Beyster BluePath Structure Navigation System for the Visually Impaired

Beyster BluePath Structure Navigation System for the Visually Impaired

Professor David Chesney (Computer Science) will lead this team of students to create an in-building, pedestrian navigation system for blind and visually-impaired persons. Students will design a system utilizing appropriate software, hardware, and devices to give a student, faculty, staff or visitor with low vision the ability to easily navigate the Bob and Betty Beyster Building (BBB), even given the dynamics of building layout


Students who work on this project will display their work at the University of Michigan Presidential Symposium to celebrate the Bicentennial on October 26th, 2017.  Leaders in industry and academia will judge the projects for creativity and innovation, awarding $25,000 to the best student projects.

More Information: Campus of the Future


Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following document in January 2017:
Student IP Agreement for this Project Team
How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors Any, A&D, CE, CS, ECE, EE, SI
  • Course Substitutions EECS 498, CSE-G, EE MDE, SI, A&D Elec, Honors, CE MDE, Data Science Capstone, ECE Cognate
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
  • Android Programming (2 Students)

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Any
  • Mapping & Beacon Technology (2 Students)

    • Likely Majors: EE, CE, ECE, CSE/CS-LSA
  • User Interface Design (2 Students)

    UI/UX Design, design for accessibility, usability studies, graphic design experience/interest desireable

    • Likely Majors: Information (SI), A&D

Faculty Mentor: David Chesneyportrait
Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering
I have the absolute pleasure and privilege of teaching Computer Science students at both the beginning of their undergraduate academic experience and at the end. Currently, I teach mostly ENG100 Gaming for the Greater Good and EECS481 Software Engineering (although I have taught many other courses during my time at U-M).
Sponsor Mentor: Jeff Meadorportrait
Director of Apple Technologies
As the Director of Apple Technologies at Vectorform, Jeff leads an elite team of global developers. Together, his team is changing the way you experience the world, in the car, at the hospital, at the store, on the phone and in your home. They are inventing the impossible and transforming the businesses of the world’s leading brands. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Computer Science with a specialization in Game Design. Since 2011, Jeff has indulged in exploring the unknown and getting to know the unexplored at Vectorform. He enjoys traveling and recently spent a summer living in Europe submersing himself in new cultures.
Faculty Mentor: Ann Kapustaportrait
Director of Research, Development and Applied Sciences
Ann Kapusta is the Director of Research and Development and Applied Sciences at Vectorform. Ann leads the innovation practice at Vectorform and champions the company mission to invent the impossible. Ann sets agendas for research into emerging technologies and manages cutting edge laboratory explorations with the goal to define the future. Prior to her work at Vectorform, Ann worked at NASA as an operations manager for the largest biological research experiment on the International Space Station. As part of her time at NASA, Ann assisted in launching 40 mice to space and ran the mission control center working directly with astronauts during on-orbit operations to ensure mission success. Ann earned her Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics at Dartmouth College and attended the University of Michigan for her graduate work in Space Systems Engineering.