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​競賽介紹

第七屆英國大學專題競賽開跑囉!每年藉由比賽,鼓勵學生發揮創意及整合能力,並提供高額獎學金以及進入英國名校的門票,也因此發掘出許多專才資優生。今年一樣由享譽國際的世界百大杜倫大學和雪菲爾大學在臺主辦,以期望學生大放異彩,在國際舞台一展長才。

競賽主題

專題競賽分為STEM與商業兩個項目,STEM組由Sheffield大學主辦,Business組由Durham大學主辦,學生可自由選擇任一項目進行專題計畫。

​競賽題目

Annual STEM Project High School Competition for Taiwan and South Korea Theme for 2023/2024: Control Systems Engineering

1.0 Introduction:

This year’s competition is designed to encourage creativity, innovative thinking, and appeal to young people interested in STEM and inspire them to consider pursuing their higher education in the field of control system engineering, mechatronics and robotics.

2.0 Why studying at The University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield has a global reputation for its exceptional teaching, impactful research, international outlook and outstanding student experience.

  • Number one in the Russell Group (National Student Survey 2023, based on aggregate responses).
  • Top 50 in the most international universities rankings (2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings).
  • Number one Students’ Union in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017).
  • Number one for teaching quality, Students’ Union and clubs/societies (StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards).
  • A top 20 university targeted by employers (The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report).
  • Six Nobel Prize winners (Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Sir Harry Kroto, FRS, Sir Richard Roberts, FRS, Lord Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS, Sir Hans Krebs, FRS and Howard Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, FRS).

Why studying at ACSE?

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is the largest Control and Systems Engineering Department in Europe, with over 130 academic staff, research assistants and research students and over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate degree students.

  • ACSE is the only department in the UK and one of the best in the world dedicated to automation and systems engineering. It was established in 1968, in response to the growing importance of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to all branches of industry worldwide.
  • ACSE provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, and research degrees offering opportunities for postgraduate training in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and associated topics.

3.0 What is a Control Systems?

Control systems are widely used in our daily life. For example, washing machines use control systems for regulating the water level, cycle time, and temperature. Control systems also are used in monitoring and controlling various aspects of home security system – for example, motion detectors, cameras, and door locks. There are many other applications of control system in industrial automation, robotics, aerospace and in the field of biomedical for regulating the operations of medical devices and equipment.

Types of Control Systems

There are two main types of operating control systems:

  • Open-loop control systems: These systems do not use feedback for adjusting outputs. Open-loop control systems rely on pre-determined input signals for producing the desired output.
  • Closed-loop control systems: Closed-loop systems continuously measure and compare the system’s output to the desired outputs. The input signal is then adjusted accordingly. These systems, also known as feedback control systems, use feedback to adjust their outputs.

Open-loop Control System

The open-loop control system, illustrated in Figure 1, is the system where the output is not fed back to the input for comparison and correction. Therefore, the control action is not influenced by the output of the system. The system operates based only on the input command. They do not require sensors or feedback mechanisms. These control systems are being used in applications where there is no compulsion for precise or critical output. Open-loop control systems are simple and prove to be inexpensive in implementation.

Figure 1: Block diagram of an Open-loop Control System

There are many examples of open-loop control systems. Here are below some typical examples:

  • Open-loop control systems are widely used in washing machines with a timer. The duration of the washing machine is controlled by a timer. The machine operates according to the pre-set time, i.e., without any feedback from sensors or the users.
  • Most toasters have timers controlling the duration of the toasting cycle. The user sets the desired toasting time according to their needs. The toaster heats the bread at a pre-set time without any feedback from sensors or users.
  • In addition to the above two examples, open-loop control systems are widely used in many industrial applications, like conveyor systems or assembly lines.

Closed-loop Control System

This control system is continuously monitoring and adjusting its performance according to the difference between the actual output and desired output (input). As shown in Figure (2), the system’s error detector measures the difference between the desired and actual outputs. After that, the controller utilises this error signal to decide how to modify the output to minimise the error.

Figure 2: Block diagram of a Closed-loop Control System

There are different kinds of electronic devices that use a closed-loop control system. So, the applications of closed-loop control systems include, but limited to the followings:

  • Home Security System
  • Water level control system.
  • Air condition temperature control system.
  • Motor speed control system.
  • Thermostat heater control system.

4.0 Competition Task

Imagine you are an engineer…This is your chance you show off your skills by designing a control system/circuit that could do any task or job you can think of – the only limit is your imagination.

You are invited to take part in the competition, by designing a control system that solves an everyday life problem (ranging from medical application, domestic assistant, environment, industrial applications, etc.). As a team, you need to:

  • Identify the problem/challenge that you are trying to solve.
  • Clearly outline your approach of how to solve this problem (rationale).

Design a control system (prototype) that can help you in solving a real problem. You can design a new control system from scratch or add another feature to an existing control system application to improve its functionality and operations.

Nation brand

There are nearly 200 countries in the world today, all competing for resources, trade and attention. So if you’re a nation in a remote corner of the planet, how do you go about telling everyone that you exist?

Countries are increasingly copying the marketing tactics that companies use to raise their profiles, and let people know that they are open for business. Welcome to the world of nation branding. A strong country brand should encourage tourists, trading partners and investors all at once.

Please use below marketing proposals to express your ideas and actions.

Executive Summary

This section should provide a brief overview of the proposal, including the client’s needs, the proposed solutions, and the benefits of working with your company.

Market Overview

This section should provide an analysis of the target market, including the size of the market, the growth potential, the competitive landscape, and the customer needs.

Company Overview & Strategy

This section should provide an overview of your company, including your history, your expertise, and your marketing strategy.

Brand Analysis

This section should analyze the client’s brand, including the brand positioning, the brand identity, and the brand messaging.

Campaign

This section should outline the proposed marketing campaign, including the goals, the strategies, the tactics, and the timeline.

Evaluation

This section should discuss how the success of the campaign will be measured.

Sample:

Scotland’s Reputation 2022

National Indicator: Scotland’s Reputation

https://placebrandobserver.com/theory/nation-branding-perspectives/

https://surface.syr.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1013&context=exchange

https://identity.sweden.se/en