Introduction and Project Summary

There are six dining halls in the UC second floor and even more located on the ground floor. However, for all the students who might want to purchase food from the UC, there are only around 135 tables on the second floor and many people also use those tables to do work for a long duration. This results in many students pacing around the UC for an extended period of time, holding food or drinks, trying to find a place to sit, ultimately wasting their time and energy. Our project, the Occupancy Monkey, is a web application that students can access in order to view the availability of the UC second floor tables. The app will display a map of the second floor tables with the occupancy status, and is paired with sensors placed on each of the tables. When a student sits down at a table, the sensor will update the web app with a change in the status, making it much easier for students to navigate to an open table.