ECE Students Showcase Leading-Edge Undergraduate Research


May 5, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University students will unveil a myriad of new research tools and ideas at the eighth annual "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the University Center. More than 300 student research projects ranging from new gene delivery systems to the creation of an autonomous robot designed to accurately pinpoint damage to a community's underground utility system will be featured.

Other research projects focus on the importance of keeping computer information secure. A team of electrical and computer engineering students are developing ways to use biometric authentication in today's ubiquitous personal digital assistants (PDAs). Biometrics refers to the emerging field of technology devoted to identification of individuals using biological traits, such as fingerprints or retinal scanning.

Some projects involved a more business-oriented approach like the team assigned to developing economical ways for the university to pare back an annual electricity bill of more than $5 million for 92.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity used in dorms, academic rooms, research labs and athletic facilities.

The research is featured through several mediums, including posters and moveable prototypes. Carnegie Mellon's Janet Stocks, director of the undergraduate research initiative, organized the event, which also sports several industry-sponsored research awards for the best undergraduate projects.