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Project-based group learning

Project-based group learning, implemented since 2006 at TUSUR, relies on practice to reinforce knowledge, as well as project, research and managerial skills by developing innovative projects. As a rule, these projects aim to create devices, systems or software products with a prospect of commercialization.

This concept is aligned with standards elaborated by Worldwide CDIO Initiative. Established in the early 2000 this international association of leading universities and engineering schools counts more than 100 institutions promoting project-based education, and in 2013 TUSUR was among the first Russian universities to join this community.

Each project embodies innovative ideas and proposals to be implemented in novel science-intensive products and technologies that are in high demand in the market or in particular industry.

Third- and fourth-year students are usually selected to form project teams. After individual curriculum for a project team is worked out and approved, participation in the project-based learning is regarded as mandatory for such students.

Activities of the project team are an integral part of training for those who pursue a specialist degree. Implementation of an idea goes through all principal stages of a development effort: from technical assignment to a prototype or a pilot lot.

Individual curriculum envisages introduction of certain disciplines required for project development (participant education), as well as replacement of some learning activities (i.e. course papers and projects, internships, laboratory-based work etc.) with relevant project activities within the framework of team project learning.

Departments arrange specialized laboratories for implementation of projects, creating workplaces for students and shared use sites for mounting, modeling, testing etc. Laboratories are furnished with computers and necessary measurement and production equipment.

Here below is the list of the ongoing projects:

Project title Supervising professor Description
Department of Industrial Electronics
Hardware and software complex for medical electronics Dr. Denis Pakhmurin Conceive, design, investigate and prepare to commercialization the software and a hardware for local hyperthermia. The complex will be used for cure of oncologic diseases
Microprocessor equipment for data collection from car sensors Prof. Sergey Mikhalchenko Design of automated system for data collection from car sensors to determine the optimum performance of car engine and the most economic speed
Department of Automated Control Systems
Software for virtual modeling of clothes Prof. Mikhail Kataev Development of web site and software to allow the web-shoppers to try the virtual clothes in web-stores/ The internet service will also provide customers with the platform to exchange their opinions and to consult professional designers.
Department of Computer Control and Design Systems
Developing of CAD system for microwave radioelectronic circuits Dr. Alexey Kalentiev Developing modules will be included in world-level intelligent CAD system that uses original approaches for automated and automatic design of microwave devices. Limitations of current software modules will be excluded and new modules for Indesys framework will be developed. A new testing infrastructure will be developed and implemented, it will allow to modify current software modules much faster, so all changes will be controlled by this infrastructure.
Software tool for microwave measurements data viewing and analysis Alexander Goryainov The software is designed for the analysis and processing of the results of the microwave measurements:
  • support of general measurements file formats;
  • various types of visual representation of the measurement data;
  • data editing, interpolation and curve fitting;
  • statistical data processing.
Computer-aided design of microwave wideband low-noise amplifier Dr. Andrei Salnikov The task of work is the design of printed circuit board (PCB) wideband (1-4 GHz) low-noise amplifier (LNA). Laboratory has novel advanced design techniques: genetic-algorithms-based synthesis, “visual” technique. The techniques are implemented in the software tools and planned to be used in the LNA design. The final result of the internship is ready-to-manufacture LNA layout. Manufacturing and performance measurement of the LNA are planned at the end of the internship.
High efficiency microwave power amplifier design Dr. Andrei Salnikov Design, prototyping and measurement of L-, S-, C- band high efficiency power amplifier (PAE> 60%) for modern communication systems. Different types of amplifiers: Class F PA, Doherty PA, dual-band PA.
Department of Complex Information Security of Computer Systems
Investigation of voice signal Prof. Roman Meshcheryakov Implementation of software for the evaluation of speech quality based on existing standards for the automation of a speech therapist work. Includes obtaining estimates of phrase and syllable intelligibility, identify problem phonemes based on syllable intelligibility, gathering and maintaining the database of patients. Program complex is designed for speech therapists, who conducts speech rehabilitation patients, particularly after surgery on the organs of speech formation tract in the treatment of cancer.
Modeling and research of algorithms for control robotic system Dr. Yu. Loboda The work is devoted to modeling various robotic systems based on bio-inspired robots and writing algorithms for their work
Department of Microwave and Quantum Radio Engineering
Development of integrated circuit for GIS navigation Dr. Andrei Fateev Development of multi-system integral receiver of GIS> the system should be able to receive data from 4 major GIS systems: GLONASS, GALILEO, GPS and COMPASS. The integrated circuit will be designed using SiGe technology.
Department of Telecommunications and Basic Principles of Radio Engineering
Design of digital signal processing program for Synthetic Aperture Radar using FPGA Dr. Andrei Geltser The purpose of this project is designing low cost, small synthetic aperture radar based on Auto-SAR instead of using aircraft and satellite platform. The automobile SAR obtains the synthetic aperture by moving the antenna along roads or bridges and Frequency Modulation Continuous Wave (FMCW) technique is involved in, which makes the system simple and compact
Power line communication systems Dr. Andrei Geltser Learning operating principles of data transmission systems using power line communication (power metering, home automation etc.) and designing parts (G3 standard) of these systems on evaluation boards
Department of Innovative Technologies
Hardware and software complex for precision scanne Prof. Alexey Soldatov Design, investigate and prepare to commercialization the software and hardware for ultrasonic testing device. The complex will be used for nondestructive testing of composite material.
Modern transmission for robotics industry Dr. Egor Efremenkov Conceive, design, investigate and prepare to commercialization the transmission with intermediate rolling elements for robotics industry. The transmission will be used for robots of different fields (machine production, medicine, transport, aeronautics, cosmonautics)
System Design, Modeling and Simulation of SW/HW platform for High Speed industrial network Dr. Alexander Zorkaltsev Research of various network traffic types, redundancy techniques and protocols for industrial networks, Develop HDL model (Verilog/VHDL/SystemC) and simulate of fault-tolerance technique for high availability Industrial networks. SW/HW Prototyping and integration. HDL model will be used as a platform for industrial control device.

* The complete list of projects, their detailed description and other relevant information about the teams is available here, in Russian language only. For more information in English, please contact us.