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WORK IN PROGRESS: An Integrated DSP and Embedded Microcontroller Laboratory Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Todd D. Morton Western Washington University

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Todd Morton has been teaching the upper level embedded systems and senior project courses for Western Washington University's Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering Technology program for 27 years. He is the author of the text ’Embedded Microcontrollers’, which covers assembly and C programming in small real-time embedded systems and has worked as a design engineer at Physio Control Corporation and at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an ASEE-NASA Summer Faculty Fellow. He has a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Washington.

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Ying Lin Western Washington University

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Ying Lin has been with the faculty of Engineering and Design Department at Western Washington University since September 2010 after she taught for two years at SUNY, New Platz. She received her MS in Applied Statistics and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, NY, respectively. Her teaching interests include first-year Intro to Electrical Engineering, and upper-division Signals and Systems, and Digital Signal Processing courses. Her research areas focus on statistical signal processing for wireless sensor network applications and secure communications in wireless networks.

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Work-in-Progress: An Integrated DSP and Embedded Microcontroller Laboratory Curriculum In this paper, we present our ongoing effort and progress in developing digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory coursework based on an embedded microcontroller (MCU)-based development platform. In particular, the MCU platform adopted for the DSP course uses the same ARM Cortex-M4 platform used in our embedded systems courses at Western Washington University. The goals of this work are twofold. One, by reducing student time spent on learning new development hardware and software, additional concepts can be introduced in the lab and enhanced learning outcomes can be added to the DSP course. Two, by introducing DSP implementation in embedded MCUs, student success in completing DSP-based capstone projects that meet realistic design constraints will be improved. Learning outcomes and assessment measures are introduced to determine the success of the work. If shown to be successful, this work may be adapted to the EE curricula in other institutions and may be adopted in other curricular areas such as controls and communications.

Morton, T. D., & Lin, Y. (2016, June), WORK IN PROGRESS: An Integrated DSP and Embedded Microcontroller Laboratory Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27212

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