Edison Lecture Series

Autonomous Vehicles
It has become really easy to imagine a world in which no human need apply for a driving license. This year’s Edison will examine issues ranging from superhuman sensing, computer vision, navigation and much more...all with an eye towards enabling autonomous roadways in the near future.

The Edison Lecture Series engages middle and high school students with the fun side of electrical and computer engineering. Edison attendees learn the fundamentals of an engineering topic through a university-style lecture, then see these concepts come to life through hands-on demos. Be part of the excitement!

 

Edison 2018

Poster Design by:
Kristen Caldera,
Round Rock High School

2018 Edison Lecture Series: Autonomous Vehicles

February 9, 2018
Engineering Education & Research Center

For more information, please contact Theresa Claiborne at tc@austin.utexas.edu.

Session A: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Session B: 11:00 AM – Noon
Session C: Noon – 1:00 PM

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in the Edison Lecture Series. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones.

 


Register a Group to Attend

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in the Edison Lecture Series. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones.

Exhibit an activity or demo

We are looking for interactive, hands-on activities or demos that illustrate electrical and computer engineering concepts, with emphasis on the fun over the fundamentals. Demos and activities that relate to this year’s lecture theme of “Autonomous Vehicles” are especially encouraged, but any activities that relate to electrical and computer engineering are welcome.  Exhibitors should prepare for about 900 attendees to come through the exhibit hall in 3 hours. Exhibitor Sign-up

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More about the Edison Lecture Series

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Edison Lecture Series is a STEM program. STEM generally supports broadening the study of engineering within each of the other subjects, and beginning engineering at younger grades, even elementary school. It also brings STEM education to all students rather than only the gifted programs. 

What Happens at the Edison Lecture Series

Along with an interactive lecture, companies and governmental organizations show up to demonstrate robots, virtual reality, solar cars, green screen video technology, and more in interactive pre-show demonstrations. For many students, attending the Edison Lecture Series is their first trip to The University of Texas at Austin. Many educators feel that allowing young students the opportunity to visit the campus and experience a lecture in a collegiate environment can be beneficial to the students' perspective on future educational pursuits.

Often the early stages of preparing and learning, the fundamentals can be frustrating. We seek to show students the rewards at the end of those frustrations by focusing on the fun over the fundamentals for an afternoon. This gives students a rewarding and positive experience to associate with engineering and science.

The Edison Lecture Series selects a different topic each year focusing on a different industry, technology, or idea.

Past topics have incuded:

2017 Fiber and Light
2016 Computing for Green
2015 Big Data
2014 Mobile Computing
2013 Bioinformatics
2012 Robotics
2011 Software is Engineering 
2010 Innovation 
2009 Changing the World One Engineer at a Time 
2008 Television and Surveillance 
2007 Renewable Energy 
2006 Microprocessors 
2005 Communications

Poster Contest

Every year, the Edison Lecture Series hosts a poster contest to design the poster for the following year's lecture. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Edison Lecture Series.

Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018
Topic: Man-Machine Symbiosis
Please submit all work by emailing a link to a dropbox or Google Drive folder to Andrew Carr at acarr@mail.utexas.edu, or your teacher can make a dropbox link for your entire class's submissions. Please TITLE your file with your name and school.
 
Design Suggestions:
  • Keep the theme in mind. If the topic is "software", think about what images relate to software.
  • Images of "gears" are representative of mechanical engineering, not electrical and computer engineering.
  • Take a step back and look at your design. If you didn't know what the event was, would you be able to guess based on your design?
Technical Requirements: 
  • Please TITLE your file with your name and school.
  • Posters should be 11" x 17" in a high-resolution PSD, PDF or TIFF format.
  • Artwork should be 300 dpi or higher.
  • All text should be at least 1/2" away from the edge of the paper.
  • Any questions regarding file types or requirements should be sent to Andrew Carr at acarr@mail.utexas.edu