Computer & Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science Projects

Projects are subject to change without advance notice.

Title: Automated Analysis of Cellular Microscopy Images

Imaging of biological systems has been around for decades, but there has become a need for high throughput automated analysis. Imaging of live cells and tissue cultures can lead to the discovery of new drugs and a better understanding of cellular processes. Manually analyzing microscopy images requires a lot of time and can vary from person to person. Utilizing computer vision and image processing techniques we can go from analyze a stack of image a day to thousands of them with high precision. During this month long program students will gain a understanding of cellular microscopy and how to create automated pipelines for analyzing them. The specific topics that will be covered include: 1) manual analysis and understanding of microscopy images 2) an introduction to image processing in MATLAB 3) Implementing and optimizing images analysis pipelines for extracting and measuring properties of cellular experiments, for example testing the effects for a drug on stem cell growth.



Title: Smart Home Design and Implementation

Do you want to live in an intelligent home? A home where everything works together and can be controlled through your smartphone? What if when you enter your house, lighting comes on, the blinds and curtains go up, the system selects your favorite music or TV channel? What if when you leave your house, the external blinds close, and the heather/air conditioner stops, and all lamps and appliances switch off automatically? Now is the time to make all these happen in practice. In this project, students will learn how to design and implement the electronic and control unit of such homes. They design an intelligent system for the homeowners to control all electrical and electronic devices via a keyboard, a remote control or even their own voices. The designed system can also monitor everything via the television screen in any room or via telephone from any given place, anytime, or any part of the globe. For the start, the students first focus on the standard components of a smart home such as automated lights, temperature, video surveillance, and entertainment equipment. Then they learn how to interface the system with voice commands and machine learning algorithms. During the course of this project, they also become familiar with the software and hardware design tools used to build smart homes, smart cities and spaces.



Title: Near-Space Balloon Launch (85,000-100,000 feet altitude)

In this program, a team of high-school students will build a launch system that sends a balloon to near-space (85,000-100,000 feet altitude). The project mimics a well-known practice in sending satellites to outer space. The exciting part is that the system will carry several sensors including a camera. A weather balloon will be used to lift lightweight electronics to the edge of the atmosphere. The electronics will include a GPS system that will help to locate the balloon upon return. The extracted data will then be analyzed. Students will be involved in every aspect of this space launch program: payload design and construction, vehicle launch and recovery, and post-flight data analysis. There are two rules to this summer program. First, you will design and build everything from scratch. Second, you will have fun doing it. If you plan to join this program, prepare to learn a lot and enjoy a new dimension of your creativity.



Title: Smart Car with Automatic Parking System

Due to immense urbanization and growing number of vehicles, the parking spaces become smaller and more elusive. Therefore, drivers today face a problem in parking their cars. Parking a car in a small space requires a series of forward and reverse motions and turns which prove to be a complicated task for most car drivers to handle. In addition, drivers need to spend more time in searching for vacant parking spaces which causes traffic congestion, additional fuel consumption, and pollution. To provide more robust parking solutions, in this project students will design a cloud-based smart car parking system. The designed smart car will sense the availability of parking space and park itself automatically in the available parking area.

Learning how microcontrollers work goes beyond what is taught in the classroom and is fundamental to many types of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) research. The goal of the proposed project is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills that would not be taught in a classroom but are necessary for future work in STEM fields. By bringing hands-on activities to these students, we will be able to stimulate their interest in science, mathematics and engineering. Moreover, this project helps students to gain hands-on experiences that opens up more opportunities for them in the future. Through this summer program, the students will be exposed to circuit design, a programming language, and both hardware and software troubleshooting. These are all skills which are useful in many aspects of scientific careers.