Past Talks 2015-2016

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June 2 imageThursday, 9:00am – 3:30pm in the Engineering Science Bldg (ESB), Room 1001 and Courtyard


The Computer Engineering Program Presents:

photo of students demonstrating their project "ECE 189A/B Capstone Project Presentation Day"

About the Event

During their senior year Computer Engineering students take either the CS 189 or ECE 189 Senior Computer Systems Project aka “Capstone” course. Every year at the end of the Spring quarter the ECE 189 final projects are presented at a full-day industry supported and judged event where student groups publicly present their projects and participate in an outdoor lunchtime project demonstration and poster session.

Event Schedule Overview

  • Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) ESB 1001 – opening remarks & 4 project presentations
  • Lunch (12:00-1:00pm) ESB Courtyard – Project Posters & FREE Pizza
  • Afternoon (1:00-3:30pm) ESB 1001 – 4 project presentations
  • Best Project Award Presentation (3:30pm) ESB Courtyard Stairway


Schedule / Projects / Teams

MORNING SESSION in ESB 1001 — 9:00am-12:00pm
9:00 am — Opening Remarks: Dr. John Johnson, Instructor
9:15 – ChessMate: an interactive, LED illuminated chess board that enhances player experience with various digital board augmentations
Team: Jeremiah Schultz, Philip Lo, Jason Dahn, Alex Babicz
9:45 – Soil Smart: a wireless sensor network that monitors and records soil conditions
Team: Jacob Adams, James Cornell, Jesus Vega, Peter Marcelo, Ricardo Morones
10:15 – OstraCam: an underwater machine vision platform that records bioluminescent plankton using cameras and external sensors w/ the goal to build a model of the individual emissions
Team: Bobby Heyer, Caio Motta, Eddie Franco, Jovan Hernandez, Molly Smith
11:00 – BULB by SONOS: a light bulb speaker that connects to any light bulb socket and is controlled via WiFi and reproduces audio in conjunction with lighting effects
Team: Nico Soberanes, Zaira Tomayeva, Jose Maun, Randy Picchini, Eric Jin

POSTERS & PIZZA LUNCH in the ESB Courtyard — 12:00-1:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSION in ESB 1001 — 1:00-3:30pm
1:00 pm – UCSB Hyperloop Drive: a communications, telemetry, and control unit for UCSB’s entry into SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition
Team: Celeste Bean, Connor Buckland, Benjamin Hartl, Cam McCarthy, Connor Mulcahey
1:45 – dVA: a software tool for analyzing and visualizing test data taken from semiconductor processes
Team: Sam Dowell, Blake Hall, Christopher Hindman
2:15 – Heart Buddy: a portable armband that provides help before or as soon as an accident occurs via sensors such as heart beat, body orientation, and acceleration
Team: Jairo Hernandez, Jose Reyes, Andrew Pagan, Andrew Villagomez
2:45 – D.A.T.A. (Dynamic Automated Tuning Air) Suspension System: an air suspension system designed to automatically facilitate smooth riding and prevent damage to the vehicle body
Team: Jonathan Rodriguez, Evan Hsiao, George Pina, Elton Wu

BEST PROJECT AWARDS in the ESB Courtyard Stairway — 3:30pm


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March 7Monday, 10:45am in Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Room 4164 (ECE Conf. Rm)


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The Computer Engineering Program Presents:

Justin Hsia, Postdoc and Lecturer, UC Berkeley

"Design and Engineering of Pattern Formation in Gene Expression in E. coli"


The production of patterns in gene expression in an ensemble of cells is a phenomenon central to the development of multicellular organisms. The design and engineering of pattern formation systems in a model organism are of significant impact to both emerging efforts at engineering multicellularity in the synthetic biology community as well as new guidance for those groups looking for similar phenomena in natural systems. In this talk I will present a brief overview of my work in designing and engineering spontaneous pattern formation systems in E. coli based on Turing pattern formation (i.e. diffusion-driven instability) and contact-dependent inhibition (CDI).



Justin Hsia is a postdoc and part-time lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He received dual B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) and Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2007. After working at Lockheed Martin, he returned to UC Berkeley to work on his Ph.D. in EECS, where he studied design and analysis of synthetic biological networks with Murat Arcak, focusing on patterning systems. Before finishing his Ph.D. in 2015, Justin gained extensive teaching experience in both EE and CS courses, including as an instructor.

March 7Wednesday, 10:45am in Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Room 4164 (ECE Conf. Rm)


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The Computer Engineering Program Presents:

Wantanee Viriyasitavat, Lecturer, Mahidol University, Bangkok

"Self-organized Traffic Control Based on Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication"


Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) have emerged as a serious and promising candidate for providing ubiquitous communications, connecting vehicles to other vehicles traveling on the roads or vehicles to the Internet and other wide-area networks. This emerging communications platform can facilitate a number of vehicular applications especially those that fall into the Intelligent Transportation Systems domain. In this talk, we propose and present the recent efforts of one of the ITS application, namely the Virtual Traffic Light (VTL) application. VTL is a self-organizing traffic control scheme that proposes the migration of traffic lights as roadside-based infrastructures to in-vehicle virtual signs supported only by vehicle-to-vehicle communications. It was proposed with an aim to address and alleviate the traffic congestion problem which has been worsened for the past decade. The VTL protocol was designed to be able to dynamically adjust its operation to optimize the flow of traffic in road intersections without requiring any roadside infrastructure. The talk will conclude with compelling evidence that our proposal is a scalable and cost-effective solution to urban traffic control and practice issues regarding the implementation and actual deployment of the proposed VTL framework.



Wantanee Viriyasitavat is a lecturer in the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and is also a faculty member in the Department of Telematics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. During 2012-2013, she was a Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA. She received her B.S./M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CMU in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Between 2007-2012, she was a Research Assistant at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a member of General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory (CRL) and was working on the design of a routing framework for safety and non-safety applications of vehicular ad hoc wireless networks (VANETs). Dr. Viriyasitavat has published more than 30 conference and journal publications. Her research interests include traffic mobility modeling, network connectivity analysis and protocol design for intelligent transportation systems.