Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) is adding another golden colour to its cap come December 15 as it would officially launch a mail dispatch mobile robotic recently invented by a lecturer of the institution’s Department of Mechatronics Engineering.
According to a statement made available to newsmne on Monday, co-signed by FUOYE’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Foluso Ogunmodede and Special Adviser on Media Matters to the VC, Wole Balogun, the mail dispatch mobile robot is a product of PhD programme of Dr. Oluwaseun Martins of the department under the supervision of both an Associate Professor Adefemi Adekunle and the late Prof. Temitope Adejuyigbe.
Describing the functionality and mode of operation of the robot, Martins said “this mail dispatch mobile robot provides smart mail delivery within a particular environment. Its users are assigned to a particular environment where the robot is designed to operate. And such environment corresponds to the notes on the robot’s database; this aides it in delivery to its location and destination.”
Martins went on: “To initiate the delivery process, the user makes a request by logging into the web application. Upon logging in, the user views the databoard which can be used to examine the state of the robot and other vital information.
“The user then heads to the request button and makes his request by clicking on the new request button and proceeds to fill in the subject of the request. He then confirms it. Once confirmed, the request will appear on the table of the request page and if it is not at the required mode or it is in a request mode, it will first finish up its request and then heads to the note of the new request in order to be able to pick up. Once islt is at the request mode, the user can click into the dispatch button to be able to give instructions to the to it and provide the necessary item to be delivered.
On the dispatch page, the user first unlock the door to put in the mail, then fills in the destination and reference number and clicks on the confirm button. Once this is done, then it begins to move from its current location to the new destination given to it. The robot uses a computer vision, using a camera to recognize colours of its localization method. Then it is able to recognize the colours of its path and uses that to know where to move to.”
The landmark achievement would showcase the fact that FUOYE, as an enviable Ivory Tower boasts of many resourceful academics in all fields of human endeavours.
The exhibition would be supervised by Engr. Dr. Adefemi Adekunle, an Associate Professor of Mechatronics Engineering and Director of FUOYE’s Directorate of
The historic event is part of the planned 5th and 6th Combined Convocation ceremony for the graduands of the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions.
In an e-statement co-signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Foluso Ogunmodede and the Special Adviser on Media Matters to the VC, Wole Balogun and made available at the weekend to newsman in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, dislcosed that activities for the 5th and 6th combined convocation ceremony would hold between 13th and 19th December, 2021.
Besides, the statement said that the Convocation ceremony would commence with a Convocation Press Conference to be hosted by the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, at the institution’s Council Chamber.
This will be followed by the University’s third Inaugural Lecture to be delivered by a Professor of Comparative Politics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (DVC), Administration, Prof. Jeremiah Shola Omotola.
The inuagural lecture, which would be delivered by Omotola entitled, The Troubled Trinity: Elections, Democracy and Development in Nigeria, would hold at the Faculty of Science lecture theatre at 2p.m.
On Wednesday, December 15, the foundation laying ceremony and fund-raising programme for the Alumni complex will hold at 10a.m. to precede the fourth Inaugural lecture of the University, which will be delivered by a Professor of Food Science and FUOYE’s immediate past Dean of the School of Post Graduate Studies, (SPGS), Prof. Mojisola Oyarekua at the Faculty of Science lecture theatre by 2p.m.
The Convocation lecture, entitled : “Responding to, and Building Forward in Times of Emergencies: How Prepared are Nigerian Universities?”, will, on Thursday, December 16, be delivered by a former Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labode Popoola of the Departnent of Social and Environmental Forestry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Venue of the Convocation lecture is the Faculty of Science lecture theatre and the event holds from 2p.m. to 5p.m.
On Friday, December 17, there will be an Induction of FUOYE Enginneering students into the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), as well as the launching of a Mail Dispatch Mobile Robot, of Mechatronics department.
This would hold at the FUOYE Engineering Faculty complex, Ikole campus, between 9a.m. and 10: 30a.m.
This will be followed by the commissioning of FUOYE automobile workshop from 10:30am also at the Ikole campus. Jumat service will follow suit at the University mosque by 1p.m. while the University Convocation play will be performed by students of FUOYE’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts for the audience’s delight at the Theatre Arts complex from 3p.m. to 5p.m. same day.
Saturday , December 18 is the grand finale, the Convocation Day and the day will feature the investiture and award of honourary Doctor of Letters Degrees on the Attah Igala land, who doubles as FUOYE’s Chancellor, HRM Matthew Opaluwa, Dr. Nuhu Yakubu, former CEO, NBTE and a one time INEC National Commissioner, and Mrs. Victoria A. Samson, founder and Managing Director, Bovas and Co Limited.
Award of degrees of postgraduates and graduates as well as Vice-Chancellor’s awards of excellence to deserving members of staff will follow suit after the investiture and the Convocation ceremony will end on a note of celebration with a cocktail party.
On Sunday, December 19, a Thanksgiving service would hold at the University’s Chapel of Transformation to finalize the convocation ceremony activities.