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 Capstone Projects for Term 132

​​​Sec# Advisor  Project Title Project Description
1 Dr. AL-AWAMI ALI Localized Control of Electric Vehicle Charging A 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 a local signal obtained from the power outlet that the EV is connected to.  Multi-level charging rate control will be targeted; that is, on/off control will not be considered sufficient. The new control scheme will be designed and tested using one of the available software packages. Then, the design will be implemented in hardware. The possibility of software/hardware interfacing will be investigated. Strong background in power electronics (EE462) for at least one team member is required.  
2 Dr. ABDUR-RAHIM M Design and Testing of a PID Stabilizer for a Power System   The field or excitation voltage normally controls the reactive power of a synchronous machine. However, additional feedback signals to the exciter can also provide extra damping to the system, thus improving its stability.   The objective of this project is to design a PID stabilizer for providing optimum damping to the power system. The pole-placement method will be employed to get the proper damping characteristics.The work involves the following steps:1.         To understand the dynamic relationships of a single machine power system with excitation control.2.         To arrive at linear and nonlinear power system models.3.         Carry out a PID stabilizer design for the linear system to improve closed-loop performance.4.         Simulate the nonlinear power system and evaluate the performance of the PID design.   MATLAB programming will be employed for the control design and evaluation.In the second phase of the work, the controller design will be tested with the Cassey in the laboratory.Pre-requisite :EE 463: Power System Analysis  
3 Dr. AL-AWAMI ALI Localized Control of Electric Vehicle Charging B   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 a local signal obtained from the power outlet that the EV is connected to.  Bi-level charging rate control will be sufficient. The coordination among the EV controllers will be addressed. The new control scheme will be designed and tested using one of the available software packages. Then, the design will be implemented in hardware. The possibility of software/hardware interfacing will be investigated. Strong background in power electronics (EE462) for at least one team member would be very useful.
5 Dr. AL-AHMADI S  Wideband Channel Modeling Wideband channel characterization is very essential for the design and analysis of wireless communication systems that operates over such channels. The availability of channel sounding equipment in the TRL lab makes it possible for our students to practice channel measurements and subsequent modeling. In this project, the students are expected to conduct the indoors and outdoors-indoors measurements and use these measurements to obtain the basic temporal and spatial parameters of measured channels. The students may also run ray- tracing simulations. Pre-requisitesEE 370, EE 315 and EE 419.
6 Dr. AL-AHMARI Fast Toolbox for Wireless Communications Systems   Design a fast Toolbox to evaluate wireless communications systems. Object-oriented approach will be used in designing the different parts of the toolbox. The work will involve C++ programming.    Pre-requisites: EE370, EE315, ICS103
7 Dr. AL-AKHDAR A Heart Beat Monitor Description: The project includes building high gain bandpass filters. A high gain audio amplifier, and a sound tone generator.The device will use reflective IR sensors to measure the rate of the variation in blood intensity due to heart beats and outputs a tone that follows the rate.Main components include:Pre-requisites: EE303
8 Dr. AL-DHARRAB S Hardware Emulation of Digital Communication Systems on FPGA Board Future digital communication systems aim for higher data rates and lower error probability leading to computational-intensive systems. Although software-based Monte-Carlo (MC) simulations are widely used in the design of communication systems, they become extensively time-consuming at very low error rates under certain channel conditions or sophisticated algorithms. Hardware-based techniques speed up simulations by several orders of magnitude and improve the design process. In this project, students will design and implement a hardware physical emulator for digital communication system on Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) board, analyze the bit error rate (BER) performance over additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel for various modulation schemes, and study resource utilization of the FPGA architecture under different conditions.Pre-requisite: EE 370 and EE 315, Desirable: Verilog/VHDL programming
9 Dr. ZIDOURI A Design and Implementation of an Image Analysis and Classification System This project aims at introducing the students to document image Analysis and Segmentation. Usually documents contain pictures, text and graphical data. It is interesting to separate each type of data automatically. Scene classification is relevant in systems for organization of personal and professional imaging collections, and has been widely explored in content based image retrieval systems. Students are required to experiment on some arbitrarily scanned compound documents and come up with appropriate approach that parses different types of data. This will involve some image processing techniques and use of Matlab and/or LabView.
10 Dr. AL-GHADBAN S DTMF Remote controller for smart homes DTMF (Dual tone multiple frequency) circuits convert the dial tones on a telephone set to binary codes. In this project, students will build a hardware DTMF remote controller that controls electrical devices through a telephone line. Both analog interface and digital logic design are involved. The project involves 
  • Digital logic design of the controller.
  • Analog interface design.
  • Testing the design using software packages.
  • Implementing the design  using electronic components, digital integrated circuits and relays.
  • Testing, verification and trouble shooting the design. 

