COM3505 The Internet of Things
||Low cost networked computers add eyes and ears (or sensors) and arms, legs and voices (or actuators) to the Internet. These devices are then connected to on-line 'brains' (using big data, machine learning and analytics in the cloud). This field is called the Internet of Things (IoT). Will the result be a ‘world robot’?! No matter, in a world of many more devices than people, engineers who know how the new tech works and how to secure it will be in high demand. The COM3505 module will cover the context and history of the IoT, the hardware, communications protocols and security systems it relies on, and the cloud-side analytics that make sense of the data produced. It will give practical hands-on experience of common IoT devices (sensors, actuators, microcontrollers), and look at a range of commercial platforms. Each student will be given an ESP32 wifi microcontroller and we will program live IoT applications using that device. Students will have the opportunity to use the Diamond electronics lab and the iForge project space to complete their own IoT device with a range of hardware and capabilities. Students should be aware that there are limited places available on this course.
||Assessed Labs: 60%, MOLE quizzes: 40%
||Prof. Hamish Cunningham
This module aims to...
- prepare students for tasks that commission, design and develop Internet of Things (IoT) technologies
- cover a broad range of IoT history, approaches, commercial devices and platforms
- deliver practical experience programming IoT devices, capturing their data and developing visual analytics of that data
By the end of the module, a student will be able to...
- summarise the history and development of the Internet of Things (IoT)
- analyse and evaluate competing approaches to IoT devices and platforms
- create an IoT device that operates within tight compute and cost constraints
- capture IoT device data in the cloud and analyse that data
- demonstrate a practical application of an IoT device
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 1: Click Here to Kill Everyone
- Fri 12-2 DIA 2.02 lab 1
- Mon 9-11 DIA 2.02 lab 2
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 2: Revolutionary Code: from MIT Printers to the Arduino
- Mon 9-11 DIA 2.02 lab 3
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 3: Small but Perfectly Formed... Digging into the ESP32
- Mon 9-11 DIA 2.02 lab 4
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 4: Country of the Blind: Networking Devices Without UIs
- Mon 9-11 DIA 2.02 lab 5
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 5: Sensing and responding
Week 6 [reading week / assessment 1]
- Fri 1-3 DIA 2.02 [LAB ASSMT. 1]
- Mon 9-11 NC PC [MOLE quiz: mock]
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 6: Connectivity and Provisionning: Joinme/WiFi, Sigfox, LoraWan and NB-IoT
- Fri 12-2 DIA 2.02 lab 6
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 7: unPhone Yourself — an IoT Projects Platform
- Fri 1-3 DIA 2.02 lab 7
- Mon 9-11 NC PC lab 8
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 8: Projects Q&A
- Mon 9-11 DIA 2.02 lab 9
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 9: WaterElves, Gripples and Fish Poo: IoT Case Studies
- Mon 9-11 NC PC lab 10
- Fri 11-12 LT5 lecture 10: IoT 2018: Review
Week 12 [exam / assessment 2]
- Mon 9-11 NC PC [MOLE quiz: EXAM]
- Fri 12-2 DIA 2.02 [LAB ASSMT. 2]
||Maximum capacity of 144 students. These will be considered and accepted on a first request basis.
||One hour lecture each week and two hours labs, mainly based in the Diamond electronics lab.
||During lab sessions and via mock exam.
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