STUDENT PROJECTS

Over the course of a semester, student teams execute IoT projects, allowing them to discover the promise of the Internet of Things in consumer, retail, healthcare and industrial applications.

The student lab experience has evolved into an Industrial and Systems Engineering course, called Introduction to Internet of Things: Technologies and Applications.

Spring 2014 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

SPRING 2017

Title Description
Creating Custom Commands Using Amazon Alexa
Andrew Zietlow (Computer Sciences, BS), Viswesh Periyasamy (Computer Sciences, BS), Rakshith Padmanabha (Computer Engineering, BS)

Using Alexa, Cortana, Google or a similar device, custom voice commands can be created by incorporating speech learning. This is done by encapsulating an arbitrary number of Alexa's available commands into a single, atomic routine. This is possible using a routine-specific keyword that is "learned" by Alexa when making a new routine.

IoT-Based Motor Monitoring and Preventative Maintenance
Alex LeBrun (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Tyler Phelps (Computer Sciences and Mathematics, BS), Ryan Yan (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS)

In a given electronic machine, the motor behavior can act as an indicator to monitor the overall system performance. To do this, a sensor monitoring system would be created that collects and stores sensor information. Then an app would aggregate the information and analyze the data, making it easy for users to understand trends and patterns.

IoT in Augmented Reality: Google's Tango
Spencer Fricke (Computer Engineering, BS), Siddarth Ramesh (Industrial Engineering, BS)

Current apps on the Google Play Store don’t establish a two-way communication between Google Tango-enabled devices. Google Tango is an Augmented Reality computing platform that enables smartphones to sense depth and track motion using 3D cameras. This Android app allows for multiple users to interact with a given set of colored cubes from anywhere across the world.

Landslide and Tilt Sensing System
Eric Fleming (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Shun Haginouchi (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Logan Colla (Computer Sciences, BS)

In an instance where land moves, converting commercial posts and stakes into smart stakes is beneficial to detecting land movements and shifts in a particular direction. A network of posts would detect and report land movement data back to the sensor monitoring system. It would then decide whether or not to alert the owner.

Mind Controlled Devices Using MindWave Mobile and Arduino Yun
Michelle Chiang (Biomedical Engineering, MS), Jake Haefner (Computer Engineering, BS), Tyler Lamb (Computer Sciences, BA)

At first, people used analog methods to control devices. Then, people used tap gestures and voice commands to manipulate their devices. The next step in controlling devices is to control the Phillips Hue with a Mindwave Mobile. To do this, meditation and attention brainwaves will be gathered to control the desired brightness of the light on the device.

Open Hybrid Controls Network
Peilin Yu (Computer Sciences, BS), Archer Jirasirikul (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Zyaad Khader (Computer Science, BS)

As more and more devices become smart, it can become difficult to keep track of all of the remotes and controls. To solve this problem, this project will create a universal control for all objects in a network, using the Open Hybrid framework as the base. Then the next step is to create a more simplified and user-friendly app.

Room Occupancy Estimator
David Zhou (Industrial Engineering, MS), James Kim (Industrial Engineering, MS), Richard Wollack (Computer Science, BS)

Electricians and managers can model energy usage times using video cameras and visual software to measure
real-time occupancy in a room.

Smart Connected Personalized Home
Stephen Bosak (Industrial Engineering, BS), Abhay Venkatesh (Computer Sciences and Mathematics, BS), Keshav Sharma (Computer Sciences, BS)

Smart home adoption has been low despite the existence of a number of smart home devices and technologies. Using Alexa’s voice command capabilities, the user detection system in these devices is now easier to use and more effective at creating personalized settings. The goal is to eventually incorporate facial recognition so when a homeowner walks to the front door, a camera captures a photo of their face. This photo would then undergo facial recognition to identify them and trigger their personalized settings. These settings would then be sent to all devices, which instantly adjust.

Smart Irrigation System
David Olson (Computer Sciences, BS), Jacob Melvin (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Jonathon Brandenburg (Computer Sciences, BS)

Traditional soil irrigation wastes a lot of water, and the moisture levels of most soils are usually not controlled. This project develops an irrigation system to control the moisture levels of soil for different plants.

Smart Medicine Dispenser
Tianning Chen (Industrial Engineering, MS), Quinn Siebers (Computer Sciences, BS), Yifan Li (Biomedical Engineering, MS)

People who need to take multiple medications each day may need reminders and monitoring. This project addresses this issue by creating a cabinet that tracks the occurrences of being opened and closed. The first step do is to determine a set of rules where “abnormal patterns” are detected. If abnormal patterns occur, the caregiver is alerted.

