Capstone Project

Employment Focused

The MECPS program is focused on preparing graduates for employment in industries such as electronics, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, manufacturing, robotics, security, defense, and construction. Rather than having a research focus, the program will require students to acquire integrative knowledge of systems, as well as hands-on knowledge and experience in an applied domain through a capstone project.

Hands-On Experience

Projects can be individual or group projects. Students will select a particular emphasis area and will be assigned a faculty mentor, or will select a mentor whose area of expertise matches the project’s scope. The project will effectively start with Case Studies in CPS 209 and continue through CPS 210. The project selection process parallels the MS thesis topic selection process in a traditional MS programs, or the senior design project selection process common in engineering programs. In some cases, projects are proposed by students, in other cases by their faculty mentor.

Students’ Crowning Achievement

The Capstone Project ​is a final independent project that serves as the students’ crowning achievement. It is the culminating academic and hands-on experience for students to showcase their understanding of the material learned and display readiness to enter the field of Embedded and Cyber-physical systems as professionals. Student Capstone Projects are working models or prototypes of an idea. Before graduation, students present their research to their professors, and classmates. Below you can find a database of Capstone Projects completed by graduates. We are extremely proud of our students’ work and their impact on the field of embedded and cyber-physical systems.

Symposium

Presentation

The Symposium offers a unique platform for graduating students to showcase their capstone projects and present them to esteemed faculty members and industry leaders in the local community. This invaluable opportunity allows students to display their hard work and skills while gaining valuable insights and feedback from recognized experts in the field. Students can confidently share their innovative ideas and cutting-edge research, bridging the gap between academia and industry. 

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Watch highlights of our 2022 MECPS Symposium.

Past Projects

Employment Focused

The MECPS program is focused on preparing graduates for employment in industries such as electronics, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, manufacturing, robotics, security, defense, and construction. Rather than having a research focus, the program will require students to acquire integrative knowledge of systems, as well as hands-on knowledge and experience in an applied domain through a capstone project.

Hands-On Experience

Projects can be individual or group projects. Students will select a particular emphasis area and will be assigned a faculty mentor, or will select a mentor whose area of expertise matches the project’s scope. The project will effectively start with Case Studies in CPS 209 and continue through CPS 210. The project selection process parallels the MS thesis topic selection process in a traditional MS programs, or the senior design project selection process common in engineering programs. In some cases, projects are proposed by students, in other cases by their faculty mentor.

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Watch a video about a graduation project or someone talking about it..

Internship

Industry Experience

During the summer quarter, students can either engage in an industry sponsored internship or decide to focus on their graduation project, both of which will provide students with valuable training to secure future engagement with industry. Throughout the program, we organize a number of events that allow students to interact with industry representatives.

 

Build Your Resume

More than 50% of our students have received job offers before graduation. 

After graduation, 100% of our students were hired within 3 months in industries including IoT Stack Design, Firmware Engineering, Cloud Programming, Defense Systems, Home Automation, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Software Development.

Cyber Physical Systems

Science of Embedded Systems

As these systems grow in scale, complexity, and integration levels, there is a need to move towards a science of embedded systems, addressing the foundational aspects of design. Now that we have a better understanding of the basics of embedded systems, it is equally important to branch out to the application of such systems. This requires addressing domain-specific issues and the scale-up in complexity introduced by what is referred to today as Cyber-physical Systems.

Systems-of-Systems

Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) are systems-of-systems that tightly couple their cyber (i.e. computation, communication and control), and physical components (sensing and actuation) in the context of applications such as (but not limited to): automotive and transportation, manufacturing, power distribution grid, medical and healthcare, robotics, civil infrastructure, avionics, etc. Thus, these Cyber-physical Systems marry knowledge from the fields of embedded computer systems, networking, sensors, real-time systems and control as well as domain-specific knowledge to realize systems that are of untapped complexity and scale.

Domains in CPS

The following domains have been identified as major areas in CPS (although other areas are constantly being added to the list):

  • Advanced Manufacturing: smart production equipment, processes, automation, control, and networks; new product design.
  • Transportation/Automotive: intelligent vehicles and traffic control, intelligent structures and pavements.
  • Smart Infrastructure: smart utility grids and smart buildings/ structures, civil infrastructure, smart homes.
  • Health Care: body area networks and assistive systems, elderly home care and monitoring, networked implantable devices.
  • Emergency Response and Cyber-Enhanced Security: detection and surveillance systems, situational awareness, communication networks, and emergency response equipment.
  • Sustainable development: Water, pollution, waste, etc.

