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Wireless communication is a key enabler for vehicle connectivity. It is comprised of  various technologies that relate to automotive and commercial vehicle applications and more.
This course is designed to help students to understand the technologies involved in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications including remote controlled laboratories, SCADA system and the ‘internet of things’ (IOT) applications. It is intended to develop the skill set necessary for an educated understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to connected vehicles and connected applications.
After completing this course, students will have detailed knowledge on the technical challenges relating to wireless communications which can enhance the reliability and control of autonomous vehicles.

 

Computing and AutoCAD
Today's world of engineering requires considerable experience and training in ‘designing and drafting principles, and techniques’, to be successful. AutoCAD is a program that helps to create electrical control design, documentation, panel layout, schematic design and project management, and carry out other common design tasks effectively. Technical staff should be aware of basic AutoCAD commands and computer-aided-drafting concepts to draw, design, and draft. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the fundamentals of AutoCAD commands including Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and MATLAB concepts.
After completing this course, students will have sound knowledge on CAD to prepare neat and accurate electrical engineering drawings for industrial power and control applications. 

 

Electro-Technology
Network analysis is a structured technique used to mathematically analyze a circuit. Most electrical networks are very complex. To analyze them, circuit theorems, techniques and laws are really important. Superposition Theorem, Thevenin Theorem, Norton Theorem, Maximum Power Transfer Theorem, Substitution Theorem, Millman Theorem and Reciprocity Theorem are the fundamental laws used for network analysis. All these circuit theorems help us to find the basic electrical parameters like voltage and current in a simpler way. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the fundamentals of network analysis including three phase systems, reactive power compensation and filters.
After completing this course, students will have fundamental knowledge on the network techniques, like node analysis and loop analysis, to write equations for large linear circuits.

 

Electrical Actuators
Electric motors involve rotating coils of wire which are driven by the magnetic force exerted by a magnetic field on an electric current. They transform electrical energy into mechanical energy and they can be classified into direct current or DC and alternating current or AC motors. DC or AC is a very common term which refers to how the electrical current is transferred through and from the motor. Both types of motors have different utilities and uses. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the constructional features and operation of motors and its interfacing to microcontrollers including linear electro-pneumatic actuators and smas (muscle wire) and solenoids. 
After completing this course, students will have expert knowledge on the construction, characteristics, operation and application on various types of motors.

 

Robot Mechanics
Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. Robots have some kind of mechanical construction, electrical components which power and control the machinery and some level of computer programming code. The vast majority of robots use electric motors, often brushed and brushless DC motors in portable robots or AC motors in industrial robots and CNC machines. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the construction and operation of robots including electric motors and batteries.
After completing this course, students will have expert knowledge on the recent developments in robot mechanics.

 

Robot Kinematics
Kinematics specifies the joint parameters and computes the configuration of the chain. For serial manipulators this is achieved by direct substitution of the joint parameters into the forward kinematics equations for the serial chain.  The essential concept of forward kinematic is that the positions of particular parts of the model at a specified time are calculated from the position and orientation of the object, together with any information on the joints of an articulated model. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the concept and use of a homogenous transformation matrix including kinematics of industrial robots and spherical wrist.
After completing this course, students will have expert knowledge on the basic principles of robot kinematics, dynamics, sensing and actuation, and control.

 

Analog Circuit Design
With advances in power electronics, need for dc power supplies in integrated circuits (ICs) and digital circuits has increased tremendously. Power electronics finds wide application in power utility systems and uninterruptible power sources, to increase the efficiency of the system. In industries, it is used to control the motors running at variable speed and also to reduce the harmonics. Thus a professional knowledge on operation of power electronic devices is a must for a technical staff working in high power application system.
This course is designed to help students to understand the fundamental principles and working of various power devices and power converters, derive converters mathematical relations, examine and design electronics for the control of energy converters.
After completing this course, will be familiar with the current trends and emerging applications of semiconductor devices that offer higher efficiency and higher power density.

 

Digital Circuit Design
Digital circuits are the basic blocks of modern electronic devices like mobile phones, digital cameras, microprocessors and several other devices. To be effective, technical staff should be well versed with the performance analysis of digital circuits and to design high performance circuits. 
This course is designed to help students to understand the basic concepts of digital number systems and logic circuits and also to differentiate between combinational and sequential circuits such as decoders, encoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, flip- flops, counters and registers. 
After completing this course, students will be able to verify the functions of various digital integrated circuits and start writing HDL codes for various digital circuits.

 

Machine Vision
Machine vision has progressed in leaps and bounds since the disappointments in the eighties with tremendous results achievable today. Nowadays, machine vision systems are highly effective and a key part of many industrial systems ranging from mineral processing to manufacturing. It provides an intensive introduction to the process of generating a symbolic description of an environment from an image and also offers many opportunities for process optimization.
This course is designed to help students to understand the fundamentals of selecting and setting up the appropriate machine vision and image processing hardware components, lightning techniques and optical filters.
After completing this course, students will be aware of the image processing implications of various optical aberrations and valuate new methods of electro-optical compensation.

 

WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THIS COURSE

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Network Design Engineers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Control Engineers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • System Integrators
  • Managers
  • Electronic engineers
  • Designers

 

COURSE OUTLINE

INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM HISTORY

  • Phases of instrumentation system

 

VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTATION

  • History 
  • Architecture
  • Technology

 

LABVIEW PLATFORM

  • Introduction to LabVIEW
  • Characteristics

 

LABVIEW PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES

  • Virtual instruments in LabVIEW

 

SIGNAL PROCESSING 

  • Fourier Transform
  • Windowing 
  • Filtering

 

INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE LABORATORIES

  • Building blocks of Remote Experiment network
  • An Experiment Server
  • A Media server
  • A Web Server
  • An Access Server
  • A Provider Server
  • Regional and National networks of Remote Labs

 

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING IN REMOTE LABORATORIES

  • List of Client side technologies
  • List of technologies
  • Comparison of two client side technologies

 

REMOTE CONTROLLED LABORATORIES

  • Remote control
  • Remote and virtual Laboratories

 

REMOTE ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT

  • Electronics equipment
  • VSIR workbench vs Hands-on one
  • Switching matrix
  • Component board
  • Virtual breadboard

 

ILAB SHARED ARCHITECTURE

  • Interactive and Sensor experiments
  • Topology of batched labs
  • Topology of interactive labs
  • NI-ELVIS Web Interface
  • Interface example

 

BACKGROUND TO SCADA

  • Introduction
  • Fundamental principles of Modern SCADA systems
  • SCADA Hardware and Software
  • Typical SCADA system
  • Landlines for SCADA
  • Modern use in SCADA systems

 

SCADA SYSTEMS, HARDWARE AND FIRMWARE

  • SCADA System
  • Distributed control system
  • Programmable logical control 
  • Remote Terminal Unit

 

PROCESS VISUALIZATION

  • Application visualization system
  • General visualization system
  • OpenDX
  • SCIRun

 

THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) TODAY

  • Introduction
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Identification, sensing and communication technologies
  • Middleware

 

IOT APPLICATIONS IN THE INDUSTRY

  • Smart energy and smart grid
  • Value for creation for industry
  • IoT Application requirements
  • IoT Industrial application challenges

 

WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK APPLICATIONS

  • Bluetooth
  • Zigbee
  • Agriculture applications
  • Cold chain monitoring applications
  • Military applications
  • Environmental applications
  • Industrial and Health applications
  • Smart home applications

 

AUTONOMOUS LAND VEHICLE SYSTEM

  • Mobility
  • Localization
  • Navigation
  • Mission and Task Planning
  • Communication

 

UNMANNED AIR SYSTEMS

  • Systemic Basis of UAS
  • Payload
  • Air Vehicle
  • Navigation system
  • Interfaces

 

AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES

  • Navigation
  • Power 
  • Application of AUV

 

OBJECT SENSORS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

  • Ultrasonic Sonars
  • Regular cameras
  • Laser scanners
  • 3D Camera
  • Radars

 

BASIC CAD CONCEPTS

  • Introduction to CAD
  • Parts of an Engineering drawing

 

