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Introducing Emerging Computer Engineering Research to Community College Students through a Summer Internship Project on Development of a Mobile Gesture Recognition System

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting

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California State University, Los Angeles , California

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April 4, 2019

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April 4, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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PSW Section Meeting Papers - Disregard start and end time - for online paper access only

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Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section Meeting Paper Submissions

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Xiaorong Zhang San Francisco State University

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Xiaorong Zhang received the B.S. degree in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2006, the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include embedded systems, wearable technologies, neural-machine interface, and cyber-physical systems.

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Ricardo Jesus Colin San Francisco State University

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Ricardo Colin is currently a junior in San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, majoring in Computer Engineering. His research interest includes embedded systems and wireless technology, and hopes to pursue a position which will enable him to use his STEM skills.

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Alex David San Francisco State University

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Currently a student at SFSU in the Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems program. Focusing on real time embedded machine learning and cloud/edge computing.

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Amelito G Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. He received a BS in Geodetic Engineering from the University of the Philippines, his MS in Geodetic Science from the Ohio State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Wenshen Pong P.E. San Francisco State University

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Wenshen Pong received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University in 1998. He teaches courses in Civil/Structural Engineering.

Dr. Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of California. He has published over fifty technical papers in the areas of Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Pong was the Director of the School of Engineering from 2008-2018 when he oversaw two successful ABET accreditation visits. .

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Zhaoshuo Jiang P.E. San Francisco State University

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Zhaoshuo Jiang graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining San Francisco State University as an assistant professor, he worked as a structural engineering professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) LLP. As a licensed professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and California, Dr. Jiang has been involved in the design of a variety of low-rise and high-rise projects. His current research interests mainly focus on Smart Structures Technology, Structural Control and Health Monitoring and Innovative Engineering Education.

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Cheng Chen San Francisco State University

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Dr. Cheng Chen is currently an associate professor in the school of engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include earthquake engineering, structural reliability and fire structural engineering.

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Hamid Mahmoodi San Francisco State University

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Hamid Mahmoodi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include low-power, reliable, and high-performance circuit design in nano-electronic technologies. He has published more than one hundred technical papers in journals and conferences and holds five U.S. patents. He was a co-recipient of the 2008 SRC Inventor Recognition Award, the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award, 2005 SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He has served on technical program committees of Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design, and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

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Hao Jiang San Francisco State University

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Hao Jiang received the B.S. degree in materials sciences from Tsinghua University, China, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000.

Hao Jiang has been with San Francisco State University since August 2007 as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. Prior joining SFSU, he worked for Broadcom Corporation, Jazz Semiconductor and Conexant Systems Inc. His research interests are in the general area of analog integrated circuits, particularly in ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical applications.

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Danny Daneth Ceron Garcia

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Abstract

Community colleges play an important role in STEM education because they enroll almost half of the nation’s undergraduate students. Undergraduate research experience has been proven effective to engage and retain students in the STEM fields. In order to provide community college students with opportunities and experiences in cutting-edge engineering research, a cooperative internship program between a community college and a public comprehensive university has been developed. In summer 2018, the program engaged 20 community college students in six 10-week engineering research projects conducted at the four-year university. This paper mainly describes the computer engineering internship project, in which four sophomore students from the community college developed a mobile gesture recognition system by integrating bio-signal processing, machine learning, real-time system design, and mobile and cloud computing technologies. The project was conducted in a research lab at the four-year university and was supervised by a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor. The research outcome of the project as well as the results of the pre- and post-program surveys show that the internship program was a great success in allowing the student interns to gain valuable computer engineering research experience and strengthening their confidence and interest in pursuing a STEM profession. The program also helped the students improve their skills in teamwork, time management, scientific writing, and presentation.

Zhang, X., & Colin, R. J., & David, A., & Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Jiang, Z., & Chen, C., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Ceron Garcia, D. D. (2019, April), Introducing Emerging Computer Engineering Research to Community College Students through a Summer Internship Project on Development of a Mobile Gesture Recognition System Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. https://peer.asee.org/31835

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