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 Capstone Design Projects for Term 181

​Capstone Design Projects for Term 181

SectionInstructor Project Title​Project Description
1Dr. Maan Abdulgader Kousa
 Self Programming Robots​ ​Description: In this project, we let a robot program itself by training it for the task. The robot will be driven manually in a certain path or shape. The robot should be able to memorize and store the pattern of motions and actions during the journey, in order to reproduce it, or some modifies version of it, immediately after the training. The project will be demonstrated letting the robot trace a small-scale 2-D shape, and reproduce it at a large scale. The project has several useful applications. ​No specific pre-requisites (assuming senior standing only). 
2Dr. Husain AL-Zaher  Wirless Helth Monitoringg Devices​This 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.
3Dr. Abdallah Al-AhmariDesign and Implementation of a Wireless Security Camera SystemIn this project the students will design and implement a wireless security camera system to monitor a certain location and send the images and/or video to a specified homepage in the internet through a WiFi. The stored images and/or videos could be used anytime for security purposes.
The prerequisite is good programming skills of microcontrollers and electronics.
4Dr. Suhail Al-DharrabAnalysis and Design of Wireless Seismic Acquisition System Seismic surveys are essential in oil and gas explorations, where a source generates elastic waves that travel deep underground and geophones (sensors) detect their reflections at the surface. After proper processing, we will eventually have an image of subsurface layers. Although current practices in seismic land acquisition rely on cables with high-cost in deployment and maintenance to transmit data, there is a tendency in the industry to have a real-time wireless communication between the geophones to send the gathered seismic data. In this project, students will analyze and design a small-scale hardware testbed for real-time wireless transmission of seismic data between nodes (geophones). They will investigate the path loss in outdoor environment, estimate the path loss exponent for various scenarios, and come up with a model based on their measurements. They will evaluate the energy consumption in their prototype. They will investigate, in addition to the required resources, the performance in terms of error rate and throughput corroborating their hardware system with numerical simulations for a large-scale sensor network. Pre-requisite: EE 370, Desirable: C/C++ language, EE 315
5Dr. Mohamad  AbidoSolar Heliostat Dual Axes Tracking SystemNowadays, most of research efforts focus on the renewable energy resources as potential alternatives to fossil fuel to reduce the CO2 emissions and to obtain clean environment. One of the most important energy sources on earth is the sun. A huge amount of solar energy is received to earth every day.
One important renewable energy system is solar power tower (SPT) and referred to as Heliostat. This technology used to concentrate sun beans at a point of a solar collector. An accurate drive system for solar tracking is required in this technology.
The "Solar Heliostat Dual Axes Tracking System" project aims to develop the aforementioned prototype suitable for the environmental conditions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The following steps will be carried out.

For dual axes solar tracking group:
1. Design and implement a dual axis structure for solar tracking system.
2. Design and implement DC chopper converter for actuators motion control.
3. Design and implement a solar tracking technique.
4. Design a solar tracking controller based Microcontroller.
5. Test and evaluate the performance of the designed system
6Dr. Hussain Al-DuwaishIdentification and Control of a DC MotorIn this project, students will learn how to identify the transfer function of a DC motor from step response data. Also, students will design a controller and simulate the performance the closed loop system for different loading conditions. Finally, the students will implement the designed controller on a real DC motor. Prerequiste is EE 380
7Dr. Abdelmalek ZidouriDesign and Implementation of an inheritance distribution DeviceDesign and Implementation of an Islamic inheritance distribution Device. This will calculate the different shares from a given entered amount of wealth and information about a given person or family. Implementation of a user friendly interface that accepts information needed either in one go or interactively. Eventual implementation as an App for Android or Apple store.

