The dancing marionette - An interdisciplinary capstone design experience for engineering technology and computer science students Conference Paper uri icon


  • With the advances in microelectronics devices, often computers, sensors, and actuators are integrated into mechanical systems. Modern engineering design thus requires efforts from a multidisciplinary team. Traditional capstone design projects offer few opportunities for inter-departmental collaborations. This paper presents an experimental capstone project organized to allow computer science students and manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology (MMET) students to work together on a "dancing marionette". The project involved three major components: 1) mechanical/kinematics design, 2) computer motion control, and 3) manufacturing. The MMET students took on the tasks of the mechanical design and fabrication of an electro-mechanical movement system. The computer science students developed motion control hardware and software to prescribe life-like movements of the puppet. While the highly successful prototype demonstrated the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, feedback from faculty and students also suggested that better communication can further improve the learning experience of future students. American Society for Engineering Education, 2006.

published proceedings

  • ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Jyhwen, W., Liu, S., & Price, A.

complete list of authors

  • Jyhwen, W||Liu, S||Price, A

publication date

  • January 2006