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Teaching by research at undergraduate schools: an experience
Author(s): Manuel F. M. Costa

Paper Abstract

On this communication I will report a pedagogical experience undertaken in the 1995 class of Image Processing of the course of Applied Physics of the University of Minho. The learning process requires always an active critical participation of the student in an experience essentially personal that should and must be rewarding and fulfilling. To us scientists virtually nothing gives us more pleasure and fulfillment than the research processes. Furthermore it is our main way to improve our, and I stress our, knowledge. Thus I decided to center my undergraduate students' learning process of the basics of digital image processing on a simple applied research program. The proposed project was to develop a process of inspection to be introduced in a generic production line. Measured should be the transversal distance between an object and the extremity of a conveyor belt where it is transported. The measurement method was proposed to be optical triangulation combined with shadow analysis. To the students was given almost entire liberty and responsibility. I limited my self to asses the development of the project orienting them and point out different or pertinent points of view only when strictly necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294387
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Manuel F. M. Costa, Univ. do Minho (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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