Spring '17 Digital Architecture
 
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Date

Lecture

Reading

Assignment

W1:
2/27, 3/1
+ Course Overview (what to expect from the class, class deliverables)
   - The role of new technologies in shaping physical environments and their inhabitants
+ Historical Precedents
   - Clocks, complex machines, automatons
+ Independence Movement Day (No Class!!!)

 
W2:
3/6, 3/8,
3/10 (2)
+ Smart Environments-Concepts: real-time situational awareness, real-time optimization (Historical/Predictive, Reactive/Proactive, Restorative/Preventative, Adequate/Optimal)
+ Internet of Things and Impact on the human environment
   - IPv6 protocol (conceptual introduction), addressability, access, identity
+ Fundamentals of Electronics
   - Voltage, current, electrical resistance. AC/DC, frequency, energy sources
   - Ohm’s Law: applications (calculations)
   - Electronic components: usage and symbols (resistors, capacitors, semiconductors (diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits(IC))
   - Switches, Relays, Serial and Parallel Circuits
+ Introduction to Fritzing/Autodesk Circuits software + Hands-on working session with electrical assemblies
+ arduino-1.8.1.zip
+ CH341SER.zip
W3:
3/13, 3/15
+ Fundamentals of Smart Interactions
   - What are sensors, microcontrollers and actuators?
   - How physical computing interfaces with objects/products?
   - Elements behind smart interactions (electronics, communication networks)
   - How data is being gathered and analyzed? What is the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX)?
+ Research project progress review + Hands-on working session with sensors, actuators and microcontrollers
+ Microcontroller programming
W4:
3/20, 3/22
+ Programming Basics (Prof. Lee)

W5:
3/27, 3/29
+ Embedded Technologies
   - Integrating electronics into everyday objects
   - Beyond Electronics: integrations with smart materials?
+ Review of the Case Studies Research on Smart Environments
+ Discussion of term project proposals + Working session with Arduino/ESP8266 platform
W6:
4/3, 4/5,
4/7 (2)
+ Smart Objects
   - Why do we need them? How do they communicate? How they change the existing environments? Case Studies.
+ Intelligent Building Components 
   - Adaptive facades and elements
   - Case Studies. Benefits and limitations
+ Smart Buildings
   - House control systems (lighting, HVAC, shading, security, electricity)
   - Case Studies. Benefits and limitations

+ Term Project Proposal Due
W7:
4/10, 4/12
+ Smart Cities and Infrastructures
   - Intelligent Cities: Past, Present and Future
   - Smart Grids, Smart Cities
   - Where is data coming from? Gathering and processing data
   - What is a smart city: Collect, Communicate, Crunch


W8:
4/17, 4/19
+ Mid-term EXAM

W9:
4/24, 4/26
No Class!!! (covered by 3/10)
  • Individual Term Project Consultations


  • W10:
    5/1, 5/3
    No Class!!! (covered by 4/7)
  • Individual Term Project Consultations


  • W11:
    5/8, 5/10
    + In-class Working Session
  • Individual Term Project Consultations


  • W12:
    5/15, 5/17
    + Term Project Mid-Review + Term Project Mid-Review + Students' Presentation
    W13:
    5/22, 5/24, 5/26 (2)
    + User/Participant Input
  • City Hall 2.0 (Boston example, mobile app)
  • DIY Cities
  • Autonomous agents, self-driving vehicles, drones


  • W14:
    5/29, 5/31
    + Open Smart Buildings Topics
  • New Research and Case Study presentations


  • W15:
    6/5, 6/7
    + No Class!!! (covered by 5/26)
    + Working Session
  • Individual Term Project Consultations


  • W16:
    6/12, 6/14
    + Final Term Project Presentations and Discussion + Final Term Project Presentations + Students' Presentation