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Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Bachelor Information
Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars
A minimum of 18 cp must be obtained from the category "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars".
Projects & Seminars
A maximum of 13 cp can be obtained from Projects & Seminars. Each course can be registered for only once.

Enrolment is only possible for students in the BSc Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Friday before the start of the semester.
Places are allocated using the P&S application tool (https://psapp.ee.ethz.ch/).
Please only enrol for P&S for which you apply via the tool.
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
227-0085-45LProjects & Seminars: Robotic Maze Solving with a TI-RSLK Robot (RMaze) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W3 credits3PM. Magno
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveMicrocontroller programming (C) – Peripherals Interfacing using a MSP433 MCU – Control of a Robot in a maze

The course will focus on teaching how to build and program a Texas Instrument robotic system learning kit (TI-RSLK). It is a robot kit, which includes a 2 wheeled robot, a line sensor to determine lines on the floor as well as sensors to recognize walls. The robot is driven by a MSP432 state of the art ARM Cortex M4 processor.

This course will give the students the opportunity to learn how to program the microcontroller of this robot to navigate in a small maze. For this, the students will learn how to control the motors and, consequently the movement of the robot with the peripherals of the microcontroller. Next to the movement, also the control and readout of the attached sensors will be part of the P&S course.

Once the students are able to read sensor values and control the motors of the robot, this course will conclude with a 4-week project. Within this project the students will design their own algorithm, such that the robot can navigate autonomously within a maze. A small competition at the end of the P&S will find the fastest robot of the group.

The course will be taught in English by the new D-ITET center for Project-based learning, the programming toolchain will be installed on the student’s own laptop. Experience with microcontroller programming (C) is an advantage, however not required. A short introduction will be given during the course.

This course will be taught in English or in German if necessary.
227-0085-46LProjects & Seminars: Embedded Systems With Drones Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W4 credits4PM. Magno
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveMicrocontrollers - Programming in C – Drones – Autonomous Drones – Embedded System – Sensors.


Drones can be fun to use but understanding the hardware and software and building and programming them to be intelligent and autonomous is even better. This course gives the basis of the embedded systems having the drones as the primary target. The course will introduce embedded systems and, in particular, the microcontroller ARM Cortex-M, focusing on all the crucial blocks such as Interrupts, GPIO, ADC's, Timers, and Serial communication protocols. Apart from the core topics, real-time and power-efficient algorithms for attitude and motor control are also discussed, making the drone efficient. Finally, exciting drone exercises are supported in the course to experiment with the development kit. The course will end with a 4-5 weeks project where the students will make the drone fly with some specific goal. It is not required any previous knowledge except C language.
The course will be taught in English and organized by the new Project-Based Learning center.
227-0085-47LProjects & Seminars: Machine Learning on Smart Phone Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W3 credits3P
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveMachine Learning with Smart Phone Sensors –Programming Android Phones – Neural Networks – Keras/Tensor Flow- Projects and App on smartphones

Smartphones have several sensors that can acquire much useful information, for instance where we are, what we are doing, with whom we are together, what is our constitution, what are our needs. Based on this information our 'smartphone' offers us the appropriate computational power to process them in loco without sending the sensor data to the cloud. This course focus on giving the bases of machine learning and embedded systems. The student will learn the tools to implement a machine learning algorithm, such as Tensor Flow and others in their android phones to have an advanced smartphone. The course will end with 4 weeks project where the students can target a specific application scenario. It is not required any previous experience In machine learning. Phyton is a plus but the basis of phyton will be given in the course to be able to complete the project.
The course will be taught in English and organized by the new Project-based Learning center.
227-0085-48LProjects & Seminars: Introduction to Program Nao Robots for Robocup Competition Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W4 credits4PM. Magno
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveProgramming Robots – Sensors- Humanoid Robot.

