Design Engineering
Showcase 2020


Design Team
Dr Petar Kormushev
Design Engineering Intern
Technology, Media and Telecommunications

I joined Emotech hoping to learn new skills, understand how a startup functions, and gain valuable insight into professional practices in industry. In particular, I was interested to learn how Emotech delivers digital services and technologies in a B2B/B2C environment. After working exclusively from home (due to COVID-19) on a diverse variety of projects, I am extremely proud of the work I have done, and feel that I have gained a huge amount of clarity into what I want for my future career, not only in the type of role, but also in terms of structure, flexibility, and work-life balance.

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Demonstration of Design Engineering Thinking and Skills

Over the course of the placement at Emotech, I have gained a wide range of new skills, and have had the opportunity to put these into practice on real-world projects. A particular achievement has been expanding my skills in Python, and learning 4 new programming languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript & React) to a standard that allowed me to valuably contribute to development and research teams. Many of my visual communication skills from Design Engineering have been extremely useful, both for communicating complex information to other team members, and also when making informed decisions while implementing web features. It's been very valuable to have a breadth of knowledge and understanding in different areas, and working alongside established and high-level software engineers, AI researchers and multidisciplinary designers has given me a deep appreciation of how a startup or smaller company can provide the flexibility for its members to impact a wide variety of projects, and implement a wide variety of skills while doing so.

Role and Contributions

One of the major projects that I completed during the second half of the placement was the build and deployment of Emotech’s new marketing website, using a visual web development platform called Webflow. This particular project is consumer-facing and will contribute directly to the success of Emotech’s recruitment drive, as well as providing a platform to showcase Emotech’s new technologies and capabilities to potential clients. This is a much-needed update, taking the place of the old company website and drawing attention to Emotech’s role as a major developer and supplier of bespoke AI solutions. The website I built can be found here.

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Emotech's marketing website (1)
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Emotech's marketing website (2)

Another project that I contributed heavily towards was the implementation and refinement of new features for Emotech's English Language Teaching Platform. The platform is designed to be used by English language teachers to generate, organise and distribute teaching content, and is currently in late-stage testing with a prominent client.

The section I worked on allowed teachers to upload videos of themselves speaking, which would then be processed and scored using Emotech’s Pronunciation Assessment engine (MMPA) to verify that the teacher’s pronunciation was adequate. Alternatively, they could choose to generate a ‘virtual teacher’ using Emotech’s Text-to-Video (TTV) engine, which would provide realistic lip articulation to aid the students’ learning of correct English pronunciation. My work on this page allowed for batch-processing of TTV practice sentences, meaning that large amounts of teaching content could be generated quickly and efficiently by the teachers themselves, via a simple file upload in the front-end. I also worked on some major UI/UX changes, based on design work from my colleagues, refreshing the visual look and feel of the page and making it much easier to work with.

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Emotech's English Language Teacher Platform, which allows teachers to view, edit and distribute practice content, as well as upload or create their own. The whole front-end platform is written in Mandarin Chinese, as this is the native language for the users.


Emotech is an excellent place for fast-paced, challenging skill development, and I was given lots of opportunities to get involved in different aspects of the business. In the projects I worked on, I had a lot of responsibility, which allowed me to progress massively in all areas during the course of the placement. I found that fast, efficient learning and an open-minded approach to new problems have been the most valuable assets when working in a professional context.


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