Smart Sprinklers
Matt Saunders (Mechanical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS), Richard Chen (Computer Sciences, BS)

Current sprinklers tend to overwater, resulting in damaging plants and wasting water. This smart sprinkler device can measure and control the flow of water (in inches of rain per week) from a standard garden hose spigot. By collecting data from a flow meter sensor, this device can use that data to actuate the solenoid valve to dispense water. This can supplement rainfall to ensure plants get the desired amount of water.

Utilities Digital Assistant
Samual Zastrow (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Connor Bonk (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Cora McCuskey (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS)

Residential and commercial building owners can put a utility sensor monitoring system in place that sends a text message when certain utility (e.g., gas, electric, and water) usage levels are met.

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FALL 2016

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students
Title Description
Augmented Reality Board Game Player
Joshua Tabor (Electrical Engineering, PhD)

A tool to turn a multi-player board game into augmented reality for Android smartphones that projects the image of a game board onto a table or other flat surface.

Battery and Motor Monitor
Paul Afflitto (Electrical Engineering, BS), Scott Franklin (Computer Science, BS), Mackenzie Kilness (Electrical Engineering, BS), Yibo Liu (Computer Science and Statistics, BS)

This project identifies the sensors needed to understand the proper and efficient operating parameters of an electric motor and how it can be used to benefit the end customer.

Interior Location Sensor
Jocelyn Chen (Computer Science, BS), Adam Converse (Computer Science, BS), Cooper Green (Computer Engineering, BS), Melanie Rush (Computer Science, BS)

An interior sensor network that determines an occupant's location and triggers system activities based on their location in the bathroom.

Multi-Sensor Platform for Signposts
Hossein Panahi (Mass Communications and Marketing, PhD), Zhenyu Zhang (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD)

Using existing sensors and a preselected cloud platform, this project demonstrates how multiple sensor types (impact, land movement, water level and gas) can be incorporated into a signpost.

OpenHAB Ayla Integration
Yizhe Hu (Computer Sciences, BS), Derek Johns (Computer Sciences, BS), Arel Otles (Electrical Engineering, BS)

Create an OpenHAB device binding for the Ayla Network development Kit. Also create an Ayla cloud dashboard with temperature (continuous data) display that reflects the OpenHAB display interface.

Security and Privacy Using Blockchain
Kedi Cui (Computer Sciences, BS), Harsheen Khandpur (Computer Engineering, BS), Alec Yu (Computer Sciences, BS)

This project demonstrates the use of blockchain to ensure secure and private communication between central servers and other edge devices.

SensorPhile
Tavishi Gupta (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS), Margaret Marxen (Computer Sciences, BS), Justin Schrimmer (Electrical Engineering, BS), Abhay Venkatesh (Computer Sciences and Mathematics, BS)

A data and sensor collection device that also acts as a remote control with cloud connectivity for storage and dashboard control.

ShotSpot Basketball Tracker
Aaron Gesmer (Computer Sciences, BS), Grayson Freking (Computer Sciences, BS), Ting Lei (Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS), Arch Wu (Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)

A system that automatically determines the basketball court location where a shot was made.

Smart Safety Glasses
Sara Bonefas (Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS), Joshua Groen (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS), Aman Lunia (Computer Sciences, BS), Leon Pan (Finance and Computer Sciences, BS)

This project uses IoT technology with Google Glass as a platform for a helmet that improves safety and efficiency of a worker by providing automated warnings based on location, environment, and automatic equipment detection and document retrieval.

Smart Sprinklers
Richard Chen (Computer Sciences, BS), Lindsey Morrison (Computer Sciences and Statistics, BS), Andrew Nguyen (Computer Sciences, BS), Yizhe Qu (Computer Sciences, BS), Matt Saunders (Mechanical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)

A device connected to the outdoor faucet that measures water flow in terms of "inches of rain per week" instead of "gallons per minute." This device provides remote monitoring and control to set time for watering. It should interface with a local rain gauge to determine the correct amount of watering to supplement rainfall.

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SPRING 2016

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students
Title Description
Echo Integration with Amazon Web Services
Romy Cline (Computer Science, BS), Xiao He (Computer Engineering, BS)

Sensor data collected by devices are often stored locally or in scattered locations. To achieve best use, it is important to store and utilize the data from one central location. Cloud storage can be a good solution. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is explored for this application.

