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Assistive Technology Based on IoT in Building Automation: A Multidisciplinary Engineering Project

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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New Directions for ET

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Engineering Technology

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Adriana Rios Santiago University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Orcid 16x16

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Adriana Olvera is currently a lecturer of Manufacturing Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She received her Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), in 2007. Her current research interests include sustainable building design, building automation, and smart environments.

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Anabel Pineda-Briseño Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico / Instituto Tecnologico de Matamoros Orcid 16x16

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Anabel Pineda Briseño was born in H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1978. She received the B. degree in computer systems engineering from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas, in 2000 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Computer Research Center (CIC) of the Mexican National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico City, in 2006 and 2013 respectively. Since 2005, she has been a partial professor of computer science with the Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico / Instituto Tecnologico de Matamoros. Dr. Pineda-Briseño is co-creator of the Beyond Engineering Education Program and is professor leader of Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC) in Mexico, both projects of engineering and sciences in cross-border collaboration with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Her current research interests are Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (Positioning and Routing Protocols), SDR-based Ad Hoc Space Networks (Positioning and Routing Protocols), Internet of Things, Machine Learning and STEM Education. Currently, Dr. Pineda-Briseño in member of the National System for Researchers (SNI) by the CONACyT in Mexico since 2017.

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Immanuel Edinbarough P.E. University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

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Immanuel A. Edinbarough received his B.Sc. (Applied Sciences) degree from PSG College of Technology, University of Madras, India, his B.E.. (M.E.) degree from the Institution of Engineers, India, M.E. (Production Engineering) degree from PSG College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Bharathiar University, India. He is currently a professor and director of engineering technology at the University of Texas, Brownsville (UTB). Prior to joining the UTB faculty he was a visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate professor of production engineering technology at PSG College of Technology, Bharathiar University, India, where he served as the director of the Computer Vision Laboratory and National Cadet Corps – Engineering Division Director. With over 29 years of teaching and research experience in manufacturing/mechanical engineering and engineering technology, he currently teaches in the areas of CAD/CAM/CIM, robotics and automation, product and process design, materials and manufacturing processes, machine design, renewable energy and micro-manufacturing. His current research interests include robotics, CIM, sustainable manufacturing, micro machining and engineering and technology education. He has published several papers in these areas in various national and international conferences and journals. He has worked in heavy and light manufacturing industries, manufacturing pumps, motors, and CNC machine tools in the areas of system design, production planning, and control and manufacturing. Edinbarough also served in paramilitary forces and in the Air Force. He is a Life Member of the ISTE, a senior life member of the IE (India), a member of ASEE and SME, and a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas.

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Nowadays, most of our daily activities can be performed indoors; according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on average, an American spends 90% of their life indoors. Although multiple efforts towards sustainability have been implemented, indoor comfort and efficiency are still requiring numerous improvements. Therefore, continuous studies and advancement in building efficient design and user comfort are becoming vital to achieving the principles of sustainability, without altering the user activities and avoiding a negative impact on the environment. The green building evaluation and certification rating system Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design LEED®, developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), has been committed to change the way professionals design buildings, and develop construction methods and techniques, to positively affect how the users perceive and interact with the built environment. This paper does not limit to the description of the rating system elements, yet, it does emphasize the important role performed by the engineering technology professional in technology applications. The paper includes a preliminary description of the importance of sustainability in the built environment; it discusses how home automation provides the professionals and the users with multiple methods on technology application and adaptation, to minimize the negative impact in energy consumption, to positively affect the economics and social aspects of the built environment. Commonly used automated and control systems and the importance of a nonintrusive approach is described, for example, automation and climate (HVAC) control, energy control, and lighting control. The importance of including sustainable practices and assignments in undergraduate engineering education is described in the Assistive Design and Home Automation Technology project: a project-based learning model with the use of microcomputers as part of the teaching and learning process, developed to provide the students with a hands-on approach to test the proposed assistive automation system. An important outcome is expected from the student: to translate the technical information into energy efficient strategies associated to user comfort, by providing improvements, or modifying the methods of user interaction with the technology required for completing daily tasks.

Rios Santiago, A., & Pineda-Briseño, A., & Edinbarough, I. (2019, June), Assistive Technology Based on IoT in Building Automation: A Multidisciplinary Engineering Project Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32133

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