Students demonstrate smart phone applications for Data Communications II
Prof. Benyuan Liu recently received an equipment grant from Microsoft Research to introduce Windows 7 phones and related mobile cloud services in 91.564 Data Communications II. The grant was received in time for the Spring 2011 semester, and Liu integrated the technologies into his course.
Prof. Liu reported that “students were very excited about the opportunity to use the advanced mobile cloud technologies from Microsoft Research, and learned a great amount about the principles and practice of wireless networking and mobile computing through the smart phone application developments.”
On May 18, students demonstrated the applications they have developed for the course projects, ranging from smartphone RSS news reader to providing various services for the community. The projects were:
- UML Parking Finder by Peng Xia and Shan Lu, for finding parking spaces at UMass Lowell.
- ZurianSwap by Steve Bilozur, Swapnil Gewande and Ian White for sign translation using smartphones.
- iBridge: Augmenting Reality with Barcode by Ke Huang and Liuying Peng, to scan product barcodes with smartphone and obtain relevant information (e.g., stores nearby, compare price, nutrition analysis, etc).
- UML Shuttle Tracker by Jason Chan, I-Hsuan Lin and Xiawei Liu, a user friendly smartphone application to look up the shuttle bus’s location in real time.
- SleepSafe by Bhanu Kaushik, a smartphone based approach for sleepwalking detection.
- Language Translator by Darshan Darbari and Rachit Mathur, language translator on smartphones for storing translated text.
- UML App by Kavya Kona, Prathiba Dyavegowda and Sunil Kumar Balaganchi Thammaiah, All-you-want to know information about UMass Lowell (shuttle services, dining services, on-campus residence, athletic centers, libraries, emergence notifications, etc)
- UML 4-Ride by Malav Parikh, Purva Patil, Puneet Agrawal and Pragya Singhal, providing UML students with ride service at ease with smart phones.
- RSS Reader by Naiem Sleiman and Naji Dagher, RSS Reader for keeping up with news and information on smartphones.
Liu commented that “as smart phones are quickly becoming indispensible communication and computing devices in people’s daily lives, it is exciting to see students become facile with these technologies.”
Peng Xia explains his “UML Parking Finder” app, designed with collaborator Shan Lu.