Where2Park; Role of Social Context in Technological Advancement

Wali, Nawar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Powell, Harry, EN-Elec/Computer Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Ku, Tsai-Hsuan, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

The technical topic is a summation of my capstone project, Where2Park. It was completed Fall 2020 under the supervision of Professor Harry Powell. Where2Park is an IoT system that tracks the status of parking spots in real time, and conveys this information to a users via GUI (Graphical User Interface). The system uses multiple metal detecting sensors, one per parking spot, which form a mesh network that relays information about each spot (i.e., the presence/absence of a car).
My responsibilities included designing and testing the metal detector schematic as well as planning the detector coil. The circuit has a few different parts and has to take into account the output/feeding into the microcontroller. The first part of the schematic is the Colpitts Oscillator where the main feature is a tank circuit. A tank circuit is a theoretical circuit where an inductor and capacitor keep each other running.

The STS components include a Thesis and a Prospectus. The focus of the thesis discusses how social acceptance, context and design implementations effect the value and progress of technological advancements. Using the technology in question as smart parking, something that my capstone project is building, I have explored my thesis in regards to deployment of the project in Charlottesville.

My STS Thesis, Prospectus and Technical Topic are related in content.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Smart Parking, Metal Detector, GUI, Zigbee, Mesh Network

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Technical Advisor: Harry Powell
STS Advisor: Tsai-Hsuan Ku
Technical Team Members: Gunther Abbot, Sean Reihani, Cameron Davis

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