Mini Project – Fall 2023

Project Presentation Videos

Tentative Project Timeline

10/15: Finalize Teams and Tracks

10/24, 10/26: Pitch Presentation

11/10: Mid Check-in

11/30, 12/5: Final Presentation

12/12: Video and Final Report Due

1. GEM (Hardware) Track


Our GEM vehicle has several software modules for autonomous waypoint following, LIDAR, camera, etc. Please carefully read and get familiar with GEM vehicle resources. More details to come.


  • Few people in your team should have a valid driver’s licenses
  • Highly recommended that your team has a car (you will have to get to the highbay often—201 St. Mary’s street, Champaign)

First steps.

Get lab DRS Laboratory Safety Training and DRS Fire Extinguisher Training from here. Generate the training certificates and send it to our head TA ( More in-person trainings for the highbay will be necessary.

2. GRAIC (Simulation) Track

GRAIC is an open international autonomous racing competition to be held by the end of this semester(exact date to be announced). Your team will compete in this race and have to develop the software for autonomous racing in the environment with pedestrians, complex tracks, and other vehicles. Perception is not going to be a big part of the competition, but if you like, you can create your own version of the race and develop the perception pipeline.

First steps.

  • Familiarize yourself with the GRAIC simulator and software.
  • Sign-up on their mailing list

3. F1-tenth Track

Details to be announced.

Grade breakdown

The team project is worth  25% of your grade. The breakdown of the grades is below.


In class, you’ll be giving a high-level pitch of what you would like to focus on for your project. You will primarily be graded on effort and timing. Here is a template for your presentation.


Choose any 15-minute slot during the 11/10 Discussion Sections to discuss your progress with TAs.


In the last full week of class, you will be giving a presentation

ECE484 Fall 2023 Presentation Guidelines
You are free to organize your presentation as you see fit, but you must provide a motivation and introduction to your project, a description of the overall system, methods you have used, and your results thus far.

You will be graded by the course staff on your (1) pitch / motivation; (2) clarity of the system description; (3) novelty of the method; (4) thoroughness of (proposed) analysis and results (if finished); and (5) presentation style. These items will be scored on a scale of 0-5, with the average being a 3. The maximum points you can accumulate is 25.


In place of a final, you will be submitting a written report outlining your project goals, methods, and evaluation of your efforts. IEEE Conference template can be found here.


In addition to your final report, you must submit a short video showing the results of your project. You will be graded on how well the video demonstrates your results (5%) and on video quality and professionalism (5%)