CS & ECE 189 Senior Capstone Projects

During the senior year, CE students are required to take the Senior Computer Systems Project courses 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 CE 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 final quarter the projects are presented at full-day, industry-supported events where student groups publicly present their projects and participate in a project demonstration and poster event.

2024 Events: March 15 – CS 189 @ summit.cs | June TBA – ECE 189 Capstone Presentations
Instructor's course website with overview, current & past projects, teams and sponsors
Instructor's course website with overview, milestones, resources, current & past projects, teams and sponsors

Senior Project Courses

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

Computer Science 189A/B

Instructors: Profs. Tevfik Bultan (CMPSC 189A) and Giovanni Vigna (189B)

Throughout this two-course sequence, student teams engage in all aspects of an 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 CS 189 senior project series culminates in a public project presentation and demonstration by each team at Summit CS in March.

Electrical and Computer Engineering 189A/B/C

Instructor: Dr. Yogananda Isukapalli (ECE 189A/B/C)

ECE 189A/B/C is a year-long capstone project course sequence in which Computer Engineering (CE) senior students design and implement an embedded computer system. Working in small groups of four to six, the teams draw on the strengths of each member, and projects are intended to be the culmination of the student's undergraduate education, incorporating both significant hardware and software components and, in some cases, mechanical components as well. CE Capstone Projects offer students real-world experience in the lifespan of developing an embedded system: identifying a problem, designing to required specifications, managing budgets and printed circuit board fabrication, and delivering their finished product on time.

CE capstone projects fall into several categories: (i) Student defined projects, in which students come up with the design idea on their own; (ii) Industry-sponsored projects, in which an industry partner specifies a design challenge of interest to their organization; (iii) Research group projects, in which a research group at UCSB poses a design challenge; (iv) Student project competitions, in which students enter as contestants in an organized competition.

ECE 189 senior projects will be showcased at the end of the Spring quarter at the ECE 189 Capstone Project poster session and resentation event.

Capstone 2024 Presentations @ summit.cs

The event will be held on March 15 (Fri), 2024 at TBA

ECE 189 Capstone 2023 Presentation Event

The event was held on held on June 8 (Thu), 2023 at the Engineering Science Bldg

Recording of the 2023 Project Presentations

2023 Best Projects

  • 1st PlaceHandled (Laritech and IFT): interactive visualization through a 3D LED cube that is controlled by a smart glove. (Demo Link)
  • 2nd PlaceData Driven (CACI International): collects useful car diagnostics and aggregates the data in a cloud-hosted database, allowing a central hub to view and interact with relevant vehicle statistics. (Demo Link)
  • 3rd Placesmall.e (Oakley Lab): a videography system that can generate 3-D models of the bioluminescent courtship signaling of ostracods. (Demo Link)