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Microcontrollers, Basics  
Monday, January 16 - Friday, January 20
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 16
2PM
Introduction: Fundamentals of Designing With Microcontrollers
At the end of this session, you will understand how a microcontroller differs from a microprocessor, understand the types of analog and digital peripherals on an MCU, and understand the types of communication devices available on MCUs.
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Jon Titus  
Jon Titus works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and sometime designer based in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. His prior experience ...  
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Jon Titus
Jon Titus

Jon Titus works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and sometime designer based in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. His prior experience includes editorial director at Test & Measurement World magazine, editorial director at EDN magazine, and senior technical editor at ECN magazine. Before he moved into the periodical world, Jon helped start the Blacksburg Group Inc. (Blacksburg, Va.) at which he and his colleagues wrote and edited books about computers and electronics, and developed electronic hardware to help teach students about computers and electronics. He has three college degrees, a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


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Jan 17
2PM
Part II: Picking the Right MCU for Your Application
Today's lecture will explain how to specify your requirements and select the appropriate chip families. It'll also enable you to better evaluate vendor development tools and support, and understand microcontrollers to determine future product capabilities.
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Jan 18
2PM
Part III: Successful Software Development for MCU Applications
This lecture will survey the variety of hardware- and software-development tools available. We'll also provide you with an appreciation of the capabilities of free and paid tools, and an understanding of what you need in those tools.
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Jan 19
2PM
Part IV: Fundamentals of Digital Debugging
This lecture will survey the variety of hardware- and software-development tools available. We'll also provide you with an appreciation of the capabilities of free and paid tools, and an understanding of what you need in those tools.
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Jan 20
2PM
Part V: Tricks With PIC: Using the Trusty PIC Microcontroller
This lecture will survey the variety of hardware- and software-development tools available. We'll also provide you with an appreciation of the capabilities of free and paid tools, and an understanding of what you need in those tools.
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Microcontrollers, Advanced  
Monday, January 30 - Friday, February 3
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 30
2PM
Introduction: Advanced Challenges With Real-Time Systems
Most engineers building real-time systems rely on hope and miracles to get their systems working properly in the time domain. In this session you'll learn no-nonsense ways to deal with real-time issues, including hardware timing effects on firmware.
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Jack Ganssle  
Embedded systems guru Jack Ganssle is a noted practitioner,  columnist for   Embedded.com, and frequent speaker at the ...  
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Jack Ganssle
Jack Ganssle

Embedded systems guru Jack Ganssle is a noted practitioner,  columnist for   Embedded.com, and frequent speaker at the Embedded Systems  Conference. He started developing embedded systems in the early 1970s using the 8008. He has launched and sold three electronics companies, including one of the bigger embedded tool businesses. He has written over 600 articles and six books about embedded systems, as well as one about his sailing fiascos. Jack now gives seminars to companies worldwide about better ways to develop embedded systems.


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Jan 31
2PM
Part II: Partitioning an Embedded System for Multicore Design
The schedule grows much faster than the code size does. The only tool we know to defeat this is partitioning. Join us to see why most of the multicore hype is, well, hype, and how to really use multicore to partition a system effectively.
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Feb 1
2PM
Part III: What You Need to Know About Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSs)
Though commercial RTOSs have been around for 30 years, there's still a lot of confusion about what they're all about. Join us for a discussion about what's behind an RTOS, and what the benefits are. We'll also dispel some long-held myths.
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Feb 2
2PM
Part IV: Professional Debugging I -- Managing Bug Lists & Metrics
The quality revolution taught us that quality must be designed in, not bolted on. Yet the firmware industry has missed this critical point. Spend an hour with us and get the low-down on measuring bugs, and strategies to build error-free code from the outset.
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Feb 3
2PM
Part V: Professional Debugging II -- Proactive Test & Integration
Most developers start debugging their code after it has been compiled and linked. That's a mistake! There will be bugs. In this session you'll learn to anticipate bugs, and to seed your code with constructs that capture the problems.
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Sensors  
Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 17
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 13
2PM
Introduction: Basics of Industrial Sensors & Control
Choosing the right sensor for industrial applications involves more than just the sensor technology used for the measurement. Other system requirements, including the network communication protocol, play equally important roles. Our expert will delve into some of the most common issues for industrial measurements.
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Randy Frank  
Randy Frank is President of Randy Frank & Associates Ltd., a consultancy that focuses on sensors, power, and automotive electronics. At ...  
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Randy Frank
Randy Frank

