The projects develop skills that every good engineer needs: planning, development, building prototypes, testing and refining prototypes, understanding the market, communicating with your team, presenting your ideas, eliciting information from the client about what they want, budgeting, and timescales.



Projects

EE Bug (1st year EEE)

You will make a basic bug toy that reacts to light.  This involves: construction, soldering, fault-finding, circuit tracing and PSPICE simulation.  Then, as part of a group of 5-8 people you will design and implement modifications to your bugs so that they can trace a track on a piece of paper moving from a straight line to a sprial.

2nd year group project - EEE

Groups investigate technical, social and financial aspects of products and services and how to design, build and test them.

Hestia is an automated fall detection system, an ideal product for elderly people living alone who want to be safe and keep their independence.  It is a wearable device that continuously analyses the movements of the user in order to spot unordinary patterns.  If an accidental fall is detected, Hestia automatically sends a text message to a user-selected phone number.  The text message alerts the family member or carer that the wearer has fallen and gives the GPS co-ordinates so that help can be sent to the right location.

4 days with IBM

Second year Electronic and Information Engineering students work on an intensive 4-day project after their exams in the summer term.  The project is run by IBM who set an exercise that utilises all the skills and knowledge that you have built up over your first two years of study.

You and your team act as the project team for a client.  You are handed a brief and have to develop a solution the involves development of computer architecture  .  The first stage of the work is to read the brief and gather further information from the client.  You then work on mapping and developing the solution.  Once the solution has been developed you and your team present it to the client.

EE3 MEng project

Your group acts as technical consultant to an industrial client.  It is your group's responsibility to respond to their brief, elicit further information and liaise with them as the project progresses.  The group will need to design, implement and test a pre-production prototype of a new product, or technical solution.  The project develops skills in technical innovation, project planning, consideration of user's expectations, commercial awareness, and the selling points of your solution.

 

IBM challenged a third year group to send a balloon into near space to sense local conditions, transmit the data back to Earth, and present it engagingly in real-time. This rapidly developed into a hugely diverse project in terms of the skills and technology used; and encompassed many fields, ranging from creating the payload with solder and wire, to utilising IBM’s Bluemix platform to connect our website and databases.

 

The group had use of IBM’s Innovation Lab which has wall and ceiling lights that change colour, and a rotating floor. The group connected the controls for this room to their system, allowing the live data from the Raspberry Pi connected to the balloon to control the devices. For example a compass reading from the balloon was transmitted back to Earth, processed and made the turntable in the lab rotate to show the balloon's journey.

 

The project culminated in a launch of the balloon  – it reached a height of over 27km!

FPGA project - EIE1

Working in a team of two you  will design a hardware system that performs real-time image processing to a video stream.  The design is performed using a High Level Synthesis too and an Altera DE2 board.  The catch is, is that there is no processor only a FPGA.

Virtual piano: the video feed from the camera connected to the FPGA detects the edge of the piano keys printed on a sheet of paper.  An analogue to digital converter board is connected to a loudspeaker.  LEDs show which key is being played.  The piano can change octave and move from major to minor.