Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen John


This project focused on building an efficient system for detecting and melting ice that may form on an LED headlight during inclement weather. Although LED headlights draw less power and provide more efficient light than their competitors, they do not produce enough outward heat to melt ice. The proposed solution utilizes an Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) film to produce heat along the surface of the headlight, as well as infrared (IR) sensors for detecting ice, and temperature sensors to determine freezing conditions. System operation is managed by a microcontroller which also allows for CAN (Controller Area Network) bus integration. During testing, the prototype proved it could perform as designed as well as interface with a vehicle’s CAN bus.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering