Two Teams from WPI Qualify at the Cornell Cup USA Competition

Two teams from WPI qualify among 13 finalists. This is a great student accomplishment!

The Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology.

Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their resumes and demonstrate their professional design skills, highly sought by today’s companies, as they transform their ideas into a well-planned, robust reality.

The competition will be an annual academic year-long experience culminating in an inspiring two-day summit event at Walt Disney World, where finalist student teams will attend exciting and even entertaining talks, network with leading engineering company sponsors, and ultimately showcase their original innovative entries.

The two teams listed from WPI are: 

Interactive Multi-Control Wheelchair
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The aim of this project is to instrument a wheelchair with an intuitive control and navigation system that integrates voice recognition, face tracking, and hand gesture interpretation. It allows the user to easily select his or her preferred method of control depending on situational demands or personal needs. This robotic wheelchair will use the Intel Tunnel Creek platform and the Atom processor to perform necessary computations. The system will actuate the power wheelchair base, determine when the user is controlling the robot and combine multiple interfaces for greater usability.

Current commercial wheelchairs have drawbacks. These systems may not meet real-time requirements or are easily influenced by the environment or unintended actions of the user. They also do not accommodate users who cannot use their hands. No commercial wheelchair has the multi-mode capability of letting the user freely choose from asking the wheelchair to perform tasks orally, with gestures, or by moving his or her head. This project will use affordable commodity hardware to reliably allow people with disabilities who cannot currently use joystick-based power wheelchairs to become mobile and will make the wheelchair a user-friendly and pleasant experience for those who are already using traditional or existing electric wheelchairs.

The students involved in this project were Xianjing Hu (ECE/CS), Xueyang Lin (RBE/ME), Andrew Cunningham (RBE/ECE), Srinivas Vasadevan (ECE), Erik Dahlinghaus (ECE) Advised by: Mike Gennert, Sonia Chernova, Taskin Padir Faculty Reviewer: Ken Stafford

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Daytime drowsiness and fatigue lead to decreased driving reliability, lower working efficiency and fatal accidents. According to recent research, heart rate variability can be robustly calculated from the photoplethysmogram (PPG) to indicate parasympathetic nervous activity and classify drowsiness level.

Concurrently, part of our group will conduct biomedical research on correlations between any available physiological signals from the PPG sensor, including: heart rate variability, respiration rate, oxygen saturation (SPO2) and blood pressure dynamics during fatigue-inducing cognitive experiments.

As a solution, we will design a control center using the Atom board to receive PPG from a wireless headband using the ZigBee protocol, then processed the PPG to classify drowsiness levels.

Along with a built-in alarm, we also provided customizable response commands to peripheral devices such as track switching on a music player or flashing the vehicle's emergency lighting. Not only efficiency and reliability can be ensured, but lives will be saved. Furthermore, the control center will be able to connect multiple channels of wireless PPG sensors to reduce cost. Our product could also be used as a consumer health monitor to provide low cost remote health care and synchronize physiological data to a server.

The students involved in this project were Fangjie Ding (ECE), Yichao Xu (ECE/BE), Zhongjie Wu (ECE), Jun Wang (ECE), Quanquan MA (MA/CS);Team Advisors Xinming Huang, Edward Clancy and Susan Jarvis.

For more information: http://www.systemseng.cornell.edu/engineering2/se/intel/about/ .




November 21, 2011

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