Posts tagged ‘Future University’

University Of The People – Tuition Free Online University – Zap Your Career

Quoting from the site

“University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first tuition-free online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality low-cost global educational model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring university-level studies within reach of millions of people across the world. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.”

This will be the trend in the future of education


UTube University – Design Of Experiments – From The Ground Up – IIT Madras – Prof. S.P.Venkatesan

Understand DOE from the fundamentals with a simple machining example.

I love Prof. Venkatesan’s style of presentation

Lecture-7-Design of Experiments

Lecture-8-Design of Experiments(Contd)

Revisiting The University Of The Future Under Creative Commons License – Learners TV

From SalKhan to Learners TV we look at the immense amount of free education available online.

Here is the link on Learners TV

Self education is the key to betterment in technology, science and the arts.

I sometimes wonder about the value offered by expensive, time consuming courses offered by universities for working executives.

Real education comes from pursuing areas of applied interest and testing out the theories in our dynamic workplace.


Data Acquisition on Android Smart Phones with Bluetooth

Modern day data analysis gets to be more fun all the time. Looking at the Six Sigma DMAIC approach, Analyze is the phase which comes after Measurement.

Modern day manufacturing relies on a predictive approach. You acquire data and analyze the same continuously to define the problem. So, in essence a problem is nipped at the bud.

Lets look at how this can be done on an Android Smart Phone.

Equipment Trouble Shooting, SPC et al

First start with some of the interesting applications on Android Marketplace as idea generating centers.

Go ahead and experiment. Before you know it you will be seeing trends and recommendations on your Android

That is Android University for you today

Smart Meters, Smart Appliances & nodes monitored by Google Power Meter

What says Wikipedia

smart meter is an advanced meter (usually an electrical meter) that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter; and optionally, but generally, communicates that information via some network back to the localutility for monitoring and billing purposes (telemetering). This could work for air and water as well in industrial plants. The ultimate idea is to balance the power from utility companies with a Smart Grid

Do a Google Smart Meter and you will find quite a number of utilities setting up their customers with Smart meters. Now this is the hardware.

Check out GE’s Smart Meter here

Next check out Google’s software called Google Power Meter

Mix a Smart Meter and a Google Power Meter

Well, now you have a Smart Building

This is one of IBM’s 5 areas for Smarting by 2010 to 2015

However you could Smart your appliances as well.

Running a home could be like running a production facility. You could balance your usage intelligently, save $$$ in the process, help the economic gain for the community and country and who knows come up with innovative solutions for the future. You could start generating solar, wind and geo-thermal power at home and be an entrepreneur.

Well, all this is an opportunity for the citizens of the world.

The next level of course is the networking of just about everything in your home. in essence you can query any item. Maybe even your husband and children if you so desire. Life could get pretty exiting. For example you could sense that coffee and milk will run out next Tuesday and have your grocery list generated and a road map plotted for your journey to the pharmacy, grocery store, gas station and post office by the most economical route on a pemmPOD (Google pemmPOD :-))

One last thing. Go for a spin in the evening, don’t mind the expense and check out a Robot. And when you get one see that is better than the iJones’s

Smart Grid – What is it? – In simple terms for a Smart City

A Smart Grid is about balancing existing power resources plus a model for how future power resources can be planned.

Let us take a city which is not yet Smart in terms of their power requirements.

They will have to produce power to meet their peak demand. This means they will be producing power which may be wasted during non peak times.  The goal is to use the wasted power and increase the productivity of the city.

One of the ways is to use a Smart meter or Smart Appliance.

In simple terms a Smart Meter will switch off the appliance during peak load conditions. Customers get the benefits of better pricing whereas power companies are able to optimize their supply. As far as the Smart Appliance goes it is almost like connecting it to the home network and to the internet like our PC for optimal use.

Of course in the grand scheme of thing it will also mean better transmission practices, embedding of sensors at all power consuming point, continuous information to customers about dynamic power rates to help them plan their consumption patterns.

Looking at the future I can envisage completely automated factories running their processes during off peak times to get the benefit of lower costs. This will mean that all power produced by the power company is completely utilized.

The data generated will help analyze patterns and trends to plan for the future.

Of course at some point all transportation will be electric and the Smart Grid may even dictate traffic patterns to help optimize produced power.

It is possible this may mean lighting only when required depending on people movement by motion sensors.

The ultimate aim is of course producing power using sun, wind and the earth at the source and selling surplus to the Smart Grid.

Go ahead Google Smart Grid and IBM Smart Cities and be pleasantly surprised with what the wonderful citizens of the world have in store for us

The Khan Academy – Sal Khan – A Model for the University of the Future

On of my earlier blogs in this site talked about Google Wave and the University of the Future.

Today I visited the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. The Khan Academy has received a 2009 Tech Award in education

Video instruction is available free from U tube in subjects ranging from Statistics, Calculus, trigonometry, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry and economics. It can also be downloaded for a nominal fee and we can donate if so inclined to encourage this humanitarian effort

Salman Khan (Sal) founded the Khan Academy with the goal of using technology to educate the world

Sal received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Masters in electrical engineering and computer science, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a BS in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lessons are masterpieces in education. Made is small modules for easy understanding and well explained in a relaxed manner.

Kindly visit the site and see what the future of education can be. This clubbed with iPOd Nano’s , iPhones and Google Wave could completely change the face of education in the coming years.

Sal Khan has been interviewed by major networks and devotes all his time to the effort.

This give me great hope for the younger generation and their willingness to serve.

There is no doubt in my mind that with people of this calibre the work can only go forward.