Graduates have designs on the future
Shanghai Polytechnic University graduates had a special “commencement” on Monday as an exhibition kicked off at its campus on downtown Weihai Road to showcase their graduation projects.
The exhibition, which will run through July 7, includes 30 outstanding designs by students in five majors ranging from product design to environment design and digital media art.
Among them are three intelligent robots for hotel services.
Li Kewen said the robots were designed based on the requirements of a Vietnamese hotel.
The three machines can, respectively, provide reception and restaurant services and transport luggage.
The project was finished by students from three majors. Those majoring in product design provided creative ideas, engineering majors were responsible for developing these ideas and making the machines, while those majoring in economics and hotel management were responsible for their practical application to help improve the products.
Some projects by environment design students focus on care for senior citizens and children.
Zhu Jie showed a design that changes an obsolete school into a complex of colorful apartments for elderly citizens with strong natural light and a rich options for activity areas.
Other students showed their designs for packages of traditional Shanghai snacks and other popular foods.
While requiring students to make their projects artistic and practical, the university has also been helping them with commercialization in cooperation with industry players.
At the exhibition's opening ceremony, the university signed a contract with Shanghai Keying E-Commerce Co to transform students’ designs into real products. It also signed cooperation agreements with other companies.