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Homebook, Stephen Poth, Simon Stauber, Jake Vargas Jun 2019

Homebook, Stephen Poth, Simon Stauber, Jake Vargas

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Having a reliable address system is something that is often taken for granted, but simply having one comes with immense benefits. People can easily find locations of friends and family, services like taxis know exactly where to pick customers up, and emergency response units can accurately find the scene of emergencies quickly. However, in many developing countries, these are luxuries only afforded by the wealthy and privileged neighborhoods. Locations are given haphazardly through description, often leading to late arrivals. In some cases this can be a dire possibility. Our solution aims to change this by developing a mobile application that ...


Trippit: An Optimal Itinerary Generator, Andrew Nguyen, Osama Shoubber Jun 2019

Trippit: An Optimal Itinerary Generator, Andrew Nguyen, Osama Shoubber

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Travelers often lose interest and joy when traveling in tourist-packed areas around the world. As more restaurants and attractions open up in popular cities, the wait and travel time from one location to another inevitably increases. Each attraction has certain hours throughout the day where visitors surge and the wait times increase. In addition, traffic and travel time is an important factor to consider when looking to optimize ones trip. However, with large amounts of attractions, it is difficult to calculate and consider the most optimal routes and times an individual should use to visit each possible attraction. Travelers ultimately ...


A Questioning Agent For Literary Discussion, Robbie Culkin, Tim Shur Jun 2019

A Questioning Agent For Literary Discussion, Robbie Culkin, Tim Shur

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Developing a compelling and cohesive thesis for analytical writing can be a daunting task, even for those who have produced many written works, and finding others to engage with in literary discussion can be equally challenging. In this paper, we describe our solution: Questioner, a discussion tool that engages users in conversation about an academic topic of their choosing for the purpose of collecting thoughts on a subject and constructing an argument. This system will ask informed questions that prompt further discussion about the topic and provide a discussion report after the conversation has ended. We found that our system ...


Deaddropbox: A Time-Locked Safe For Data, Robert Herriott, Peter Paulson, Nathaniel Kragas Jun 2019

Deaddropbox: A Time-Locked Safe For Data, Robert Herriott, Peter Paulson, Nathaniel Kragas

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

This project is a proof-of-concept for software which would allow users to securely store sensitive data in such a way that it is difficult or impossible for third parties to compromise the data, even when the user is compelled to assist them. It will operate by storing data across multiple devices in a unreadable form so that it is inaccessible until the data is reunified. The user may specify the circumstances under which different pieces of the data may be accessed, so that it is impossible to access under circumstances of duress.


Doorbell For The Hearing Impaired, Shannen Edwin, Dominic Magdaluyo Jun 2019

Doorbell For The Hearing Impaired, Shannen Edwin, Dominic Magdaluyo

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Doorbell options for hearing impaired individuals is seriously limited. Affordable solutions are not scalable while other solutions are expensive. With this in mind, we designed a scalable and affordable system that will be beneficial to hearing impaired individuals in a small aspect of their life. Our solution takes advantage of affordable IoT devices and software to build a proof of concept. Due to the scope of the project, we only designed a proof of concept, in the hope that a company can design a viable product that will not only benefit hearing impaired individuals but bring a powerful IoT system ...


Keyboard Hero, Connor Lucier Jun 2019

Keyboard Hero, Connor Lucier

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Learning the piano is a complicated process that involves a lifetime of practice. For many new musicians, however, this task is overwhelming and discouraging because of the many skills involved in playing the piano. To solve this problem, I aim to create a computer game compatible with MIDI keyboards that gives novice pianists an alternative to the typical learning process and gives experienced pianists a new and useful practice tool. The game I created is inspired by two popular video games, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, featuring instant accuracy feedback against imported MIDI tracks, high score tracking, and the ability ...


The Labyrinth, Derek Nakamura, Marko Trapani, Liam Walker Jun 2019

The Labyrinth, Derek Nakamura, Marko Trapani, Liam Walker

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

The Labyrinth is a puzzle video game meant to be experienced with a virtual reality headset. It aims to differ from typical puzzle games by being simultaneously fun, immersive, and mentally stimulating. The game consists of three unique level types, with room for further development to create more complex versions of said levels. In this document, we discuss how we developed the game environment to effectively engage the player in enjoyable and engaging problem-solving challenges. The game has been rigidly tested and play-testers were surveyed on their experiences, in order to improve the game.


The Original Beat: An Electronic Music Production System And Its Design, Eli Yale, Christian Quintero, Matt Kordonsky Jun 2019

The Original Beat: An Electronic Music Production System And Its Design, Eli Yale, Christian Quintero, Matt Kordonsky

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

The barrier to entry in electronic music production is high. It requires expensive, complicated software, extensive knowledge of music theory and experience with sound generation. Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are the main tools used to piece together digital sounds and produce a complete song. While these DAWs are great for music professionals, they have a steep learning curve for beginners and they must run native on a user’s computer. For a novice to begin creating music takes much more time, eort, and money than it should. We believe anyone who is interested in creating electronic music deserves a simple ...


