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Department of Computer Science

Cyber-Physical System Fundamentals (CPSF)

Due to the current situation (COVID-19), this course will be taught purely virtually. All material will be provided via the Moodle platform (Not ready yet), so that joining this work space is mandatory.

Lecture Sessions: Every Friday from 10:15 to 11:45
Exercise Sessions:
  • Tuesday 10:00-11:00 (English)
  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00 (English)
  • Wednesday 10:00-11:00 (English)
  • Wednesday 11:00-12:00 (English)
Associated Persons: Dr-Ing. Kuan-Hsun Chen (Lecturer)
Teaching Assistant: Dr. Ching-Chi Lin
Nils Hölscher
Start of Course: 30.04.21 (in total 11 weeks)
Finals: Digital Written Exam (Oral Exam for ISP Students)
  • Thursday, 12.08.2021, 14:00-15:45
  • Thursday, 30.09.2021, 18:30-20:15
Credits: 6 (requires successfull participation in labs and finals)

Target audience: Students of "automation and robotics" and "Data Science", ERASMUS students with limited German language skills, guest students of Ruhr campus online program, students of the international summer school program of TU Dortmund.

Please note: This course cannot be selected by students for which the German course "Eingebettete Systeme" is an elective, i.e. students of the "Informatik" and "Angewandte Informatik" programs of TU Dortmund.

Course Introduction

The aim of this course is to provide an overview over fundamental techniques of designing embedded systems (information processing systems embedded into products such as telecommunication systems, vehicles or robots). At the end of the course, the student will be able to put the different areas of embedded systems into perspective and to understand more specialized topics, such as timing predictability, modeling, scheduling, or performance evaluation.

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Programming skills must be present (preferably in C), finite state machines


  • Peter Marwedel, “Embedded System Design: Embedded Systems Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems, and the Internet of Things”, Springer, Forth Edition (Open access!), 2021. ISBN: 978-3-030-60910-8
  • Peter Marwedel and Jian-Jia Chen, recorded video lectures