Smart Cities

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Neveen Shlayan (EE), Mili Shah (Math), Melody Baglione (ME), Dirk Luchtenburg (ME)

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VIP38XA: The Autonomy of “Smart” Cities is a cross-disciplinary course that is dedicated to finding technology-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues that are currently facing our cities. This course will focus on proposing and analyzing closed-loop systems that promote sustainable urban transportation, energy, and agricultural structures while increasing autonomy and enhancing the livability of our cities. Students will be expected to work in teams to develop complete solutions (design and implementation) which integrate ideas and concepts from different disciplines such as engineering design, machine learning, sustainability assessment, environmental impact assessment, robotics, IoT, hardware design, vision, lighting, and control theory. 

Example Projects

● Environmental sensor network (MUDBUG) 
● Robotics Arms: modeling motion with robotics arms 
● Drones: sling load and cooperative drones 
● Smart Buildings: using data, sensors and automation systems for healthier, sustainable buildings 


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