EEL 6935: Embedded Systems - Fall 2011

Course Schedule   Class Presentation  
General Information   Catalog Description   Prerequisites   Course Objectives   Textbook and Materials  
Grading   Study Groups   Academic Integrity and Collaboration Policy
Attendance and Expectations   Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
UC Counseling Services   Software Use

General Information

Time: Tuesday 12:50-1:40, Thursday 11:45-1:40 Location: CSE E107
Instructor: Ann Gordon-Ross
Office: 221 Larsen Hall
Office Hours: TBA or by appointment

Visit Sakai, which will be used to distribute test solutions, host video feed for the EDGE students, assignment/homework submission, and for online discussion sessions.

Catalog Description

(3 credit hours) An embedded system is any computing system other than traditional computer systems. Embedded system examples include set-top boxes, digital cameras, toaster ovens, alarm systems, automotive systems, cell phones, etc. Embedded systems is one of the fastest growing areas in computing and one of the most exciting given the vast variety of applications, many of which have high impact on human life such as improved pace makers and artificial limbs.

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  • Course Schedule
  • Class Presentations
  • Prerequisites

    Course Objectives

    This course will cover a wide variety of design issues for embedded system. The course will be taught as a seminar course, where students will read several state of the art conference/journal papers per week and lectures will consist of student presentations covering these papers.

    Textbook and Materials

    Required textbook for the course:

       High-Performance Embedded Computing
    First Edition (2006)
    Wayne Wolf
    ISBN # 012369485X

    Excellent programming references:


    The course is divided into three graded components, combined as a weighted sum to total 100%:
  • 15% - Assignments/Homemork (2 tentatively)

  • Letter grades will be assigned roughly according to the standard 90/80/70/60 scale out of 100 percentage points overall, with a 90 and above corresponding to an A, 80 and above to a B, 70 and above to a C, 60 and above to a D, and less than 60 to an F. +/- grades will also be given where appropriate and available, with approximate dividing lines at the upper and lower 3% of a grade area (e.g., 87% to 89.999% is a B+; 80% to 83% is a B-). Students are not competing against one another, but rather against this scale -- all students can get good grades if all do well. I may scale ("curve") an individual item ONLY if it HELPS the class and I feel that scaling is appropriate given the circumstances. In order to graduate, graduate students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or better (B or better). Note: a B- average is equivalent to a GPA of 2.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies.

    Absolutely no late work is accepted. Regrades must be submitted within one week of returned materials.

    Presentation Groups

    In this course, you will be required to create a presentation group. More information about group size to come based on the enrollment size of the class. EDGE students in close proximity may form a group with other EDGE students if they choose to.

    Academic Integrity and Collaboration Policy

    All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others. Please be aware that I am very strict about cheating and any infraction may result in failure in the course.

    Attendance and Expectations


    Attendance is not mandatory and I will not be taking roll. You are expected to be responsible enough to determine whether or not you need to come to class. I have collected data in past courses I have taught and based on the chart shown here, you can see that grade is highly correlated to attendance. Choose wisely! Even though I am providing the lecture slides on line, I will augment the slides with information that I present in class. If you don't come, you will miss it.

    Cell phones

    Please remember to turn your phones off during lecture. Absolutely no phone conversations can take place during lecture. It is distracting to both the students and to me.

    Communication with the instructor and/or TAs

    When sending email to the instructors and/or TAs, please remember that many students have the same name, and instructors/TAs may be involved in more than one course. So please use your full name, preferably including your student ID number, and be as specific as you can (list the course, section, etc. -- whatever is relevant to your communication). Please try to be professional and use reasonable grammer and formatting. Also, please include the course number in brackets in your subject (i.e. [EEL6935]) so that I can sort my email.

    Make-up Exam Policy

    Missed exams cannot be made up except in the case of a documented medical emergency. Absolutely no late work is accepted. Regrades must be submitted within one week of returned materials.

    Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

    Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation

    UF Counseling Services

    Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals. The resources include:

    Software Use

    All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity