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Capstone Design Projects for Term 172

Section Instructor Project TitleProject Description
1Dr. Muhammad Abuelmaatti Please see Dr. Muhammad Abuelmaatti
2Dr. Ibrahim Elamin  & Dr.  Jihad H Al-Sadah Design of New PV Thermal SystemIntegrating renewable energy (RE) systems into the built environment and using available rooftop space for solar energy installations provide a number of financial and societal benefits for the Saudi Arabia.  The solar energy industry is among the most dynamic industries in the energy sector. It is experiencing revolutionary reductions in installed costs and innovative technology offerings.
However, The  output and yield of the PV panels and array is affected by the temperature and surrounding heat. The objective of this project is to design a PV system equipped with new thermal heat extraction technology. This is expected to increase the outpit and provide heat that can be stored and utilized  later.
3Dr. Mohamed DericheA Prototype for a Mind Driven DroneThe project focuses on building a system consisting of a drone and EEG hat that uses brain signals to control the movement of the drone
Prerequisites: Good matlab and arduino experience
4Dr. Ahmad A. MasoudDesign, implantation and testing of Basic Passive Acoustic RadarPassive acoustic radar is a group of sensitive microphones that receives acoustic emission from a source and act to localize and track the emission source. The expected tasks of the project are:

1- Literature survey about work, history and applications of passive acoustic radars
2- Design, construction and testing of the acoustic mechanical amplifier that would mechanically enhance the signal before it is received by a microphone
3- Design/experiment of the structure of the acoustic array that holds the individual acoustic receptor units
4- Design of the signal processing of the microphone feeds that is needed to determine the direction of the source relative to the array and provide an indicator of its distance
5- Testing of the acoustic array and signal processing as one device
6- Design, implementation and testing of the mechanical platform that would orient the array so it is facing the target

1- Weekly tasks will be given to each member of the group.
2- Each weekly meeting a student must submit a report of his task and provide a presentation of the work done.
3- The report and the presentation will evaluated and a mark will be assigned to them
4- The collective mark of the reports will be used to determine the 70% individual score of the student in the project.

Prerequisites: Signal processing, Matlab, microcontroller interface, ability to read technical documents, ability to use 3d Printers, some background in control
5Dr. Mohammad S. SharawiReal time wireless remote temperature sensing systemThe project will come up with a wireless system that will continously monitor the temperature of an object using an infra red remote sensor. This non-contact temperature system can be used to monitor the varying temperatures of large objects with high temperatures using IR remote sensing as well as via a wireless link from the sensor location to the main PC. The project will make use of arduino boards, XBEE wireless chip-sets, and other interfacing electronics.
Prerequisites: electronics, programming
6Dr. Wessam MesbahMachine control over InternetThe goal of this project is to control things like electricity switches, water,  gas valves, door locks, fans, air conditions, cars and boats from anywhere using our mobile devices  or over the internet. Furthermore, we can receive readings from those machines such as temperature, gas leakage, pictures in order to monitor the status of the environment around and take any necessary actions. We will use microcontrollers with GSM and WiFi shields in order to receive the commands from smart phones and internet, respectively. Also, we will added a security component to guarantee that only the owner of the machine can control it.

Another proposal would be implementing an anti-jamming receiver that can reduce the effect of jamming.

Another proposal is the implementation of smart electricity, water, or gas meters.

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of programming micro-controllers , good electronics background
7Dr. Munir Al-AbsiCurve tracer using oscilliscopeCurve tracer is used to test if the transistor is working or not by display in the I-V characteristic of the transistor. Such  equipment cost more than 70000SAR. The objective of this project is to design, simulate and prototype an curve tracer to be used in our laboratory. The tracer cost should not exceed 1000SAR and use the normal oscilloscope to display the result; 

Prerequisites: EE303
8Dr. Mohamed MohandesWearable Electronics for Hajj EventThis project is in collaboration with KAUST. It involves several faculty members from KFUPM and KAUST. It is in progress that will finish in two more years.
The project idea is to design and implement a wearable monitor that senses several vitals of the user and communicates these measurements to the user's mobile phone. The project will be implemented in incremental steps so that always there is a success.  Integration of these developments will lead to the complete system.

