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Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks in the Computer Science and Engineering Curricula

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Computing & Information Technology

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25.823.1 - 25.823.12



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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a professor of computer science at Utah Valley University. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, embedded systems design, mobile computing, wireless sensor networks, and databases.

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Ali Sanati-Mehrizy Pennsylvania State University


Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy University of Pennsylvania

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Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying biology. Currently, his research interests consist of higher education curricula, including within the field of wireless sensor networking. After graduation, Sanati-Mehrizy plans to attend medical school.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of the Computing Sciences Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. His research focuses on diverse areas, such as database design, data structures, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, data mining, data warehousing, and machine learning.

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Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks in the Computer Science and Engineering CurriculumsAbstractRecent, advances in wireless networks and electronics have led to the emergence of Wireless Sensornetworks (WSNs). These networks consist of small battery–powered motors with limited computationand radio communication capabilities. Each sensor in a sensor network consists of three subsystems:the sensor subsystem which senses the environment, the processing subsystem which performs localcomputations on the sensed data, and the communication subsystem which is responsible for messageexchanges with neighboring sensors. WSNs comprise tiny wireless computers that sense, process, andcommunicate environmental stimuli, including temperature, light, and vibration.The sensor network is a technique for implementation of ubiquitous computing environment. WSN isan active area of research with numerous applications. It is an environment that enablescommunications with sensors through the microcontroller. The sensor network environment is beingapplied in areas such as environmental control and controlling of devices at home.Educational excellence requires exposing students to the current edge of research. To ensure thatstudent projects are along the same trajectory that the industry is moving, educators must continuallyintroduce emerging techniques, practices, and applications into the curriculum. The field of wirelesssensor networks is growing rapidly and there is increasing interest in providing students with afoundation in the area. It is crucial that the emerging field of wireless sensor networks be integratedinto the computer science and engineering curriculums. This paper will study different approaches thatare used by different institutions of higher education around the world to integrate wireless sensornetworks concepts into their curriculum.

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, P., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R. (2012, June), Integration of Wireless Sensor Networks in the Computer Science and Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21580

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