Electrical and Computer Engineering

Providing energy for developing world aim of local company

PhD student Anas Labak worked through an entire night assembling a new portable solar-powered digital LED lighting system for his industrial partners at a local manufacturing firm. The fact that he was able to see what he was doing for all that time – unlike the potential customers the system is aimed at – wasn’t lost on him, or his partner.

“There are two billion people in the world who don’t have any energy at all,” said Steve Pokrajac, president of Tesla Digital Lighting Systems.

First students enter Centre for Engineering Innovation

The promise of the Centre for Engineering Innovation definitely helped to convince Sarah Kwiatkowski to study at the University of Windsor. Now the promise is being fulfilled for the second-year electrical engineering major.

“I am so excited about having everything in one place—classes, labs, professors’ offices,” she says. “This building played a huge role in my decision to come here.”

Students use technology to help authenticate priceless art works

Editor's note: this is one of a series of articles about students who were involved in cool research, scholarly or creative activity this summer.

One of the most troubling dilemmas for collectors of fine art comes in discerning between genuine paintings and forgeries, but modern science is taking some of the guesswork out of the process. A pair of students recently spent two weeks at Cambridge University in England using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging techniques to analyze rare pieces by some of the world’s best-known painters.

Open house puts engineering innovations on display

Michael Ala got a head start on his engineering career Wednesday.

A recent graduate of Central Public School heading to Massey Secondary this fall, he toured an open house displaying the capstone projects of fourth-year students in electrical and computer engineering—and came away impressed.

“I have always had an interest in this aspect of engineering,” he said. “Today was really educational and enjoyable.”

Open house to showcase projects of electrical and computer engineering students

Imagine a device that alerted blind people they are about to walk into an obstacle, or that could tell identify for them approaching individuals. A group of UWindsor engineering students is working to turn this science fiction into reality.

The group designed a belt that vibrates to indicate to wearers the location of an obstacle nearby. It also incorporates a camera and an existing face recognition program to identify people and whisper their names to the user.

Engineering grad named tops in class of 2012

Amir Mehrabi, who completed his B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering in August 2011, received the 2012 Governor General’s Silver Medal, given at Spring Convocation to the undergraduate student who has achieved the highest academic standing in the graduating class.

Foundation offering scholarships to students in electrical fields

The Electro-Federation of Canada -- a national association representing the electrical, consumer electronics and appliance sectors – invites applications for 45 scholarships with a total value of more than $100,000.

Now in its 17th year, the program provides university and college students across Canada with support to pursue a career in the electrical and electronics industries. Since its inception, more than 300 scholarships have gone to qualified students in such areas as electrical or environmental engineering, computer science, and business.

Grad students enhance sober steering system with face recognition program

Motorists in the future may be able to help cut down on drunk-driving statistics thanks to a unique face-recognition program developed by a pair of University of Windsor engineering graduate students.

Although it’s still a long way from being available in vehicles, the Driver ID device would work in conjunction with technology that could be incorporated into steering wheels that would detect the level of alcohol in a driver’s blood, according to John Carroll, chief technology officer at the Waterloo-based Sober Steering Incorporated.

Computer engineers develop smart phone app to combat electric car anxiety

A team of students from Electrical and Computer engineering have found a way to take the anxiety out of knowing when and where to charge your electric vehicle by using your smart phone.

“That anxiety is very real,” said Khaja Shazzad a PhD student in associate professor Kemal Tepe’s Wireless Communication and Information Processing Research Lab (WiCIP), located in the new Centre for Engineering Innovation.