Experiments with sensor motes and Java-DSP

Homin Kwon, Visar Berisha, Venkatraman Atti, Andreas Spanias

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Distributed wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are being proposed for various applications including defense, security, and smart stages. The introduction of hardware wireless sensors in a signal processing education setting can serve as a paradigm for data acquisition, collaborative signal processing, or simply as a platform for obtaining, processing, and analyzing real-life real-time data. In this paper, a software interface that enables the java-digital signal processing (J-DSP) visual programming environment to communicate in a two-way manner with a wireless sensor network is presented. This interface was developed by writing nesC (an extension to the C programming language for sensors) code that enables J-DSP to issue commands to multiple wireless sensor motes, activate specific transducers, and analyze data using any of the existing J-DSP signal processing functions in real time. A series of exercises were developed and disseminated to provide hardware experiences to signals and systems and signal processing undergraduate students. The hardware with the J-DSP software has been used for two semesters in the senior level digital signal processing (DSP) course at Arizona State University. The interface, the exercises, and their assessment (instruments and results) are described in the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Digital signal processing (DSP) education
  • Java
  • Online education
  • Sensors
  • Signal processing
  • Web-based labs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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