For as long as engineering has been, mechanical systems have existed, and their undisputed significance to humanity has only intensified with the passing of time. Over the last few decades, however, the emergence of the digital wave has seen the line that separates engineering and technology become increasingly blurred; it won’t be too long before those two fields morph into one giant multi-functional, world-changing organism. And so, one wonders; how can young engineers and engineering undergraduates look to equip themselves with the skills required to remain relevant in the landscape of the future?
To answer that, one has to begin by giving thought to critical questions such as; how digital systems can improve on the precision, control and efficiency of mechanical systems and processes, how essential data (on performance, up-time, downtime, reliability, availability etc. of mechanical systems) that is collected for use as input information in feedback loops can be managed and effectively leveraged, how the development and incorporation of Artificial intelligence in our local industries can be fast-tracked, whether we have the technical capacity for research and development of these innovations, and the role experts in the field can play in all of these.
More than anything else, the goal for this conference is to provide enlightenment in the form of answers to some of these questions. If we are able to raise brand new, critical, thought-provoking questions in the process of providing answers, even better. Ultimately, what we are looking to do is generate a wave of progressive conversations that will go some distance in preparing engineering undergraduates in the University of Ibadan for the future of engineering and technology.
There will be booths available to showcase the projects. There would also be dinner tickets available. Reach Emmanuel on Whatsapp here
Program at a Glance