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2014 CSE Students present at Design Day

The UNT College of Engineering hosted Design Day on April 25, 2014. Four teams of Computer Engineering students and one team of Information Technology students presented their design projects. In the morning, the teams participated in a poster presentation in the hallway in front of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Advisory Council members, people from industry, CSE faculty, students and even high school students viewed the poster presentations. Following that, the teams made presentations about their design projects.

Computer Engineering Senior Design Projects
CSCE 4915: Computer Engineering Design II
Instructor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Automated Blind Spot Detection System

Team Name: Int Elligence;
Sponsor: Bill Buckles
Program/Department: Computer Engineering Department
Team Members: Matthew Wiegmann, Shaun Hairelson, Ryan Cerrato, Tim Scrivner

(L to R): Tim Scrivner, Shaun Hairelson, Matt Wiegmann, Ryan Cerrato

Our team’s assignment is to create a Blind Spot Detection System designed for an automobile. The objective is to create a comprehensive solution that will allow a driver to get visual and audio feedback any time an object enters a blind spot of the vehicle. The system will have two small monitors which will present a live camera feed of the left and right side of the car in an effort to replace the need for utilizing side view mirrors. Any time an object enters the blind spot on the vehicle the system will provide the user with helpful feedback to ensure that changing lanes is safe. The first feedback comes in the form of a live feed showing the blind spot of the car. The second indicator is represented by a graphical interface on the screen that lights to warn when the blind spot is occupied. Last, the vehicle will provide an audible tone any time the driver activates a turn signal in the direction of an occupied blind spot. Utilizing cost effective technology, our project will improve upon the safety and experience of driving a vehicle.
Matt Wiegmann explains the project to CSE Advisory member Leticia Benavides from Raytheon.

Variable Frequency Electro Acoustic Device

Team Name: MediumWare
Sponsor: Bill Buckles
Program/Department: Computer Engineering
Team Members: Pedro Torres, Brian Bergman, Jose Barcenas, William Ngu

(L to R): Pedro Torres, William Ngu, Brian Bergman, Jose Barcenas

Our project is to design and implement a frequency shifting device similar to a hearing aid. However, some users are deficient within a certain frequency range that a standard hearing aid will not help them. The device will shift the frequency range users can’t hear into a range where they can hear. We are naming the device VFEAD which stands for Variable Frequency Electro-Acoustic Device.

The illustration above is a quick and simple overview of what we’re planning to accomplish. On the left is all the input such as incoming sounds picked up from microphones and user button pressed on the device. On the right will be our output which will be adjusted sounds played through headphones and display on the LCD screen for the user.

Pedro Torres, William Ngu, Jose Barcenas, and Brian Bergman are ready for their poster presentation.

Unmanned Arial Vehicle Quadcopter

Team Name: UNT Pioneers
Sponsor: Dr. Kamesh Namuduri; Dr. Bill Buckles
Program/Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Team Members: Amber Mitchell, David Lowery, Desmond Hines, Jamal Gillis

(L to R): Jamal Gillis, Amber Mitchell, David Lowery, Desmond Hines-Bowens

Currently, quadcopter systems are programmed in a way that requires a large amount of human interaction to accomplish simple tasks. There is no platform available that allows quadcopters to collectively work together to accomplish tasks determined by a user. Our plan is implement a quadcopter system in which each quadcopter will operate in conjunction with other quadcopters to accomplish a certain task.

The goal of this project is to create the framework for, and a working prototype of, and autonomous swarm, consisting of multiple quadcopters, which is to perform a set of given tasks. The tasks will be selected by the user from a base station and communicated to the quadcopters over a wireless network. This network will allow the quadcopters and base station to send, receive, or update task information, maintain communication while performing the task, and to feed sensor and camera information back to the user. The project will use a minimum of two quadcopters to carry out the task of flying a specified route from Google Maps avoiding the risk of endangering lives and flying into random objects.
Amber Mitchell, Jamal Gillis, Desmond Hines-Bowens, and David Lowery are ready for their poster presentation.

Autonomous Sound Generating Delivery Truck

Team name: Team CASA
Sponsor: Dr. Buckles
Program/Department: Computer Engineering
Team Members: Shoaib M. Ali, Armand Silva, Anibal Deloen, Caleb Cheatham

(L to R): Caleb Cheatham, Armand D’Silva, Shoaib Ali, Anibal DeLeon

The objective of our project is to create an automatous delivery system through a car that understands the sound waves coming out from a sound generated device. The sound generating device creates tones which the car will translate as directions to follow through the use of a microphone. The sound generating device will be a speaker mounted on the car with the microphone right next to it. The speakers are programmed with specific tones to cover a range of commands for the car. The delivery system is preprogrammed with a predefined path to deliver an object at each specific destination. Objects will be laid out in chronological order of the delivery path. Once the delivery path is completed the car will return to its owner and it will turn off automatically or wait for new commands.
Dr. Barrett Bryant, CSE Chair, on the right, learned about Team CASA’s project.
Dean of the College of Engineering Costas Tsatsoulis, second from the right, also chatted with Team CASA.
CSE Advisory member Philip Heath from Southwest Airlines finding out more about the project from team member Armand D’Silva.

Information Technology Senior Design Projects
CSCE 4925: Information Technology Capstone II
Instructor: Dr. Ryan Garlick

Litecoin Crytocurrency Mining

Team name: CSCE 4925 IT Capstone II
Program/Department: IT major / Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Garlick
Team Members: Sami Aljabr, Ahmed Alotaibi, Saeed Babaker, Philip Becker, Blake Deberry, Henri Hernandez, Christian Lopez, Brittany Nelms, Ruben Rico, Charles Saye Jr., Taylor Spencer, Marcos Zepeda

The IT Capstone class is building several machines to mine the Litecoin crypto-currency. Similar to Bitcoin, Litecoin is mined through using high end video cards to create new coins. Since solving the problem requires significant computational power, the problem is distributed across the Internet, with our machines solving part of the problem and sharing in the rewards. These coins are shared in a pool with the students, and can then be spent or converted into other currencies. The current US dollar price for Litecoin is around $11. Cooling the machines, configuring the hardware and software, and tweaking performance for maximum output, testing, reporting on performance, and report writing are all considered in the project. Students are also learning about how crypto-currencies work, the economics involved, and maintaining security of digital wallets.

Blake DeBerry explains the project to Leticia Benavides from Raytheon and a member of the CSE Advisory Board.
Brittany Nelms with Craig Berry from Siemens and a CSE Advisory Board member.

Members of the Litecoin Crytocurrency Mining Team present their project to CSE Advisory Council members.

(L-R) Julio Ortega from IBM, Ryan Garlick from CSE, Craig Berry from Siemens and Donny Johnson from NVIDIA discuss the team’s presentation.