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Quarterly Projects

IEEE Quarterly Projects are your path to a great project experience. With more time than a hackathon, but without the commitment of an annual project, build a project over the quarter that you are proud of while joining a team of 3 or even forming your own team with 2 other friends! *Quarterly Projects is multi-disciplinary* and is inclusive to all interested in engineering, so anyone is welcome and encouraged to apply!

Once accepted IEEE Quarterly Projects you have access to *mentors and workshops* such that you have the opportunities to create the best project you can, and of course supplement you resume by demonstrating to others your ability and drive to create projects outside of the classroom. Building a project in Quarterly Projects is one of the best ways to get the hard skills AND soft skills that you need to get hired and build further relationships in college!
APPLY ASAP to get the best chances of acceptance!

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Annual Projects

Every year, IEEE at UC San Diego sponsors teams to participate in building the project and attending competitions. Applicants are put in teams and go through the process of designing, fabricating, testing and competing with their project. Along the way, participants will learn collaboration and research skills that come with team-based projects while being able to apply their academic knowledge in a competitive environment.

At the end of the project, the team has access to their team website and live demos of their robot, allowing them to show off their work to impress both recruiters and friends. Applications for annual projects open at the beginning of every fall quarter!

Check out some of the annual projects we have below!

GrandPRIEEE: Autonomous Line-Following Vehicle Robotics Project

The Grand PrIEEE competition (formerly Viacar) involves following a track consisting of a wire carrying a 100mA rms 75kHz sinusoidal signal taped to the floor. Both the wire and the white tape provide opportunities to track the course, typically via either induction or computer vision. Given that the typical hobbyist remote control car today can achieve significant speed, this makes the ability to optimize a tracking algorithm critical to success.

Technical Highlights:

PID Control, Algorithm Development, Computer Vision, Mechanical Design

Watch an Example Run Here!

Micromouse: Autonomous Maze Solving Robotics Project

The California Micromouse competition (CAMM) has been around since its introduction by IEEE in 1977. Our competition today features a 16x16 grid maze and much fiercer competition, as technology has come a long way!

Technical Highlights:

EagleCAD, digital signal processing, surface mount soldering, programming microcontrollers, embedded programming for ARM processors and IC’s, PID control, and implementing flood fill algorithms.

Watch Last Year's Competition Stream Here!

Project Drive: Fully Autonomous Obstacle Avoiding Race Car

Each year, project drive team builds a compact autonomous vehicle that can navigate through various outdoor terrains and compete at the competition. Project Drive is an advanced project that requires students with previous experience to write a research paper in addition to using integrated robotics systems, machine vision, and navigation/localization methods to design the vehicle. This project serves as a learning experience for members to become familiar with team functionality, research, and robotics systems.

Technical Highlights:

CAD design, signal processing with sensors, control theory with both PID and localization/navigation methods, and computer vision.

Quadcopter: Autonomous UAV Project

We are building multiple autonomous drones to compete in the 2019 International Aerial Robotics Competition. The overall goal of the competition is to navigate an obstacle course, using the drones to perform various tasks. The drones will be controlled with both voice commands and hand gestures. For this project, the team will also be required to provide a research paper that encompasses their work throughout the project in a professional manner, which will be published and presented at the competition.

Technical Highlights:

Computer Vision, Mechanical Design, Aerodynamics, Control System, Power System