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ECE 496 - Senior Research Project

Fall 2020

Senior Research ProjectECE496&SM71179IND -    Sasa Misailovic
Senior Research ProjectECE496AB60807IND -    Arijit Banerjee
Senior Research ProjectECE496AC57886IND -    Andreas C Cangellaris
Senior Research ProjectECE496ACS58011IND -    Andrew Singer
Senior Research ProjectECE496ADG57898IND -    Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia
Senior Research ProjectECE496AGS57881IND -     Alexander Schwing
Senior Research ProjectECE496ALV57993IND -    Juan Alvarez
Senior Research ProjectECE496AM67621IND -    Andrew Miller
Senior Research ProjectECE496AS72437IND -     Ashlynn S. Stillwell
Senior Research ProjectECE496BC57896IND -    Brian T Cunningham
Senior Research ProjectECE496BH57906IND -    Bruce Hajek
Senior Research ProjectECE496BRJ57895IND -    Robert J Brunner
Senior Research ProjectECE496BS57917IND -    Subhonmesh Bose
Senior Research ProjectECE496CB64303IND -    Can Bayram
Senior Research ProjectECE496CR65962IND -    Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan
Senior Research ProjectECE496CS58772IND -    Christopher Schmitz
Senior Research ProjectECE496DC57891IND -    Deming Chen
Senior Research ProjectECE496DF67053IND -     David Forsyth
Senior Research ProjectECE496DH57937IND -    Derek W Hoiem
Senior Research ProjectECE496DK71306IND -    Dimitrios Katselis
Senior Research ProjectECE496DL57935IND -    Daniel M Liberzon
Senior Research ProjectECE496DLJ57923IND -    Douglas L Jones
Senior Research ProjectECE496DMN57997IND -     David M. Nicol
Senior Research ProjectECE496DNR57878IND -    David N Ruzic
Senior Research ProjectECE496EC72704IND -     Eric Chitambar
Senior Research ProjectECE496EH57928IND -    Erhan Kudeki
Senior Research ProjectECE496ER58006IND -    Elyse Rosenbaum
Senior Research ProjectECE496FK57924IND -    Farzad Kamalabadi
Senior Research ProjectECE496GAO67625IND -    Liang Gao
Senior Research ProjectECE496GC72809IND -    Girish Chowdhary
Senior Research ProjectECE496GG57904IND -    George Gross
Senior Research ProjectECE496GLL57936IND -    Gang Logan Liu
Senior Research ProjectECE496GP58004IND -    Gabriel Popescu
Senior Research ProjectECE496GS62529IND -    Gary R Swenson
Senior Research ProjectECE496HAH67626IND -    Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Senior Research ProjectECE496HZ63364IND -    Hao Zhu
Senior Research ProjectECE496IG61992IND -    Indranil Gupta
Senior Research ProjectECE496IOA62622IND -    Idoia Ochoa
Senior Research ProjectECE496IR57991IND -    Raluca Ilie
Senior Research ProjectECE496IS58015IND -    Ilan Shomorony
Senior Research ProjectECE496JA57876IND -    Jont Allen
Senior Research ProjectECE496JB57880IND -     Jennifer Bernhard
Senior Research ProjectECE496JD59772IND -    John Michael Dallesasse
Senior Research ProjectECE496JES58009IND -    Jose E Schutt-Aine
Senior Research ProjectECE496JGE57899IND -    J. Gary Eden
Senior Research ProjectECE496JH71274IND -    Jian Huang
Senior Research ProjectECE496JJ57922IND -    Jianming Jin
Senior Research ProjectECE496JJM57992IND -    Jonathan J Makela
Senior Research ProjectECE496JPL57931IND -    Jean-Pierre Leburton
Senior Research ProjectECE496JWB62565IND -    James W Beauchamp
Senior Research ProjectECE496JWL57990IND -    Joseph W Lyding
Senior Research ProjectECE496JYB64249IND -    Yuliy Baryshnikov
Senior Research ProjectECE496JZ57912IND -    Jin Zhou
Senior Research ProjectECE496KC57892IND -    Kent D Choquette
Senior Research ProjectECE496KCC58002IND -    Kevin Chenchuan Chang
Senior Research ProjectECE496KDC72723IND -    Katherine Rose Driggs-Campbell
Senior Research ProjectECE496KH58021IND -    Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran
Senior Research ProjectECE496KK57925IND -    Kyekyoon Kim
Senior Research ProjectECE496KL72818IND -     Kirill Levchenko
Senior Research ProjectECE496KN65915IND -    Klara Nahrstedt
Senior Research ProjectECE496KT58865IND -    Kimani C Toussaint
Senior Research ProjectECE496KUM66018IND -    Ranjitha Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496LG57903IND -    Lynford L Goddard
Senior Research ProjectECE496LH59352IND -    Lippold Haken
Senior Research ProjectECE496LL71215IND -    Minjoo Lawrence Lee
Senior Research ProjectECE496LRS60958IND -     Lui Sha
Senior Research ProjectECE496LS70816IND -    Stephen E Levinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496LV63363IND -    Lav R Varshney
