Spring 2017: IoT class

This semester, students can take ISyE601, Introduction to Internet of Things: Technologies and Applications, a three-credit course in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The course is open to all majors and years, but registration is by instructor consent only.

  • Credits: This course is three credits.
  • Offered by: Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
  • Course number: ISyE 601 Section 004, Class #34304 (Special Topics in Industrial Engineering).
  • Time: 5:00–7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
  • Instructor: Alfonso Gutierrez


Industry Event & Student Project Poster Session

Students and industry members discuss protective glasses Joshua discusses AR boardgame with industry memberStudents discuss interior sensors with industry member

The first class of the new Introduction to Internet of Things course hosted a student poster session on December 7. Ten multidisciplinary student teams presented their projects on real-world IoT applications. Industry representatives gave feedback on customer value, market opportunity and business strategy, as well as other factors. Learn more about the student team projects. Find out about next semester's class.

Fall 2016: IoT class

This semester, the student lab experience evolved into a class, called Introduction to Internet of Things: Technologies and Applications.

Research and Innovation Projects Poster Session

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Thirteen student teams showcased their projects' progress to industry lab members at an interactive poster session at the Discovery Building. This semesters projects fell into two categories: research and design and innovation.

Research projects delved into applications and best practices for IoT technology. Teams analyzed openHAB, the Apple Watch, IBM Bluemix and Raspberry Pi among other devices and platforms. Students worked to solve challenges related to application security, indoor navigation and communicating between different devices.

The lab's design projects address a variety of real-world issues, from measuring water quality levels, to making education accessible and exciting, to increasing cyclists' safety. Learn more on the Student Projects page.

Engineering EXPO

Smart and Connected Home with students Engineering EXPO is an annual, two-day event on UW-Madison's campus. Hosted by the College of Engineering, this event was open to the public and brought thousands of visitors to campus to discover science and engineering.

Many schoolchildren, university staff and students, and community members visited the lab to take part in the hands-on exhibits, including the new Smart & Connected Home, which displays smart and automated devices from Amazon, Insteon, Samsung and others.

Transcend Madison Competition

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Transcend Madison was a student-led, campus-wide competition held March 10-11 for students to demonstrate their innovative ideas and creations and compete for $20,000 in prizes. The UW IoT Lab was well represented at the event, with many students from the lab competing and winning prizes. Here are the IoT projects and students that competed at Transcend Madison:

  • First Place: Emonix, developed by Zach LaVallee and Neil Klingensmith (an IoT Lab student), works to reduce the amount of salt used by water softeners. As first-prize winners, the Emonix team received a $7,500 cash prize, $5,000 in capital and immediate enrollment in a 10-week program from Madworks, a seed accelerator.
  • Second Place: The Metrecycle team, including IoT Lab student Alex Valaitis, won second place ($5,000). Metrecycle's goal is to provide a sustainable business model for e-waste recycling in crowded, urban environments.  During Transcend, the team members were actually in San Francisco, competing at the regional finals for the prestigious Hult Prize. Read more at The Badger Herald.
  • Best Business Model: WeightUp Solutions created a custom, wearable device that measures and communicates athlete's work-outs. Coaches and trainers can check in on their athlete's progress, as well as the form of their work-outs. Pete Chulick, an IoT Lab student, is WeightUp Solution's cofounder and vice president of hardware engineering. Read more about WeightUp.
  • Guardian Vital Detector is a next-gen medical alert system that measures and automatically communicates pulse rates. This IoT Lab project, presented by Romy Cline, Natalie Haugen, Matt Hendricks and Matt Shi, was featured at the last Open House. Check out the project poster.
  • Plow-Eazy, a plow for wheelchairs, included IoT Lab students Bryan Olson and Siddarth Ramesh.
  • Safe Cycle interprets a bicycle-rider's surroundings using LIDAR and then communicates warnings to the cyclist using an Arduino and OLED screen. This IoT Lab project won the Most Potential Impact award at the IoT Lab's Open House last year. The team includes William Caldwell, Kangbo Li, Katherine Miller and Bradley Scharlau. Check out the project poster.
  • Smart Shoes' Tushar Verma presented a wearable sensor that tracks the user's gait, providing valuable health information related to Parkinson's and strokes, or just posture improvement. The device can also detect a medical emergency and call 911 on the user's behalf. Smart Shoes is an IoT Lab project that won the Most Innovative Technology Award at the lab's Open House last year. Check out the project poster.
  • SolVR, by Spencer Fricke, creates 360-degree, immersive interactive experiences for STEM education. This is an IoT Lab project that was presented at the lab's Open House last year as Virtual Reality Science. Check out the project poster.
  • Yian Medical is a digital healthcare tourism platform. Project teammates included IoT Lab students Cheng Liu and Hongyi Wang.
Congratulations to all of the Transcend Madison teams on an inspiring competition!

