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A Follow Up To "Dsp For Practicing Engineers" Offered By Georgia Tech

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Programming and DSP Potpourri

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7.46.1 - 7.46.8



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Joel Jackson

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Session 3220

A Follow-up to “DSP for Practicing Engineers” offered by Georgia Tech P. Hong, J. Jackson, T. Barnwell, R. Schafer, D. Williams, M. Hayes III, and D. Anderson

Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Signal and Image Processing School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0250


This paper presents a description and assessment of an ongoing, online, continuing education course offered by Georgia Tech, covering introductory digital signal processing (DSP) and real- time programming. The target audience for this course is electrical engineers with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees who are working in industry with little or no knowledge of DSP and some work experience with micro-processors and the C programming language. During the course, students are assigned several lab exercises to explore different aspects of DSP and the particular processor being used. Lecture material on DSP theory is delivered in the form of streaming video and slides on a CD-ROM. Online quizzes are given to test student comprehension of lecture material and laboratory concepts. A staff of teaching assistants was hired to provide support for students. In order to provide an extra incentive, a distance learning certificate is awarded after successful completion of all course requirements.


online education, distance learning, digital signal processing (DSP)

I. Introduction

Digital signal processing (DSP) is a core technology in many high tech products ranging from voice coding over wireless channels to scene change detection in video analysis. Consequently, many engineers find themselves implementing DSP algorithms on DSP processors. Online education provides a means by which these engineers are able to update their technical skills in DSP. The first Georgia Tech “DSP for Practicing Engineers” course was offered two years ago1. Since then, this course has been offered six times for three processors. Feedback from the students has already prompted changes such as the addition of several teaching assistants (TAs), each specializing in a particular aspect of the course, as well as a streamlining of the course information via a class webpage.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Jackson, J. (2002, June), A Follow Up To "Dsp For Practicing Engineers" Offered By Georgia Tech Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10719

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