Projects Day 1999–2000

Computer Science Clinic

The Aerospace Corporation

Tools and Protocols for Intrusion Detection Systems

Liaison: Dr. Joseph Betser
Advisor: Michael Erlinger
Students: Eugine Tsimberg (TL), Andy Walther, Mike Samuel, Matt Schnaider ’01

The growth of the Internet, and the subsequent growth in the number of corporate and institutional networks, as well as individual host computers, has resulted in an ever increasing number of occurrences of network intrusion. The Aerospace clinic team has done research into existing intrusion detection tools as well as into various strategies of fighting intrusion via the use of multiple intrusion detection systems.

Concorde Solutions, Inc./Bank of America

CSI Visual DOMScript Editor

Liaison: Narinder Bajwa
Advisors: Michael Erlinger, Jon Strauss (President)
Students: Jon Kodumal (TL), Mike Hanley, Josh Hoyt, Chris Santillo

Concorde Solutions, Inc. (a subsidiary of Bank of America) provides a suite of tools that simplify connectivity to legacy database systems. The CSI/Bank of America Clinic team has designed and implemented a visual script editor for CSI’s DOMScript, a proprietary scripting language that is used to configure CSI’s Data Object Manager (DOM) tool suite. Key design goals included simplifying the script-editing process while maintaining referential integrity within the domain of the application.

HRL Laboratories, LLC

Modality Transformation Middleware

Liaisons: Howard Neely III, Kevin Martin
Advisor: Geoffrey H. Kuenning
Students: Kendra Knudtzon (TL), Hans Hagberg, John Kodumal

One of the challenges of Internet communication is transferring information between two platforms of differing modal capabilities — for example, between a desktop computer with a high resolution graphics display, and a handheld device with a small text-only display. One solution is through modality transformation, which allows for conversion of information to an alternate set of modalities that will work on the available platform. The HRL Clinic team has developed an architecture to negotiate communication across different platforms and has implemented some key transformations using the Java Media Framework.

IBM Almaden Research Center


Liaison: Dr. Neel Sundaresan
Advisor: Joshua Hodas
Students: Walt Nissen (TL), Brandon Duncan, Jared Jackson

The IBM Clinic team has designed and implemented a system that displays electronic books (eBooks) authored in the Open eBook Structure format. The reader, NOVeLLA, allows the user to navigate eBooks using either a traditional graphical user interface, or using voice commands. The book can be read from the screen, or NOVeLLA can read it aloud. Textual, graphical, and voice annotations can be added. All voice and speech features are implemented using IBM’s Via Voice for Java API.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Visualization for Real-Time Control Networks

Liaison: Dr. Kim Gostelow
Advisor: Robert Keller
Students: David Beydler, TonyLee, Kavish Shah

The Mission Data Systems project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is building a software framework for controlling spacecraft missions on a declarative basis. Essentially, systems on the spacecraft are given goals that specify properties of state that must hold between points in time. These time points themselves are temporally constrained, with the goals, time points, and constraints forming a network. The team has designed and implemented a tool that allows users to visualize the static and dynamic aspects of these networks, as they would arise during a spacecraft mission.

Marine Biological Laboratory

Parallel Implementation of Tree-Based Statistical Algorithms

Liaison: Dr. Michael Cummings
Advisor: Elizabeth Sweedyk
Consultant: Robert Keller
Students: James Benham (TL), Susan Bowers, Michelle Velea, Charlie Garrod ’01

Tree-based statistical analysis is a powerful technique which uses binary decision trees to analyze complex data. After investigating several methods of tree construction, the Marine Biological Laboratory Clinic team developed and implemented two algorithms: k-step lookahead and genetic programming. The genetic programming algorithm allows near-optimal trees to be produced, without incurring the computational cost associated with a full search for the optimal tree. Parallel computation was used to decrease the real time required for analysis.

Nuera Communications, Inc.

