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Lin a Finalist, 14 other Faculty Members Nominated for Invention of the Year Award
Pictured: (from left to right) EE Student Yu Wang, Prof. Nariman Farvardin, and Prof. H. C. Lin, at the departments Research Review Day, where both Lin and Wang displayed and discussed their invention.
|Prof. H.C. Lin and student Yu Wang were
finalists for the Invention of the Year Award, presented by the Office of Technology
Liaisons, at its 11th Annual Invention of the Year Reception, on April 30.
Lins invention was for a Noise Reduction in Headphones technology. The invention uses novel multiplexing circuitry and other techniques to manipulate the headphone as both a signal generator and receiver.
This eliminates the need for a microphone to produce the inverted signal for cancellationso slightly modified headphones can potentially provide a noise-free environment.
Fourteen other inventions involving department faculty members were cited for their technological innovation at the reception.
Pictured: The Comet Commander Pinball machine.
|Comet Commander Goes to Las Vegas
The Comet Commander pinball machine did Vegas this year.
Last February, Prof. David Stewart and six students took their machine to the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association's world championships, where both players and designers were exposed to this tour de force of student projects.
The pinball machine was built during a one year, multidisciplinary design project sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The project combined students and faculty from the electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering departments.
More than 30 students were involved with building the machine, but only six stayed on
after the two semesters of coursework were over to complete the machine for Vegas. Those
six students were DeeDee Rosenfeld, Steve Neuendorffer, Melissa Moy, Jacek Grabowski,
Daniel Medeiros and John Dowdal.
More information about the Pinball Machine Design Project can be found at http://www.ee.umd.edu/pinball.