Embedded Control Systems Design Workshop     


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Duration: 2 Days
October 14-15, 2014 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Troy, Michigan  

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This highly interactive seminar - featuring microcontroller hands-on lab projects - will help you learn fundamental concepts needed to design, implement, and calibrate control functions for an embedded microcontroller system. The seminar introduces the system elements: control system architecture; control algorithms; sensors; actuators; wiring; electromagnetic compatibility; microcontroller; software; diagnostics and calibration, wireless networks and shows how all elements are connected. While most examples and exercises focus on automotive, the materials presented are relevant to many industries including commercial vehicle, off-road, aerospace, rail, communication networks, appliances, and more.

The course will provide overviews of powertain control functions and related sensors and actuators including electronic control signals, microcontroller functions, control algorithms, software, diagnostics and calibration of the system. Participants will also be exposed to robust design for electronic / mechatronic systems, as well as wireless communication. The hands-on labs, in which you will design, implement and calibrate a system, will use a Robocar with a Freescale microprocessor, a Parallax robot with XBee radio, and Parallax NX100 development boards, all interconnected to a PC.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the typical sensors, actuators, data communication, and control signals for an embedded system
  • Describe and explain the types of control algorithms used in embedded system design
  • Explain software design techniques and implement a control algorithm with software and calibration
  • Explain wireless embedded control techniques and implement an infrared and a Zigbee wireless control Robocar and calibration
  • Explain embedded control diagnostic tactics and implement an on-board diagnostic with calibration

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and management who design, develop, service, or plan embedded control systems. This includes individuals working on elements of the embedded system who want to understand a mechatronics and systems view (architecture, software, algorithms, microcontroller, sensors/actuators, calibration).

This course contains significant technical material appropriate for degreed engineers of all levels. Design and manufacturing engineers as well as those working in labs, service or management will benefit.

Topical Outline

  • Overview of Control Functions
  • Sensors and Actuators used for Engine, Transmission, and Hybrid Controls
    • Actuators - injectors, pumps, solenoids, motors, battery
    • Sensors - pressure, temperature, position, combustion, detonation, current with feedback, mass flow, level, switches, torque, fuel composition, humidity, acceleration
    • Communication - types of serial data; interactive with vehicle
  • Electronic Control Signals for Sensors and Actuators
    • Pwm, frequency, analog, pulse, complex combination
  • Lab: Analog, PWM, Pulse Control with Interrupt
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility and Wiring
  • System Architecture, Microcontroller, Mechatronics
    • System architecture organization and technical overview
    • Mechatronics
    • AutoSAR and architecture
  • Algorithms
    • Types of control algorithms - feedback, adaptive, estimation, learning
    • Lab: PID Wheel Control
    • Software Design Based on Control System Architecture
      • "V" development and test concept
      • Software requirements for design and test
      • Software partitioning for reuse and team design
      • Autocode
      • AutoSAR
      • Lab: Hands-on software
    • Wireless Control
      • Infrared communication
      • Lab: "Seek and find" IR beacon
      • XBee radio communication fundamentals and networking
      • Lab: Autonomous control using XBee (zigbee)
      • Bluetooth overview
    • Diagnostics: OBD and Non-OBD
      • Lab: Diagnostic development
    • Calibration of the System
      • What is calibration?
      • Types of calibration in embedded systems
      • Advanced calibration methods using robots and automation
      • Lab: Calibration
    • Wrap up

    Instructor(s): Dennis Bogden
    Mr. Bogden is currently owner and chief engineer of Robotronics SP which consults on embedded controls subjects, teaches embedded controls, and is involved in robotic events. Mr. Bogden previously worked on embedded electronic control design as both a "hands-on" engineer and executive leader at General Motors. He is an expert in engine and transmission embedded control along with microcontroller hardware and software design and mechatronics/system architecture design. Mr. Bogden currently writes embedded design articles for Servo and other magazines. He has provided embedded system consulting with Delphi Automotive, Infineon, Dorman Products, and General Motors. Mr. Bogden has many SAE awards relating to Optimizing Powertrain Control activities. He has three embedded control related patents. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and Master in Business Management from Central Michigan University.

    Fees: $1315.00 ; SAE Members: $1055.00 - $1185.00

    1.3 CEUs
    You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

    To register, click Register button at the top of this page and submit the online form, or contact SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at CustomerService@sae.org.