Randy Frank is President of Randy Frank & Associates Ltd., a consultancy that focuses on sensors, power, and automotive electronics. At Motorola, he was actively involved in the introduction of highly integrated pressure sensors and accelerometers that use microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. Previously, he was responsible for the development of the first engine control systems, including all of the sensing aspects for America Motors and Jeep vehicles, now part of the Chrysler Group. During that time, he taught advanced instrumentation and control at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Randy is a Fellow in both the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the IEEE and author of the book Understanding Smart Sensors, 3rd Edition, which was released in 2013.


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Feb 14
2PM
Part II: Understanding & Using Sensors in Machine-Vision Systems
Vision technology continues to evolve and offer users more choices. Is a CCD or CMOS sensor required? Find out from our expert in this tutorial.
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Feb 15
2PM
Part III: Selecting the Right Sensor for Your Application
For some measurements, selecting the right sensor simply involves a few parameters such as range, accuracy, and precision. However, applications with network communication and environmental issues such as temperature extremes and high humidity demand further considerations. Our lecturer will discuss a few of his favorites in this session.
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Feb 16
2PM
Part IV: Designing Intelligent Sensor Interfaces
Design considerations for interfacing sensors vary depending on the sensor's output and the application's requirements. This tutorial will address some of the more common issues.
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Feb 17
2PM
Part V: Advanced Sensors in Precision Manufacturing Applications
The rules can change when sensor specifications exceed those for high-volume applications. High precision and accuracy sensors as well as measurement extremes often dictate different sensor technologies. This lecture will explore a few of the more challenging situations.
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Basic Industrial Control Processing  
Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 2
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 27
2PM
Intro: Basics of Industrial Control Processing
In its most general sense, a control system is a device that is used to manage, command, direct, or regulate the behavior of other devices, processes, or systems. Industrial control systems are used in the manufacturing and production of products and the control of processing plants. Our expert will discuss the evolution of control systems and introduce a variety of fundamental concepts.
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Max Maxfield  
Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and ...  
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Max Maxfield
Max Maxfield

Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and leader of fashion, he is widely regarded as an expert in all aspects of electronics (at least by his mother). Max received his BSc in Control Engineering in 1980 from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed everything from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk "Display-O-Meters." He has also been at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for more than 20 years. He's the author and/or co-author of a number of books, including Designus Maximus Unleashed (banned in Alabama), Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), EDA: Where Electronics Begins, FPGAs: Instant Access, and How Computers Do Math.


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Feb 28
2PM
Part II: Control System Feedback Loops
A control system has one or more inputs from external sources and one or more outputs driving external loads. The controller may also use one or more feedback loops, which refers to sampling the outputs from the downstream process and feeding these sampled values back as additional inputs into the control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of open-loop, closed-loop, linear, and non-linear control systems.
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Feb 29
2PM
Part III: Time-Driven Versus Event-Driven Control
The inputs and outputs to and from a controller may be a function of time (or time-driven), which means that the control flow is driven by a clock; or things may be controlled by events (event-driven), which means that the control flow is determined by events, such as a sensor triggering or a user action or a message from another control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of discrete (digital), continuous (analog), time-driven, and event-driven systems.
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Mar 1
2PM
Part IV: Applications of PLCs & PACs
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are digital computers / control systems that are designed to be extremely reliable and to handle the stresses of harsh industrial environments. Their more-sophisticated cousins – programmable automation controllers (PACs) – combine the features and capabilities of a PC-based control system (like extremely high speed and floating-point processing) with those of a PLC (like extreme reliability). Our expert will introduce these.
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Mar 2
2PM
Part V: System Safety
An industrial safety system is used to protect humans, the manufacturing/processing plant, and the environment in case the process goes beyond safe control margins. As the name suggests, these systems are not intended for controlling the process itself but rather protection. In addition to introducing various safety considerations and systems, our expert will also discuss the influence of European regulations on worldwide industry practices.
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Advanced Industrial Control Processing  
Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 12
2PM
Intro: What Engineers Need to Know About Microcontrollers, MPUs & FPGAs
At the heart of every industrial control system is a processor. In this session you will learn the difference between a microprocessor and a microcontroller. You'll also learn how ASICs and ASSPs differ from SoCs. Finally, in this session you will learn how each of these components fits into the big picture.
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Max Maxfield  
Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and ...  
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Max Maxfield
Max Maxfield

Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and leader of fashion, he is widely regarded as an expert in all aspects of electronics (at least by his mother). Max received his BSc in Control Engineering in 1980 from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed everything from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk "Display-O-Meters." He has also been at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for more than 20 years. He's the author and/or co-author of a number of books, including Designus Maximus Unleashed (banned in Alabama), Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), EDA: Where Electronics Begins, FPGAs: Instant Access, and How Computers Do Math.


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Mar 13
2PM
Part II: Hardware Options - Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) & More
In this session you will learn the differences among the different hardware platforms available for industrial control applications. These include programmable logic controllers (PLCs), programmable automation controllers (PACs), and embedded single board controllers (SBCs). You'll also learn how these systems can be used in conjunction with each other.
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Mar 14
2PM
Part III: The Role of Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
In this session you will learn the main considerations behind designing the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), where interaction between operators and machines occurs. You'll learn how to effectively control the machine and utilize feedback in making operational decisions.
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Mar 15
2PM
Part IV: Understanding Control Programming - Graphical Languages
In this session, you will learn how control programming techniques have evolved, from early graphical ladder diagrams to modern graphical interfaces. You'll also learn about high-level programming concepts (both textual and graphical), which drive modern controller programming software packages.
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Mar 16
2PM
Part V: What You Need to Know About Determinism & Response Times
In this session we will discuss the concepts of determinism and response times, along with real-time operating system (RTOS) fundamentals. You'll also learn why and how industrial control systems need to consider things happening in real time, which requires immediate response to interrupts in a predictable manner.
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System-Level Testing & Debugging  
Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 19
2PM
Introduction: What You Need to Know About System Test & Debugging
In this session you will learn the fundamental concepts of system test and debugging. You'll come away from the session understanding how to improve your success rate with complex systems consisting of modules developed by different teams and across disciplines.
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Gary Stringham  
Gary Stringham is an embedded systems expert with a specialization in the interface between firmware and hardware. He is the founder of ...  
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Gary Stringham
Gary Stringham

Gary Stringham is an embedded systems expert with a specialization in the interface between firmware and hardware. He is the founder of Gary Stringham & Associates LLC. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Stringham focuses on diagnosing and resolving difficult hardware/firmware integration issues and produces solid solutions to prevent future occurrences of those issues. He is the author of Hardware/Firmware Interface Design: Best Practices for Improving Embedded Systems Development. Previously, Stringham was a technical lead at HP, establishing standards in firmware and ASIC designs.


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Mar 20
2PM
Part II:  Putting Together & Executing a Test Plan
In this session, you'll learn the fundamental principles and common methods of testing. You'll also understand the non-testing aspects important for testing. In addition, our lecturer will discuss his unconventional use of “hackware” to produce high-quality results.
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Mar 21
2PM
Part III: Getting Your System Up and Running
Getting deeper into the execution of the test plan concepts discussed in the previous lecture, in this session, you'll learn about the use of prototypes and simulations. You'll also understand how to bring up a system a piece at a time, and then test that system as a whole.
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Mar 22
2PM
Part IV: Failure Modes & What to Do About Them
In this session, you will understand several important techniques for addressing failures, such as divide and conquer, analyzing data, and consulting with experts. Our lecturer will also explain why solving current problems isn't enough and what you need to do to prevent system failures in the future.
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Mar 23
2PM
Part V: Soft Skills They Don't Teach You in the Manual
In this session, you'll learn how soft skills can be enlisted in the service of system-level testing & debugging. Our lecturer will give you tips and techniques you can apply in the important areas of sleuthing skills, preventive skills, and people skills.
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Wireless Networks in the Factory  
Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Apr 9
2PM
Introduction: Fundamentals of Wireless
In this session, you will learn about the mainstream wireless technologies and their applications in the real world. We will cover the fundamentals of 21st century radios, including OFDM, MIMO, and smart antenna techniques, and you'll also get an overview of mainstream wireless standards.
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Fanny Mlinarsky  
Fanny Mlinarsky is President of octoScope, a wireless test solutions and services company. Her background includes hands-on product ...  
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Fanny Mlinarsky
Fanny Mlinarsky

