The international PBL (Project Based Learning) program was held online for students of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering and the Department of Electronic and Information Systems Engineering from August 9th to August 13th. The International PBL Program, which was held every year during the summer vacation at our university (Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering, Department of Electronic and Information Systems Engineering), Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan), and University of San Jose-Recoletos (Philippines). However, it was affected by COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, this event could not be held since 2019, but in 2022, it was hosted by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering and was able to be held online.
In 2022, under the theme of "Smart Energy Control Challenge 2022, Osaka", we worked on issues related to technologies that are attracting attention for realizing a carbon-neutral society, such as renewable energy and smart grids. Students from three universities participated in the online kick-off meeting held on February 25 this year.
In this program, students with backgrounds in various specialized fields gather, so classroom lectures on power electronics and control, circuit simulation practice using the numerical analysis software Matlab, etc. are necessary for the actual program in August. From May to July, we conducted pre-training to acquire the theory and skills that will become a part of the program. In the actual program, a three-university mixed team consisting of students from three universities will design and manufacture a boost chopper circuit and an MPPT control system.
Teams competed to see how efficiently they could extract power from solar cells using power generation systems that combined these technologies.
Since it was the first online event, I was worried about whether I would be able to communicate well with the students. However, they interacted more closely than they did face-to-face, and worked on the issues. The next year's event will be hosted by the University of San José Recoletos and, if circumstances allow, it will be held there in Cebu, Philippines.
See Kickoff event. http://www.oit.ac.jp/english/news/detail.php?id=202203001