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IoT Sensors for Industrial and Agricultural Applications: Development of Wireless Network and Process Control

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posted on 2020-12-14, 22:41 authored by Xiaofan JiangXiaofan Jiang
As the new paradigm of data collection enabled by the advancements in wireless technology and digital electronics, small sensing devices have started to be used in everyday life. These devices are capable of sensing, computing, communicating, and forming a wireless sensor network (WSN) which is necessary to provide sensing services and to monitor various conditions. In addition to WSNs, the idea of Internet of Things (IoT) has started to draw more attention. IoT is defined as an interconnection between identifiable devices within the internet for sensing and monitoring processes. This dissertation addresses the development of wireless network and process control for two challenging IoT applications, namely smart agriculture and industrial lyophilization.

Smart agriculture refers to the concept of using modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products. This dissertation presents a novel hybrid large-area IoT network by combining the low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) as well as ultra-low-power wireless personal area networks (WPAN) that delivers wide-area coverage while maintaining low-power operation.

Lyophilization is the process of removing water content from a material with the objective of increasing its stability and, hence, its shelf life. Continuous inline process tracking is imperative to a successful lyophilization process in industrial pharmaceuticals. To address this need, this dissertation presents two wireless sensing systems that are capable of monitoring lyophilization process with detailed design and demonstration


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dimitrios Peroulis

Additional Committee Member 2

Babak Ziaie

Additional Committee Member 3

Xiaozhu Lin

Additional Committee Member 4

Nithin Raghunathan

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