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 Capstone Design Projects for Term 171


Capstone Design Projects for Term 171
Section Instructor  Project Title Project Description


Dr. Abdallah Al-Ahmari

Design and Implementation of a Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor

In this project the students will design and implement a wireless system to measure the temperature and humidity at a certain location and send the data to the internet. This system consists of humidity and temperature sensors, a microcontroller, and WiFi shield. The microcontroller and a WiFi shields are used to transfer the collected measured data to a homepage. The homepage will display the different updates of the temperature and humidity measurements.
Prerequisites:  Good programming skills of microcontrollers and electronics.


Dr. Hussain Alzaher

Interactive Wireless Security System

It is a completely wireless rechargeable monitoring system capable of sending a live video stream over wifi to a remote server that can be accessed anywhere by a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. The Guardian provides users with a way to monitor their houses (stores) while they are not in the immediate vicinity. The system has two main components: the physical unit composed of a camera(s), sensors, a wifi dongle, and a rechargeable battery, and the server which hosts the website and database for viewing live video streams and storing them for later viewing. Unlike most monitors on the market, not only will users be able to keep an eye on their houses (stores), but they will also be able to interact with users in that location by playing soothing sounds through the unit. The system also notifies users of any loud noises, such as a possible intruder. A sound detection algorithm is used to detect loud noises which the user will be alerted of via a pop-up notification on the website.
Prerequisites: EE303


Dr. Mohammed Zahed M. Khan

Laser based full duplex communication

The project will involve designing transreceiver circuits to send and receive modulated audio signals employing two different wavelength light as carriers. The system will consist of a two transreceiver circuits with free space as a communication channel between them.


Dr. Ali Al-Awami

Voltage-based Demand Management

The objective of this project is to design and implement an intelligent control strategy for house appliances so as to mitigate voltage issues. The controller will be assumed to receive as an input the house voltage signal. The control strategy to be implemented should decide on which load(s) to be turned off based on certain criteria, such as the house owner's preferences. The controller will send control signals to the house appliances accordingly. The control action will be in effect as long as requested by the utility company.


Dr. Jhonathan Prieto Rojas

Development of Wearable Health Monitor

This project will require to develop a fully flexible printed circuit board (f-PCB) with a sensing application for health monitoring (temperature, humidity, heart rate, or others). The flexible circuit will be implemented using a novel flexible PCB material. 
The main tasks are: 
1. Design and implement a circuit with sensing capabilities (e.g. temperature or heart rate monitor).
2. Fabrication of the sensing circuit on standard PCB (optional).
3. Fabrication and optimization of the sensing circuit using a novel manufacturing approach based on Surface Mount Devices and a flexible PCB material.
4. Testing of the sensing circuit on the optimized flexible platform.
Prerequisites: Experience on PCB fabrication is preferred


Dr. Muhammad Khalid

Fault Detection and Isolation System

This project aims to design a fault detection and isolation (FDI) system for an intelligent vehicle.
The intelligent vehicles are outfitted with a variety of sensors for acquiring various information signals about the vehicle and its surroundings. Since these sensors are sensitive to faults, an efficient FDI system is required to detect and isolate sensor faults. The work may be accomplished in three stages: a detection step, a decision part, and a fault management system.
Initially the target is to use MATLAB SIMULINK for system simulations.
Prerequisites: Basic MATLAB/SIMULINK,; electrical engineering fundamentals


Dr. Husain M. Masoudi

Design of an Efficient Solar Powered Sensor-Controlled LED Lighting System

The aim of this project is to design and implement an efficient solar powered sensor-controlled LED lighting system. The system is to use solar panels as s source of power and effective Light Emitting Diodes as a lighting load. The system stores solar power during the day and uses electric power during dark time. The system should be equipped with motion sensors to detect movement for efficient operation. The project is divided into two phases, the first is to design and implement a prototype of an efficient lighting system based on motion with the use of solar and LED, while the second is to study the use of this system in cities for cost effect method to conserve energy. Full scale calculation estimate should be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the system..
Prerequisites: EE 340 B grade


Dr. Ali Hussein Muqaibel

Design and implementation of a radar imaging system using software defined radio

The design of radio frequency (RF) based systems to detect moving targets through non-transparent surfaces could greatly aid in many civilian and military applications. In this design project, we develop through-wall virtual imaging using software defined radio to see moving objects and their relative locations. We use labVlEW and NI Universal Software Radio peripheral devices to detect moving objects behind walls by sending and receiving a signal with respect to the USRP's location. The
two major applications for this project are: detecting an active shooter that is standing on the other side
of the wall and detecting abnormalities in the human body such as breast cancer with more sensitive

Possible Reference:
Isaac Cushman a, Danda B. Rawat , Abhishek Bhimraj , Malik Fraser
, "Experimental approach for seeing through walls using Wi-Fi enabled software defined radio technology" Digital Communications and Networks 2(2016) 245-255.
Prerequisites:  EE370, it is also good to have EE340


Dr. Ali Arshad Nasir

Physical Layer Authentication based on Carrier Frequency Offset

The use of wireless networks has become quite extensive from the last few years but at the very same time, privacy and security of the users connected to these networks is also a major concern. Existing wireless security protocols such as WEP, WPA and even to some extent WPA2 can easily be circumvented by attackers, affecting the security of the entire network. As a solution of this problem, we are proposing a physical layer authentication scheme which takes into account a physical layer parameter, i.e., carrier frequency offset.

In particular, a receiver would detect whether the received signal is coming from a legal transmitter or from an invalid transmitter (eavesdropper) by means of carrier frequency offset estimation. The students are expected to simulate this physal layer security system using MATLAB or any other platform of their choice. If time permits, a hardware implementation of this system could also be realized using SDRs.
Prerequisites:  EE-207 Signals and Systems, EE-370 Communication Engineering 1, EE-417 Communication Engineering 2 / EE-419 Wireless Communications.


Dr. Khurram Qureshi

Ultrasonic Radar

We come across situations where we need to keep a watch over prohibited areas to avoid trespassing. Deploying human for this purpose is costly and also not reliable for keeping a watch over an area 24×7. So for this purpose an ultrasonic radar can be designed for unauthorized object detection. The system can monitor an area of limited range and alerts authorities with a buzzer as an alarm. For this purpose you will use a microcontroller that is connected to an ultrasonic sensor mounted on a servo motor for monitoring.
You will also interface a buzzer and LCD screen for monitoring the detection status. The radar keeps monitoring the environment checking the ultrasonic sensor echo. As soon as an object is detected the data of detection is processed and sent to authorities with an alert of where exactly the object was detected. Thus ultrasonic radar will prove to be a very useful system for 24×7 monitoring of a particular area/region.


Dr. Sheikh Sharif Iqbal

Monitoring and Removal of Black Powders from Petroleum Carry Pipelines

Black powder (BP) is a typical contaminant in Petroleum pipelines that leads to several challenges in the oil production sectors. It can cause blocking of compressors, flow meters and filter leading to loss of production. Thus early detection and removal of Black Powder is essential.

BP is a ferrimagnetic material mainly composed of Magnetite, which can interact with EM waves. In this project, some of the electromagnetic characteristics of BP are experimentally identified and feasible configurations for real-time monitoring of BP will be suggested. A simple electrical method of removing the black powder will be investigated and tested.
Prerequisites: EE 340


Dr. Abdelmalek Zidouri

Smart home control system

Design and construction of an individual control home automation system using GSM technology and micro-controller to monitor and control household appliances and residential features. International and local standards and constraints must be respected..


Dr. Azzedine Zerguine

State-of-the-art Adaptive Equalizers Using the USRP KIT

Equalization techniques compensate for the time dispersion introduced by communication channels and combat the resulting inter-symbol interference effect. Given a channel of unknown impulse response, the purpose of an adaptive equalizer is to operate on the channel output such that the cascade connection of the channel and the equalizer provides an approximation to an ideal transmission medium. In this project, different equalization techniques will be used on different scenarios using the USRP kit for different signal constellations. The mean-square-error (MSE) and the bit-error-rate will be used as performance indices (measures) to assess their performances.
Prerequisites: EE406 or consent of the instructor


Dr. Essam E. Hassan

Small practical DC generator for charging mobile phones

Strong small magnets are rotating facing N turns of a coil. This generates DC current to be regulated and fed into the mobile.
Prerequisites:  Preferably EE 340 but not a condition.


Dr. Hussain Al-Duwaish

Identification and Control of a DC motor

In this project, students will learn how to find the transfer function of a DC motor experimentally using step response data and MATLAB identification toolbox. After that, the students will design a controller for the identified transfer function. Finally, the students will implement the designed controller on a real motor in the lab.
Prerequisites: EE 380


Dr. Jamil M Bakhashwain

Liquid level control

To learn how to move liquid between 2 tanks and monitor the liquid levels.
Prerequisites: Good Background in programing and good background in control theory.