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New Technology / Embedded Systems

The ICT domain of Embedded Systems is about embedding intelligence into all kinds of devices that we use as humans to support or entertain us: e.g. cars, home-appliances, machines, medical equipment, toys. Students enrolled in this minor are educated in state-of-the-art embedded software techniques to make devices smart, i.e. to make them into robots.

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The minor includes several modules to extend the students’ knowledge about embedded systems software. In our advanced program the student learns how to write robotic software using the Robot Operating System (ROS) and to extract information from camera images using Computer Vision.

The student will also learn the essentials of wireless ad-hoc networking to make devices into first-class network citizens. Finally students learn how to do applied research and to plan and execute a larger Embedded Systems project.

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The applicability of this minor is very wide. All producers of equipment are making their products and production more and more intelligent. Autonomous devices enter our daily world. Autonomous vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers are already commonplace. Lots of robots are employed in manufacturing. Autonomous cars and care-robots are coming.

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Turtle5K
Software for a soccer robot that can compete in the RoboCup MSL league.

ROSE
Software for the control of a elderly care robot.

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Admission and application
The minor is meant for students from Fontys School of ICT.
The minor is a 1 semester, fulltime program, i.e. there is no time for other courses not belonging to the minor. The minor is meant for both Dutch and English stream students.

For our advanced program it is assumed that the student has already mastered essential embedded systems knowledge and programming skills, including programming in C/C++. Dutch students that do not have sufficient C/C++ and embedded systems background can follow a special program that makes them acquainted with the essentials.

Date of subscription

Minor Fall semester 2019: Sunday 30 June 2019 through ProgressWWW.

For more information contact the minor coordinator: Eric Dortmans | e.dortmans@fontys.nl