Prerequisites: EE203 and the desire to design, implement and test sophisticated flexible electronic circuits.
9Dr. AL-Sayyed AlakhdharSolar TrackerDesign and build a system that can be used to direct solar panel towards sunlight
Prerequisites: Programming Arduino microcontroller or equivalent; EE380 and EE303
10Dr. Ali Al-AwamiVoltage-based Management of Home Energy ConsumptionThe 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.
11Dr. Jhonathan Prieto RojasSecond Generation Wearable Health MonitorThis project will require to optimize a wearable health monitor, currently under development in collaboration with KAUST (including temperature, skin hydration and heart rate), and implement it on unique stretchable printed circuit board (sPCB).
The main tasks are:
1. Optimization of sensor's conditioning circuits for low power operation.
2. Optimization of wireless communication system with smartphone.
3. Fabrication using novel manufacturing approach on stretchable PCB.
4. Testing of the monitoring system.
Prerequisites: Experience with sensors and PCB fabrication is preferred
12Dr. Hussein AttiaRevolutionary Cane for Blind People: Face Detection and GPSWhen you are blind, it is crucial for you to recognize the people arround to be more socially involved and safer as well!
In this project, an Revolutionary Cane for the Blind will be designed and implemenetd. The cane will be equipped with a camera to capture the image of any individual to approach the blind and sends a message through BlueTooth to an ear-piece to inform the blind about the name of the individual.
Also, GPS system will be embedded in the cane to help the blind find his way and navigate the world. A project that relieves the pain and suffer of blind people.
13Dr. Alaa El-Din HusseinDesign and Implementation of a Wireless Communication Scheme for Seismic  AcquisitionIn this project we will develop an electronics system that can be connected to a generic geophone and process and samples its data. The data will be sent wirelessly to a nearby station for processing.
Prerequisites: EE303, and EE390. PCB Experience is preferable.
14Dr. Saad AL-AhmadiThe software-defined radio  implementation of MIMO systems in indoor channelsMultiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems are becoming an integral part of current and future communication systems and standards. On the other hand, the communication over indoor wireless channels is less understood than the communication over the outdoor wireless channels due to the nature of the propagation in indoor channels. The aim of this design project is implement a MIMO system using the software defined radio platform at the labs here and gauge its performance for different indoor scenarios.  
Prerequisites: EE 419 and basic Labview
15Dr. Mohammad AlMuhainiDesign of a Smart Solar-Powered House The solar-powered and self-sufficient house is a house that runs solely on solar power. The benefits of solar-powered house are obvious: free and endless energy from the sun, clean energy with no greenhouse-gas emissions, and saving money. There are many factors to consider when designing the solar-powered house. In this project, the students are expected to provide a complete design and cost-benefit analysis for the solar system in the house. The solar system should be designed to be completely self-sufficient and provide enough power for all the appliances, lights, pumps and other electrical loads that are needed for any typical house.
16Dr. Jamil BakhashwainLiquid level controlTo control and monitor liquid level in tanks
Prerequisites: Excellent knowledge about programing using Arduino
17Dr. Adil BalghonaimImage Object RecognitionUsing Matlab and other programming language to recognize objects
Prerequisites: Any programming
18Dr. Chokri Belhaj AhmedWiper Design for PV Panel Performance Boost The project is about the PV panel output performance improvment. The panel operation environment is characterized  by high temperature level for long periods of time and by with frequent dust storm. the objective is to design a setup for frequent cleaning and cooling based on smart detection of week performance in order to boost it. The design is supposed be economically viable.
19Dr. Mudassir MasoodSecure Wireless Communication Through Physical Layer Security MethodsWireless systems are prone to eavesdropping attacks due to their broadcast nature. In this project, we aim to perform secure wireless communication between a transmitter (Tx) and a receiver (Rx) in the presence of an eavesdropper (Ex) using physical layer security methods. Physical layer security is an information theoretic approach that utilizes the randomness in the attributes of wireless physical layer to implement confidentiality. We would design artificial noise (to be generated by Tx) based on the knowledge of channels between Tx-Rx and Tx-Ex. This artificial noise will degrade the Tx-Ex channel thus allowing Tx and Rx to communicate securely in the presence of an Ex. The students are expected to simulate this physical layer security system using MATLAB and realize a hardware implementation of this system using SDRs.
Prerequisites: EE-207, EE-370, EE-417/EE-419
20Dr. Muhammad KhalidSmart Home System. The project aims to develop a setup to control different loads in a typical house remotely, e.g, using mobile phones. The primary purpose is to save energy in addition to security and safety of the house.
Prerequisites: Basic/fundamental concepts in electrical, Matlab, programming in general.
21Dr. Fahad AL-Ismail Designing and implementing a Distance Relay for Transmission Lines Protection The project covers the design of a destiance numerical relay to identify different types of faults. The distance relay is implemented using amicro-controller. Several testing procedures are applied to validate the appropriate functionality of the proposed design.
22Dr. Feras AL DiriniWearable Sweat Sensor for Laborer Welfare MonitoringLabor workers in the Gulf region experience harsh weather conditions due to heat and humidity and might be at risk of drowsiness or even loosing consciousness, which may in turn lead to severe injuries. This project aims at designing a wearable sweat sensor that analyses the constituents of the worker's sweat in order to monitor the worker's overall health condition, with a focus on health factors related to fatigue.
Prerequisites: Preferred (not required): EE390 and EE434