Embedded Systems

The design of innovative software and hardware is the core of technological and industrial progress. Both the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and Electrical Engineering play an active role in the development of new, innovative technology. The Master of Science program in Embedded Systems at TU/e is illustrative of this active role, as it is a co-production of these two departments, awaiting students with a background in computer science, as well as graduates from the field of electrical engineering.

The program rests on a sound theoretical foundation, with an emphasis on the design of quality embedded systems. As a graduate of this program, you will have developed a scientific attitude and an engineering approach to the field. Your position will be the design of embedded systems from a high-level architecture viewpoint, via requirements and behavioral specifications and using platforms, hardware and silicon. You will be able to play a leading role in the development of embedded systems, either in scientific research, industry or governmental organizations.

The Embedded Systems program focuses on the design of reliable and resource-efficient (e.g., energy, computational and network resources) systems.  As a student, you will gain knowledge of software and hardware architectures, software-hardware integration, methods of design, validation, performance prediction, performance analysis and documentation, as well as insight into the variability and maintainability of these systems.All these aspects are addressed in the compulsory part of the program.

The Embedded Systems program at the TU/e is offered in close collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TUD) and the University of Twente (UT)  in the context of the 4TU.Federation: the programs at the three locations jointly offer some specialisation courses to students in other locations through online facilities.

Learning outcomes

Intended learning outcomes of the program:

1. The graduate has an all-embracing view on embedded systems, their design and their application in systems of various sizes (e.g. from small robots to cyber physical and networked systems) including their evolution over time, demonstrated by an integration approach in system design.

2. The graduate is capable of analysing the functional behaviour of complex embedded systems in a structural way using appropriate abstractions.

3. The graduate is able to describe and study the non-functional aspects of embedded systems, e.g. resource boundedness and dependability.

4. The graduate has a thorough knowledge of state-of-the-art methods and techniques for embedded systems design such as requirements engineering, hardware-software integration, performance modelling and analysis, validation and testing.

5. The graduate is able to design embedded systems that satisfy the functional and non-functional requirements, taking into account the performance of the system during its lifetime. The graduate is also aware of costs and environmental issues making optimal use of the available resources.

6. The graduate has the ability and attitude to include other disciplines or involve practitioners of these disciplines in their work, where necessary. As an engineer the graduate is therefore able to work in a multidisciplinary setting.

7. The graduate is able to conduct research and design independently and has a scientific approach to complex problems and ideas.

8. The graduate possesses intellectual skills that enable critical reflection, reasoning and forming opinions.

9. The graduate has the ability to communicate the results of their learning, thinking and decision-making processes at an international level.

10. The graduate is aware of the temporal and social context of science and technology (comprehension and analysis) and can integrate this context in the scientific work.

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