Secure Computing Lecture at Wright State

The SCAN – Secure Processor with Crypto-Biometric Capability

Date/Time:   Oct. 23, 12 noon at the Engineering Building, Wright State University.
Location:       Room 148,  Russ College of Engineering

All are welcome to attend, they are going to have pizza and soft drinks.

Secure computing is gaining importance in recent times as computing capability is increasingly becoming distributed and information is everywhere. Prevention of piracy and digital rights management has become very important. Information security is mandatory rather than an additional feature. Numerous software techniques have been proposed to provide certain level of copyright and intellectual property protection. Continue reading

UC Robotics Team

The UC Robotics Team, led by Dr. Ernie Hall, needs your support to help them win the 18th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) and in the 7th Annual ION Robot Lawn Mower Competition in 2010.  Please read the UC Robotics Team Brochure to learn how you can help.

Visit to gain insight into their design strategy, to explore their utilization of current technologies, and to follow their research and development of future technologies.

IEEE Awarded ECE/CS Awards


  • Best of Electrical and Computer Engineering Award: Smart Heart 

Smart Heart

Chris Direnzi (EE), Mike Ratterman (EE), Josh Rarick (EE), Jon Skeans (EE), Dr. Fred Beyette  (advisor). Smart Heart is a project that has been designed to design, track, and follow specific workouts for users. From a hardware standpoint, we integrated an accelerometer, a GPS locator, and a user interface with a PIC microcontroller. The Smart Heart device has a computer software interface, where the user can enter specific workout goals. Our software designs a workout specific to the user and downloads the workout plan to our portable Smart Heart system. The system suggests  activities based on the user’s goals, such as running/walking, push-ups and sit-ups. The onboard GPS tracks the distance and speed of the user’s runs. During push-ups and sit-ups, the accelerometer counts the number of repetitions the user completes. After a work-out, the user downloads the data to the computer program for a workout summary and compares it to previous workouts. While a production quality product like this project would need to be small (possibly watch sized), our goal is functionality, not physical size. We will identify how the product could be made smaller, but we will not actually fabricate the portable sized device. We want to research ways to make our GPS function in low signal environments (indoors), but perfecting a low signal GPS system is beyond the scope of our project.  

  • People’s Choice Award (Best of Tech Expo) : Bragi – Online Music Recommendation  Bragi: Online Music Recommendation

 Sam Banzhaf (CE), Adam McClain (CS), Gary Sigrist (CE), Jeff Webster (CS), Dr. Fred Annexstein (advisor). In the last five years, music distribution has seen a shift from physical media such as CDs to digital forms such as MP3s. For major artists iTunes is the dominant seller of MP3s. Artists without a record label have a difficult time promoting their music, and the prevalent method for doing this digitally is via MySpace Music. Given the difficult nature of promoting and distributing music by independent and local music artists, it would be beneficial for both the artists and the listeners to have an easy way to increase exposure in the music industry.While independent artists can have their music sold on iTunes, it provides no active promoting of their music. Furthermore, samples of songs are limited to the first 30 seconds, which often does not give a robust preview of the song. For artists who use MySpace as a means to promote their music, the quality is poor, searching is cumbersome, service is unreliable, and sales again yield little or no profit. This calls for an online service that allows independent artists to easily promote their music, as well asallow potential fans to easily find new music.The overall goal of our Bragi Online Music Recommendation software is to provide musical artists with an easy way to promote their music, and for potential fans to be able to easily find artists according to their musical tastes via an intuitive and adaptive recommendation engine.  

  • Best of Computer Science Award: Super Xblox 360  Super Xblox 360

Matt Harbaugh (CS), Greg Hill (CS), Kurt Prenger (CS) , Dr. Chia-Yung Han (advisor). Microsoft’s video game system, Xbox 360, has an online marketplace, Xbox Live Marketplace, where users can purchase and download smaller, less expensive games (compared to retail games purchased at a store) to play on their systems. They have recently released the XNA Game Studio for developers to create and distribute their games. Prospective developers can use this studio along with Microsoft’s Visual C# Studio to create games to distribute on the Xbox Live Marketplace. There is an online community that reviews and approves games for distribution. If a game is approved, it will be released on the Xbox Live Marketplace.Our design idea takes the game play of Tetris but places a new twist on it: along with being able to rotate the individual blocks, the player will be able to rotate the entire playing field. Two-player battle mode will also be incorporated with special blocks that give bonuses to players as well as other opportunities to disrupt an opponent’s playing area.In the current video game market, there are very few video games that expand upon a previous idea to make something unique and popular. Creating a game similar to Tetris with the additions mentioned above would fill this gap in the market. It will also require a lot of mathematical, graphical and programming knowledge.

2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates at WVNANO

West Virginia University LogoThe West Virginia University is offering a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in the science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and WVNano, the West Virginia state initiative for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Applicants will be evaluated starting on February 15 and will be admitted on a rolling basis. See their 2008 Research Experiences for Undergraduates web page for more information

UC College of Applied Science’s Tech Expo 2008

UC LogoThis May the U.C. College of Applied Science will hold it’s Tech Expo 2008 where middle school and high school students can meet local businesses and UC staff to explore careers in science and engineering. Businesses interested in showing these students the technical careers opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area please contact Anthony Ricciardi at (513) 556-4221 or Betsy Zelek at (513) 702-2732 or Attached is a Tech Expo 2008 flyer with more information.

Assistant Professor Positions at U.C.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) invites qualified candidates to apply for tenure track Assistant Professor Position starting September 1, 2008. ECET department at UC offers Associate and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET), and Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering Technology (CET). Responsibilities include developing and teaching lecture and laboratory courses in both day and evening programs mainly in computer related areas, advising students, participation in scholarly activities, and service to the profession and university. Continue reading

A Talk by Bradley Kuhn

Bradley M Kuhn, the Chief Technology Officer of the Software Freedom Law Center, will give a talk entitled, “Software Freedom, Digital Restriction, and the Age of the Personal Terabyte.” He will discuss the conflicts between Open Source/Free Software and the protections provided by patents and copyrights at the College of Engineering on February 28 at 6:00pm. This event is hosted by the Student Branch of IEEE.