Building a Bulk Call Testing Tool

Liaisons: Steve Foley ’99, Bryan Gurganus
Advisor: Geoffrey H. Kuenning
Students: Stephane Provost (TL), Eric Lin, Levi Scoggins, Jon Wilkes

Nuera is an IP (Internet Protocol) telephony solutions provider that develops award-winning packet-voice telephony systems. The Clinic’s task is to develop a media gateway control applica tion. Combined with Nuera’s media gateways, this application shall form a distributed bulk call tester capable of emulating a traditional circuit switched voice network. The application will utilize the Media Gateway Control Protocol. Emphasis shall be placed on application performance and functionality such as flexible call scripting and test scheduling.

Teradyne, Inc.

Standardization and Extension of Semiconductor Test System Interfaces

Liaison: Bob Varney
Advisor: Zachary Dodds
Consultant: Aravind Ramanathan
Students: Richard Fanning (TL), Chris Moore, James Brooks ’01, Tony Chen ’01

This project seeks to research and develop a web-based portal to Teradyne’s Automated Testing Equipment (ATE). Current ATE access is platform-dependent, provides information about a single ATE, and requires substantial training. The team has analyzed these shortcomings and built a prototype system that can integrate information about a number of ATEs and display it through an intuitive and widely available web-browser interface.

Walt Disney Feature Animation

Clean-Up Animation Tools

Liaisons: Mark Kimball, Brett Achorn (technical advisor)
Advisor: Margaret Fleck
Consultant: Elizabeth Sweedyk
Students: Sage Weil (TL), Adam Guetz, Todd Southworth, Ben Hulse ’01 (Excluded by request)

Engineering Clinic


Design and Prototype of a High Bandwidth Digitizer and Filter

Liaison: Dr. Prabodh Patel, Mark Opdahl
Advisor: Ruye Wang
Students: Christopher Seib (TL), Tiffany Furuya, Emily Hill, John Ward, Nick Bodnaruk

A high speed digitizing and filtering system was designed for eventual use in satellite-based radiospectronomy. The system will accept a broadband 0 to 400 MHz Intermediate Frequency (IF) signal and digitize the data using a time interleaved array of Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs). The digital samples are then processed using a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to calculate the power in specified frequency bands. A prototype demonstration of this design was developed.

Aerovironment, Inc.

Designing a Simple and Efficient Bipedal Walking Robot

Liaison: Dr. Paul MacCready
Advisor: Anthony Bright
Students: Andrew Harrington (TL), Jason Milne, Jeffrey Stoll, Eddie Espanol, David Furuya

A robust bipedal robot will have immediate uses in several areas including the military, police, firefighting, and space exploration. Many research groups have built two-legged robots with varying success. However, most of these groups used complex control mechanisms to achieve balance and coordination in their robots. The Clinic team has examined the use of passive, low-energy control schemes to design a simple and efficient bipedal walker.

Agilent Technologies

Advanced Triggering Method for High Bandwidth Oscilloscopes

Liaisons: Willard McDonald, Robert Kulitza
Advisor: James Rosenberg
Students: Fernando Mattos (TL), Jerry Kurtze, Mark Wang, Paul Murata, Zehao Chang

Currently, industries use equivalent-time oscilloscopes because other oscilloscopes are unable to display high-speed data streams. Agilent Technologies requires the design of a digital circuit that is capable of implementing a new triggering method. This method will allow equivalent-time oscilloscopes to display specific bit patterns within random data at frequencies up to 10 Gbps. Harvey Mudd College will design a circuit that will prove the concept developed by Agilent Technologies. The prototype should work at 622 Mbps and recognize 16 bits.

The Boeing Company/ES&MD, Marine Systems

A Thermal Control Method for the IFOG Navigation System

Liaison: Michael P. Gokhale
Advisor: Erik Spjut
Students: Erin Byrne (TL), Robert Wei, Russell Calkins, Michael Lane

The Boeing MS Clinic team has designed, modeled and tested a method for controlling the temperature of the outer spherical casing of thetemperature-sensitive Interferometric Fiber Optic Gyro (IFOG) inertial navigation system for use aboard US Naval submarines.

