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Hands-On Develop an RTOS Application Using freeRTOS  
Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 22
2PM
February 22 - Day 1: Introduction to freeRTOS / RTOS Refresher
In this leadoff class, we will review the basics of how a task-switching RTOS operates and the design criteria we need to begin our hands-on design project. We will look at the freeRTOS real-time operating system and the elements that we will be using in our project.
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Charles J. Lord  
Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience in system design and development in ...  
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Charles J. Lord
Charles J. Lord

Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last eight years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC, and his previous company, Triangle Advanced Design and Automation. He has been a design partner with Freescale, Microchip, and Renesas. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C.


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Feb 23
2PM
February 23 - Day 2: RTOS System Development Setup
Our toolset will be an important part of making our project successful. We will install and investigate these tools, followed by learning how to set them up, consisting of the STMicro STM32 Nucleo and the Atollic TrueStudio IDE, in tandem with the freeRTOS download.
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Feb 24
2PM
February 24 - Day 3: Changing Processors & Making It Work
A common challenge of RTOS implementations is their limitation to certain chips, development boards, and toolchains. We will bring up our initial solution using the STM32F100 board and then look at how we will have to modify the code to work with our designated STM32 Nucleo processor and board.
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Feb 25
2PM
February 25 - Day 4: Defining and Running the Project
In this penultimate class, we will take what we learned so far and define the tasks of our project. We will look at some simple “lightweight” elements that we may choose for our project, such as messaging, events, semaphores, and mutexes.
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Feb 26
2PM
February 26 - Day 5: Troubleshooting Our RTOS Design
Now that our code is written, we will need to test and debug it. In this final class, we will see how the debugger works with the RTOS to provide task-level debugging. The finished code will be available to help course students follow along and compare with their own code.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics  
Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 7
2PM
March 7 - Day 1: The Different Things of the IoT
To set the stage for what is to come, this opening class will look at the types of things that are out there. There are many IoT application areas, spanning industrial, medical, consumer, etc. The data analyses that are done will depend on the types of devices, so we will discuss some of these.
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Louis Giokas  
Louis Giokas started out in the aerospace business holding positions in development and management.  At General Electric Aerospace ...  
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Louis Giokas
Louis Giokas

Louis Giokas started out in the aerospace business holding positions in development and management.  At General Electric Aerospace (now part of Lockheed Martin) he held positions of software engineer, systems engineer and staff engineer. While there he worked on spacecraft and military systems. Prior to that he worked for companies such as Sperry UNIVAC and Link Simulation Systems, also working or spacecraft and military systems. Over the past two decades he has worked in the database management software area for Oracle and IBM. Over the past several years he has worked on development projects and has consulted in a number of different areas, including embedded systems. He is a long standing member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Currently, he is the secretary of the Fox Valley Subsection of the Chicago Section and chairman of the Computer Society of the Chicago Section. He has a degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and is pursuing a MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University.


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Mar 8
2PM
March 8 - Day 2: A Look at Communications & Devices
Getting all that data from place to place is an important element of the whole IoT system but is not generally visible. In many cases, we will have custom devices involved close to the things we are controlling. This class will discuss systems that are two way (measurement and control) and some of the controller devices that are available on the market.
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Mar 9
2PM
March 9 - Day 3: Cloud Storage and Formats in the IoT
Generating and communicating data is great, but we need to have somewhere to keep it. In the current environment, the perfect place is the cloud. This is where most IoT data will go and where it will be analyzed. The cloud provides ease of access, flexibility, redundancy, and unlimited growth potential. We will discuss the storage structures and Big Data formats that are used.
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Mar 10
2PM
March 10 - Day 4: Examples of Big Data Analysis
Now that the things have been deployed, and the data communicated and stored, we need to analyze. We will look at some examples of how this analysis is performed and used.
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Mar 11
2PM
March 11 - Day 5: Machine Learning & Analysis Techniques
One of the most important statistical techniques used in analyzing IoT data is machine learning. In this final class, we will discuss some important techniques, such as support vector machines and unsupervised learning. An understanding of the techniques is important in determining what can be done in applications that design engineers may encounter.
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Building Raspberry Pi Devices and Data Displays for the Internet of Things  
Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 21
2PM
March 21 - Day 1: Building a Raspberry Pi LED Flasher
Course participants will be introduced to the state of the Internet of Things with respect to microcontroller-based development platforms like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. This kickoff session will instruct attendees on building a RPi LED flasher that will serve as the experimental IoT device for the weeklong course.
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Don Wilcher  
Don Wilcher is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He's ...  
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Don Wilcher
Don Wilcher

Don Wilcher is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He's worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules and systems, and embedded wireless controls for small consumer appliances. He's currently developing 21st century educational products focusing on IoT (Internet of Things) for makers, engineers, technicians, and educators. He's a Certified Electronics Technician with ETA International, book author, and Design News Moderator. 


