Rice Design Team Wins International Circuits and Systems Design Competition

From left are students Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. Photo courtesy of Joe Cavallaro

Dr. Joseph Cavallaro, the Houston area Circuits and Systems Society Chair and Rice University Student Branch Counselor, reported that the Axon Mobile Senior Design Team has won the international IEEE Circuits and Systems student design contest.  The Axon Mobile team members – Aidan Curtis, Sophia D’Amico, Andres Gomez, Benjamin Klimko, and Irene Zhang, developed an instrument to gather signals from a seizure patient’s brain and send them wirelessly to a computer.  This design is superior to the current method, which involves a lot of wires and cables, tethering a patient to a bunch of machines, rather than letting them be free to move about, and have less stress.  The Axon team, which is composed of Rice IEEE Student Branch members, traveled to Sapporo Japan to represent Regions 1-7 (USA and Canada) and competed against teams from China, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil at the flagship International Symposium of the Circuits and Systems Society (ISCAS) at the end of May.  For more details on this brilliant project and the team, click here.   To learn more about the Circuits and Systems design competition click here and here.

The Houston Section of IEEE is so grateful to Dr. Cavallaro, the Rice Student Branch, and especially the members of the Axon Mobile Design Team.  You are all excellent ambassadors of the Houston Section and the electrical engineering profession.

Article by Vincent Palughi

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