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 Capstone Projects for Term 131

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Project Title Project Description
01 Dr. ESSAM HASSAN Intruder Detector   The project involves design of either an acoustic /or a microwave generator followed by an antenna to radiate in certain region. The received signal is amplified and fed to a difference amplifier. The output of the difference amplifier is- under normal conditions- set to zero. However, for any intruder, the reflection from its body will cause the difference amplifier to produce a signal which is used to set an alarm.
02 Dr.  AL-GHAMDI Design and implementation for an energy harvesting system for wireless sensors     Energy harvesting systems are attractive as everlasting replacements for batteries in low-power electronic devices and have received increasing research attention in the market recently. Energy harvesting systems convert different forms of energy to electrical energy. Such systems can be based on photovoltaic (light source), piezoelectric (vibration), electromagnetic fields and many other energy forms. This project reviews different energy harvesting systems, assesses a range of ambient (surrounding) energy sources, and outlines the characteristics of energy harvesting systems. Students will design and implement an energy harvesting system for wireless sensors.  
03 Dr. SHARIF SHEIKH Design of Microstrip phased array antenna     In this project the students will  design, simulate and implement the array-antenna parts: ·          the patch antenna ·           the power divider ·           the phase shifter  ·          and the amplifier Pre-requisite of EE-340
04 Dr. ABIDO Design and  Implementation of a Multifunction Numerical Relay Overcurrent relays are the most common type of protective relays. They are being used for protecting Feeders, Motors, Generators, Transformers,…etc. Other relays such as negative sequence relay can be used for detecting and protecting from unbalance cases. In this project a prototype is to be implemented and tested for such relay with added functions such as Metering, negative sequence protection and overload protection.  Pre-requisite : EE390 EE 466 (or currently registered)
05 Dr. BELHAJ CHOKRI Design and Implementation of LABVIEW Engine for  Maximum Power Point Tracking It is required to design a controllable   DC to DC converter through LABVIEW Engine. The benefit is to maximize the collected power out of a photovoltaic panel. The designed system is supposed to monitor the sun irradiation, the load current and voltage. Based on the continuous measurement,  action are ordered by LABVIEW engine to be implemented by the designed converter to reach maximum power at any point in time..
06 Dr.  LANDOLSI Design and Implementation of a CDMA System for Multiuser Communication.   In this project, the students need to implement a multi-user communication system (supporting 4 or 5 simultaneous) users by designing a direct-sequence spread-spectrum signaling system (as in 3G CDMA networks). The design will involve the evaluation and selection of spreading sequences and signal shaping waveforms, and the testing oif the system performance under noise and interference conditions. The work will involve Matlab simulation in a first stage, and implementation on Emona TIMS boards in a second stage. Pre-requisites:  EE207, EE370 Desirable:  EE400
07 Dr.  AWAMI Intelligent Charging Management for Electric Vehicles   The objective of this project is to design and implement a charging strategy for electric vehicles (EVs). The scenario of an office building parking lot shaded by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be considered. The solar energy generated by the PV panels will be partially used to charge the EVs. The first major objective of the project is to design a charging scheduling algorithm for the EVs. The algorithm will be tested using one of the software packages, such as Matlab. The second objective will be to implement this charging algorithm in hardware.   
08 Dr.  QURESHI Design and implementation of an Arithmetic Logic Unit using FPGA The design and implementation of an ALU is an important architecture design problem. The main objective of this project is to design and implement an optimized ALU that performs different arithmetic and logic operations.  Pre-requisites: EE200 and EE390
09 Dr. MESBAH WESSAM Smart Home   In this project we will try to convert our homes into smart homes by controlling almost everything remotely from anywhere in the world. Our goal is be able to control things like electricity switches, water and gas valves from anywhere using our mobile devices or over the internet. We will use a microcontroller with GSM and DSL shields in order to receive the commands from smart phones and internet, respectively. Then we will program the microcontroller and connect its output to an external circuit that can change the status of the electricity switches of water and gas valves. Finally we will try to add a security component to guarantee that only the owner of the house can control these switches and valves.
10 Dr. ESSAM HASSAN Intruder Detector   The project involves design of either an acoustic /or a microwave generator followed by an antenna to radiate in certain region. The received signal is amplified and fed to a difference amplifier. The output of the difference amplifier is- under normal conditions- set to zero. However, for any intruder, the reflection from its body will cause the difference amplifier to produce a signal which is used to set an alarm.
11 Dr. AL-GHAMDI Design and implementation for an energy harvesting system for wireless sensors     Energy harvesting systems are attractive as everlasting replacements for batteries in low-power electronic devices and have received increasing research attention in the market recently. Energy harvesting systems convert different forms of energy to electrical energy. Such systems can be based on photovoltaic (light source), piezoelectric (vibration), electromagnetic fields and many other energy forms. This project reviews different energy harvesting systems, assesses a range of ambient (surrounding) energy sources, and outlines the characteristics of energy harvesting systems. Students will design and implement an energy harvesting system for wireless sensors.  
12 Dr. SHARIF SHEIKH Design of Microstrip phased array antenna     In this project the students will  design, simulate and implement the array-antenna parts: ·          the patch antenna ·           the power divider ·           the phase shifter  ·          and the amplifier   Pre-requisite of EE-340
13 Dr.  ABIDO Design and  Implementation of a Multifunction Numerical Relay   Overcurrent relays are the most common type of protective relays. They are being used for protecting Feeders, Motors, Generators, Transformers,…etc. Other relays such as negative sequence relay can be used for detecting and protecting from unbalance cases. In this project a prototype is to be implemented and tested for such relay with added functions such as Metering, negative sequence protection and overload protection.    Pre-requisite : EE390 EE 466 (or currently registered)
14 Dr. BELHAJ CHOKRI Design and Implementation of LABVIEW Engine for  Maximum Power Point Tracking It is required to design a controllable   DC to DC converter through LABVIEW Engine. The benefit is to maximize the collected power out of a photovoltaic panel. The designed system is supposed to monitor the sun irradiation, the load current and voltage. Based on the continuous measurement,  action are ordered by LABVIEW engine to be implemented by the designed converter to reach maximum power at any point in time..
