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Hands On Experiments To Instill A Desire To Learn And Appreciate Digital Signal Processing

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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ECE Laboratory Development & Innovations

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9.655.1 - 9.655.4



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Jay Adams

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Faramarz Mossayebi

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Session # 3432

Hands on Experiments to Instill a Desire to Learn and Appreciate Digital Signal Processing

J. Adams and F. Mossayebi Electrical and Computer Engineering Youngstown State University


The field of digital signal processing (DSP) is rapidly changing as new development software along with advancements in hardware technologies has enabled the adaptation of these processors in diverse fields. Today DSP processors, specialized single board computers that are designed to efficiently handle computationally intensive signal processing algorithms, can be found in almost every consumer electronic gadgets. Thus, one can argue that the field of DSP is now a mainstream field within the Electrical Engineering discipline, and thus, it can be argued that all undergraduate electrical engineering students should be exposed to this field to gain a solid understanding of the fundamental issues.

Currently our curriculum lacks this exposure. The only DSP course that we offer is not a required course and is tailored to senior/graduate level students. In order to alleviate this shortcoming a set of simple yet interesting and challenging experiments have been developed for the junior level laboratory course, Intermediate Laboratory, which is a required one-semester hour laboratory course in our department. The experiments are designed such that they will not require a priori knowledge of the mathematical foundations of digital signal processing. These experiments are intended to generate interest in the mathematical aspects of sampling, filtering, and reconstruction, which is covered in depth in our senior/graduate level elective course, Digital Signal Processing.

These four laboratory experiments have been made available to select undergraduate students during the development stages. The experiments will be fully integrated with our junior level Laboratory course in the next academic year. For the sake of brevity the highlights of the four laboratory experiments are provided and a more detailed account of these hands on experiments will be provided during the presentation using visual aides.

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Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Adams, J., & Mossayebi, F. (2004, June), Hands On Experiments To Instill A Desire To Learn And Appreciate Digital Signal Processing Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12734

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