Melbourne showcases final-year engineering and IT design projects

23 October 2014

A device that can transcribe music directly from a guitar is just one of the student inventions that will be launched at the Endeavour Design Expo, the University of Melbourne’s showcase of final year Engineering and IT design projects.

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The “Tablord” transcribes music as the guitarist plays. This is done by analysing the timing and frequency of the notes played.
Team member Ashley Crabtree-Morton said the idea for the transcriber came from Dr Gavin Buskes, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
“As guitarists and music fanatics, the idea of a product doing the ‘dirty work’ of songwriting—the dreaded transcribing, was not only a product that we would want, but would also be useful to the guitar players,” he said.
Ashley said that the final year design project process had taught them that nothing was as straightforward as it seemed.
“There is always an extensive procedure of testing and revising until a product meets its requirements.”
Some of the other inventive final year projects to feature at the Endeavour Expo will include

  • An app that can accurately measure your Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A 3D printed structure that mimics the internal structure of bones, for increased strength in manufactured parts
  • A robot that can help fight fires
  • A multi battery charger that can handle different types of batteries at the same time
  • An improved data platform to promote the development of affordable housing in Melbourne
  • And Baxter, the Human-Friendly Household Robot

Special guest at Endeavour this year is Genevieve Bell an Australian  anthropologist and researcher. Born in Sydney, she is the director of Intel Corporation’s Interaction and Experience Research and was the 15thThinker in Residence in South Australia. In 2010, Bell was named as one of the top 25 women in technology to watch by AlwaysOn. In 2012, Bell was inducted to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Did you know that engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject?

  • Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.
  • Chemical Engineering also maintained its strong rankings position, coming in at 1st in Australia and 16th in the world
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering also saw a significant jump in rankings, coming in at 1st in Australia and jumping to 17th in the world, up from 25th in 2013.
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.


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