1st LU Research and Innovation Day

The Directorate of Research, Human Rights and Gender organized a Research and Innovation day in line with the University Mission; ‘To serve students and society through research, education, scholarship, training, innovation, outreach and consultancy; which was held on Thursday 20th May, 2021. The Research and Innovation forum provided an opportunity to LU fraternity to demonstrate their creativity and innovation aimed at addressing societal needs. The purpose of the day was to encourage Laikipia University community to use creativity to transform the society.

Participants registering for the day

Over 15 exhibitors drawn from academic and non-academic staff as well as students showcased their work. More than 200 people attended the exhibition.

In her opening remarks the DVC (ARSA) thanked the LU Community for showcasing their innovations. She noted that creativity can be in form of publications, books and products. She was particularly impressed by students’ innovations which were geared to solving real problems facing the society.

Some of the innovations showcased included:

  • DETECTING COVID-19 IN CHEST X-RAYS USING DEEP LEARNING

Applying Deep Learning’s application in Computer Vision to help with Diagnosis. This application improves diagnostic time, reduces cost of testing and it is less invasive.

  • FARMOPS

It is an AL-Powered smart farming solution that uses renewable and solar energy to test soil humidity levels

  • ROBOTICS SCIENCE FOR OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE

Ultrasonic Sensor

It is an instrument that measures the distance to an object using ultrasonic sound works. In this case it avoids object collision

Lane Keeping Sensor

It helps the vehicle to stay in the desired lane. It is key to advanced driving assistance system in autonomous vehicles

Bluetooth

It is a short range wireless technology standard used for exchanging data between fixed devices and mobile devices .For example connecting android phone and autonomous car.

Some of the Prototypes on exhibition

  • MKULIMA USSD

It is a dial up code that has both pentation of Smartphone users and non-smartphone uses. It offers extension services for users

  • AUTOMATIC LIGHTING SYSTEM

This is an IoT based system that automatically switch on/off the lights. It is not limited to time of the day but works on the principle of light and darkness intensity.

  • E-LEARNING BLOCKCHAIN CROWDFUNDING

It is a software product that utilizes block chain record keeping to allow for transparency in transactions

  • HOMEMADE BAR SOAP.

Used cooking oil is recycled to prepare bar soaps which can be used laundry, handwashing etc

Exhibition from Margaret Huri from Library Department

  • BOOKS AND JOURNALS

Also on display were a number of books and journals from academic staff from various Schools. Some of these books include:

Spirit of the Rainbow Dragon, by Prof. Goro Kamau

Statistical Methods: Theory and Practice, Motivation to Learn Among Secondary School Students by Prof. Mbuthia Ngunjiri and Parent-School Conflict Management: Research, Theory and Practice by Prof. John Kanjogu

Books on display at the School of Humanities & Development Studies Stand

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