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Autonomous Vehicles in Computer Engineering Program

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 4

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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a Professor and Chair of Engineering Department at Utah Valley University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Nanotechnology, Data Mining and Databases.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research focuses on diverse areas such as: Database Design, Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and Machine Learning.

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Benjamin Chambers

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Benjamin Chambers is a Graduate Student taking courses from the University of New Mexico studying Electrical Engineering. He received his B.S. is Computer Engineering from Utah Valley University. His interests include Robotics, Embedded Systems, Space Systems, Video Game Design, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence.

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Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Technology


The area of Embedded Systems Design has undergone tremendous growth in recent years. A major contributor of this growth has been the addition of networking technologies, database management systems, and operating systems to embedded systems. Embedded systems have application in many areas such as automotive/transportation, government/military, medical equipment, telecommunications, avionics/aeronautics, aerospace electronics, office automation, data-communication, industrial automation, and consumer electronics.

The remarkable growth in embedded computing has given rise to a demand for engineers and computer scientists with experience in designing and implementing embedded systems. Embedded system design is currently not yet well represented in academic programs. Most computer engineering programs teach programming and design skills that are appropriate for general-purpose computer operating under the control of a commercial operating system rather than for more specialized embedded systems.

In order to prepare our computer engineering students for the embedded systems design experience, we offer two courses on embedded systems. However, these two courses on embedded systems design are not sufficient to teach the students the skills that they need. In order to satisfy the ABET requirements students in computer engineering program are required to take a capstone course. The projects that students do in this capstone course are embedded projects. This paper will describe autonomous vehicles and smart technology projects that the students have done in this capstone course.

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Chambers, B. (2020, June), Autonomous Vehicles in Computer Engineering Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34200

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