IBM Bluemix Boot Camp

UW IoT Lab students, staff and industry partners worked with IBM engineers to connect Rapsberry Pi 2, temperature and humidity sensors, and smart devices to Bluemix in this hands-on, team-based workshop on February 24.

Working Session

At this mandatory meeting, students met their team members; defined project scope, goals and outcomes; and learned how to manage and document projects on the wiki.

Check out this semester's new projects.

Welcome Back Session

The UW IoT Lab kicked off the semester January 27 with a Welcome Back Session to discuss exciting changes to the lab and what that means for future student involvement. If you missed this meeting and are still interested in the UW IoT Lab, please contact Dr. Tom Yen at

Open House


The UW IoT Lab Open House showcased 18 innovative student team projects, hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. Projects were entirely student-driven, and teams were composed of students from multiple disciplines.

This semester the lab had more than 50 students from across campus participating. Projects represented a diverse range of IoT applications in health, home, buildings, city and consumer applications.

Congratulations to the award-winners:

  • Most Potential Impact – Safe Cycle
    • William Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • Bradley Scharlau (Electrical Engineering, BS)
    • Katherine Miller (Dietetics, BS)
    • Kangbo Li (Mechanical Engineering, BS)

  • Most Innovative Technology – Smart Shoes for Health Management
    • Mihir Shete (Computer Science, MS)
    • Tushar Verma (Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BS)

  • Best Demonstration – Amazon Echo with Insteon Connected Kit
    • Alex Valaitis (Computer Science, Economics, BS)
    • Chris Sivanich (Computer Sciences, BS)

Learn more about student projects and demonstrations, including a complete list of experiences on our Projects page.

Mid-Term Internal Open House

At the Mid-Term Internal Open House, student teams shared their progress with other lab participants. Projects ranged from an anti-collision signaling device for bicycles to an apnea monitor for babies.

Final project posters are due Wednesday, December 2 to Dr. Thomas Yen at

Student Planning Session

Checking out a phoneStudent writing on boardStudents discussing at UW IoT Lab meeting

At the Planning Session, students proposed and brainstormed project ideas, technologies and devices they wanted to explore. Participants formed teams and developed project proposals for consideration by the UW IoT Lab staff.

The Project Proposal Form is due at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 16. Project ideas can be centered on designing innovative IoT-enabled solutions to particular problems in society or industry, or focus on developing proof-of-concept demonstrations of IoT technology applications. Submit the completed project form to Dr. Thomas Yen at

Student Information Session

Students listen at Info Session

Nearly 200 students attended the UW IoT Lab's Fall 2015 kick-off. At the Information Session, students learned more about the Internet of Things, what a semester in the lab is like, and how to submit project proposals. Interested in getting involved with the lab? Check out the handout and register to attend the September 11 Planning Session.

Internet of Things Open House

On December 9, about 400 people attended the Internet of Things Lab's Fall 2014 Open House. The event included hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and devices. Attendees tried on Google Glass, rode virtual roller coasters with Oculus Rift, watched drones take off and fly, and more!

Congratulations to the award-winners:

  • Most Potential Impact – Smart Helmet
    • Shawn Bartel (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • John Keehn (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • Sohan Shinde (Mechanical Engineering, MS)

  • Most Innovative Technology – Object Tracking Using Mobile Radio Frequency and Drones
    • Songzi Wen (Computer Sciences, BS)
    • Yefeng Yuan (Computer Sciences and CE, BS)
    • Xiaojian Nie (Computer Sciences, BS)
    • Jiangnan Chen (Computer Sciences and Math, BS)
    • Shamial Ahmed (Electrical Engineering, BS)
    • Pedro Molgarejo (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD)

  • Best Demonstration – Myo Band
    • Gustavo Zach Vargas (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
    • Robert Scott Carson (Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)

Learn more about student projects and demonstrations, including a complete list of experiences on our Projects page.

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