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ANVIS: Automotive Night Vision Imaging System


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Emmalynne Clarkston Julian Ortiz Carole Pearson

An augmented reality heads-up display or “HUD” that enhances a driver’s vision in low visibility conditions. A camera captures images of the road, including blind spots, which are enhanced with algorithms developed by the team. Images are projected on the windshield. Can be used hands-free, as system has voice recognition capability.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Smart Table


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Houda Alafya Sergio Padilla Yousaf Ausaf Isreal Castillo

A multifaceted entertainment and information system controlled from a single device and screen. Multiple interconnected devices are embedded into a coffee-table sized surface. Features an HDMI port, an audio system, a USB type 3 charging station, a projector that can be aimed at the wall or projector screen, a fingerprint secured lockbox as well as dynamic LED lighting, controlled via phone app. Can be used for presentations and or meetings.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Color Acquisition Device


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Cesar Lopez-Zelaya Kyle Hoofman Noah Richter David Rothaus

Using a high-powered laser to generate multiple wavelengths via stimulated Raman scattering, we will attempt to characterize and classify objects based on their spectral reflectivity, by looking at the different shape of the wavelengths in time. Wavelengths generated by stimulated Raman scattering have different shapes in time, making it possible to tell them apart and distinguish objects without using diffractive elements to separate the light waves in space. This reduces the overall size and bulkiness, while also introducing a level of simplicity.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Smart Window


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Jake Pivnik Pablo Calzada Shaneal Findley James Brunner

Mounted on an actual window, the Smart Window gives accurate weather information with a robust set of onboard sensors and WIFI connectivity. The time, calendar and weather information displays when the user approaches. Also serves as a personal assistant with companion mobile app, and can display your personal calendar events. Toggle between transparent and opaque views.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

EDADS: Enhanced Driver Awareness Detection System


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Josh Weed Gage Libby Scott Jokela Paul Ramos

A solution for safer off-road navigation. This system provides a cheaper, more customizable navigation system than current systems on the market. Compact size, easy to integrate into a vehicle, EDADS offers features such as battery voltage and tire temperature monitoring along with being very easily implemented into a vehicle. Aimed at off-road sport driving but can be used in any vehicle.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Lunar Exploration Using Augmented Reality for NASA SUITS Competition


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Teodor Malendevych Sammy Lee Yongsheng Xu David Brown

Software for an Augmented Reality helmet that helps an astronaut with navigation, lighting, and geological sample taking. Currently there is no visual display in the helmets, as NASA is working with partners to create the hardware. The software allows for increased interaction between the task needed and the user, which results in higher proficiency in task performance.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Autonomous Smart Window


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Nomar Barreto Bradley Howder Abdullah Husain Kenneth Sauers

Can be controlled with a smartphone and features a variable tinting function to select the amount of light transmitted through the window; a privacy screen that toggles between opaque or a frosted appearance, which can be scheduled; a system of sensors that constantly monitors the outside environment to allow for fully autonomous operation; and a color-varying LED system. Security mode engages privacy screen; and eco-mode manages tint level throughout the day to limit sunlight and heat.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Autonomous Pet Entertainment System


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Nathan Anthony Ricardo Serrano Naim El-Nil Cameron Alexander

Features advanced laser technology to entertain pets and navigate through most indoor environments. The self-driving entertainment platform uses a camera to track the pet and keep a laser pointer away from it along with navigational sensors to avoid obstacles while moving about a room. This system was designed by combining technologies from multiple pet toys on the market

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Closed Marine Life Support System


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Nicholas Hubbard Brandon Triplett John Semmen Jennifer Starling

A sensor suite designed to study aquatic life in micro-gravity environments. This NASA-funded project will measure critical parameters related to water quality – dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, ammonia, algae color, and turbidity. System is equipped with transceiver electronics that will transmit data. The sensor suite will benefit scientists who study how aquatic ecosystems react to micro-gravity environments, as the use of aquatic media is expected to be a central requirement for food production in extraterrestrial conditions. This prototype will serve as a low-cost demonstration of the sensor suite.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Expressive Laser Harp


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Christian Chang Mohamed Jabbar Matthew Kalinowski Kyle Kaple

A musical instrument that uses laser “strings” and infrared distance sensors to create an expressive, versatile MIDI controller. For musicians of all skill levels, it can be used for live performance or for music creation. This laser harp is unique because of its infrared distance sensors, which detect the distance at which a laser “string” is being blocked, offering a programmable expression similar to aftertouch on a keyboard controller.

Advisor: Dr. Sam Richie, Dr. Lei Wei, and Dr. Aravinda Kar Team Page

Coca-Cola: CIP Checklist – Time Tracking System


Discipline: IEMS

Alexia Acevedo Tyler Jones Lily Schleider

This team created a digitized system built in Microsoft Power Apps that will allow supervisors to assign cleaning and sanitation tasks using a computer or mobile device, replacing client’s paper-based system and eliminating unnecessary file cabinets and other furniture taking up facility space. The plant has 9 lines that follow the same cleaning protocol (5 different machine centers). The cleaning-in-place (CIP) process is allocated 6 hours and the allergen CIP takes 12 hours. The plant is open 24/7 using a special shift change system. The team identified tasks to separate elements of the CIP and perform time studies and set standards for each task. The data collected was used by the computer scientists to design the new database, which documents start and finish of each task, and tracks and notifies if the last cleanup was done after a set amount of time. The system also notifies supervisors when time elapsed after last cleanup are accrued. Client will be able to reduce waste, track productivity effectively, automate and/or remotely assign tasks, automate record keeping, and have access to real-time data.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Turtle Tracking II Database Development


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Jesus Rodriguez Katherine Twele Emily Thomas Hogan Bobertz Jack Robert Chavez Hannah Lindgren Breanne Dodier Nguyen Pham

An update to the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group’s database and website to improve efficiency in reporting turtle information and conducting studies with the information. Last year the Turtle Tracking I Team started the transition from the previous database and this year’s team is finalizing the application for use. The latest iteration of the Turtle Tracking Application uses a React Website, Flask API, and an AWS Postgres Database. In addition, any new formats required by the state and any institution that requires information from MTRG can be serviced all at a low-cost system hosted on AWS. During the database development, the industrial engineers helped the computer science team with finding bugs and creating a training program for the website. Quality engineering techniques were used to allow client to implement the database completely and ensure the database is intuitive and user-friendly.

