Study Programmes 2017-2018
Embedded systems
Duration :
25h Th, 20h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in computer science3
Master in biomedical engineering (120 ECTS)3
Master in electrical engineering (120 ECTS)3
Master of science in computer science and engineering (120 ECTS)3
Master in computer science (120 ECTS)3
Master in mechanical engineering (120 ECTS)3
Lecturer :
Bernard Boigelot
Language(s) of instruction :
English language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
Embedded systems are computer systems used as components of more complex entities. This course studies the hardware and software issues of embedded systems, focusing mainly on their real-time properties. The course studies in detail the scheduling problem for real-time tasks, the internal structure of real-time operating systems, and explains how these systems are used in actual applications. Finally, the course introduces techniques for analyzing the real-time properties of an embedded system.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
At the end of the course, students will master the techniques and tools for developing microcontrolled embedded systems subject to hard real-time constraints, as well as the methods for guaranteeing the correct and reliable operation of such systems.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
A basic knowledge of digital electronics and of programming techniques is needed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
  • Theoretical lessons.
  • Exercise and lab sessions aimed at explaining how to apply the theoretical notions to actual problems, introducing the development tools for embedded systems, and helping the students to make their practical project.
  • A practical project consisting in developing a complete embedded system. This project is carried out by groups of students in the context of the course APRI0007-1 or INFO2055-1.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
  • The theoretical lessons are given by the professor.
  • Exercise and lab sessions are given by the assistant.
  • A lab is made available to students for working on their practical project.
  • A discussion of project ideas is organized a few weeks after the beginning of the course, in order to ensure that each group of students is provided with an interesting and feasible subject.
Recommended or required readings :
A copy of the slides used for the theoretical lessons is available on the WWW page of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria :
A written exam in January. A second-session written exam in September.
The practical project is evaluated in the scope of the course APRI0007-1 or INFO2055-1.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
A WWW page with up-to-date information about the course is available at the address:
Contacts :
Professor: Bernard Boigelot,
Assistant: Michaël Fonder,