Experiential Workshops

Join us in a series of exclusively curated workshops and exciting activities on 7 and 14 January 2023 at NTU College of Engineering. In these workshops, make new friends as you learn to create, experience, and collaborate in our hands-on futuristic activities.

The workshops have been specially designed to provide engineering application-based introduction and essential knowledge to develop specific strategies for building Smart Cities. It is a series of easy-to-follow activities which encourages everyone to participate with the provided materials and you can even bring a DIY kit home*!

Programme for each workshop is from 9am to 4pm (subject to changes). Apart from exciting hands-on activities, you will also get to interact with current students over sumptuous food, visit exciting facilities on NTU campus and stand a chance to win attractive prizes! 

Free chartered bus pick up is provided at selected MRT stations (Dhoby Ghaut, Buona Vista and Pioneer) to NTU campus on 7 and 14 January 2023 morning for the workshops.

Registration is closed for Techignite 2023 workshops. Please email to us at [email protected] if you have any queries on the workshops. 

Your registration is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from NTU College of Engineering separately on the status of your registration. NTU College of Engineering will send you an email to confirm the status of your application. We reserve the rights to decline your registration or shift you to the next available workshop if a particular workshop that you have signed up for is over-subscribed.

*Only for specific workshops

Programme Schedule for Workshops on 7 January 2023

Time Activity
9:00 am – 10:00 am Welcome
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Experiential Workshops by CCEB, CEE and MAE
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Continuation of Experiential Workshops/ School Tours/ Engagement
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lucky Draw and Closing
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Optional) Escendo Project Showcase by School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)


Biomedical Analytics and Leading-Edge Technology Workshop by School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB) | 7 January 2023

CCEB Workshop - PCR

Healthcare is an industry that is fast capitalising on the digital revolution. Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals are increasingly relying on smart technology, AI and Machine learning functions in diagnosing and treating their patients speedily and accurately. These tools can help healthcare professionals identify anomalies in medical imaging like x-ray, CT scans and MRI and help diagnose accurately and allow patients to receive speedy treatment in event of pandemics and unexpected life-threatening trauma.

In this student-conducted workshop, participants will learn and understand the principles that demonstrate how coding is applied in simple devices like a thermometer to sophisticated devices such as a blood glucose meter and how the coding derives information. Using MATLAB, participants will learn how the code can display Computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images and understand the working principles of how CT images are obtained. 

Traffic Planning Workshop by School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) | 7 January 2023

CEE Workshop - Traffic

It is the Industrial Revolution, and you are excited to ride in your new Fiat and you really want everyone to see it!

Conventional wisdom says you take the shortest known route according to the street directory. But you don’t know who else and how many others are planning a similar trip which is going to affect your journey. This is an issue because in traffic planning, information is often crucial to minimise congestion along the roads. For instance, knowing the number of vehicles passing through a route will allow designers to plan traffic signal timing for that route. As cities become smarter, planners and users now have access to more meaningful data to make optimised decisions to make their travel better.

Come join us in our very own Escape Room - Pick Your Path - as we travel through time and witness firsthand the evolution of transportation planning. Collaborate with other participants to optimise your team’s travel time while dealing with a very angry Mother Gaia and her cryptic clues as you try to reverse the harmful consequences of our poor travel decisions. Will you be able to appease her, or will it be too late?

Arduino Workshop by School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) | 7 January 2023

MAE Workshop - Arduino Pixabay 2

Discover the joy of living in a smart home.

The air conditioning is set to turn on 10 minutes before you arrive home so that you enter a cooling paradise that is your home. Is the evening scorching sun glaring through the windows? Get the curtains reigned in. Does your pet get scared in the dark while home alone? Have the lights switched on and set to dim. Welcome to the smart home of the future.

This is how mechatronics could enable smart city living. This workshop will focus on Arduino which illustrates how we can live in a smart home; it will interface with a toggle switch, a photosensor, and a lightbulb. This will create the effect of a lightbulb that turns on automatically when it gets dark which can also be operated with a manual override. In this workshop, students will build the Arduino circuit, write parts of the code and begin their own mechatronics journey!

