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Design of a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for Energy Management at Home

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

DEED Poster Session

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

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22.433.1 - 22.433.13



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Chao Chen Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Dr. Chao Chen is a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor with the Department of Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 and 2005, respectively. She also holds B.E. and M.E. degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Her current research interests include wireless opportunistic networks, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, cognitive radio networks, network security, modeling, and performance evaluation of communication networks.

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Carlos Pomalaza-Raez Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Carlos Pomalaza-Ráez is an Electrical Engineering Professor at Indiana Purdue University, Indiana, USA, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his B.S.M.E. and B.S.E.E. from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1977 and 1980, respectively. He has been a Faculty Member of the University of Limerick, Ireland, and of Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. He has also been a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology.

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Edwin Chobot Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Daniel B. Newby Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne


Renee Kathleen Chandler Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Renee is a senior Computer Engineering student at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is excited to graduate in May 2011 and pursue a career in firmware development and embedded systems.

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh

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Design of a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for Energy Management at HomeAbstractIn a world of rising energy costs and dwindling natural resources capable of producing energy,people and businesses are starting to look for better ways to help reduce their increasing electricbills. One way of reducing these costs is to monitor, in real time, how much power is beingconsumed and from that data make informed decisions about how to manage the electricaldevices being powered. A system which can give users an idea of how much power is being, hasbeen, and might be, consumed will allow them to adjust their habits and lower the costs.In this paper, we describe a capstone senior design project that designs, builds, and tests awireless sensor and actuator network for monitoring the energy usage of alternating current (AC)appliances in a home environment. The wireless sensor and actuator network consists of multiplesensor nodes and a central server, where the sensor nodes have two-way communication with thecentral server. Each sensor node in the network is connected to and reads the energy usage of oneAC appliance, and wirelessly reports the readings to the central server. The server displays, inreal time, the readings from these nodes through a user visual interface, in a manner that userscan easily understand their electricity usage patterns and adapt their behavior to reduce theirenergy consumption and costs. Moreover, when the measured power usage of some appliance isabove a user-defined threshold, the central server will alert the user to remotely activate theactuator associated with that appliance to cut-off the power automatically.The design, implementation, and performance analysis of this design project will be described indetail in the full paper. The design experience in this project will expose the students to up-to-date wireless and sensor technologies in an emerging real-world application.

Chen, C., & Pomalaza-Raez, C., & Chobot, E., & Newby, D. B., & Chandler, R. K., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2011, June), Design of a Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network for Energy Management at Home Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17714

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