Engineers Without Borders Oxford is part of an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering and is part of a global movement to engineer a better future.
We aim to provide opportunities for members of the Oxford community to partake in research projects that tackle poverty using engineering. These projects span many different areas of engineering and we are always looking for new projects to run within the society.
Most importantly, you do not need to be an engineering student to be a part of EWBOx!
This Year's Projects
FOR MEDICAL IMAGING
Machine Learning has proven to be extremely useful for tackling many problems where human intelligence was assumed to be explicitly required. One such application area is biomedical imaging, where deep learning has proven very effective in recognizing patterns to help deliver accurate medical diagnoses. However there are still many open problems in this area, and our goal is to have a go at some of them.
LANDMINE DETECTION USING ROBOTICS
The University of Oxford Engineers without Borders Robotics Team aims to design a robot that will be used to detect and map landmines. This robot will be able to autonomous drive, map, and sample dust particles; the samples the robot collects will be animal scent traced in a laboratory environment to detect explosive matter within the samples. We aim to create an inexpensive, reliable robot that can be easily used and maintained by people in rural areas with little training.
The overarching aim of the project is to develop an interface – for ‘teaching’ machine learning via visualisation of various machine learning techniques without needing prior mathematical expertise. For example basic techniques such as binary classification, to more complex neural networks such as MLP.
YOUTH OUTREACH PROJECT
Our Youth Outreach arm aims to spread passion and enthusiasm for STEM to students from underrepresented backgrounds in our community. We frequently organise volunteering sessions for members to tutor primary and secondary school students and also do once off workshops and summer camps to expose children to engaging STEM experiments and projects.
Our aim is to understand the food and waste consumption culture and practice of select colleges in Oxford. We want to determine how much food is wasted and investigate the recycling and waste methods to recommend more efficient and lower carbon options. There will be opportunities to research and to be hands on, through prototyping different methods, building physical machines and investigating chemical processes.