From robot selfies to 3-D printed art – Monash University flings open its doors this Sunday

YuMi® the robot demonstrates its selfie snapping skills with Engineering students

This weekend, Australia’s largest University opens its doors to the public at Monash University’s Clayton and Caulfield campuses for Open Day on Sunday 6 August.

One of the highlights at Clayton campus Open Day is the Engineering Faculty’s selfie-taking robot, YuMi®.  YuMi® is a collaborative multi-arm robot designed to work alongside humans on complex assembly tasks, and has already been deployed in factories around the world including Australia.

Visitors will be able to interact with YuMi® who will be operated by students from 10.00am.

Monash’s Professor Tom Drummond, and Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, said it was a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience.

“Developing skills and experience in the area of robotics at Monash Engineering opens up enormous employment opportunities for graduates in the future.”

Prospective students and their families are welcome from 10.00am to 4.00pm with a range of courses to explore including Arts; Business; Education; Engineering; IT; Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science.

At Monash Caulfield campus Open Day visitors can discover the University’s Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) courses, experience the new state-of-the art Media Lab and hear first-hand from students about what it’s like to study at Monash.

There are also a range of courses to discover at Monash Caulfield from 10.00am to 4.00pm including Business; Art, Design and Architecture; Communications and media studies, and Journalism.

Monash School of Journalism’s Julie-Ann Tullberg said the new Media Lab was one of the highlights of studying journalism at Monash.

“Visitors to the Monash Media Lab will be offered student-led tours, where they will see examples of digital journalism and video footage of students at work in the high-tech studios and newsroom.”

At Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), the Faculty’s Dean, Professor Shane Murray, invites those with a passion for creativity to explore work by MADA students, which will be presented throughout three buildings on campus.

“Our Design and Interior Architecture students have combined their talents to design an immersive, interactive, and exploratory space and nearby we’ll have 3D printers, laser cutters, and even a traditional letterpress set up that visitors can use on the day to create a souvenir of their visit.

“Visitors can drop into the Architecture studios to meet students and view an exhibition of current projects – everything from a study of how rising water levels could affect the city of Melbourne, to gardens designed for Government House and recently presented to the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC,” Professor Murray said.

“MADA’s Fine Art and Visual Arts students have transformed their learning spaces into a suite of site-specific art installations especially for Open Day. A variety of free posters will be available for visitors to choose from and take home, designed by the University’s up and coming artists" he said.

While aimed at prospective students, everyone is welcome to tour the campus facilities, including award-winning student accommodation precincts. Visitors can talk with staff and current students about career options, overseas study and scholarships.

For more information and to plan your day go to Monash University Open Day.

About Monash University

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and ranked in the top one per cent of world universities. It has earned an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence, and is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight research-intensive universities and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres and Medical Universities.