 

NIST Report

A key report commisioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) states the importance of CPS, recommends transformative ideas, and points to a major barrier.

Robots, intelligent buildings, implantable medical devices, cars that drive themselves or planes that automatically fly in a controlled airspace—these are all examples of cyber-physical systems (CPS). The future applications of CPS are more transformative than the IT revolution of the past three decades. Next-generation CPS will be able to execute extraordinary tasks that are barely imagined today…

…a key visionary element of the future of education for CPS is the availability of recognized educational programs that offer the fundamentals of CPS though a multi-disciplinary curriculum…

…Lack of a CPS degree that cuts across multiple disciplines, hindered by stove piped nature of university structure…

NIST

First of Its Kind

This degree is a first in the US to focus on both Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems.

Being managed by a center that falls at the intersection of Engineering and Computer Science disciplines, it overcomes the hindrances observed by the NIST report discussed above.

Our graduates have an integrative knowledge of fundamentals that include software, hardware, sensing, and actuation control and hands-on knowledge through practical projects in a targeted application domain.

Well Rounded Education

Graduates of Computer Science and/or Engineering are ideally suited to apply and enter the MECPS program.

In recent years, we find that as undergrads work on senior design projects they get familiar with Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems and gain an appreciation for the domain. Indeed, many of these students state that hands-on knowledge of systems is a highlight of their educational experience at UCI, and want to see more of it in the future.  The MECPS program directly addresses that point.

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Fadi Kurdahi explains more about Cyber-Physical Systems.

Careers

Our Graduates Have Exciting Careers

After graduation, 100% of our students were hired within 3 months in industries including IoT stack design, Firmware Engineering, Cloud Programming, Defense Systems, Home Automation, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Software Development.

Even before graduation more than 50% received job offers.

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Hired within 3 months *

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* Data from 2017/18 cohort

As one of the initial members of the Global IoT Team at Ingram Micro that heads Ingram Micro’s localized IoT teams around the world, I am at present involved in developing one of a kind marketplace for selling IoT solutions, kits and components (Sensors, Gateways, Connectivity, Cloud) for Ingram Micro which is the largest distributor of technology products in the world, hence in the best position to do so.

I am also involved in engineering curated, repeatable, vertical IoT solutions as proof of concepts for Ingram Micro’s own brand of IoT solutions in verticals like Fleet management, Retail, Environmental, Smart Building, Healthcare, Logistics.

The MECPS degree at UC Irvine has been the wind beneath my wings (just to put it in a sentence). It gave me the domain knowledge about Cyber Physical Systems popularly called IoT (Internet of Things) these days and the right skills through a well thought out custom made program structure that gave me the best of both worlds – Hardware and Software. It also gave me the opportunity to apply all the skills gathered through the course of the program, in a capstone project.

Nitin Chauhan

Global IoT Full Stack Developer, Ingram Micro

My job is very data driven, and fortunately, I tried my hand at data analysis and processing during my capstone project. My understanding of how sensors work and how data is collected from one of the MECPS courses also has helped me a lot in identifying the sources of error in my data. The expedited timeline of the course also helped me get used to working in a job with multiple deadlines.

Shivani Rakesh Ranjan

Systems Engineer, Drishti

If you have a great interest in the embedded system, I believe that MECPS is a very good choice. The whole learning process will not only help you to understand the embedded system but also provide long-term support for your future work and study. Because of MECPS, which provides me with a solid theoretical foundation and programming skills, I am able to keep confident during my job search and finally get my favorite offer.

Hao Wu

Systems Engineer, MaxLinear

The Embedded and Cyber-Physical Master Program is a great choice for anyone with limited experience in computer science and engineering. The hands-on projects provide practical skills that are invaluable for success in this field. The knowledgeable faculty and industry connections make it an excellent choice for career advancement in this field. Overall, this program has been exceptional and prepared me well for a career in this exciting and rapidly growing field.

Ziyi Wang

Site Reliable Engineer, Anker Innovations

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Career Services

A focus of this program is to provide information, skills, and tools needed for students to land an exciting job in the domain of cyber-physical systems. The Associate Director of Career Services for MECPS provides workshops and advising on topics such as: resumes and cover letters, networking, job search, interviewing, negotiation, and helps identify and develop soft skills employers are looking for. Throughout the program you will receive access to company site visits, employer info sessions, and gather insight from industry professionals. The Division of Career Pathways provides additional career resources for the entire UCI community.

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