The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering (Texas ECE) held the Fall 2015 Senior Design Open House on Monday, November 23, 2015 in the San Jacinto Residence Hall Exhibit Room.
First-place winners were selected in both the Honors and Non-Honors categories, as well as a second and third-place overall winner picked from all of the projects. Winning team members each received prizes generously provided by Apple which included Apple Watches, Beats headphones, and Apple TVs for first, second and third places, respectively. Winners were announced by Prof. Jim Wiley, who taught the course, and awarded by Texas ECE Entrepeneur-in-residence Prof. Mark McDermott.
Texas ECE is deeply appreciative of our industrial collaborators, whose expertise and support makes these projects successful and meaningful. Industry project partners for the Fall 2015 projects include Cura Oceanus, Dell, Nuvoton, Plantronics, Qualcomm, and Xilinx.
First Place - Honors Category
Alfred the Robot Home Assistant
Team: Brandon Boesch, Kyle Cousino, Mitch Hinrichs, Curtis Martin, Rachel Smith, Anthony Weems
Faculty Mentor: Gustavo de Veciana
Project Description: ALFRED is an autonomous home and office robotic assistant that safely delivers a requested item from a dispenser to a user. The user interacts with the system via a user-friendly android app.
First Place - Sponsored Projects Category
Smart Band Fitness Monitor
Team: Cesar Gonzales, Seung Ju Han, Stanley Jacob, Elizabeth Joy, Kangjoo Lee, Mark Varga
Project Partner: Nuvoton
Faculty Mentor: Haris Vikalo
Project Description: An inexpensive yet reliable fitness band which provides users with heart rate and skin temperature information for everyday health monitoring.
Second Place - Overall
Data Center Asset Tracker
Team: Dushyant Bhatnagar, Yuwei Cai, Nathan Nguyen, Kush Patel, Yi-Hua Shen, Hanpei Zhang
Project Partner: Dell
Faculty Mentor: Suzanne Barber
Project Description: The Asset Tracker is a low cost, accurate system to automatically map data center assets, such as servers, storage products, and network devices.
Third Place - Overall
Dance With Me
Team: Nick Burrin, Whitney Glick, Alaap Patel, Kevin Sy, Ryan Templin, Kevin Tsai
Project Partner: Honors Project
Faculty Mentor: Evdokia Nikolova
Project Description: Finding dance partners made simple.