The status of lab devices and conditions can be monitored through sensors connected to the Echo and using the interface provided by AWS. Using AWS we can monitor the temperature status of the lab in real time.

Frickality Virtual Reality for Education
Spencer Fricke (Computer Engineering, BS)

It’s often difficult for students to visualize science and engineering concepts because many processes occur as abstract ideas, which causes a decrease in interest and comprehension. Virtual reality (VR) is a solution because it provides an interesting and interactive learning experience that, with current, affordable technology, is now a viable tool for students nationwide.

Frickality is an easy-to-use online application interface where students can create virtual reality educational content and customize a smartphone app to experience it.

Guardian Vital Detector
Matt Henricks (Computer Science, BS), Matt Shi (Electrical Engineering, BS), Natalie Haugen (Pre-Medicine, BS), Romy Cline (Computer Science, BS)

Current medical alert systems such as Life Alert are outdated and do not incorporate the newest medical and IoT technologies available.

Guardian Vital Detector monitors the pulse and automatically alerts EMS if the user's heart rate reaches critical levels for a sustained time. With a wearable watch-like design that tracks the pulse and can place a demonstration emergency call, this device can be used anywhere, including outside of the home.

Safe Cycle
William Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Tom Huibregtse (Computer Science, BS), Kangbo Li (Engineering Physics, BS), Bradley Scharlau (Electrical Engineering, BS)

Protecting bicyclists from millions of distracted drivers and minor misjudgments that lead to tragedies is very important.

Safe Cycle was designed using modern sensors and microprocessors that detect the distance and location of oncoming threats and alerts the user in real time. A LiDAR sensor oscillates on a servo motor and acquires the location of objects. Then an Arduino analyzes the data from LiDAR, recognize threatening patterns, and sends warning through the vibrator and LEDs.

SmartGym
Alex Valaitis (Computer Science, Economics, BS), Christian Krueger (Computer Engineering, BS), Xiaojun He (Computer Science and Engineering, BS), Kevin Zhou (Computer Engineering, BS)

Most fitness technologies emphasize activity tracking on the individual’s end, but high product costs remain a barrier to entry for many. A fitness tracking ecosystem inside the gym itself can be a solution. By making the actual gym equipment smart, members can bypass extra purchases, and the technology will be accessible to a wider audience.

SmartGym was designed by concentrating on the actual weight stack pin. A motion sensor and a pressure sensor were embedded on the pin to measure weight and repetitions (reps). This is an improvement from the previous iteration, which was inaccurate for weight determination.

Smart Shoes for Health Management
Tushar Verma (Computer Engineering, BS)

People suffering from Parkinson’s Disorder and stroke can benefit from real-time and recorded gait analysis for physical therapy. Technology based on wearable sensors embedded in shoes can monitor data for improving gait.

Smart Shoes for Health Management creates a posture and gait monitoring system with real-time detection algorithms and cloud stage.

Smart Window Control System
Dongning Wang (Computer Sciences, MS), Jiutong Zhang (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Troy Spencer (Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS), Erica Lewis (Materials Science and Engineering, BS), Wenyue Shi (Industrial Engineering, BS), Jason Cheng (Computer Sciences, BS)

Smart Window Control System can be attached to an existing window. It makes your window smart enough to know when to close and open itself.

Smart Window Control System creates a simple, low-cost method for closing and opening the window by pressing the corresponding button on the mobile app.

Water Quality Monitor
Emily Carroll (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Claire Chen (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Jacob Larson (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Gopika Senthikumar (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Mun Song (Biomedical Engineering, BS)

This project began as a probe designed to measure fluoride levels in Honduran city water. With many water crises in Chennai, India; Flint, Michigan; and other locations, our project design was expanded to detect more chemicals and pollutants.

The Water Quality Monitor creates an on-site, simplistic water quality monitor that will remotely provide water condition data corresponding to its safety for drinking and bathing.

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Research Projects: Investigating emerging technologies and devices
Title Description
Apple Watch Gait App
Stephen Bosak (Industrial Engineering, BS)

Movement disorders affect 20 percent of the population. Monitoring and analyzing gait is vital to the health of orthopedic rehabilitation patients, athletes and the general public.

Existing technologies for gait monitoring have too many parts and are too expensive. The Apple Watch app is supplemental to these technologies and would be used to track gait in a user friendly way everyday.

Autonomous Indoor Navigation
Siddarth Ramesh (Industrial Engineering, BS)

Way-finding in hospitals for people who are visually impaired or physically challenged can be a difficult experience.

