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Enhance Project-based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students with Wireless Sensor Network

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Project-based Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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26.653.1 - 26.653.11



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Yonghui Wang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yonghui Wang received the B.S. degree in Optoelectronics from Xidian University, Xi’an, China, in 1993, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, in 2003. From 1993 to 1996, he was a Research Engineer with the 41st Electrical Research Institute, Bengbu, China. From July 1999 to December 1999, he worked as an IT Specialist in IBM China, Beijing, China. From 2000 to 2003, he was a research assistant with the Visualization, Analysis, and Imaging Laboratory (VAIL), the GeoResources Institute (GRI), Mississippi State University. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Engineering Technology, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX. His research interests include digital signal processing, image and video coding, and wavelets.

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Suxia Cui Prairie View A&M University

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Suxia Cui is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). She joined PVAMU right after she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2003. Her research interests include image and video processing, data compression, wavelets, computer vision, remote sensing, and computing education. Her projects are currently funded by NSF, United States Department of Agriculture, and Department of Education.

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Enhance Project-Based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students with Wireless Sensor NetworkAbstractThe advancement of technology has changed the way how industries operate. With currentadvancement of computer and communication technology; the agriculture industry istransforming from labor-intensive to more and more technology-relying. To support the evergrowing world population with limited farm land, researchers investigate the concept ofprecision agriculture, which helps to increase farm produces by using less resources. Precisionagriculture successfully uses technology like Decision Support System (DSS) and Informationand Communication Technology (ICT). The convenience and wide availability of smart devicesmake such technology accessible to small farms. Based on these observation, a project-basedlearning opportunity is offered to students in _____. In the project, students investigate researchfocuses on a real-time DSS for smart irrigation. Field sensors collect temperature, humidityinformation, and transmit them through Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). WSN, which isoperated based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standards, contains nodes that are used to help transmitdata to a gateway. Mobile devices programs, such as iPhone and iPad applications are developedfor farmers to help them make decisions . The use of mobile devices in the farm will give thefarmers the ability and convenience to observe data and make decisions in real time manner.The WSN based DSS was successfully setup and tested by several senior design groups. Basedon the success of the project, related topics will be included in a special topic course, which willbe offered in the Department of Engineering Technology. Through these activities, studentsgained hand-on experiences on computing, communication, as well as smart sensor technologies.Students increased their confidence in pursuing future career opportunities in theabovementioned areas, especially in agriculture and engineering. By doing so, not only thestudents were equipped with cutting edge technology but also they will be more competitive intheir future careers. The teaching project also provided a platform for collaboration amongeducators from diversified disciplines for enhancing agricultural and engineering education at______.

Wang, Y., & Cui, S. (2015, June), Enhance Project-based Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students with Wireless Sensor Network Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23991

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