Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Summit
The American School of Bombay brings you the Technology, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Summit (TRAI) for High School students in Mumbai on April 9th and 10th, 2016. This Summit will engage students in an interdisciplinary design thinking process in order to design solutions using robotics and automation, the internet of things, and wearable technology. Students enrolled in schools across India are eligible to apply for participating in the TRAI Summit.
What should students expect?
At TRAI Summit, students should expect to experience an intense interdisciplinary environment where they will solve complex problems through rigorous brainstorming, collaborating, iterating, designing, and experimental methodologies. Students should expect to employ and develop critically important 21st century skills, particularly communication and collaborative problem-solving, in order to learn cutting edge technical skills and succeed in an entirely project-based environment.
Who will students work with?
High School students will work alongwith key experts and Design Thinking coaches. The coaches bring a diverse set of backgrounds and skills ranging from engineering design and architecture, to programming, software development and robotics.
What is Design Thinking
According to the Henry Ford Learning Institute, Design Thinking is an approach to learning that uses specific techniques and mindsets to develop a student's creative confidence. Working to identify problems and generate solutions for design challenges allows students to learn to frame their thinking around the mindsets of developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, and working in a culture of prototyping. These technology driven advances aren’t the work of lone geniuses, they are the result of skilled collaborative teams methodically working to understand human needs and build on each other’s knowledge, thinking and skill to design solutions. A design thinking process is a key for guiding and supporting this collaboration and innovation.
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Within the next forty years, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in expanding urban centers. Technology, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are being utilized to meet important human needs related to urban development. In the context of cities and urban development, researchers, architects, urban planners, engineers, and scientists are working together to use technology to study how cities are changing, discern the needs of the people within those cities, understand how urban areas source their energy, utilize more alternative energy, provide adequate public spaces, create opportunities for urban farming and sustenance, and generate economic opportunities to sustain the livelihoods of people living and working in those urban areas.
In recent years, new technologies are bringing urban citizens to the forefront of providing relevant information about their cities. KGS Buildings, a company that has created a cloud-based software called Clockworks, applies their software to detect energy-saving opportunities in buildings' HVAC equipment and informs clients through the cloud so the buildings can be "fixed" in real time. Local Warming, a system for creating personalized climates around individuals as an alternative to heating entire buildings, offers a view of how customizable heating and cooling can become an integral part of buildings in the future. Place Pulse, a research project out of MIT, aims to crowdsource information about the "perception" of areas within a city to better guide urban policy and design decisions. Other researchers at MIT are wearing sensors to measure stress while driving and develop 'stress-scapes' of various cities. Cloud-based technology innovations, such as "Cloudcommuting" - a platform designed by Harvard/MIT graduates for point-to-point vehicle sharing systems that pay users to rebalance vehicles - look at the market economy of vehicle sharing programs. Such new technology developments promise to increase the opportunity to meet big challenges as cities continue to grow and adapt to changing populations.