June 16, 2002
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Teaching DSP: Bridging the Gap from Theory to Real-Time Hardware
Cameron H. G. Wright Department of Electrical Engineering U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
Thad B. Welch, Delores M. Etter Department of Electrical Engineering U.S. Naval Academy, MD
Michael G. Morrow Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Many digital signal processing (DSP) topics are diﬃcult for undergraduates to internalize, but studies have shown that demonstrations and laboratory experiences can facilitate the process. In the past, many barriers prevented including real-time DSP hardware in an undergraduate curriculum. This paper describes a pedagogical model the authors have developed which includes theory, demos, lab exercises, and real- time DSP experience using Matlab, C, and real-time DSP hardware that overcomes the barriers. This model has been very successful.
A common complaint heard from electrical engineering (EE) undergraduates is that many (if not most) of the EE topics are diﬃcult to visualize. One of the fastest growing ﬁelds in EE, digital signal processing (DSP) certainly has more than its share of concepts that ﬁt this description. In particular, making the leap from Matlab DSP simulations to real-time DSP hardware has proven to be singularly challenging for faculty and students alike. It is well known that demonstrations and laboratory experiences help most students internalize both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical ramiﬁcations of various DSP topics,1–3 but real-time DSP hardware and software have usually been considered too diﬃcult for undergraduates. This high degree of diﬃculty is due to many factors, including the need to understand parallel processing, multiple memory busses, specialized instruction sets, and— most importantly—a lack of documentation that is “readable” by the non-expert.
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Etter, D., & Wright, C., & Morrow, M., & Welch, T. (2002, June), Teaching Dsp: Bridging The Gap From Theory To Real Time Hardware Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10273
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