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The Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovation Award Competition challenges students to design and develop an innovative technology based on electrical and computer engineering, and to demonstrate the potential of the idea to address a practical business and/or social challenge. Through this competition, ECE awards $10K each to two winning teams. For further information on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovation Award Competition, visit

2015 ECE Innovation Competition Winners

The following teams received 2015 ECE Innovation Awards, each team netting a $10,000 prize:

The DogStar team tested their tail tracker on a German shepherd named Atom vom Meyerhaus.Dogstar invented a happiness tracker for dogs. Their technology measures dog emotions based on detailed tail positions and movements. Team members: Michael Karp, Cornell Tech MBA '15, Yannis Tsampalis, Cornell Tech MBA '15, and Li Guo, BS ECE '11, Cornell Tech MBA '15

Rapid Circuit Prototyping Plotter

Rapid Circuit Prototyping's Plotter is a functional and inexpensive desktop circuit printer that the team developed during ECE 4760, Designing with Microcontrollers. They also won two prizes during this year's BOOM showcase. Find more about their project here.Team members: Feiran Chen, CS/ECE '15 and Connor Archard, ECE '15
From the Cornell Chronicle: Dog tail tracker, circuit printer win $10K prizes

2014 Spring Innovation Competition Winners

The following teams received ECE Innovation Awards for the 2014 spring semester, netting each a $10,000 prize.

SP14-Innovation-Winners-PULSO Pulso a hand-mounted device that could help millions of visually impaired individuals “see” by feeling their way around. The microcontroller-based assistive device uses a combination of ultrasonic and infrared sensors to provide navigational guidance and obstacle detection via haptic feedback. Team members: Eileen Liu ’14, M.Eng ’15 and Shane Soh ’14.
SP14-Innovation-Winners_SAUND Saund a brain-computer-interface technology platform developing wireless headphones that can be controlled with the mind, and potentially expanding in the direction of brain computer interface for sports medicine and training. Team members: Kelsey Kruse ’16, Andrew Bryan ’16, Vitchyr Pong ’16, Sue-Jean Sung ’15.

From the Cornell Chronicle: Two student teams win ECE Innovation Awards

2013 Fall Innovation Award Competition


2013 Spring Innovation Competition Winners

The following teams received ECE Innovation Awards for the 2013 spring semester:

sonic destressing vestSonic Destressing Vest
Hadi Hosseinzadegan: PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marina Gaeta, Biology and Society
Eric Paul Beaudette, Fiber Science and Design

Sonic destressing vest is a piece of functional apparel that acts as an ultra-low power de-stressing device by mimicking the soothing effects of mother’s touch to reduce serum Cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels have been linked to a host of serious health problems including hypertension, heart disease, depression, and immune system compromise; these conditions are particularly problematic for individuals who already have risk factors for cardiovascular or immune diseases. Our prototype consists of a network of piezoelectric cells and cell-phone vibration motors that are built into a vest, making the device wearable and portable. The functional module stimulates the upper back and shoulders, applying mechanical, shear, and ultrasonic forces to massage the skin with different, user-controlled patterns.

From the Cornell Chronicle: Relax! Slip on an electric vest to knead away stress


Ricky Panzer, Senior; Jeran Fox, M.Eng; Benjamin Hennessy, Senior; Joseph Soltzberg, Sophomore; Scott Bergman, Senior; Benjamin Russo, first year MBA

Splat transforms your phone into the ultimate social gaming device, letting you play real-life video games. Instead of being tethered to your living room and TV screen, now you can play face-to-face, point and tag games while running around with your friends. While all of these provide value, there has been very little innovation in direct, face-to-face gaming. Splat connects to the smartphone via the audio jack, allowing the smart phone to transmit and receive infrared messages, enabling users to “tag” each other and send messages. In conjunction with smartphone technology, Splat can make games far more intricate and immersive. This is the merger of high-tech and face-to-face social gaming.