Senior Research ProjectECE496LW64302IND -    Lara Waldrop
Senior Research ProjectECE496MAB57894IND -    Mohamed Ali Belabbas
Senior Research ProjectECE496MB64304IND -     Michael Bailey
Senior Research ProjectECE496MC59325IND -     Matthew Caesar
Senior Research ProjectECE496MD57897IND -    Minh N Do
Senior Research ProjectECE496MDW58022IND -    Martin D F Wong
Senior Research ProjectECE496MF57900IND -    Milton Feng
Senior Research ProjectECE496MG57902IND -    Matthew Gilbert
Senior Research ProjectECE496MHJ57910IND -     Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Senior Research ProjectECE496MLO57999IND -    Michael L Oelze
Senior Research ProjectECE496MR67577IND -    Maxim Raginsky
Senior Research ProjectECE496MTB57877IND -    Tamer Başar
Senior Research ProjectECE496NA57875IND -    Narendra Ahuja
Senior Research ProjectECE496NB57884IND -    Nikita Borisov
Senior Research ProjectECE496NRS58010IND -    Naresh R Shanbhag
Senior Research ProjectECE496NSK65943IND -    Nam Sung Kim
Senior Research ProjectECE496OK72805IND -    Sanmi Koyejo
Senior Research ProjectECE496OM57994IND -    Olgica Milenkovic
Senior Research ProjectECE496PD58854IND -    Peter D Dragic
Senior Research ProjectECE496PGK67515IND -    Paul G Kwiat
Senior Research ProjectECE496PK57926IND -    Philip T Krein
Senior Research ProjectECE496PKH57893IND -    Pavan Kumar Hanumolu
Senior Research ProjectECE496PM57996IND -    Pierre Moulin
Senior Research ProjectECE496PRK57929IND -    P R Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496PS58012IND -    Paris Smaragdis
Senior Research ProjectECE496PSC57888IND -     P. Scott Carney
Senior Research ProjectECE496PV58020IND -    Pramod Viswanath
Senior Research ProjectECE496PWS58008IND -    Peter Sauer
Senior Research ProjectECE496RK57930IND -    Rakesh Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496RKI57916IND -    Ravishankar K Iyer
Senior Research ProjectECE496RPP59769IND -    Robert Pilawa-Podgurski
Senior Research ProjectECE496RRC58003IND -    Romit Roy Choudhury
Senior Research ProjectECE496RS58014IND -    Rayadurgam Srikant
Senior Research ProjectECE496RVB57879IND -    Rashid Bashir
Senior Research ProjectECE496SB57883IND -    Stephen Allen Boppart
Senior Research ProjectECE496SEL57932IND -    Stephen E Levinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496SF57901IND -    Steven J Franke
Senior Research ProjectECE496SG57874IND -    Songbin Gong
Senior Research ProjectECE496SH57914IND -     Seth Hutchinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496SJP58001IND -    Sanjay Patel
Senior Research ProjectECE496SM57995IND -    Sayan Mitra
Senior Research ProjectECE496SML71256IND -    Steven M. LaValle
Senior Research ProjectECE496SMM72655IND -    Sibin Mohan
Senior Research ProjectECE496SP59302IND -    Sung-Jin Park
Senior Research ProjectECE496SSL57989IND -     Steven Lumetta
Senior Research ProjectECE496SV58016IND -    Shobha Vasudevan
Senior Research ProjectECE496TA65971IND -    Tarek Abdelzaher
Senior Research ProjectECE496TJO58000IND -    Thomas J Overbye
Senior Research ProjectECE496TWB59449IND -    Timothy Bretl
Senior Research ProjectECE496UR58005IND -    Umberto Ravaioli
Senior Research ProjectECE496VG67620IND -    Viktor Gruev
Senior Research ProjectECE496VK67527IND -    Volodymyr Kindratenko
Senior Research ProjectECE496VVV58018IND -    Venugopal V. Veeravalli
Senior Research ProjectECE496WC60335IND -    Weng Cho Chew
Senior Research ProjectECE496WDO57998IND -    Bill O'Brien, Jr.
Senior Research ProjectECE496WHS58007IND -    William H Sanders
Senior Research ProjectECE496WK59770IND -    Bill King
Senior Research ProjectECE496WMH57915IND -    Wen-mei Hwu
Senior Research ProjectECE496WZ64301IND -    Wenjuan Zhu
Senior Research ProjectECE496XL57933IND -    Xiuling Li
Senior Research ProjectECE496YB57885IND -    Yoram Bresler
Senior Research ProjectECE496YCH57911IND -    Yih-Chun Hu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YL57988IND -    Yi Lu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YW61257IND -    Yihong Wu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YZ73927IND -    Yang Zhao
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZC67550IND -    Zuofu Cheng
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZK66042IND -    Zbigniew T Kalbarczyk
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZPL57934IND -    Zhi-Pei Liang
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZZ67623IND -    Zhizhen Zhao

