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Date: March 15, 2004

Better lives, designed by tomorrow's engineers

Are deer demolishing the garden, again? Or perhaps the raccoons in the garbage are keeping the family up at night?

A unique method of deterring wild animals is being designed by two UVic electrical and computing engineering students. Adam Cochrane and Mathew Malm are working on a prototype that would use a motion sensor to detect the presence of a wild animal and then transmit a sound—such as a barking dog— to dissuade the animal from its mischief.

The Animal Detection and Deterrent System is just one of 21 projects that will be on display when UVic’s fourth-year electrical and computer engineering students present their final design projects on Friday, 26 March at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Engineering Lab Wing. The local chapter of the international organization, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, will award the best designs.

Other projects that will be on display include a fuel-cell powered portable infant incubator, a voice processor that melds spoken percussion and digital audio, a filter which allows musicians to custom-create their own audio files, and a fully functional autonomous robot.

These projects give senior students an opportunity to practise the skills they have learned while at UVic. Some of the students created their designs in partnership with local companies while others worked solo.

For a complete list of projects visit www.ece.uvic.ca/499.

Media contacts:
Dr. Adam Zielinski (Electrical and Computer Engineering) at (250) 721-8622, cell (250) 884-6294 or adam.zielinski@ece.uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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