Research of Professor James M. Conrad

Embedded Systems and Autonomous Robotics Lab


The Embedded Systems and Autonomous Vehicle Lab has a long history of university/industry collaboration with companies like Frontline Test Equipment, iRobot, Zapata Engineering, Emerson, Renesas, and National Instruments. Graduated students currently work in embedded systems jobs at Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel, General Dynamics, Dematic, Seagate, and The Mathworks. The lab director, Professor James Conrad, has over 25 years of experience in the embedded systems field in academia and at IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and several start-ups.

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Research Projects under Dr. Conrad

If you are interested in working with me, please read the following "Frequently Asked Questions".  (Under Construction).  Of note:  I WILL NOT select students for any of this work without seeing their skills in my Embedded Systems class.  If you are interested, you must be a currently enrolled UNC Charlotte Student who has completed at least one semester of class work. NOTE:  As of fall 2015, Dr. Conrad will no longer accept MS Project students.

When you write reports, try to write everything using IEEE standards.  For final reports for classes, use the IEEE two column word file (Search the website for the latest version.)

MS Thesis and PhD Research Topics

  1. Inexpensive Autonomous Robotic Vehicle - the "Zapatabot":
  2. "Recyclebot" - an interactive vehicle that will roam around the football stadium encouraging people to recycle and collect recyclables. (This project is only funded for materials, NOT RA work):
  3. Design, assembly, and test of flying robotic vehicles (possible future funding)
  4. Wireless Localizations of Robots
  5. Radiation-hardened bobotics
  6. Wireless sensor network of valves (funded)
  7. Wireless sensor networks of a lighting control unit (possible future funding)

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