The Boeing Company/Rocketdyne

Redesigning a Joint in a Typical Reusable Liquid Fuel Rocket Engine

Liaison: Tanya Reidy ’96
Advisor: Clive Dym
Students: Steven Alves (TL), Christopher Bauer, Peter Gutierrez Leslie Nadeau

The Clinic team has been asked to redesign the joint between the Main Combustion Chamber and the nozzle in a typical reusable liquid fuel rocket engine. The bellows seal in the joint, in the current design, can be damaged by thermal and structural loading. The Clinic team used finite element analysis software to build a model of the joint to aid in developing a solution, which will involve a material change.

The Boeing Company/Reusable Space Systems

Modeling and Evaluating Landing Gear for the Crew Return Vehicle

Liaison: Dallas Bienhoff
Advisor: Clive Dym
Consultants: Harry Williams, Philip Cha
Students: Carissa Wecker (TL), James Tuck-Lee, Jane Mi

The Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) is currently being developed by NASA to serve as an emergency return vehicle for the International Space Station. Boeing Reusable Space Systems is working with NASA to convert the CRV into a human-rated vehicle. The Harvey Mudd Clinic team will be modeling and evaluating the landing gear for the CRV in order to ensure that accelerations on the passengers do not exceed human safety requirements.

Center for Innovative Minimally Invasive Therapy

An Interactive Telemedical System for Monitoring Congestive Heart Failure Patients at Home

Liaison: Dr. William Wiesmann, Dr. Jim Muller
Advisor: Patrick Little
Students: Adrian Urias (TL), Daylan Benner, Michael Tapper, Elise Lawson, Ryan Stuck

The 1999/2000 CIMIT Clinic team researched, designed, and built an interactive telemedical system to monitor Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patients at home. The home unit of the system monitors physiological parameters pertinent to CHF patients, and contextualizes the data by asking a series of questions and recording the patient’s responses. The patient’s responses and physiological data are then transmitted to the hospital unit which accepts, organizes, and stores patients’ information so that status reports are available for medical professionals.

Chiron Corporation

Design and Construction of a Monodisperse Polymer Bead Apparatus

Liaison: Ronald Zuckermann
Advisor: Anthony Bright
Students: Jacob Walker (TL), Regina Gorenshteyn, Alistair Templeton, Myya Perez

A “monodisperse polymer bead apparatus” is a device that produces small (400 microns) polymer (plastic) spheres of uniform size (within 5%). Chiron uses these acrylamide beads in their biopharmaceutical research, and would like a device to manufacture these beads. While commercially available, current techniques are costly and inefficient. Our device produces beads in series as opposed to all at one time, as is done commercially., LLC

Integrating an Interactive Website with a Computer-Controlled Engraver to Automate the Manufacture of Custom Belts

Liaisons: Ross Labelson ’93/94, Jason Dorf
Advisor: Patrick Little
Students: Benjamin Markum (TL), Joshua Kihm, Hisashi Shimizu, Brooke Bassage-Glock

The team designed an automated system for receiving, processing, manufacturing, and shipping orders for custom web belts. Customized order information received over the internet was processed using a central Access database, then transferred to software controlling an engraver. Manufacturing processes included cutting out, engraving, and painting a plastic face and adhering it to a metal buckle. Mail Order Manager software was used for tracking orders and generating customer invoices. Batch size, engraver table layout, and engraver time of operation were optimized using simulation software to minimize system cost per belt.


Design of a Hand-Held Tester for Communication Between IRD Installations and DirecTV Server

Liaison: Jim Allen
Advisor: Carl Baumgaertner
Students: Christopher Tyler (TL), Christopher Kalima, Rohit Mishra, Michael Aung

Information about subscriber use of pay per view channels is automatically sent to the DirecTV server via a phone modem. DirecTV has experienced many problems with this connection. After researching sources of connection problems between the subscriber and server, the DirecTV Clinic team has designed a hand held phone connection tester to verify proper installation of the subscriber callback system.

Evans & Sutherland

Design of a Next Generation 3D Graphics Chip

Liaisons: Terry Coleman, Alan Scott
Advisor: David Harris
Students: Cavan Morris (TL), Philip Johnson, Patrick Lee, Peter Grossman, Mike Sakasegawa

The 1999-2000 Evans & Sutherland Clinic team is designing several core blocks of a next generation 3D graphics chip. The team is using modern design tools and techniques to create a Verilog HDL description of the design. This involves writing the Verilog modules and C++ test vector generators, applying the test vectors to the Verilog model and then synthesizing the design to a gate level description.