AUTOCAD USER INTERFACE

  • What is AUTOCAD?
  • AUTOCAD Interface
  • Creating new diagram
  • Initialising

 

BASIC DRAWING COMMANDS

  • Object snap
  • Drawing line
  • Drawing circle
  • Drawing arc

 

BASIC EDITING COMMANDS

  • Edit and Modify
  • Copy command and Minor command
  • Array command
  • Lengthen command

 

AUTOCAD 3D DRAWING

  • Wireframe modeling
  • Solid modeling

 

COMPONENTS OF VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT

  • Virtual Instruments
  • Controls and function palettes
  • Tips for working in Labview

 

DATA ACQUISITION

  • DAQ – Data acquisition
  • Data acquisition terminology
  • Hardware connections

 

LOOPS AND CHARTS

  • For loop
  • While loop
  • Charts

 

ARRAYS AND FILE I/O

  • Adding an array
  • Creating an array with a loop
  • Creating 2D arrays
  • File I/O examples

 

ARRAY FUNCTION AND GRAPH

  • General VI architecture
  • State machine architecture

 

ANALOG-DIGITAL CIRCUIT SIMULATION CONCEPTS

  • Analog circuits and applications
  • Commonly used components
  • Settings for components
  • Simulation settings
  • Schematics and simulation commands

 

ANALOGUE SIMULATIONS WITH LTSPICEIV

  • Fullwave rectifier
  • Solution
  • Buck converter
  • Three phase rectifier example

 

SIMULATIONS WITH NI MULTISIM

  • Placing components
  • Taking simple measurements
  • Setting inductor values
  • Simulation on Multisim
  • Examples

 

PCB PREPARATION

  • PCB Applications
  • System specification 
  • System block diagram
  • PCB design process
  • PCB design flow

 

PROCESS OVERVIEW

  • Design requirements
  • PCB elements
  • PCB manufacturing & parts
  • Parts Selection guidelines

 

PCB LAYOUT PROCEDURE

  • Layout rules
  • Part/Function placement
  • Routing consideration
  • Copper areas

 

GERBER FILE OUTPUT

  • Exporting Drill and Gerber files
  • Reviewing manufacture data
  • Gerber tool example

 

BASIC CONCEPTS

  • What is MATLAB?
  • MATLAB functionality
  • User Interface
  • Workspace
  • MATLAB Variables
  • Vector and Matrices
  • Complex valued numbers

 

CONTROL FLOW

  • Nested branch control
  • Switch Statement
  • Operators and relational operators

 

FUNCTION AND RECURSION

  • Script and function files
  • Area of circle
  • Recursion in function

 

FILE INPUT AND OUTPUT

  • Opening data from files
  • Printing data to files
  • Opening and close examples

 

OHM'S LAW

  • Relation between Voltage, current and resistance
  • Ohm's law problem and solutions

 

CIRCUITS

  • Voltage and current
  • Resistors in series and parallel

 

KIRCHHOFF'S LAW

  • Current (1st Law)
  • Voltage (2nd Law)

 

NETWORK ANALYSIS

  • Thevenin's theorem
  • Norton's theorem
  • Superposition principal

 

WHEATSTONE BRIDGE

  • Introduction
  • Problem and solution

 

INDUCTORS, CAPACITORS AND VECTORS

  • Inductors in series and parallel
  • Capacitor types
  • Capacitor in series and parallel
  • Vectors in electrical networks
  • Problems

 

PHASE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CURRENTS AND VOLTAGES IN CAPACITORS AND INDUCTORS

  • Voltage current relationship
  • Resistive vs. reactive current
  • Inductive circuit and reactance
  • Resistive circuit and reactance
  • Capacitive circuit and reactance

 

STEP RESPONSE OF RL AND RC CIRCUIT

  • Step response of RL circuit
  • Step response of RC circuit
  • Problem and solution

 

REAL NUMBERS AND IMAGINARY NUMBERS

  • Real number
  • Imaginary number
  • Complex number
  • Argand diagram
  • Sum and subtraction of complex numbers
  • Multiplication and division of complex numbers

 

CALCULATION OF RMS AND PEAK VALUES OF VOLTAGE AND CURRENT

  • Peak values of voltage and current
  • RMS value
  • RMS value of voltage and current

