The NTU “KhPI” was visited by a graduate of the university, director of the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria, Dr. Agu Collins Agu. He made a presentation on the development of “Unity Board — IoT/AI STEAM Education Kit” — a multi-channel device (microprocessor board) for remote data collection and transferring it to a cloud storage. It can be used both for practical training of students and for scientific research. The presentation was attended by vice-rectors of KhPI, university scientists and students. At the end of the presentation, Agu Collins Agu presented one of the microprocessor boards to his university.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to make a presentation of our development. I am proud that I graduated from the Polytechnic University, which gave me a good foundation. Thanks to this, I reached my career heights, today I work as the director of the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria,” said Agu Collins Agu, a graduate of the Kharkov Polytechnic University. He made a presentation of the developed device, called Unity Board — IoT/AI STEAM Education Kit, and also demonstrated its work.
Unity Board is an IoT development kit that integrates Wi-Fi, GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a set of powerful sensors (motion, moisture, temperature, etc.) to remotely monitor the environment and motion. The collected data is transferred to the cloud storage. The presence of 128 channels makes it easy to create multiple linked projects.
The developed device can be used for both academic and research purposes. In particular, students can use it for practical training in the Internet of Things, i.e. organizing various processes (remote monitoring of the state of objects, collecting big data for analysis, etc.) that do not require human participation. The device combines hardware and software, teaches physical computing, with a focus on computer science and computational thinking, expanding the possibilities in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, etc.
As for the scientific application, according to Dr. Agu Collins Agu, in particular, it is possible to use the device for the implementation of projects in the field of solar energy, oil and gas industry.
At the end of the event, Agu Collins Agu presented one copy of the device to the NTU “KhPI”, which was received by Magomediemin Gasanov, the vice-rector for scientific and pedagogical work of the university.
Gennadiy Khrypunov, the vice-rector for international relations of the KhPI, noted that the university is aimed at further cooperation, in the near future it is to find common ground in scientific research, areas of possible application of the presented development.
In addition, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Nigeria, which was celebrated on October 1, a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of KhPI (1994), Director of the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria, Dr. Agu Collins Agu, was awarded a certificate of a member of the university graduates association, as well as an anniversary edition about the Kharkiv Polytechnic University.
The Internet of Things, IoT, is the concept of a computing network of physical objects (“things”) equipped with built-in technologies for interacting with each other or with the external environment, considering the organization of such networks as a phenomenon that can restructure economic and social processes, excluding from part of actions and operations the need for human participation.