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Design Briefs for Cambridge University Computer Laboratory Group Design Projects 2021

This page currently lists design briefs under development. Any feedback or suggestions are welcome, to

All content on this site has draft status, subject to confirmation by both group project coordinators and project clients. There is no guarantee that these projects will be offered to students, either in the form described here, or at all.

Intellectual property

Notes on Intellectual property

Client briefing

Information on Logistics for Clients

Information for students, and course history:

Information for Directors of Studies

Information for the Coordinators

Management timetable for 2023

Master timetable for the course:

Work in progress - design briefs for 2023

Notes on: What makes a good project?

In 2023, we expect there will be 119 students, so 20 project teams: 19 teams of 6 and 1 team of 5. We aim to advertise at least 22 design briefs, to allow for necessary cancellations.

Confirmed projects for 2023

  1. A Teaspoon of Video
  2. AI Hype Monitor
  3. Automatic Entrepreneur
  4. Autonomous Trucking
  5. Don’t Stop the Music
  6. Electric Motor Optimisation
  7. Email Diplomacy
  8. Fossil or Future?
  9. Genomics for the COVID Endemic
  10. iMoji
  11. Just Maps
  12. Keeping Key-Workers
  13. Likeness Trainer
  15. NFTs for Digital CVs
  16. Physical Computing for Beginners
  17. Rational Trading
  18. Real Life Arabic
  19. Responsible AI Copilot
  20. Responsible Construction
  21. Robot Farm Monitor
  22. Signs of our Times
  23. Speak in the Country

Design briefs to consider in 2024

  1. Leadership Transition Simulator
  2. Environmental Value Added
  3. Just Maps
  4. The Carbon Eye
  6. Guitar tab2hand
  7. Non-WEIRD Data Science

Possible clients for 2024

Incubator and network contacts

Development notes carried forward from 2021

Other clients from 2021

Previous ideas that have not been used

  • Character Locomotion Middleware - Frontier
  • Automatic accessibility assessor - Frontier

Potential clients that did not proceed, but could be considered in future

Archived records of previous years












Selected design briefs from earlier years

Projects that have been offered, but not assigned to groups

The usual reason for cancelling a project is that the topic has not attracted sufficient interest from students. It's worth keeping an eye on these, as some topics, or ways of phrasing them, seem less attractive. But fashions change!