ELEC 490 is a project based course that requires independent and co-operative work. Students propose, design, build, test and present a viable project that produces a trangible result. Here are a few of the highlights.

Satellite Tracker and Downlink System

Satellite Tracker and Downlink System

Created by: Christopher Pegrum, Ben Merriam, Daniel Balicki

Supervisor: Dr. Carlos Saavedra


This group designed a system that is able to communicate and retrieve data from a variety of different satellites.

Anti-Drone Defence System

Anti-Drone Defence System

Created by: Alec Glover, Alex Spafford, Michael Dowling, Michael Briggs

Supervisor: Dr. Carlos Saavedra


This group designed an attack drone that takes out other drones that are flying in unauthorized airspace.

Wi-Wait: Wireless Occupancy Tracking Tool

Wi-Wait: Wireless Occupancy Tracking Tool

Created by: Ezequiel Angius, Vasa Shpatrov, Gavin McClelland, Jaimie Kidson

Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Dean


This group designed a device that measures the occupancy level of an area by using devices’ wifi signals.

Smart and Autonomous Management of a Solar Microgrid

Smart and Autonomous Management of a Solar Microgrid

Created by: Christopher Biancaniello, Jemima Khan

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Greenspan


This group designed a machine learning model for autonomous control of solar microgrid battery storage.

Predicting Stock Prices with Tweets

Predicting Stock Prices with Tweets

Created by: Shihao Lu, Tingkai Zhang, Faneng Xia, Yuhan Dai

Supervisor: Dr. Xiaodan Zhu


This group designed an interactive algorithm which uses Twitter data to predict stock prices.

Facial Recognition Security System

Facial Recognition Security System

Created by: Jessica Nahulan, David O'Reilly, Mohammed Tajwar, Muhammad Majeed, Emily Heffernan

Supervisor: Dr. Steven Blostein


This group designed a facial recognition security system which strengthens itself over time using machine learning.

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Human Mapped Robotic Arm

Created by: Daniel Borisov, Johan Cornelissen, Maytha Nassor, Jeremy Weiss, Daniel Borisov

Supervisor: Dr. Evelyn Morin


This group designed a robotic arm controlled by the motions of a human arm wearing special sensors.

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Ultralens: Location-based AR Mobile App

Created by: Dylan Chiu, Jensen Grant-Nunn, JP McCluskey, Johan Cornelissen

Supervisor: Dr. Ying Zou


This group designed a location based augmented reality messaging and photo sharing mobile application for iOS.

Augmented basketball

Augmented Basketball Trainer

Created by: Pascal Michaud, Robert Roughley, Raphael Nelson, David Le, Jonah Chin

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Greenspan


This group designed an augmented reality basketball trainer which allows players to further analyze their shot and make improvements based off of the data.

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Custom Robotic Gripping System

Created by: Aaron Nicholas, Aidan Gunda, Ghani Iawal, Sam Mason

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Greenspan


This group designed a robot with individual join control and pressure sensing feedback. The autonomous gripping system is a low cost option and can be added to existing robots. 

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Parallel Parking Robot

Created by: Kin Yee, Martin Keyes, David Marcuccio, Devin Suh

Supervisor: Dr. Naraig Manjikian


This robot uses three sensors to solve the issue of having to parallel park. It searches for a spot, positions itself correctly and pulls in. Say goodbye to fender benders! 

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Pocket Piano

Created by: Ameris Rudland, Keysey Cook, Jeffrey Turnock, Madeline Van Der Paelt

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Greenspan


The pocket piano is a computer vision device that allows you to play on any surface, using lazer light to detect hand motion. 

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Tube Amplifier

Created by: Mitch Guichon, Casey Hawley, Ben Taylor

Supervisor: Dr. Al Freundorfer


Using vaccum tube technology, these tube amps are capable of a wide range of dynamics and broad band spectrum. The music they produce is pleasant and warm! 

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Bin Picking Robot

Created by: Ryan Downling, Jordan Nanos, Nick Van Nynatten

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Greenspan


Motivated by the Amazon bin picking challenge, this group created a handy roboto that can sort objects using a QR code.