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Using Real Time Dsp To Enhance Student Retention And Engineering Outreach Efforts

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Educational Software

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Computers in Education

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12

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13.1352.1 - 13.1352.12

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https://peer.asee.org/4362

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Cameron Wright University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6029-1896

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Cameron H. G. Wright, Ph.D, P.E., is with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. His research interests include signal and image processing, real-time embedded computer systems, biomedical instrumentation, and wireless/satellite communications systems. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE, NSPE, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. E-mail: c.h.g.wright@ieee.org

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Michael Morrow University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Michael G. Morrow, M.Eng.EE, P.E., is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. His research interests include real-time digital systems, embedded system design, software engineering, curriculum design, and educational assessment techniques. He is a member of ASEE and IEEE. E-mail: morrow@ieee.org

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Mark Allie University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Mark C. Allie, M.S.E.E., is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. His research interests include real time active sound and vibration control,
adaptive filters, acoustics and vibration, curriculum design, and educational
assessment techniques. He is a member of ASEE and IEEE. E-mail: allie@engr.wisc.edu

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Thad Welch Boise State University

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Thad B. Welch, Ph.D, P.E., is Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University, Boise, ID. His research interests include the implementation of communication systems using DSP techniques, DSP education, multicarrier communication systems analysis, and RF signal propagation. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. E-mail: t.b.welch@ieee.org

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Using Real-time DSP to Enhance Student Retention and Engineering Outreach Efforts

Abstract

In recent years, the authors have described various classroom-proven DSP teaching tools that have helped motivate students and faculty to implement real-time DSP-based systems to enhance education. These efforts have emphasized the theme that DSP is much more than just a collection of theories and problem solving techniques, and that hands-on experience with hardware is extremely beneficial for both mastering concepts and retaining students. In addition to facilitating the education of numerous engineers and engineering students, these tools have also allowed us to reach out into our local communities and encourage future college students to consider studying engineering. This paper describes some of our real-time DSP- based community outreach efforts, and more traditional engineering courses, that have been facilitated by tools such as winDSK6 and the DTMF decoder/power switch box.

1 INTRODUCTION

Digital signal processing (DSP) is a topic that is covered in some way in nearly every undergraduate ECE program. While there are many fine texts available,1–4 many educators and authors have recognized the need for more interactive learning and the use of demonstrations for this important subject.5–8 Since the late 1990’s, the authors have been suggesting and providing proven DSP teaching methodologies, hardware and software solutions, and DSP tools that have helped motivate students and faculty to implement real-time DSP-based systems to improve education in signal processing and related topics.9–18 These efforts have emphasized the fact that DSP is much more than just a collection of theories and problem solving techniques, and that hands-on experience with real-time hardware is extremely beneficial; it helps students master various DSP concepts and improves student retention rates. Using real-time DSP as the catalyst, students can be more easily motivated to explore and implement a wide variety of DSP topics in an environment in which they are limited only by their imagination. This educational process can be greatly enhanced through the use of real-time demonstration programs such as winDSK and winDSK6.9, 10, 16, 19

In addition to facilitating the education of numerous engineers and engineering students, these same tools have allowed us to reach out into our local communities to spark the interest of future college students and encourage them to consider studying engineering. This paper expands on an abbreviated description contained in a paper accepted for presentation at the 2008 IEEE ICASSP conference.20

Wright, C., & Morrow, M., & Allie, M., & Welch, T. (2008, June), Using Real Time Dsp To Enhance Student Retention And Engineering Outreach Efforts Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4362

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