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Committee Members

Jack Jean (Advisor), Meilin Liu (Committee Member), Yong Pei (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)


Indoor environment monitoring, such as medical monitoring and home automation, is achieved through wireless sensor networks that collect data through wireless sensor nodes. These nodes are typically powered by exhaustible power sources that could be difficult or impossible to maintain regularly. A solution to the need for frequent maintenance is to collect the solar power in the environment. This project shows how collecting the solar energy in the environment can extend the lifetime of a sensor node and limit the maintenance required. Along with charging the battery with a solar panel, a dynamic power management scheme can also be implemented. This scheme will monitor the power collected by the solar panel and adjust the duty cycle to a level where the sensor node power supply is self-sustaining.

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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