VIP Program at Howard University

Howard University

Washington, DC 20059

Coordinator: Dr. Charles Kim (CKIM@HOWARD.EDU)

This program is sponsored by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust as part of VIP Consortium Project (lead institution - Georgia Tech) to drive systemic reform of STEM education.


* How to Join?:  If you want to  join one of the teams below, contact (email) the Contact Person of the team.  Any question can be directed to the VIP coordinator at  Anyone, yeah anyone, can join.


Requirements for VIP Participants

Requirements Resources
1. Weekly Team Meeting Participation & Meeting Records
2. Participation in Semester-End Team Presentation (last week of the semester)
3. Submission of Survey (last week of each semester)
4. Submission of 1-minute video (or audio) clip of Elevator Pitch (Last week of the semester)
* VIP Weekly Meeting Recording Form
* VIP Survey Form (WORD format & PDF format)
* Elevator Pitch & How to Prepare for it?
* VIP Presentation Tips


Project Team Advisor Contact Project Description Project Website
 SLatE8  Dr. Mohamed Chouikha (EE) Vanessa Galani (Graduate Assistant) and Jason Rogers (CpE) Sign Language to English
Intruder Dr. Hassan Salmani (CpE) Jonathan Goberdhan (EE) Hardware Trojan Detection & Prevention for Health-Care Computer Systems
Wireless Sensor Network Dr. Hassan Salmani (CpE) Anthony Brandon(CpE) Wireless sensor network development for temperature sensing  
HU Radio Telescope - Measuring the Galactic Rotation Curve Dr. Marcus Alfred (PHYS): Dr. Marcus Alfred (PHYS) This project will build a Radio Telescope following the MIT Haystack Radio Telescope which was later extensively modified, and presently working, University of Michigan version.  EE, CpE, CS students for electronics, and ME and CV students for machining, and other students from PHYS can experience a great deal about this observational astronomy.
Terminator Arm - "Creating an Inexpensive Prosthetic Arm controllable by Brain" Dr. Charles Kim (EE)  Chidi Ekeocha(Graduate Assistant) and
Cory Bethrant(Team Leader)
Project 1:This project aims to create and build inexpensive prosthetics by 3-D printing which can be controlled by actions signals from the brain.

Project 2: Drone Control by Brain (Myo arm band actually): A spin-off project which uses the same Myo band to command a drone to take-off, fly at an altitude, and land. And more.
DOPES - "Diagnosis of Power Electronic Systems" Dr. Charles Kim (EE) Ayotunde Odejayi(Graduate Assistant) This project aims to build an Reliability Diagnosis System, using IR temperature and GMR current sensors, for Power Electronics Systems which are popularly used in mobile platforms such as aircraft, electric vehicles, and off-road high power vehicles.
Seismolator  - "Building a magnetic levitation platform as an ideal seismic isolator" Dr. Claudia Marin (CV); Technical Advisor - Dr. Charles Kim (EE) Sola Famakin (Graduate Assistant) and Mehdi Rezaee  Commonly used seismic isolators at the base of buildings try to disconnect the buildings from the ground to limit the transmission of damaging effects of earthquakes to the building like hanging the structure on the air.  The link (LINK) compares the responses of a seismically isolated and a non-isolated building. 
An ideal seismic isolator will keep the isolated object floating on the air to avoid contact with the shaking ground, then the isolated body won't experience the dynamic effects of the earthquake. The mission of this project is to build a prototype magnetic levitation system to float an object of 1 lb weight to isolate it from a shake.

Thru-Wall - "Seeing Through-Wall using Software Defined Devices"  Dr. Danda Rawat (CS)  Dr. Danda Rawat (CS) This project aims to develop methods to detect reflected signals for seeing through-wall.  This project, if successful, could help to find/detect/see somebody in the closed room without seeing the person physically (e.g., trapped person detection inside a collapsed building, active shooter inside a closed room/building, cancer tumor detection, elderly monitoring, etc).  Interested student should contact the contact person listed.  
Autonomous Car - "Resilient Autonomous/self-Driving Cars: A prototype"  Dr. Danda Rawat (CS)  Dr. Danda Rawat (CS) This project aims to develop light weight cybersecurity schemes, privacy aware communications, adaptive speed control, automatic braking, rerouting, information sharing using wireless access technologies and display vehicle's status information.  
CARS - "Cars Assuring Resilient Security" Dr. Gedare Bloom (CS) Habeeb Olufowobi (Graduate Assistant) This project investigates security protocols and mechanisms that maintain safe operations for network-connected and autonomous automotive vehicles.   In particular, we propose a fail operational intrusion detection system (FO-IDS) for vehicle networks. The main objective of this research project is to address the security issues arising out of the growing use of access points to vehicular distributed systems, that a potential hacker can exploit. The proposed FO-IDS, on detecting an intrusion forces the system to undergo a mode switch to a predefined fail operational state. This is significant since we are addressing a safety critical systems (automotive electronics), that cannot be entirely shut down in many cases.  Our aim is to develop a "fail-operational intrusion detection system"
for vehicle networks that will consist of 2 main parts.

1) an intrusion detection system, which can detect if an attack is performed over the CAN network

2) a mechanism that transitions the system into a fail-safe state in which critical function remain operational.

This research project will establish theoretical foundations of FO-IDS, explore its design space within the context of defending against remote attacks on automotive in-vehicle networks, and evaluate the performance of the FO-IDS using actual vehicular test beds and data. 
DESPITE - "Despite Exploits, Security via Provenance for IoT Endpoints" Dr. Gedare Bloom (CS) Ebelechukwu Nwafor (Graduate Assistant This project investigates security for Internet of Things (IoT) applications by analyzing and mitigating exploitable vulnerabilities in the embedded systems used to monitor and control the Things.  
Diamond Sensors - "Diamond Window Pressure and Temperature Sensors" Dr. James Hammonds (ME) Rasheed Yinusa (Graduate Assistant) This project aims to build diamond film temperature and pressure sensors, and to measure Young’s modulus and the thermal conductivity of  diamond films supported by silicon and amorphous silica substrates. Suspended flexible diamond films supported by silicon and silica will be made using modern micro-fabrication techniques. Optical fibers, a light source, and detector will be integrated within the diamond film structure. The structure will be immersed in a variable pressure field (constant temperature), and the Young’s modulus will be extracted by measuring the displacement of the diamond film using the optical system. The temperature of the structure will also be changed, and film displacement relative to temperature changes (constant pressure) will be measured. Finally, in-plane and cross-plane thermal conductivity of the suspended diamond films will also be measured. The results of this work will not only lead to the development of thermal circuit components, but also to nanoscale infrared sensors for biomedical applications. 
Detailed project description
is found here
Smart Home Dr. James Momoh (EE) Ernest Legier (CpE, Sr), Shravan Tomar (Graduate Assistant)

The smart home is an environment in which residents are able to operate most, if not all, home appliances with smart devices.  For this project, the group would like to build a smart house that contains multiple household electrical devices which will be networked together and controlled by a smart switching system. The ultimate goal will be to design, build and simulate a system for a smart home.  The main feature of this project is device communication across a network.  As long as a user is connected to the network, he or she will have access to all permissible appliances as well as the statuses of these appliances; this includes the ability to observe if the given appliance is powered on, how much power it is consuming, and the running time the device has been operating.  This system must also be able to prevent intruders from hacking the smart home from the outside; the smart must be able to recognize residents from nonresidents.



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