Events to highlight the latest in digital research and innovation

Events to highlight the latest in digital research and innovation

Blog, Events
With a new series of online events under the headline “Live from behind the walls”, the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Aarhus University plans to showcase activities in the academic fields of software and digital technology in terms of research and innovation. "Live from behind the walls" presents a platform where AU researchers and research project partners from industry and academia can present their work. Potentially, students can also present their projects. The format is a two-hour online event with presentations of 10–20 mins. ORBIT Lab organizes the events. Bridging the gap between industry and academia Professor, Peter Gorm Larsen, who is also the newly appointed head of the software and computing systems section at the Department of ECE, is behind the concept. He hopes to…
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New AI and robotics devices in ORBIT Lab

New AI and robotics devices in ORBIT Lab

Blog, Uncategorised
Through the fall semester, our Lab Manager, Søren, has been busy browsing the web for new interesting gadgets to give you better opportunities to gain hand-on experience with technologies in the fields of AI, computer vision and robotics. These devices are available for student projects or if you want to do some experimenting on your own to learn more about these fields. Below, you can read about some of our new devices – most of them have already been added to the ORBIT Resource management system, ORMS.  Google Coral Coral is a complete toolkit that can be used to build products with local AI. The on-device inferencing capabilities allow you to build products that are efficient, private, fast and offline. Read more about Google Coral. Nvidia Jetson Nano NVIDIA® Jetson…
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Testing in Angular

Testing in Angular

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Lately, we have been using Angular as our main framework for developing single-page applications (SPA) in ORBIT Lab, so in this blogpost I will try to sum up my experiences and hopefully, in the process, create a guide with some examples of the different methods for testing components, services, templates and routes.  Angular itself has complete documentation on how to build and structure your application in https://angular.io/docs. The documentation is easy to navigate, read and follow. It includes mainly good examples. They have also written a lot about testing https://angular.io/guide/testing, but in my opinion, it was hard to use this documentation directly in an attempt to do TDD (test-driven development) when building a SPA. So here is my attempt to make it easier.  TDD This is not a post about…
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Toitware finds collaborators in the ORBIT Lab Community

Toitware finds collaborators in the ORBIT Lab Community

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[caption id="attachment_3682" align="alignleft" width="4608"] Toitware Online Hackathon, November 2020.[/caption] – A story of the collaboration between an Aarhus University tech and innovation hub and a tech startup. The Aarhus-based tech startup, Toitware, is an example of a startup that truly understands how to explore the potential of collaborating with the local startup ecosystem and student environments at AU. In ORBIT Lab, Toitware has found a community of tech-minded people who are eager to learn about new technologies and programming languages and happy to provide valuable feedback. Highlights in the history of a partnership Since ORBIT Lab’s official opening in 2017, Toitware’s CEO and co-founder, Kasper Verdich Lund, has been an active part of the ORBIT Lab Community. Back then, he was a Software Engineer at Google – one of ORBIT Lab’s…
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Android Debugging

Android Debugging

Blog, Learning Resources
– A guide to debugging applications with Android Studio and common sense   1. Introduction As we all know, the world is on the other end because of a pandemic. This has forced the majority of us to work from home. As a student, you most likely have multiple courses during a semester, and some of these courses may or may not include assignments where you need to write code. There are often some challenges that you will face when taking a course that requires you to not only learn about new concepts and methodologies but also require you to learn a new programming language on top of all that. This is a challenge and most people will run into some kind of problems while trying to solve problems using…
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Is there a secret sauce for working remotely?

Is there a secret sauce for working remotely?

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[caption id="attachment_3101" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Credit: GitLab[/caption] – While we all adjust to a new reality People all over the world have been forced to work remotely, and even though most of us have tried working from home a couple of days here and there in the past, the transition to all-remote work can seem daunting. Most of us are currently facing a new reality, but for some companies, remote work is how they work, and they love it! For example, the company GitLab has more than 1.200 employees – all working remotely.  Fortunately for us, they don’t mind sharing secrets on how they built a billion-dollar company from home offices across the globe (56 countries to be exact). Check out GitLab’s All Remote Guide here. Other examples of companies that…
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Four Health Tech Engineering students win “Best App” award

Four Health Tech Engineering students win “Best App” award

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“Don’t Waste it” is the name of an app made by a group of students from the AU School of Engineering’s Health Tech program in the course Smartphone Applications. The app won the “Best App” award at the end of the course, proving that students with little or no prior knowledge of app development, can quickly learn how to put their ideas into action via technology. The idea The four Health Tech students Kristin Lie Aas, Christiane Nørkjær Svendsen, Rikke Ivang Henriksen and Stella Veronica Schultz Jørgensen agreed that in order to be motivated throughout the process, they wanted to make an app that they would actually want to use themselves. An app that presented a solution to a relevant every-day problem. Also, they wanted the idea to be in…
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Inside Google I/O

Inside Google I/O

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People often ask what Google I/O is like, and whether it is worth it to go. After all, there are plenty of other tech events and conferences you can go to, and it is not exactly cheap. I will try to answer these questions in this post – and throw in a few tips if you do get the chance to go. (This year, I will sadly not be going, as I am off to CHI in Glasgow.) TL;DR: Google I/O is an epic experience – YES you should totally go IF you go for the right reasons! Last year was my 4th journey to the magic lands of Google I/O. I will try to give an account of what it is like to participate in the conference as a…
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ORBIT Lab celebrated students’ creativity and tech skills at The Orbies

ORBIT Lab celebrated students’ creativity and tech skills at The Orbies

Blog, Events
February 21st, ORBIT Lab, Aarhus University School of Engineering’s innovation and tech lab, gathered more than 100 students, staff and representatives from the industry for the award ceremony event The Orbies. Here, engineering students presented their projects from the past semester, and a panel of judges from the industry awarded Orbie statuettes to the best projects. Leading up to the event, staff and students were able to nominate projects from the past semester that had made a particular impression – e.g. projects with a high level of technical accomplishment and a creative solution to a problem. The nominees could choose to present their project in one or more of the categories: Best Video, Best Demo or Best Pitch. Besides these three categories, the projects could also win awards in the…
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The Orbies, winter 2019 winners

The Orbies, winter 2019 winners

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ORBIT Lab gave out awards to technical and creative projects at The Orbies February 21st, ORBIT Lab gathered more than 100 students, staff and representatives from the industry for the award ceremony event The Orbies. Here, engineering students presented their projects from the past semester, and a panel of judges from the industry awarded Orbie statuettes to the best projects. Best Pitch: Aarhus Harbour Bath – Rasmus Hemmingsen, Nicklas Nielsen and Anders Meidahl At the recently opened Harbour Bath in Aarhus, a maximum of 650 visitors are allowed. To prevent visitor overload, the Municipality of Aarhus have placed four security guards near the entrances. These guards are responsible for keeping count of visitors. As this presents obvious challenges, the Municipality has requested an IoT solution to replace the current system. The…
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