8Dr. Azzedine ZerguineCreate a Bluetooth App and control the ArduinoYou will learn how to create an Android app in App-Inventor. Using a Bluetooth client you will connect to a Bluetooth module of the Arduino. By sending data you could control all the Arduino's outputs. Use this app to control robots, things around your house, lights, etc.  Prerequisite is  EE406 or equivalent
9Dr. Ali MuqaieblDesign of a Wireless Heliostat SystemHarvesting the sun's energy through solar thermal power concentration is an attractive alternative provided by heliostat systems. However, installation and maintenance of cabling for communication and control of a heliostat is costly. In this project, a wireless network system is to be designed and implemented. The system is able to communicate the tracking information and cooperatively focus the sunlight onto a target plane using wireless communication for signaling.  Prerequisite include EE370 , EE390 (At least some students)
10Dr.Husain MasoudiDesign of Non-Contact Infrared (IR) Temperature Measurement DeviceThe aim of this project is to design and implement an efficient Non-Contact Infrared (IR) Temperature Measurement Device. It is well known that temperature is the most commonly measured physical quantity after time. Accurate temperature measurement is one of the most important parameter in many applications ranging from industrial manufacturing, health, maintenance and monitoring purposes. The aim of this project is design detail device level system that enables to measure and display surface temperature of objects from reasonable distances within industrial accuracy level. The system should be compact, easy to use and packaged using engineering standard
11Dr. Mudassir MasoodImplementation of Physical Layer Technique for Secure Wireless CommunicationDue to their broadcast nature, wireless systems are prone to eavesdropping attacks. Cryptographic mechanisms, implemented in the upper layers of the network protocol stack are unable to secure critical information in the form of packet headers. Recently, physical layer-based security has gained popularity. Physical layer security is an information theoretic approach that utilizes the randomness in the attributes of wireless physical layer to implement confidentiality. In this project, we aim to perform secure communication between a transmitter (Tx) and a receiver (Rx) in the presence of an eavesdropper (Ex). 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 and will not affect the Tx-Rx 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 or any other platform of their choice. If time permits, a hardware implementation of this system could also be realized using SDRs.Prerequisites are EE-207, EE-370, EE-417/EE-419.
12Dr. Ali Arshad NasirReceiver Diversity in Wireless Communication SystemsIn wireless communication, the use of multiple antennas at the receiver can offer improvement in the received signal quality, known as diversity gain. This is due to the independent channel (independent fading) associated with different receive antennas. It requires to combine the signals received at different receive antennas. There are different combining techniques; i) maximum-ratio combining, ii) selection combining, iii) equal gain combining, etc. In this project, will be design and implement these receiver diversity techniques using USRP. Prerequisites are EE-370 (must), EE-419 (would be a good plus)
13Dr. Salim IbrirDesign of a control system for laser beam stabilization Design of accurate and high precision control system to stabilize the laser beam in a small detection area. Prerequisitesn is Real-time systems, control, Matlab/Simulink programming, electronics 
14Dr. Mohammed Zahed KhanBi-directional Underwater Audio 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 water as a communication channel between them.  The prequsite areEE 207, EE 203, and knowledge of LEDs and Lasers
15Dr. Khurram QureshiDesign of a smart shopping cartIn today fast-paced world, smart products are being developed that would ensure convenience for the people. One of the convenience would be providing people with comfortable shopping experience in the super markets. In this project, students will design a smart shopping cart (SSC) that would provide customers with efficient user interface so that the shopping experience can be effectively promoted. Prerequisite is Microcontroller programming 
16Dr. Sharif Iqbal SheikhDetection and Removal of Black Powder from Petroleum Carrying PipelinesDetection and Removal of Black Powder from Petroleum Carrying Pipelines                                        Prerequisites are EE 340 or EE405 or EE407
17Dr. Ibrahim HabiballahDesign of Friendly-Interface Learning-Media for Power TransformersThis project is meant to design friendly-interfaced program that can help understanding the analysis of power transformers. This will include the equivalent circuits, phasor-diagrams and the performance (voltage regulation and efficiency) of transformers under different loading conditions and types. Different exercises and solved problems will be designed in a friendly-interfaced learning-media to help better understanding the function of transformers, and how they behave under different operating conditions. Prerequisite is EE360
18Dr. Mohamed MohandesWearable Electronic for pilgrims servicesThe project is supervised also by Dr H. Alzaher, Dr Alaa Hussain, and Dr Jhonathan Rojas and in collaboration with KAUST in . It involves the development of sensors to measure vital signs of the user and detect any abnormalities.  Prerequistes are EE203 and EE390