At Taylor’s CSE department, we are intentional about pursuing real-world projects.
Our professors tailor many classes to include group projects. We place a great emphasis on group work because we believe it is important for our majors to be able to interact and communicate well with others.
All CSE seniors complete senior projects during their final J-Term. These projects are often ideas that students already have floating around, but their senior project time finally gives them the ability to sit down and bring them to life. Many of these examples came out of senior projects.
The Taylor Satellite (TSAT) was selected by NASA in a competitive program with other universities and was the only undergraduate program chosen. To the best of our knowledge, TSAT is the first satellite developed in Indiana and launched into earth’s orbit.
▷ More about the Taylor Satellite
Extremely Low Earth Orbit Satellite
Taylor University was granted the opportunity to complete a satellite from the United States Air Force. The Extremely Low Earth Orbit Satellite (ELEO-Sat) is a 6U nanosatellite with the mission of ionospheric, low orbit exploration and discovery. The purpose of the ELEO-Sat is to accomplish the goals of science data collection and technology demonstration.
▷ More about the ELEO-Satellite
▷ More about the Pocket Satellite
Autonomous Drone Project
Five seniors worked together to program this drone. Two of the students’ goals were to simplify commands like “fly upward 10 meters” from 100 to one, and be able to map geographical areas using graphics processing.
The drone filmed a gorgeous aerial video of Taylor University’s campus shot from the drone! (The video is 51 seconds long.)
▷ Read more about the Autonomous Drone Project from The Echo.
Physics, algorithms and CPUs aside, it is too early to tell if an innovation that will impact future generations of computer games has been developed at Taylor University. But Zach Bethel believes the project he has worked on for the past year, or something like it, could lead to an industry standard for future generations of computer games.
Special thanks to Jim Garringer for allowing us to repost part of his article.
Computer Science students build versions of Maze Escape during their second semester. The program’s goal is to place a robot in a maze and have it find the exit. With enough thought, planning, and skills, students solve this problem from scratch.
▷ More about Maze Escape
FishSim simulates a 3D fish tank into which the user can place food and predator stimuli and watch the fish react. Students Grant Hollis and Nathan Ehresman created this artificial intelligence program during their senior years.
▷ More about FishSim
Battle Bot Bonanza
Student Luke Ehresman created Battle Bot Bonanza to teach artificial intelligence programming in a contest environment. Contestants create virtual “bots” that compete in an arena using programming.
May the best bot win!
▷ More about Battle Bot Bonanza
Written in Python and using some advanced features of basic programming modules, Alien Invasion features multiple difficulty levels and a basic collision engine to play some good old-fashioned space-shooting. Brandon Reppert and Trent Stegink created this game during the J-Term of their freshmen years.
▷ More about Alien Invasion
In the introductory class for computer science students, students build an artificial intelligence that plays Checkers. At the end of the semester, the students have an opportunity to pit all of their automated players against each other in a tournament simulation. This project offers a rewarding chance for the intro students to show off the skills they’ve picked up throughout the semester.
▷ More about AI Checkers
Centrallix features data abstraction, structural embedding, “pro”-DHTML generation, an SQL engine for multi-source queries, and object-based development. Several mission organizations have used the software to develop dynamic reports. Taylor University Computer Science graduate Greg Beeley created Centrallix in 1997.
▷ More about Centrallix
The radio missions project was born out of our professors’ goal to increase real-world missions-related projects that Taylor students could work on. A missionary with HCJB Global approached us about building a Radio Planning and Development Database that would help them keep track of their partnership ministries worldwide. So began the collaboration between HCJB and Taylor University.
▷ More about our Radio Missions
Charitable Planning is a website that provides aid to people all over America. It aims to maximize the ability of donors to give to various organizations by educating them in the intricacies of charitable donations. Taylor’s CSE Department, a Taylor parent, and a Taylor alumnus teamed up to complete the project.
▷ More about Charitable Planning.
WordSurv is a linguistics computer program that aids Bible translators in the collection and analysis of word lists. It helps to shorten the amount of time it takes to translate the Scripture into a new language. Students and members of the CSE department worked together on this linguistic project.
▷ More about WordSurv.