Fanny Mlinarsky is President of octoScope, a wireless test solutions and services company. Her background includes hands-on product development and R&D management. Prior to octoScope Fanny was Founder and CTO of Azimuth Systems, a wireless test equipment vendor. She has been an active contributor to the wireless standards being developed at 802.11 and 3GPP. She has published more than 22 articles, 19 whitepapers, and 6 test reports on wireless technologies and standards. Fanny has delivered numerous presentations at industry forums and has developed highly rated online wireless technology courses.


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Apr 10
2PM
Part II:  What You Need to Know about 802.11
In this session, you'll understand the alphabet soup of 802.11 specifications, including existing and emerging standards for transmission, security, and QoS. You'll also learn how different WiFi technologies fit together to serve factories, enterprises, hotspots, and wireless broadband.
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Apr 11
2PM
Part III: ZigBee & Wireless Sensor Networks
In this session, you'll learn about ZigBee and other wireless protocols used for sensors and controls. You'll also understand the differences among them, as we compare ZigBee to Bluetooth and to proprietary wireless technologies used for a variety of low-power applications.
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Apr 12
2PM
Part IV:  Smart Metering & Industrial Controls in the 915MHz Band
In this session, you'll learn about the emerging interoperability standards for smart metering and industrial control applications. You'll understand the utility of the 915MHz band and other popular international unlicensed bands.
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Apr 13
2PM
Part V:  Implementing Your Network: Cost & Technical Considerations
In this session, you'll come away with practical guidance on how to implement a wireless network. You'll learn about creating requirements and selecting appropriate products, as well as test, validation, and budgeting.
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MEMS Sensor Technology  
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Apr 23
2PM
Introduction: What Is MEMS?
In this session, you'll learn the basics of MEMS technology. You'll gain an understanding of the history and on-going evolution of MEMS, as well as important differences between MEMS sensors and standard integrated circuits. 
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Alissa M. Fitzgerald  
Dr. Fitzgerald is founder of A. M. Fitzgerald & Associates, providers of MEMS product development and engineering services. She has ...  
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Alissa M. Fitzgerald
Alissa M. Fitzgerald

Dr. Fitzgerald is founder of A. M. Fitzgerald & Associates, providers of MEMS product development and engineering services. She has over 15 years of hands-on engineering experience in MEMS design, fabrication, and product development and has developed more than a dozen distinct MEMS devices, such as piezoresistive cantilevers, ultrasound transducers, and infrared imagers. She has previously been employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corp., Sigpro, and Sensant Corp. (acquired by Siemens). She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate from Stanford University, in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Fitzgerald holds four patents and serves on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group.


