Senior Design Project Presentation - Electrical & Computer Engineering Department - Spring 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00am in E421, School of Engineering building (E)
Dubai Recycling Initiative
Jamil El Helou
Abdulrahman Bin Haider
This project aims to turn recycling into second-nature for citizens of the future, through a reward system that encourages users to recycle on a daily basis. This is done first, by placing automated recycle stations at target areas like bus stations, metro stations or other widely accessed areas like university housings. Users who have daily access to such areas can take their consumer recyclable materials with them, before using transportation to go to work/school, or when passing by a recycle station on their way to work/school. These users will arrive at the recycle station, log in using their Emirates ID, and place their recyclable materials like plastic bottles or aluminum cans in the bin. The bin will automatically sort the items into their designated bins (by category), which will be done behind the scenes. Based on the number of items the user enters from each category, they will gain points. These points can then be used by the user for simple tasks such as recharging their mobile phones with credit, or topping up their public transportation cards.
EEG Controlled Home
A smart home is a home that is equipped with lighting, heating/cooling, and various electronic devices that can be controlled through a smartphone or a computer. However, Smart home 2.0 will be different than any existing smart home in the market today by using an Electroencephalogram (EEG) Headset that detects, records, and interprets electrical activities in the brain which will provide further accessibility for physically disabled people to control their everyday household applications.
Wireless Power Monitoring System
Nowadays, energy meters and smart meter are designed to only provide the total power consumption of all devices connected to a network. However, they do not provide the power consumption of each device. After analyzing this issue, we came up with a device that solves the above problem. Therefore, in our project, we will create a Wireless Power Monitoring System (WPMS), which will provide many features: Monitor power consumption of a specific device, wirelessly control the power supply to a device, reduce power usage by having an automatic and manual systems, and control the system with web based application.
Autonomous Brain–Controlled Electric Wheelchair
People with disabilities heavily benefit from the use of technology to facilitate their daily lives. For instance, electric wheelchairs provide most disabled users with the luxury to move around effortlessly without the assistance of a caretaker. However, in some extreme cases the users are incapable of using the electric wheelchair due to severe paralysis, which prevents them from using traditional physical controllers on the wheelchair. This project aims to solve this issue by providing such users the necessary autonomy to move freely using brain waves as a control signal. The user can either take full control of the wheelchair by navigating wherever he or she desires or the wheelchair can take the user automatically to pre-mapped destinations within the household. To read one’s brain signals an Electroencephalography (EEG) monitor is required; furthermore, to enable the autonomous functionality of the wheelchair, a precise location tracking system is also needed. Such a project requires cumulative knowledge gained from engineering courses such as Signal and Systems, Communications systems, Embedded Systems and Engineering Design and Economics.
Solar Decathlon - Solar House
The AUD team will design and implement a technologically advanced system incorporating the most efficient Photovoltaic (PV) panels and digital control systems to create our smart environmentally friendly home, JEEL (The name of the project). We aim to fulfill our goals by employing innovative ideas such as creating adiabatic phenomena, net metering, and low power consumption techniques. Our central task is to lower the cost of dissipated energy in JEEL; however, this shall be accomplished without compromising the user's comfort rather improving living standards, while maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
Blind people are faced with the recurring problem of navigating through their homes. Though most have memorized the layout of their houses, they still rely on using their hands to avoid walking into furniture, or to feel the wall to make sure they are going in the correct direction. This project aims to allow blind people to navigate around their houses without using their hands, thus freeing their hands to do other tasks, along with using the energy from walking to charge their mobile devices. Smart Steps is an add-on that uses multiple ultrasound sensors to notify the user when an object is nearby and in which direction; the design uses piezoelectric discs that generate electricity to charge a power bank, and has an RF beeper in case the device is misplaced.