ECE 4th Year Projects
Projets de 4e année de GÉGI

Selecting a Project

Over the next year, you will spend a lot of time working on your project. Select your project and your supervisor wisely. Projects are to be completed in groups of 2 and exceptionally 3 with PMO’s permission. Before selecting a project, choose a supervisor you thrust and meet with him or her and discuss the details of your idea. You supervisor is experienced and will be able to help you scope your project so it has an adequate level of complexity. Below is the list of possible supervisors. They are all faculty members in the ECE department.

List of possible supervisors with field of expertise

Dr. Amari,S - electromagnetics, high frequency with numerical modelling
Dr. Antar,Y - antenna design
Dr. Beguenane,R - FPGA
Dr. Bouchard,D - power distribution
Dr. Bray,J - radar, antennas and EM or EW projects
Dr. Chabini,N - computer hardware
Dr. Chan,F - laser and communications
Dr. Drolet,G - acoustic signal processing, music signal processing
Dr. Givigi,S - tracking, stability, control, collaborative robotics
Maj Jardine,T - control systems, robotics
Maj Hartmann,R - radar or EW
Dr. Hefnawi,M - smart antennas, signal processing, satellite communications
Dr. Knight,S - software security, networking
Capt Lapointe,A. - software, embedded systems
Dr. Leblanc,S - software security, networking, gaming
Dr. McGaughey,D - filtering, tracking, optics, lasers
Dr. Noureldin,A - multi-sensor navigation, GPS localisation
Dr. Okou,F - control, power electronics
Capt Paquet,J - computer security, cyber warfare, software
Dr. Phillips,G - computer human interface, software, robotics, gaming
Dr. Roberge,VR - computer security, GPUs, parallel programming, metaheuristics, robotics, embedded system
Dr. Tarbouchi,M - motors, power, generation
Capt Vigeant,GPM - computer security, cyber warfare, software, embedded systems

Specific project ideas

Below is a list of specific project ideas that were suggested by faculty members that you may choose.

Title: RFID Electronic Intelligence

Supervisors: Dr. J.R. Bray

Preferred field of studies: Elec + Comp Eng

Description: http://www.eweek.com/security/hacking-rfid-tags-is-easier-than-you-think-black-hat - How secure are the RFID cards that are used to grant access to buildings? Can the card's information be scanned remotely at a distance? How difficult is it to produce fake RFID cards based on this information? This project is a security assessment of RFID systems in general. Students will make use of a newly acquired RFID trainer. Given that the RF in "RFID" is Radio-Frequency, being an electrical engineering student who has previously taken EEE373 RF Systems would be considered an asset.


Title: Automated HF Noise Measurement System

Supervisors: Dr. J.R. Bray

Preferred field of studies: Elec + Comp Eng

Description: The CAF relies heavily on HF for long range comms and has been designated a strategic capability by the CAF. Most of the HF receive sites are now being encroached on by urban facilities, which can be electrically noisy. This project will consist of the design and implementation of an automated system to measure and characterize HF communication channels.


Title: Human Centrifuge Control System Upgrade

Supervisors: Maj P.T. Jardine

Preferred field of studies: Elec + Comp Eng

Description: The Human Centrifuge at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Toronto is designed to generate forces similar to those experienced during high G-force manoeuvres in military aircraft. It is used for training Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) air crew to recognize the symptoms of G Loss of Consciousness (G-LOC) and practice Anti-G Straining Manoeuvres (AGSM). The objective of this project is to design a new graphical user interface (GUI) and feedback control system for the Human Centrifuge. The GUI will allow the operator to define and execute predefined G versus time profiles and display real-time data that monitors performance. This project will not replace or alter any of the physical components of the actual centrifuge or the safety systems. All development and testing will be accomplished using a scale model located at RMCC. The students will be responsible for building and interfacing with this model.


Title: Système de planification de route optimale

Supervisors: Dr. Tarbouchi

Preferred field of studies: Elec + Comp Eng

Description: Ce projet vise à créer un système d’optimisation pour calculer la route optimale entre un point de départ et un point d’arrivée. Les systèmes de navigation GPS que l’on retrouver dans les voitures sont limités au calcul de la route la plus courte ou la plus rapide. Avec le développement de voiture électrique, il est nécessaire d’économiser la consommation d’énergie afin de pouvoir avoir la plus grande autonomie possible. Il serait donc intéressant de créer un système de navigation qui permet de calculer la route la plus économique en considérant la quantité d’énergie nécessaire pour parcourir le trajet. Ce projet inclus la représentation de l’environnement, l’algorithme d’optimisation, le calcul de la consommation d’énergie ainsi qu’une démonstration en laboratoire à l’aide de robot mobile et d’un environnement imprimé avec courbes de dénivellation.


Title: Système de positionnement par caméra et PSO

Supervisors: Dr Roberge

Preferred field of studies: Elec + Comp Eng

Description: Afin de déterminer sa position, le robot est équipé d'un Raspberry pi et d'une caméra avec lentille fisheye pointée vers le haut. Au plafond, une forme bien précise est dessinée avec des LED de couleurs différentes. Le système de positionnement analyse l’image, détecte la position des LED et calcul, à l’aide d’un algorithme d’optimisation par essaims de particules, sa position x, y, z, roulis, lacet, tangage. Ce système peut ensuite est installé sur un robot à conduite différentielle pour parcourir un trajet déterminé dans le laboratoire.


Title: Laser Safety Simulation

Supervisors: Dr Mcgaughey

Preferred field of studies: EM, strong programming skills

Description: DRDC-VC is testing using laser energy weapons against land and airborne targets. Given the power of laser required to cut metal etc, it is important to understand how the energy is reflected and to be able to calculate distance for skin, and eye safety. This is a MatLab simulation of laser propagation, atmospheric turbulence and scintillation, and reflection. It will involve Fourier Optics and metrology.


Title: Laser Communication Project

Supervisors: Dr Mcgaughey

Preferred field of studies: EM

Description: To be discussed with project supervisor.

Generic project ideas

Finally, we provide here a more generic list of project ideas. Use those as a starting point to formulate your own project

Robotics

  • Design a robot for a specific task (security, mine removal, fire fighting)
  • Design robots to play a game

Electronics

  • Home security system
  • Wearable health monitoring system (fall detection, mobility measurements)

Power and control

  • Steerable solar system
  • Regenerating breaking system

Radar

  • Radar countermeasure
  • Radar tracking
  • Radar system performance enhancement
  • Microwave frequency direction finding antenna array

Software

  • Learning application
  • Scheduling application
  • Network security