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Apr 24
2PM
Part II: Overview of Applications for MEMS: Automotive, Medical & Industrial
In this session, you'll learn about the many applications for MEMS devices. You'll also come to understand how to use MEMS in your own systems and be encouraged to try new applications.
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Apr 25
2PM
Part III: MEMS in Consumer Electronics I - Taxonomy of Motion Sensors
In this session, you will become acquainted with the MEMS devices that sense motion: accelerometers, gyroscopes, and inertial measurement units (IMUs). You'll also understand how motion sensors have enabled exciting new features in mobile phones, gaming consoles, and other consumer devices. 
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Apr 26
2PM
Part IV: MEMS in Consumer Electronics II - Taxonomy of Microphones, Pressure Sensors & More
In this session, you'll be introduced to MEMS sensors that are expanding the features and capabilities of consumer electronics. You'll understand how and why more types of MEMS devices are finding their way into mobile phones and devices.
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Apr 27
2PM
Part V: Integrating MEMS Technology Into Systems
In this session, you will understand the requirements and challenges for successful integration of MEMS into your system designs. We'll also review the concepts and offer prescriptive advice to sum up this week's series of five lectures.
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Advanced LEDs & Displays  
Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
May 7
2PM
Introduction: Introduction to Voltage & Current Control Electronics for LEDs
In our intro session, you'll learn how to power an LED, how switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) work, and we'll also cover different types of SMPS and examples of implementation.
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Carol Lenk  
Carol Lenk is an MIT-educated entrepreneur who was a founder of the venture-backed LED developer, Superbulbs, and is currently ...  
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Carol Lenk
Carol Lenk

Carol Lenk is an MIT-educated entrepreneur who was a founder of the venture-backed LED developer, Superbulbs, and is currently associated with Reliabulb. She is co-author of the book, Practical Lighting Design with LEDS. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Math and Science Education. One of the early pioneers in applying LEDs to general lighting, Lenk has five years of experience in combining theoretical concepts with practical engineering in fields as diverse as optics, thermal modeling, material science, electronics, and mechanical design. She has more than a dozen US and worldwide patents-pending related to LED lighting.


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May 8
2PM
Part II: Getting Ready for High Brightness LEDs & the Light-Enabled View of Tomorrow
LEDs are a fundamentally new class of lighting devices. In this class, you'll learn about their strengths and weaknesses: lighting quality, driver limitations, lifetime factors, and how to compare product specs.
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May 9
2PM
Part III: Lighting Control & Energy Management (Including PLC & IP-Based Smart Lighting)
This class will give an overview and comparison of Power Line Communication versus IP-based Smart Lighting systems. We'll conclude with a survey of implemented systems.
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May 10
2PM
Part IV: Understanding Cutting-Edge Displays (AMOEDs, OLEDs & LCDs)
This class will provide a survey of emerging display technologies related to LEDs and their respective market segments.
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May 11
2PM
Part V: Networked Lighting in Support of Intelligent, Green Buildings
This session will cover the overall topology and controls of Intelligent Buildings and also discuss how networked LED systems fit into the picture.
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Principles of Interface Design  
Monday, May 21 - Friday, May 25
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
May 21
2PM
Introduction: 7 Basic Principles of Interface Design
In this session, you'll learn principles developed for the interface between hardware and software that will increase the development success rate of embedded systems.
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Gary Stringham  
Gary Stringham is an embedded systems expert with a specialization in the interface between firmware and hardware. He is the founder of ...  
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Gary Stringham
Gary Stringham

Gary Stringham is an embedded systems expert with a specialization in the interface between firmware and hardware. He is the founder of Gary Stringham & Associates LLC. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Stringham focuses on diagnosing and resolving difficult hardware/firmware integration issues and produces solid solutions to prevent future occurrences of those issues. He is the author of Hardware/Firmware Interface Design: Best Practices for Improving Embedded Systems Development. Previously, Stringham was a technical lead at HP, establishing standards in firmware and ASIC designs.


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May 22
2PM
Part II: Methodologies of Successful Collaboration & Standards
In this session, you'll learn principles developed for the interface between hardware and software that will increase the development success rate of embedded systems.
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May 23
2PM
Part III: Hardware & Software Sharing Responsibilities
In this session, you'll learn how both software and hardware can play an important role in sharing responsibilities for a balanced and efficient operation, and how you can potentially cut time-to-market.
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May 24
2PM
Part IV: Looking for & Avoiding Problems in Interface Design
In this session, you'll learn about the benefits of proactively looking for potential problems and also get some pointers on how to design and build robust solutions with fewer problems.
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May 25
2PM
Part V:  Planning for the Road Ahead & Future Enhancements
While getting the current product out now is important, neglecting to look into the future now could cause problems later on. You'll learn how to balance a long-term vision of the desired direction with the immediate needs of getting a product out the door.
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Software-Defined Instrumentation  
Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jun 4
2PM
Introduction: Basics of Software-Based Test Systems
In this session, you'll learn the basics of software-defined instrumentation, its benefits, and the differences between traditional and virtual instruments.
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Rick Goldberg  
Rick Goldberg is a technology consultant and journalist who follows signal processing technology. He has been a consultant to Analog ...  
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Rick Goldberg
Rick Goldberg

