Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering

Senior Design Projects

If you are interested in any of the Senior Design Projects I propose below, please contact me. Project suggestions by other faculty can be found on the ECE 492 web page.

New Senior Design Projects

I'm interested in advising senior design projects on the following topics.
  • NanoGigaPixel
    Gigapixel panoramic images are interactive high resolution pictures typically of cities or landscapes. They are made by taking dozens to hundreds of individual pictures in a grid like fashion with a regular digital camera which are later being stitched together on a computer to a single picture with giga pixels. Robotic camera mounds control precisely the camera position and angle for each individual picture. Gigapan)is a community site which contains many of these images. The idea behind NanoGigaPixel is to take such pictures of tiny things through a microscope. Nano GigaPan shows what is possible here. The goal of this NanoGigaPixel project is to build a robotic mount for the object being photographed based on an XY-table. You would have to equip the table with stepper motors and control them using a PC through the USB interface. The XY-table, microscope and camera will be provided.
  • FPGA enhanced Wireless Sensor Nodes based on MSP 430
    A wireless sensor network is a system of individual sensor nodes, each equipped with a processor, wireless transceiver and sensor. Each node collects information about its environment through sensors and passes it on to the base station. The goal of this project is to develop an FPGA enhanced wireless sensor node similar to the one developed by a group from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain but based on the MSP 430 microcontroller. MSP 430 based open source motes are the Telos Mote and the newer EPIC Mote. The group has to study the schematics of the open source motes, prototype one and develop an FPGA interface (e.g. SPI, I2C or better). After successful prototyping a PCB has to be made for the new sensor node.
    Prerequisite: At least one team-member must have successfully completed ECE 447 and one ECE 448.

Currently in Progress

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Previous Senior Design Projects

  • E. Andia, F. Ta, and M. McGivern, Benchmarking hash functions on the MSP430, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2011, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • P. Adams and L. Walton, Differential power analysis testbed, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2011, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • K. Sato and G. Paudel, EducáTable: An interactive multitouch table for young children, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex] (Outstanding ECE Senior Design Project Award) (advised with Dr. Jill Nelson)
  • M. A. Huynh, J. Lapato, D. Burtner, and A. Morsy, Design of a FPGA-Based Hardware Platform to Support Software-Defined Radio, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report (advised with Dr. Brian Mark)
  • A. V. Nguyen, S. Flood, D. Pham, and C. Nguyen, FPGA Integrated Sensor Node, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report
  • A. Behnaz, B. Loop, E. Foroudi, and S. Dhawan, Behavioral algorithm sensor suite, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Dec, 2009, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • K. Rizvi, J. Pham, M. McDermott, and R. Brown, Energy and power comparison of cryptographic algorithms on sensor nodes, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2009, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • B. Thomson, J. McCall, and S. Kaur, Cryptographic coprocessor for wireless sensors, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, December, 2008, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • J. Higgins, P. Patel, and P. Anderson, PDIS – Print data insertion system, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, April, 2008, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex] (Outstanding ECE Senior Design Project Award)