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A Pilot Program in Internet-of-things with University and Industry Collaboration: Introduction and Lessons Learned

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 6

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Electrical and Computer

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Mohsen Sarraf University of New Haven

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Mohsen received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from USC in 1980, 1981 and 1986 respectively. He joined Bell Labs where he worked on advanced communication and signal processing projects. He worked at other high caliber labs and start-up companies as well until 2015 when he joined the University of New Haven as a full time faculty member. He enjoys teaching a lot and as such through his industrial career he was involved with teaching as an adjunct before he joined academia full time. He holds more than 40 US patents and patent applications as well as 3 European patents. He has co-authored a book on UMTS and has published many papers and technical reports throughout his career.

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Bijan Karimi University of New Haven


Ali Golbazi University of New Haven

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Dr. Ali Golbazi is professor and chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science at the University of New Haven. Dr. Golbazi graduated with a Ph.D. in 1985 from Wayne State University in Detroint Michigan in Electrical engineering. His research activities are in electrophysics and fiber optic communications technology.

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Arthur Lizotte Keysight Technologies, Inc.

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Art Lizotte is the Director of University Development in the Americas.
Art began his career as an application engineer working with HP’s microprocessor development system. Originally from New Jersey, he worked with numerous companies to develop their embedded designs. In 1988 he started a consulting practice focused on developing embedded systems. Art rejoined HP in 1996 in the newly formed Technical Contact Center in Englewood, Colorado. He became a manager in 1998, managing both digital and RF teams. For the last five years, Art was responsible for hiring college graduates and interns for our sales team. He is a member of four university industry advisory councils and in June of 2015, he became the Director of University Development where he continues his passion to support universities in training the next generation of engineers and to professors conducting their research. Art earned a BEEE and an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Internet-of-Things (IoT) is one of the most prominent technological eco-systems and an engine of growth with an estimated market size of $14 Trillion to $33 Trillion by 2025 (McKinsey Global Institute). The IoT eco-system uses well-established technologies in many fields; and it adds new and often challenging requirements on extant techniques. For example, many wireless schemes are or being redesigned to address battery life and cost of solution issues. At the same time, the industry needs to hire and retrain many technical personnel to address these issues and support this newly evolving eco-system in many different markets. These facts culminate in the need for engineering students to be skilled to handle the new challenges and match the hiring market needs. As importantly, the more experienced technical personnel need to be retrained to understand this evolving eco-system. In this light, we have taken parallel symbiotic steps to address these challenges. We have piloted a course in IoT covering the most critical technologies in a typical end-to-end IoT system, including various access technologies and higher layer protocols and standards as well as prominent cloud services. Our industry partner has developed new measurement equipment to address more accurate and sensitive current draw of circuits to assist with power-frugal designs for long battery life. They have also developed a programmable board along with several experiments geared towards IoT applications. Last summer a small group of graduate students, with the guidance of a senior faculty member, used the IoT board to assess its efficacy for less experienced engineering students. The board and the associated experiments were found to be very useful and a good addition to the program. The experiments are also valuable for continuing education purposes for developing specific skills in the development of IoT systems. The team created an updated and tailored user’s manual to better serve the needs of less experienced engineering students and to alleviate the initial frustration associated with setting up the system. In this paper, we will present the experiences of the pilot program and the key points that present the enhancements of technical manual for a teaching environment. We will present the value that the IoT board and its experiments bring to the students in order to enhance their experience when learning about the IoT eco-system. Preference: Regular session.

Sarraf, M., & Karimi, B., & Golbazi, A., & Lizotte, A. (2018, June), A Pilot Program in Internet-of-things with University and Industry Collaboration: Introduction and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29710

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