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Integrating Internet of Things (IoT) in the Measurements and Instrumentation Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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Cyrus Habibi P.E. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Mohammad Habibi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prior to coming to the UW-Platteville, he was an assistant professor of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University-Mankato. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. His primary research interests are in the field of signal processing, dielectric spectroscopy, and sensors. Specifically, he is interested in developing novel medical devices. In addition to his technical research, he is also an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and conducts research in engineering education.

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Measurement and Instrumentation course is offered in many engineering and technology schools to introduce undergraduate engineering students to the measurement principles and instruments used for measuring physical quantities. In recent years, advanced topics such as smart sensors, intelligent instruments, digital components (eg. storage, displays, interfaces, etc.) have been added to the content of the course. Applications of this course include but are not limited to building automation, and industrial control systems, and safety controls. However, the new concept of Internet of things (IoT) is not commonly covered by textbooks or lectures. The Internet of things (IoT) is defined as a network of sensors, actuators, and network connectivity, which enable these devices to collect and exchange data via the internet. The rapid growth of the IoT is revolutionizing our world and the significant drop in price for typical IoT components is allowing us to innovate new designs and products. IoT allows physical variables to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing networks. IoT is developed to integrate the physical world into computer-based systems. This results in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. At the University of xxxx, a new IoT module has been developed and added to the measurement and instrumentation course. The module consists of five hours of lectures, which covers the theory, and a design lab project. The lecture covers IoT concepts such as sensing, actuation, processing, webservers and communication protocols. The design project requires students to implement the theory into a practical application. In the paper, the detail of the module is described. It is expected that our experience can be helpful to other engineering instructors seeking to develop an IoT course or just adding a section to their measurement course.

Habibi, C. (2019, June), Integrating Internet of Things (IoT) in the Measurements and Instrumentation Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32987

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