Current and Potential Projects

Energy-related projects:

  • Sunpower 4000 watt inverter, wireless monitor, perhaps with web interface.
  • Solar cell shade tracking and dynamic panel isolation.
    Dynamic reconfiguration of panels for I-V control.
  • MPPT using data telemetered from solar panel.
  • Passive solar panel cooling for higher efficiency in hot climates: computation/simulation/testing
  • Solar cell I-V, full power simulator.
  • Solar hot water energy monitor, rs232 to RESOL controller + custom interface to flow meter.
  • Solar hot water/secondary heater control and circulator
  • Remote solar water pump controller -- tanks 100 meters from pump

Bioengineering Projects

  • Development of tracker/locator modules for attachment to animals.
    The requirements of low weight, long battery life, sparse and transient connectivity make this a challanging wireless project. The project is sponsored by the Lab of Ornitholgy. Three documents are available which show examples of trackers, (Microwave Week, ISBE, RF Migration talk). Contact is David Winkler.
  • Bird Nest Box instrumentation. (contact is David Winkler or Jim Moore)
    Projects for Prof Winkler's research at the Ponds. From an educational point of view we are providing opportunities for collaboration between engineers and biologists. From the engineering prospective we need expertise in the following areas to support the biology students:
    • Network infrastructure
    • Data management
      We need a great deal more work in data management and curation, integrating inputs from a local weather station together with biological data on the birds in the boxes. From the biology side, we are moving to doing everything from data manipulation to statistical analysis and visualization with R. And it would be great to have a student interested in building the applications that gather together the appropriate data and run the analyses, some of them of a standard sort and others of a more exploratory nature.
    • Image processing
      wrote scripts that manage the inflow of files from the cameras, putting them in smaller day- and hour-specific folders very soon after they arrive. But if we go with timer-triggered images, we will definitely need to do some post-processing on the images to identify those images in which the state of the nest image changed.
    • Electro-mechanical design
      In the area of electro-mechanical we would like a remotely controlled "wig-wag" which will close off the a nest box entrance so the birds can be captured for various purposes. The emphasis here would be a simple, yet elegant design that would not be offensive to the birds! Swallows are sensitive to changes around the nest box, especially if it looks like a snake!
    • RFID technology
      Robert Johnson, is working on an RFID system that will be connected to our intranet and sense the passage of the swallows through the nest box opening. A related project to this would be a design that would use the same technology to detect swallows (with implanted tag) if they landed on a perch.
    • Peltier Heating/cooling system on the nest boxes
  • Electroporator
    Circuit and controller to inject materials into single cells. Contact is Joe Fetcho.
  • Soccer ACL acceleration/twist/bending recording for Bob Nafis:
    Bob Nafis is a member of Prof Yingxin Gao's team to study "Why female Soccer players suffer 3 to 8 times the rate of exposure to knee ACL injuries compared to male soccer players.. We have a somewhatunique system for measuring the ACL strength and shape using
    ultrasound. We are also attempting to instrument a member(s) of theCornell womans soccer team and record and create histograms of the shock across the knee during daily practice to compare with weeklymeasurements of the cross section/position of the ACL. It is our
    intention to insert a 3 axis accelerometer in the heel of thesoccer boot,with wireless transmission to a fanny pack where a "to
    be designed histogram algorithym" will record the frequency ofintervals of the multiplexed accelerometer signals. . We intend to
    install similar accelerometers above and below the knee joint, and in a shin guard. We also intend to measure the knee bend angle with
    a magnetic sensor that Philips has created with a digital output. We have yet to figure out how to measure the twist between femur
    and tibia. Packaging and antenna is a critical factor. Konix has donated the accelerometers and demo boards, and we have purchased 3
    Philips chips. The Freescale processor looks interesting and depending on whether to use Bluetooth or Zigbee as the wireless media. The fannypack receiver will need up to 10 channels and histogram storage for a week.(12 hours of field practice) .

Microcontroller Projects

Altera FPGA Projects

Other Projects

Projects in Progress