School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Example Projects

Example projects from the 2016 Junior Research Associates Scheme:

Touch Sensitivity of Flexible Field-effect Transistors

Project supervisor: Niko Munzenrieder 

Field-effect transistors are very important electronic devices, which are in general protected by a robust housing. Recently researchers started developing wearable electronics, such as rollable displays on flexible substrates; in this case the transistors cannot be encapsulated by a bulky protection layer, and can therefore get in contact things like human skin. Physical contact can e.g. cause cracks or deposit charges. In this project, the consequences of touching a flexible transistors with different objects, or the human body will be investigated, by using high-end characterization equipment. This can lead to more robust devices, but also to flexible transistor-based touch sensors.

The WOW Experience: An EEG investigation of Awesome Engineering

Project Supervisor: Marianna Obrist

The world surrounding us is filled with moments able to take our breath away, leaving us in a state of awe. This project aims to, for the first time, investigate the feeling of wonder (awe) in relation with human artefacts. This involves using Electroencephalography (EEG) to identify characteristic patterns in brain activity during the presentation of awesome stimuli. The findings will help to theorize the importance of understanding causality and the fulfilling of expectation that might play an important role in such cognitive phenomenon. The project would particularly suit students who have some basic understanding in running user studies, and signal processing (to analyse EEG data). See details about the SCHI Lab research and team you would work with:

Multisensory Emotions: What Emotions Technology can mediate

Project Supervisor: Marianna Obrist

The aim of this project is to help in understanding the relationship between different sensory modalities in their ability to communicate and express emotions. Every day’s life is full of examples highlighting these connections. Sound, touch, smell, taste, and vision all play a role in our emotional experiences. So far, this connection between senses and emotions has never been explored from a computational perspective. In this project we approach the problem in the Bayesian framework. Results may support us in designing new user interfaces for different contexts and purposes. The project would particularly suit students who have some basic understanding in running user studies, and are interested in HCI and interaction design. See details about the SCHI Lab research and team you would work with:

Automotive Electronic System Design for Intelligent and Connected Vehicles

Project Supervisor: Zhengguo Sheng

Connected vehicles are very important for the future network infrastructure in vehicular environments to integrate every “object” (e.g., in-vehicles’ sensors, passengers’ smart phones, infrastructures) and form an intelligent ITS. In this project, young researchers will have the opportunity to develop innovative automotive embedded systems to drive motors, steering servo and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors and design such an intelligent and fully connected vehicles to enable self-driving. The benefits of the technology will be to improve safety and efficiency of the road networks as well as provide more enjoyable journeys. This project is sponsored by the NXP University Program to design and develop a wireless controlled model racing car to recognize traffic lines using line scanner sensors. Programming skills, such as C/C++, will be needed for embedded system design.

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