Official Description

Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member: for example, mathematical analysis, laboratory experiments, computer simulations, software development, circuit design, or device fabrication. Preparation of a written research proposal, including preliminary results. Course Information: 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated. ECE 496 and ECE 499 taken in sequence fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement. Prerequisite: RHET 105; consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: This course is intended for Honors students and Chancellor Scholars. ECE 496 and ECE 499 are approved for General Education credit only as a sequence. Both courses must be completed to receive Advanced Composition credit.

Subject Area

Undergraduate Project, Seminar, and Thesis

Course Director


Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member: for example, mathematical analysis, laboratory experiments, computer simulations, software development, circuit design, or device fabrication. Preparation of a written research proposal, which includes preliminary results.


The grade for ECE 496 will be assigned upon completion of ECE 499. No graduate credit for this course.

Detailed Description and Outline

The grade for ECE 496 will be assigned upon completion of ECE 499. No graduate credit for this course.

Course Goals

ECE 496 is the first course of a two course sequence of Senior Project + Senior Thesis (ECE 499) taken by high-achieving EE and CE majors as an alternative to ECE 445 - Senior Design.

The purpose of ECE 496 is to begin and substantially complete an individual research project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with research group members, that contributes significantly to the field of electrical and computer engineering. Since this is a capstone course (in tandem with ECE 499, Senior Thesis) bringing to bear all the skills and knowledge gained in the student's undergraduate career, it satisfies all the Student Outcomes 1-7 specified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET):

ABET Programs Outcomes and Assessment. ECE 496 and 499 address the following:

1. Principles: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics (1)

This is an important attribute of successful senior thesis projects undertaken in ECE496 and ECE 499. Senior theses developed under ECE 496/499 span the full breadth of EE and CE disciplines and focus on research problems closely related to the research activities of ECE faculty who advise the students taking ECE 496/499. Projects include varying mixes of modeling studies and simulations, laboratory work and/or device fabrication, and analyses of laboratory and/or simulation data using state-of-the-art methodologies and tools.

2. Design: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors (2)

The major focus of the senior project is to have the student explore complex problems in branches of electrical and computer engineering and provide innovative solutions that require consideration of realistic constraints and engineering standards and build upon knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. Both laboratory work and measurements undertaken as a part of senior thesis projects, as well as associated modeling and simulation work and coding, involve the use of and comparisons of competing techniques and approaches, and the identification of best fitting solutions for problems under study.

3. Communication: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences (3)

ECE 496 students complete three progress reports in weeks 9, 12, and 15, while ECE 499 students complete two additional progress reports before submitting a thesis at the end of the semester. The thesis draft completed by week 14 is checked by ECE Editorial Services for grammar, style, and format, and students make their final submission by week 16. Students present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the final weeks of the semester. ECE 496/499 meets the campus Advanced Composition (Comp II) requirement.

4. Professionalism: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts (4)

Teamwork and professionalism are natural components of ECE 496/499 as the students interact with graduate students in research groups of faculty advisors who oversee the Senior Thesis projects. Group meetings attended by the students expose them to the dynamics of advanced engineering research environments where many issues related to ethics and professionalism come up.

5. Teamwork: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives (5)

Again, students taking ECE 496/499 work within the research group environment of the advising faculty and work very closely with graduate students who guide them through their projects.

6. Analysis: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions (6)

Analysis of complex engineering problems is an essential aspect of all ECE 496/499 thesis projects. This includes problem analysis prior to proposing solutions and designs to address the main thesis questions as well as the analysis of data and measurements used in testing the proposed designs and solutions.

7. Learning: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies (7)

ECE 496/499 projects provide an opportunity for the students to learn advanced research concepts and tools which build upon the knowledge acquired in earlier courses taken in related areas of ECE. Beyond the application of knowledge acquired in courses, the Senior Thesis requires a student to acquire and apply new knowledge in their chosen research area, as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. The job of a thesis advisor includes the task of guiding a student in the search for new knowledge in the research literature, and in the learning and application of the knowledge necessary for completion of the Senior Thesis. Additionally, the student appreciates the role research in the production of new knowledge.

Instructional Objectives

By the time the student submits the topic proposal (week 3) they should:

  • Understand the adviser's research group and where the project fits within it (3,4,5,7)
  • Be able to offer a coherent idea of the need for and motivation behind the project (1,3,4,5,7)
  • Be able to roughly outline a realistic timeline for the project including necessary contributors and facilities (1,2,3,4,5,7)

By the time the student conducts the literature search (week 6) they should:

  • Have strong command of the need for and motivation behind the project (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Be thoroughly conversant in the published literature impinging on the project (1,3,4,7)
  • Have an enhanced appreciation for research ethics and for good scholarly habits such as writing well, presenting data effectively, and using sources properly (3,4,7)

By the time the student completes the three progress reports required in weeks 9, 12, and 15 they should have:

  • Completely or substantially finished the research work (1,2,4,5,7)
  • Effectively reported results, challenges, and future work to adviser and other research group members (3,4,5)
  • Clarified for themselves and others the significance of the project and its results such that the senior thesis (ECE 499) is ready to be written (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Developed both their technical/scientific and their scholarly/writing skills to a high level (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

Last updated

9/4/2019by Erhan Kudeki