Seminar Series 10/2009: An New Frontiers of Microcontroller Education: Introducing SiLabs ToolStick University Daughter Card

Dr Gourab Sen Gupta, Massey University, NZ

Date: 2009-06-09
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Venue: 9504


Educational support available is a very important criteria for selecting a microcontroller for teaching embedded programming in an under graduate university course. The presentation will discuss two things - first the criteria employed to choose a microcontroller that has been used for teaching the undergraduate course on Design for Computer & Communication Systems at Massey University, New Zealand and second the design and development of an ‘expansion board’ which can be used in conjunction with the microcontroller development board to do meaningful experiments. The expansion board has many peripheral resources. Silicon Labs Inc, USA has amalgamated the microcontroller development board and the ‘expansion board’ to create a versatile University Daughter Card which will be detailed in the presentation. Software implementation of instruments and displays, such as oscilloscope and LCD, has eliminated the need to use bench top lab instruments. The successful results shown by the students both in exams and in in-course work are a good indicator of the usefulness of the daughter card. The introduction of the SiLabs University Daughter card has also helped to substantially increase the standard and completion rates of final year projects. The daughter card will be demonstrated during the presentation with sample programs.

About the Speaker

Dr Gourab Sen Gupta received his B.E. (Electronics) degree from the University of Indore, India, in 1982, Master of Electronics Engineering (MEE) degree from the Philips International Institute, Technical University of Eindhoven, Holland, in 1984 and PhD in Computer Systems Engineering from Massey University in 2009. After working for 5 years as a Software Engineer in Philips India in the Consumer Electronics division, he joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic in 1989. Since September 2002 he has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (SEAT), Massey University, New Zealand.

His current research interests are in the area of embedded systems, robotics, real-time vision processing, behaviour programming for multi-agent collaboration and sensor applications. He has published over 80 papers in various journals and conferences. He has authored two books, one each on computer programming language VB.NET and Embedded Programming. He has been a guest editor for leading journals such as IEEE Sensors Journal, International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications (IJISTA), and Studies in Computational Intelligence (Special Issue on Autonomous Robots and Agents) by Springer-Verlag. He has served on the organising committee of several internal conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.