Innovating for Smarter Living

Projects in this theme focus on designing smart devices and services to enhance everyday life, work, and play.


Basic Fire Safety Training in Virtual Reality

Fire is a hazard that can happen anywhere and everyone should be prepared for it. However, hands-on training is costly in terms of manpower and resources and is limited due to the potential hazards of an actual fire. For the general population, infrequent hands-on practices and non-hands-on training materials limit their preparedness.The advantages of the Virtual Reality based training tool include reducing manpower and resource needs, not having to set up a real fire and increasing the accessibility to a minimum standard of hands-on practice.

Detecting Falling Objects for Workplace Safety

Our project, which designed and implemented a system consisting of a radar, a processing unit and a siren, is able to detect the falling object using the shortest possible duration and with great accuracy. This system perfectly bridges the gap between the old, passive methods of protection against falling object with the long-withstanding needs from construction workers whose security and even survival is being constantly confronted by the “killers from sky”.

Ferry Shore Power Transfer

There is a rising demand for the use of short haul electric ferries, especially in the Norwegian region. These ferries typically operate for the whole day from harbour to harbour, stopping at each harbour for 5-10mins. Within this short period of time, the batteries on the electric ferries need to be recharged. The current charging station used by Ampere, a passenger ferry, is highly specific. Hence, it is not easily adaptable to different models of electric ferries, which have different locations for the charging points. Our industry partner, Rolls-Royce wishes to offer a highly adaptable charging stations for all kinds of electric ferries.

Tangible Virtual Reality

This project explores the usage of virtual reality in aircraft maintenance. Integration of virtual reality in aircraft maintenance training helps to reduce the training costs while ensuring a safe environment for trainees. The developed prototype combines visuals, haptics, movement and spatial sound cues in a head gear to create a realistic virtual environment for training.

System of Autonomous Drones

This project uses quadcopter drones for monitoring crops in agricultural farms. Quadcopter drones can be used for imaging crops to analyse various parameters relating to crop health including plant height, count, presence of weeds and diseases. Compared to satellite imaging, drone imaging enables faster detection of crop issues at a lower cost. The project explores various communication methods including manual control with joysticks and autonomous flight control.

Electrically Actuated Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for ROV

Most of the commercial LARS use hydraulic power to lift remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) in the air. However, due to the environmental impact associated with high-pressure hydraulic oil, there is a need to explore alternate lifting mechanisms for LARS. This project develops a new launch and recovery mechanism utilising pulley system and gravitational force for launching and recovering ROVs without hydraulic actuators.