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Design a Portable Sensing Platform with a Lidar and TI ARM M4 Controller

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

A Technology Potpourri I

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Engineering Technology

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Bin Hu Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Bin Hu is currently a lecturer in the Department of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University (ODU). Prior to joining ODU, he was an adjunct assistant professor at New Mexico State University. Dr. Bin Hu was also a research intern at Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (MERL) from May 2015 to August 2015. Dr. Bin Hu received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Notre Dame in 2016. His research intersts lie in the areas of embedded systems, networked control systems and human-machine interactions.

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Steve C. Hsiung Old Dominion University

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Steve Hsiung is a professor of electrical engineering technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Hsiung had worked for Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Seagate Technology, Inc., and Lam Research Corp., all in Silicon Valley, CA. Dr. Hsiung also taught at Utah State University and California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS degree from National Kauhsiung Normal University in 1980, MS degrees from University of North Dakota in 1986 and Kansas State University in 1988, and PhD degree from Iowa State University in 1992. Steve can be reached at

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Matthew B. Kersey

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The Microcontrollers/microelectronics have been used in variety of engineering applications on complex and efficient operations. One of the challenges in applying existing microelectronic technologies to these engineering systems lies in the need of modular portability, scalability, customizability, and compatibility. This paper focuses on addressing such challenges by designing a portable sensing platform that integrates a Lidar with USB interface and TI ARM M4 microcontroller. This developed sensing system will serve as an effective teaching platform to create new or enhance existing microelectronic courses that allow students to gain hands-on experiences in mobile embedded system designs. Moreover, the customizability and portability of the embedded sensing platform can also be used for the unmanned aerial vehicles in the GPS-denied environments.

Highlights of the presentation will address the following:

• Hardware and software interface design of TI ARM M4 microcontrollers with short range USB based Lidars • Demonstrations of the use of the developed embedded sensing platform for the object identification and obstacle avoidance applications • Recommendations of potential research applications and the curriculum development of the developed sensing platform

Topic Areas: 1. Capstone Projects in ET 2. Curriculum Developments 3. Embedded System Designs in ET 4. Applied Engineering Projects in ET

Hu, B., & Hsiung, S. C., & Kersey, M. B. (2019, June), Design a Portable Sensing Platform with a Lidar and TI ARM M4 Controller Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32588

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