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22 Teams Present Their Senior Capstone Projects at the UTDesign Spring’16 CS Expo

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Twenty-two teams of senior UT Dallas Computer Science and Software Engineering students gathered on May 6th to present their UTDesign senior capstone projects. In order to graduate, all students in the UT Dallas Computer Science bachelor’s program are required to complete a one-semester, team-oriented capstone UTDesign project during their senior year. These final projects allow students to apply the knowledge that they have gained in the course of their education at the UT Dallas Computer Science Department.

DSC_0204Students enrolled in the program are given the opportunity to fully engage in the design process and use their project-management skills, including planning, budgeting, communication, scheduling and presentations, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills while working on projects applicable to a variety of companies, consumers, or UT Dallas faculty members’ research. The student teams are sponsored by UT Dallas faculty members as well as by large-scale corporations. Both faculty and corporate mentors serve as judges at the expo at the end of the semester.

Two advisors coach each team: a corporate mentor, who acts as a technical point of contact for the company and a faculty advisor who was an expert or had some degree of technical familiarity with the project at hand. For each UTDesign project, teams of students often put in up to ten hours of work each week. The involvement of private companies was crucial for the success of the project as well as the learning process for the student.

Faculty members who sponsored teams included Drs. Ryan McMahanOvidiu DaescuB. PrabhakaranNhut NguyenMiguel Razo, William Semper, Neeraj Gupta, and Professor John Cole. Among the corporate sponsors in this year’s spring expo were AprimaRockwell Collins, Raytheon, Fossil, Cisco, Texas Instruments, and Tyler Technologies. Many of these companies have had the code that students developed put in production within the company.DSC_0220

On the day of the expo, students and sponsors were warmly greeted by Dr. Gopal Gupta, UT Dallas Computer Science Department Head and CS professor, Dr. Jey Veerasamy, CS professor and director of Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach at UT DallasDr. Ivor Page, founding Director of the CS UTDesign program and this years expo master of ceremonies, and Rod Wetterskog, UTDesignProgram Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Corporate Relations for the Jonsson School, each of whom gave opening remarks before the start of the expo.

During his opening statement, Rod Wetterskog thanked all the corporate and faculty mentors/sponsors for their help throughout the project and congratulated the students for finishing their projects. “Today is all about your celebration. We are here today to thank you for the great work you have done. You have been supported through the UTDesign staff; you’ve been supported by your UTDesign director, Dr. Miguel Razo, as well as other faculty members, and of course you have been supported by your corporate sponsor.” Wetterskog continued saying, “these are really strong teams. In fact, I hope that your teams will stay connected throughout your careers. You have built strong working relationships with your team members as well as your faculty and corporate sponsors.”

On the day of the expo, the teams were allowed to use only one
DSC_0259slide to present their work. Brevity was key in covering the goal of the project, design of the project, project testing, validation plan, results achieved, project management approach, and acknowledgement of sponsors – all within their allotted five minutes… and all with one slide. Projects were judged by the quality of technical content within the presentation – problem description, design approach, and implementation, oral and visual presentation skills including effective use of 5 minutes to present, understand/explain the social impact of the project, ability to explain the process followed for the project with support from related documentation, and the quality of technical content in the poster.

Below is a brief description of the top three teams at this year’s UTDesign CS Spring ’16 Expo:

1st Place Team -Innovapaedics – True Step – A Step in the Right Direction
First place team – Innovapaedics – True Step – A Step in the Right Direction – This team of students created an application that will aid in recovery from leg injuries in a quick an efficient manner. Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, UT Dallas CS professor, served as their faculty mentor. The students utilized Bluetooth technology where users would place an insert inside their shoe that would track pressure on the foot and transmit the data through Bluetooth technology to display a pressure map on the phone application. The application’s database also has the ability to track long-term data.
Second Place Team – Aprima – Patient Check-In iPadApp – For this project, the team’s goal was to building a hybrid iPad app to dynamically display patient questionnaires. Dr. Ovidiu Daescu, UT Dallas CS Professor, served as the team's faculty sponsor while employees of Aprima Corporation served as corporate sponsors.
Second Place TeamAprimaPatient Check-In iPad App – For this project, the team’s goal was to building a hybrid iPad app to dynamically display patient questionnaires. Dr. Ovidiu Daescu, UT Dallas CS Professor, served as the team’s faculty sponsor while employees of Aprima Corporation served as corporate sponsors.
Third Place Team – Tyler Technologies – Mobile Inmate Security Checks –
Third Place Team – Tyler Technologies – Mobile Inmate Security Checks – This project provided an intuitive way for correctional officers to periodically check and log prison inmates who are considered high security risks. Dr. William Semper served as faculty sponsor and Tyler Technologies served as the corporate sponsor.

Click here to view additional photos from the 2016 UTDesign CS Spring Expo.  If you want to view the photos from past UT Dallas Computer Science related events, click here.


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