It is strongly recommended/assumed that the students have taken the Fundamentals of Digital Systems Design, Computer Architectures, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, and Compiler Construction courses at Leiden University or similar courses at other universities.
In addition, the students must be able to program using the C/C++ language, must be familiar and comfortable with using Linux OS, and must be able to work with Linux command terminal.
Embedded Systems are application domain specific information processing systems that are tightly coupled to their environment. They appear in home appliances, copy machines, automotive entertainment systems, medical imaging systems, wireless and portable multimedia terminals, distributed sensor networks, and more.
The course first introduces the notion of and some basic concepts in embedded systems and software. Then it deals with basic methods, techniques, algorithms, and components that are found in embedded systems.
In a second part, the course focuses on methods, techniques, and tools for system-level design, programming and implementation of Embedded Multi-processor Systems-on-Chip (MPSoC). In particular, the DAEDALUS framework for system-level design of MPSoCs will be studied in detail. DAEDALUS features: 1) automated translation of sequential application code to equivalent parallel specification code; 2) automated system-level synthesis of specific MPSoCs; 3) automated mapping of the parallel specification code to the synthesized specific MPSoC; 4) fast implementation/prototyping of the whole MPSoC embedded system on FPGA-based prototyping boards.
In a third part – that is integrated with the second part – the course takes the form of laboratory hands-on sessions in which the DAEDALUS framework is used to design and prototype a relatively simple MPSoC.
It is strongly recommended/assumed that the students have taken the Fundamentals of Digital Systems Design, Computer Architectures, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, and Compiler Construction courses at Leiden University or similar courses at other universities!
In addition, the students must be able to program using the C/C++ language, must be familiar and comfortable with using Linux OS, and must be able to work with Linux command terminal!
The Embedded Systems and Software course intends to introduce students to state-of-the-art methods, techniques, and tools to design, program, implement, and use embedded systems. This is done through a series of lectures, hands-on sessions, and discussions on relevant journal/conference paper.
The most recent timetable can be found at the Computer Science (MSc) student website.
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Mode of instruction
Lectures and mandatory hands-on sessions.
Hours of study: 168:00 hrs (= 6 EC)
Lectures: 20:00 hrs
Practical work: 60:00 hrs
Examination: 80:00 hrs
Other: 8:00 hrs
There is no traditional written exam. The final grade is a combination of grades for: (1) presentation on a give topic related to the course material (40%); (2) performance during the hands-on sessions (40%) and; (3) pro-active attitude during lectures and paper discussions (20%).
List with selected journal/conference papers and book excerpts will be provided to the students. All this literature could be downloaded from Internet.
Slides will be provided to the students for download.
From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.
Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.
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Lecturer: dr. Todor Stefanov
Website: Embedded Systems and Software
Due to limited capacity, external students can only register after consultation with the programme coordinator/study advisor (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).