It is a commonplace that the Internet is changing our lives. It is changing the way we learn and also the way we contribute to our communities and organize ourselves. In this course we will explore the bottom-up creation of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) that can be used to gather and share data. This gathering and sharing of data empowers the citizenship to monitor and interact with the environment.
We are interested in bottom-up models. We use the terms peer-to-peer, do-it-ourselves and bottom-up interchangeably. The idea that we want to transmit with bottom-up is that the participant takes an active role and contributes to the community rather than being a mere consumer. For this reason, we teach the first simple steps to build, configure and program a sensor that uploads the gathered data to the Internet to make it publicly available to those that are interested in it.
Space and Time
It will take place at Universitat Pompeu Fabra as an elective course. In the meantime, please take a look at what was last year’s guide.
MOOC: First Hands-on Experience with Wireless Sensor Networks
This free and open course will guide you through your first encounter with Arduino, XBee, sensor and actuators. It is an excellent opportunity for real beginners, with absolutely no previous experience needed.
We have written this course with a DIY mindset, focussing on understanding the basic underlying concepts of Wireless Sensor Networks and then put you directly to work writing code, connecting devices or uploading sensory data to Internet.
We have selected P2P University as our platform, which aligns very well to our emphasis on openness, collaboration among students and permanent availability.