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Micro Arcana: A hardware platform for electronic engineering Seminar

12:00 - 13:00
21 November 2013
Lecture Theatre Room 1019

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Professor Steve R. Gunn on +44 (0)23 8059 2338 or email .

Event details

An overview of currently available development tools and the new hardware being introduced to the undergraduate programme at USMC.

"Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play." Immanuel Kant

Electronic Engineering is the creative application of theory and practical knowledge to design, build and maintain systems. To gain experience of the practical aspects you must spend many hours in the laboratory exploring circuits and systems. There you will discover the limitations of your theories, and the seeds for new ones. There are a number of development boards widely available with a myriad of programming adapters and software development tools. We will show that often these are poorly designed, particularly from an educational perspective.

What is needed is a new set of boards that we can give to our students that are designed using the principle of lex parsimoniae, programmed using a common interface and produced at low-cost without compromising capability. This talk will detail such new hardware that we are introducing into our undergraduate programmes to enhance the practical aspects of the subject. The hardware can be assembled by our students and provides them with even greater hands-on time by giving them ownership of the hardware. They build it; they use it; they own it; and perhaps they break it.

Four boards have been designed along with a universal display and programming cable to enable students to gain wider experience with the common digital processing elements (microcontroller, CPLD, FPGA and applications processor). It is hoped that this will enable them to quickly prototype ideas in later parts of the programme.

Speaker information

Professor Steve R. Gunn,graduated from the University of Southampton in 1992 with a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1996. In 1996 he worked as a research fellow and in 1998 he became a lecturer. In 2007 he was awarded a personal chair. His research covers two state-of-the-art areas, that of machine learning and computer vision.

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