Project Tango Technology can be used for indoor mapping, manufacturing assembly lines, and simplifying building or warehouse management.

Connecting Smart Home Devices with openHAB
Yuchen Gu (Electrical Engineering, BS), Jake Haefner (Computer Engineering, BS), Zhang Cai (Computer Sciences, BS)

Smart home devices are becoming part of our daily life. However, propriety standards and platforms from different vendors make interbrand operability difficult.

By implementing openHAB, an open source device platform, communication between different device brands can be standardized. This reduces costs and provides a consistent user experience across brands. Users are able to control all of the devices using one passive (such as voice) or active (physical) control.

IBM Bluemix Testing Using Rasberry Pi
Bryan Olson (Mechanical Engineering, BS)

Combine the Raspberry Pi with IBM Bluemix to push the limits of the Internet of Things.

Communication can be done in real-time for applications in security, inventory management or smart homes. Using Raspberry Pi allows many types of input devices to be attached. Bluemix can react to these inputs in an even larger variety of ways. These technologies could be tailored for many applications.

Open Web Application Security
Spencer Fricke (Computer Engineering, BS), Austin Hartzheim (Computer Science, BS)

With many reports of compromised security, application security is a top priority in the Internet of Things. Most of the time, the compromise could have been easily avoided with basic knowledge and awareness of security intrusion techniques by both developers and end users.

With security, you are always playing defense; this makes it difficult to know how to prevent vulnerabilities. However, additional steps, such as good password management, getting a SSL certificate, securing private keys, and appropriate use of CORS headers are just a few quick ways to be more secure.

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FALL 2015

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students
Title Description
CaRe Infant CardioRespiratory Monitor
Catherine Finedore (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Ben Lahm (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Sam Scheffler (Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics, BS), Tyler Chamberlain (Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS), Joseph Benthein (Computer Engineering, BS), Christine Morris (Electrical Engineering, BS), Tyler Tranel (Biology, BS)
Infants that are born premature at less than 35 weeks are at a greater risk of health complications, and the most common problem is sleep apnea. When an apnea event occurs, the sleeping infant stops breathing for a period lasting from 20 seconds to a minute, cutting off oxygen to the brain. Quick intervention is key.

The CaRe Monitor is a low-cost, wearable and washable neonatal apnea monitor that targets developing markets. The monitor will have a Bluetooth option that allows for the sharing of apnea data between doctors and hospitals in different regions and countries.
Durable Water Fluoride Monitor
Emily Carroll (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Kevin Wilson (Chemical Engineering, BS), Gopika Senthilkumar (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Jacob Larson (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Claire Chen (Biomedical Engineering, BS), Mun Song (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
The quality of oral health in Honduras is very poor, relative to neighboring countries. However, before implementing public water fluoridation in Honduras, a method to monitor fluoride levels must be developed.

The Water Fluoride Monitor will remotely monitor and then send data using an Arduino GSM shield and a cellular network.
FuelMeSafely
Hongyi Wang (Computer Engineering, BS), Zirui Tao (Computer Engineering, BS), Cheng Liu (Engineering Physics, PhD), Liaoyuan Jing (Economics, MS)
The need to refill our vehicles at a gas station is very familiar to us, but we don’t recognize the time and economic cost of this necessity. According to a preliminary market survey, about 65 percent of the respondents are willing to pay a service fee for the convenience of having a vehicle refilled at a specific (non-gas-station) location. 

This project looked into developing a full kit, including app and accessory device, for a door-to-door fueling service that uses a secure remote gas door unlocking function.
Guardian Vital Detector: Medical Alert System with Pulse Detection Technology
Romy Cline (Computer Science, BS), Natalie Haugen (Pre-Medicine, BS), Matt Shi (Electrical Engineering, BS), Matt Hendricks (Computer Science, BS)
Introduce yourself to the newest generation of medical alert systems! The Guardian Vital Detector combines the ability to detect life-threatening pulse ranges with the most up-to-date medical alert technology. This provides a level of protection that is currently unavailable elsewhere.
Roominescence
Andrew Lundholm (Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, BS)
Convert your PC into a server that allows you to remotely manage all of your Internet-connected devices. Roominescence was designed so that the leap between ideas and deployment is as minimal and effortless as possible, by simplifying the process of creating personalized IoT solutions.
Safe Cycle
William Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Bradley Scharlau (Electrical Engineering, BS), Katherine Miller (Dietetics, BS), Kangbo Li (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
Tens of thousands of cyclists die or are injured every year by vehicle-and-bicycle accidents. Many of these occur when cyclists turn into vehicles or the path of vehicles and vice versa.

