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[Note Taking] The BALatrine

Jakarta, 24 May 2013

Preventing Parasitic and Gastrointestinal Infections in Central Java: a Collaborative Indonesian Australian Intervention

The second Australia Award Scholarship Guest Speaker Program was held on Wednesday, 15 May 2103, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the IALF Auditorium. The speaker was Prof. Stewart, Chair of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health, School of Public Health, Griffith University.

The important message from this presentation was how to improve hygiene behavior by constructing a latrine. The presentation was opened by describing the project’s background. Prof. Stewart and his colleagues said that Indonesia is a big country. It can be seen from its islands, population, and economic growth. In contrast, there were many problems such as poverty, poor sanitation, and infections, especially neglected tropical diseases. These diseases will have a negative impact on child development, labor and health. This condition could threaten the Indonesian economic potential.

The project was developed to prevent, control and eliminate these diseases. BALatrine was the name of the latrine project. It was built to improve sanitation, hygiene and water quality across 16 villages in Semarang, Central Java. The main purposes is to reduce parasitic infections and the spread of bacteria and viruses.

The BALatrine is a low cost project, can be made locally in poorer areas and owned by the family. It was a collaborative project between several universities and The Yayasan Wahana Bakti Sejahtera Foundation Semarang. It was funded by The UBS - Optimus Foundation from Switzerland.

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Substantially, I think it was a good project. The topic was very interesting and I never knew about it before. It is a simple project that designed to apply to our lives. Unfortunately, Prof. Stewart did not answer the main topic. He did not explain how the latrine works in both wet and dry conditions.

To sum up, I do believe that the government should pay attention to this situation. It is absolutely the government’s responsibility. The project is a new method and I hope government can follow it up. Personally, I say thank you to people and institutions behind this project.

The word latrine can refer to a toilet or a simpler facility used as a toilet, generally without bowl. It can be a communal trench in the earth in a camp, a simple pit, or more advanced designs, including pour-flush systems or ecological latrines. [wikipedia]

[Note Taking] Engineering and Robotics: changing and saving our lives

Plasa Kuningan - Menara Selatan, 24 May 2013

The first Australia Award Scholarship Guest Speaker Program was held on Tuesday, 30 April 2103, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the IALF Auditorium. The speaker was Brad Hall, Assistant Director of the International Project for the Faculty of Engineering, UNSW. He graduated from The Department of Computer Science and The Department of Asian Studies and Marketing from UNSW.

The presentation was opened by describing the meaning of engineers. The engineers are those who intentionally want to create, design, and build something to solve many problems in the world around us. Furthermore, the engineers were doing a lot of practice and develop something. It was absolutely the opposite of scientists who were doing research and creating theories.

Nowadays, technology has a huge impact on people around the world. The UNSW engineer also builds a project such as secure smart phone, solar cells, and the Bionic Eye. The SunSwift III was the model of the solar car. It can reach 100 km/h using 2 kW of energy. It is approximately the same amount of energy which is used by a vacuum cleaner. The Bionic Eye was built to restore a vision for blind people. The camera transmitted images to the chip that was connected to the brain. Therefore, blind people can see. The project is still in progress. By the year 2020, hopefully the Bionic Eye project can be finished and applied.

Finally, he demonstrated RoboCup, a robot that could play football. The UNSW is one of the universities that were successful in building a robot for tournaments. The robot has an artificial intelligence. It can find a ball and pass or kick it in order to make a goal. The UNSW won some major tournaments, for example 2nd place in the 2006 RoboCup tournament, and 3rd place in the 2012 RoboCup tournament.

The most important benefit is that the project was designed to apply to our lives. To illustrate this, he showed us how the robot works in a timber factory. Due to the typical job that is dangerous for the workers’ hands, the Robot can save timber factory workers’ hands.

I think it was a good presentation. The topic was very interesting that I never knew about it before. Brad Hall also combined the speech with slides which contained videos and photos. He also made a good time order in his presentation, for example by showing us the videos from RoboCup over the year.

I do believe that technology should be applied in our daily lives. It should also be produced massively so it will become affordable for all people.