2020  Viterbi Senior Design Expo – Canceled as of 3/18/2020

Friday, May 1st | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

The Senior Design Expo gives seniors a chance to show off what they’ve done in their capstone classes. Seniors present their projects to a judging panel of faculty, staff, and industry partners, with winners receiving cash prizes. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can learn what types of projects they will work on and vote for their favorite, as well as see how their current classes can be applied to future engineering projects.

Senior Design Expo Schedule:

10:00-11:00 a.m. High Profile Keynote Speaker – TBD
Irani Hall (RRI)101
11:15 – 12:45 p.m. Senior Design Presentations – Judge’s Choice
Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) 102
1:00-3:00 p.m. Design Showcase – People’s Choice
Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) 101
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Winners Announced and Networking
Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB)

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When and where will the Senior Design Expo take place?
The 2020 Expo will be held on Friday, May 1st, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

When is the deadline to register for the Senior Design Expo?
The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on April 15th.

How do I register for the Senior Design Expo?
Complete the online registration form by 11:59 p.m., April 15th.

What is the purpose of the Senior Design Expo?
The Senior Design Expo allows seniors to showcase their capstone project to their peers, faculty, and classmates, as well as show Viterbi undergraduates the types of projects they will work on during their senior year.

Who is invited to participate?
All Viterbi seniors graduating in May, August, and December 2020 who were enrolled in a senior capstone classes are invited to participate.

Who is invited to attend?
All members of the USC and Viterbi community are invited to attend, including faculty, administrators, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, friends, and family. Industry members are also invited to attend.

What type of projects should be presented?
All types of projects are welcomed as long as they were developed for a senior capstone/design class. Groups or individuals can either bring their physical project or display the details of the project via laptop presentation or poster.

Does my submission have to be a project designed during my senior capstone class?
All projects need to be affiliated with a senior design capstone class from either fall or spring semester in the current academic year.

What if the project is incomplete or failed?
All projects are welcomed at various stages. It is important for engineers to appreciate all phases of project design as well as to learn various challenges and mistakes.

Day Of

What time should I arrive for set-up?
You can start setting up an hour before the Expo begins, and all exhibitors should be ready 15 minutes before the Expo begins. Each project team will be provided one 6-foot table, tablecloth, two chairs, an electrical outlet (if requested), an easel, and a sign with the project title.

Do all team members need to be present during the entire event?
All team members do not need to be present; however, at least one member of the team needs to be present throughout the program.

What is the dress code for the Senior Design Expo?
Business casual attire is appropriate.

Day Of

What if my presentation requires special set-up needs?
We will try to accommodate special set-up requests as best as we can, however we cannot guarantee being able to accommodate the request. Please indicate all special needs required in the “Special Set-Up Needs” section on the registration form. We will confirm your request prior to the event. If you need to make a change to your request after you submit your registration form, please email with your request. Requests submitted less than 1 week before the Senior Design Expo will not be accommodated.

Will I be reimbursed for the cost of my poster? 
All teams may be reimbursed up to $100 for their posters. In order to be reimbursed, a receipt and expense form must be handed into RTH 210 no later than May 8th, 2020. Expense forms will be provided at the Expo. Reimbursements take between two to three weeks to process.

What materials should I have with me at the Senior Design Expo?

  1. The physical project, a poster, or laptop presentation of the project.
  2. Handouts, if applicable, to enable attendees to learn more about your project.
  3. Any other items you feel will aid you in presenting your project.

Judging Process and Prizes

Who are the judges?
The judges will be a mix of representatives from Viterbi’s Industry Advisory Board members, Viterbi alumni, and Viterbi faculty.

What criteria are the projects judged on?

  • Originality in either scientific concept, new approach to old problem, or new interpretation of data.
  • Effort and motivation placed towards working on the project to include reading and learning about the subject matter.
  • Comprehension of theories, terms, techniques, principles, and practices applicable to the subject matter.
  • Organization and completeness of the project by way of a well-defined goal or objective and thorough responses to the various questions that arose during the project.
  • Grand Challenge attempts to address a major grand challenge (e.g. enriching life, health, security, sustainability), to promote the quality of life worldwide, advance health, and build a more secure and sustainable future through research, innovation, service, and global engagement.

How should my team prepare for the judging process?
Each team will be given five minutes (you will be timed) to present to the judging panel. Criteria that will be evaluated include creativity, design, effort, theory and principle comprehension, and overall organization of both the project and presentation. Please remember that the judges will be from different engineering disciplines, so be sure to clearly articulate your project for all audiences. You should practice your presentation prior to the Expo. Handouts are not required but will be accepted.

How many prizes will be awarded?

There will be prizes given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will be determined by the judges. All winners receive a monetary award and  certificate.

When are prize winners announced?
Winners will be announced concluding the formal presentations at the Senior Design Expo. Winners will also be invited and acknowledged at the Viterbi Undergraduate Awards, which will be on May 13th, 2020. Prizes will be available for pick-up at the conclusion of the expo.

2019 Senior Design Expo Winners

1st Place: Ecominate (CSCI 404)

Team Members: Jake Leventhal and Uri Rahimi

Ecominate is a SaaS startup that offers a suite of software tools for sellers, agencies, and consultants on Amazon. Ecominate was built from scratch up over the course of the semester and now has over a hundred beta users and counting (as of 4/5/19). The software will be available as a paid subscription in mid to early summer.

2nd Place: Project Icarus (CSCI 491b)

Team Members: Mark Yampolsky, Izzy Rees, Quiana Dang, Gautam Paranjape, Shing-Hoi Lau, Brandon Ho, Miles Yang

Project Icarus is a multiplayer VR arena shooter where players ascend to greatness in a crucible of intense and kinetic combat. Using our proprietary locomotion software, Lean Motion, players can use their bodies to control their flight in a way that is incredibly immersive and unlikely to induce motion sickness – our motion system is unique within the VR industry. Project Icarus is a multidisciplinary team with students from Viterbi, Cinematic Arts, Thornton, Marshall, and other USC schools.

3rd Place: Electrooculography Headset for the Diagnosis of Visual Neglect (BME 405) 

Team Members: Alexander Chung, Aliyah Arunasalam, Helena Gan, Rafael Maarek

Physicians who treat stroke patients currently have no objective means to diagnose visual neglect, a condition that prevents affected individuals from attending to stimuli in regions of their visual fields. Our team designed and developed a low-cost headset for the diagnosis of visual neglect. The headset displays images at specific locations and tracks resulting eye movements using electrooculography (EOG) sensors.

For a list of all the projects and their descriptions, check out the Senior Design Expo Program.