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Indoor Localization for Navigation in an Unfamiliar Environment: A Capstone Course Design Process Case Study

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Conference Session

ETD Capstone Projects

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Engineering Technology

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David J. Broderick Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. David Broderick has joined the faculty of the Computer Electronics & Graphics Department. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. both in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Previously, Dr. Broderick has contributed to work for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, the Army Research Office, and worked for Triumph Engine Control Systems in West Hartford, CT. His interests include mobile robotics, embedded systems, control theory, and machine learning.

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A public-domain design process from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was used as a template to design a capstone process that can be performed over two semesters. The process was designed to practice proposing technical solutions to relevant problems, formally plan activities prior to execution, and present results in both written and varied oral forms. That process is detailed here and connected to the public-domain template. A student project performed under the process is detailed to provide an example of the outcomes and experiences of students. The student work focuses on the navigation of indoor environments through the use of Wi-Fi power measurements. The method of estimating location was then evaluated for accuracy and bias and validated at a number of locations throughout the test area. Finally, feedback taken from course surveys is provided as a means of gauging student reaction to the course as a whole and the process itself.

Broderick, D. J. (2017, June), Indoor Localization for Navigation in an Unfamiliar Environment: A Capstone Course Design Process Case Study Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28520

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