Seventeen students from the UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) recently competed in several events at SoutheastCon 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The event is the annual tehncial, professional, and student conference for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 3.
Among the competitive events at SoutheastCon were a hardware competition in which a robot built as part of the ECE Senior Design project competed against robots from other schools. Teams of ECE student previously competed at the school level for the right to represent UAB at the conference.
Their robot must be built to fit within specific size constraints, and it must be able to navigate a game board while performing specific tasks. In the Senior Design competition at UAB, for example, the robots were required to pick up a deck of cards, and spell "IEEE" on an Etch-a-Sketch, among other tasks.
In addition to the hardware portion of the competition, students are also competing in Ethics, Software, T-Shirt Design, and Web sites.
Blazer fans had more than one reason to be proud of UAB during the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Senior biomedical engineering student Ophelia Johnson appeared in a TV spot that began airing during the opening weekend of March Madness. She was joined by fellow BME student Ananya Bandyopadhyay, who is featured in another commercial that began airing earlier this week. You can view both of the videos below, or click here to see all of the latest UAB television spots.
This summer, select engineering classes will be among the first in the nation to experiment with Intel’s Galileo Gen 2 Risk Processor—a new multi-core network stack specifically designed for makers, students, and educators.
Intel donated 25 of the devices, which are valued at $100 apiece, to Abidin Yildirim, Ph.D., director of the Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory in the School of Engineering. Yildirim says he plans to use the devices to teach an embedded systems course for students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as for a graduate course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“This device provides us with a fully open-source hardware and software development environment, so it is very versatile and will allow us to pursue many different functions,” says Yildirim. “The biomedical students will use the device to develop some medical applications, while the graduate students in ECE will be able to explore some more sophisticated development projects. After the semester, we will evaluate the experience and I will provide Intel with feedback on the device.”
The arrangement with Intel is similar to one initiated last fall, when National Instruments donated several of its myRio devices to Vladimir Vantsevich, Ph.D., in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Some of the nation’s top transportation experts are gathering in Birmingham this week for the 2015 University Transportation Center Conference for the Southeastern Region.
The UAB School of Engineering is partner in three of eight University Transportation Centers (UTC) from the Southeastern Region. The eight UTCs were competitively selected for funding under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and help meet the nation's need for safe, efficient, and invironmentally sound movement of people and goods.
“This conference brings together a variety of transportation professionals, including university faculty members, students, practitioners, and public officials,” says Virginia P. Sisiopiku, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and a co-chair for this year’s conference. “The aim of the conference is to disseminate information about ongoing activities at partner universities and strengthen collaboration among the academic community and the private and public sector agencies in the region.”