Innovative Systems

This is the most open of all tracks and can deal with any project topic. We regularly have contact with companies and people who would like DCP students to help solve technical problems. We have a list of project descriptions provided for choice by DCP students. If a suitable number of students are interested in a project from this list, then they can work on it. Furthermore, this track is open to students wishing to carry out their own projects. These projects are however subject to the approval of the track coordinator. This track is open to students from all departments.


PROJECTS


Tangible Virtual Reality

This project explores the usage of virtual reality in aircraft maintenance. Integration of virtual reality in aircraft maintenance training helps to reduce the training costs while ensuring a safe environment for trainees. The developed prototype combines visuals, haptics, movement and spatial sound cues in a head gear to create a realistic virtual environment for training.

Economical Solar Cooler

Lack of access to affordable refrigerators and electricity especially in the less-developed countries is contributing to the increasing global food wastage. This project aims to provide a low-cost, compact solution for cooling food items. The designed prototype uses urea as the coolant due to easy availability. The design of the device allows operation without any electricity operation.

System of Autonomous Drones

This project uses quadcopter drones for monitoring crops in agricultural farms. Quadcopter drones can be used for imaging crops to analyse various parameters relating to crop health including plant height, count, presence of weeds and diseases. Compared to satellite imaging, drone imaging enables faster detection of crop issues at a lower cost. The project explores various communication methods including manual control with joysticks and autonomous flight control.

Electrically Actuated Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for ROV

Most of the commercial LARS use hydraulic power to lift remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) in the air. However, due to the environmental impact associated with high-pressure hydraulic oil, there is a need to explore alternate lifting mechanisms for LARS. This project develops a new launch and recovery mechanism utilising pulley system and gravitational force for launching and recovering ROVs without hydraulic actuators.

IoT Based Vital Signs Measurement

Measuring patient vital signs is an integral part of the healthcare routine in the emergency department of hospitals. However, due to manpower constraints, patients vitals are not measured at regular intervals thereby compromising on essential information required for continuous health monitoring. This project develops a device for automated, continuous and accurate measurement of patient vital signs crucial to emergency department, namely – temperature, SpO2, blood pressure and heart rate. The project uses non-invasive sensors powered by IoT technology to enable easy access to patient vitals for the healthcare providers.