 

CALCULATION OF INDUCTIVE AND CAPACITIVE REACTANCE

  • Inductive reactance
  • Capacitive reactance
  • Impedance of series and parallel circuit

 

SINGLE AND THREE PHASE POWER

  • Single phase supply
  • Three phase supply

 

ELECTRIC POWER AND AVERAGE POWER CONSUMPTION

  • Electric Power
  • AC Power
  • Average values
  • Apparent power
  • Real or true Power
  • Imaginary power

 

POWER FACTOR AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

  • Power triangle 
  • Power factor
  • Problems and solution
  • Drawbacks of poor power factor

 

REACTIVE POWER COMPENSATION

  • Benefits of power factor improvement
  • Total power for three phase system
  • Problems and solutions

 

THREE PHASE SYSTEM CONNECTION

  • 3 phase circuit relationships
  • Three phase system loads
  • Power calculation

 

NOISE IN CIRCUITS

  • Noise
  • Noise – Common mode
  • Noise – Transverse mode
  • Transverse noise

 

FILTER

  • Introduction
  • Signal attenuation
  • Low pass filter
  • High pass filter
  • Band pass filter
  • Band stop filter

 

ORDER OF FILTER

  • Bode plot
  • Simple 1st order high pass filter
  • 2nd order high pass filter

 

TWO PORT NETWORKS

  • T network
  • Balanced T network
  • Pi network
  • Balanced pi network

 

HI-PASS FILTER CHARACTERTIC

  • Cutoff frequency
  • Calculation example
  • Network impedance
  • High pass symmetrical filter

 

FILTER DESIGN

  • Series Resonance
  • Active filter
  • Passive filter
  • Shunt filter
  • Series filter

 

CONSTRUCTION AND PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION

  • Fleming left hand rule
  • Basic construction
  • Questions and answers

 

MOTOR CURVES

  • Voltage vs. Current
  • Speed vs. Torque

 

DRIVE METHODS

  • 3 point starter
  • 4 point starter
  • H-Bridge drive

 

CONTROL OF SPEED, DIRECTION AND BRAKING

  • Control of speed
  • Control of direction
  • Control of braking

 

INTERFACING TO MICROCONTROLLERS

  • Interfacing to PIC microcontrollers
  • Questions and answers

 

CONSTRUCTION AND WORKING OF SERVO METER

  • Servo meter
  • Construction
  • Working

 

CONTROL CIRCUITS AND SIGNALS

  • Control circuits
  • Control signals
  • Encoders
  • Tachometers
  • Applications

 

INTERFACING TO MICROCONTROLLERS

  • Motors in different length
  • Ability to control torque

 

CONSTRUCTION OF STEPPER MOTOR

  • Stepper motor types/classification
  • Operation principle
  • Permanent magnet
  • Classification- hybrid

 

PRINCIPLES OF STEPPER MOTOR

  • Principles of operation
  • Stepping
  • Questions and answers

 

DRIVE METHODS

  • Generating high torque with compact body
  • Control with pulse signals
  • Motor holds its position at shop
  • Closed loop stepper motor

 

INTERFACE TO MICROCONTROLLERS

  • Torque comparison of stepper and servos
  • Unsuitable applications for steppers

 

INDUCTION MOTORS

  • Principles
  • Construction 
  • Questions and answers

 

SYNCHRONOUS MOTORS

  • Principles
  • Construction 
  • Start of synchronous motors
  • Questions and answers

 

LINEAR INDUCTION AND SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR

  • Linear Induction motor
  • Linear synchronous motor
  • Types of Linear motor
  • Flat type linear motors
  • Maglev

 

AC MOTOR CONTROL

  • Variable frequency drive
  • Soft starter

 

SLEWING DRIVES

  • Parts
  • Application of solar tracker
  • Color description
  • Motor options

 

LINEAR ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC ACTUATORS

  • Definition and working
  • Questions and answers

 

LINEAR ELECTRO-PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS

  • Definition and working
  • Questions and answers
  • Electrical Linear Actuators
  • Electromechanical actuation system

 

