June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Ocean and Marine
24.876.1 - 24.876.13
Low-cost Wireless Sensor Network for Coastal Monitoring as Undergraduate Research ProjectWireless sensor networks have experienced a fast development and extended their fields ofapplication since their appearance for military uses about two decades ago. Research on sensornetworks, and wireless sensor networks (WSN) in particular has grown substantially in recentyears. The range of WSN applications is wide, from vehicle traffic, environmental, and patientmonitoring to target tracking, building, and health control. The monitoring of physicalparameters in natural habitats is an important and critical application of such technology forassessing the risks on such ecosystems. Among natural environments with scientific interest,there are the coastlines in front of cities or heavy populated areas whose industrial activitiesimpact on them. The development of sensory systems that allow us to scan and monitor the stateof an environment is a research area in continuous evolution. Clearly this technology has a greatpotential to serve as research or industrial instrumentation. However, the state of commercialapplication remains immature, but nonetheless offers powerful opportunities for multi-disciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This paperdocuments our early experiences developing and deploying a WSN for environmentalmonitoring. The novel aspect of our work was the high level of involvement at all technicallevels by undergraduate students. Highlights of their efforts are reported, as are areas in needs ofimprovements by graduate students and faculty researchers. Future undergraduate research areasare explored with suggestions on how WSN topics can permeate into undergraduate education.Lessons learned from this multi-year undergraduate project are presents and feedbacks formother instructors considering or already involved similar projects are welcomed.
Belu, R. G., & Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N. (2014, June), Low-cost Wireless Sensor Network for Coastal Monitoring as Undergraduate Research Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22809
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