Senior Capstone Projects

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Capstone Overview

During the senior year, all computer engineering students are required to take the two quarter Senior Computer Systems Project course also known as the Senior "Capstone" Project. This course helps satisfy CE Major Degree Requirements in the Senior Elective Study Plan.

The Capstone Project gives Computer Engineering students the opportunity to put their education into practice. Students, working in small teams, design and engineer innovative hardware and software systems using techniques from robotics, distributed systems, circuit design, networking, and real-time systems to tackle problems and create a final "tangible" project.

Every year at the end of the B-section quarter the final projects are presented at a full-day, industry-supported event where student groups publicly present their projects and participate in a project demonstration and poster event.

Senior Capstone Project Courses

Student groups design a significant computer-based project. Groups work independently with interaction among groups via interface specifications and informal meetings.

Electrical and Computer Engineering 189A/B - Course Website

Instructor (2017-18): Dr. Yoga Isukapalli (ECE 189A/B)

During the first half (Fall) of this course sequence, student groups choose a project, define and refine a description of its external behavior, then launch into the hardware design phase. By the end of fall quarter, using industry standard Computer Aided Design tools, they have produced detailed hardware schematics, fabrication-ready printed circuit board artwork, and complete component kits and associated documentation necessary for prototype assembly. An organized project notebook describing all aspects of the project as well as formal design reviews/presentations and the use of professional project management software complete the initial portion of the capstone design experience.

During winter quarter, the ECE department has the printed circuit boards fabricated and assembled and, when students return for the second half of the capstone project course, the focus turns toward overall project integration. On the first day of spring quarter, circuit boards are ready for initial power up, design debug and verification. In parallel, creation of the project software begins and any mechanical components are acquired and/or manufactured and assembled. Once the hardware design is validated and the software and mechanical development efforts are completed, the final project prototype is integrated, tested and verified. A succession of milestones, reviews and presentations ensures that project completion and introduction occur in a timely and successful manner.

At the end of spring quarter, each project team participates in the ECE 189 Senior Capstone Project Presentation Day. During the day long-event, the groups conduct public presentations and demonstrations of the completed projects and participate in a poster session highlighting their projects’ features and operation.

ECE 189A/B Senior Projects will be presented on the first Thursday in June at the ECE 189 Capstone Project Presentation Day.

Computer Science 189A/B - Course Website

Instructor (2017-18) Profs. Chandra Krintz (CMPSC 189A) and Chris Kruegel (189B)

Throughout this two course sequence, student teams engage in all aspects of a engineering problem including design, prototype, testing, deployment, and public demonstration.  The course is based on a learn-by-doing approach in which teams employ cutting-edge software technologies, tools, and engineering practices to construct significant software applications and systems.

Unique to the UCSB CS Capstone is industry collaboration.  Top companies from around the country partner with and mentor student teams.  Industrial participants propose project ideas (that range from well-defined to wide open) from which student teams choose, as part of short, competitive “pitches”.  The series culminates in a public project presentation and demonstration by each team at the CS Summit.


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Learn about the CS:

  • summit.cs (full schedule): undergrad Capstone presentations, grad student lectures, poster session, keynote (David Culler, UC Berkeley) and more...
  • CS Senior "Capstone" Projects – overview, course info (CS 189A/B), student/industry teams & projects, sponsors

CS189 Capstone Project Teams/Sponsors (2017-18)

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  • Perception (Aerospace)
  • Matchfolio (Appfolio)
  • $-Flow (Elementum)
  • Vegetables & Rice (InTouch Health)
  • Schrute Farms (Invoca)
  • Stage Presence (LogMeIn)
  • Game of Drones (Northrup Grumman)
  • Not Our (Seg)Fault (Novacoast)
  • Bob's Builders (Procore)
  • SmartNet (SmartRG)
  • Worthday (Workday)

2017 Best Projects – CS 189 Capstone

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  • Best Project: Tres Commas - Voice biometrics integration (final PPT pdf)
    Jonathan Easton, Carson Holoien, Vince Nicoara, Sasha Shams, Arda Ungun


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ECE 189 - Capstone Projects (2016-17)

  • * FLIR Helios: a wireless, WIFI-enabled security camera that harnesses energy from the sun to bring peace of mind to your home
  • Gestur: a virtual reality glove focused on obtaining a high degree of precision between the movements of the hand and how it is represented in virtual spacehyperloop illustration
  • * UCSB Hyperloop: a communications, telemetry, and control unit for UCSB’s entry into SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition
  • IR Hub: a device that allows users to turn their smartphone into a universal remote, giving them control over their living room with nothing more than their phone’s Bluetooth and the Hub
  • OstraCam 2: an underwater low-light stereo imaging instrument to aid in observations of biological activity
  • * Sonos COM: an intercom device that lets the user broadcast their voice to any Sonos system in their home

* Multidisciplinary Team includes Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering students

2017 Best Projects – ECE 189 Capstone

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  • CE Project: Gestur
    Ryan Kaveh, Kyle Carson, Jon Young
  • Multidisciplinary Project: Hyperloop Yang Ren, Tristan Seroff, Asitha Kaduwela, Jesus Diera