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Bring Your Idea into Reality: Design and Implement Your Own Embedded Systems (English)


Design of Embedded Systems


Please send us your preference for different topics.

Deadline: 19th of April 2021

Explanation of SS2020

Due to the corona crisis, TU Dortmund suggests to host the lectures in the summer semester 2020 completely online unless there is any further notification in the future. The organization team of the Fachproject discussed possible forms to host this course online. However, this is basically impossible even if the university opens in May. After brainstorming, we have decided to bring your idea to online projects. We will design some small projects which can be completely carried out online without any specialized hardware requirement. We will give a wide range of project topics that range from embedded machine learning, real-time operating systems, hardware/software codesign (in simulation), and cyber-physical systems (in simulation). Some of them can be further continued as Bachelor thesis topics if you would like. We will first host a seminar meeting to introduce the topics that are offered from our side. You are then requested to join one of the projects designed by us or form a team of 3 people with your own ideas. If you do not like this transformation and would not like to participate in the new format of this Fachproject, please kindly let me know. I will help you de-register from this course.

Decision of SS2021

Due to the unknown future of SS2021, we decided to provide an online version of Fachprojekt in the upcoming summer semester 2021 as well. We provided 3 sub-topics which are related to embedded systems, and each student can make a decision to join one of these sub-topics.


  1. We have in total 24 students, and each group can have at most 3 students. 
  2. In the first meeting, supervisors will give brief presentations to introduce the topics. Each group can select one of these topics and work on it. 
  3. In the end, each group have to give a talk to present what they have done and submit a report.



  • Build your own CPU in Minecraft introduction slides
    • up to two groups
    • Supervised by Christian Hakert
    • Minecraft, as a popular computer game, implements the basic of boolean algebra and therefore allows to build arbitrary binary (digital) circuits. In this project, students should start from simple logic gates, design components like adders, multiplexers, memories, ... and then assemble them to a minimal computing core, executing a very simple program. The groups are free in their design decisions.
  • Design Your Own CPU introduction slides
    • Up to two groups
    • Supervised by Mikail Yayla
    • In this project, the students first learn the basics of VHDL to build a single cycle MIPS processor that can execute a few selected instructions (lw, sw, addi, beq, etc.). Then, the students are expected to either implement extensions for this processor or design a completely new processor from scratch.
  • Deploy Machine Learning Applications on A Swarm introduction slides
    • Up to two groups
    • Supervised by Junjie Shi
    • In this project, the students first establish a simulation based platform, i.e., Paparazzi UAV (detailed can be found in Afterwards, a distributed embedded system is designed, i.e., a swarm consists of several drones. Each drone can be considered as an embedded system. Then, an ensemble learning algoritm is implemented, e.g., detect an item using several images from different points of view that are obtained by different drones. In the end, the perforamnce of the application on the system is evaluated.   
  • Benchmarking batteryless systems design paradigms introduction slides
    • Up to two groups
    • Supervised by Mojtaba Masoudinejad
    • There are multiple design strategies for developing batteryless systems using pure hardware or software and their combination. However, each one performs better in some specific application type.
      The idea in this project is to develop scenarios according to the real world case studies. Then after studying available design paradigm they have to be applied and checked on the experiments to evaluate their performance.
      TI MSP430FRxxx will be used for the development and implementation of the benchmark experiments.


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English).