Electronic & Computer Engineering is about the design of electronic hardware and computer software and making them work together. Applications: mobile communications, internet systems & devices, automotive, medical & healthcare systems.


Name: Dallan Byrne
Course: Electronic and Computer Engineering

Simulation of Cancer Cell Growth Using a Home Made Supercomputer

Dallan built his own super computer using an off the shelf high performance graphics card. He uses his supercomputer to simulate the growth of cancer cells. Trying to do this on standard hardware would take years. As a child, Dallan loved taking things apart.


Name: Sarah Garrity
Course: Electronic and Computer Engineering

Using Brain Wave Patterns to Control Devices: Domestic Appliances & Gaming

Sarah is working with engineers and psycologists to understand how the human brain processes information. She is also writing software that will analyse brain waves to determine the level of workload a person experiences when they carry out tasks.


Name: Ronan Browne
Course: Electronic and Computer Engineering

Using an iPhone Application to Predict Road Traffic Patterns

Ronan's project was to develop an iPhone app that would be able of interpret traffic patterns using GPS and accelerometer data. The mobile device relays information back to a central server which interprets all the received data and then broadcasts optimum traffic routes to drivers.


Real-time Image Warper using Digilent Spartan-3 FPGA (2006 ECE Project)

This project aims to build on previous work done by final year students to develop a Spartan-3 based embedded system, which can perform multiple types of image processing in real-time. This will require that the system work at the fastest speed possible, efficiently transferring and processing data received from a camera and displaying the resultant image.

Wireless Midi Digital Guitar Effects System (2006 ECE Project)

The aim of this project is to research and develop a digital effects system with wireless MIDI control for the electric guitar.

RFID Patient Tagging and Database System (2004 ECE Project)

The main aim of this project is to provide an RFID Patient Database System to be used in hospitals. The RFID tags will uniquely identify each patient in the hospital. The doctor will use a PDA/Laptop and an RFID reader to read the tag. Once the tag has been read, a unique identifier is sent over wireless network to a central database. This database will hold multimedia patient information, including text, pictures and video. This information will then be returned to the doctors' PDA/Laptop for viewing in the form of a web-page where doctor will also be able to update the patients' records electronically.

Implementation of an Audio Reverberation Algorithm (2004 ECE Project)

The objective of this project was to implement a reverberation algorithm for audio applications. A number of algorithms exist for this purpose, and the intention in this project was to use the algorithm developed by Gardner, which actually consists of three variations of the same general approach, intended to simulate rooms of different sizes. The algorithm was first simulated in Matlab, and tested to verify its functionality. Following this, the algorithm was translated to C and implemented on a suitable real-time platform - the ADSP-21065L EZ-KIT Lite evaluation kit/6025E DAQ plug-in device.