Cal Poly Pomona

Senior Projects

I am accepting new students for the spring 2017 quarter. Senior project sections (EGR 481, 482, ECE 467) are not offered in summer.

Many of the projects described below also include opportunities for masters thesis topics. At this time I only accept MS students for the thesis option.

Some of these projects provide opportunities for independent study.

Current Projects

Computational Architectures for Reflective Systems (CARS): a testbed

Current opportunities: 6-8 senior project, 1-2 masters

My group is developing experimental and theoretical methods of system integration, test, verification and validation for complex cyber-physical systems based on the Wrappings architecture developed by Kirstie L. Bellman and Christopher A. Landauer of The Aerospace Corporation, who collaborate on this project. We are developing a test bed for experimentation in the general area of organic computing, computational reflection, and self-x systems. We use swarm robotics as a tool to test our ideas. The system's actuators are modified toy cars equipped with sensors and computational resources. System performance benchmarks are derived from four "games:" follow-the-leader, one-on-one tag, soccer practice, and push-the-box. Our current focus is on a more basic task: learning to drive.

Further information can be found in:

  • Kirstie L. Bellman, Christopher Landauer, and Phyllis R. Nelson, "Managing Variable and Cooperative Time Behavior," First IEEE Workshop on Self-Organizing Real-Time Systems Carmona, Spain, May 4, 2010.
  • Kirstie L. Bellman, Phyllis R. Nelson, and Christopher Landauer, "Active experimentation and computational reflection for design and testing of cyber-physical systems," in Complex Systems Design & Management (CSD&M 2014), Paris - Salons de l’Hotel des Arts et Métiers (France), November 2014.
Software for this project must run under linux and be written in C or python. Previous linux programming experience is not a prerequisite for joining the team, but will be required for successful completion of a senior project or masters thesis.

Formula SAE, Formula Electric SAE, and Baja SAE Teams:

Current opportunities: You must consult with Prof. Stover about the commitment required for each of these teams.

New Laboratory Experiments:

Current opportunities: see Prof. Nelson.

Some of these topics are also available for independent study.

Design, build, and document new laboratory experiments and lecture demonstrations for use in a variety of courses in ECE, physics, chemistry, and materials science. Topics include

  • 4-point probe: resistivity measurements using existing apparatus
  • Ellipsometer: optical determination of surface film thickness using existing apparatus
  • Optical heterodyne detection: improve data acquisition for existing experiment
  • Michelson interferometer: construct apparatus
  • Scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer: design and build experiments using existing interferometer
  • Optical determination of semiconductor bandgap: utilize existing spectrometer and data acquisition, build appropriate apparatus
  • Spatial and spectral characterization of LEDs:build spatial characterization apparatus, adapt existing spectrometer for spectral characterization
  • Spectral and frequency characterization of photodiodes: build apparatus, automate data collection
  • Fiber optic experiments: in collaboration with Prof. Mysoor.
  • Characterization of a thermoelectric module: build an apparatus to measure the electrical-to-thermal conversion efficiency of a Peltier module

Optical Upconversion:

Current opportunities: 1 undergraduate or graduate student with a strong physics or chemistry background or interest in simulation and modeling of nonlinear systems

Upgrade instrumentation, perform new measurements, and implement simulations. I am especially interested in finding a student with a strong l/unix background to implement simulations of temporal and spatial energy distribution on a high-performance computational cluster. An interest in physics, chemistry, or materials science is a plus.