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2014 Cornell Cup

PSU ECE Students in Top Place Finish at the

Cornell Cup Embedded Systems Design Competition


PSU ECE sent two student teams to the 3rd Annual Cornell Cup Embedded Systems Design Competition finals in Orlando, FL last weekend. Competing with 33 student design teams from universities around the country, Team Safe won Second Place overall! Read The Oregonian article here.

Team SAFE (Nikolas Davis, Matthew Stehr, Tuan Hoang, and Cuc Duong) demonstrated a system using assistive technology to help vulnerable road users like scooter and motorcycle riders avoid collisions. Their system uses a single in-expensive rear-facing camera to capture real-time images. It recognizes vehicles, tracking their position, direction, and speed and alerts the rider with an audible alert whenever a vehicle’s position and speed present a potential hazard. The alert’s frequency, volume, and stereophonic “position” are used as cues to indicate where the vehicle is and how fast it’s approaching so the driver can avoid a collision.

Team FSAT (Truong Pham, Tuan Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen, and Thuy Tran) designed, implemented, and demonstrated a system that uses voice prompts to guide a newcomer to the gym through an overhead squat assessment. It captures real-time images of the client as he or she performs the assessment and then identifies compensations, muscular or skeletal imbalances that may impact or limit fitness activities, recommending specific exercises for the client. Their work was done in consultation with several personal trainers and fitness experts.  Employing  machine-learning techniques, they recorded video of 200 volunteers performing the overhead squat assessment. They then demonstrated their finished prototype at the PSU Student Rec center, inviting volunteers to try it out. Participants completed a survey of their experience and rated the system 4 ½  stars. Their results compared favorably with the assessments performed by trained fitness instructors.

Both projects will be demonstrated at the ECE Department’s annual Capstone Poster session and competition Friday, June 6th, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00pm in the Intel Gordon/Betty Moore Atrium in the Northwest Center of Engineering, Science, and Technology located at 1930 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, OR  97201.    

The Northwest Center of Engineering, Science, and Technology (also known as the Engineering Building or EB) is easily accessible via bus, MAX, and streetcar. In addition, parking is available in the lot underneath the building. We are located in section H-10 on the PSU map.

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