RESEARCH IN ESTONIA (ENG)

EUCYS exhibition

Estonia is an attractive science based country. The aim of Research in Estonia (www.researchinestonia.eu) is to promote Estonian research on an international scale. During EUCYS 2017 exhibition Research in Estonia in cooperation with Estonian universities will showcase Estonian research through three topics: plant physiology, muscle health and robotics.

Here is the timetable and introduction to the topics that will be presented on 24th and 25th of September at SpaceX:

 

24th of September

From 09.30-17.30

Plants communicate?! Stomata – the mediators between the leaf and the environment.

Topic presented by Estonian University of Life Sciences, PhD students Liisa Kübarsepp and Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson.

Did you know that leaf anatomy and stomatal functioning both play very important roles in a plant’s life?

At the exhibition it will be explained, through hands-on showcasing, how stomata are like mouths and noses of the plants. More precisely, stomata are the interaction points between the plant and the environment: this is where CO2 comes in and H2O goes out during photosynthesis and transpiration. Additionally, these pores on the leaf surface control much of the emission of volatile organic compounds, plant language.

 

Myoton  – a novel solution for obtaining evidence-based data on superficial skeletal muscles

Topic presented by University of Tartu, PhD student Teet Meerits.

Did you know that the myometric method and a device called Myoton provide a novel solution for obtaining unique evidence-based data on superficial skeletal muscles?

The device and method has been developed to non-invasively evaluate in vivo superficial skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and other biological soft tissue. Myoton has a wide area of use. It can be employed to assess the effect of interventions in science and medicine, prevent overload injuries in sport and work environments, assess the asymmetry of body sides, evaluate rehabilitation efficiency, and to evaluate and monitor the training process of athletes.

At the exhibition the visitors we get a chance to get information about their own muscle condition using MyotonPRO device.

 

25th of September

From 09.30 – 16.30

Turtle Robot – quiet, agile and trained to inspect shipwrecks.

Topic presented by Tallinn University of Technology, inseneur Jaan Rebane and PhD student Roza Gkliva.

Did you know that biomimetic robots – robots based on animals and plants – is an increasing trend in robotics?

These types of robots try to overcome the technological bottlenecks by looking at alternative technical solutions provided by nature. For underwater robots, the bottleneck is the size and propulsion of the current systems. Mostly used by oil and gas industry, these are big and moved by propellers that make noise and stir water.

This is why Estonian researches have created U-CAT (Underwater Curious Archaeology Turtle) with four independently moving flippers makes the robot highly maneuverable and it is specially designed to penetrate shipwrecks, an environment highly dangerous for human divers. Fin propulsors of U-CAT can drive the robot in all directions without disturbing water and beating up silt from the bottom, which would decrease visibility inside the shipwreck.

At the exhibition the visitors get to meet the sweet yellow faced robot U-CAT and see how it moves and has carried out its missions.