Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 1 Reflections - Jurvis Tan

Key Learning Points from Plenary Sessions

Importance of Water—Dirty and Clean
Water Pollution can affect a country's social and economical development. It bothers us based on the following: smell, infectious disease, chronic health risks, environmental degrading and it's impacts to the country social and economical development.

From this lecture I have learned something from a common stereotype: not all microbes are bad, some and in fact a fraction of them are good, some are even used to treat water.

Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
From this lecture I have learned that Singapore is trying hard to keep up with the transformation of the International electronics industry; to create higher value-added products

The supply chain has slowly been moving to Asia due to proliferation driving global demand. Electronics, over the decades have made these certain aspects of our lives possible: entertainment, medicine, manufacturing and transportation.

I have also learned the engineering and biology are converging at the nanoscale; with electronics scaling down to nanoscale and biology scaling up to meet nanoscale. Singapore's future is also based on the following: Research Intensity, Innovative and Entrepreneurial economy. Some of Singapore's steps to achieve this is the current Biopolis and the upcoming Mediapolis and Clean Tech Park.

Innovation Breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology
Singapore is seen as a very good location for the development of nano-science and technology; being in the center of Asia, we are the hub.

Basic Principle of Nano-Science Technology: smaller size for a fixed volume = large surface area

Some examples for the use of nano-science and technology are: cleaning water and changing the color of contact lenses.

IT for Animation:
Animation, being an optical illusion of motion created by consecutive of 2 or more composition static images, has evolved through time, from animations that are extremely labor intensive to computer driven animation. Some of these types of animations do include: Stop Motion Animation, 2D Animation and 3D Animation.

There are many tedious steps in 2D animation, making it more expensive than 3D animation, surprisingly. And they all start with the Script, Storyboard, Character Design, Intermediate Frame Drawing, Reference Frame Drawing, Sound, Painting, Composition and Shooting followed by final print.

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