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Computer Engineering
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Object-Oriented Software Development

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Special Report:
What's Next for ECEs?
April 2003

New Course Gives Students Hands-On Experience With Network Interface, Wireless Networking

Computer Engineering seniors James Bromwell (L) and Ed Holohan (R) test a mobile application in ECE/CS 4984, Wireless and Mobile Systems Design.

Thanks to a donation of equipment and cash from Intel, ECE and computer science students have the opportunity to learn and use the latest wireless networking and mobile computing technologies. ECE faculty members Scott Midkiff and Luiz DaSilva, along with CS faculty member Ing-Ray Chen, received the wireless curriculum development grant from Intel to develop a new course in "Wireless and Mobile Systems Design." With the help of graduate students Baoshan Gu, Yibin Liang, Vivek Srivastava, and Michael Thompson, Chen, DaSilva and Midkiff developed lectures, in-class laboratory exercises, and at-home experiments and design projects for the class.

This spring, 25 undergraduate and graduate students are taking the course in Blacksburg and 25 graduate students are taking the course at the Northern Virginia Center. The students work in two-person teams on exercises, experiments, and design projects. Each team is loaned a Dell notebook computer, an HP/Compaq iPAQ handheld computer, an Intel wireless local area network access point, and network interface cards for IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, and Bluetooth wireless networks.

The course emphasizes hands-on learning. Working with their team partner or in collaboration with other teams, students have already completed a variety of experiments and projects, such as measuring the effects of Bluetooth interference on IEEE 802.11b throughput, configuring a mobile ad hoc network and examining performance, and designing a remote control program for PowerPoint presentations. The course will be taught again in Spring 2004. The ECE and CS departments plan to make this a permanent cross-listed course.

 
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