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WS 2020/2021

Embedded System

Due to the current situation (COVID-19), this course will be taught online. All materials (slides, videos, exercises, ... etc.) are provided via the Moodle platform.

General Information

Lecture Sessions: Tuesday 10:15-11:45
Wednesday 10:15-11:45
Exercise Sessions:

Group A: Tuesday 12:00-14:00
Group B: Tuesday 14:00-16:00
Group C: Wednesday 12:00-14:00
Group D: Thursday 08:00-10:00
Group E: Thursday 10:00-12:00
Group F: Friday 08:00-10:00
Group G: Friday 10:00-12:00
Group J: Friday 10:00-12:00

Group H: Wednesday 12:00-14:00
Group I: Wednesday 14:00-16:00

Associated Persons: Prof. Dr. Jian-Jia Chen (Lecturer)
Dr. Ching-Chi Lin (Tutor)
Nils Hölscher (Tutor)
Start of Course: 03.11.2020

For more in­for­mation please refer to the Moodle course page.

Course Information

Embedded systems are systems in which in­for­mation processing is embedded in an environment and in which the in­for­mation processing is often not noticed at all. Examples of this are in­for­mation processing systems in vehicles (cars, airplanes, trains), in mobile com­mu­ni­cation and in manufacturing technology. Information processing in these systems has to meet a number of largely similar requirements: these include, in particular, reliability, the consideration of time limits and the efficiency of implementation. According to a large number of predictions, embedded systems will make up a large part of in­for­mation processing applications in the fu­ture. The basic features of such systems are taught in the lecture. The lecture deals in particular with: Specification languages ​​for embedded systems, hardware for embedded systems, real-time operating systems, mapping of applications to multiprocessor systems, evaluation, optimization, validation and testing.

This lecture is described in the module INF-BSc-232 for the Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at TU Dort­mund.


The lecture is based on the book "Peter Marwedel: Embedded System Design - Embedded Systems Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems, and the Internet of Things, 3rd Edition, 2018", some of which can be found in the textbook collection of the uni­ver­si­ty library. This book can be accessed online at Springer from within the uni­ver­si­ty network. An (older) German edition can be found here.

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).