General Motors Corporation (Truck Group)

Direct Measurements of Pressures on the Surface of an Engine Cooling Fan

Liaisons: Richard Salmon, Kodwo Otseidu
Advisor: Ziyad Duron ’81
Students: Clare Gutowski (co-TL), Matthew Muto (co-TL), Richard Bell, Bruno Brosens, David Park

GM’s fan durability testing currently requires extensive testing to determine the configuration of fan, grill, radiator, and engine accessories that produce the maximum strain on the fan. GM would like to replace this testing with mathematical modeling. However, calibrating and validating the analytical model requires data on the pressure acting on the fan. The HMC Clinic team has worked to develop instrumentation and test procedures to measure the dynamic pressure distribution as a functinon of engine RPM.

Irivine Ranch Water District

Modeling Groundwater Levels and Flow for the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant

Liaisons: Eric Akiyoshi, Carl Spangenberg, David M. Hayden, Wayne Posey
Advisor: Mary Cardenas
Students: Cody Machler (TL), Jeffrey Bamer, Brian Maul, Long Tieu Thang

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) operates the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant (MWRP). The basins are at or below mean sea level and the water levels of the surrounding area. A system of dewatering wells prevents structural damage of the treatment basins. The 1999-2000 IRWD Clinic team developed a computerized, calibrated groundwater model of MWRP and the surrounding properties, which predicts the groundwater levels of MWRP and the immediately surrounding areas.

Isis Pharmaceuticals

A Transportation System for a New Biotech Laboratory Automation Package

Liaison: John McNeil, ’89
Advisor: Philip Cha
Students: Carl Russell (TL), JeffreyMattlin, Adam Thurston, Taufiqul Kazi, Richard Woh

Isis Pharmaceuticals is interested in building a new automation system for the biotech industry. The Clinic project consists of designing and building a prototype of an automated transportaion system for biotech samples, based on small autonomous robots.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Testing of New Low Fouling Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes

Liaisons: Dr. Sun Liang, Dr. Craig Bartels, Christopher Gabelich
Advisor: Don Remer
Students: Nitya Chandran (TL),Steven Shepherd , Michael Hyland, Laura Nelson

Metropolitan Water District wants an economical and efficient way to remove total dissolved solids (TDS) from water. The project goal was to evaluate new high flux nanofiltration membranes and determine the performance for source waters of interest to MWD. Each membrane was tested under various operating conditions such as different pH of feed water and varied initial TDS concentration.

Minimed Inc.

Gamma Radiation Sterilization Resistant Circuit for a Portable Insulin Delivery Pump

Liaison: John Livingston
Advisor: Joseph King, James Rosenberg
Students: Sheana Karre (TL), Adrian Prokop, S. Akiko Stinson, J ason Fong, Leo Lopez

MiniMed is designing a disposable insulin delivery pump to treat Type II diabetes. However, the gamma radiation sterilization process it must undergo to meet FDA standards degrades the performance of the electronic components in the device. The Clinic team addressed the problem by identifying, measuring, and modeling the degradation of components. A circuit which could withstand the sterilization process was designed based on these models.

Opto 22

Self Tuning PID Control

Liaison: Rene Gamero ’99
Advisor: Carl Baumgaertner
Students: Jacob Stern (TL), Peter Scheidler, Michael Helfen, Michael Messina

As a worldwide leader in automation solutions, Opto22 offers its customers a variety of control options including PID controllers. Opto22 requires an auto-tuning control algorithm that can be applied to various systems. For this project, several algorithms, tuning techniques, and adaptive methods were researched to determine an optimum combination of control and tuning for a variety of systems. This combination of algorithm and auto-tuning method has been tested and will be integrated into Opto22’s line of Ethernet control solutions.

