LIGHTS: Interactive Graphical High-end Training System

LIGHTS was developed for the Software Engineering Group Project module at the University of Southampton for the 2010-2011 academic year. A team of five students worked on the project, including Peter West, Thomas Smith, Daniel May, Jakob Aungiers, and myself. The goal of the project was to create a tool to teach users about the lights and markings on an airfield. Coded in Java, the graphics were produced by Java2D and Java OpenGL (JOGL). Some features of the system included runway category selection, day/night views, a fully explorable 3D environment, a cockpit view, environmental effects such as fog, an interactive PAPI system, and a taxiway system. We even included a mockup of Southampton Airport and London Heathrow Airport. The project was picked as one of the best of the year.

C-Dog: Computer-based Direct Object Guidance. Assisting the Visually Impaired by the use of Object Recognition

C-Dog was conceived in the computer science lab at Fox Lane High School. After trying, and failing, to use a camera with a simple processing chip to make a robot see, the idea of using cameras and computer vision to help humans, much like a Seeing-Eye Dog, was born. After I consulted with my research professor I emailed one of the pioneers of computer vision and machine learning, Dr. Yann LeCun at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. After teaming up with fellow computer science student William Hayworth, we trained C-Dog to recognize objects in the outside world and figure out if they were a threat or not to the user. I presented the project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair 2008, where it won a Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research. I also was a presenter at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 2008 in Albany, New York.

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Sumo was created for competition in the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio. At exactly 123lbs, it was one of the heaviest in the 125lb weight class. The body was made of steel in a octagon design. The sides measured about 1.5 feet high with a protruding lip on the bottom. Sumo was powered by 2 motorcycle batteries that drove 2 electric wheelchair motors (low high-speed but high torque). Each motor turned a high-friction gel wheel that provided extra grip. For eyes, Sumo had 4 Ultrasonic Range-finding Sensors on the front and 1 on the back. The logic behind Sumo came from a Parallax BS2px Microcontroller. Since the competition required the robots to be self-controlled, Sumo's sensor I/O was multi-threaded to allow for the fastest processing possible since autonomy requires a high amount of speed and precision. Sumo was outfitted with a remote and on-board kill switches for safety. Sumo won Silver in the 2008 NRC competition. 

The Effects of Bio-filtration on the Presence of Volatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Environments

Everyday we here more and more about air quality in the US. The BioFilter was created to clean up the air naturally. As the brain child of Eli Arnow and I, the BioFilter will change the way we look at air filtration. Unlike most air filters, the BioFilter uses plants as the filtration device. As air passes through the beautiful hydroponic plant facade, microorganisms at the roots of the pants absorb toxic air particulates, called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and synthesize them into oxygen. VOCs are off-gassed from common items such as rugs, paints, upholstery, and cleaning supplies. We presented the project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair 2007, we were selected to present at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We also presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 2007 in Albany, New York.

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Arctic Ice Analysis

Time Analysis of Sorting Algorithms

Time-Space Analysis of Region Detection Algorithms