15 Dr.  LANDOLSI Design and Implementation of a CDMA System for Multiuser Communication.   In this project, the students need to implement a multi-user communication system (supporting 4 or 5 simultaneous) users by designing a direct-sequence spread-spectrum signaling system (as in 3G CDMA networks). The design will involve the evaluation and selection of spreading sequences and signal shaping waveforms, and the testing oif the system performance under noise and interference conditions. The work will involve Matlab simulation in a first stage, and implementation on Emona TIMS boards in a second stage. Pre-requisites:  EE207, EE370 Desirable:  EE400
16 Dr. ALAA HUSSEIN Design and  Implementation of a Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) for Photovoltaic (PV) System   Among the renewable energy sources solar energy is the most promising and photovoltaic (PV) system provides the most direct method to convert solar energy into electrical energy. The output characteristics of PV array is highly nonlinear and have one peak point called the Maximum Power Point (MPP). This optimum point is extremely vulnerable to radiation and temperature which are always varying with time. Therefore, the MPP tracking (MPPT) controllers are used to trail the optimum point and to harvest the maximum possible power from the PV array. In this project an MPPT prototype for PV system is to be implemented and tested using a microcontroller. 
17 Dr.  QURESHI Design and implementation of an Arithmetic Logic Unit using FPGA The design and implementation of an ALU is an important architecture design problem. The main objective of this project is to design and implement an optimized ALU that performs different arithmetic and logic operations.  Pre-requisites: EE200 and EE390
18 Dr. MESBAH WESSAM Smart Home   In this project we will try to convert our homes into smart homes by controlling almost everything remotely from anywhere in the world. Our goal is be able to control things like electricity switches, water and gas valves from anywhere using our mobile devices or over the internet. We will use a microcontroller with GSM and DSL shields in order to receive the commands from smart phones and internet, respectively. Then we will program the microcontroller and connect its output to an external circuit that can change the status of the electricity switches of water and gas valves. Finally we will try to add a security component to guarantee that only the owner of the house can control these switches and valves.
19 Dr. AHMED MASOUD Designing a Maze Solver Using the X80 Mobile Robot   This project is concerned with the design of a mobile robot that can find its way out of a maze using only proximity sensing. The students are required to learn the basics of maze solving and simulate the solver. They will also need to learn how to operate the X80 mobile robot. Finally, they are required to implement the maze solver on the X80 mobile robot and physically demonstrate the ability of the robot to solve the maze.  Good background in programming is required. EE390 is an asset.
20 Dr. HASSAN RAGHEB Signal Detection Based Three Dimensional Positioning System   Design and the implementation of the three dimensional signal detection based positioning system. The first part of the project is the mechanical system to be designed and implemented in order to provide rotation in both horizontal and vertical directions. This part consists of two stepper motors, four gears, some joints and rods. The second part is a digital circuit which is designed to drive both motors according to the direction of received signal through a computer. It has an interfacing circuit between the computer and the motor drivers.  Finally the third part is a software program written in order to friendly interface the user with the system.
21 Dr. MAHMOUD KASSAS Modeling, Monitoring, and Assessment of Power Quality Performance on ITC feeder at KFUPM considering solution for improvement In this project the students will monitor the ITC feeder and assessing the power quality issues such as harmonics, voltage spike, unbalance, etc., and compare it with IEEE standard. Also, they will build a model using MATLAB environment to simulate and suggest a solution to improve the system performance.
22​ Dr.HASSAN RAGHIB Signal auto detection​​ To design and implementation of an automatic signal detection system. The system basically detects the direction of the source of an unknown signal and in case of multiple signals, the system detects the direction of the source of the strongest signal. Our system structure included transmitting an AC signal through a horn antenna, receive it then rectify it to find the maximum DC equivalent of the signal. Convert the DC output to digital and then convey the digital output to the computer through an interface circuit. The computer processes the collected data to find which direction the strongest signal come from. The computer afterwards sends a series of instructions to the stepper motor to control its motion and direct it toward the source of the strongest signal. ​
23​ Dr. Alaa Hussain & Dr. Mohammed Abido​ Microcontroller based maximum power point tracking • Controls voltage to get maximum power possible.
• Fast Simulations of algorithm implemented in
microcontroller.
• Automatic tracking.
• Using techniques of Incremental Conductance to
enhance tracking.
Applications:
• To feed different kinds of loads.
• Charging batteries. ​
24​ Dr. Wajih Abdulelah Abu-Al-Saud ​ 3D Scanner 3D scanning is a growing field of application between wide ranges of 3D technologies. This technology is suitable for complicated geometries that require a high degree of precision. This precision technology generates highly accurate and quick results, as it uses a laser beam for capturing digital information about the shape of any physical object. The technology is widely used in different industrial sectors, such as architecture, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and power generation.  ​
25​ Dr. Ali Al-Awami ​ Localized Control of Electric Vehicle Charging The objective of this project is to design and implement a decentralized charging strategy for electric vehicles (EVs). It is required to design a localized controller located at each EV that adjusts the EV battery’s charging rate according to the voltage level at the power outlet that the EV is connected to.​
26​  Dr. Munir Al-Absi ​ An Automated Conveyor System for Tablet Factories This project is a conveyor system designed to facilitate and fully automatethe process of filling up bottles with tablets or pills according to an input provided by the user.​
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