As the demand for smaller and more energy efficient electrical devices continues to grow, electrical engineers are faced with the challenge of figuring out how to best fit all the electrical components into the devices.
Dr. Gayatri Mehta, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas, and her team of student researchers are taking an innovative approach to this challenge, turning the problem of efficiently mapping electrical components into a web-based computer game.
The game features various series of blocks inlaid on a graph. Players are asked to arrange the blocks more efficiently while adhering to certain constraints. Mehta and her team have been working to develop the game for about a year, and a beta version is now available at http://untangled.unt.edu.