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Teaching Real -Time Digital Signal Processing: Challenges and Opportunities
Ikhlas Abdel-Qader, Ph.D., P.E., Bradley Bazuin, Ph.D., and Hussein Mousavinezhad, Ph.D.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Western Michigan University (WMU) has added real-time signal processing laboratory
experiments into the existing undergraduate digital signal processing (DSP) course, ECE 455.
This has come about in response to industrial demands for students with more real-time, real-
world experience, not just theory and computer simulations. In the laboratory, students work
directly with audio signal sources, TI DSP based evaluation modules and development tools, and
write software for real-time operations. This approach helps the students to better understand the
application of the DSP concepts learned. Working with real-time signal processing at the
undergraduate level has proven to be a challenge for both students and instructors. This paper
discusses the real-time DSP laboratory and enumerates the opportunities and challenges
associated with teaching real-time, hands-on signal processing to undergraduate students.
The digital signal processing curriculum at WMU has been developed with a strong emphasis on
the theoretical and simulation aspects of signal processing. At the undergraduate level, it
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ã 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Bazuin, B., & Mousavinezhad, S. H., & Abdel-Qader, I. (2002, June), Teaching Real Time Digital Signal Processing: Challenges And Opportunities Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11034
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