Advanced Sensor Networks: A Research and Entrepreneurship Course

Portland State University, 2005 - $6,000

In the near future, wireless sensor networks are expected to revolutionize our instrumentation and understanding of the physical world, especially in the monitoring of our ecosystems for human health. Faculty from the Computer Science department at Portland State University, in collaboration with the School of Business Administration, are developing a practicum course on entrepreneurially oriented sensor networks in which students design cost-effective sensor technology applications in health and ecosystem monitoring for the developing world. Students work on quarter-long research projects drawn from the health care, intelligent transportation, and coastal monitoring fields. NCIIA funds are to be used to more than double the student capacity of the course by purchasing various additional wireless embedded devices, sensor boards, video sensors, programming boards, and other equipment.

The course is open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in computer science and electrical engineering and directly follows a graduate seminar course in sensor networks. Students acquire practical, hands-on training and experience in programming, deploying, and evaluating state-of-the-art wireless, embedded sensor networks. Successful student teams are encouraged to explore commercialization of their innovations through a partnership with the Lab2Market program in the School of Business Administration.