GEAR DRIVE AND BELT DRIVE ACTUATORS

  • Diagrams
  • Examples
  • Questions and answers

 

ACME AND BALL SCREW DRIVERS

  • Acme screw drivers
  • Ball screw drivers
  • Selecting and sizing screw drive system

 

ULTRASONIC MOTORS

  • Piezoelectric effect
  • Piezo electric motor vs. EM motor
  • Ultrasonic linear motor
  • Ultrasonic rotary motor

 

BRUSHLESS DC MOTORS

  • Working of Brushless DC motors
  • Questions and answers

 

PIEZO LINEAR STACK ACTUATORS

  • Applications
  • Advantages
  • Questions and answers

 

SMAS (MUSCLE WIRE) AND SOLENOIDS

  • One way vs. two way shape memory
  • Metals programming
  • Applications of SMA
  • Types of solenoids
  • Questions and answers

 

INTRODUCTION TO ROBOT MECHANICS

  • Theoretical mechanics
  • Parts of Robots
  • Classification of Robots
  • Types of Robots

 

MOMENT ARMS

  • Force
  • Moment
  • Moment arm for robot
  • Degree of freedom of robots
  • Joints of robots

 

MECHANICAL TRANSFORMATION DEVICES

  • Levers
  • Belts and Pulleys
  • Gear boxes
  • Lead Screws

 

STATIC AND DYNAMIC FICTION

  • Types of friction
  • Static and dynamic friction
  • Friction dependencies in robot joints

 

SAFETY FACTORS

  • Stress-Strain graph
  • Stress-Strain curve for ductile materials
  • Working stress - Limit stress

 

DISPLACEMENT AND VELOCITY

  • Introduction
  • Linear displacement
  • Angular displacement
  • Linear velocity
  • Angular velocity
  • Displacement of robots
  • Robot dynamics

 

ACCELERATION

  • Linear Acceleration
  • Angular Acceleration
  • Radial Acceleration
  • Example

 

WHEEL DIAMETER VS TORQUE

  • Number of wheels in robot design
  • Common three wheeled robot configuration
  • The four basic wheel types in robots

 

WHEEL DIAMETER CALCULATION FOR MOBILE ROBOTS

  • Diameter calculation

 

GEARINGS

  • Torque and gearing
  • Gearing principles
  • Gear ratio
  • Gearing Pros and cons
  • Gear trains and types

 

MOMENTUM

  • Linear Momentum
  • Angular Momentum

 

INERTIA

  • Mass moment of Inertia
  • Moment of Inertia
  • Radius of gyration
  • Moment of Inertia – typical bodies

 

MOTOR TORQUE AND FORCE

  • Gearing Ratio and Load torque
  • Peak and RMS Load Torque
  • Total Tractive effort
  • Torque at Wheel

 

ELECTRIC MOTORS

  • Construction
  • Working Principle
  • Types of DC Motors
  • Types of AC motors
  • Stepper Motors and its types
  • Linear motors
  • Solenoids

 

MOTOR SIZING AND SELECTION

  • Motor Sizing - Basic Procedure 
  • Motor Sizing - Robot motion profile
  • Motor Sizing - Inertia and Torque calculations
  • Motor Sizing – Peak Torque and Force
  • Motor Selection – Selection Steps

 

LOAD AND SYSTEM ANALYSIS

  • Load on Robots
  • Static and Dynamic overloading of Robot
  • Design and selection of robot manipulators
  • System load analysis
  • Loads and system analysis
  • Load parameters

 

POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY

  • Energy
  • Forms of energy
  • Unified energy required
  • Unified energy – PE/KE Calculation

 

ENERGY LOSSES

  • Ground friction
  • Gearing and Transmission losses
  • Air friction losses
  • Other losses
  • Losses due to operating patterns
  • Reducing Energy losses

 

EFFICIENCIES

  • Efficiency measures
  • Optimizing efficiencies
  • Energy requirements
  • Energy calculations

 

BATTERIES

  • Battery Voltage Rating
  • Battery Power Rating
  • Batteries in Parallel
  • Types of Batteries

 