SafeCycle seeks to protect commuting bicyclists from distracted drivers through an intelligent alerting system, preventing accidents and saving lives.

Winner: Most Potential Impact
Scribble Digital Messaging Board
Matthew Gallagher (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Annie Lin (Computer Sciences, MS), Michael Nardecchia (Computer Sciences, BS), Mike Fortman (Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering, BS), Rocky Liang (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Emily Kelly (Marketing/Management, BBA)
A digital message board triggered by time and location (proximity) is ideal for sending reminders at the most convenient and relevant time.

To use the message board, one person sends a message through an app to another individual. The message is delivered when the recipient passes the specified Bluetooth beacon.

This is the perfect solution for forgetful children or task-oriented managers!
Smart Gym
Alex Valaitis (Computer Science, Economics, BS), Christian Krueger (Computer Engineering, BS), Jake Dexheimer (Computer Science and Engineering, BS), Brian Dennis (Computer Science, Math, BS), Xiaojun He (Computer Science/Engineering, BS), Jake Bergal (Electrical Engineering, BS)
Make your exercise smarter. Get in a quick workout on our gym equipment simulator and watch as the data is sent instantly to our database and onto the demo phone.
Automated Smart Lamp Interactions Using Smart Watch
Akshay Kanfade (Computer Science, MS), Nitish Rajguru (Computer Science, MS)
Activity tracking with wearable device to automatically generate events to control lighting system.
Smart Shoes for Health Management
Mihir Shete (Computer Science, MS), Tushar Verma (Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BS)
Using wearable sensors embedded in shoes, this product provides data on its users' gait. By collecting and analyzing this data, you can characterize the gait of those with Parkinson's disease and conduct post-stroke gait evaluation.

Winner: Most Innovative Technology Award
Smart Window Control System
Dongning Wang (Computer Science, MS), Troy Spencer (Computer Engineering, BS), Jianyi Liu (Computer Science, BS), Leo Liu (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Jiutong Zhang (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Wenyue Shi (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Yehuan Hao (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
Have you ever forgotten to close window when leaving home? Do you want more fresh air when you return home from work after a long day? Control your windows from your smartphone or automatically, based on the weather.
Virtual Reality Science
Spencer Fricke (Computer Engineering, BS), Mitchell Szeflinski (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS), Will Kammerait (Finance, BBA)
This interactive virtual experience creates an environment where high school students can learn introductory science on an unbelievable scale, with the possibility of revolutionizing science education and universally improving student performance and experience.
turing: Virtural Reality Home Space
Tyler Waite (Computer Science, BS), Dan Borkhus (Economics, BS), Prasanth Krishnan (Computer Science, MS), Stephen Monette (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
turingVR and their cardOS platform is bridging the gap between existing web-based content and immersive virtual reality experiences. Their framework provides existing web services an easy way to bring their content into the hands of VR users. Users can interact with content and services like never before and can create their ultimate productivity space in virtual reality.

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Demonstrations: Hands-on demonstrations of emerging technologies and devices
Title Description
Affectiva: Emotion-Enabled Devices
Emmanuel Contreras Guzmán (Biomedical Engineering, MS), Ryan Weisman (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BS)
Facial expressions are important in the communication of our mood and emotional state. Find out how technology can automatically change the way it interact with us using facial expression recognition.
Amazon Echo with Insteon Connected Kit
Alex Valaitis (Computer Science, Economics, BS), Chris Sivanich (Computer Sciences, BS)
Amazon Echo responds to voice commands, retrieving information from the Internet and completing tasks using the built-in speaker.

The Echo can also connect with connected home systems to make everyday life easier and more convenient. Try out the Echo to see what "Alexa" can do for you!

Winner: Best Demonstration
Estimote Beacons
Pete Chulick (Electrical Engineering, MS)
Using beacon sensors to determine short-range locations, retailers can provide targeted information (such as coupons and product data) to phones, improving customers' shopping experience.

Download the app and see how location-based technology will change the way you shop.
Interactive Virtual Reality
Oculus Rift and Leap Motion

Tyler Waite (Computer Science, BS), Dan Borkhus (Economics, BS), Prasanth Krishnan (Computer Science, MS), Stephen Monette (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
You've seen virtual reality (VR) with headsets. But, did you know VR can be even more interactive?