11 Dr. AL-HAMOUZ Z Design, Fabrication and Testing of wire-plate electrostatic precipitators under air polluted conditions   Due to the vast industrial and urban development,enormous types of wastes with tremendous quantities were generated as a side effect of this development.  Particulate emissions are definitely among the industrial waste that needs control. Particulate matter is described as dispersed airborne solid and liquid particles that can be distinguished not only on the basis of chemical composition but also with respect to size.  It can alone or combined with other pollutants pose serious health hazards. Several systems and processes have been used for the control of particulate emissions. Those include settling chambers, cyclones, filters, wet scrubbers, and electrostatic precipitators (ESP). All systems share high collection efficiency. Electrostatic precipitators are one of the most promising ways of controlling air pollution caused by industrial plants (smoke, fumes, and dust).In this project, a prototype ESP will be designed and fabricated at the high voltage Lab of the Research Institute at KFUPM. Experimental investigation of the fabricated prototype will be conducted to estimate its performance.  
12 Dr. AL-JAMID H Transmission of an Analog Audio Signal over a Digital Fiber Optics Link   An analog audio signal is to be sampled, converted to digital format, and then sent over a short optical fiber link. The received digital signal is to be converted back to analog form and connected to an audio speaker. The project is considered "completed" when the sound from the speaker is intelligible.   This project involves conversion of a digital signal from electrical form to optical form and vice versa. It also involves the design of a digital circuit for synchronization of the digital bit stream prior to converting it back to analog form using a digital to analog converter.   
13 Dr. AL-MUHAINI M Design of a Highly Reliable Power System for KFUPM Campus   Reliability of distribution systems is an important issue in power engineering for both utilities and customers. Reliability is a key issue in the design and operation of electric power distribution systems – especially in view of sensitive digitally controlled loads. In this project, the students are required to evaluate the reliability of the KFUPM distribution system and then provide a detailed design for a highly reliable power system. The students are expected to assess the reliability indices of the KFUPM campus and then propose a design to reduce the interruptions frequency and duration. Monte Carlo simulation will be used to simulate the new recommended design(s). A cost-benefit analysis is also required for this project.   Pre-requests: Basic MATLAB programing skills    
14 Dr. AL-SUNAIDI M Development of ZnO Plasmonics as Novel Materials for EnhancedFlorescence Light-emitters The aim of this project is to facilitate the students to have close exposure to the field of nanophotonics. Plasmon-enhanced florescence is one of the hot topics of nanophotonics research. It has been reported that the strong field confinement furnished by nano-scalemetal particles can facilitate enhanced florescence by light-emitting molecules/nanoparticles placed in its vicinity. To make the problem manageable, the students will be assigned specific tasks and perform well-defined studies on a given setup.To start with, the students will acquire the essential theoretical background on plasmonics and light-emitting structures by attending lectures and by self-reading. Next, they will participate in the experimental set-up and synthesize a number of samples by doping noble metals (Ag or Au) or Cu into ZnO. The students will have freedom to suggest their own ideas (see example below). The samples will be characterized using various analytical techniques such as FESEM, HRTEM and other optical techniques like UV-Vis photo-spectrometry, photoluminescence spectrometry and FTIR. Finally, the samples will be tested for their performance. The synthesized nanomaterials will be excited with a proper light source and emission will be collected and analyzed.  
15 Dr. AL-ZAHER H Electronics Water Temperature Controller   The main objective of the project is to develop and implement automated water temperature control system eliminating the human attention. The system will sense the temperature of water in the container and will display the measured value from the LCD. The design will compare the measured value and the desired point and consequently act to control the current flowing through the heater and cooling fan. Water Baths are used mostly in food manufacturing unit and at Industrial clinical laboratories, chemical laboratories, as well as waste water plants.                
16 Dr. AL-AWAMI ALI Intelligent Control for a Smarter House           The objective of this project is to design and implement an intelligent control strategy for house appliances so as to promote higher energy efficiency in the house. The house will be assumed to receive a signal from the electric utility company that limits its maximum power consumption. 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.    
17 Dr. BALGHONAIM A Recognition of traffic signs   A Matalb based detection and recognition software will be developed to detect and classified color image of different shapes of different traffic signals that is used in Saudi Arabia.
18 Dr. ZERGUINE A Design of a digital audio equalizer This consist of the following:•          Making sound as one desires by changing filter gains for different audio frequency bands.  •          Adjusting sound source to take into account for room acoustics, removing undesired noise, or boosting the desired signal in the specified passband.  
19 Dr. EL-AMIN I Design of a Wind Energy System for KFUPM Beach   The objective of this project is  design a grid-connected wind power system to supply the load at the KFUPM beach.  
20 Dr. HABIBALLAH I Design Problems for Machines and Transformers To develop design problems for the different type of DC, Synchronous, and Induction machines as well as Transformers. The design problems have to be well selected and implemented within the capacities of Junior (300-Level) students. In this project several prototypes are to be designed, implemented and tested for the different type of DC, Synchronous, and Induction machines as well as Transformers.   Pre-requisite coursesEE360
21 Dr. HAMMI OUALID Design of a repeater for wireless communications This project aims at prototyping a repeater system for wireless communications to be used in the Electrical Engineering Department building. This includes the identification of the best locations for placing the receiving and transmitting antennas as well as the system level design of the repeater. System level simulations and hardware implementations will be performed within this project.
22 Dr. HARB KAMAL Satellite Communications in Saudi Arabia. Satellite communication is widely used in our days and proves to be the best method of wireless connections for different areas where other communication systems could not be applied. This project will focus on improving signal quality for satellite system in Saudi Arabia under different weather conditions. In this project, instructor will provide students with explanation of the proposed scheme, analogy, and material of previous work done. Students will be asked to understand and improve satellite's system performance.Requirement: EE370 and reasonable mastering of Matlab.
Please note that: EE315 is not a pre-requisites for this project.
23 Dr. IBRIR SALIM Iterative Learning Control (ILC) of repetitive task systems: analysis and real-time implementation Iterative learning control (ILC) is a relatively efficient strategy for improving the transient response and tracking performance of processes, equipment, machines or systems that execute the same trajectory, motion or operation repetitively. It is especially advantageous in case where the full dynamics of the system are uncertain. This project aims to design, implement, and compare different new iterative learning controllers that assure minimal time of response and outstanding tracking performances.  The design will be tested on a DC motor, the pendulum-cart system, robot arm, and other laboratory benchmark examples.  
27 Dr. MOHANDES M Use of Leap Motion Controller for Arabic Sign Language Gesture Recognition   The Leap Motion Controller tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimeter. It can track movements at a rate of over 200 frames per second. With a wave of a hand or lift of a finger, a user can perform numerous tasks on a PC without touching the screen or the keyboard. In this project, the students will attempt to use the Leap Motion Controller to recognize  the digits and possibly the alphabet gestures of the Arabic Sign Language. Several pattern recognition and feature extraction algorithms will be developed to assess the viability of this novel technology for sign recognition.    
28 Dr. MUQAIBEL A Through-Wall Human Detection The students are expected to design an experiment where a human will be hiding behind a wall (wooden, Blaster Board .etc).Using the Network analyzer and wideband antenna as the radar system. Different measurements will be conducted and proceeded using Matlab to detect the presence of Humans behind the wall. The project involves the following technical objectives:1)       Setting up an experiment and deciding about the parameters.2)       Equipment/Computer interfacing and data acquisitions.3)       Signal processing using Matlab (Dopller,…etc)4)       Repeatability, variability, and error analysis for the extracted results.  
29 Dr. SORUR SAMEH Indoor Localization with Limited Deployment Effort   Indoor localization has become a very hot topic both in the research and industrial communities due to the importance of its applications in today's digital world, including location based services, navigation in very large malls/airports and indoor navigation for visually impaired people. One major bottleneck in commercializing indoor localization and navigation systems is the high cost related to deployment. In this project, we aim to implement and practically test recently designed indoor localization solutions that require limited deployment efforts. The tasks in this project can be summarized as follows:·       Familiarize with the designed solutions and some related basic concepts of machine learning. ·       Learn Android programming and implement the algorithms on an Android device.·       Test the implemented software in several indoor environments.
30 Dr. SHARAWI M A vehicle tracking System with GPS correctionsDescription:   In this project, the students will design and implement an tracking system that consists of an inertial measurement unit (IMU), a GPS receiver and a computing processor (Arduino Uno microcontroller board). The students need to write the correct code (c-like) and integrate the components together after understanding their basic theory of operation. Then, the tracking system will be interfaced to the PC and the trajectory of an moving object will be displayed within MATLAB or similar program. The students are expected to deliver a completely working prototype. The accuracy of the prototype will be tested indoors and outdoors.    
31 Dr. IBRAHIM EL-AMIN Design of wind power system to supply the load at KFUPM beach It is required to design a grid-connected wind power system to supply the load at KFUPM beach. The main goal is to show the
reliability of the wind power against the normal one In the Kingdom. This may give a general view about how efficient the
renewable energy in our kingdom. In addition to that, renewable energy helps to reduce CO2 emission to the atmosphere.
32 Dr.A.HUSSAIN Microcontroller Based Smart Home To rise the security & safety level of the house residents, so it has been improved rapidly as the smart homes technology advanced. The smart home's security & safety can be provided by many applications that ensure the house's security & safety and give the resident many options to watch over his house wherever he is located.
33 Dr.AHMAD MASOUD Maze solving using X80 Robot 1-To study the robot mobility and how to utilize the harmonic potential field (HPF)to solve a maze.
2-To program a matlab code that solve both known and unknown maze of any size.
3-To physically implement a approach on the X80 mobile robot platform.