ENERGY CONVERSION

  • Total energy of a system
  • Total energy equation of a system
  • Summary of energy conversion

 

DOT PRODUCT

  • Algebraic definition
  • Properties
  • Basic joints
  • Math review

 

UNIT VECTOR

  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Cylindrical coordinates
  • 1 and 3 dimensions
  • Example

 

MATRIX ADDITION AND MULTIPLICATION

  • Rules for matrix addition
  • Matrix multiplication
  • Identity matrix

 

USING MATLAB FOR MATRIX MANIPULATION

  • Creating a matrix
  • Transpose of matrix A
  • Multiply these two matrices
  • Summary 

 

FRAME ATTACHMENT

  • Description of position
  • Description of orientation
  • Mappings involving translated frames
  • Mappings involving rotated frames

 

HOMOGENEOUS REPRESENTATION

  • Translation
  • Rotation
  • Equivalent angle-axis representation
  • Transform equations
  • XYZ fixed angles

 

FORWARD KINEMATICS - LINK DESCRIPTION

  • Link connection description
  • Convention for Affixing Frames to links
  • Link parameter in terms of the link frames

 

LINK-FRAME ATTACHMENT PROCEDURE

  • Link frame assignment
  • Two possible frame assignments

 

DERIVATION OF LINK TRANSFORMATIONS

  • Mapping between kinetic descriptions

 

KINEMATICS OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS

  • Link parameter of PUMA560
  • Link transformation
  • Product of all six link transform

 

DENAVIT HARTENBERG PARAMETERS

  • Denavit and Hardenberg matrix
  • Planar Elbow manipulator

 

THREE-LINK CYLINDRICAL ROBOT

  • Three link cylindrical manipulator

 

SPHERICAL WRIST

  • DH parameter for Stanford manipulator
  • DH parameter of Revolute-Prismatic planar arm

 

INVERSE KINEMATICS

  • Existence of solutions
  • Multiple solutions
  • Method solutions

 

ALGEBRAIC SOLUTION

  • Algebraic solution to three link planar manipulator

 

GEOMETRIC SOLUTION

  • Geometric approach to manipulator solution

 

ALGEBRAIC SOLUTION BY REDUCTION TO POLYNOMIAL

  • The Unimation PUMA 560
  • Yasukawa Motomart L-3

 

RECTIFIER DIODES

  • Zener diode
  • Voltage regulator
  • Waveform clipper
  • Voltage shifter

 

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

  • Description of LED
  • Circuit diagram of LED
  • Applications of LED

 

PHOTODIODE

  • Transzorbs
  • Comparison of Transient suppressors

 

HALF AND FULLWAVE RECTIFIER

  • Halfwave rectifier circuit
  • Fullwave bridge/Centre tap Rectification
  • Three phase fullwave rectifier
  • Rectifier output smoothing

 

TRANSISTORS, THYRISTORS AND TRIACS

  • Bipolar transistor structure
  • Transistor parameters
  • Phototransistor

 

FET

  • Power transistors

 

SCR

  • Optocouplers in IC design

 

BASIC TRANSISTOR AMPLIFIER

  • Common emitter amplifier
  • Emitter follower
  • Class B amplifier

 

POWER SUPPLY DESIGN

  • Unregulated power supply in bridge rectifier
  • Regulated power supply in bridge rectifier

 

IDEAL OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIER

  • Inverting and Non inverting Amplifiers
  • Voltage followers
  • Instrumentation amplifiers
  • Differential amplifiers
  • Summing amplifiers

 

ACTIVE FILTERS

  • Low pass filters
  • First order filter
  • High pass filter
  • Second order filter

 

ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTERS

  • Digital signal processing system
  • Flash ADC
  • Dual slope ADC
  • Successful approximation ADC

 

DIGITAL TO ANALOG CONVERTERS

  • Binary Weighted Input DAC
  • R/2R Ladder DAC
  • Performance characteristics DAC

 

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC DEVICES (PLD)

  • Basic overview
  • The Logic analyzer
  • Signal generator
  • Digital multimeter

 