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Mar 22
2PM
March 22 - Day 2: Understanding Mashups, Dweepy Library, and dweet.io Cloud Server
In this session, participants will learn about the world of mashups and their interaction with IoT platforms. The class will be introduced to the Dweepy Python library by investigating a Raspberry Pi-based IoT device example. Also, use of the dweet.io cloud server, a free data aggregator website, will be discussed. The hands-on lab will consist of building a dweet.io Raspberry Pi IoT device.
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Mar 23
2PM
March 23 - Day 3: Modifying the Python RPi LED Flasher Code for dweet.io Cloud Server
This class will show participants how to modify the RPi LED flasher built in the Day 1 class to work with the dweet.io cloud website. Specific dweet.io details on programming scripts and URL resources will be explored.
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Mar 24
2PM
March 24 - Day 4: Introduction to the Freeboard.io Cloud Server
The Freeboard.io cloud website will be introduced in this class, with a discussion on dashboards, triggers, and IO sources. Elements on URL resources from dweet.io will be demonstrated by use of a smartphone. The concepts based on this hands-on demonstration will be used in building the RPi LED Flasher Freeboard Dashboard in the final session of the weeklong course.
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Mar 25
2PM
March 25 - Day 5: Building the RPi LED Flasher Freeboard Dashboard
The final session of this course will consist of building a basic Freeboard Dashboard for the RPi LED flasher. Participants can follow along by way of the course slides, in building a real-time dashboard for the Raspberry Pi IoT device.
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Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools  
Monday, January 11 - Friday, January 15
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 11
2PM
January 11 - Day 1: Segger Embedded Studio Walk-around
This lecture will introduce you to the Segger Embedded Studio. Rather than just talk about the integrated development environment, we will assemble and code an ARM microcontroller complex with the STMicroelectronics STM32F407VG using Segger Embedded Studio and the J-Link Pro.
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Fred Eady  
Fred Eady is the owner of EDTP Electronics, which was established in 1988 following the publication of his first magazine article. Since ...  
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Fred Eady
Fred Eady

Fred Eady is the owner of EDTP Electronics, which was established in 1988 following the publication of his first magazine article. Since the formation of EDTP Electronics, Fred has written thousands of magazine articles. He has written for all of the major electronic magazines, including Radio Electronics, Electronics Now, Nuts and Volts, Servo, MicroComputer Journal, and Circuit Cellar. To date, he has authored four books and contributed to a fifth. He currently works as a PIC microcontroller consultant and is a Microchip Authorized Design Partner. Fred also authors monthly columns in Nuts and Volts and Servo magazines. His customers include machine shops, specialty startup companies, medical machine manufacturers, coin-operated device businesses, and various other research and development companies. He has a very close working relationship with Microchip Technology, the manufacturer of PIC microcontrollers, and has taught Ethernet and WiFi classes at Microchip's annual Masters Conference.


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Jan 12
2PM
January 12 - Day 2: ARMing a microSD Card to an MCU
This class will utilize the ARM hardware we previously constructed. We will use elements of the STMicro STM32 Standard Peripheral Libraries, Segger Embedded Studio, and J-Link Pro to add microSD storage capability to our ARM microcontroller complex.
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Jan 13
2PM
January 13 - Day 3: Exercising Segger’s emPower Platform
Segger recently announced the availability of a new evaluation platform based on the Freescale Kinetis MK66FN2M0VMD18 32-bit microcontroller. In this lecture we will examine and exercise the emPower hardware using Segger Embedded Studio and a combination of Segger middleware components.
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Jan 14
2PM
January 14 - Day 4: Coding with Segger’s embOS
This class will concentrate on setting up and running Segger’s embOS RTOS on our STMicro STM32F407VG-based ARM hardware platform.
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Jan 15
2PM
January 15 - Day 5: Segger Embedded Studio Does IoT
The Segger Embedded Studio includes built-in support for the Nordic nRF51822. Today’s lecture will focus on using Segger Embedded Studio and a J-Link Pro to bring an nRF51822-based IoT device to life.
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Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Bootloader Design for Microcontrollers  
Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 25
2PM
January 25 - Day 1: Bootloader Models and Concepts
Updating firmware in the field or over-the-air can take on many different forms, and there are many models a developer can choose from to get the job done. This session will explore these different update models and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one as well as when they can be best applied. Attendees will be exposed to requirements development and walk away with an overview of how a bootloader works.
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Jacob Beningo  
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) whose expertise is in firmware for embedded systems. He works with ...  
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Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo

Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) whose expertise is in firmware for embedded systems. He works with companies to decrease costs and time to market while maintaining a quality and robust product. He has successfully completed numerous projects such as architecture design and review, bootloaders, design and implementation, software process improvement and training across multiple industries including automotive, consumer, defense, medical and space. He blogs for EDN.com about embedded system design techniques and challenges.  He is an avid tweeter, a tip and trick guru, a homebrew connoisseur and a fan of pineapple! Jacob holds Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics and Mathematics from Central Michigan University and a Master's degree in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com or at his website www.beningo.com.


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Jan 26
2PM
January 26 - Day 2: Interface Protocol Design
Developing a robust and reusable interface protocol is a critical step in the bootloader development process. Ensuring that the application update gets onto the microcontroller without errors is no trivial task. This session will walk attendees through the design of a generic bootloader protocol and provide key insights into what it takes to develop a robust bootloader and the associated design documentation.
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Jan 27
2PM
January 27 - Day 3: Setting Up a Test Application
In this session attendees will go through the process of developing a test application for use with a bootloader. The major components, such as linker setup, watchdog maintenance, flash access, and system rebooting, will be discussed in detail. Attendees will walk away with an expert understanding of how to set up and build a test application that can be deployed in the field using a bootloader.
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Jan 28
2PM
January 28 - Day 4: Bootloader Implementation
Implementing a bootloader in C is no trivial exercise. This session will examine the inner workings of a bootloader and walk attendees through the setup of a bootloader implementation. Important concepts, such a vector table locations, application verification, and branch decision-making, will be covered. Attendees will also be exposed to reusable concepts and handling drivers within the bootloading application.
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Jan 29
2PM
January 29 - Day 5: Troubleshooting Techniques
The bootloader development process is riddled with stumbling blocks. In this session, firsthand, real-world experiences with designing and debugging bootloader applications, and how to quickly recognize some of the most common and worst bugs, will be discussed. Attendees will leave the weeklong course with troubleshooting techniques for bootloaders and verification tricks which many developers don’t even know exist tucked away in their pockets.
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Hands-On Design of BLDC Motor Control with Microchip MCUs  
Monday, February 8 - Friday, February 12
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 8
2PM
February 8 - Day 1: Motor Control Overview
This class will provide a quick refresher and overview of the key types of motors and motor control algorithms used with microcontroller-based designs.
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Warren Miller  
Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, ...  
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Warren Miller
Warren Miller

Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, strategic marketing, and product planning with large electronics companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Actel, and Avnet, as well as with a variety of smaller startups. He has in-depth experience of programmable devices (PLDs, FPGAs, MCUs, and ASICs) in industrial, networking, and consumer applications and holds several device patents. He is currently the principal at Wavefront Marketing, working as a consultant specializing in strategic planning, technical marketing, and competitive analysis for semiconductor, intellectual property, and associated design tool companies. Warren has authored more than 100 conference papers, whitepapers, application notes, and magazine articles on a wide variety of topics and is a frequent blogger on the All Programmable Planet and Microcontroller Central websites and is the founder of the Chess FPGA project.
Email: warren@wavefrontmarketing.com


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Feb 9
2PM
February 9 - Day 2: Development Environment
This class will provide a background on the development environment typically found for MCU-based motor control designs. Attendees will learn the particulars of Microchip’s DM330015 kit and target MCU.
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Feb 10
2PM
February 10 - Day 3: Motor Algorithm Details
In this session, students will learn, in detail, the key brushless DC motor algorithm used in the hands-on design, including code.
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Feb 11
2PM
February 11 - Day 4: Implementation Details
This penultimate class will dig into the details of the BLDC implementation and the debug and testing phases critical to MCU-based motor control design. The Microchip demo kit’s capabilities will be explored in detail.
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Feb 12
2PM
February 12 - Day 5: Example Designs
In our final class, we will describe other types of motor control implementations and provide links to resources for speeding development.
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