Use hand and finger movements to create dynamically changing environments and experience VR under your control.
Mind Control Using Mindwave EEG Mona Jalal (Computer Science, MSc) Unleash the power of your mind!

Use your brain waves to control a computer and your home without moving a finger.
Novint Falcon
Brady Boettcher (Computer Engineering, BS/MS)
Experience the sensation of touch in virtual reality from across the room or across the world.

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SPRING 2015

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students
Title Description

Autonomous Drone Controlled Inventory Management

Shamial Ahmed (Electrical Engineering, BS), Jake Truelove (Electrical Engineering, BS), David Kanani (Electrical Engineering, BS) Pedro Melgarejo (Electrical Engineering, PhD)
Bluetooth and RFID (radio-frequency identification) are already common methods to identify and track items. Adding an object tracker drone into the mix amplifies this power by enabling mobility to the "access point", scanning multiple tags at the same time and sending real-time data to users.

Progress has been made toward an autonomous navigation system to minimize operator intervention and increase tracking automation.
Battery Tester-Recycler
Spencer Fricke, (Computer Engineering, BS), Mamyrkhan Kassymov (Electrical Engineering), Luke VandenLangenberg (Nuclear Engineering)
Ten billion batteries are thrown away every year worldwide. The average battery has close to half of its power left: one billion iPhones could be charged with this power.

A first step in developing a comprehensive solution was to put each battery through a sorting system to capture the batteries that are still good, then use the power before shredding.
Bike Recovery Network
Reed Kinning (Philosophy, BS), Ricki Xie (Business, BS), Keshav Marthur (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS), Austin Jeffries (Mechanical Engineering, BS), Dave Sescleifer (Computer Sciences, BS), Dan Chao (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS)
More than 16,000 of bikes have been stolen in Dane County over the past 10 years. However, only 2 percent of the bikes were recovered. Bike thieves beware!

Using tracking technology, a network of smart bike racks throughout your city watches for your bike and notifies you and the authorities of its location, making recovery that much easier. The system includes so far a Bluetooth low energy beacon embedded on the bike, an Arduino-based scanner mounted on the rack, and a secure and real-time tracking.
Bus Capacity Alert
Jianyi Liu (Computer Science),  Shitong Jia (Computer Science), Wenxuan Mao (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
People get frustrated when they spend time at the bus stop and then the bus arrives full. This project is developing a tool for estimating bus load in a real-time basis and how to communicate capacity availability to users and bus management in a timely basis. Technologies involved include image processing (video), sensors and Wi-Fi communications.
Virtual World Builder
Tyler Waite (Computer Science, BS), Prasanth Krishnan (Computer Science, MS),  Stephen Monette (Mechanical Engineering)
Virtual reality (VR) has a high barrier to entry. The experience is generally discontinuous, and the creation process isn’t very accessible. Users will need a platform that’s easy to navigate, where they can create their own spaces with drag-and-drop simplicity.

UbiquityVR allows anyone to create their own space in virtual reality. Drop a couch there, change the floor from tile to carpet here, or even play music through virtual speakers. An intuitive UI to discover content easily in VR.
Augmented Reality in Healthcare – Review
Isabella Stewart (Industrial & Systems Engineering)
This project explored the vast possibilities for Augmented Reality technologies in a healthcare setting and its ability to greatly change (arguably improve) how health services are delivered. It also reviewed some of the concerns that need to be addressed for this to become mainstream technology.

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FALL 2014

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students
Title Description
UW-Madison Augmented Reality Tour
Joseph Lukasik (Computer Sciences and Math, BS); Nick Sielicki (Computer Sciences, BS); Nate Lading (Electrical Engineering and Physics, BS); Amy Slawson (Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)
As you view UW-Madison campus buildings through Google Glass, simultaneously receive relevant information from multiple sources.
Looking at a building can pull up its name, departments, historic data, events open to the public and more, essentially functioning as a map, directory, encyclopedia and planner.



See a demonstration video.
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Austin Jeffries (Mechanical Engineering, BS); Stephen Monette (Biomedical Engineering, BS); Lucas Bunzel (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS); Manni Gong (Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS); William Cottrell (Physics, PhD)
Create the experience of transferring your awareness to an avatar!

Wearing a Myo Band, your gestures control an AR Drone, which then sends video information to an Oculus device. This creates an avatar in virtual reality you can control simply by moving.
Bike Recovery Network
Daniel Chao (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS); Reed Kinning (Philosophy, BS); Keshav Mathur (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS); Akhil Sundararajan (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS), Dave Sescleifer (Computer Sciences, BS); Ricki Xie (Operations and Technology Management, BS)
Bike thieves beware!

