# Title Team Members TA Documents Sponsor
20 Crowd Monitoring Device
Armando Juresic
William Schellhorn
Luke Wendt
Theme parks, airports, hotels, libraries, corporations, etc., all have general ideas of how many people are on their premises throughout the day or year but they do not know the instantaneous count of people over that area.

Our solution for accurately counting individuals entering or exiting an area is a portable device which can be mounted above a door frame. It will consist of several components:

-Mixed sensor module--Passive infrared sensors for detecting a human being about to cross a doorway and trigger ultrasonic sensors
--Ultrasonic sensors for detecting the heights of individuals, whether they are entering or exiting, and determining whether multiple people are crossing the threshold simultaneously
---We will use different frequency ultrasonic sensors focused at different angles to gain topology information at different locations simultaneously
---We will trigger sensors successively to gain topology information at given locations at different times
--Possible infrared camera to better detect boundaries between humans

-Processing module
--Internal microcontroller for A/D conversion and initial signal processing
--External server for advanced signal processing

-Communications module
--Bluetooth or Zigbee to send data from microcontroller to external server

-Power module
--Converts standard outlet power to required sensor, microcontroller, communications module demands

The project is appropriate for senior design because we are dealing with power distribution, communication protocols, and signal processing.

SensorInsight currently provides a camera-based solution for watching crowds flows over a wide area. Our solution is different because we focus on precisely counting people entering or exiting an area. We seek to build a much cheaper solution than one of SensorInisght’s high definition cameras with our mixed sensor module.

Armando Juresic, juresic2
William Schellhorn, schellh2

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Andri Teneqexhi, Lauren White, Hyun Yi

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Featured Project

Hyun Yi, Lauren White, and Andri Teneqexhi earned the Instructor's Award in the Fall of 2013 for their work on the Environmental Sensing for Firefighters.

"Engineering is all about solving real life problems and using the solutions to improve the lives of others. ECE 445 allows you to actually delve deeper into what this really means by providing students the chance to undergo the engineering design process. This requires taking all of the theoretical knowledge, lab experiences, and ultimately, everything that you have ever learned in life, and applying it to your project. Though, there is structure to the course and deadlines in place to measure your team's progress, the actual design, implementation, and success of your project is all determined by you. Unlike any other course that I have taken, I've gained an appreciation for the utilization and benefits of external resources, unforeseen scheduling delays, delegating tasks, and most importantly, teamwork. I consider ECE 445 to be a crash course into real life engineering and a guide to become a successful engineer." -- Lauren White