Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 1 Reflections (June 6) — Lim Hao Yang

Key Learning Points from Plenary Sessions
  1. Importance of Water—Dirty and Clean
Water and energy are inter-related. Since energy, more so electrical energy, is becoming very unsustainable, one of the aims in the current world is to decrease the energy usage of getting clean water.
  1. Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
Technology is advancing in terms of the bio, radio, auto, info, nano, hydro, audio, video, and energy aspects (9 O’s or B.R.A.I.N.W.A.V.E.). Such advancements enable and/or improves entertainment, medicine, manufacturing and communications.
  1. Biomedical Engineering and Technology
Innovative breakthroughs in this area is improving the quality of life as well as the conservation of materials such as medicines.
  1. IT for Animation
Animation compromises of both artistic aspects (such as drawing) and technical aspects (such as mathematical calculations and software development) to make animated films more believable.
  1. Disappearing Glaciers…
Contrary to common beliefs, the sea-level is not universally the same around the Earth’s surface. In fact, that level is lower when nearer to a melting glacier and higher  when further. This melting can cause the movement of mass (mainly water) around the surface of Earth.
Plenary Session which Leaves the Deepest Impression
The plenary session Disappearing Glaciers… left the greatest impression on me as the content was new and fresh to me. I have never known that sea levels were related to the gravitational pull and the weight of glaciers. Also, Asst. Professor Emma Hill was able to put her presentation together in an easily comprehensible manner.

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