Design Project



Supervisor: Nikitas Dimopoulos,

ND1 Towards the design of the smallest computer system possible

This is a project to design a very small computer system. Ideally, such a system would have dimensions that will be of the order of a few microns total, and will thus be possible to introduce it and use it in living organisms primarily to monitor and intervene either mechanically or through medication delivery.

In this part of the project, we would like to establish the feasibility of such a system. This will include the consideration and choosing of the instruction set architecture including the word length, and the initial implementation of a system to establish feasibility and gain experience in designing in the small.

ND2 Using RFIDs (or other technologies) to catalog and track the works of art in Maltwood

The Maltwood gallery (at the University of Victoria) has in excess of 15000 works of art in its collections. Part of the collection is in storage (in two locations) and part is displayed at many locations both on campus and downtown Victoria. The main challenge is to ensure a proper accounting of the works of art and their location. Maltwood has already created a database that catalogs all the works of art, however this data base is static. It is quite difficult and error prone to update it on a continuous basis with location information. The requirement is that a system be developed that will help enter the location information to the data base and that this system is as automated as possible to ensure minimum chance of error. The obvious solution(s) is the use of identification devices attached to each work of art which could be read and yield identification information concerning the particular item the identification device is attached to. Since the items identified are works of art, specific constrains as to the visibility of the identification device and the handling of the object during the ID acquisition operation must be adhered to.


A report and a working prototype. The report shall include suggestions of possible technologies to be used (e.g. RFIDs, bar codes etc.) cost estimates and recommendations as to the technology or technologies to be adopted. The working prototype targeting several items is will provide the test bed needed to evaluate the proposed solution(s).

Sponsor: Martin Saegger
Faculty responsible: Nikitas Dimopoulos