See how students' 'Twipolitico' uses tweets to predict political races

May 14th, 2012
About 45 real-world senior engineering projects from the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and will go on display from noon-3 p.m., on Wednesday, May 16, in UC's Tangeman University Center. The projects represent work by seniors in electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, computer engineering, computer engineering technology and computer science.

Below is a sampling of the projects you will see


Seniors Jorge Moscat Pardos, Chris Nixon and Opeyemi Oyediran created a site and application, titled "Twipolitico," that analyzes tweets to track the presidential race. View the above video or check out the "Twipolitico" web site at


Seniors Jason Bareswilt, Matt Philips and Geoff Pierce are developing a fully autonomous winged aircraft capable of navigating a course defined by GPS waypoints and altitudes without any human interaction. It is designed to take detailed aerial photos when at a specified reaches each waypoint. Once the plane lands, the data and pictures from the plane should be able to be downloaded to a computer and be used to generate a high-resolution, wide-area aerial photograph. See more:


Seniors Kyle Craig, Josh Hay and George Shiekh are seeking to develop a human-like robotic hand. Most robotic arms do not allow for human-like motion and the controls for them are in most cases worse than a typical video game. There is also no means of feedback to give the user a feeling of being in control. We plan to solve this using Microsoft's depth and motion-sensing Kinect allowing for a touch-less interface to control the robotic hand's movements and a glove designed to allow the user to feel pressure information received from the robotic hand. See more:


Seniors Christian Denholm, Cory Poynter, Joshua Sanders and Brian Zentgraf will present ClassFinder, an Android-based map and social application for the university. It is a communication hub that provides step-by-step navigation to classrooms by either choice of building or by the users' current GPS location. It also allows users to add input, like shortcuts, favorite napping spots and more.


Seniors Max Cooper, Catherine Gigliotti and Aaron Hacker designed a process to optimize an existing sound-reinforcement system. Performance and assembly spaces often have adequate or even state-of-the-art public address systems; however, due to lack of technical knowledge, this audio equipment is often underutilized and not being optimized for the particular space. It is now feasible for nearly any venue to acoustically align and optimize its system using modern computing hardware and digital-signal processing software, maximizing the potential of the community's investment and improving the patrons' experience.

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