NUMBER SYSTEMS

  • Decimal number
  • Weighting structure of Binary
  • Decimal to Binary conversion
  • Octal to Decimal conversion
  • Decimal to Octal conversion
  • Octal to Binary conversion
  • Hexadecimal to binary conversion

 

OPERATIONS AND CODES

  • Addition and Subtraction of binary numbers
  • ASCII
  • Gray
  • Binary to Gray Conversion
  • Gray to Binary Conversion
  • BCD

 

LOGIC GATES (SSI) AND SIMPLIFICATION

  • Inverters
  • Logic gates
  • Ex-OR and Ex-NOR gates
  • Boolean analysis of Logic circuits
  • Truth tables and Karnaugh maps

 

ADDERS AND COMPARATORS

  • Half and Full Adders
  • Parallel Binary Adders
  • Example 
  • Comparators
  • Example

 

DECODERS AND ENCODERS

  • 4- bit decoder
  • BCD to decimal decoder
  • Example
  • Encoder
  • BCD to decimal encoder

 

CODE CONVERTERS

  • BCD to Binary Conversion
  • Binary to grey and Grey to binary
  • Example

 

MULTIPLEXERS AND DEMULTIPLEXERS 

  • 74LS151 8 – Input Data Selector
  • Example
  • Solution
  • 74HC154 Demultiplexer
  • 74LS280 9 – Bit parity Generator/Checker

 

MONOSTABLE MULTIVIBRATORS

  • Diagrams
  • Explanations

 

ASTABLE MULTIVIBRATORS

  • 555 Timer
  • 555 Timer Astable Operation

 

FLIPFLOPS AND SHIFT REGISTERS

  • Edge triggered SR flipflops
  • S-R flipflops
  • Edge triggered D flipflops
  • Edge triggered J-K flipflops
  • Serial in/serial out shift registers
  • Parallel in/parallel out shift registers
  • Bidirectional shift registers

 

MACHINE VISION SOFTWARE

  • Introduction
  • Processing constraints
  • Frame Grabber and Connectivity
  • Image analysis
  • Blob analysis
  • Pattern matching and Recognition
  • Machine Vision

 

MACHINE AND HUMAN VISION

  • Introduction
  • Block diagram of machine vision system
  • Machine vision system components
  • Design of an efficient Machine vision system
  • Human Eye – Basic principles

 

COLOUR AND MACHINE VISION APPLICATIONS

  • Visual sense and Visible spectrum
  • Visual EM spectrum
  • Colour properties and Eye
  • Machine vision applications
  • Examples

 

DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING AND DISCRETE FOURIER TRANSFORM

  • Introduction
  • Image Representation
  • Fourier Transform
  • Spectrum: Magnitude and Phase
  • Discrete Fourier Transform
  • Fast Fourier Transform

 

SAMPLING THEORY AND ALIASING

  • Sampling
  • Example 
  • Sampling Theorem
  • Aliasing

 

FILTERING AND HISTOGRAM

  • Smoothing filtering
  • Spatial filtering
  • Histogram

 

LIGHTING TECHNIQUES AND SOURCES

  • Lighting
  • Why is Lighting critical?
  • Lighting Parameters
  • Considerations for Lighting
  • Lighting directions
  • Ring Illuminator
  • Structured Light

 

OPTICAL FILTERS AND DEVICES

  • Optical Filters
  • Optical Devices
  • Lenses
  • Mirrors
  • Polarizers

 

SENSORS

  • Sensors Usage
  • CMOS Sensors
  • CCD Sensors
  • CCD Advantages

 

SENSES AND RESOLUTION

  • Types of camera
  • Camera formats
  • Lens Mounts
  • Field of View
  • Evaluate Resolution

 

Investment

Plan Name Investment
Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 1199

Instructor

Frikkie Marx

Pr Eng, B Sc (Eng) Senior Engineer

Frikkie has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Power Systems from design to industrialisation. He started his career on the Power System Protection side, then migrated to EMC and Power Supply Systems. Frikkie's portfolio of achievements includes the design of Power Systems, Switch Mode Power Supplies, UPS, high precision Servo Amplifiers, battery and Inverter Design for solar panel applications, vehicle management, specialised computer systems and high current starter for vehicle plants. Lecturer and course developer of Industrial  and Power electronics for Technikon SA (UNISA). Project Manager/System engineer for the development of Electro-optical systems which include video systems for UAV’s and a high resolution Infra-Red Camera. Other activities include the mentorship programs of Kentron, Industrial electronics, rockets and robots training programme for the Denel Youth Foundation Bridging Program as well as training consultant.

