Upcoming ASEE 2018 Workshops

Join Digilent in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the 125th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition! This year, we’ve teamed up with select academic leaders to host three new workshops covering some of our favorite microcontroller, instrumentation, and FPGA related topics. Each workshop will be held at the same time, on Sunday, June 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and registration is now open to the public. In preparation for the upcoming conference, we have outlined our workshops below in a new selection guide to help you choose the best training for your academic needs!

Workshop #1: Hands-on with the Digilent Basys MX3: Using a Microcontroller in a Mechanical Engineering Data Acquisition Course – U2109Q

The first of our ticketed workshops features the Basys MX3, an embedded systems platform based on the PIC32MX370 from Microchip. Workshop attendees will cover the hardware basics and FreeRTOS, while elaborating on its use in a Mechanical Engineering Data Acquisition and Instrumentation course, taught by Dr. Greg Mason at Seattle University (who is also leading the workshop). This workshop will highlight four labs from this course, including topics such as multitasking and timing, experimentally determining the convective heat transfer coefficient of a sphere, measuring fundamental frequency of a vibrating beam, and implementing feedback control with a servomotor and encoder. Following the lessons and topics covered, workshop attendees will leave with a Basys MX3 and the ability to write simple labs for the hardware using MPLAB X and FreeRTOS.

Individuals interested in participating should note that space is limited and tickets will cost more at the door ($50.00 advanced registration and $60.00 on site registration). However, scholarship opportunities do exist and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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Workshop #2: Applications of the Analog Discovery Board to Upper-Level Electrical Engineering Courses: A Hands-On Workshop – U215A

The second of our ticketed workshops features an updated look at the Analog Discovery 2 in upper level engineering courses, which you may have read about previously on the Digilent Blog. Revisiting the popular material introduced at last year’s ASEE Conference, this workshop is led by Dr. Steven Holland and Dr. Cory J. Prust, and will offer an inside look at how students and professors alike can get the most from their portable, multifunctional instrumentation device throughout their academic pursuits. Workshop attendees will be led through several hands-on exercises, while exploring complex course concepts such as signals and systems, communication systems, digital signal processing, analog electronics, electromagnetics, and control systems. Following a brainstorming session where attendees and workshop leaders discuss upper-level coursework applications, attendees will leave with their own Analog Discovery 2 and example projects that can be applied to their own coursework.

Tickets for this workshop begin at $50 for advanced registration and increase to $60 on site, with limited space available. Register earlier to reserve a spot and don’t miss out on this second opportunity to test drive and meet the Analog Discovery 2.

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Workshop #3: MIPSfpga: Hands-on Learning using an Unobfuscated Commercial MIPS Core – U2109I

Our final workshop is a free ticketed event covering use of the MIPSfpga package with different FPGA devices, including the Nexys 4 DDR (shown above). Led by professor Sarah L. Harris, author of Digital Design and Computer Architecture, and Dr. Daniel Chaver Martinez, this workshop will introduce attendees to the MIPSfpga system, provide an overview of the 25 hands-on labs within the comprehensive Getting Started Guide (included with workshop participation), and experiment with a subset of the labs on their own laptops. Participants will leave with their own hardware, and the ability to use MIPSfpga in bridging theory to practice when teaching computer architecture, system-on-chip, and digital design principles.

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For more information on additional sessions, visit the ASEE Online Session Locator and don’t forget to register before spots fill up! If you still can’t decide which workshop to attend, stay tuned to the Digilent Blog, as we will cover our upcoming workshops in greater detail over the next few months.
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2 Comments on “Upcoming ASEE 2018 Workshops”

  1. Any chance that the Applications of the Analog Discovery Board to Upper-Level Electrical Engineering Courses: A Hands-On Workshop – U215A will be recorded, so those of us that can’t make the conference can view it afterwards?

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