Mock Design Review


The Mock Design Review (MDR) is intended to aid your team as it prepares its design document. The MDR focuses narrowly upon providing feedback on the preparation of historically problematic design document elements. If these elements fall short during your Design Review the following week, precious time is lost…. to your detriment.

The MDR provides feedback on your preparation of important design review document elements including, but not limited to:

During the MDR, your team will have approximately 5 minutes to present an example of each of these elements. Expect to share the 30-minute MDR session with 4 to 5 other design teams… and come prepared to learn from their work… both the good and bad.

Your task is to prepare and present an “elevator pitch” of your project (i.e. high-level project description in 2 minutes). Your pitch is your MDR submission and should include samples of each element listed above extracted from your design document draft. During the MDR, speak to your MDR submission, which will be projected for all to see.

This is not a presentation of your design document, which will be substantially longer than the 4 to 6 pages of your MDR submission. Organize your submission in accordance with the design review document guidance and the example design review document. (Your submission should look like a report prepared in MS Word rather than a PowerPoint presentation). During the MDR, make your pitch directly from your submission.

The course staff will focus on providing feedback on the form of the sample MDR elements you present – the very limited available time will not afford detailed feedback on your design.

Requirements and Grading

We are looking for a high-level understanding of your design efforts – substantially via the sample elements (listed above) extracted from your in-progress design document. Upload your MDR submission to your project page on PACE (i.e. ECE 445 web board) before arriving at MDR:

As in your future design document, number pages after the title page in your MDR submission.

Any material obtained from websites, books, journal articles, or other sources not originally generated by the project team must be appropriately attributed with properly cited sources in a standardized style such as IEEE, ACM, APA, or MLA.

The course staff at the MDR will assign individual grades to each student based upon:

Submission and Deadlines

Sign-up for the Mock Design Review on to the ECE 445 course website – specifically at the Sign up for Team Presentation item on the PACE tab. Sign-up will open the Monday one week prior to the MDRs.

Upload your MDR submission (.pdf format) to the ECE 445 course website before your MDR session – specifically at the My Project item on the PACE tab.

While you will not complete peer reviews during the MDR, you are expected to actively contribute to the discussion.

Amphibious Spherical Explorer

Kaiwen Chen, Junhao Su, Zhong Tan

Amphibious Spherical Explorer

Featured Project

The amphibious spherical explorer (ASE) is a spherical robot for home monitoring, outdoor adventure or hazardous environment surveillance. Due to the unique shape of the robot, ASE can travel across land, dessert, swamp or even water by itself, or be casted by other devices (e.g. slingshot) to the mission area. ASE has a motion-sensing system based on Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and rotary magnetic encoder, which allows the internal controller to adjust its speed and attitude properly. The well-designed control system makes the robot free of visible wobbliness when it is taking actions like acceleration, deceleration, turning and rest. ASE is also a platform for research on control system design. The parameters of the internal controller can be assigned by an external control panel in computer based on MATLAB Graphic User Interface (GUI) which communicates with the robot via a WiFi network generated by the robot. The response of the robot can be recorded and sent back to the control panel for further analysis. This project is completely open-sourced. People who are interested in the robot can continue this project for more interesting features, such as adding camera for real-time surveillance, or controller design based on machine learning.

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