ECE 188 Senior Capstone Projects

The Capstone Project gives Electrical and Computer Engineering students the opportunity to put their education into practice. Students, working in small teams, design, build, and present a challenging engineering design project. The design challenges, of which each team selects one to tackle, are proposed and supported by UCSB faculty research groups or by industry. Projects typically involve design and implementation of both hardware and software systems. The projects span a variety of topics in the field of electrical and computer engineering, including for example consumer electronics, embedded systems, control systems and circuits, image processing, AI / machine learning, biomedical devices, power electronics, energy generation and conversion, sensor networks, electochemical and biological sensors, and solid-state emitters and detectors.

Every year at the end of Spring quarter, the final projects are displayed at the COE Engineering Design Expo (EDx), with each student group participating in an outdoor project demonstration / poster session. A panel of experts from academia and industry judges each of the teams and selects award winners.

Senior Project Course

Student groups integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework to tackle a challenging engineering design project which is proposed and supported by a UCSB faculty research group or by an industry supporter. The project is evaluated through written reports, oral presentations, and demonstrations of performance.

Electrical and Computer Engineering 188A/B/C

Instructor: Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov

188A (Fall quarter) - ECE 188A primarily focuses on the initial project design and development stage. After choosing a project, each group begins researching the critical elements of their project, developing a preliminary project plan with a set of preliminary design specifications, and gives a short preliminary presentation to the class describing their projects. Students then continue to refine their plan and begin prototyping and design testing. By the end of the quarter, each group finalizes their project plan and product design specifications, demonstrates a prototype of at least one system/element of their project, and gives a 30 minute presentation detailing (1) The Project Plan, (2) Product Design Specifications, (3) Budget, (4) Prototyping and Testing, and (5) Division of Labor (individual responsibilities).

188B (Winter quarter) - In ECE 188B, the groups continue to develop their products and refine their specifications, begin PCB design (where applicable), and at the end of the quarter demonstrate a second product prototype.

188C (Spring quarter) - In ECE 188C, the final quarter of the sequence, students finalize their designs and product specifications, and then assemble and debug their products. At the end of the quarter, each group presents and demos their product at the ECE/CS Capstone Presentation day. Final presentations include a 25-minute oral presentation, as well as a poster presentation and product demo.

2020 COE Engineering Design Expo (EDx)

The Virtual Project Presentations were held on June 5, 2020 (Fri)

Best Projects

Team Awards:

  • Excellence in Electrical Engineering: Senkei
  • Outstanding Collaboration: BabyJoy
  • Outstanding Product Design: ThermaSure
  • Outstanding Innovation: RAYO
  • Distinguished Technical Achievement: Cyclus

Individual Contributor Awards:

  • Suhail Chakravarty
  • Eythan Lam
  • Julian Maravilla
  • Yilong Zeng
Projects (2019-20)


Teams of EE and ME students

  • BabyJoy: Therapy device for children with cerebral palsy
  • TDS Core 5: Training tool enabling surgeons to better use the AEOS surgical microscope
  • RPL: Rocket engine and propulsion system for FAR/Mars Rocket Competition

Electrical Engineering

  • Cyclus: Motor drive platform for improved motor control
  • ForestField: Sensor system for forest fire detection
  • HAL: Automated shoe fit analysis tool
  • InspeCO2: Control system for Lidar tool that detects and maps atmospheric CO2
  • RAYO: Digital multi-receiver stethoscope
  • Senkei: Open source digital predistortion (DPD) design platform
  • ThermaSure: Spot thermometer calibration tool
  • Wear Care: Wearable blood flow monitoring device

2019 COE Engineering Design Expo (EDx)

The event was held on June 7, 2019 at Campbell Hall and Courtyard

Best Projects

  • Excellence in Electrical Engineering: Altair ZenPad
  • Multidisciplinary Excellence in Engineering: LegTrek
Projects (2018-19)
  • Arthrex AutoScribe: an AI based tool that automates post-surgical responsibilities of arthroscopic surgeons by annotating surgical video in real time
  • Altair ZenPad: the goal of the ZenPad is to create a massage experience that can be controlled remotely by an application on a user’s phone or tablet
  • * FLIR zoomR: Roadrunner streamlines the collection of large sets of driving data by recording both infrared and visible video with a portable device that magnetically attaches to the roof of any car
  • * LegTrek: a powered walker capable of active assistance, sit-to-stand transitions, and variable weight support for those with limited mobility in their lower limbs
  • Wright Electric Strom: an advanced battery management system to meet the unique needs of new complex battery technology that will help to enable electric flight

* Multidisciplinary Team of EE and ME students

2020 Senior Project Logos

Capstone 2020 Logos