In-Class Laboratory Exercises to Improve a Signals and Systems Course

Jiahui Song, Douglas Dow, Lili Ma
2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
University of Singapore (center for image enhanced medicine) in Singapore. Post Doc or Sabbatical research was done at Tohoku University (biology information systems) in Sendai, Japan, Mayo Clinic (respiration research lab) in Rochester MN, and Kansai University (knowledge information systems) in Osaka, Japan. Core focus involves embedded electronic systems for applications in medical rehabilitation, health monitoring, physical therapy and assistive technologies. This involves development of
more » ... s development of hardware and software systems with sensors, embedded control and mechanical actuators. Applications include respiration monitoring, sleep apnea, rehabilitation of impaired muscle for recovery of motor function, health monitoring for elderly to extend independent living, and diabetes management. These systems utilize internet of things (IoT) for remote communication between patient, medical staff, care-givers and instrumentation. Dr. Lili Ma, New York City College of Technology Professor Ma received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University focusing on autonomous ground vehicles. After that she did three-year post-doctoral training at Virginia Tech working with autonomous aerial vehicles. Prior to joining the Computer Engineering Technology (CET) department at City Tech in fall 2016, she taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology for many years. Professor Ma's research areas include autonomous mobile robots, vision-based control, visual servoing, visual tracking, vision-assisted coordinated control, and sensing & perception techniques. Evaluations were based on student performance of the new laboratory assignments, course grade, and student surveys (course evaluations). Recent offerings of this course taught in the traditional way by the same instructors resulted in only 53% of the students receiving a "B-" or higher grade for the course. In the first iteration of new laboratory exercises, the number of students who received a "B-" or better increased to 76%. Moreover, 87% of students "agree" or "strongly agree" that the laboratory exercises helped them to better learn the course content. 81% "of the students agree" or "strongly agree" that laboratory exercises increased their interest in the subject.
doi:10.18260/1-2--32955 fatcat:ngoo6y5robaavfvioco6aqqkti