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Three teams of undergraduates today won awards for projects including creating an app to help children's nurses in Myanmar, and using a robotic arm successfully to pack 3D objects into a delivery box.

Their work was recognised at the Part 1B Group Project Awards – an annual event celebrating the group design projects that second-year undergraduates carry out as part of their practical work.

Each group of students has spent the past seven weeks working with a client from among the Department's industry supporters to develop a product based on an initial design brief.

And today there were prizes for those projects that were judged to be the most successful. 

Most Impressive Technical Achievement
Nominations for this award included Team Alpha (Aerial Video Selfies) and Team Bravo (Augmented Room Dressing). But the winners were Team Golf for their project Consignment Tetris. Congratulations to Ana-Maria Radu, Connor Redfern, Joseph O'Connor, Marcus September, Mohammed Miah, Vladimir Mirjanic.

Recognising that manually packing a wide range of 3D shapes into delivery boxes is difficult for robots, the students were tasked by client MathWorks with designing a system that would take a random selection of 3D models and use a robotic arm to fit them together into delivery boxes. The team of students had to simulate the system's kinematic and dynamic performance using Simulink 3D animation & Simscape Multibody in conjunction with a high-fidelity robotic arm model from MATLAB’s Robotics System Toolbox.


Most Impressive Professional Achievement
Nominations for this award included Team Echo (Clinical Nursing for Children) and Team Tango (West Cambridge Airfreight). But the winners were Team Uniform for their project Zoom into Books. Congratulations to Ana Dolinar, Isaac Dixon, Mikel Bober, Peixuan Song, Victoria Adjei, Weronika Wiech.

Working for client DX Analytics, the students created an Android app working in augmented reality style so that when pictures in books were viewed on a mobile phone, it would link them with, and allow them to zoom in on, high resolution images available online.  


Best Contribution to a Better Future
Nominations for this award included Team India (De-Biasing the Employment Process) and Team Mike (Intelligent Tools for Coeliac Disease Diagnosis). But the winners were Team Echo for their project Clinical Nursing for Children. Congratulations to Andru-Lucian Stefanescu, Amy Nichol, Brendan Coll, Mital Ashok, Samuel Johnson, Sean Carey.

The students worked for a client from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In wealthy countries, hospitals use complex clinical information systems to capture and analyse data such as heart rate, respiration, oxygen saturation, temperature etc. But this project recognised that in countries like Myanmar, nurses working in child healthcare have no access to computers to monitor and chart the condition of their patients over the course of their treatment. The students' task was to design a mobile app that could be used to capture data, generate clinically relevant output and empower nurses to escalate patient care as appropriate. They also had to overcome challenges such as protecting patient confidentiality. 

The judges thanked the clients for all their hard work and guidance to the students. And they praised the excellence of all the projects. 

"That you did them remotely, with all the other pandemic-related changes and pressures, is particularly impressive," said Senior Lecturer Dr Rob Harle, who ran the online presentation ceremony.

Published by Rachel Gardner on Wednesday 17th March 2021