Justrun - Social Gps Running Game, Riley Bergin, Maggie Cai, Simran Judge, Grace Ling Jun 2019

Justrun - Social Gps Running Game, Riley Bergin, Maggie Cai, Simran Judge, Grace Ling

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

With advances in technology allowing people to live more sedentary lives, more and more people are struggling to live a healthy active lifestyle. In the efforts to combat unhealthy styles of living, we wish to introduce a mobile app that takes advantage of motivational game mechanics to motivate players will make go on runs regularly.


Galápago!, Jeffrey Nguyen, Sally Park, Manuel Sanchez Jun 2019

Galápago!, Jeffrey Nguyen, Sally Park, Manuel Sanchez

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

The Galápagos Islands are the tourism hub in Ecuador. The islands greatly benefit economically from the tourism industry, but tourism also affects the conservation of the islands and the local businesses. Locals are suffering due to the impact of tourism. Tourists from around the world go to the archipelago seeking the beauty of the islands. People come on cruise ships to ports, but many aren’t aware of the local businesses and etiquette on the islands, preferring to stay on the ship or near the ports. GalápaGo! is the solution for locals and tourists on the Galapagos Islands. The goal ...


Synergy: An Energy Monitoring And Visualization System, Sarah Johnson, Pearce Ropion Jun 2019

Synergy: An Energy Monitoring And Visualization System, Sarah Johnson, Pearce Ropion

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

The key to becoming a more sustainable society is first learning to take responsibility for the role we play in energy consumption. Real-time energy usage gives energy consumers a sense of responsibility over what they can do to accomplish a much larger goal for the planet, and practically speaking, what they can do to lower the cost to their wallets. Synergy is an energy monitoring and visualization system that enables users to gather information about the energy consumption in a building – small or large – and display that data for the user in real-time. The gathered energy usage data is processed ...


Top Level Mesh, Matt Jasaitis, Tristen Islam Jun 2019

Top Level Mesh, Matt Jasaitis, Tristen Islam

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

This paper will cover our report on the Top Level Mesh. We have built a web-based system for mesh network management. This system allows network utilities to be used from a web-based interface to monitor and manage the transfer of data. The system runs primarily on Raspberry Pis using Raspbian Linux. Users can access the system through web browsers to both configure the system and interact with the data on the network. We discuss our motivation for the project, design decisions made, technologies used and more throughout this report. We conclude with some lessons learned and future work to be ...


Galápaguide, Neel Sampemane, Stephen Pacwa, Mason Bruce, Paul Ahrens Jun 2019

Galápaguide, Neel Sampemane, Stephen Pacwa, Mason Bruce, Paul Ahrens

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

In collaboration with the the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, the Association of Guides on the Galápagos, and Santa Clara University’s Frugal Innovation Hub, we developed a mobile application and administrative website connected through a REST API to a backend database as tools to assist naturalist guides on the Galápagos archipelago in conservation efforts. The goal of this system is to enable the naturalist guides and administrators to report issues with greater efficiency and view the data in a more useful way. This report outlines our design for this project and the reasoning behind our design decisions.


Virtual Reality Physics Scenarios, Patric Zhang, Thomas King Jun 2019

Virtual Reality Physics Scenarios, Patric Zhang, Thomas King

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Many students taking physics early on in their education find that it may be difficult to associate the theory they learn in class with how physics works in real world scenarios. Through various experiments in class, students are able to see examples of physics phenomena, but those experiments are limited by equipment, and do not offer precise data. To combat this, we are creating a virtual reality application for students to use to help learn physics. This report details the requirements the system will meet, as well as the use cases and subsequent activity diagrams for all users. We have ...


H.E.A.R.T., Jacob Day, Yutong Li, Samuel Rietz, Brendan Watamura Jun 2019

H.E.A.R.T., Jacob Day, Yutong Li, Samuel Rietz, Brendan Watamura

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Healthy parenting and family resilience in early childhood has been shown to be an important factor in building emotional resilience for the children: it illustrates that when parents have higher emotional resilience, their children tend to have higher emotional resilience as well. However, the tools that available in the market right now only teach people what emotional resilience rather than how to practice it in daily life.

This report describes our project to create a virtual reality tool that can not only teach the importance of emotional resilience, but also help the parents develop personal resilience. The system is based ...


Bronco Books: Textbook E-Commerce Platform, Vineet Joshi, Terry Shih, David Taylor Jun 2019

Bronco Books: Textbook E-Commerce Platform, Vineet Joshi, Terry Shih, David Taylor

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

College students purchase textbooks for the classes they take every quarter, but current solutions for selling back those textbooks are insufficient, requiring that the student pay to utilize the selling platforms or that the student build rapport within a given community. Our project, Bronco Books, offers a solution by being a native mobile application open to only SCU students. Bronco Books will be free to access and will act as an e-commerce platform where students go to sell their textbooks. We were motivated to create Bronco Books primarily because we wanted to help alleviate the financial burden that comes with ...


Mindmusic: Brain-Controlled Musical Improvisation, Rachel Goldstein, Andy Vainauskas Jun 2019

Mindmusic: Brain-Controlled Musical Improvisation, Rachel Goldstein, Andy Vainauskas

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

MindMusic explores a new form of creative expression through brain controlled musical improvisation. Using EEG technology and a musical improviser system, Impro-Visor (Keller, 2018), MindMusic engages users in musical improvisation sessions controlled with their brainwaves. Brain-controlled musical improvisation offers a unique blend of mindfulness meditation, EEG biofeedback, and real-time music generation, and stands to assist with stress reduction and widen access to musical creativity.


Solemate: A Music App For Runners, Arshi Jujara, Samantha Lee, Samantha Song Jun 2019

Solemate: A Music App For Runners, Arshi Jujara, Samantha Lee, Samantha Song

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Solemate is a mobile application designed to enhance the running experience through music. Our feed-forward algorithm sets the runner’s pace by playing music that varies in tempo. By encouraging the user to match their steps to the beat, our application cultivates a run that feels natural and inspires intrinsic motivation, especially for the beginner runner.


Agora Teaching App, Sam Burns, Daisuke Kurita, Casey Xuereb Jun 2019

Agora Teaching App, Sam Burns, Daisuke Kurita, Casey Xuereb

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Professional development of teachers normally ends after formal collegiate education. Agora desires to help educators continually train, to learn the skills of good teaching in classrooms by using various, non-traditional methodologies. By translating Agoras current platform to an app, Agora can widen their scope and serve Latin American countries outside of Peru, where they are currently based. We will simply take their current business and course platform and provide a mobile user interface for it. By expanding the reach of Agora, Latin American teachers will be well equipped to teach their classes with innovation and effectiveness.


Promarc: An Online Skills And Projects Marketplace, Connor Carraher, Victor Yu Jun 2019

Promarc: An Online Skills And Projects Marketplace, Connor Carraher, Victor Yu

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Technical projects can vary greatly in terms of cost, complexity, and time. Project leads spend a lot of valuable time and energy making sure that their teams are organized and on-task. A major part of their responsibilities includes putting together a team with the right skills in order to maximize efficiency. Having a platform where project leads can quickly find team members with the right skills would save them a lot of stress and trouble. The goal of this project is to deliver such a platform, where users can make posts about their projects and the technical skills that they ...


Scu Courses, Conner Davis, Matthew Wong Apr 2019

Scu Courses, Conner Davis, Matthew Wong

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Registering for classes is a nightmare that students at Santa Clara University undergo three or more times a year while juggling midterm exams. It’s hard to find a schedule that works well for you, balancing the need to take classes that will satisfy degree progress with the need to work around obligations outside of class and avoid getting stuck in an 8am lecture. SCU Courses is a web app where students input their current degree progress and receive a list of possible schedules to take next quarter, collapsing the time-consuming process of carefully crafting a schedule into just one ...


Machine Learning Solution To Organ-At-Risk Segmentation For Radiation Treatment Planning, Brie Goo, Katrina May, Haobo Zhang, James Olivas Apr 2019

Machine Learning Solution To Organ-At-Risk Segmentation For Radiation Treatment Planning, Brie Goo, Katrina May, Haobo Zhang, James Olivas

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

In the treatment of cancer using ionizing radiation, it is important to design a treatment plan such that dose to normal, healthy organs is sufficiently low. Today, segmentation requires a trained human to carefully outline, or segment, organs on each slice of a treatment planning computed tomography (CT) scan but it is laborious, time-consuming, and contains intra- and inter-rater variability. Currently, existing clinical automation technology relies on atlas-based automation, which has limited segmentation accuracy. Thus the auto-segmentations require post process editing by an expert. In this paper, we propose a machine learning solution that shortens the segmentation time of organs-at-risk ...


Best Trade-Off Point Method For Efficient Resource Provisioning In Spark, Peter P. Nghiem Nov 2018

Best Trade-Off Point Method For Efficient Resource Provisioning In Spark, Peter P. Nghiem

Computer Science and Engineering

Considering the recent exponential growth in the amount of information processed in Big Data, the high energy consumed by data processing engines in datacenters has become a major issue, underlining the need for efficient resource allocation for more energy-efficient computing. We previously proposed the Best Trade-off Point (BToP) method, which provides a general approach and techniques based on an algorithm with mathematical formulas to find the best trade-off point on an elbow curve of performance vs. resources for efficient resource provisioning in Hadoop MapReduce. The BToP method is expected to work for any application or system which relies on a ...


