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The Case for Cyber-physical and Embedded Systems Education

Posted by Hannah Conrad on June 12th, 2013

Guest: Dr. Peter Marwedel, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany

Host: Karen Bartleson, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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Information technology is becoming increasingly pervasive and essential for our life and for almost all sciences and industrial sectors. This is poorly reflected in today’s education, which is still very limited to certain disciplines.

In our conversation with Dr. Peter Marwedel, he passionately shares the need for teaching engineering students about the integration of information technology with other sciences and sectors. In particular, he will talk about approaches for embedded system education and its extension toward cyber-physical system education.

Peter Marwedel: “There is hardly any industrial sector which is not influenced by information technology. If you look at physics and other sciences like chemistry and biology, you need a lot of computers and a lot of computing to get the results. The computers are really key to success in say, biology. Consider the analysis of DNA, for example . . . [it] became feasible only because of information technology. I think the introduction of the term “cyber-physical systems” reflects this trend really well in that it expresses and stresses the fact that we have this integration between information technology and physics. . .”

In this show, Peter talks about:

  • How information technology is being integrated with other sciences and sectors
  • The meaning of the term “cyber-physical”
  • His perspective of the level of difficulty in multi-core challenges in various areas of technology
  • His thoughts on whether or not this generation of engineers is being well educated and prepared to go into a cyber-physical field
  • How industry can help prepare students

Check out Peter’s book, Embedded System Design.

Links of Interest:

Technische Universität Dortmund

Karen Bartleson and Dr. Peter Marwedel

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