Challenge 2

New Automation and Digitalization Technology and Strategies for Long-Term Operation of Manufacturing Plants

The COVID-19 epidemic has clearly brought unexpected difficulties and challenges to governments, industries and enterprises around the world. But this is likely a short-term effect that will eventually pass. In the long run, COVID-19 is a chance for industries to make much-needed operational improvements.

For example, COVID-19 will compel manufacturers to engineer ways to implement more automation and digitalization, including more robust control strategies, into long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

The focus of this challenge is therefore to provide us with deployable Chemical and Biological Engineering-based technologies and protocols that industry can implement into long-term manufacturing operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential major disruptive challenges in the future.

Who Can Compete: All 3rd-Year UG Students
What and Where Do You Submit: A PDF proposal and engineering justification of no more than 5 pages
When is it Due: May 15, 2020 by 5 pm
To Whom Do I submit: Bhushan Gopulani (bhushan.gopaluni@ubc.ca)
What is the Prize: $100 VISA gift card