This year the Stanford Electrical Engineering Department celebrates its 125th anniversary.
As part of celebration, we will be designing, engineering and installing an interactive light sculpture
in the 3-story glass stairwell of the Packard building, named FLIGHT. FLIGHT consists of 76 Fractal Flyers, bird-like shapes inspired
by the geometry of the stairwell that move. The wings of the Fractal Flyers are dichroic acrylic, so that during the day their color
shifts and changes with the angle of light. At night, they light up with patterns across their bodies and wings. The sculpture will remain
in Packard for 3-5 years,
allowing refinement, exploration of new engineering ideas, and new interactions.
Students taking EE185/EE285 will, in collaboration with the course instructors, design, construct, help
install, and program the piece. The course has two instructors: Professor Levis and
Charles Gadeken, a local fire and light sculpture artist whose pieces have been installed in Palo Alto,
San Francisco, Calabasas, and Robina (Australia). EE185 is intended for undergraduates. EE285/CS241 is for
graduate students and requires a higher degree of technical sophistication in its assignments.
Each quarter will focus on a different stage of the project:
- Autumn 2019: design and prototyping
- Winter 2020: alpha design
- Spring 2020: simulator and software
- Summer 2020: beta design and testing
- Autumn 2020: final design
- Winter 2021 programming and communication
Students are welcome to take the course for any one, two, or all three quarters. The course will rely
on existing skills as well as teach new ones, applying them to a beautiful real-world project that will be
on display at Stanford for several years. Students taking the course should feel confident in one of the
following, and be interested in learning about one or two more:
- Electronics and electrical system design
- Mechanical design and materials
- Artistic design
- Software and programming
Because EE185 is intended to be accessible to undergraduates, it
does not assume a graduate-level background and is a 100-level
course. EE285 assumes a graduate-level background,
and the work expected from students enrolling in EE285 is correspondingly
more technically challenging. Students may not register for both courses
There are no workshops planned for spring.