Programme Schedule for Workshops on 14 January 2023

Time Activity
9:00 am – 10:00 am Welcome

10:00 am – 12:00 pm/

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Experiential Workshops by EEE and SCSE

MSE Materials Exposition 2023: Experiential/Hands-on Workshop

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lucky Draw (for EEE and SCSE participants)

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Lab Tour (for EEE participants) / SenseTime Python Workshop (for SCSE participants)


Smart Cities Sensors Workshop by School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) | 14 January 2023

EEE Workshop - Soldering

The future of smart cities is about letting technology work for us.

Imagine driving in the afternoon, and suddenly rain clouds form and darken the afternoon sky. It starts pouring within seconds. The visibility is suddenly very low and looks like it may be dangerous to drive. But just like that, the streetlights turn on and your car’s headlights come on too. It is safe again to continue your journey.

In this workshop, we will be creating a DIY Light Sensor that participants can take home. The circuit has a sensor that makes the light bulb light up in the dark and turns off in the day. This LDR sensor detects light falling on it and changes its resistance accordingly. This change in resistance of the LDR turns on the LED when light is not falling on the LDR and it turns the LED OFF when light falls on the LDR. Participants will also be getting hands-on experience working with soldering tools and understand the soldering process and technique.

Reinforcement Learning Workshop by School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) and Python Workshop by SenseTime | 14 January 2023

SCSE Workshop - Dofbot

The machines are taking over! Well, not yet but we are heading in that direction. Alexa, Siri, and Hey Google are the basic versions of machine learning. Right now, they can perform simple tasks. But in the near future, they can help us with more advanced tasks.

Imagine playing a game of chess, DOTA, or even Atari against an agent. Or better still, have an agent playing with you against other gamers? What’s an agent, you ask? That’s what you will find out in this workshop.

Reinforcement learning (RL) is an advanced topic in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and has been very popular for the past years, starting with a huge success in video games and board games. Now. RL has been used in many areas, including various control problems like robotics, as RL helps to ease the process of designing the control solution with artificial intelligence. With such public attention, many open-source frameworks and libraries are developing to lower the burden of applying RL in new tasks and new robotics with standard architecture. Understanding RL and how to apply it with robotics application demos can develop an interest in AI.

SenseTime Image 1 SenseTime Image 2

Imagine a future where you can step into a vehicle, tell it where you want to go, and it will bring you to your destination without any other input. Cameras on the car detect traffic signals, and pedestrians, while ultrasonic sensors measure distances from other vehicles and obstacles. All this information is then processed and used to control the vehicle’s acceleration, braking, and steering. Autonomous vehicles are making this all possible, and the future is nearer than you think.

In this workshop, participants with little to no computer programming experience will learn Python programming basics with hands-on experience in controlling a virtual car on SenseStudy, an online AI Education platform by SenseTime. You will learn how basic programming and sensors provide the foundations for more complex autonomous vehicles.

Note: The RL workshop in the morning will be conducted by SCSE students while the Python workshop after lunch will be conducted by SenseTime. 

Materials Exposition 2023 by School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) | 14 January 2023

MSE Workshop

Discover the fascinating world of materials and how they are engineered to create human-centred solutions. The half-day event is filled with exciting activities including three hands-on workshops* at the laboratories:

  • Be introduced to the future of energy storage through assembly of Aluminum-ion coin cell
  • Prepare fire-retardant coating solutions for steel and learn the applications of thermodynamics
  • Encapsulate living microalgae and discover its applications as a cell-compatible encapsulant

The School will give a short talk and a school tour. Guests can meet and interact with current MSE students over fun and informative games at the booths for chances to take home attractive prizes. Our professors and student ambassadors would be happy to answer your questions about learning and student life in MSE.

Sign up now to explore a future of endless possibilities with Materials Engineering!

*Limited places for hands-on workshops.

Date: 14 January 2023

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Register at:  https://bit.ly/MatExpo2023