The UWF Unmanned Systems Program has captured the interests of thousands of visitors to the School of Science and Engineering since it opened in January 2010. Located on the first floor of the building, the lab currently supports an aerial, ground and tour robot team. In addition to sharing their enthusiasm with guests, students are now receiving academic credit for their participation in these teams. Additionally, they have received invaluable feedback from industry partners who have attended reviews, where students have to present their current projects. In turn, partners provide feedback about ways to improve their engineering projects, presentation skills and how to hone their professional skills, which have led to internships, co-ops and career opportunities. This year’s reviewers included representatives from the following: Air Force Research Laboratory, BAE Systems, Micro Systems, US Navy, Tektronix and independent contractors. To learn more about the UWF Unmanned Systems Program, please contact Dr. Andreas Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering Capstone Projects
Upper level engineering students must complete capstone design projects as part of their final curriculum requirements. Capstone Design II is the second phase of two sequence capstone course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum. In this course students integrate what they have learned in their courses and labs into building and testing an engineering paper-pencil type design completed in Capstone Design I. Students start working on their final projects as soon as they are cleared by the faculty in EGN4410. Students go through critical review for the feasibility of the end-product demonstration and meeting the production specifications including engineering standards and the constraints. Students must describe a set of realistic constraints during the design and implementation of the project such as economical, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, manufacturability, sustainability and social impacts. To learn more about Spring 2011
projects, please visit uwf.edu/ece/showcase.
Congratulations to Dr. John Coffey who was recently promoted to Full Professor. Whether he is meeting with students, serving as advisor to the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) or riding his bicycle to campus, Dr. Coffey remains one of the most visible and active faculty on campus. Congrats!
Mohamed Khabou has been a UWF engineering faculty member since 2002. His research interests include: Digital Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, and Neural Network. In describing this area of specialization, Dr. Khabou indicated that his research focuses on trying to emulate how the brain is wired in an effort to duplicate the tools that it uses to recognize and classify patterns. His current projects resulted in a recently published book chapter titled Shape Recognition Based on Eigenvalues of the Laplacian which is part of the Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics Vol167, 1st Edition which was published in July 2011.
Agencies within the defense and security industries are attuned to his research on image processing and pattern recognition techniques for practical applications including automatic detection of vehicles such as tanks in a synthetic aperture radar image. Another application would be something similar to the iPhone app called leafsnap. This
free mobile app uses visual recognition software
to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Read More>>>
Cox communications supports School of Science and Engineering
Cox Communications has established a new endowment in the University of West Florida’s School of Science and Engineering that will provide support for students who are enrolled in majors within the school. Recipients will be selected based on their academic achievements and
work in research activities within the Computer Science Department, focused on complex
Computer Science faculty engage in a variety of research activities in artificial intelligence, computer vision, data warehousing and mining, cloud computer, and software comprehension of large-scale systems and service-oriented architecture composite applications. The research has resulted in a variety of methods and applications to address technical and practical problems in everyday life. Read More>>>
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