Rick Goldberg is a technology consultant and journalist who follows signal processing technology. He has been a consultant to Analog Devices, On Semiconductor, M/A-Com, Mercury Computer Systems, Sky Computers, TechOnLine, and other vendors. Early in his career, he worked as a new products editor for Electronic Design and more recently as a contributing editor for EE Times, Portable Design, and EDN. Rick has both a BSEE and an MBA. 

He can be reached at: Rick@RickGoldbergCommunications.com, or 781-721-7425.


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Jun 5
2PM
Part II: Flexible Software-Based Test vs. Purpose-Built Equipment
In this session, you'll understand how software is used as the underpinnng of virtual instrumentation, how it supports modularity, and how it can be configured to exact application requirements.
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Jun 6
2PM
Part III: Selecting a Modular Test Systems Architecture
In this session, you'll learn how to define your requirements for selecting a modular test systems, the role of application development software, and configuration of measurement and control services.
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Jun 7
2PM
Part IV: Developing Software for Your Test Application
At the end of this session, you'll understand the components of a modular test software framework, how to approach application development, and the role of analog front ends in capturing test data.
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Jun 8
2PM
Part V: Implementing and Executing a Test & Acceptance Plan
In this session, you'll learn how to specify your test system, the requirements of a workable test plan, and how to reuse and adapt that plan across different scenarios.
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Hands-On Analysis of Five MCU Development Kits  
Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jun 18
2PM
Part 1: Silicon Laboratories Precision32 Architecture
This session focuses on the expandable SiM3U1xx Precision32 Development Kit that provides an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU and headers for five I/O ports. Silicon Labs offers its own integrated development environment and AppBuilder software for a quick start with peripheral control. Learn about the ups and downs of working with the hardware and software.
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Jon Titus  
Jon Titus works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and sometime designer based in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. His prior experience ...  
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Jon Titus
Jon Titus

Jon Titus works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and sometime designer based in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. His prior experience includes editorial director at Test & Measurement World magazine, editorial director at EDN magazine, and senior technical editor at ECN magazine. Before he moved into the periodical world, Jon helped start the Blacksburg Group Inc. (Blacksburg, Va.) at which he and his colleagues wrote and edited books about computers and electronics, and developed electronic hardware to help teach students about computers and electronics. He has three college degrees, a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


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Jun 19
2PM
Part 2: Energy Micro Tiny Gecko Family
The EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter Kit (EFM32TG-STK3300) gives engineers and programmers a board that lets them measure power consumption and correlate power use with code. Participants will see how that capability helps fine-tune programs for battery-powered and energy-harvesting applications.
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Jun 20
2PM
Part 3: Atmel AVR XMEGA Family
Atmel provides the small XMEGA-A3BU Xplained board and software to introduce engineers to this MCU architecture and to the company's software tools. Those tools include easy ways to work with sample code and find documents. Participants will learn about the tutor's experience using the board and how well the software works.
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Jun 21
2PM
Part 4: Microchip Wireless Modules & MiWi Protocol
This kit, DM182015-1, lets engineers and programmers test wireless communications between two transceivers that use the Microchip MiWi protocol. Participants will learn how a wireless connection operates and see sample code for such a connection. An API simplifies wireless-communication software. Also covered: the use of a packet "sniffer" to observe wireless traffic.
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Jun 22
2PM
Part 5: How to Choose a Development Kit
As a designer, you must consider more than finding good dev-kit hardware and an MCU to work with. In this session you will learn what to look for in a kit, what to watch out for, where to get support, debugging and programming tools, the need for testing, helpful books and references, design challenges, and so on.
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