This requirement, which involves design and implementation of a solution to a real problem, provides students with a significant and complete design experience, including problem definition, investigation of the state of the art, prototype design, implementation, and evaluation. Projects require synthesis of a hardware or software structure to solve a problem, specification of how the structure can be realized, and construction of the solution.
The projects allow students to apply the analysis and synthesis skills they have developed during their undergraduate course work and appreciate how different areas of the curriculum are related to each other. The students also gain practical experience in problem definition, laboratory skills, teamwork and inter-group communication, prototyping techniques, project scheduling, and other aspects of engineering practice that are not encountered in course work. Both written and oral reports are presented.
Typically, the project requires:
Projects can involve two terms of credit-for example, using a design course to initiate the project and an independent study to complete it.
Several mechanisms are used to assign credit for the project, including the ECE design course (
SENIOR DESIGN COURSE), a specialty area design course (such as
VLSI DESIGN or
PROJECTS IN COMPUTER VISION), or a school-wide design course (such as
PRODUCT REALIZATION). Design topics may be suggested as part of a course, but students usually select their own projects. In most cases, students work on a team of three to five students.
For specific EE concentrations, the design course may be a requirement within that concentration. The specialty area design courses include:
Term(s) Offered: Fall: No
This course is designed as a full term project carried out by student design groups. A complex embedded system will be designed, implemented, and tested using Altera and other CAD tools. Proper design process is emphasized.
Term(s) Offered: Fall: No
This course is organized as a full semester project in conjunction with a small amount of lecture material on advanced CMOS digital design techniques, as well as the group design process itself. Students form groups of 3 to 5 per group that design and implement different VLSI projects which are then fabricated by MOSIS and returned for testing. Focus is on teamwork with frequent oral/written reports.
Term(s) Offered: Fall: No Spring: No Summer: No
A set of full-term projects attacking problems in image processing and computer vision. Projects will typically involve the development of problem solutions on computer vision workstations in the C programming language.
Other Important Information:
Special Topics: Image Processing/Computer Vision
These courses have a limited enrollment.