Senior Capstone Projects

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Capstone Overview

During the senior year, all computer engineering 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 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 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.

Senior 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/C - Course Website

Instructor (2018-19): 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 students' 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 presented on the first Friday in June at the ECE 189 Capstone Project Presentation Event and the Engineering Design Expo (EDx).

Computer Science 189A/B - Course Website

Instructors (2018-19): Profs. Chandra Krintz (CMPSC 189A) and Tevfik Bultan (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 Summit CS in March.


ECE 189 Capstone 2019 Presentation Event & Engineering Design Expo (EDx)

Will be held on June 7 (Fri) – ESB 1001 and Campbell Hall

ECE 189 Project Descriptions / Teams (2018-19)

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  • BLiPS (Arthrex): a real time indoor positioning system that tracks the movement of doctors and nurses in an operating room environment
  • Cloud Control (AeroVironment): a wireless communication system which remotely transmits voice data to a drone which then broadcasts it to any targets below
  • Drone Scout (LGS Innovations): a self-contained, FPGA accelerated millimeter wave radar system capable of collecting detailed information of drones, such as size and speed, in a targeted area
  • Eternal Flight (Toyon Research Corp.): an in-flight battery exchange system that extends drones flight time by eliminating the need to land and recharge
  • Hands-On Flight: (Arveng Technologies): a glove embedded with an array of sensors that provides intuitive real-time control over a drone
  • IEA Linguistics (IEA Lab): an interactive voice assistant that incorporates natural language processing and automation to assist integrated circuit product engineers
  • Watchdog (NASA): aids astronauts in correctly adhering to mission procedures by utilizing computer vision and sensor embedded tools to provide guidance when necessary

CS 189 Capstone 2019 Presentations @ summit.cs

The event was held on March 13 (Wed), 2019 – Corwin Pavilion

2019 Best Projects – CS 189 Capstone

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  • 1st place: '); Drop Table Teams (Appfolio)
  • 2nd place: High Voltage Society (Arthrex)
  • 3rd place: Pretty Lil LeetCoders (Logmein)

Projects presented in March 2019 @ the Summit.cs Event >>>

CS 189 Project Descriptions / Teams (2018-19)

  • //TODO: Team Name (Aerospace): Facial recognition and analysis that informs a user whether or not they are tired. 
  • '); Drop Table Teams (Appfolio): Augmented reality iOS application to virtually place home furnishings with the ability to view and edit in real time 
  • High Voltage Society (Arthrex): Provides surgeons with real-time instrument inferences and overall procedure metrics 
  • Odyssey (CJ Affiliate): Intelligent offer categorizer for text and image processing
  • InTouch With My Health (InTouch Health ): Provides physicians real time patient data from apple watch health kit
  • WaitForMe (Invoca): Saves people time by waiting on hold for them
  • Pretty Lil LeetCoders (Logmein): analyze user's form when performing an exercise and suggests ways that it can be improved or if it is good
  • Human Error is a Myth (Novacoast): Query based data aggregating, web application for computer security pen testing
  • The Goodfellas (Pivotal): A Web UI that helps users schedule and run containers on Kubernetes clusters
  • Yao and "Friends" (Workday): BARC 2 aims to make the user experience of managing school finances intuitive