John Lawrence

B.Sc (Hons) M.Sc B.Com (Hons)

 

John is an accomplished and practising Project Manager who has been involved in the mining and oil industries, banking, investment and finance sectors for over 25 years. His extensive Project Management skills have been acquired through various contrasting project types - application development projects, company infrastructure set-up in multi-million dollar technical and mining evaluation systems, IT component company relocations and strategy development.

His adaptive approach to Project Management has proven invaluable to numerous clients - from hands-on to a consultancy capacity relative to key prevailing factors. He has a strong belief in Post Project Reviews and feeding this experience back into new projects. John is particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity in using software tools to improve the management of projects - both engineering and IT based.

In the past 10 years John has concentrated on the areas of Project Management and Technical training with a number of European and North American based companies. His individual style of training and successful transfer of information methods have made him a highly sought after instructor. An inspiring and professional instructor, you will benefit from and enjoy John’s presentations, including Project Management, Technical and Specification Writing, Data Communications and Networking.

 

Robert Holm

Robert Holm, PhD, MIEEE

 

After completing his studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) and applied mathematics (BSc Hons) in 1997, Robert worked in industry as a power electronics design engineer. The design of electrical machines was his next pursuit, and he completed a PhD at TU Delft in the Netherlands on this subject. His thesis project was not only an academic study, but very practical: a high-speed permanent-magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) was built from his design and mounted as part of a flywheel in a passenger bus in Eindhoven, where it was in active service for several years. Upon his return to South Africa, Robert worked in teaching and research at two universities: University of Johannesburg (UJ) and North-West University (NWU). While at NWU, he designed three more high-speed PMSMs for industrial and research applications. He was also involved with solar, wind and hydrogen energy systems. Next, Robert ventured into the gold mining industry by working for Gold Fields Mining Innovations as electrical engineer, where he completed novel electromechanical and power electronics designs for mining robots. His experience in mining robotics then led him to the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where he worked in field robotics software development. Since late 2014, Robert moved back into his previous field of electrical machine design via an internal transfer to the CSIR Landward Sciences competency area. Several high- and low-speed machines are being designed for military and civil applications (particularly the rail industry). His current activities include electrical machine design, power electronics, drives and power systems, control systems and PLC/SCADA applications. Robert's previous career experience includes: software engineering, mathematical modeling, computer vision, robotics, sensors, systems engineering, transformers, switchgear, power systems and other high-power electrical engineering, embedded design, industrial power systems and renewable energy.

Hadi Harb

PhD, MEng, MSc

 

Hadi has more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of Artificial Intelligence and Audio Signal Processing projects.

From 2000 to 2004 he pursued his PhD working on content-based multimedia indexing. He then worked as a research engineer at Centrale Lyon Innovation SA from 2004 to 2006. During his PhD and research engineer work period, he participated in many R&D projects in collaboration with world-class institutions such as INRIA, France Télécom R&D and IRCAM. He issued for 2 patents and published 17 articles in known international scientific journals and conference proceedings.

From 2006 to 2015 he co-founded and managed Ghanni, a company specialized in multimedia content recommendation and identification. Several European radio stations and websites licensed Ghanni’s music recommendation technology. In 2015 he restructured Ghanni to transform it into a consultancy company in the domain of Artificial Intelligence where he acts as the principle consultant. His current interests are in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to natural language understanding and human-like process control.

Hadi holds a MEng (2000) in electrical-electronic engineering. He earned his MSc in 2001 and PhD in 2004 both in computer science from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées INSA Lyon, and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon respectively.

Russell Traher

People-oriented technical leader with extensive experience in the application of computer technologies to solve customer opportunities including: project management, strategic planning, marketing, technical consulting, proposal preparation, systems engineering/architecture, systems analysis and design, system development, system integration and test, and technical support.

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