ECE 496/590: Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing Systems Design — Spring 2021

Class meeting time and location: TuTh 03:30–04:45 pm EST, Zoom (check Sakai Zoom Meetings)

Superheroes Wearables

Instructor: Dr. Rabih Younes
Duke e-mail: rabih.younes
Office: Hudson Hall 204
Office phone: 660-5051
Office hours: Zoom meetings by appointment (link to make appointments posted on Sakai)
To provide anonymous feedback about anything related to the course, please follow the Qualtrics link posted on Sakai.

TA: Ang Li (al380)

Course Description

In this course, students design, implement, and evaluate wearable and ubiquitous computing systems while learning about the fundamentals and pertinent research in the field. Topics covered include challenges and constraints in wearable and ubiquitous computing, input/output devices, human-computer interaction, embedded systems, prototyping, machine learning with focus on activity and affect recognition, applications with focus on healthcare, ethics, and social impact. This course also covers project management and planning as students work on a semester-long team-based multidisciplinary project. Prerequisites: ECE 350L or ECE 550D. Instructor: Younes. One course.

Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to:

Textbook and Other Course Material

No textbook is required for this course. All material will be posted on Sakai. I will always try to have slides posted before class time so that you can take notes on them if you would like to.

Grading Policy (ECE 496|590)

Important Notes

All announcements are posted on Piazza. Make sure you can receive Piazza email notifications.

We can only grade what we receive. Always check what you are submitting and make sure you submit the right files.

We will use the Scrum framework throughout the project. You are free to select the tool that would help you with that.

We will use Google Drive to keep track of each team's progress (team meeting minutes, individual progress reports, etc.) in order to facilitate documentation and grading.

We have access to the Foundry for project-related work and storage (lockers).


Tentative Schedule

Week Date Topic Due
1 Thu 1/21 Syllabus
2 Tue 1/26 Intro to UbiComp + Prototyping Presentation topic preferences
2 Thu 1/28 Agile Project Management with Scrum + NABC
3 Tue 2/2 Intro to Embedded Systems and Making (Guest Lecture by Dr. Tyler Bletsch — ECE dept., Duke University)
3 Thu 2/4 Project-Related Work Team project proposal
4 Tue 2/9 The Vision of UbiComp According to Mark Weiser Paper review
4 Thu 2/11 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
5 Tue 2/16 HCI/UCD Paper review
5 Thu 2/18 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
6 Tue 2/23 Challenges and Constraints in Wearables Design Paper review
6 Thu 2/25 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
7 Tue 3/2 Wearable Input/Output Technologies Paper review
7 Thu 3/4 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
8 Thu 3/11 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
9 Tue 3/16 Mid-Semester Project Presentations Mid-semester project presentation
9 Thu 3/18 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
10 Tue 3/23 UbiComp Sensing Paper review
10 Thu 3/25 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
11 Tue 3/30 Design Tradeoffs in Wearable Devices (Guest Lecture by Chris Koszarsky — Director of Engineering, Garmin International) Research paper proposal (grad students only)
11 Thu 4/1 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
12 Tue 4/6 Context Awareness Paper review
12 Thu 4/8 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
13 Tue 4/13 UbiComp & Healthcare Paper review
13 Thu 4/15 Project-Related Work Project weekly progress report
14 Tue 4/20 UbiComp & Society
14 Thu 4/22 Project Final Presentations & Demos Project presentation & demo
15 Thu 4/29 NO EXAM Project report + Research paper (grad students only)

This semester's award winners: