Senior Design Presentations from UC & Miami University

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Thursday, April 24, 2014 



Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner


7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. –  Presentation


$10- $15, See information in Reservations



ABOUT THE MEETING:   (updated 4/17/2014)

This annual meeting is the best senior design teams from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, electrical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Technology.  We are pleased to have Miami University participating this year.  They will present and demonstrate their senior design projects. 

Projects from UC are:

The Tocs Rendering Engine

Student: Scott Resnick

Advisor:  Dr.Talaga

The Tocs Rendering Engine is a modern OpenGL powered C++ 3D graphics engine. The engine is designed to provide an easy to use interface for creating high performance 3D games and simulations. The engine features a powerful tile based lighting evaluation allowing for efficient forward and deferred evaluation. The forward pipeline allows for many different BRDFs to be executed, while the deferred pipeline saves on lighting calculations for a single standard BRDF. Single pass order independent transparency coupled with forward lighting lets many layers of transparent geometry to be lit and displayed correctly. Additionally the engine has an easy to use flexible material system which utilizes a shader templating and generation system. The robust asset management system allows simple files to be created dictating elements of the scene.


Student: Jason Feldman, Chris Holzer, Adam Lennartz

Advisor:  Drs. Rabiee and Talaga

TurnBot was a senior design project of collaboration between three electrical engineering students and four mechanical engineering students. The project was funded by Turner Construction as a continued relationship between the university and them. The purpose of this project is to automate the tasks of a construction site surveyor such as the marking floors for walls or HVAC. TurnBot is a robot that is capable of accomplishing this by interpreting 2D CAD files, determining an optimal path and generating drive commands. The robot will then drive the designated path and paint lines were appropriate based on the 2D CAD file. The robot is equipped with laser rangefinders and encoded motors to aid in the localization process.

Arc Mag for Round Counter

Student: Adam Kastner, Matthew Myers

Advisor:  Dr. Art Helmick & Mr. Tashjian

In stressful combat or competitive shooting situations it is difficult to keep track of the number of rounds left in a firearm’s magazine. The ARC Magazine System was designed to accurately measure and display the amount of ammunition in the magazine, so that the user does not have to take the firearm or their eyes off target.

Clusters with big.LITTLE Processors & 2D PC Role Playing Game

Student: Zakaria Aldeneh, Doug Weber, Joseph Shelton

Advisor:  Dr. Phil Wilsey /Dr. Mike Helmick

2D PC Role Playing Game

Mechronomitron is a PC game of the role playing game (RPG) genre being developed for the Windows operating systems.  It is currently at a demo stage of development, and will eventually be released as a commercial title.  The demo was developed using the RGSS3 Ruby game engine and was created by a single developer by means of a creative design and integration solution which relies heavily on automation scripting and processing of 3D model renders to create highly detailed and unique 2D pre-rendered artwork.   

Project Title: Web Application-based Dog Food and Water Dispenser

Student: Devin Elliot, Joseph Pfaltzgraff, Kyle Terry

Advisor:  Dr. Frank Zhou

The web-application based Dog Food and Water Dispensing System is designed to make pet owners lives easier by enabling them to feed their dog or other pets anywhere in the world via the website. The dispensing system utilizes the Arduino Yun microcontroller not only to handle the hardware functions but handles the web serving as well. The website is built using JQuery/JavaScript and HTML5. The website is designed to be easily navigated with either a keyboard and mouse or a touch screen. The main page features animated images to display the water and food reserves of the system. Also, the main page features a feed button for manual feedings over the internet while a schedule button allows for the owner to schedule up to five automated feedings a day.

  Two of the projects from Miami are:

No-Contact Interactive Showcase Display, Students:  Patrick Cutno, Tuo Li, Scott Mogul, Brady O’Callaghan;   Project Summary. It’s  common that many public displays does not have any user interactions. For example, the Electrical and Computer Engineering display case at Miami is very plain and does not have flexibility. Our goal is to create an interactive display case that can easily be used to help students find various department information all while working behind glass and no direct contact with the user. Some of the information that will be available is  the office location of a professor, current department news, images and descriptions of current and past capstone and student IEEE projects. Once completed, we also hope our project will act as a recruitment tool so that future potential students will pick Miami as their school of choice based on what they see and learn from our interactive display. We will discuss the hardware and software design to accomplish our objective.

 Pulley Tower Modernization, Students: Alex Williams, Joshua Collins, Cory White;    Project Summary: Pulley bell tower is a great attraction on the Miami campus. Our project is to add interactivity to the bell tower without affecting the appearance or overall function of the tower. We use a system of vibration sensors called geophones to detect where users are stepping around the tower and play notes on the tower depending on their location. We will discuss the detection technique and how the system works.

 MENU SELECTIONS:    Buffet Menu: Asparagus Spears in a fresh cream sauce served on toast points, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Zucchini Carrot Dressing, Buttered Noodles, Sautéed Vegetables, Tossed Salad Dinner Rolls and Butter, Chef’s Choice of Dessert

 LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

 RESERVATIONS:  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday April 20th, 2014.

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All Reservations must be made by midnight, April 20th, 2014

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