Energy Measurement And Profiling Of Internet Of Things Devices, Immanuel Amirtharaj Jun 2018

Energy Measurement And Profiling Of Internet Of Things Devices, Immanuel Amirtharaj

Computer Engineering Master's Theses

As technological improvements in hardware and software have grown in leaps and bounds, the presence of IoT devices has been increasing at a fast rate. Profiling and minimizing energy consumption on these devices remains to be an an essential step towards employing them in various application domains. Due to the large size and high cost of commercial energy measurement platforms, the research community has proposed alternative solutions that aim to be simple, accurate, and user friendly. However, these solutions are either costly, have a limited measurement range, or low accuracy. In addition, minimizing energy consumption in IoT devices is paramount ...


Spotme Emergency Location Service, Arya Faili, Zain Umerani, Kunal Bhimjiyani Jun 2018

Spotme Emergency Location Service, Arya Faili, Zain Umerani, Kunal Bhimjiyani

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

This document delves into our disaster relief application that allows people who are helpless due to a natural disaster to find a way out and get help. The purpose of this document is to explain how the application works, but more specifically the design of the application, use cases, and conceptual models. Starting with a brief introduction, this paper will dive into the necessary requirements needed to build an application at this scale while presenting several use cases. To help the reader understand the application at a finer detail, activity diagrams will be shown along with models. Lastly, the document ...


Applying Block Chain Technologies To Digital Voting Algorithms, Vishanth Iyer, Nathan Kerr, Justin Meeken, Alex Seto Jun 2018

Applying Block Chain Technologies To Digital Voting Algorithms, Vishanth Iyer, Nathan Kerr, Justin Meeken, Alex Seto

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Voting is a fundamental aspect to democracy. Many countries have advanced voting systems in place, but many of these systems have issues behind them such as not being anonymous or verifiable. Additionally, most voting systems currently have a central authority in charge of counting votes, which can be prone to corruption. We propose a voting system which mitigates many of these issues. Our voting system attempts to provide decentralization, pseudoanonymity, and verifiability. For our system, we have identified the requirements, implemented the backbone of the system, recognized some of its shortcomings, and proposed areas of future work on this voting ...


Hedhi Help, Sarah Pagnani, Kelsey Pasco, Brandon Smith, Sarek Sotelo-Jimenez Jun 2018

Hedhi Help, Sarah Pagnani, Kelsey Pasco, Brandon Smith, Sarek Sotelo-Jimenez

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

A culture of social taboos and silence leaves many young women beginning menarche in isolation, without complete understanding of the changes occurring in their bodies. There is a widespread stigma surrounding menstruation all around the world. These stigma impose significant barriers to education and proper hygiene for young girls during a critical time in their lives. Not having the proper support and resources to manage this process, 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their period, and therefore are more likely to drop out altogether. In Kenya specifically, menstruating girls miss an average of 4.9 days ...


Pet Watch, Jb Anderson, Rachel Hale Jun 2018

Pet Watch, Jb Anderson, Rachel Hale

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

This paper outlines our project of building Pet Watch. Pet Watch is a device similar to a Fit Bit except that it tracks your pet’s activity instead of your own. You can then access this data on our website. This paper defines our requirements, how the system works, and how we built this system.


Vr Empathy Training Tool, Helen Chan, Zheqing Li Jun 2018

Vr Empathy Training Tool, Helen Chan, Zheqing Li

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

A person’s resilience to adversity and trauma is developed early on in his or her childhood. When parents display stress in front or neglect emotions of their children consistently, their children will form neural connections between areas of pain and stress. It is important to educate parents to properly handle children’s emotions and also control their own emotions and mindfulness during these interactions.

We developed an iOS VR application accompanied by a Google Cardboard and a Mio Alpha fitness watch to record and display the stress level of the parent using his/her heart rate data. The progress ...


Diagnostic Color Strip Reader For World Health Partners Clinics, Steven Hu, Jisoo Park, Geminiano Romano Yabut Jun 2018

Diagnostic Color Strip Reader For World Health Partners Clinics, Steven Hu, Jisoo Park, Geminiano Romano Yabut

Computer Science and Engineering Senior Theses

Despite the advancement of medical technology, many people in developing countries like India and Kenya still suffer from treatable diseases. In many of the health clinics in these areas, color strips are used for checkups and diagnosis of diseases. However, a big problem with these color strips is that the diagnosis of color strips take a long time because they have to be manually checked. Currently, World Health Partners (WHP) works with doctors and hospitals in India and Kenya to provide more accessible healthcare through telehealth networks to get consultations from rural clinics to specialists at hospitals. We are working ...