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MathWorks Excellence in Innovation Projects

Contribute to the progress of engineering and science by solving key industry challenges!

Are you looking for a design or research project idea with real industry relevance? This is a list of inspiring projects based on industry trends for your capstone, senior design project, or final year assignment. These projects help you learn about technology trends while becoming an important and valued contributor to the advancement of technical computing and Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink. Even more, you gain official recognition for your problem-solving skills from technology leaders at MathWorks.

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Make the results of your work open and accessible to receive a certificate and endorsements from MathWorks research leads. Let us know your intent to complete one of these projects and learn about these rewards here.

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Projects by technology trends

All projects

Updated: September 20, 2021

Satellite Collision Avoidance

Model satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to identify conjunctions and prevent collisions with space debris, while maintaining orbital requirements.

Impact: Contribute to the success of satellite mega-constellations and improve the safety of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) environment.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Control, Satellite, Modeling and Simulation

Snake-like Robot Modeling and Navigation

Model and control an autonomous snake-like robot to navigate an unknown environment.

Impact: Advance robotics design for hazardous environments inspection and operation in constricted spaces.

Expertise gained: Robotics, Manipulators, Modeling and Simulation

Traffic Light Negotiation and Perception-Based Detection

Detect traffic lights and perform traffic light negotiation at an intersection in Unreal environment.

Impact: Contribute to the advancement of autonomous vehicles traffic coordination in intersections through simulation.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Automotive, Control, Deep Learning, Image Processing, Modeling and Simulation, Sensor Fusion and Tracking

Traffic Data Analysis for Modeling and Prediction of Traffic Scenarios

Analyze real-world traffic data to understand, model, and predict human driving trajectories.

Impact: Contribute to autonomous driving technologies and intelligent transportation research.

Expertise gained: Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Support Vector Machines, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Automotive

Classify Object Behavior to Enhance the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Automatically classify behavior of tracked objects to enhance the safety of autonomous systems.

Impact: Make autonomous vehicles safer by classifying behaviors of objects around them.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Drones, Deep Learning, Explainable AI, Machine Learning, Mobile Robots, Neural Networks, Reinforcement Learning, Sensor Fusion and Tracking, UAV, UGV, Automotive

Testing Realtime Robustness of ROS in Autonomous Driving

Develop a realtime collision avoidance system using ROS2 that will execute a safe vehicle response.

Impact: Contribute to improving access and safety of transportation through robust automated driving systems.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Automotive, Image Processing, Modeling and Simulation, Sensor Fusion and Tracking, Low-Cost Hardware

Smart Watering System with Internet of Things

Develop a smart plant water system using Internet of Things (IoT) and low-cost hardware.

Impact: Minimize the negative effects of the overuse of water in farming and preserve water resources.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Low-Cost Hardware, Deep Learning, Cloud Computing

Machine Learning for Motor Control

Enhance the performance and product quality required to develop a motor control application.

Impact: Contribute to the global transition to smart manufacturing and electrification.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Automotive

Flight Controller Design and Hardware Deployment

Build a mini drone and use the PX4 Hardware Support package to design the flight controller using Simulink.

Impact: Expedite UAV design and assembly with model-based design.

Expertise gained: Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Control, Low-cost Hardware, UAV

Portable Charging System for Electric Vehicles

Design a portable charger for Electric Vehicles.

Impact: Help make Electric Vehicles more reliable for general use.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Control, Electrification, Modeling and Simulation

Digital Twin and Predictive Maintenance of Pneumatic Systems

Predict faults in pneumatic systems using simulation and AI/machine learning.

Impact: Improve efficiency and reliability of industrial processes.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Cyber-Physical Systems, Digital Twins, Embedded AI, Health Monitoring, IoT, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation

Face Recognition and Human Tracking Robot

Design and implement a real time autonomous human tracking robot using low-cost hardware.

