In order to gain better insight into the preferences and behaviors of drivers when they interact with Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), Subaru would like to collect naturalistic data from drivers. Students on the Subaru team will design and execute a complete data collection system in a test vehicle provided by Subaru that acquires and stores data including video, vehicle accelerometer, and location data for analysis at a later date.
Union Pacific runs trains all across the United States and with that comes many challenges. As we continue to build our systems, we need to ensure that the data being sent around our network is clean, in sync with other systems, and is easy to query. Students on the Union Pacific team will design and develop the components for building a comprehensive business data store structure and analytics model that will allow easy access to petabytes worth of data from a multitude of devices and systems.
The Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) is an online platform including web-services and advanced methods in probability, statistics, and machine learning in the health sector. This team will develop an enhanced analysis and visualization toolbox with an emphasis on “Big Data” - very large datasets that are difficult to analyze and interpret in meaningful ways with basic probability and statistical methods.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) have been improving accident impact simulations by broadening the types of body sizes and shapes considered. Students will develop parametric human body models that are capable of testing wide ranges of body sizes, types, and shapes to help create better adaptive and personalized designs for human safety and mobility.
The current after-market automotive rear seat entertainment tablet headrest mounting solutions aren’t very aesthetically pleasing and they lack integrated inductive charging. The students on the Alps Alpine team will design and prototype an aesthetically pleasing solution that has wireless inductive charging integrated into it so the tablet will charge while connected to the headrest mount.
The JPMorgan Chase project team will design and deliver an analytics tool that will monitor and evaluate the current task work assignments of 2,200 global JPMC team members. The tool will recommend reassignment of project work between staff to better balance workloads and improve on-time delivery. All student team members will become JPMC 2022 Summer Interns based in Chicago, Il.
The impact to critical electrical connectivity of automotive wire harnesses after thermal exposure is currently evaluated with costly and time-consuming physical testing. Students will research, develop, and design a virtual simulation for the wire and terminal connection to determine its pull strength performance and resulting circuit resistance delta readings prior and after undergoing high temperature degradation cycles.
Honda Research and Development is leading advancements in the area of mobility, power units, energy, and robotics. The students on the Honda team will work to develop simultaneous localization and mapping algorithms for a small Parallax robot to identify and navigate 2D planes using a time-offlight camera.
Generative design utilizes topology optimization suggesting novel geometric forms, which are then evaluated for effectiveness against the design criteria (in this case heat transferability, cost, operational life, etc.) and then developed into feasible design solutions. Students on the GM team will develop a generative design process to determine the optimal geometry for a cold-plate cooling design for an electric vehicle.
One of the challenges of validating radar sensors is testing them over a full range of environmental exposures. Students on the Aptiv team will design, build and test a temperature control environment to more accurately validate radars under a wide range of environmental conditions for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Navigating 100,000 square feet of casino floor spread out over 2 levels is challenging for both patrons and staff of the MotorCity Casino. Students on the MotorCity Casino team will utilize data from a large and dense network of Bluetooth beacons on the casino floor to create a native Android mobile app.
ProQuest is an educational technology company which provides academic libraries with Rialto, a marketplace which supports evidence-based, data-driven decisions for intelligent book acquisition. Students on this team will use machine learning techniques to deliver a proof of concept system which reliably predicts the likelihood of winning a book award, for each book published in a given year.
Subaru aims to apply electrification technologies to all of its vehicles sold worldwide by the 1st half of 2030. Students on this project will focus on the customer usage aspects of the vehicle to design and build a system to capture and store the data necessary to measure the comfort zone of drivers of electric vehicles through sensors, driving control, and data collection focusing on acceleration and deceleration.
With over a billion parking spots in the United States, there is plenty of opportunity for people to forget where they parked their car. The students on this team will design and develop an augmented reality wayfinding app that will allow parking customers to use their phone to find their car in a parking structure.
Cat Digital, at Caterpillar Inc., uses Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and advanced analytics to provide prognostic alerts to customers notifying them of potential issues with their equipment to prompt proactive maintenance. Students on this team will analyze and model transactional data to better understand and accurately predict how customers respond to maintenance alerts.
Yazaki is a global leader in the design and manufacture of electrical and electronic systems for automotive applications. Students on the Yazaki Wireless Door Module Team will investigate and develop a method for powering and controlling automotive door functions that does not require electrical wiring to be routed between the door and the car body side.
Principal is on the path to implementing new technology to better serve customers, but in the meantime, we face a challenge in serving our existing clients on legacy platforms. This team will be tasked to design a tool to extract customer policy and demographic data from a mainframe system and run it through an actuarial pricing database to provide a premium quote to existing customers.
Whirlpool is looking at advanced controls technologies including machine learning, neural networks, and model predictive controllers that will more efficiently cool complex refrigerator systems. Students on this team will evaluate current capabilities on the Python framework that will be fast prototyped and applied in a simulation environment with a conceptual plant model.
DENSO is one of the largest global mobility/automotive suppliers of advanced technology, systems, and components. Students on this team will become intimately familiar with DENSO’s core processes in commercial management and product launch readiness, while integrating an API with Toyota Motor Corp to create efficiencies. All team members will become Denso 2022 Summer Interns based in Michigan/Tennessee.
Clarios creates the most advanced battery technologies for virtually every type of vehicle. Students on the Clarios team will develop a tool to collect and communicate the battery state of health to a mobile device to detect potential battery failure and avoid stranding a customer with a dead battery.
The objective of this project is to develop software algorithms for state-of-the-art audio surveillance of aircraft cabin areas to enhance cabin safety and improve the passenger experience. Students on the Collins Audio Analytics team will develop software algorithms to support sound and voice identification, detection, and key word recognition in aircraft interiors.
This faculty research team is designing a nanospacecraft and operating a space mission that will explore the feasibility of a novel propulsion technology – miniature electrodynamic tethers – as propellant-less propulsion to new classes of very small satellites known as picosats and femtosats. Students will create a spacecraft with an operational ED tether for the first experimental testing of propellantless operation in space.
In order for critical driver alert systems to be universally effective, they must be designed with the broad population in mind, including people with accessibility concerns. The students on the Arriver team will research and design a driver alert system that specifically targets drivers with accessibility issues such as deafness and color blindness.
Functionality is continually being added to aircraft interiors, creating the need for efficient wireless communications to keep wire mass down. Students on this Collins Aerospace Wifi Communication Bridge team will design and develop a bridge that seamlessly achieves data transfers between a low power/low bandwidth communication protocol and a high power/high bandwidth communication profile
ASML is an innovation leader in the semiconductor industry, and their machines have modules with fairly massive and fast (~100 kg, 3 m/s) scanning stages. Students on the ASML team will design a (semi-passive) deceleration system for our newest stage to come to a stop safely in the event of a control failure, thus enabling it to run at full speed (5 m/s) safely.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) makes products that are trusted in millions of homes, and many of these products utilize plastic film packaging. Students on the P&G team will identify contaminants in post consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene and determine the level of PCR that can be successfully reincorporated into film packaging. All student team members will become P&G 2022 Summer Interns based in Cincinnati, OH.
The goal of this project is to explore methods of incorporating visual communication of effort, gesture, and movement into telematic performance without video transmission. Practical experiments with different sensing techniques, including infrared motion capture, inertial measurement, electromyography, and force sensing will be coupled with novel digitally fabricated mechatronic displays.
Following the inspiration of the meteorology community and Weather Underground that connected backyard weather STATSions into the global weather system, this student team will deploy magnetometers and other sensors everywhere to make a dense distributed array to enable new science and understanding of the Earth’s space environment.
Develop a new genre of inclusive augmented reality games and room-sized interactive systems that remove physical and social barriers to play. The project addresses the unmet need of players with different mobility abilities to play and exercise together in spaces such as school gymnasiums, community centers, and family entertainment centers.
ORBIT stands for the Online Resource for Building Intercultural Teams—and it’s one of many projects underway in the ORBIT Lab! We’re also developing a tool for middle schoolers to team up on social justice issues, working on a book called Creative Resilience, and collaborating with faculty in pharmacy and cardiology on an interactive dashboard to help providers better care for heart failure patients.
Critical Improvisation Studies investigates processes related to problem solving, innovation, decision making, interaction, organization, and artistry in fields and projects such as self-driving cars, the Mars Rover, farming, machine learning, comedy, video game design, artistic installation and performance, management, design, architecture, and urban planning. This team will develop new ideas about improvisation by collaborating across these and other disciplines.
This team will enable the architecture student to translate and test spatial ideas in the design process through immersive technologies using point clouds generated from photogrammetry and LiDAR. In addition to scanning and photogrammetry, this team will test design methodologies (experimenting with VFX and VR), create templates for workflow documentation, and establish a database for site scans and student projects.
This project will explore ways to use robots to assist with farming and gardening tasks. The project will be done in collaboration with the UM Campus Farm and will feature working with a real robot to perform tasks related to agriculture. Studying the most impactful way to use robots in this context is a key part of the project.