NAO robots from Softbank are the leading humanoid robot being used in research and education worldwide. Robotics is the fastest growing and most advanced technology used in education and research. The main goal of this course is to introduce and allowing the students to learn how to program an NAO humanoid robot to make him walk, talking, watching objects understanding the human, and reacting to external input. The Nao Robots used in this course are equipped with many sensors: Tactile Sensors, Ultrasonic sensors, A Gyro, An Accelerometer, Force Sensors, Infrared sensors, 2 HD Cameras, 4 Microphones, and high accuracy digital encoders on each joint. It has two processors on board: an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz (The main computer includes SSD drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, and wired network) and an additional ARM-9 processor in its chest.
The course will introduce the software package and the full SDK and API. The students will learn how to program ( mainly in C and Phyton) the robot to access the full functionality. To improve the hands-on skills of students the course will end with a 5 weeks project where the students in the group will compete in a small soccer game where the robots will play the game following and kicking a red ball. It is not requested any previous knowledge but programming skills are a plus.
The course will be taught in English and organized by the new Project-based Learning center.
227-0085-49LProjects & Seminars: Smart Patch Projects Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W4 credits4PM. Magno
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveWearable devices, PCB Design, Firmware developing, multi-sensors, Communication.

The Smart Patch project will design autonomous, low power and mesh enabled multi-sensor wearable smart patches. They will be based on the always-on smart sensing paradigm to continuously acquire process and stream physiological data in real-time. They can be trained to autonomously detect illness symptoms or other physical conditions, such as stress. The students will work in a team to design a sub-block of the smart patch. According to the students' background, they will be associated swith designing the hardware or the firmware. Together in a team, they will learn how to structure problems and identify solutions, system analysis, and simulation, as well as presentation and documentation techniques. They will get access to D-ITET labs and state-of-the-art engineering tools (Matlab, Simulink, Firmware development IDE, PCB Design, etc.) The course will be done in coollaboartion with DZ Center at D-ITET.

The projects will be done under the Smart Patches: a flagship project for D-ITET students. (pbl.ee.ethz.ch)
227-0085-51LProjects & Seminars: Hands-on Acceleration on Heterogeneous Computing Systems Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W3 credits3PO. Mutlu, J. Gómez Luna
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveThe increasing difficulty of scaling the performance and efficiency of CPUs every year has created the need for turning computers into heterogeneous systems, i.e., systems composed of multiple types of processors that can suit better different types of workloads or parts of them. More than a decade ago, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) became general-purpose parallel processors, in order to make
their outstanding processing capabilities available to many workloads beyond graphics. GPUs have been critical key to the recent rise of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, which took
unrealistic training times before the use of GPUs. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are another example computing device that can deliver impressive benefits in terms of performance and energy efficiency. More specific examples are (1) a plethora of specialized accelerators (e.g., Tensor Processing Units for neural networks), and (2) near-data processing architectures (i.e., placing compute capabilities near or inside memory/storage).
Despite the great advances in the adoption of heterogeneous systems in recent years, there are still many challenges to tackle, for example:
- Heterogeneous implementations (using GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs) of modern applications from important fields such as bioinformatics, machine learning, graph processing, medical imaging, personalized medicine, robotics, virtual reality, etc.
- Scheduling techniques for heterogeneous systems with different general-purpose processors and accelerators, e.g., kernel offloading, memory scheduling, etc.
- Workload characterization and programming tools that enable easier and more efficient use of heterogeneous systems.

If you are enthusiastic about working hands-on with different software, hardware, and architecture projects for heterogeneous systems, this is your P&S. You will have the opportunity to program
heterogeneous systems with different types of devices (CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs), propose algorithmic changes to important applications to better leverage the compute power of heterogeneous systems, understand different workloads and identify the most suitable device for their execution, design optimized scheduling techniques, etc. In general, the goal will be to reach the highest performance reported for a given important application.
Prerequisites of the course:
- Digital Design and Computer Architecture (or equivalent course).
- Familiarity with C/C++ programming and strong coding skills.
- Interest in future computer architectures and computing paradigms.
- Interest in discovering why things do or do not work and solving problems
- Interest in making systems efficient and usable

The course is conducted in English.
227-0085-52LProjekte & Seminare: Satellite Communications Restricted registration - show details
Only for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

Course can only be registered for once. A repeatedly registration in a later semester is not chargeable.
W1 credit1PU. Koch
AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveIn the P&S „Satellite Communication“, the participants will gain first insights into wireless communications. The topics link budget and antenna design are discussed. A particular focus lies thereby on applications.
ContentThe students learn how they have to build a wireless link for satellite communications in order to fulfil the technical requirements. Furthermore, the students will learn how to design antennas with the help of practical examples and create their own antenna design.

A quiz at the end will allow the students to check the gained know-how.

The P&S is offered for 12 participants on four afternoon within the semester.

The P&S takes place online and in English language.
Prerequisites / NoticeWe recommend the P&S for students of the third year.
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