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Senior Design Projects Using C-Stamp Microcontrollers

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Green Renewable Energy and Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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25.1153.1 - 25.1153.10



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Chao Li Florida A&M University

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Chao Li is currently working at Florida A&M University as an Assistant Professor in electronic engineering technology. He is teaching electronic and computer engineering technology courses. He obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from Florida International University. He is an IEEE member and a member in ASEE. His research interests include signal processing, biometrics,
embedded microcontroller design, and application of new instructional technology in classroom instruction.

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Antonio Jose Soares P.E. Florida A&M University and Florida State University

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Antonio Soares was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla., in Dec. 1998. He continued his education by obtaining a master's of science degree in electrical engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Dec. of 2000 with a focus on semiconductor devices, semiconductor physics, optoelectronics, and integrated circuit design. Soares then worked for Medtronic as a full-time Integrated Circuit Designer until Nov. 2003. Soares started his pursuit of a doctorate of philosophy degree at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Jan. 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Perry. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Soares was immediately hired as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Electronic Engineering Technology Department at FAMU. Soares has made many contributions to the department, from curriculum improvements, to ABET accreditation, and more recently by securing a grant with the Department of Education for more than half a million dollars.

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Senior Design Projects using C-Stamp MicrocontrollersIn the paper, the authors describe two senior design projects using C-Stamp Microcontrollers. Oneproject is an electronic scoreboard. The scoreboard can connect to one or two basketball rims and hastwo player modes: 1-player and 2-player. In the 1-player mode, the player has 30 seconds to score asmany baskets as possible. The score is then recorded and the highest score achieved is displayed at thestart of each game. In the 2-player mode, each player has 30 seconds to score as many baskets aspossible. The winner is displayed after the time has expired. The second project is smart parking lot. Thissystem will guide vehicles to the most convenient parking spot available through an LED display, locatedat the lot entrance. Using a micro-controller, a priority system will be implemented which will allow thesystem to choose the best possible option. Infrared lasers or inductive loops will detect vehiclesentering the lot, and also vehicles in parking spots. Both of these two projects use C-Stampmicrocontrollers. The benefits of using C-Stamp microcontroller include fast prototyping, easy to learnand easy to use. It provided an instructive and meaningful experience for the students.

Li, C., & Soares, A. J. (2012, June), Senior Design Projects Using C-Stamp Microcontrollers Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21910

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