Department of Embedded Systems

Competences

The Department of Embedded Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien serves as bridge between computer science and electronic engineering.
Research and teaching activities focus on all practical aspects of embedded systems hardware and software design and verification at an international competitive level. The actual research and development topics cover domains like automotive electronics, test and diagnosis, model checking, embedded control & navigation and, ambient assistive technologies and range from modeling over hardware/software architectures up to FPGA and ASIC design.
To that end, the staff of the department fosters and develops competences in the following fields:

Topics addressed by the Department of Embedded Systems
Embedded Systems Software Design ASIC and FPGA Design
Operating Systems and Computer Networks System-on-Chip Design
Dependable Systems Computer Architecture
Real-Time Systems Microcontroller Hardware Design
Distributed Systems Embedded Platform Design
Clock Synchronization Printed Circuit Board Design
Embedded Networking Electronic System Level Design
Automotive Communication Systems Hardware-Software Co-Design
Fieldbus Systems Modelbased Design
Wireless and ad hoc Networks Systemtest and Validation
Smart Homes and Building Automation Formal Specification and Verification
Cyber-Physical Systems Autonomous Systems
Ambient Assistive Technologies Control Engineering
Digital Logic Systems Embedded Control Systems
Digital System Design Positioncontrol and Navigation
Ambient Intelligence

The staff of the Department of Embedded Systems consists of full-time lecturers and visiting lecturers, all of them having a strong background in Electronics, Computer Science and Embedded Systems Technology. Besides teaching, our staff is involved in research and development projects with partners from both academia and the industry. Generally, Embedded Systems R&D is one of the strategic R&D areas of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. Our contributions to the scientific community include memberships and active work in several national and international scientific committees and advisory boards. In addition to these activities, the permanent staff members are responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of our department.


Infrastructure


The buildings at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien consist of lecture halls, seminar rooms for a smaller auditorium and several labs. The labs at our department offer standard electronic equipment like soldering stations, oscilloscopes, power supplies, logic analyzers or signal generators.

Besides this general purpose equipment, we are using a number of different hardware platforms, software tools and other special equipment for our courses as well as for our R&D activities.


Hardware Platforms

  • For our software design lectures: Various development platforms ranging from simple Atmel ATmega-based Arduino Uno boards to complex ARM7-based LPC1343/1758/2478 development kits from Embedded Artists running uCLinux
  • For our hardware design lectures: FPGA platforms ranging from simple Altera Cyclone III based Terasic DE0 boards to Xilinx Zynq-7000 based ZC702 SoC development kits

For most of these platforms a lot of expansion boards are available (with LED and LCD displays, keyboards, FLASH and xDR SDRAM memory modules, interfaces for RS232, PS2, USB, CAN, Ethernet, high-speed ADC/DAC circuitry, ...).

  • Platforms for our automotive activities: Decomsys/Elektrobit NODE:RENESAS (Flexray-CAN-LIN), Microchip PICDEM CAN-LIN, TZM FlexEntry (FlexRay), Hitex XC164CM (CAN, LIN) and Starter Kit
  • Platforms for our AAT/smart home activities: BACnet, Beckhoff, EnOcean, KNX (Siemens Gamma Training Kit, KNX RF kit, ...), Wago kits
  • A number of development kits for our ZigBee activities (Atmel, Freescale, MeshNetics, Microchip)
  • Various general-purpose microcontroller platforms from Atmel, Freescale, Infineon, Microchip, Raspberry Pi Foundation and Texas Instruments
  • FPGA and FPAA development boards from Actel, Altera, Anadigm, AVNET, Cypress, Lattice and Xilinx
  • etc.

Software & Tools

When selecting software we focus on both open source solutions as well as on cost free evaluation versions of state-of-the-art software development and EDA tools in order to allow our students to use at home. We are members of the EUROPRACTICE initiative from the European Union as well as members of several university programs (Atmel University Program, Mentor Graphics Higher Educational Program, Xilinx University Program).

  • Altera Quartus II and Xilinx ISE/EDK/Vivado CPLD/FPGA/PSoC design environments
  • Software development tools: Open Source software based on GCC and Eclipse as well as commercial tools like Atmel AVR Studio, IAR Embedded Workbench, Microchip MPLAB, ...
  • For our hardware activities (FPGA, ASIC, PCB): Cadence IC Package, Mentor Expedition Flow, Mentor ModelSim/QuestaSim, Synopsys Front End and Verification Package, Synplify Pro
  • For our automotive activities: Decomsys/Elektrobit Designer Pro and Busdoctor, Vector CANalyzer, Microchip LIN Serial Analyzer
  • For our AAT/smart home activities: ETS, NETx Automation BMS Server, evon XAMControl
  • Formal verification tools
  • etc.