EN 3210 Self-Initiated Innovation is a new module offered under the OBE curriculum for ENTC and BME undergraduates from 2016. This module aims to encourage students to engage in innovative projects on their own interest apart from work prescribed in taught courses.
Four students from the batch of 2013 who were motivated by this module designed a haptic blind support wearable which enables passive reading using the well-known Braille language. They initiated this project in semester 2 and as it was successful, they enrolled in the Self-Initiated Innovation module in semester 6 which is worth of 3 GPA credits. Students got encouraging grades after the assessment which included a viva, presentation and a demonstration session in front of a panel of 4 academic staff members.
In addition, this innovation has won several awards including the People's Award for the Best Innovation and 2nd Runner up in the Disrupt FutureX 2.0, 1st place in SS12 Asia and 1st place in SS12 Asia Sri Lankan Section. Further a research paper has been accepted by the flagship conference of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics to be held in October 2017, Banff Canada.
The department encourages more such self-initiated projects from the following batches of students to improve the ingenious mind set and strengthen the outcome based education.
Achintha Iroshan (BME)
Savindu Herath (BME)
Charith Panangala (ENTC)
Wishwa Perera (ENTC)
Fig 1: Team members
Fig 2: Haptic Blind support wearable