Cloud Assisted IOT Based Social Door to Boost Student-Professor Interaction

  • Ali Asghar Nazari ShirehjiniEmail author
  • Abulsalam Yassine
  • Shervin Shirmohammadi
  • Ramtin Rasooli
  • Mohammad Salar Arbabi
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 618)


Face to face meetings and physical presence are important concepts in student-professor relations. Many students require flexibility in arranging meetings or the possibility of ad-hoc meeting with their professors. However, ad-hoc meetings could be difficult to arrange due to busy schedule of professors. It is not unusual for students to attempt several times in a day to catch a professor, or wait an hour behind his door. To overcome this challenge, some professors have teaching assistants (TAs) or office assistant who manage their schedule or provide students with helpful information on how to reach them or handover their documents, projects, etc. Many other professors do not have any secretary or TA.

When students look for a professor at his office and he is not there, it is common to leave a message on a whiteboard or some paper outside the office. However, by this approach professors will not be able to update their schedule dynamically or some might not will to share their schedule with public because of their privacy concerns. Some students also intend to contact with the professor by email. Professors usually get a lot of emails every day and they will not be able to read and answer to all of them, besides it will be frustrating for students too when they don’t receive feedbacks from their professors.

To overcome this problem, recent technological advances could be used. We have been motivated by the problems addressed above to propose a cloud assisted IoT based cyber-physical door to boost student-professor interaction in the absence of the professor at his office. This door can be thought as a virtual secretary and an interface between students and professors to help the students to get in touch with their professors.


Cyber-physical door Internet of things Student-professor interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Asghar Nazari Shirehjini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abulsalam Yassine
    • 2
  • Shervin Shirmohammadi
    • 2
  • Ramtin Rasooli
    • 1
  • Mohammad Salar Arbabi
    • 1
  1. 1.Ambient Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer EngineeringSharif University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.DISCOVER LABUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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