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Brian Mukeswe, a 3rd-year electrical engineering student at the University of British Columbia, is one of 10 finalists in the Sunnybrook Research Prize Competition. Brian will present his undergraduate research project, Utilizing body heat to sustainably power assistive hearing devices, in Toronto on January 8th. The winner of the prize will receive $10,000. Good luck on Friday Brian!
Soheil Hor and Prof. Mehdi Moradi, recently proposed a fundamentally new paradigm for handling the missing data problem in machine learning based on the concept of random forest classifiers. Their contribution to the field was recognized at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) conference. Soheil, an ECE MSc student, received the Young Scientist Award for the paper co-authored with his supervisor, Dr.
Medical care for children with chronic conditions, particularly for those with neurodevelopmental conditions, can be very complex. There are significant advantages to incorporating digital tools into the medical care of children and youth. At the Apps4Kids Hackathon, held at UBC, paediatricians, parents, designers and students collaborated for a week to create apps that will improve children’s health.
What courses would you have taken if you were registering 100 years ago? In 1915, UBC's Applied Science course schedules were quite a bit different than they are today. For a quick break from registration, take a look at the 1915 engineering course schedule. You can get a sense of the ways engineering has changed profoundly over the years just from the course descriptions. The drawing, shop and field-work courses are particularly indicative of how much the curriculum has changed.
Wireless communication technologies are changing rapidly. As the potential for wireless applications expands to smart buildings, video streaming and everything in between, there is increasing demand for wireless solutions that are power efficient and able to function at a broad range of frequencies.
Over the last two years, Christoph Sielmann has been one of the Teaching Assistants supporting ECE's capstones, a set of courses for 4th year undergraduates to work on projects proposed by industry. Teaching the capstone teams can be very challenging. The projects combine many aspects of electrical and computer engineering from analog electronics, FPGA implementations, networking software, or the opto-acoustic effect in biological tissues.
AT the heart of the ECE capstones are real, open-ended, engineering problems brought to us by clients. The best way to get a sense of the scope and diversity of the projects our students have successfully tackled is to see a few examples.