Advancing Sustainability Using ICT

The environmental issues we now face are believed to be the result of our social systems. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to help us better understand, monitor in read-time, and reduce our impact on the environment. AITIS Lab, in the Department of Engineering Science, is committed to utilize the engineering expertise and research activity of its faculty to initiate innovative and sustainable graduate and undergraduate projects to educate future environmentally responsible and skilled engineers. We work with local industries and organizations to provide sustainable engineering solutions. Click here to learn more about our research activities and ongoing projects .....more; / Main Page. Checkout our Calendar of Events.

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Job Opening!


The AITIS Laboratory is seeking for 4 Student Research Assistants for the following areas: (1) Deployment of an Environmental Sensor Network (ESN) in Fairfield Osborn Preserve, (2) Applications of accelerometers in body position monitoring. The positions are funded until December 2014 and both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to travel and attend at least one conference. The positions are available immediately. For more information please contact Dr. Farahmand. 

SenCell - Cellular-enabled Environmental Sensor Network


The objective of this project is to design a solar powered, cellular enabled, and modular system that can monitor conditions of its surrounding environment and relay that data to an end user. This system will consist of two basic nodes: (1) a sensory node that is placed into the field to gather data and (2) an internet enabled central server which collects sensor data from the sensory nodes for the user. The sensory nodes will communicate with the server using the GSM/GPRS cellular network. Using a PIC microcontroller and a GSM/GPRS modem, the sensory node will have the ability to send collected information to the remote server for analysis by the end user. Data will be made available to the user in the form of a comma separated value (CSV) file, containing both time-stamps and data parameters for each sensory node.

Status: Expected to be completed by May 2014
Funded by: Grant from SSU Provost Office & Grant from CSU Campus as a Living Laboratory
More Information:  Web page

Smarden: The Smart Garden


The Smarden is short for smart garden. The idea behind the project is to create an autonomous garden that can monitor and water itself wirelessly. While recording data such as temperature, humidity, sunlight, and soil moisture. This is desirable because as the world population increases resources are only going to get more scarce, and who doesn't like water conservation.   

Status: Expected to be completed by May 2014
Funded by: Student Research Project at SSU & Grant from CSU Campus as a Living Laboratory
More Information:  Web page

Environmental Sensor Projects at SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve

AITIS Laboratory is currently in process of implementing a number Environmental Sensor Network projects at the SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve.  These interdisciplinary projects have three main objectives: (1) to improve the robustness and flexibility of the existing network, (2) to create and deploy a WiFi-base backbone so variety of IP-based sensors can be deployed, (3) to design an open-frame network where various research projects related to communications and networking can be tested.

Currently, the following projects are active:
1- SkyViewer - a sensor network that can be activated by variety of sensors, such as motion detectors, temperature,  sound, etc.
2- Indoor monitoring system - adding an indoor wireless touchscreen monitor to view weather conditions, and power consumption
3- Improve the  existing weather station and strengthening its wireless link
4- Debug the existing energy monitoring system with forced reset
5- GateKeeper - designing a monitoring system on the gate
6- Establishing a 3 node WiFi back bone
7- Exploring the possibility of combining WiFi and Fiber Optics for the backbone
8- Power monitoring system; here is a the link to OpenEnergy Monitoring
9- Water monitoring system (funded - graduate and undergraduate students can apply)
10- Installing Fiber Optics to connect the weather station to the office

See the existing projects. If you are interested in working with us please contact Dr. Farid Farahmand!


Generating Energy Using Your Bike!


The purpose of this project is to use Faraday's principle of magnetic induction and generate power. This power can be stored. The idea is to generate enough power so the bike can operate on its own or produce enough energy to operate a web cam or a computer. One way to implement this is by modifying bike rims. There are many innovative possible ways to make the modifications. The challenge is to ensure that as a result of such modification, the bike performance is not degraded (e.g., there is no major change in balance, noise, weight or the bike).   

Moveable Mechanical Platform for Testing


A major challenge radiation therapy is to determine the amount of radiation that will be taken up by the liver, kidneys and tumor, etc. The name of such testing is called “dosimetry”.  Dosimetry becomes particularly challenging when different body organs move in different directions, e.g., lungs moving up and down. The purpose of this project is to design a configurable mechanical platform that can simulate the impact of moving organs during radiation therapy.

Status: December 2012
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Remote Water/Power Monitoring

Average person in the United States consumes about 600 liters of water per day!  An average American household consumes 11,209 kWh per year. In fact, a US house hold uses three times more electricity for lighting, and twice as much in refrigerators than in the EU. Consider these: 1 in 8 people, nearly 900 million worldwide, lack safe drinking water; we can save up to 8 gallons of water a day simply by turning off the tap while we brush our teeth in the morning and at night (watch the water crisis!) In this project our objective is to design a simple monitoring system that can monitor our electricity and power consumption in real time. Various technologies can be considered to monitor water flow including sound and laser doppler velocimetry (LDV). 

Status: Pending
Sponsor: Pending

Electroencephalography (EEG)

"Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within the brain.” In medical applications EEG is used to detect conditions such as epilepsy by recording and observing electrical activity from the brain that travels along the scalp. EEG recordings have traditionally been carried out using a mas- sive recording device, connected to the patients by several leads and tying them down to the bed or seat. The focus of this project is  to design a compact wireless EEG/ECG monitoring device using commercially available electronic components. A number of solutions have been proposed: TI ADS2098; More information about ECGAn MCU-Based System for Processing EEG Data this project uses PIC processor. Learn more about patient monitoring systems

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