Thesis Topics - DePiero's Perspective
There is no 'typical' MS thesis. Areas of study depend on the student and advisor.
The thesis should be more than an overgrown senior project, in that it should include more efforts
that are theoretical in nature. It would also typically include more
independent learning and investigation which is more in-depth, compared to a Senior
Project: analyzing design choices, studying parameters, surveying
existing methods, quantitative comparisons and testing. The thesis would
typically be more than just a solution to a problem. Rather, the
emphasis should be on a process of investigation and study that leads to
some desired result. In some institutions MS theses and PhD
dissertations are completely theoretical in nature. (Yours could be if you
want it to be...) At CalPoly, MS theses are usually more applied - with some theoretical
Recent Examples - DePiero's Students
- (Signal Processing) Developed a novel audio compression method, combining/modifying aspects of traditional methods. Analyzed expected performance, compared actual performance quantitatively and qualitatively. Implemented
the novel method and standard methods in software, tested with various signals.
- (Image Processing) Developed novel license plate reader. Implemented pattern classifier, including linear algebra routines
for covariance matrix and inverse. Experimented with a variety of shape features. Implemented hill-climbing optimization routine to improve weights applied to shape features during recognition.
Collected many images of license plates for modeling and testing.
- (Data Acquisition and Signal Processing) Developed novel data acquisition
system with post processing. Developed custom 4-PIC architecture for backpack mounted system that measures strain
on a bicycle crank. System uploads to a PC, where further processing
by Kalman Filtering, is applied to signals to assist analysis.
- (Signal Processing) Developed novel method to model the noise
characteristics of a communication channel, having both
deterministic and random noise. Implemented modeling technique using
adaptive filters. Tested using simulated and real data. Modeling
technique developed for use with fielded systems that are used to
instrument oil drilling platforms.
- (Graph Matching) Studied performance of a novel algorithm for
subgraph isomorphism. Tested algorithm with various types of
randomly generated graphs. Studied banded properties of the graph
adjacency matrix. Studied application of graph matching algorithm to
a VLSI application.