(May 30, 2019) -- The UTSA Tech Symposium winning team recently competed and won in a regional Electrical and Computer Engineering senior design competition sponsored by UT Dallas. Presented by Würth Elektronik, the inaugural ExCEllence in Senior Design showcase brought the top-rated university design teams in the southwest to face off against one other and be judged on their design accomplishments and presentations. Each school could only select one senior design team, their highest rated, to participate in this competition.
Allen Herrera, Rembrandt Bukowski, Miles Martinez, and Justice Montes represented UTSA and won the Entrepreneurial Award for their presentation, as determined by a panel of 16 judges selected from various local companies in Dallas. The projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies, to apply the knowledge and skills they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products in their last and senior year.
The team decided to focus on detecting concealed and unconcealed weaponry using real-time surveillance footage, infrared images and applying deep learning analytics. This direction was reached in collaboration with Raymond Choo, UTSA associate professor of information systems and cybersecurity and Cloud Technology Endowed Professor, and an NSA Texas team with whom Choo had been collaborating. The NSA Texas team provided ongoing mentorship and advised them throughout the project life cycle. This relationship was made possible by the signing of a CRADA between the NSA with UT System last year.
Herrera, Bukowski, Martinez and Montes designed and built a working prototype of an Automatic Weapon Detection System (AWDS) they called Daedalus. In Greek mythology, Daedalus, father of Icarus, was an inventor and craftsman and was deemed the original innovator.
Daedalus is a security package that can automatically detect concealed and unconcealed weapons using current CCTV technology and an infrared (IR) camera sensor. Once a weapon is detected, an alert with the image and video is streamed to a mobile application reducing response time and improving situational awareness. Potential customer segments include law enforcement, security departments in schools, airports and other public areas.
“It can be very chaotic during an active shooting. By identifying credible threats in real-time, our solution can save seconds, and possibly minutes, which is critical to saving lives in this type of situation,” said Herrera at a recent demonstration of their technology at the UTSA National Security Collaboration Center.
Future plans for Daedalus are being discussed. Other modules and functionalities are under consideration while facial recognition can also be implemented within the system. With this first phase, the system may prove to be more cost effective than other available solutions on the market currently. With positive feedback and suggestions from NSCC partner ARL South Cyber, the future is bright for Daedalus.
The team graduates this semester: Herrera, Bukowski and Montes are off to graduate school at UTSA while Martinez has already secured a position at AT&T in Dallas.
Celebrate UTSA’s 50th Anniversary and share social media posts about the 50th using the hashtag #UTSA50.
Emerging artists work in the full range of traditional methods and materials as well as in interdisciplinary and new media. Themes range from social and cultural critique to investigations that are challenging and exquisite explorations in creative form and image.UTSA Art Gallery, Arts Building, Main Campus
Juan Vallejo’s art conveys his experience as a childhood migrant worker. Opening reception: Thurs, Dec. 5, 6–9 p.m. Free and open to the public.UTSA Terminal 136, Blue Star Arts Complex, 136 Blue St., San Antonio
Portions of Cook Road will be closed for construction related to the new Student Success Center project and Americans with Disabilities Act sidewalk upgrades.Cook Road, Main Campus
Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true experience, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. UTSA partners with The Public Theater for this event. Contact the theater at (210) 458-3288 for scheduling requests.Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus
Forty-six modular units will be delivered to Main Campus as part of the new Student Success Center project. The units will enter campus at Brennan Avenue and will travel to their final destination, south of the North Paseo Building and Graduate School and Research Building via Tobin Avenue, Bauerle Road and Devine Avenue.Brennan Avenue, Tobin Avenue, Bauerle Road, Devine Avenue, Main Campus
Enjoy two classic holiday performances. Children’s Ballet of San Antonio will present two of The Nutcracker. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will perform a traditional Pastorela play, a morality tale about shepherds going to Bethlehem and the snares the devil uses to dissuade them. Performances are included with regular ITC admission.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio
Celebrating graduating students from the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Guest speaker: Susan Pape '86, chairman of the San Antonio Express-News.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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