Students will form small multi-disciplinary groups that will conduct one research
project throughout the semester. While there will be 3 project checkpoints
during the semester, only the final version of the project will be graded.
At each checkpoint, the current status of the projects will presented and
discussed in class. The goal of the project is for you to produce a
research paper suitable for submission to a conference.
Schedule (due dates):
sensing robot. Using
these toys as a starting point,
build a semi-autonomous robot to perform remote sensing tasks. An
example of such a robot will be a blimp taking picture at specific way
points and returning to base.
Your own MP3 player. Using
this decoding chip
as a starting point, build you own MP3 player.
large scale touch-sensitive tracking surface. The design can be
based on an
(and example of
such a system in action can be seen here), or on capacitive sensing such as
A simple inexpensive 3D trackers to track several objects in
space. A system based on structured light is described
New sensors for the Lego Mindstorm NXT system. The new
Mindstorm system is open
source (both hardware and software). Using the
provided by Lego, design your a new sensor for the system, such as a
CMOS camera or a GPS module.
Better text input mechanisms for small devices.
How can we improve text entry for our cell phones, PDAs and pocket PCs?
Better mouse for kids. Current mouse at not well
adapted to kid hands. They are also too sensitive which make it
difficult for kids to keep the mouse still while clicking on the mouse
button. What can be done to fix this problem?
Better mouse for the older users. What will be
the perfect mouse for older users, who might move the mouse slower than
other users, have difficulty with buttons and be impedes by small
A digital drawing table. Using
this study on how
people draw as a starting point, is it possible to design a better
digital drawing table?
projects with the correct scope
Send your project idea(s) to