CSc 59866/7 Capstone I/II Fall 2021 -Spring 2022
BEAT+: Adding Branding and Entrepreneurship for Real-World Applications Using Emerging Technologies: AI, AR, AT, and Apps
- CEN Course Innovation Grant from Moxie Foundation(current)
- NYSID CREATE (current)
- NSF (past)
- VentureWell (past)
- Zhigang Zhu, Herbert G. Kayser Professor, Department of Computer Science
Branding and Entrepreneurial Instructors:
- Katherine Olives, Program Manager, Zahn Innovation Center
- Kesia Hudson, Interim Director, Zahn Innovation Center
- Steven Monzon, Program Manager, Zahn Innovation Center
- Gerardo A Blumenkrantz, Associate Professor, Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) Creative Track Director
- Nancy R. Tag, Program Director, BIC Program, CCNY
- Marlene Leo, Program Specialist, BIC Program, CCNY
Application Information and Links
- Zahn Competitions [Early Decision Deadline: Sunday, October 24th at 11:59pm; Final Deadline: Sunday, November 14th at 11:59pm]
- NYSID CREATE Program [Deadline TBD ]
- VentueWell E-Teams [Deadline October 26, 2021]
The program BEAT+ is an extended version of the last two years success, and we emphasize four components: Branding, Entrepreneurship, Applications, and Technologies. Undergraduate Seniors in CS and CpE will work in teams to design emerging technical solutions in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Assistive Technology (AT), data analytics and app development skills to solve real-world application problems for social good and national priorities. Teams will learn basic branding principles (how to design user interfaces and communicate with end users and community partners about their technical solutions). Teams will be encouraged to participate in academic research projects, the CCNY Zahn Innovation competitions and NYSID’s CREATE competition. We will invite collaborators from both academia and industry as the BEAT+ mentors and evaluators.
Capstone I Course Syllabus Fall 2021
(Fall 2021 academic calendar)
Capstone I Class Meet Time & Location: Monday 11:00AM – 01:30PM over Zoom Link (passcode will be sent via email)
Office Hours: Every Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, [Online meeting Zoom Link]
- Week 1 (08/30). (1) Introduction (Zhu). (2) Past project showcases (slides) and project design brainstorming. Assignment 1. Please submit a 1-page resume with your interest for a project topic and teaming. Email to Professor Zhigang Zhu at email@example.com. Due on 09/08(Wednesday midnight).
- Week 2 (09/13). (1) An entrepreneurial seminar on entrepreneurship and Zahn Center competitions (Katherine Olives / Kesia Hudson / Steven Monzon – Zahn Innovation Center). (2) Project topics from domain experts (Digital Twins for Navigation and Safety, Arber Ruci/Fani Maksakuli/Jin Chen, Nearabl; Autism Transportation, Cecilia Feeley, CAIT @ Rutgers; AR/VR for Simulation and Training, Hao Tang, BMCC/CUNY; Gamification for Vision Training- Bill Seiple, Lighthouse Guild).
- Week 3 (09/20). (1) CREATE Opportunities (Megan L. Tatro, Social Media and Marketing Strategist, NYSID) (2) Partnership with Goodwill for ASD (Celina Cavalluzzi, Assistant Vice President, Goodwill NY/NJ). (3) We will visit (virtually) a Goodwill site in Harlem. Besides their ASD programs Goodwill is also running programs for people with intellectual disabilities (ID/DD)and serve a few people with physical disabilities, visual impairments, and hearing loss in these programs.
- Week 4 (09/27). Project proposal development. (1) Please do check online for literature and existing projects that have similar ideas of your projects. (2) We will arrange in-person visit to Goodwill site of the Possibilities & Advance Programs at 413 East 120th Street, 5th floor, Harlem NY 10035, so we will not have a regular class meet. But I will be in the class zoom meeting between 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for those who have questions and want to talk with me. Assignment 2. Team Wiki page creating after you decide your team and title of the project, proposal quad chart (template) and team entrepreneurial (E)-enhanced proposal writing. (1) For access the wiki page, please create an account using your ccny email. Details have been sent via CUNYFirst. (2) Please consider the Zahn Center competition instruction as well as the CREATE instruction in writing your E-enhanced proposal ( 3 – 5 pages). Detailed Instructions for the CREATE Proposal can be found here. (3) Please submit your quad chart to firstname.lastname@example.org (one submission per team please) and write the E-enhanced proposal (a quick draft would be okay) as a separate page link to your wiki page. Due on 10/03 (Sunday) => Grading for Assignments 1 and 2.
- Week 5 (10/04). (1) A BIC seminar on branding and storytelling (Gerardo Blumenkrantz). (2) A potential project topic on Adaptive Systems for Inclusive Urban Space (Zihao Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cybernetic Environment Lab, Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York). (3) An entrepreneurial seminar on customer discovery (Katherine Olives / Kesia Hudson / Steven Monzon – Zahn Innovation Center). Assignment 3. (1) Team BIC-enhanced proposal (by revising your E-enhanced proposal with an abstract in the ABT formula of And..But…Therfore) in your wiki page, (2) your revised quad chart [ considering ABT – see the slides and the video for branding, a theme picture – such as a diagram of your system, a conceptual design of your app, or an illustration of your solution, formats (fonts, colors) – in all slides, and a tentative logo – please out them up with the project name in the quad chart] , (3) your presentation slides for 10/18 [including a title slide, “A” slides, “B” slides, “T” slides, summary slides including the quad chart and a work plan]. (4) While you are working on them, please also fill the BIC Logo Design Brief. Here are two samples ,  for your reference. Please also send (2) and (4) to Prof. Zhu via email at email@example.com. Due 10/14. => Grading for Assignments 1 to 3.
