Engineering Science - Undergraduate Final Projects

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Infant Monitoring System [infant death prevention system]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

It is not uncommon for parents, worried for their infant's health, to stay awake and watch their child sleep or to check on the infant’s breathing several times during the night. Some parents of children with an identifiable risk for dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rightfully opt to purchase or rent expensive, complex, and often highly invasive monitoring equipment in the hopes of preventing a SIDS death. However, due to the high cost and complexity of available systems, this is not an option for all parents.

ZenTech will create the Infant Monitoring System (IMS). The IMS will be a system whose interface to the sleeping child is virtually invisible, requiring no direct contacts to the infant. A user interface will provide the parent of caretaker with information concerning the current status of the infant’s breathing. The IMS will be reliable and inexpensive such that it will be accessible by almost all parents. The IMS will prove to be an invaluable addition to the class of currently available home monitors.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Physiological Signal Data Logger

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

Data is the key to any scientific research. Today, many data-recording devices for obtaining raw data are available in the market. Versatile Innovations is developing such a data-recording device that is portable, lightweight and capable of capturing and recording 16 different channels of physiological signals simultaneously. This device would help researchers at the Living Laboratory to conduct research activities that improve the “fit” between people and their daily living and working environments by studying people’s interaction with devices, assistive technology, and environmental features.

Our 16-channel physiological signal data logger allows monitoring and recording of electrical activities of the heart, muscle and brain, the arterial oxygen saturation level in the blood stream, and body temperature. It also records data collected from force, acceleration, and pressure sensors to monitor physical activities.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

The Gerbil [autonomous room mapping robot]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

Our project, the Gerbil, is an attempt to design a small robot that will have the ability to navigate around an area, detect any objects it encounters, and maintain a current map of these objects. Among many other things, such a robot will allow areas such as hospitals to be cleaned of biohazards and other wastes which could pose health risks to human counterparts.

The Gerbil will navigate using a positioning and object sensory system, whose output signals will be manipulated by a microprocessor. The processor will then be responsible for directing the robot’s movements and creating and updating the map of the area as needed.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Underwater Pinger Locator [sonar receiver unit]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

The Underwater Research Lab (URL) operates autonomous submersibles in fresh water lakes in British Columbia for research purposes. These submersibles are extremely expensive and should one of the submersibles be disabled during a mission, finding the submersible would be virtually impossible. These submersibles are equipped with pinger relocation beacons, which activates when the submersible is disabled.

Sonic Salvage Industries (SSI) has been commissioned to produce a pinger locator with which to find a disabled submersible. The pinger locator will be hand-held and will guide the user to the disabled submersible through visual cues provided on the user interface.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

MAPSS [mobile auto paging security system]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

Smart Sense Innovations is now developing the next generation of alarm systems. This new product informs the car owner, through a mobile page, of the state of various systems in the car. The device known as MAPSS, is a micro-controller and mobile telephone based apparatus. Sensors are attached to the car security system, the car ignition system, and the car headlights. Upon activation, the module senses if the car alarm has been activated, or if the headlights have been left on, or if the car is turned on. The device then pages the car owner accordingly, informing the owner of the specific event.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Automated Windshield Wiper

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

The current project of RainWorks Innovations involves the automation of windshield wipers for automobiles. The project aim is to develop an automated windshield wiper control system that will activate upon sensing rain and vary the wiper speed accordingly. With the automatic wiper system implementation, there will no longer be any need for user input. However, the user still has the option of a manual override.

Currently, RainWorks Innovations intends to custom design a rain sensor for this project. However, a rudimentary, but effective rain sensor has been developed by a previous ensc370 group, BMJ Innovations. This inexpensive and non-intrusive sensor from BMJ has immense potential to be further developed for the automated windshield wiper control system. In addition, a microcontroller will be implemented into the automatic wiper system to enhance versatility and robustness. The control involved will be simple, requiring only a relatively inexpensive and low-powered microcontroller. With the parts in mind, the overall system is predicted to be extremely cheap and present an attractive option for car manufacturers or as a car kit for modification enthusiasts.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

NoverDose [automated medication dispenser]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

Prescriptek proposes an automated delivery system that will ensure medications are taken at the proper times and in the correct amounts. This device will allow for persons to remain independent in their homes, as well as save wasted taxpayer money. Proposed interfaces will ensure security for the user, as well as a means for the pharmacy to monitor the actual medication intake. A user-friendly interface, as well as an easy load system will reduce maintenance time and boost the safety features of the device. This medication delivery system gives peace of mind to the user.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Micro Robot Soccer Tournament Submission

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

The Micro Robot Soccer Tournament (MIROSOT) is an international robotics competition in which teams of robotic soccer players compete against one another. One of the aims of the competition is to promote developments in autonomous robots and intelligent systems that can cooperate as a team to achieve a mutual goal.

The SFU MIROSOT Group (SFMG) is researching, designing and constructing a robot soccer team that will compete according to the rules outlined in the MIROSOT Rule Book (http://www.fira.net/fira/index.html). The SFU MIROSOT Team ’99 (SFMT ’99) is attempting to redesign the current robots and to equip them with partial intelligence on board. The project will be carried out by implementing hardware and supporting software for the purposes of collision avoidance and improved path following characteristics. Our fields of research are robotics, sensors, wireless communication, data processing, feedback control and related areas of engineering and technology. Possible applications include robot teamwork in manufacturing industries, target search, multiple-object sensing, obstacle avoidance and military operations. We propose to design and construct the first prototype of the semi intelligent robotic soccer players and associated support systems.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Light Touch Touch Screen System [PC pointing device]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

With the blossoming of the personal computer as a standard accompaniment to modern homes and offices has come the desire to control these tools with greater ease and efficiency. Graphical user interfaces allow us to communicate our desires to our computers quickly and intuitively. The recent development of computer touch screens provides computer users a more interactive and intuitive way to interface with computers. However the computer touch screen available on the market is not practical to the largescale display device, such as a projection screen, because of its size and cost. The LightTouch touch screen system is designed to overcome these two disadvantages of the traditional touch screen. In addition, the LightTouch touch screen system is more portable and flexible such that it can be easily attached to different display devices of different sizes.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project

Remote Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound Orientation Device (RCTDUOD)

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-04
Abstract: 

The problem with existing Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound systems is that the ultrasound sensor must be manually positioned by hand. Each time the transducer needs to be repositioned, someone must be present at the side of the test subject to make the appropriate adjustment. The problem is exacerbated when experiments need to be done in a hypo-hyperbaric chamber, which simulates high and low altitudes. The data-analyzing computer must remain outside of the chamber — for safety purposes. It would be inconvenient and even dangerous to always have the test operator and test equipment inside the pressurized chamber to adjust the position of the sensor.

KineTech Solutions has decided to design and prototype an electro-mechanical system which can alter the position and orientation of the transducer from a remote location. Our primary goal is to create a remote control system that would provide the same level of accuracy and user intuitiveness as the current manual positioning system. Additionally, our remote system will be designed to withstand the extreme environmental conditions inside hypo-hyperbaric chambers

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project