Impact: Leverage mobile technology and deep learning to advance face recognition algorithms for impacting human safety and security.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Robotics, Deep Learning, Embedded AI, Human-Robot Interaction, Mobile Robots, Modeling and Simulation, Machine Learning, Low-cost Hardware, Image Processing, Control

Robust Visual SLAM Using MATLAB Mobile Sensor Streaming

Perform robust visual SLAM using MATLAB Mobile sensor streaming.

Impact: Enable visual SLAM from streaming sensors and extend the state-of-art in real-time visual SLAM algorithms.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Drones, Robotics, Automotive, AUV, Mobile Robots, Manipulators, Humanoid, UAV, UGV

Warehouse Robotics Simulation

Simulate multirobot interactions for efficient algorithm design and warehouse operations.

Impact: Advance the automation of warehouse applications and reduce associated time and energy consumption.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Humanoid, Mobile Robots

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Simulator

Develop a lightweight Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) raw data simulator.

Impact: Accelerate design of SAR imaging systems and reduce time and cost for their development for aerial and terrestrial applications

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive, AUV, Image Processing, Signal Processing, Radar Processing

Change Detection in Hyperspectral Imagery

Develop an efficient method for detecting small changes on Earth surface using hyperspectral images.

Impact: Revolutionize the management of natural resources, monitoring, and preventing of disasters, going beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

Expertise gained: Computer Vision, Image Processing, Deep Learning

Autonomous Navigation for Vehicles in Rough Terrain

Design and implement a motion planning algorithm for off-road vehicles on rough terrain.

Impact: Expand the frontiers of off-road exploration and navigation using mobile robots for precision agriculture, firefighting, search and rescue, and planetary exploration.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Robotics, Image Processing, Mobile Robots, SLAM, UGV, Optimization

Path Planning for Autonomous Race Cars

Develop an algorithm to compute an optimal path for racing tracks.

Impact: Push racing car competitions into fully autonomous mode

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive, Optimization, Modeling and Simulation

Current submissions

Disturbance Rejection Control for PMSM Motors

Implement Active Disturbance Rejection Control (ADRC) algorithm for closed-loop speed control system for a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM).

Impact: Improve the customer experience with advanced control strategies to handle the sudden changes in the load with better dynamic control performance.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Electrification, Control, Modeling and Simulation, Reinforcement Learning

Optimizing Antenna Performance in an Indoor Propagation Environment

Design an antenna to optimize transmission and reception in indoor environment.

Impact: Maximize indoor radio signal coverage and reduce energy consumption of signal booster devices.

Expertise gained: 5G, Optimization, Smart Antennas, Wireless Communication

Optimization of Large Antenna Arrays for Astronomical Applications

Design a large antenna array and optimize its multiple design variables to achieve desired transmission/reception characteristics.

Impact: Advance long distance communication capabilities for astronomical applications

Expertise gained: 5G, Smart Antennas, Wireless Communication, Optimization

Green Hydrogen Production

Develop a model of a reversible fuel-cell integrated into a renewable-energy microgrid structure.

Impact: Contribute to the global transition to zero-emission energy sources through the production of hydrogen from clean sources.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Electrification, Digital Twins, Modeling and Simulation

Automatically Segment and Label Objects in Video

Implement algorithms to automatically label data for deep learning model training.

Impact: Accelerate the development of robust AI algorithms for self-driving vehicles.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Machine Learning

Behavioral Modelling of Phase-Locked Loop using Deep Learning Techniques

Leverage a deep learning approach to extract behavioral models of mixed-signal systems from measurement data and circuit simulation.

Impact: Accelerate mixed-signal design and analysis thereby reducing Time-To-Market for semiconductor companies.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Neural Networks, RF and Mixed Signal, Optimization, Signal Processing

Electrification of Household Heating

Build and evaluate an electrical household heating system to help minimize human environmental impact and halt climate change.

Impact: Contribute to the global transition to zero-emission energy sources by electrification of household heating.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Digital Twins, Electrification, Modeling and Simulation

Electrification of Aircraft

Evaluate electric aircraft energy requirements, power distribution options, and other electrical technologies.

