CIS 540: Principles of Embedded Computation, Spring 2017
- Instructor: Rajeev Alur
- Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, 10.30 -- Noon
- Recitation: Friday, 11am -- Noon
- Teaching Assistant: TBA
- Office Hours: TBA
This course is focused on the principles underlying design and analysis of
computational elements that interact with the physical environment.
Increasingly, such embedded computers are everywhere, from
smart cameras to medical devices to automobiles.
While the classical
theory of computation focuses on the function that a program computes,
to understand embedded computation, we need to focus on the
reactive nature of the interaction of a component with its
environement via inputs and outputs, the continuous dynamics of the physical
world, different ways of communication among components, and
requirements concerning safety, timeliness, stability, and performance.
Developing tools for approaching design, analysis, and implementation of
embedded systems in a principled manner is an active research area.
This course will attempt to give students a coherent introduction to
this emerging area.
This course assumes mathematical maturity, commensurate with
either ESE 210 (Introduction to Dynamical Systems) or
CIS 262 (Introduction to Theory of Computation).
It is suitable for students who have undergraduate degree in computer science,
or computer engineering, or electrical engineering. It is also suitable for
Penn undergraduates in CSCI and CMPE as an upper-level elective.
Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems; R. Alur, 2015, MIT Press.
- Five Homeworks (25%): Each such homework will consist of theoretical problems.
- Projects (25%): There will be two project homeworks that will focus on design, modeling, and formal analysis of representative problems using modeling tools
- Midterm (20%)
- Final Exam (30%)
- Lecture participation: If you are lost during a lecture, do not hesitate to ask questions.
When I ask a question, don't be shy, and answer it the best way you can.
You are not allowed to use electronic devices such as laptops
and mobile phones during a lecture except to access lecture slides.
- Recitation: Recitation will not cover new material, and will be used
to solve exercises, answer questions, and review background material.
- Plagiarism policy: For homeworks, projects, and exams, you can use your
personal class notes, lecture notes, and reference books.
Do not copy material from friends or from the web.
For violations of this rule, you will be reported to the Office of the Student Conduct at Penn, which may result in expulsion.
Please take the plagiarism rules serioiusly.
Start working on the homeworks and projects early, and if you get stuck, contact the instructor or the TA,
or post a question on Piazza.
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