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A Project Course In Embedded Design

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Conference

2002 Annual Conference

Location

Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Real-Time and Embedded Systems Education

Page Count

5

Page Numbers

7.93.1 - 7.93.5

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https://peer.asee.org/10700

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Anders Nelsson

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Session 1420

A Project Course in Embedded Design

Anders Nelsson

Department of Telecommunications and Signal Processing Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Abstract

At Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, a project course in embedded design is given for second year students of the Bachelor programs in Electrical/Computer Engineering. The assignment for the students is to specify and design an prototype control system for a mobile robot, currently a small car. The control system is based on a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). This course gives the students an opportunity to use and combine, in a practical way, the theoretical knowledge from earlier courses in electronics, microprocessors, automatic control, electrical measurements and programming. Working in a team-based project organization is also an important part of the course, as well as oral and written presentation techniques. The project is accomplished in teams of four students during a period of seven weeks. On the last day of the project there is a competition between the student teams in which the robot will race on a track with obstacles. The length of the competition track is 7 meters and the track has 5 to 7 randomly placed obstacles. The students have been very satisfied with this type of course. The design of the embedded system gives them a basic and useful understanding of sensors, electronics and a DSP. The course is given for 50 students, 3 times every year.

Introduction

At Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, a project course is given for second year students of the Bachelor programs in Electrical/Computer Engineering. The assignment for the students in the course is to specify, design and build a prototype control system for a mobile robot, currently a small car. The control system is based on the digital signal processor evaluation module from Texas Instruments TMS320F240 EWM.

Pedagogical purpose

This course gives the students an opportunity to use and combine, in a practical way, the theoretical knowledge from earlier technical courses. Working in a team-based project organization is also an important part of the course, as well as oral and written presentation

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Nelsson, A. (2002, June), A Project Course In Embedded Design Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10700

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