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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.
Capstone Project: 3D Surgical Markings Using Intraoperative Navigation Client: Dr. Rob Stead, Research Physicist, Novadaq Technologies Inc. Student team: Prab Grewal, Sarah Holdijk, Rohit Singla, Kathy Xu Professor: Purang Abolmaesumi Surgeons use a number of different techniques to help them visualize the body like ultrasound imaging or x-rays.
Capstone Project: Remote Image Manipulation Client: Bob Pritchard and Keith Hamel, UBC Laptop Orchestra Student Team: Adam Berg, David Hu, Mike Jensen, Justin Siu Professor: Sid Fels Have you ever gone to an electronic music performance to watch a musician's transfixed, blue-lit face, hunched over a laptop, one or two knob twiddles the only
Capstone Project: Automated Bridge Image Analysis Using Drone Quadcopter Technology Client: Gamal Mustapha, VP Program Management, SMT Research Ltd. Student Team: Shawn Yuan, Micah Leuba, Michael Li, Gregory Lee, Nico Simon Professor: Paul Lusina Maintaining public infrastructure is essential and unfortunately, costly.
Capstone Project: Eco-tracking GIS software Client: Kevin Hart, CEO, Tzoa Wearables Student Team: Erin Bush, Abraham Chan, Chun Kiet Leong, Rex Yeung Professor: Terry Lee TZOA is a wearable environment tracker able to measure a number of variables affecting the quality of our surroundings such as, air pollution, UV, humidity and many more.
Standing (l-r): Toni Schmader, Jeremy Seamans, Christian Schoof, Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, Srikantha Phani, Yvonne Lamers, Gabriela Cohen Freue, Carles Vilarino-Guell, Christina Laffin, Abel Rosado Seated (l-r): Jiaying Zhao, Carla Nappi, Susanne Clee, Martin Ordonez, Kiley Hamlin
Professor Cheung and PhD candidate Jonas Flueckiger are working with Lumerical, Mentor Graphics and COMSOL to develop new biosensors. Jonas approach to sensors combines silicon photonics and microfluidics, a technology with broad chemical and biological applications. About his work with Lumerical Jonas says, “I got a lot of experience and knowledge by being in the company. I got feedback, not just about the software but also about my work. At the same time I could actually explain things to the people I worked with. We all benefited from what we learned.”