Pyxis Corporation

Development of a Fully Automatic Interface Between Homerus and CUBIE

Liaison: Paul Dewey
Advisor: Philip Cha
Students: Mark Holland (TL), Eric Darling, Andrew Cosand, John Staroba, Richard Trinh

The 1999-2000 Pyxis Clinic team will design and build an automated prototype device for filling medical storage containers, called CUBIEs, with packages that contain unit doses of pharmaceuticals. The device will execute several steps: acquiring a CUBIE from a stack, docking the CUBIE on a docking platform, opening the CUBIE, filling the CUBIE with packages, labeling the CUBIE, updating the CUBIE’s smart chip, closing the CUBIE, and finally depositing the CUBIE in an output bin.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Development of a Tunable RF Digital Communications Acquisition and Analysis System

Liaison: David Clapp
Adivisor: John Molinder
Students: Joey Kimball (TL), Michael Cope, Katherine Wade, Jeffrey Wong

Current and proposed digital communication systems employ a wide array of complex signal formats with unique hardware and software required for the test and evaluation of each format. An alternative approach is the use of a single hardware configuration to acquire and record raw samples of downconverted signals for later processing. Analysis is then performed in non-real-time using software modules specifically designed for each signal format. Benefits of this approach include quick adaptability for new signal formats and potential cost savings. A hardware prototype of such a system using a wideband Tektronix spectrum analyzer has been developed by the QUALCOMM Clinic.

Rain Bird

Water-Powered Turbine-Generator

Liaison: Mark Ensworth, Jorge Jeffrey ’96
Advisor: Donald Remer
Students: David Suryoutomo (TL), Thomas Heberlein, Anton Nausieda, Anthony Hawkins, Joshua Switkes

The Clinic team has built a conceptual design and prototype for a turbine-generator system to be placed in golf course irrigation, using water to power the golf course sprinklers, eliminating the need for miles of electrical wiring. The team has a cost-efficient design that will provide the sprinkler system with electrical power, last 5 years without maintenance, and be unobtrusive to the landscape and functionality of the golf course.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

GrandSun of Mac Tester

Liaison: Ian W. Jones, Jon Gainsley, Jon Lexau
Advisors: David Harris
Students: April Fields (TL), David Honeycutt, Stephani Ordinario, Robin Willingham, Ronalee Lo

The Sun Clinic team has created a functional chip tester capable of testing chips with up to 256 pin package sizes at voltages between 1 and 7 Volts for use at Sun Microsystems Labs. The tester should interface to its host workstation at a speed greater than 1MB/s.

Teledyne Electronic Technologies

The Effects of Selected Parameters on the Electrical Contact Resistance Between Two Metal-Plated Surfaces

Liaison: Dr. William Taylor
Advisor: Joseph King
Students: Matthew Chung (TL), Benjamin Batres, Michael Ferrante, David Hopkins

Electrical contact resistance is measured over a range of 0.1 to 100 grams force. The effect of contact geometry, surface alloy composition and surface roughness on electrical contact resistance versus force curves is determined. These results are used to provide design guidelines for microrelays, relays and connectors.

TRW Systems and Information Technology Group

Software Agent for Database Security

Liaisons: Tom Dardis ’65, Louis Newman
Advisor: Ruye Wang
Students: Thomas Pettit (TL), Kristopher Jurka, Justin Pfeiffer, Cyndia Sweet

TRW’s Clinic team has created a software agent to improve upon current security for database systems. The team investigated advanced logging and protection for behavior-based decision making. The software operates autonomously, allowing the administrator to create boundary settings. The software will be tested in conjunction with a Clinic Hours Recording test database, written by the team.


Fair, Issac and Company, Inc.

Preemptive Offers for Portfolio Defense

Liaisons: Arden Hall, Robert Oliver
Advisor: Andrew Bernof
Students: Philip Martin (TL), Otto Cortez ’01, Jeff Hartline, Helen Monroe, Vivianne Tsan

The purpose of the project is to study the mathematical risk structure of preemptive offers, the effect these have on the likelihood of acceptance, and thereby develop insights for the design of decision models that characterize successful preemptive offer strategies. The team’s goal will be to assess the expected costs and benefits accruing from one or more decision models for preemptive offers. A simulation of the decision process will be demonstrated, using a range of realistic parameters and account data supplied by the sponsor. An analysis of model behaviors will be distilled into a recommended strategy for the sponsor.

