IoT Programming and Big Data

The Internet of Things has led to massive amounts of data. Learn how to build systems to analyze that data and to connect the systems that rely on it.

Course 4 of 6: MicroMasters in Internet of Things (IoT) 5 Weeks 4 - 6 Hours per week recommended

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About this course

The Internet of Things is creating massive quantities of data, and managing and analysing it requires a unique approach to programming and statistics for distributed data sources.

This course will teach introductory programming concepts that allow connection to, and implementation of some functionality on, IoT devices, using the Python programming language. In addition, students will learn how to use Python to process text log files, such as those generated automatically by IoT sensors and other network-connected systems.

Learners do not need prior programming experience to undertake this course, and will not learn a specific programming language – however Python will be used for demonstrations. This course will focus on learning by working through realistic examples.

What you’ll learn

  • Appreciate the software needs of an IoT project
  • Understand how data is managed in an IoT network
  • Apply software solutions for different systems and Big Data to your IoT concept designs
  • Create Python scripts to manage large data files collected from sensor data and interact with the real world via actuators and other output devices.

Meet your instructor

Iain Murray AM

Iain is an academic in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University, specialising in networking, embedded systems and assistive technology. He received his B.Eng(Hons) and Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering from Curtin in 1998, and 2008, respectively. He is a Curtin Academy Fellow and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to education in 2016.

Siavash Khaksar

Siavash is an academic in the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University. He received his B.Sci in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Azad University, Science and Research branch in Fars in 2012, his M.Eng in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Embedded Systems from Curtin University in 2015, and is currently undertaking post-graduate research focusing on assistive technology and use of motion sensors and machine learning to help children with cerebral palsy. He specialises in embedded systems and digital hardware-software codesign.


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Curtin University