Hello. My name is Rickey Wang.

I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Minor student at the University of Waterloo.


In my spare time, I work on cars of the future at UW Alternative Fuels Team. As currently the longest-serving member of the team, I have completed many projects:

  • Recommissioning a retired fuel-cell vehicle to all-electric
  • Two-phase Li-ion battery cooling system (Fourth year capstone project. Learn More)
  • Driver Assistance System (DAS) -- vision-based sign detection, stereo distance estimation using NXP automotive vision SoC
  • Cruise Control code, PID tuning of controller
  • Vehicle information display PCBA -- soldering, testing, designing in Altium
  • High Voltage distribution and fuse box
  • Infotainment system development -- Freescale SoC, Python (Pygame), QNX, and Android
  • Ongoing IT infrastructure support -- Server administration on Windows Server, Ubuntu Linux, and BSD
  • CAN network analysis and spoofing
  • MATLAB/Simulink control strategy development and testing. Deployment to dSPACE MicroAutoBox controller, and using dSPACE ControlDesk software to troubleshoot issues.

The high-voltage distribution hub that I designed (Interactive 3D)

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When you forget to check for clearance on one part and had to sand off the corner to make things fit. It worked!

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The finished HV hub and initial mechanical integration of the infotainment system.


Atomic Force Microscopes

ICSPI is developing a new generation of affordable and portable Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs). A MEMS device integrates the AFM tip and driving mechanisms. I worked on the firmware and front-end UI that powers the AFMs.

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The AFM. DSP Lock-in Amplifier filters signal from noise, can potentially increase speed and resolution of AFMs


Qt-based UI -- current UI and next-gen UI concept

Sample scan of crystal lattice steps. See More (Credit: ICSPI)


Tesla Motors

I worked on charger integration and validation while at Tesla, using National Instruments TestStand, VeriStand, and LabVIEW. Results of these automated tests done on the product are uploaded into relevant servers for analysis and rapid developer feedback.

tesla_charger_webstore tesla_charger_see_thru The chargers are hidden underneath second row seats in the Model S.


Singapore University of Technology and Design -
Motion, Energy, and Controls Laboratory SUTD-MEC

Bikes are a popular mode of transportation in Asia. The warm climate of South East Asia makes cycling an ideal year-round transportation method. During my time at SUTD-MEC, we envisioned a network of autonomous bicycles that can distribute themselves throughout the city. Through autonomous load-balancing of the bike sharing scheme, customers are less likely to stumble upon empty bike racks.

Telematics System

I laid some of the ground work for future autonomous research. I created a scalable telematics platform for the bicycle fleet, which extends all the way from low-level controllers to central management servers. With the telematics system, the bike can be remote controlled, which is the first step towards full automation.

Intellectual property protection of this research is currently under way, and commercialization will soon follow suit.




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