Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

Embedded Control Systems

Embedded Control Systems


4 credit points

Start: 07.09.15
End: 18.09.15

Frequency: Yearly Block Course



Jim Freudenberg, Professor and Director of Systems Laboratory at the University of Michigan



Andreas Ritter
Stijn van Dooren
Marianne Schmid



Dates of 2014

Sept. 07 - 11, 2015
Sept. 14 - 18, 2015

8 am - 5 pm, daily



first week: ML F 40
second week: LFW E 15

Exercise: ML K 31

See timetable for details.


This course is restricted to 33 students due to limited lab infrastructure.
Interested students please send an email including your name and ID number to Marianne Schmid. After your reservation has been confirmed please register online at myStudies, when the course catalogue is posted.


Control Systems I

Informatics I


Block Course

This two-week block course is scheduled from September 7 to 11 and 14 to 18, 2015. Jim Freudenberg Professor and Director of the Systems Laboratory at the University of Michigan will lecture.


This course provides a comprehensive overview of embedded control systems. The concepts introduced are implemented and verified on a microprocessor-controlled haptic device.


Familiarize students with main architectural principles and concepts of embedded control systems.


An embedded system is a microprocessor used as a component in another piece of technology, such as cell phones or automobiles. In this intensive two-week block course the students are presented the principles of embedded digital control systems using a haptic device as an example for a mechatronic system. A haptic interface allows for a human to interact with a computer through the sense of touch.

Subjects covered in lectures and practical lab exercises include:
• The application of C-programming on a microprocessor
• Digital I/O and serial communication
• Quadrature decoding for wheel position sensing
• Queued analog-to-digital conversion to interface with the analog world
• Pulse width modulation
• Timer interrupts to create sampling time intervals
• System dynamics and virtual worlds with haptic feedback
• Introduction to rapid prototyping

Everyday Time Schedule

Type Time   Room
Lecture 8 - 10 a.m.   first week: ML F 40 / second week: LFW E 15 (Friday LFW E 13)
Assisted Pre-Lab 10 - 12 a.m.   ML K 31
Assisted In-Lab 1 - 4 p.m.   ML K 31
Assisted Post-Lab 4 - 5 p.m.   ML K 31

Lecture materials

Exercises and additional notes


Lecture notes, lab instructions, supplemental material

Overview Haptic Device
Overview Haptic Device

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