New Leading Innovation Design Team announced for Spring 2020

Due to popular demand, the following project will be taking place for the Leading Innovation Design Team in the Spring of 2020.


The Opportunity: How many people are blind? It may shock you as well to learn it is a very large number. You may also find it surprising how little, if any, technology has been developed to help improve the quality of life for the visually impaired. If we are close to deploying fully autonomous vehicles, it would be reasonable to assume that we should be much closer to having an aid that can help visually impaired individuals safely navigate the streets and more. We are up for this challenge, how about you?

Introducing this Year’s Teams!

Say hello to this year’s LINDT groups! We’re looking forward to seeing what these teams are able to accomplish. Go to the projects page to learn more about what they are collaborating on, and check this page for periodic updates on their progress.

Team Decon

From left to right: Charbel Rizk (Instructor), Matthew Chea, Neel Kovelamudi, Miles Liu, Thomas DiSorbo, Alia Nasrallah, Nafisa Amir (not pictured)

Team Sepsis Detection

From left to right: Charbel Rizk (Instructor), Bidyut Mani, Junjun Chen, Antara Raisa, Bochong Chen, Victoria Lai (Teaching Assistant)

Team eVGrand Prix

From left to right: Victoria Lai (Teaching Assistant), Ryan Hanks, Peter Weiss, Kyungmo Choi, Siddharth Kothiyal, Kaiwen Zhang, Charbel Rizk (Instructor)

Updates for LINDT projects to be posted throughout upcoming academic year

Be sure to check this page throughout the upcoming academic year as we will be providing regular updates and pictures on how each LINDT project is progressing. Below is an example of an update from this past March, which can also be read here.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Leading Innovation Design Teams (LINDT) have been working hard this semester, and are starting to reach their set milestones. Two different groups – Amazon Here We Come and IR Eye Therapy – have recently had major breakthroughs in their projects.

Amazon Here We Come – comprised of team members Filip Aronshtein, Darshini Balamarugan, Chang Hwan Choi, Dimitri Herr, and Christian Seremetis, and sponsored by Baltimore-based company Barcoding,Inc. – is looking to find a cost effective, reliable, and drone-based method to help warehouses find their desired packages, rather than having employees scan aisles for them.

Recently, the group demonstrated full reader control and operation on a flying drone, as well as making progress toward finalizing an indoor localization solution. Below, the group is pictured with Barcoding, Inc’s CEO Jay Steinmetz.

IR Eye Therapy – made up of team members Thomas DiSorbo, Andrew Efimov, Jeff Kim and Bidyut Mani – is looking to develop a working low-level light therapy (LLLT) device that will serve as a treatment option for Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder leading to cellular apoptosis, or photoreceptor “suicide,” in the retina of the eye.

The group is aiming to have its final LLLT device function with three different features; control device, eye tracking mechanism for the safeguard of the cornea and overall mechanical design including housing of the laser, control, head placement, and microscope for doctors. IR Therapy – which is pictured below and sponsored by the Whiting School of Engineering, as well as The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – recently finalized a sufficient laboratory setup for analyzing laser effect on animal eyes, and completed primary experiments on a bovine model.

New Project Announced

Online shopping is a way of life of many of us and we simply take for granted the easiness of ordering and receiving our wish list. A critical part of this cycle is warehouse inventory management. Keeping track of what and where is a highly dynamic environment is a significant joggling task. Currently, most warehouses require workers to walk the aisle and scan all the pallets for a cycle count or physical inventory of materials. This is a time-consuming process and not very robust. Automation is likely more efficient and reduces human error. By utilizing a drone embedded with the facility layout with cameras and barcode imagers, the drone can go up and down the isles and high up into the rafters scanning all the pallets in each part of the warehouse…

For more information check out the project poster:
Barcoding Warehouse Tracking

New Project Announced

There has been an age-old debate between radio-frequency (i.e. radar) versus optical (camera, lidar) sensing. The excitement on this debate has significantly increased in recent years because of the autonomous application space as well as physical security. There is an ever-greater demand for better sensor data to support higher identification and discrimination/classification with acceptable confidence levels. The main advantages of RF sensors over optical are: the “all-weather” capability, the lack of a privacy issue, and large FOV. They can also provide velocity and distance.

For more information check out the project poster:
NGC Radar Project

New Project Announced

There is significant health risk associated with food allergies. Unfortunately, that issue has become more common in recent times and there is an urgent need for a consumer device that can scan and detect allergenic foods such as peanuts, lactose, and gluten to name a few. Although the need is age old, until recently there was no viable technology to enable a low cost, size, weight, and power solution. However, recent developments in imaging and processing technologies are showing a promising path towards such a solution. In particular, multi- and hyper-spectral imaging has shown the ability to detect and classify various chemical markers.

For more information check out the poster:
Textron Systems Allergy Detection

New Project Announced

Low-level light therapy consists of lasers or light emitting diodes at near-infrared wavelengths. At the status quo, LLLT devices are marketed as skin wound therapy, hair growth, and pain relief devices. It emits near-infrared light around 780nm near the surface of a skin where mitochondrial chromophores absorb photons. This causes a chain reaction of electron transport and ATP nitric oxide release, leading to signaling pathways. Ultimately signaling pathways activate stem cells leading to tissue repair and prevention of cell suicide.

For more information check out the poster:
Low-level Light Therapy