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Experiences from large embedded systems development projects in education, involving industry and research
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4300-885X
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3699-5049
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Embedded Systems Education, WESE2006 / [ed] Jeff Jackson, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We present experiences from a final year M.Sc.course. The overall aim of the course is to provide knowledge andskills to develop products in small or large development teams.The course is implemented in terms of large projects incooperation with external partners, in which the students, basedon a product specification, apply and integrate their accumulatedknowledge in the development of a prototype. This course, whichhas been running and further elaborated for 20 years, has beenproven successful in terms of being appreciated by the studentsand by the external partners. The course has during the recentyears more frequently been carried out in close connection toresearch groups. Our experiences indicate benefits by carrying outthese types of large projects in an educational setting, withexternal partners as project providers, and in close cooperationwith research groups.Having external partners as project providers feeds the course,students and faculty with many industrially relevant problems thatare useful for motivational purposes, and in other courses forexemplification and for case studies in research. Carrying out theprojects in close connection to research groups provides synergybetween research and education, and can improve the academiclevel of the projects. A further interesting dimension isaccomplished when the projects run in iterations, requiring newgroups of students to take over an already, partly developedcomplex system, and work incrementally on this system. Thestudents are then faced with a very typical industrial situation. Weadvocate that students should be exposed to a mixture of “buildfrom scratch” and “incremental” projects during the education.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79800OAI: diva2:495690
WESE 2006. Seoul, South Korea. October 26, 2006
QC 20120529Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2012-05-29Bibliographically approved

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