Using tracking technology, a network of smart bike racks throughout your city watches for your bike and notifies you and the authorities of its location, making recovery that much easier.
Object Tracking Using Mobile Radio Frequency and Drones
Songzi Wen (Computer Sciences, BS); Yefeng Yuan (Computer Sciences and CE, BS); Xiaojian Nie (Computer Sciences, BS); Jiangnan Chen (Computer Sciences and Math, BS); Shamial Ahmed (Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS); Pedro Melgarejo (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD)
Bluetooth and RFID (radio-frequency identification) are already common methods to identify and track items. Adding an object tracker drone into the mix amplifies this power by enabling mobility to the "access point."

Using this drone ensemble, you can read multiple tags at the same time and send real-time data to users.

Winner: Most Innovative Technology Award
Augmented Driving with Google Glass
Jiejian Dai (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD); Jing Jing (Computer Sciences, BS); Mo Lu (Computer Sciences, BS); Song Zhao (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS); Wanjun Zhang (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD)
Using Google Glass, you can see a real-time display of customized data while driving.

Specify whether you want to learn about your speed, engine load or other vehicle information to make your drive more fun and safer.
Smart Seating System
Qi Xi (Computer Sciences, BS); Shu Chen (Computer Sciences, BS)
The Smart Seating System is a dynamic seat map of the library. The less time you spend hunting for space, the more time you can spend reading, studying or meeting with classmates!

Using this tool, you can quickly and easily find an available spot in the library.
Virtual World Builder
Tyler Waite (Computer Science, BS); Dan Borkhus (Economics, BS); Prasanth Krishnan (Computer Science, MS); Victor Ferrero (Computer Science, BS)
UbiquityVR allows anyone to create their own space in virtual reality.

Drop a couch there, change the floor from tile to carpet here, or even play music through virtual speakers.



See a video the team created about their inspiration and project.
Senior Medication Assistant
Mohammad Alwazrah, (Computer Sciences, BS); Cheng Xiang (Computer Engineering, BS); Prasanth Krishnan (Computer Sciences, MS)
This smartphone application allows you to learn more about your medications with a quick scan.

Scanning a bottle of medicine clearly explains in layman's terms what the medicine is, when to take it and what it looks like, helping to eliminate confusion about medications.
Smart Kitchen Inventory
Shamial Ahmed (Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS); Bin Xu (Electrical Engineering, BS); Dave Alfafara (Electrical Engineering, BS); Kevin Oudenhoven (Mechanical Engineering, BS); John Griffin (Computer Engineering, BS)
By checking food items in and out of your kitchen, you can avoid forgetful moments in the grocery store or last-minute dashes for missing ingredients.

Using NFC technology (tags and cell phones) to easily check food in and out of cabinets or refrigerators, you can:
  • Create shopping lists.
  • Receive alerts when your food expires.
  • Plan meals based on existing inventory.
Adaptive Operating System for IoT
Adi Kancherla (Computer Sciences, MS); Manjot Pal (Computer Sciences, BS)
By creating one operating system for all of your IoT devices, you can make your "smart" objects even smarter.

This system remembers devices and their configurations, managing them and enabling seamless communication between objects, irrespective of the underlying hardware or manufacturer.
Smart Helmet
Shawn Bartel (Mechanical Engineering, BS); John Keehn (Mechanical Engineering, BS); Sohan Shinde (Mechanical Engineering, MS)
By integrating EEG (brain wave) probes and accelerometers into a normal football helmet, we can better measure concussion symptoms and communicate with emergency medical personnel.

Try on the Smart Helmet to experience the cutting edge in sports safety technology.

Winner: Most Potential Impact

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Demonstrations: Hands-on demonstrations of emerging technologies and devices
Title Description
Oculus Rift
Austin Jeffries (Mechanical Engineering, BS); Stephen Monette (Biomedical Engineering, BS); Lucas Bunzel (Industrial and Systems Engineering, BS); Manni Gong (Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS); William Cottrell (Physics, PhD)
Immerse yourself in virtual reality with Oculus Rift, an out-of-this-world experience! At its very core, virtual reality is about being freed from the limitations of actual reality.

This demo sends you on a virtual roller coaster; try not to scream when it drops!
Myo Band
Gustavo Zach Vargas (Biomedical Engineering, BS); Robert Scott Carson (Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)
Myo is an armband that combines muscle response and gesture controls to give users the ability to control just about anything.

This demo illustrates how a few simple gestures can be recognized and translated into spoken language via a computer.

Winner: Best Demonstration
Nano Quadcopter
Austin Jeffries (Mechanical Engineering, BS); Stephen Monette (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
Explore a miniature quadcopter (helicopter with four rotors) that fits in your hand. Besides being fun to fly, the Crazyfile Nano Quadcopter is a teaching, experimentation and development platform. Come and try it yourself!
Smart Watches
Spencer Fricke (Computer Engineering, BS)
Check out how "companion wearables" can seamlessly simplify life, keep you healthy and provide entertainment.
Home Automation
Kevin Oudenhoven (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
Discover market-ready applications of simple home automation, including how to:
  • Secure your home for a fraction of the cost of a traditional security system.
  • Stay connected to family members by receiving notifications when people, pets and cars come and go.
  • Receive alerts if movement is detected while you're away or asleep, or if doors or windows are opened unexpectedly.
  • Easily find where you left your keys in the house.
Bone Conduction Cap
Amonsiri (Amy) Vilasdaechanont (Industrial and Systems Engineering, PhD)
Take calls or listen to music from your phone via Bluetooth while remaining aware of your surroundings.

Bone conduction transducers transmit sounds directly to the inner ear through vibration, meaning you can listen to audio while driving, biking or working out.

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SPRING 2014

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Design Projects: Featuring technology extensions and new applications developed by students

Exhibit # Title Description
1 Controlling Smart Homes
Neil Klingensmith (PhD EE); Matthew Saunders (BS ME)
Smart buildings with Internet-connected appliances (such as automated blinds) can reduce energy consumption while making our living spaces more comfortable.
2 MedCuff: The Pill Adherence Band
Dylan Mack (BS Retailing); Pete Chulick(BS ECE); Taylore Ransom (BS Retailing); Anna Janson (BS Retailing); Katie Sullivan (BS ME)
MedCuff is a smart wristband that reminds people when to take their medication. Users wear a preprogrammed wireless device which notifies them via LED/vibration to take pill.



Winner: Most Potential Impact
3 The Piano Tie
Stefan Gudry (BS ME)
Having your own programmable music is now possible and readily accessible around your neck.
4 Kinect for Motion Capture
Gutstavo Zach Vargas (BS BME); Robert Scott Carson (BS BME and CS); Alec Fisher (MS ME)
Kinect for Xbox provides an affordable and accessible way to utilize the power of motion capture for entertainment, research and individual exploration.
5 Smart Helmet
John Keehn (BS, ME); Sohan Shinde (MS ISyE); Shawn Bartel (BS, ME); Abraham Spindel (BS, ME)
The Smart Helmet has an Internet-connected micocontroller that can sense and assess the severity of impacts and notify medical personnel.
6 Armband Gesture Controller
Gutstavo Zach Vargas (BS BME); Robert Scott Carson (BS BME and CS)
This armband uses biosensors to capture forearm and hand motion in real-time. Can aid rehabilitation exercises, gaming, and communication with American Sign Language.



Winner: Most Innovative Technology

Demonstrations: Hands-on demonstrations of emerging technologies and devices

Exhibit # Title Description
7 Music, No Strings Attached
Chelsea Chen (BS ISyE)
Enjoy playing instruments (piano, harp and drums) in the air with your fingers!
8 AirType: A Touch-Free Keyboard
Dave Alfafara (BS ECE)
Experience first-hand how to type in the air without a keyboard.
9 Virtual Sculpting with
Leap Motion

Kevin Oudenhoven (BS ME)
Use hand gestures to sculpt and manipulate 3D freeform shapes.
10 Gaming with Gestures
Bin Xu (BS ECE )
Play interactive games like never before using only your hands and fingers.
11 Get Your Head in the Game with Oculus Rift
Shamial Ahmed (BS ECE)
Immerse yourself in frighteningly real 3D virtual world simulations.
12 The World Seen Through
Google Glass

Carrie Reardan (MS ISyE)
Wear Google Glass and test its voice and gesture controls and applications.
13 Estimote Smart Beacon
Jess Grev (ME, BS); Gabrielle Doby (Mktg. & Intl. Bus., BBA)
This small, wireless device will transform the retail store experience for shoppers.



Winner: Best Demonstration
14 Neurosky MindWave
Shawn Bartel (BS ME)
Come try out this brainwave sensing device!
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