Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Bing Chen


Dr. Chen is working on a sustainable small house (SSH) project, sometimes called the “Granny Pod”. Regulations will soon allow homeowners to house their parents on their property, which can be an opportunity live independently in a cheap, sustainable, and convenient alternative to a retirement community. To help achieve this vision, a Virtual Assistant system for the SSH was developed. The system uses a Google Home or Amazon Echo to respond to the voice command “Hey Google (or Alexa), I need help” by contacting the nearby homeowner or caretaker. It alerts the resident who is at the door when the doorbell is rung. The system is also programmable if future development is desired. With the Virtual Assistant, the living experience in the SSH will be more convenient, safe, and well-connected.

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