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STMicro's iNemo platform enables new undergrad course

Posted: 17 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iNemo platform? embedded computer systems? cutting-edge sensors?

Canada's McGill University and STMicroelectronics have joined forces to design an undergraduate course aimed at enabling students to integrate various cutting-edge sensors into embedded computer systems.

The course includes laboratory exercises and a final project that allows students to design systems for analyzing data taken from multiple sensors.

Zeljko Zilic, a professor of the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, designed the course based on STMicro's iNemo design platform for measurement gear.

iNemo integrates ST's accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, together with pressure and temperature sensors, to provide 3-axis sensing of linear, angular and magnetic motion, complemented with temperature and barometer/altitude readings.

"We believe this new course, which integrates the curricula of Computer, Electrical and Software Engineering programs, provides an ideal foundation for modern system design, which increasingly requires the ability to combine computer system and software design, as well as the signal processing needed to integrate multiple sensor data," said Zilic, in a statement.

"STMicro, together with McGill University, has created a standard education package including lectures, labs and final projects that can be supplied to other academic institutions together with the iNEMO platform and help establish similar courses across North America," said Bill Raasch, VP Product Marketing, Smart Power and High Performance Analog, in the same statement.

Some 35 students have already completed the course, which started in January.

The students' final projects included a gaming application featuring 'Hidden Markov Model Motion Detection,' a gesture recognition system for image manipulation, and a tilt-compensated compass with free-fall detection for aircraft use.

The next undergraduate course will start in September. In addition, a two-day postgraduate workshop devoted to Integrated Sensor Systems, also based on the iNEMO, will be held at McGill University on May 16 and 17.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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