Designing cool devices : from development to deployment of an optical tool in a northern environment
26 - 28 February 2019
Forêt Montmorency (Québec), Canada
Under the initiative of the CREATE-SMAART and Sentinel North programs at Université Laval, this bootcamp offers students a unique opportunity to interact with top level scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aimed to develop and deploy an optical device in northern conditions.
Taking place at the Forêt Montmorency (the largest teaching and research forest in the world), the bootcamp will provide participants with an integrative and practical experience in the fields of engineering and optics.
The agenda consists of fruitful discussions, theoretical training and practical workshops, including the development of a light detection tool, the “Flat Light” detector.
Top level scientists, collaborators and speakers will join the participants, allowing them to explore new avenues in their research projects. The bootcamp will also allow the development of cross-curricular skills such as networking and scientific collaboration, communication and planning in a transdisciplinary research context.
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My experience at the SMAART retreat and bootcamp was great. The project theme was stimulating and represented a real-world problem, which made the hand-ons experiences very interesting. Furthermore, the professors were real experts in their field which allowed them to convey the complicated material in an understandable way for the entire multi-disciplinary audience."
This Bootcamp organized by Sentinel North was a very rewarding experience. I appreciated the fact that a real problem affecting the daily lives of northerners is exposed as the main theme of the week's activities. This has led to several discussions between researchers and students and related to some key steps in the development of a tool to solve the problem. The whole thing was made even better thanks to very interesting theoretical presentations on state of the art optical sensors, on the challenges of deployment as well as practical workshops during which a prototype was assembled. I come out with a wealth of theoretical knowledge and skills rarely put into practice that will certainly help me for my research project!
For me, the highlight of the Bootcamp was to discover how vast is the application of optical tools in science and how it can contribute to new discoveries. Although it was a bit challenging for me, it was very interesting to understand a little better the functioning of these optical tools that I will be using in my project. It has really broadened my horizons of possibilities within scientific research.
Lia Rossi Perazza
Fabrication of the flat light detector was pretty nice, having a concrete fabrication that can meet the Bootcamp objectives.
Louis Dubé-Riopel, B.Ing
During the breaks, I had a little time to go outside to enjoy the cross-country ski trails and the snowy landscapes offered by the Montmorency Forest. I even had the chance to observe a moose mom and her young calf, just a few meters from me!