Potential Projects

These project ideas were presented to the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design class on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.  They are available for industry sponsorship and are available for potential Seniors and Graduate students who are interested in participating in this research.

Potential Project Recommendations from the Robotics Team and Robotics Class

01. Autonomous Hospital Cart (Nurse/Patient) Following Robot (Lynn Proposal) also recommended by Vasile Nistor and Debi Sampsel

02. IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) Robot for the Detroit Competition

03. Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower for the Dayton Autonomous Lawnmower Competition

04. Autonomous Patient Wheel Chair (Lynn Proposal)

05. Autonomous Take-off, Landing, Picture-taking, Project Airplane more robust for the Texas Competition

06. Autonomous UAV (unmanned air vehicle--quadcopter) more robust. Possible application is as a following robot for skiers, mountain climbers, bikers, etc.  Another application is cooperative control quadcopters for various applications.

07. Housemaid Robot (Lynn Proposal) (or Assistant Manager robot for the really big grocery store for cleaning up spills, items knocked on floor, spotting empty shelves, or helping customers (mobile kiosk))

08. Remote Inspection Device—ASME 2013 Design Competition, inspired by Fukashima incident

Potential Project Recommendations from Professor Vasile Nistor

09. Middle Ear Modeling:  10 X prototype of the middle ear; robotic ear

10. 3D Printer:  Existing project that needs the prototype completed from last year’s Senior Design team

11. Total Hip Arthro-plasty: currently hips pop out and are miss-aligned:  let’s redesign this hip implant so that it is always properly aligned and does not pop out.

Potential Project Recommendations from Professor Grant Schaffner

12. Exoskeleton (lower body) for movement assistance.  Design and build a prototype for an easy-to-use device to assist the elderly and walking impaired to walk.

13. Robot end effector attachments for surgical procedures (autonomous, quick-change).

14. A double-hull structure for blast attenuation in an armored vehicle.

15. An exercise device for spaceflights.

Potential Project Recommendations from Professor Paul Talaga

16. Rethink and redesign the walking cane used by the elderly.  While this is used virtually by every elderly person at some point in their aging, this is a particularly bad design for its purpose—to aid the person in walking.  Let’s redesign this as a smart cane, able to sense location, force applied, orientation, take simple medical measurements (pulse), alert medical personnel in case of a fall, etc.

17. Another device used by virtually every elderly person at some point in their aging is the walker.   This is a particularly bad design for its purpose—to aid the person in walking.  For the same advantages of #20 above, the walker should be rethought and redesigned as a smart walker.

Potential Project Recommendations from Professor Debi Sampsel

18. Development of a human patient simulation orientation app for the I-Pad:  Students will work with the CON Chief Officer of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship to learn about the functionality of the computer driven human patient simulators. After they understand the biomedical and computer workings of the human patient simulator, the COE students will observe the CON faculty providing the oral orientation to students’ regarding how the simulators function. The COE students will use this information to design an interactive application that provides the CON and other healthcare students a virtual orientation to the simulator. This app will be designed for use on the I – Pad. The application will be debuted at the I-Pad Institute that is conducted by the UC CON informatics division. This project will involve finding out how the University may secure an application licensure to commercialize the app. If time permits, the COE students will create an altered virtual orientation that is applicable to grade school level learning so that it may be used with the simulators that will be located at Children’s’ museums. The simulators will be engaged to teach children about the healthy living.

19. "Smart Apartment” Project:  The students will evaluate current “smart technology” that is available to install in apartments, homes, and other independent dwelling residences. The students will then look at Federal housing apartments (HUD) for the elderly, and decide how and what technology could be installed in a federal housing apartment to assist them with remaining independent and aging in place. The student will evaluate the building structure of a HUD apartment complex to see how the adaptive or assistive devices/technology could work in the complex. The students will evaluate the environment for other cellular and structural constraints that will interfere with the smooth operations of the technology proposed to be installed in the apartments. The technology could consist of sensor systems, smart house interactive talking systems, self-enabling ceiling lift tracks, telehealth communication devices, etc.