HNC Software Inc.

Link Analysis

Liaison: Dr. Ayman Farahat, Dr. Joseph Sirosh
Advisor: Lesley Ward
Consultant: Thomas LoFaro
Students: Gregory Rae (TL), Joel Miller, Fred Schaefer

Many complex systems can be represented as collections of nodes with directed links between them. We investigated the application of link analysis techniques to analyze these networks of data. Link analysis attempts to improve on standard analysis techniques by taking into account the global structure of the network. An example of our work is to adapt algorithms currently used in web searches to analyzing other types of data.

Space Systems/Loral

Advanced Propellant Dispersion Analysis for Orbit-Raising and Maintenance of Geo-Synchronous Satellites

Liaison: Eugene Williams
Advisor: Henry Krieger
Students: Jennifer Voelmeck (TL), Mark Amasuga, Christopher Sherwin, Katherine Sims

We have created a program to determine the amount of propellant necessary for a given satellite’s mission. The program utilizes the Monte Carlo method to find the propellant mass for a percent certainty of mission success. It simulates the orbit raising process and estimates the station keeping propellant. This project builds upon the results of last year’s SS/L Clinic.

Physics/Engineering Joint Clinic

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Infrared Interferometer

Liaison: Gautam Visisht
Advisors: Alex Rudolph, Erik Spjut Students: Erin Hartmann (TL), Gianpaolo Carosi, Guillaume Mauger, Andrew Rollins, Benjamin Schmidel

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1999-2000 Clinic constructed a modified Michelson interferometer to combine the light from two ten-meter Keck telescopes situated on the island of Hawaii. The system combines two 1″ infrared beams of light from the telescopes and incorporates feedback control to ensure that the optics are correctly focusing the collimated beams into fiber optic cables. The telescope system will allow for the direct detection of Hot Jupiter planets in other solar systems.

Optivus Technology, Inc.

Design of a Detector Electronics System for Feedback Control of Proton Beam Intensity in the LLUMC Proton Medical Accelerator

Liaisons: Kirk Evans, Melony Young ’99
Advisors: Richard Haskell, Sam Tanenbaum
Students: Brice Calkins (TL), Kathy Wang, Joshua Wentlandt, Grant Baxter, Robert Walters

Optivus Technology uses a proton accelerator as a radiation source for treating cancer patients. The current method of attacking tumors with the proton beam has been successful, but Optivus would like to improve the treatment by using a raster-scanning technique, requiring a much tighter control on the beam intensity. Our goal is to develop an improved electronics system to process the output of a beam intensity detector, allowing a feedback loop to control the beam at a much higher bandwidth

Claremont Graduate University Mathematics Clinic

Momentum Data Systems

Digital Filter Design using Hankel Norm Methods

Liaisons: Martin Ambrose, Jerry Purcell
Advisor: Ellis Cumberbatch
Consultant: Hedley Morris
Students: Ashish Bhan (TL), Mick Sule

One problem in digital filter design involves finding the best rational approximation to a desired transfer function or impulse response. We use methods from Hardy space theory to get good H-infinity estimates for different types of filters. Our sponsor (Momentum Data Systems) has a product called QED 2000 that does digital filter design and we hope to use our results to improve a feature of their program.

USC Information Science Institutes

Current-Voltage Characteristic Modeling for the SOI-MOSFET

Liaisons: Cesar Pina, Vance Tyree
Advisor: Hedley Morris
Consultant: Ellis Cumberbatch
Students: Tina Phillips (TL), Brent Hinderberger, Benjamin Owen, Keith Lee

The goal of this Clinic is to take previously successful work on the MOSFET transistor and apply it to SOI technology. Formulae for the current-voltage characteristics of the SOI/SOS devices are derived by extending the asymptotic method of Ward (Ward, 1990). Comparison with real data shows this derivation is effective up to the kink attributable to impact ionization.

Claremont McKenna Clinic

Find and Assess Predictive Aging Models for Hardware Applicable to the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program

Liaison: Kim Jew