ECE4006 Senior Design Project. Linda Milor and Jay Schlag [email protected][email protected] What Will Be Due. Email about yourself and interests (due Jan. 17) Finalize groups (due Jan. 19) Present project ideas at in class group meeting (Jan. 31 and Feb. 2)
ECE4006 Senior Design Project
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Present project ideas at in class group meeting (Jan. 31 and Feb. 2)
Finalize project at in class short presentation (Feb. 7 and Feb. 9)
Spec Sheet (due Feb. 16)
First Progress Report including detailed project schedule (due Feb. 23)
Progress Reports 2-5 outlining progress (due March 9, March 30, April 13, and April 27)
Final Presentation (April 13, April 18, and April 20)
Final Report on the Web (due May 2)
Demo (due May 4)
Requirements include specification, design, implementation and testing
“incorporate engineering standards and realistic constraints that include most of the following considerations: economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social, and political.”
Design project should include
Hardware – processor (any type)
Software – instruction set
- Add sensors and sensor processing to do complex tasks (vision tracking, velocity control and path planning, formation following)
- Examples include temperature sensing and reporting on the web and an automated highway that converts a remote controlled car into an autonomous vehicle that can perform lane changes autonomously
- Parallel sensor/signal processing and feedback loops
- Extend a LEGO operating system to add services (a real-time open source OS is available)
Build sensors and sensor drivers: encoders, temperature sensors, sonar, etc.
Build your own application using a microcontroller, sensors, and motors
- Use an RF reader to identify items in a refrigerator and their expiration dates and keep this information in a database that can be remotely assessed over the web
Automatic display projects
- Perform frequency analysis of music and display lights or water pumps according to the frequency spectrum
Use an RF reader to identify items in a refrigerator and their expiration dates and keep this information in a database that can be remotely assessed over the web
- Use an RF reader to identify people (assume RF tags are on an ID badge) and equipment and use a database to control the lock on a door to determine if a particular person can take that piece of equipment out of the door
Automatically dispense drinks from a vending machine based on a wireless input, check the availability of funds, and manage the account through the web
Read the buzzcard upon entry into the on-campus bus system and bill users accordingly
Display restaurant menus on a hand-held device, allow orders to be make through the device, and produce a bill and enable payment though the hand-held device
Computer game projects
Build an electronic chess board
Build an interface to enable the use of games from multiple manufacturers on a single display
Use IR sensors to determine if someone is in the path of a sprinkler, and if so, turn off the sprinkler
Use sensors to display the number and locations of available parking spaces in a parking lot
PC-based picture frame that received input from the web
Things to Think About
- What are you doing and why is it novel and necessary?
- Who is the customer?
What is the product development cost, including design cost and parts? What is the manufacturing cost?
- How many will you sell per year? What is the product lifetime?
- How will you support the customer?
Things to Think About
Inputs and Outputs
Type (voltage or current?)
Level (Do you need a level converter?)
Things to Think About
Type (PIC, FPGA, other microcontroller?)
How to Get Parts
Edgar Jones and James Steinberg, VL C352-C329 have a collection from previous semesters (act quickly)
You buy it, you own it
GT Funds – Each group gets a budget of $100 per person in the group; GT owns the parts. (Order from Edgar Jones or James Steinberg)
Company loan or gift
How will you measure performance?
Hardware block diagram
Software block diagram
Test parts of the project; test subsystems
Integrate all parts together
Big picture and leadership, technical design, hardware, software, testing, integration, cost analysis, reporting
“My Way or the Highway”
“You do the work, I’ll take the credit.”
“I did all of the work”
Group Intelligence (more than the sum)
Each person contributes equally and all suggestions are considered seriously