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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.
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.