Design Projects

Given my current administrative role as Vice-Dean First Year, I am no longer able to supervise any 4th-year design projects.

Past projects have been:


  • Kinect Controlled Device

Students: Wenshun Bai, Chenxi Qu, and Shu Wang

In the coming years the nature of human interaction and control of technology is set to dramatically change. Indeed, Microsoft's Kinect motion-capture device has already been adapted in a variety of ways as a means to control or manipulate physical devices or act as an input device for computers. This project will make use of the Kinect 3D sensor to control a single device, program, or system. Such devices could include a remote-controlled car, a simple robot, or some other type of physical system which is designed to complete a specific task. Another possibility would be to create a system for the home in which residents could change the lighting, adjust the TV (volume, channel, etc.), or unlock/lock doors using the motion-enabled control of the Kinect sensor. Student proposed ideas based around this idea are strongly encouraged.
  • Vehicle Blind Spot Assist

Students: Hani Hadidi, Valikhan Kuparov, and Tanzim Mokammel

The project focused on developing a simple and adaptable system which can alert the driver of a vehicle in their blind spot.  The system will be implemented and tested using a scaled-down version with a collection of remote control cars.  The system should provide the required feedback to the user as well as take over control of the vehicle steering if needed.


  • A Vehicular Energy Harvesting System

Students: Patrick Paz, Svetislav Plemic, Dimitar Staykov, and Jay Suthar

As society becomes increasingly more aware of how precious energy is, there is a movement to improve the energy efficiency of all aspects of our lives. The purpose of this project would be to develop a system that would capture some of the energy that is normally lost in driving a car and use this to recharge small electrical devices. For example, this could include the harvesting of kinetic and thermal energy and converting this to an electrical form. Through the use of electromagnetic induction, the kinetic energy present due to the usual motion of the car, i.e., acceleration/deceleration, turning, bumping up and down, etc., can be captured. In addition, the thermal energy, which is given off as waste heat in a variety of sources within the car such as the muffler, could also be converted and stored in an electric form. With such a system, it would be possible to improve the overall efficiency of the car as an energy converter.
  • The Smart Laboratory Cabinet

Students: Stuart Byma and Azriel Kurtz

The use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) is becoming increasingly common, with applications in electronic toll collection, animal tracking, and inventory control. These systems involve the identification of an object through the "reading" of the object's RFID tag with a nearby antenna. This project is focused on using RFID technology to design and build a "smart" cabinet for a laboratory environment. This cabinet will have a secure access through an electronically-controlled lock, and will maintain a up-to-date record of its inventory through the use of RFID tags and readers within the cabinet.


  • Health Monitoring with Smartphone
Students: Sarut Cheungyingruangrung, Roozbeh Emami, and Soo Woon Koh

With the new iPhone 3.0 OS, there will be Bluetooth capabilities which can be used to interface with other devices. One possibility is with a heart rate/blood pressure device which can monitor vital statistics for fitness and for medical problems. The plan is to develop the hardware, connectivity and algorithms required to enable a fully functional monitoring unit. iPhone or iPod Touch required for the project.
  • Assistive Walking Device for the Visually Impaired
Students: Jason Hugh, Zi Jin, and Ishrat Shahjahan

The goal of this project is to design and implement a wearable device that would allow the visually impaired to walk unassisted and without a cane. The design will include the use of appropriate sensors to map the surrounding environment of the user, and translate this mapping into audible cues.


  • Automatically-Controlled Faucet
Students: Rashid Khogali and Dragos Minea

This project focused on creating a system in which the user could control the temperature and flow rate of a faucet without physical contact with the taps.  

Last modified June 2012