Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Hosts First Summer Program

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(left to right): Zaydan Remtulla, Monica Escalante Escobar, Abigail Zhang, and Sushma Katta.

The ECE-affiliated Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Program at the Universities of Shady Grove recently concluded their inaugural “Jumpstart Your Engineering Career” program.  The five-week summer program was open to high school and early-college students.  Twenty-three students from Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College participated in the program.

Students were divided into teams and tasked with identifying a challenge and inventing a prototype to solve that challenge using advanced technologies, included computer vision, artificial intelligence, front and backend development, and robotics.  Teams competed in building a prototype, conducting research on the marketability of their device, defending their project to a panel of judges and conducting a three-minute presentation in front of an audience.

The winning team developed a device called Transplant (Translate for Plants) Automated Horticulture Maintenance System, which uses a sensor to determine when houseplants need water and signals automatic watering.  A separate sensor determines whether or not a plant is getting enough sunlight and switches on a light if needed, and a camera system allows owners to monitor their plant remotely. Team members were Zaydan Remtulla, Monica Escalante Escobar, Abigail Zhang, and Sushma Katta.

Other teams and their projects are below:

NAIL (New And Improved Lawn) Smart Sprinkler System using system recognition

Team Members: Eric Huang, Lucas Kang, Saahas Yaddula, Patrick Syme

RiseWise Smart Alarm System using multiple remote node access and actuation

Team Members: Shuaib Syed (Not Pictured),  Miles Levine, Cameron Neyzari, Reta Gela, and Aaron Zhang

Close Air Support Autonomous Projectile Targeting System using robotic controls and computer vision

Team Members Alex Yu, Tommy Thompson, and Charles Hu

YEET (Yahoo, it’s the Evolutionary Experimental Trashcan) Waste Recycling Segregation using Computer Vision and Robotics

Team Members:  Rowan Wiles, Harrison Somers, and Alim Saidkhodjaev

Magic Hands Cyber-Physical System for Remote Object Retrieval

Team Members:  Nour Hammad, Ivan Zhang, Kailash Sabnis, Jacob Kline

Published August 16, 2023