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May 28, 2015    Internet of Things

June-August there are no Cincinnati Section meetings.

Mark your calendars!

April 29th, 2015


Senior Design Presentations from UC & Miami University

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

DATE:    Thursday, April 23, 2015 

LOCATION :  Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)

TIME :   5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time

                6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner

                7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. –  Presentation

COST:    $10- $15, See information in Reservations


This annual meeting is the best senior design teams from The University of Cincinnati & Miami University Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, electrical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Technology.  They will present and demonstrate their senior design projects. 

UC Projects:

ABP Mix-Wizzzz: Automated Batching Process.    Team:  Thomas Cantwell (EET), Nathan Chandler (EET), and Andrew Dalton (EET), advised by Dr. Max Rabiee  Project Summary: A batch process is a series of jobs that runs without human intervention. A typical batch process consists of an operator selected task which should happen from an Human Machine Interface and is completed by an automated machine. A common batch process in the industrial automation field is a fluid mixing process comprised of multiple fluids that need to be mixed at different times. After fluids are mixed, the entire system is flushed using Clean In Place (CIP) water so that multiple mixing processes may be completed on the same machine.
Batching is typically loud, expensive, dangerous, and space-wasting. The Mix-Wizzzz explores a new way to do automatic batching to alleviate these problems so that batching can be done in a residential and small commercial environment 

 Automated Wood Lathe Prototype.  Team: Jonathan Betts (EE), Zachary Harford (EE), James McNay (EE), and Samuel Thorpe (EE), advised by Dr. Arthur Helmicki

 Bar Back.  Team:  Jordan Link (CS), advised by Dr. Karen Davis  Project Summary: A mixology application design for Android OS that contains a recipe book, inventory system, and a ‘recommend system’, which selects a drink based on the user’s personal preferences (i.e. Strength, sweetness, fruitiness, etc.). Each drink contains an image, ingredient list, and instructions. Drinks can also be bookmarked and rated, and can be searched by name, color, temperature, primary ingredient, and type. The app is currently available for purchase on the Google Play store. 

 e-Kart.  Team:  Vladimir Godunov (CET), Paul Keppler (EET), and John Wynn (CET), advised by Dr. James Everly  Project Summary: Carts and wagons are vehicles constructed to aid consumers in everyday tasks by increasing their efficiency. However, currently available options lack durability and safety considerations while being hindered by the operator’s physical capacity. The solution is eKart, a Radio Flyer wagon and Victory mobility scooter Team Picture 2hybrid machine that incorporates the wagon’s body with the scooter’s drivetrain and operational features. The result is a fully-electric vehicle that is adept for rigorous and sustained use, with electromechanical brakes and an RFID reader for operator security. The vehicle upgrades and enhances all aspects of current carts/wagons in a compact and eco-friendly package.

 Electron Wavepacket Propagation in Nanoscale Devices.   Team:  Adam Hauke (EE), advised by Dr. Marc Cahay

Miami University Projects:

Digital Audio Processing System for Human Speaker Tracking

Team Members: Jeff Eaton, Thomas Lawson, Yujie Bai and Jordan Ma

Advisors: Drs. James Leonard & Qihou Zhou

Description:  Build a digital audio processing system that samples and tracks a human speaker, removes spurious noise such as coughing, and outputs the purified signal for amplification or recording. This project should use at least 6 microphones that are sampled and delivered to a PC by a processor such as an Arduino or Raspberry Pi. The processor should sample with a 14 bit ADC, reproduce the signal with a DAC, and communicate with the PC over a LAN, USB, Bluetooth connection, or a Wi-Fi system. The PC will process the audio signals, track the speaker and spurious noise on a display, and allow the operator to use a mouse to select which signals to track. The operator should be able to select either a monaural or stereo output signal. A simulation should be selected to first determine the number of microphones needed and their performance for an arbitrary auditorium layout. Then, example audio signals should be collected and injected into the simulation to demonstrate the expected performance. The system should automatically calibrate each microphone gain and location. In addition the system should be easily modified to add more microphones. A couple of interesting constraints to consider are:

 1) The distance from the microphones to the PC could be up to 50 feet;

2) Timing between each ADC will be critical;

3) Echoes might exist in the auditorium.

Design of a smart diaper for automatic moisture and motion monitoring

Team Members: Tyler Maschino, Alastair Mitchell, Brian Pergert, and Francesco Saccaggi

Advisor: Dr. Tareq Khan

Description:  Wearing a wet diaper for a long time can cause diseases such as diaper rash. Nowadays, mothers or daycare baby sitters are getting busier and sometimes they do not have time to manually check the diaper condition of their babies frequently enough. In this project, the team will make a smart diaper, which will send an automatic notification to a cell phone about the diaper condition. The team will need to design an embedded system (consisting of sensors, microcontroller and blue-tooth) and also need to develop app for Smart phone. Optionally, motion or fall detection of babies can be implemented.

MENU SELECTIONS: Buffet Menu: Parmesan Spaghetti Sauce, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter, Chef’s Choice of Dessert

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation. 

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday April 19th, 2015.

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $15 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-register.


An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by midnight, April 19th, 2015

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

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