Connectivity: News from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
October 2013

Creative Collaboration

The influence of computer scientists and electrical and computer engineers can be seen in fields as diverse as agriculture, cancer treatment, airplane navigation, and … believe or not … dancing. Collaboration is a key component of the EECS culture which is having broad impact internationally. We welcome two programs this year that foster collaboration for our students: the Collaboratory and the Open Source Lab (see Oregonian story).


Smart camera for Sunn pests
Smart Phones to Combat Sunn Pests

What do a computer scientist, an entomologist and a rangeland specialist have in common? Although it sounds like the start to a joke, it’s actually a serious effort to help farmers in west and central Asia save millions of dollars while more effectively combating a pest that is threatening their wheat crops. The project puts a high-tech spin on an agricultural problem by using mobile technology and cloud computing for better management of the devastating pests.

Electric Feel
Dancing to a Different Beat (View student video)

It’s not just that their music is different. The millennial generation grew up with completely different technology. It’s their contemporary knowledge, skills, and excitement for innovation that are the selling point for the Collaboratory — a program in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to employ students on projects to develop new prototypes for industry clients. It is perhaps fitting that one of their first projects was to develop a lighted dance suit that can be controlled wirelessly by compute.

Raviv Raich and Cora Borradaile
Excellence and Innovation Recognized by NSF

Another year, another two award winners. This year Glencora Borradaile and Raviv Raich join 19 other faculty in EECS who hold similar awards. Raich’s research in machine learning is advancing cancer detection and Borradaile’s work applies to problems such as how to connect wind generators to a power grid.

Val Avionics NAV 2000
Student Project Takes Flight

They could have done a simpler project, but three Oregon State seniors in electrical and computer engineering jumped at the chance to do something big. For their senior design project, James MacInnes, Kyle Mackwood and Matt Cook took on the complicated task of designing a navigation system for general aviation. Called the NAV 2000, it is now the newest product for Oregon company, VAL Avionics, who sponsored the project.



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