EEL 6935: Embedded Systems Seminar - Spring 2013

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 1:55-2:45, Thursday 1:55-3:50 Location: Larsen 330
Instructor: Ann Gordon-Ross
Office: 319 Benton Hall
Office Hours: TBA or by appointment

Catalog Description

(3 credit hours) An embedded system is any computing system other than a traditional computer system. Examples include set-top boxes, digital cameras, alarm systems, automotive systems, aerospace systems, and cell phones. This course is structured as a seminar course and will review cutting-edge publications with student presentations.

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    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. Semesters with large enrollment may require students to pre-record and submit some presentations

    Textbook and Materials

    There is no required textbook. Readings will consist of conference/journal papers as assigned in the course schedule

    Excellent programming references:


    The course is divided into three graded components, combined as a weighted sum to total 100%:
    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. Groups must consist of exactly 2 students, with one group of 3 or a single student working alone if course enrollment is odd (the first request I get will be the only one considered, but will only be approved after the add/drop deadline of Jan 11 @ 11:59pm). Please stay after class the first and second days to form your groups. You must submit your group requests to me via email by Sun Jan 13 @ 8 pm.

    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 compulsory, and class participation is a portion of your grade. You are expected to attend class and provide constructive feedback on your peers' presentations, as they will be giving you constructive feedback. Another portion of your grade includes your presentation skills, knowledge transfer, and development, and these skills can only be refined by attending class and participating in the discussions.

    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