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Mini-projects in TIIPWI

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About the mini-projects

The purpose of the individual mini-projects is to allow the students to explore and research smart objects' internetworking aspects on their own based on knowledge, tools and methods picked up from the first part of the course.

The process for the mini-projects in the course is described here. This includes a guideline for the project description.

The deadline for submitting the project proposal is November 9 at noon. Mini-projects will be concluded by a report of approximately 10 pages. The deadline for hand-in of the mini-project reports is December 20th at noon. It is prefered that you use pdf-formatted documents and send via email: rhj@iha.dk.

A project report guideline is available here.

Project list

Below is a list of proposed project. The list will be extended as new ideas emerge. You are welcome to propose a project on your own but your project statement must be approved before the start of the project.

Project title Short description Participants Remarks/Links
Napto This purpose of the project is investigate the possibilities of the nabduino platformen. An intelligent home will be built using the Nabduino platform, ' where common households items, such as a coffee machine or a lamp, will be connect to IoT by using the Nabduino platform. Nabduino allows the users to turn on the coffee machine at home from work using a common browser with the nabto plugin installed. Project will involve building a prototype, and evaluating the platform in terms of pro's, con's,security and other relevant issues. John, Lars, and Ruben Status: Ongoing

Network statistics from Internet gaming event Online gaming is a growing entertainmenet areas for the internet of the future. In 2011 a comprehensive network statictics was gathered at the annual IHA LAN gaming event. The resulted in hundreds of gigabyte of packet captures stored in pcap data format. This project aims at organizing and producing a program to extract essential information on network statistics such as the distribution of different packet types e.g., according to types of transport layer protocols, packet size, packet loss etc. The findings in the project will be compared to related studies published in the literature. Tashi Status: Investigating

Smart plugs The Switchkeeper from electronic housekeeper is a Z-Wave enabled smart plug. It offeres the possibility to take part in a home automation network where it can be used to control the cycle of house appliances among others. The communication hardware consists of a Atmel ATmega16L microcontroller that connects to a Z-wave module embedded the ZW0201 SoC from Sigma Designs (former Zen-Sys). The project will use Z-Wave dongle to demonstrate the transfer of Z-Wave protocol commands between a PC and the smart plug. The communication hardware connects to a secondary PCB that controls the power switching and monitores energy consumption via an ADE7753. To control the secondary PCB is an optional part of the project. (This project requires good understanding of electronics hardware and skills in embedded software development) Niels and Jakob Status: Ongoing
The impact of metallic environment on passiv RFID systems LF and HF RFID systems use 125 kHz or 13.56 MHz frequencies to read passive RFID tags such as key or card identifications cards, i.e., An electromagnetic field from the reader is inductively coupled to the tag, where it is modulated to produce a signal that is coupled back to the reader, and thereby transfers its data. However, metallic objects in the environment will disturb this coupling of the magnetic flux between the tag and the reader due to Eddy currents in the objects. This project investigates and quantifies the impact of metallic environments on RFID transmission characteristics such as read distance, resonance frequency, etc. Possibly, the project will use a universial evaluation kit from Ib Technologies. Pavel Status: Investigating
Smart dust design This project expands on the Case 1: Smart Dust. The aim is to formulate requirements and prepare plans e.g. schematics, bill of material, software and hardware architectre, for manufacturing a smart dust prototype. The natural continuation of the project would be to actually manufacture and test a smart dust prototype. Tatiana, Ismael, and Jordi Status: Ongoing.
Interconnecting objects with Eye-Fi(TM) This project experiments with interconnecting smart objects with EyeFi. The aim is to make a proof-of-concept based on open standard protocols and open source software. (This project may be quite difficult due to lact of software support for the EyeFi). Martin Status: Investigating
Wireless IPv6 router OpenWRT is a Linux distribution for wireless embedded devices with support for many devices. The implementation of OpenWRT on a common of the shelf hardware offers a flexible and powerful platform for protocol design and network experiments. In this project you will build a small wireless router based on one of these devices such as the Wireless-G router from Linksys/Cisco (WRT54G). The router shall be demonstrated and tested.   Status: Open
Web of Things: a survey This survey paper explores the web of things concept, research and current state of the art. Michael Status: Investigating
Survey "lite" paper The survey paper is often used in science and engineering to summarize the state-of-the-art within a particular topic. It is a "work of synthesis", that offers readers a quick overview of a research field. It does not presented itself as the author's original research, but merely as a summary of a field. In this project you pick one of the topics from the lectures and conduct perform your own survey on the topic. The project report should than become a survey "lite" paper but it may need to be structures in a different way that given in the guideline.   Status: Open

Projects 2011

  • Packet delivery performance in noisy environments by Niels Holm Rasmussen and Bjarke Møholt. The report is available from [Campusnet].

    Abstract -- This project uses a IEEE 802.15.4 test bed based on e.g., the TelosB sensor node platform. This aim is to develop a tiny application that would measure the packet delivery rate (PDR) in a the 802.15.4 network. We will generate noise from other microwave devices to see the impact on the delivery performance. The study can be extended by varying the traffic pattern in the network e.g. bursty, continous etc.

  • ASE sensor on the Internet of Things by Nikolaj Tørring and Søren Aa. Mikkelsen. The report is avaiable from [Campusnet].

    Abstract -- This project aims at deploying a temperature sensor at Aarhus School of Engineering that is available over the Internet of Things. The temperature should be read over the Internet preferrable via IPv6. We aim for a cheap solution with long lasting operation. The senser should be register our sensor on Pachube. The project involves the integration of 6LoWPAN and CoAP on a sensor node platform as well as software to provide interoperable web services.

  • Android IPv6 smart phone router by Philipp Schleiss. The report is availble from [Campusnet].

    Abstract -- Currently IPv6 is not supported by off-the shelf Android smart phones. This project aims to integrate and test IPv6 features of an Android smart phone. Hereafter the project aims to demostrated an IPv6 enabled smart phone router capable of interacting with smart objects.

  • Power line communication by Michael Alerøe. The report is available from [Campusnet].

    Abstract -- The project investigate power line communication (PLC) based on the C2000 Power Line Modem Developer's Kit from TI. This project explores traditional PLC standards for communication protocols and aims at the demonstration of IPv6 over PLC. The project outlines strategies for interworking IPv6 with PLC in future smart homes and smart buildings.

Publications based on former mini-projects

  • Schleiss, P., Torring, N., Mikkelsen, S.A., and Jacobsen, R.H., Interconnecting IPv6 wireless sensors with an Android smartphone in the Future Internet, 2012 2nd Baltic Congress on Future Internet Communications (BCFIC), 25-27 April 2012. Available from [Statsbiblioteket].

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