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This semester thesis is part of an EU project (FRACTAL) with more than 25 partners involved. The students will collaborate with ACP, a Zurich-based company specialized in integrated circuits for cellular communications.


The goal of this project is to implement is a low-cost solution to make mechanical meters smart, instead of replacing them with costly devices.

The students will realize a Smart Meter, an IoT system based on:

  • The Parallel Ultra Low Power (PULP) platform, developed here at IIS, on FPGA. PULP is an open-source multi-core platform achieving leading-edge energy-efficiency and featuring widely-tunable performance
  • a modem for wireless connectivity
  • an ultra-low power camera

The system will periodically wake up, take a picture, process the image extracting the number displayed on the meters and transmit the value wirelessly. A wide range of different meters exists and many of them are located in environments with difficult lighting conditions. Therefore, analyzing the image on the edge will require robust pattern recognition algorithms.

  • Familiarity with Python
  • Experience with CNNs
  • Experience with FPGAs - having followed the VLSI I course is recommended
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Status: Available