- Week 6 (10/18). Invited community partners from Goodwill/Lighthouse Guild/Zahn/Rutgers/Nearabl etc as judges for customer discovery and Team Proposal First-Round Presentations (Zahn – recommended for all; CREATE – selective up to four teams; VentureWell – with recommendation). You will use your slides from Assignment 3, organized in a way you feel most comfortable. Here are my suggestions to align your proposal (& quad chart) with the ABT formula, with considerations of B.E.A.T. Each team has total of 15 minutes for presentation and Q&A. We will use Zoom Breakout Rooms, so you are expected to present multiple times, and shall be prepared to be flexible in time since some evaluators won’t be able to stay the full period of the class. To be specific, please have a flexible plan to have your ideas presented from 3 minutes to 5 minutes to 7 minutes, and allow some time for questions. => Grading for Assignments 1 to 3 and Proposal Presentation (First Round) .
- Week 7 (10/25). Teams revise their proposals for submitting to CREATE, Zahn and VentureWell competitions. Assignment 4. Team proposal submissions to VentureWell/CREATE/Zahn. Due on their deadlines (1) Zahn Competiton Proposal (required for all; better to do early, but regular will be okay in Week 9). Early Decision Deadline: Sunday, October 24th at 11:59pm to Zahn (link). Send the application and the proof in a PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org right after your submission. (2) CREATE proposal (by invitation only) in docx by 11/08 Monday midnight to Prof. Zhu via email email@example.com, and I will give you feedback for submitting a revision due 11/16 for me to submit before 11/19 (confirmed!) (3) VentureWell E-Team proposal (optional – up to the team) by Oct 26, 2021 to VentureWell (link). Note the links of submission requirements are provided for both Zahn and VentureWell.
- Week 8 (11/01). (1) Proposal further development and refinement . (2) Technical seminar: human and machine perception (Prof. Zhigang Zhu)
- Week 9 (11/08). Project development and revision . (1) No Class Meet; please schedule individual times with me during the class time if needed, by sending email to my ccny account. Any individual meetings will be through my Office Hours Zoom Link. (2) Zahn proposals (Final Deadline: Sunday, November 14th at 11:59pm); After your submission at Zahn, send Professor Zhu the application contents and the proof in a PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of 11/14 (the same day). This is part of the Assignment 4.
- Week 10 (11/15). Technical seminar: machine vision: feature extraction (Slides | Lecture Notes by Zhu). Assignment 5. Vision questions on feature extraction. Due on 11/22
- Week 11 (11/22). No Class Meet; please schedule individual times with me during the class time if needed, by sending email to my ccny account. Any individual meetings will be through my Office Hours Zoom Link.
- Week 12 (11/29). Technical seminar: machine vision: stereo and motion (Slides | Lecture Notes on Stereo and Motion by Zhu) . Assignment 6. Vision questions on stereo and motion Due on 12/06
- Week 13 (12/06). Team presentation dry runs on project designs and branding. Assignment 7. Final BEAT-proposals on your wiki pages. Due on 12/12 (Sunday)
- Week 14 (12/13). Team evaluation wrap-up. Each team please prepare your digital poster or deck of slides and present it to the evaluators (community partners). We might use gather.town for the final presentation. We will evaluate the four categories: Branding (names, logos, designs etc), Entrepreneurship (customer discovery, market segment, business models etc), Applications (social impact, significance of your research, economical impact, user feedback, etc), and Technologies (tools, systems, algorithms, etc). For a more uniform implementation of your final proposal, please upload two files: the final proposal (in PDF) and the final proposal slides (in PDF or a link to a shared PPTX file etc) under Reports and Documents in your wiki page, by the end of Sunday Dec 12. This will be counted toward Assignment #7. When you write your final proposal , please put some more details (like logos, images, diagrams, schedules) from your slides, as well as considering the feedback from the evaluators. (1) An application to the Zahn program with invitation into the competition will get 5% bonus points for the semester. (2) Teams recommended and then selected for the CREATE projects will get 5% bonus points for the semester. (3) Teams create deliverables to your customers (e.g. funding agencies for funded research) will get 5% bonus points.
Senior Design Wiki Pages (Internal Use Only)
- Capstone 2021-2022 Wiki Page (This year!)
- Capstone 2020-2021 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2019-2020 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2018-2019 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2017-2018 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2016-2017 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2015-2016 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2014-2015 Wiki Page
- Capstone 2013-2014 Projects
- Capstone 2012-2013 Projects
- Capstone 2011-2012 Projects
Other Useful Links
- Zahn Center Competitions
- NYSID CREATE Awards
- VentureWell E-TEAM Competition
- Papers from Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics, 2014-2017, 2018
- Dr. Wai Khoo’s Reading List on Multimodal and Alternative Perception
- Google’s Introduction to Web Accessibility, an online course
- IEEE “Simple, Effective Public Speaking Tips for Engineers“