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
    + Programming Basics

    W3:
    3/13, 3/15
    + 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
  • + Introduction to Fritzing/Autodesk Circuits software
    W4:
    3/20, 3/27
    + 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

  • + Hands-on working session with electrical assemblies
    + arduino-1.8.1.zip
    + CH341SER.zip
    W5:
    3/27, 3/29
    + 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
    W6:
    4/3, 4/5, 4/7
    + 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
    W7:
    4/10, 4/12
    + 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

  • + Term Project Proposal Due
    W8:
    4/17, 4/19
    + Mid-term EXAM

    W9:
    4/24, 4/26
    + Smart Buildings
  • House control systems (lighting, HVAC, shading, security, electricity)
  • Case Studies. Benefits and limitations


  • W10:
    5/1, 5/3
    + 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


  • 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
    + 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
    + In-class Working Session
  • Individual Term Project Consultations


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