June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.1378.1 - 14.1378.10
Work in progress: Wireless Biomedical Data Collection, a Laboratory to Prepare Students into Emerging Engineering Areas
The authors present different modules created between the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering programs for a new laboratory with a focus on wireless sensors applied toward biomedical data collection. Students in those programs typically have little exposure to the growing area of biomedical telemetry and control because most of their courses are restricted to classical discipline subjects.
To address these motivational and technical needs, we are implementing a course with hands-on emphasis. The course exposes the students to the needs and the nature of interconnected bio- medical systems, and engages them in the development of networked applications for embedded wireless devices.
This elective course is being jointly offered by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments beginning in the spring of 2009 and targets upper division undergraduate and graduate students from both departments. Prerequisites include a course in computer organization and proficiency with a high level imperative programming language.
The planned laboratory modules expose the student to the process of designing a biomedical wireless data collection system where they are required to apply concepts from several areas. A team of instructors from CS, ECE and BME backgrounds will provide the foundation of basic concepts required and then the student teams will collaborate to the final design. The approach attempts to exemplify the type of work that could take place in a real application.
The University of Texas at El Paso offers bachelor programs in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science. In recent years the College of Engineering began the process of creating a multidisciplinary graduate program in Biomedical Engineering by attracting specialized faculty across different departments, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science.
The CS and EE programs are structured to have, at the senior level, several elective courses that help the students specialize within their disciplines. Our hypothesis is that we might attract more students into the biomedical field by applying existing skills from the original programs. The proposed course is considered a special topics class but might be adopted permanently if we could offer it successfully for several semesters. This is also available as an option for the graduate programs.
Gonzalez, V., & Freudenthal, E., & Nazeran, H. (2009, June), Work In Progress: Wireless Biomedical Data Collection A Laboratory To Prepare Students For Emerging Engineering Areas Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5588
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