Connected Campus

One-week School Project for Honeywell

Designed a system that uses scalable IoT sensors and physical artifacts within the current Honeywell system to determine the most efficient and productive space for a student’s needs

From research, we learned that, currently, students struggle to find the appropriate spaces for their needs

What I Learned
Good design creates computer imaginative interactions and good design needs continual redesign

Elizabeth King
Mengyi Liu
Collin Pfender

My Contribution
Design research, Concept development, User journey map, Interface design, Final deliverable

One week


“We pursue a student-centered culture across the campus. We aim to optimize space for them”, said Dave Cooley (Facility Manager of SICE, Indiana University) when we interviewed him.

Based on research interviews with current university students, one of the biggest functional issues that students face while on campus is finding the appropriate space for their needs. With this in mind, we narrowed our focus to create a solution not only finds appropriate work spaces for students, but the optimal space.


Students often know when a space is right for them

Every student is unique and values a different experience when working on a university campus. With our design, our goal is to create an efficient way for students to find their ideal space.

Finding unoccupied space is challenging

Due to the number of students looking for the right spaces for their needs, space turnover is high. Currently, students need to be in the right place at the right time to find available space.

On a university campus, students may not be “experts” of every building

Depending on the size of the university, students may not be familiar with every building’s offerings and amenities, which could result in under-utilized space.

Time is an important factor in finding the right space

Whether or not students are looking for a space now or in advance, available time and a student’s urgency play a role in the likelihood of a student finding the right space for them.

Stakeholder focus

“So many rooms in this building, but I just want one quite room with outlet to do my reading.”

Facility management
“I want to know how students and teachers perceive the space so that I can better optimize my work in it”


Our design focuses on using scalable IoT sensors and physical artifacts within the current Honeywell system to determine the most efficient and productive space for a student’s needs.

The three function-based components to our design are IoT Sensors, Crowdsource Participants, as well as the Application software.


By utilizing Honeywell’s successful implementation of cloud-based IoT technology, our system plants sensors within the current housing, connected to the door, of the Vector Occupant artifact, in addition to smartphone sensors.

For example, the accelerometer can determine deviations from its normal state (idle). When there are strong differences in activity we can interpret users entering or evacuating the space. Barometers can indicate the pressure or temperature of a room, whereas ambient light may be utilized to determine the quality or intensity of the lighting. As with other data interpretations, this system has potential to scale.

Crowdsource Participants

This component is two-fold. By utilizing the smart sensing technology within smartphones, we will be able to measure dynamic changes environments inside of spaces. As well as crowdsource opinions.

For example, a pop-up may occur on a user’s smart device expressing, “We notice the room does not have its usual lighting today. Is this by chance broken?” For which the user may respond in a Yes/No format. We believe this method could provide a robust feedback loop to ensure a human-centered connectedness for the Honeywell IoT system.


“Given the capabilities of IoT sensors, we can interpret and provide information about the quality of the room. How might we lead our users to the room that best suites them?”

We would like to expand the security and way-finding capabilities at the heart of the Vector Occupant app. Our design takes into account the qualitative aspects of an environment to help our stakeholders find space which best suits their needs.

Enable phone sensing technology

When interacting with the Connected Campus technology, users are asked to enable the connected app to utilize phone sensing technology.The use of phone sensing technology allows for a more comprehensive understanding of how a space works whether occupied or not.Without the usage of phone sensing technology, users are still able to benefit from limited functionality.

Upon enabling phone sensing technology, users can begin to find available spaces in real-time.

Find a space by location

Users can find the best available spaces to them either by location or by detail.“By Location” is designed to suit users who, due to constraints, are looking for any space, not specifically the right space. We assume that those students who are searching by location are potentially willing to compromise optimal space for convenience.“By Detail” is designed to suit users who are looking to curate their ideal space, without much concern for location. We assume that those students who are searching by detail are most interested in finding the right space.

Searching By Location results in all spaces that are available for current use and are in close proximity to the user.

Find a space by detail

From the selection of find rooms by detail, users can filter results by specific features or amenities that they require.This information comes from IoT sensors in the building and individual occupant crowdsourcing.

Searching By Detail results in spaces that fulfill all requirements set by the user. The information is framed as Top Results and is then sorted primarily by best fit and secondarily by distance from the user.

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Behind the Design

Design Process

What are the concerns from students

We referred to the user interview results from our colleagues, Austin VanScoik and Chase Thiebaut. In their interviews, the most common concern that students have is class workload and time management. Productivity and efficiency are the main problems that students care in university life.

Journey Map

John is an IU junior enrolled in business school. He lives off-campus. When he has classes, he spends the majority of time on campus. He likes to take a break between classes to do some homework or reading. Sometimes, he struggles to find the right place to do work.

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