Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Doss, Christopher Dr.


The human population has been increasing ever since the end of the Bubonic Plague in the 1300’s. The global human population is getting older as well as increasing. This is because on average people are living longer. Among the reasons for the drastically improved quality of human life are advances in technology and medicine. The possibility of developing a disability increases along with a person’s age. There are numerous available options for the disabled elderly, including nursing homes, in-home care and living with other disabled people. A person may decide not to exploit any of these options and “age in place” This thesis will explain the use of currently existing technology in a "smart house" subproject that may provide a possible alternative to the current options that the elderly disabled have, and how the Linux kernel is modified, built and downloaded onto the Ml405 Evaluation Platform to control appliance actuators and sensors.