Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 1 reflections- Niloy Faiyaz

Key learning points from each session….
  • Importance of water
  • From this session, I had learnt that cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery are such sickness caused from drinking contaminated water and around 3.4 billion people die from it and 2 billion people are at risk.
  • Smell, Infectious disease, chronic health risk, environmental effects, economic effects happen during the existence of water pollution.
  • 1.1 billion people do not have access to fresh water
  • The irony of societal & economic effects- key enablers- water+ energy
  • Irony= economic development can compromise water resource.

  • Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
  • I had learnt that electronics make a difference in human interaction and communication through the integrated circuits that consist the BRAINWAVE (Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water(Hydro, H2O), Audio, Video, Energy).
  • Electronics and Biology are converging at the nano scale which results to Bio Nano Technology.
  • Epiretinal implant device is one such example of an integrated circuit in nanoscale which enables the blind to see.
  • The semi-conductor industry adds value by discovering, designing and manufacturing.

  • Biomedical Engineering and Technology
  • This session had thought me how many things can a small nano chip do such as cleaning water, change the colors of contact lens, etc.
  • IT for Animation
  • Animation uses much mathematical ideas such as calculus and the laws of physics. The cost of making 2D animations are higher compared to making 3D animations as 2D animations work on a frame by frame drawing and needs skilled artists to do so. 
  • There are 3 different types of lighting to make 2D look like 3D. They are the ambient lighting, diffuse lighting and specular lighting.
  • Ambient lighting is adding color to the object
  • Diffuse lighting is applying shadows to the objects
  • Specular lighting is highlighting the objects in order to make it realistic.

  • Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
  • From this session, I have learnt that sea-level rises are different all over in the world. This is largely due to the weight of the glaciers on the land as the mass actually weighs the land down, resulting in water being attracted towards the land which means that the water level will decrease. 
The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is “Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think”.
What I like about it is that this is the lecture had a lot of information that I do not know. The professor made the topic seem simple and explained thoroughly.