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Cal Poly Pomona

Senior Projects

I accept new students in the fall, winter and spring quarters, but I do not teach 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: 1-2 masters, 2-3 undergrad

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:

  • The current Organic Computing community website
  • Organic Computing - Design of Self-Organizing Systems Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar 11181 May 1-6, 2011. (My slides are available in the Shared Documents section of the seminar website.)
  • 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.
Software for this project must run under linux. 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.



Autonomous robots - various student design competitions

Robosub team: The team is full for this year. A new team will start in Fall 2014 if there is sufficient interest.

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.

Examples of Completed Projects

The Green Kit

This project was supported by the EPA P3 Program. It was a collaboration with Pablo La Roche and Michael Fox of the Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department.

Extended Communication Couch

This collaborative project was selected for exhibition at DesCourse New Orleans in 2007. DesCours is a contemporary architecture and art event sponsored by the New Orleans American Institute of Architects.