Last mile: PCS undergraduate students display their final works for practical evaluation
On last December 15th, the students from Computer Engineering and Digital Systems Department of the Polytechnic School of USP (PCS-EPUSP), exhibited their final works in two locations for practical evaluation of their projects. The (soon to be) graduated students from both department courses – semester and quarterly – were available on stands arranged inside classrooms, backed up by a banner as theoretical support.
The presentations show a diversity of subjects applied on the projects, from virtual reality equipment to applications for smart phones and social networking.
In an interview, Professor Dr. João Batista, responsible for the exhibition, said: “The most important is to feel the motivation from students when presenting the graduation project”, while explaining about the works in presentation. The role of professors responsible for the exhibition was distinct from the role of the advisors played. Batista said that when supervising the students efforts, he could act as a kind of manager, and he was able to identify recurrent difficulties, as well as similar characteristics of some projects.
Among the difficulties pointed out by the professor is the fact that projects executed by only one student were the most difficult to complete, and most of the standalone students waived the project. Among the similarities, the teacher points to the fact that many projects are targeted to provide a social return, as is the case of the site presented by a pair of students, whose objective is to aid controlling the energy spent by electrical appliances, based on sensors installed on each unit. These sensors convert measured energy to financial cost, according to the price charged by the utility company, and sends this data to a website where the customer can register.
Another example of a social project is the smartphone application “Como Dirijo” (How am I driving), that detects the driver behavior from the GPS installed on vehicle, and deduct points from a pre defined value that can be verified by the driver at the end of each trip, raising his performance.
Various other interesting projects were showcased during the exposition. Some examples are: a social network for corporate public that mix up features from popular networks, a music player with an algorithm to find listening similarities and suggest new songs, and an artificial intelligence that raise its own performance during a game developed by the the students.
All projects were evaluated by their practical exception, followed by their oral presentation one day after. About the presentation, Prof. João Batista relates: “its the results from all those evaluation, we chose about five outstanding projects, and elected the best graduation project of the year”. His also told that this is an important realization for the students. Often they invite relatives and friends to attend their projects.
Catarina Silva | Jornalismo Júnior
Image: Daniel Costa Ferreira.