RFID based assistive devices: An interdisciplinary platform for senior design projects in engineering disciplines

Kumar Yelamarthi, P. Ruby Mawasha

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary projects involving electrical engineering (EE), mechanical engineering (ME), and computer science (CS) students are both exciting and difficult to conceptualize. Answering this challenge, this paper presents an interdisciplinary project platform focused on Radio Frequency Identification based Assistive Devices. The combination of software, hardware, and mechanical design makes this platform an excellent choice for undergraduate student projects in both design and research aspects. Senior CS students have required programming experience to develop software programs, EE seniors have sufficient knowledge to understand the basics of radio frequency, signal processing, and circuit design, and while ME seniors have sufficient knowledge to understand the basics of structural dynamics and thermodynamic analysis. This integration of complex programming, electrical hardware, and mechanical system design provides an excellent educational experience for undergraduate students. Also, this interdisciplinary platform is systematic and integrated that involves investigating a complex process or system with multiple design and research elements, such as wireless communication, control system design, statistical analysis, structural dynamics, and design for manufacturability. Through working on projects based on this platform, students will be able to study a complex engineering and technology system that: (1) exposes them to applied and cutting-edge technologies; (2) encourages them to participate in an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum; and (3) involves them in methods of applied technology and skills necessary to transition from academic to professional environments.

Original languageEnglish
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 23 2010

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