The students of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at
Arizona State University hosted the first-ever Engineering
Open House, sponsored in part by Raytheon
. The event was
designed to showcase the marvels of engineering and
technology, in a creative and interactive fashion to
youngsters from K through 8th Grade. A number of booths were
set up around the campus, showcasing the various disciplines
of engineering. The students thoroughly enjoyed
participating and conducting fascinating experiments
throughout this unique two-day fair.
Among the many booths, the Sensor Signal and Information
Center that houses research in DSP,
Communications and Sensor Networks, demonstrated new
technologies in sensor networks and interactive
software on the iPhone and iPad.
Demonstrating the use of
signal processing and communications technologies in simple
day-to-day applications using the Java-DSP program, a
National Science Foundation (NSF)
venture, was the prime objective. Furthermore, versions of
the software program developed for Android and iOS mobile
devices were showcased. The kids were excited about
operating the hand held devices and found the mobile
interfaces very attractive. Graduate students from Prof.
Andreas Spanias’ group were involved in the demonstration of
the iJDSP and AJDSP applications. The responses from the
participants were very positive and they showed interest in
acquiring the software for their personal devices.
The event is co-sponsored by NSF (Award No. 0817596) and I/UCRC (Award No.