the curiosity of many technologically minded and non-technology minded people. In this talk, Carl will look at some of the available projects for getting started, and then look at some of the more largescale projects that have been going on in the world of robotics and automation.


Carl graduated with first class honours in Engineering which had focuses in algorithm theory, operating systems, and instrumentation control. Continuing from this, his main research has been in design flow analysis. He has a keen interest in systems design, software architectures, operations, logistics, and he is more broadly interested in teaching, pedagogy, learning styles, and curriculum development at the university level. More recently, Carl has been active as a casual academic at Macquarie University in areas of software and systems engineering (both an Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels). He is also a technical volunteer in FIRST Australia, which is a not-for-profit company looking to provide a rich platform for high school students to nurture their STEM-related skills in varying levels of robotics tournaments.

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Additional Booking Instructions: Please Note: The presentation will start promptly at 10:30am and conclude by 11:20pm - There will be 35 minutes of presentation time and 10 minutes for students to ask questions.

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1. To join the Video Conference you need to dial the VMR number, which will be sent to you on registration. This will allow you to see the presenter on your television screens.

2. To access the PowerPoint presentations on your Interactive White Board you will need to log into Adobe Connect using the website:
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Please book your place as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out.

Further Information: Email enquiries to:
Casey Featon
Email: leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Note: We do NOT film, photograph or record audio of the students so you do not need permissions to publish from your schools. If you have reservations about booking online due to this, please contact us at leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Recordings of this video conference series and others will be made available online. Register your interest at leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you would like to be notified when the recordings are available.

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