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Wireless Sensors for Monitoring Urban Noise - HOPE STUDENTS

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Wireless Sensors for Monitoring Urban Noise - HOPE STUDENTS

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**PENDING FUNDING** According to the World Health Organization, the world’s population is increasingly moving to urban settings and this trend will continue to grow over the next 15 years. This increased concentration of population in cities introduces a series with one prominent issue being rise in noise levels due to higher volumes of traffic, construction, etc. While high levels of environmental noises have been shown to negatively affect both the cognitive performance and overall well-being of humans, it can also have a negative impact on the infrastructure within urban settings. This is of particular concern for specialized buildings that seek to minimize sound or vibrations due to their intended use. In order to better design buildings and decrease the impact of this noise on humans, it is important to fully understand the patterns and levels of noise through continual data collection. This research project seeks to develop a method for monitoring and mapping out environmental noise so as to better understand it and improve design standards for civil infrastructure. This research will focus on developing a method for autonomously analyzing noise data using remotely accessed wireless sensor nodes. The student(s) will be involved in programming (Matlab and C), equipment setup and experimental validation, and data analysis. This project has potential to appeal to students from civil, mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering emphases.

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