This is a list of projects that CCG is interested in having done.
Each project is marked by a keyword: 7001, 8903 or uroc.
These indicate who the project is most suitable for. Projects marked
7001 are suitable for one of three mini-projects for the CS7001
Intro to PhD class. Projects marked 8903 are suitable for a
semester research project by a PhD or Masters student. Projects
marked uroc are suitable for a semester research project or senior
design (capstone) project by an undergraduate. Projects may involve
more than one semester of work, but many can be divided into
The list of projects is categorized into several sections, and projects
in each section are listed in rough order of desirability. If you're
interested in any of these projects, please mail a text-only resume
(not Word! to ccg-projects.
For an illustration of the various themes presented here, please have a
look at the
Georgia Tech Innovations page and the DARPA AMI
- Wearable Tools for Conversations
- Serendipitious speech agents Agents that
will listen to your side of conversations with other people for
various key phrases in your speech and take action.
- (uroc,8903) Assistant emailing Listen for key
phrases such as "my assistant Bob can take care of that" or
"my student Ann should know that". The agent will then take
the segments of audio that follow and mail them to the
person mentioned. The recipient could then listen to the
audio or jump through it with a tool like
- (uroc,8903) Person identification Listen for
key phrases such as "Nice to meet you, Dr. Starner." The
agent will then attempt to find information on your wearable
or the web about the mentioned person.
- (uroc,8903) Idea and contact capture Listen for
key phrases such as "Let me see if I understand this..." or
"Let me repeat that number back to you..." and record the
subsequent audio for later perusal.
- (7001,8903) Command capture/display Military
and emergency radio transmissions often follow a protocol, or
script, such as "This is J72A calling N47B", "This is N47B, go
ahead". This agent would listen for these key phrases and
display a command map that others could use to replay orders
or other information without having to search huge sections of
- (uroc) How do I spell this? Pick up speech such as
"how do I spell serendipitious?" and display the correct
spelling. Bias the speech recognition towards
- (uroc,7001) Wearable microphones and privacy
Create and evaulate a wearable microphone that preserves other's
privacy. This could be done by energy-based filtering (remove
audio that's too low volume) or by using multiple microphones
(such as one near the mouth and one on the arm).
- Computerized diary interfaces and capture
- (8903,uroc) Comic ReLife Create a system that
summarizes the wearable user's experiences in the form of a comic.
An example of this is
from ATR, Japan.
- (uroc,8903) RA/Association Engine Create (or
adapt) an Association Engine like the Remembrance Agent or the Dashboard to work with
some of the other ideas on this page.
- (uroc,8903) Powerpoint presentation capture
Take a webcam or digital camera and set it on the table at a
presentation and periodically take pictures of the slides. Then
automatically de-warp the image and perhaps perform OCR and
rebuild the original presentation.
- (uroc,8903) Wearable pan/tilt/zoom camera Find or
make a pan/tilt/zoom camera and mount that can be worn. Possibly
develop software to do interesting things like tracking. See this
- Context tools
- (8903,uroc) Anywhere context-based tab
completion Use the X input method protocol (XIMP) or something
similar to make tab-completion that works anywhere. For example, if
the user starts typing "super..." the system could offer completion
suggestions such as "superluminous" and "supercilious" that could be
used by pushing the tab key. This would be similar to
foreign-language (like Japanese) input under X, but the
suggestions would vary based on the application. This might be a
good place to start.
- Wearable keyboard studies These studies mostly involve the Twiddler chording keyboard used
with wearable computers.
- (uroc,7001,8903) Macro finding The Twiddler
allows the user to set certain key combinations to macros such as
"ing", "the", "ion", "and" and so on. Determine if there are more
macros that should be created by analyzing n-gram frequencies in
text and a theoretical model of how chording keyboards work.
- (7001,8903) Maximum typing speed Develop and test a
theoretical model of the maximum acheviable typing speed on the
Twiddler and various other portable keyboards.
- (7001,8903) Smart tutor study Study the effect of a
smart typing tutor for the Twiddler on learning rates. Also study
the effect of auto or tab completion.
- Gesture Toolkit These studies involve the Gesture Toolkit,
a program designed to make various types of gesture recognition easy.
- (uroc) Eye tracking Manufacure cameras to track a
user's eyes for blink-gesturing, based on schematics and software
- (uroc) Wheelchair control Interface the gesture panel (a
gesture-sensing surface) to the control system of an electric
- (uroc) Gesture Panel demo Create a permanent
demonstration installation of the Gesture Panel in the Aware Home.
- (uroc) BlinkI demo Create a permanent demonstration
installation of the BlinkI system (a blink-based gesture system) in
the Aware Home.
- (uroc,8903) Driving simulator Create a driving
simulator to test the Gesture Panel in lifelike driving situations.
- Innovative speech recognition
(uroc) Speech recognition with Victor-Borge like sounds for
programming (instead of "left bracket" make pop! sound).
- Wearable user interfaces
- (uroc) Reading systems for small displays, such as RSVP (Rapid
Serial Visual Presentation).
- (uroc) Adapt a mini-qwerty keyboard for wearable use and
perform typing speed study.
- (uroc,7001,8903) Create a zoomable interface for
wearables. This would involve mapping windows in the window manager
onto a sphere that could be zoomed in and out. OpenGL skills a plus!
- Miscellaneous stuff
- (uroc) Create a automatic battery load tester, similar to
For historical interest, here is the
old project ideas page.