Impact: Contribute to the global transition to zero-emission energy sources by electrification of flight.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Digital Twins, Electrification, Modeling and Simulation, Zero-fuel Aircraft

Signal Integrity Channel Feature Extraction for Deep Learning

Develop a deep learning approach for signal integrity applications.

Impact: Accelerate signal integrity design and analysis to enable society with more robust and connected internet communications.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Neural Networks, RF and Mixed Signal

Be the first to sign up for this project
and receive a MathWorks T-shirt!

Wind Turbine Predictive Maintenance Using Machine Learning

Improve the reliability of wind turbines by using machine learning to inform a predictive maintenance model.

Impact: Contribute to providing the world with reliable green energy.

Expertise gained: Industry 4.0, Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Machine Learning, Electrification, Modeling and Simulation, Predictive Maintenance, Wind Turbines

Optimal Data Center Cooling

Improve performance, stability, and cost effectiveness of data centers by designing a cooling algorithm that keeps the system running as efficiently as possible.

Impact: Contribute to the performance, reliability, and efficiency of data centers worldwide.

Expertise gained: Big Data, Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Cloud Computing, Control, Deep Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Parallel Computing, Predictive Maintenance

Be the first to sign up for this project
and receive a MathWorks T-shirt!

Control, Modeling, Design, and Simulation of Modern HVAC Systems

Model a modern HVAC system and design a controller to improve heating, cooling, ventilation, air quality, pressure, humidity, and energy efficiency.

Impact: Contribute to the design and control of modern homes and buildings to preserve energy and healthy living environments.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Modeling and Simulation, Electrification, Control

Predictive Electric Vehicle Cooling

Improve range, performance, and battery life by designing a cooling algorithm that keep EV battery packs cool when they need it most.

Impact: Contribute to the electrification of transport worldwide. Increase the range, performance, and battery life of EVs.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Automotive, Control, Electrification, Modeling and Simulation, Optimization

Speech Background Noise Suppression with Deep Learning

Develop a deep learning neural network for audio background noise suppression.

Impact: Advance hearing aid technology through research in speech enhancement and noise suppression and improve the quality of life of persons with a hearing impairment.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Signal Processing

Improve the Accuracy of Satellite Navigation Systems

Improve the accuracy of satellite navigation systems by using non-binary LDPC codes.

Impact: Accelerate the development of modern satellite navigation receivers.

Expertise gained: 5G, GNSS, Wireless Communication

Monitoring and Control of Bioreactor for Pharmaceutical Production

Monitor and control an industrial scale bioreactor process for pharmaceutical production.

Impact: Improve quality and consistency of pharmaceutical products and contribute to transitioning the pharmaceutical sector to Industry 4.0.

Expertise gained: Big Data, Industry 4.0, Control, IoT, Modeling and Simulation, Optimization, Machine Learning

Deep Learning for UAV Infrastructure Inspection

Automate the process of infrastructure inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles and deep learning.

Impact: Enhance safety and speed of infrastructure inspection across a wide range of industries.

Expertise gained: Computer Vision, Drones, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, UAV, SLAM, Deep Learning

3D Virtual Test Track for Autonomous Driving

Design a 3D virtual environment to test the diverse conditions needed to develop an autonomous vehicle.

Impact: Contribute to autonomous vehicle development by creating virtual test scenes that can be used with many simulators across multiple vehicle development programs.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive, Modeling and Simulation

Simulation-Based Design of Humanoid Robots

Develop and use models of humanoid robots to increase understanding of how best to control them and direct them to do useful tasks.

Impact: Accelerate the deployment of humanoid robots to real-world tasks including in healthcare, construction, and manufacturing.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Control, Cyber-Physical Systems, Deep Learning, Humanoid, Human-Robot Interaction, Machine Learning, Mobile Robots, Modeling and Simulation, Optimization, Reinforcement Learning

Build a Wireless Communications Link with Software-Defined Radio

Gain practical experience in wireless communication by designing inexpensive software-designed radios.

Impact: Develop your own expertise in wireless technology and drive this megatrend forward, in industry and society.

