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An Undergraduate Independent Study Project on the Design of a Home Automation System Using Global System for Mobile Communication

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

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Diversity

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36683

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https://peer.asee.org/36683

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Eleanor Leung York College of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Eleanor Leung is an assistant professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering program of York College of Pennsylvania. Her research area is in wireless communications focusing on space-time block coding and the design of signal constellations. Her technical research area is in wireless communications focusing on space-time block coding and the design of signal constellations. She is also doing research work focused on active and collaborative learning in engineering education. Eleanor has a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary and both a M.Eng and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.

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Abstract

This paper explores how to expose undergraduate students to topics in wireless communications through an independent study in the area of Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology.

With a rigorous Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum and not enough resources available such as having a dedicated research space, few opportunities exist at smaller teaching-focused institutions for an undergraduate student to experience technical research in an area of their interest. An independent study is an option for undergraduate students at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) to gain and apply a deeper understanding of a content area that is not covered in-depth in any courses. It provides a student with the opportunity to apply their learning to a well-defined research project, to work closely with a faculty member within their discipline, and to gain academic credit for their work. The project is usually carried out independently without formal class meetings. An effective independent study is characterized by an increase in the individual student's responsibility and initiative in the learning process.

This paper will highlight the importance of undergraduate research and independent study opportunities. It will also describe the home automation system that was designed by a fourth-year electrical engineering undergraduate student at YCP during their semester-long independent study on Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology. The system operates on a 2G communication network where the user sends a command via Small Message Service (SMS) on their mobile phone to a microcontroller which then does the corresponding action requested. Some of the functionality implemented into the system was the ability to control a three-way light bulb and provide the user with the temperature in a room. Through the process of investigating, designing, building, and testing the physical prototype, the student developed technical research abilities and also personal development skills that will benefit them in the future engineering career.

Leung, E. (2021, July), An Undergraduate Independent Study Project on the Design of a Home Automation System Using Global System for Mobile Communication Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36683

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