Advisor: Dr. Mark Steiner Team Page

Systems Engineering Toolkit for U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)


Discipline: IEMS

Adriana Sasso Dayan Hernandez Guillermo Lozada Gustavo Martinez

The U.S. Army PEO STRI does not have an environment for managing information used to train, guide, and assess systems engineering tasks. A capability is needed to maximize training and tool resources available to the workforce. This team has performed market research to find the best option to support PEO STRI’s current needs and provide a solution.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Splicing Machine Improvement; Splicing Process Optimization for Total Refrigeration Gaskets


Discipline: IEMS

Maximiliano Sappia Miguel Victoria Nicholas Radstake

This team has applied project management techniques, simulation, data analysis, economic engineering, ergonomics, thermodynamics, robotics, and electrical engineering concepts to improve TRG’s gasket splicing machine and its table, and to optimize the gasket splicing process. The team’s deliverables include a simulation of the current machine and its performance; a cost-benefit analysis that measures the cost of building and implementing the prototype vs not building the prototype; and an ergonomic analysis report that will evaluate and describe the risk and controls associated with machine and human interaction of current machine and how the new machine accounts for it; and the design concept of the new machine that a future team will use to create a working prototype.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Themed Entertainment Mechatronics


Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Michael Cesta Sarah First Megan Gelfo Danielle Gonzalez Victoria Guise Julia Warner

An animated robotic figure capable of moving through a crowd, speaking to guests and reacting to its environment. It can perform a wide variety of animations, selected by a performer in real-time. The performer can speak to guests as the figure’s character through the use of two-way audio. Comprised of a wheeled base, a rotating torso, two articulated arms, a neck capable of tilting in multiple directions, a head with moving eyebrows and two LED matrix panel eyes.

Advisor: Dr. Joon-Hyuk Park, Dr. Richard Leinecker, and Dr. Kurt Stresau Team Page

Go Baby Go! (Green Team)


Discipline: MAE

Tzy Hsu Taylor Kraynak Perry Moore Brandon Stoner Taylor Toth Nafisa Mostofa Mirette Marzouk Samantha Sanchez Brandon Frateschi

A modified ride-on vehicle tailored for an 18-month-old child with mobility challenges. This team collaboratively constructed all modifications with an adjustable component accommodating child’s growth, assisted seating through a head and trunk support system, amplified communication through an electronic learning system, and ensuring foremost user safety through sensor detection and further simplified controls. This supportive, comfortable, and long-lasting assistive ride-on vehicle is intended to provide an entertaining experience while contributing to rehabilitative efforts.

Advisor: Dr. Kurt Stresau Team Page

Connected Worker: Research Laboratory Improved Workflow


Discipline: IEMS

Evan Amato Carlos Arboleda Julia De Oliveira Eva Gluck Nathan O'Brien Antonny Porlles

In most research laboratories, testing procedures are locked to the display near the instrument being used. This takes the scientist’s attention away from the testing material or instrument and can lead to errors. This project provides ‘As I see it’ views of a lab process, using extended reality technology to create a demo Connected Scientist via assisted reality workflow within a quality-testing environment. The solution employs wearable display technology that provides a heads-up, interactive workflow that an analyst can follow while staying focused on their testing procedure.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Inventory Management Improvement for Advanced Vascular Solutions


Discipline: IEMS

Emma Calvin Adrianna Furbush Laura Dwyer Hannah Maldonado Matt Lopez

This team was tasked with improving inventory management for a medical clinic that specializes in arterial, venous, and wound care. AVS does not have an automated system to track inventory or to indicate when stock needs to be replenished. Using Six Sigma tools and various analyses, the team has helped AVS reduce excess cost while optimizing inventory usage and storage. Clinic staff can better plan for inventory shipments. As a result, AVS will be able to save money and storage space while also ensuring reliable, high-quality patient care.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Engineering Drawing Release Tracking and Measuring Software for Aerion Corporation


Discipline: IEMS

Ryan Anderman Victor Dittrich Jorge Gaytan Yaroslav Spichak Whiteny Stuckey

This team created a low-cost tool to track and monitor the release of engineering drawings for aircraft parts related to the development of a new supersonic business jet. Aerion must keep an aggressive production schedule. This project helps ensure that jet parts are made and delivered in time so production will not be delayed. The team analyzed production need dates and lead times for every step of the production process to calculate exactly when drawings are needed. Data provided by client was analyzed and manipulated to show different trends and metrics that will help departments manage the production process.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page

Facility Layout Optimization for Aerion Supersonic


Discipline: IEMS

Joseph Hernandez Shane Jameson Verina Louka Daniela Scavino Andres Valencia

In anticipation of Aerion’s plan to start producing supersonic jets, this team was tasked with helping to assess goods-movement paths and logistics within the main building of client’s one-million square foot facility equipped with state-of-the-art automation. This included checking if paths between stations have enough clearance and modeling their production schedule to find areas of improvement. This project helps Aerion staff know what to expect from their facility layout and what design improvements can be made. A fully optimized facility can help achieve the goal of producing 48 supersonic jets per year.

Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo Team Page