ELEC 400, Fall 2001
Kozick & Mastascusa
Request for Proposal #2:
Senior Design Project
Date Assigned: Monday, November 5, 2001
Rough draft due Monday, November 12, 2001
(with brief oral presentation)
Proposals are requested for electrical engineering senior design
The projects will be worked on
during the winter and spring of 2002,
implementation targeted for April, 2002.
Guidelines for your proposal include the following:
First draft due Monday, November 19, 2001
Final version due Monday, December 3, 2001
- List the team members that will participate in the project.
You are free to choose your teammates.
Each team must have at least three members.
The upper limit on the number of team members is determined by the
scope of the project.
- Describe the project and the approach that will be used.
Include as much technical detail as possible to allow the reviewers
to understand and evaluate the feasibility and scope of your proposal.
Define the specifications that your design will satisfy.
You may define your own project idea.
Listed below are some suggested project ideas that you may use as
the basis for your proposal.
- Develop an emulator for a little league scoreboard to simplify
hardware repairs. This project was described in class by Tom Thul.
- Work with the mechanical engineers on the baja project.
A meeting is planned for the week of November 5 or 12 for interested
EEs to meet with the ME baja team to discuss potential project ideas.
We suggest that EEs considering this project also plan an alternative
project in case you fail to reach agreement with the MEs on a
suitable collaborative project.
- Acoustic adaptive interference and noise cancellation:
Use digital signal processing to cancel unwanted acoustic signals.
This may be passive, where you cancel unwanted signals from measured data,
or active, where you generate appropriate acoustic signals to
cancel the sounds at particular points in space.
(Professor Craig can provide additional
- Digital communication link:
Design a digital communication link that uses coherent modulation
and demodulation (PSK, QAM).
Your design will need to include frequency and phase synchronization
circuits, as well as symbol and frame synchronization schemes.
You may also consider including error-correction coding and
adaptive equalization (for high data rates).
Your channel may be either wired (similar to a telephone modem) or
wireless (which brings challenging multipath propagation problems).
(Professor Kozick can provide additional details about this project.
The final product should be suitable for demonstrations in
- Design and develop new experiments for the control systems
(Professor Mastascusa may have some ideas for this.)
- Design and develop
distributed control experiments with
the National Instruments "field point instruments."
An interesting example might be a remote control system for a moving
vehicle that uses a wireless link.
The field point instruments communicate via the internet.
List of senior design projects and student teams
Each team should prepare the following for Monday, November 19:
- Title of project and list of students on the team.
- Abstract describing the proposed project
(this will be refined and modified as time goes on!).
- Define the scope of the project, i.e., describe the
objectives, and begin fleshing out the technical specifications.
Please submit a proposal with more detail on Monday, December 3,
and a final draft of your proposal by Friday, December 14.