Expertise gained: 5G, Low-Cost Hardware, Modeling and Simulation, Signal Processing, Software-Defined Radio, Wireless Communication

Be the first to sign up for this project
and receive a MathWorks T-shirt!

Intelligent Fan Air Cooling System

Design an intelligent fan cooling system to moderate temperatures in a building to eliminate or reduce the need for air conditioning systems.

Impact: Contribute to energy and carbon footprint reduction.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Control, Modeling and Simulation, Optimization

Signal Coverage Maps Using Measurements and Machine Learning

Reduce the cost of 5G and IoT network deployment by generating coverage maps from limited measurements.

Impact: Contribute to the evolution and deployment of new wireless communications systems.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Machine Learning, Wireless Communication

Applying Machine Learning for the Development of Physical Sensor Models in Game Engine Environment

Realistic synthetic sensor data will soon eliminate the need of collecting tons of real data for machine learning based perception algorithms. Accelerate this transition by creating a real-time camera distortion model.

Impact: Reduce development efforts of autonomous vehicles and robots.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, Neural Networks

Selection of Mechanical Actuators Using Simulation-Based Analysis

Help accelerate the design and development of autonomous systems by providing a framework for mechanical actuators analysis and selection.

Impact: Help evaluate and select actuation systems across multiple industries (robotic, automotive, manufacturing, aerospace) and help designers come up with novel actuation solutions.

Expertise gained: Drones, Robotics, Control, Cyber-physical Systems, Electrification, Humanoid, Manipulators, Modeling and Simulation

Be the first to sign up for this project
and receive a MathWorks T-shirt!

Battery Pack Design Automation

Reduce the effort required to properly develop a battery pack optimized for an automotive drive cycle.

Impact: Contribute to the global transition to zero-emission energy source.

Expertise gained: Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Control, Electrification, Optimization, Parallel Computing

Rotor-Flying Manipulator Simulation

Rotor-flying manipulation will change the future of aerial transportation and manipulation in construction and hazardous environments. Take robotics manipulation to the next level with an autonomous UAV.

Impact: Transform the field of robot manipulation.

Expertise gained: Drones, Robotics, Manipulators, Modeling and Simulation, UAV

MIMO Engine Airpath Control

Internal combustion engines will continue to be used in the automotive marketplace well into the future. Build a MIMO airflow control to improve engine performances, fuel economy, and emissions, and start your career in the automotive industry!

Impact: Improve environmental friendliness of engine control by tier 1 automotive supplier.

Expertise gained: Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive, Control, Modeling and Simulation

Current submissions

Voice Controlled Robot

Smart devices and robots have become part of our everyday life and human-robot interaction plays a crucial role in this rapidly expanding market. Talking to a machine is going to complete change the way we work with robots.

Impact: Open up the opportunities to create robots that can be an intuitive part of our world.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Robotics, Signal Processing, Natural Language Processing, Mobile Robots, Human-Robot Interaction, Low-Cost Hardware

Quadruped Robot with a Manipulator

Legged robots with manipulators will be the ideal platforms to traverse rough terrains and interact with the environment. Are you ready to tackle the challenge of operating robots outdoor?

Impact: Contribute to state-of-the-art technologies for exploration and search and rescue transformation.

Expertise gained: Robotics, Control, Image Processing, Manipulators, Mobile Robots, Modeling and Simulation

Underwater Drone Hide and Seek

After robots conquered ground, sky and space, they are going deep sea next. Explore the frontier of autonomous underwater vehicles by doing a project on robot collaboration and competition underwater.

Impact: Advance underwater exploration and AUVs collaboration for the future of ocean engineering.

Expertise gained: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, AUV, Embedded AI, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Sensor Fusion and Tracking, SLAM

Autonomous Vehicle Localization Using Onboard Sensors and HD Geolocated Maps

Revolutionize the current transportation system by improving autonomous vehicles localization for level 5 automation.

Impact: Contribute to the change of automobile industry, and transportation system.

Expertise gained: Computer Vision, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, SLAM, State Estimation, Sensor Fusion and Tracking