Computer Engineering (CEC)


CEC 220  Digital Circuit Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to logic design and interfacing digital circuits. Boolean algebra, combinatorial logic circuits, digital multiplexers, circuit minimization techniques, flip-flop storage elements, shift registers, counting devices, and sequential logic circuits.
Corequisites: CEC 222.

CEC 222  Digital Circuit Design Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

Laboratory experiments in the measurement and verification of digital circuits. Discrete and integrated logic circuit design analysis and measurements.
Corequisites: CEC 220.

CEC 299  Special Topics in Computer Engineering  1-6 Credit

Directed studies of selected topics in computer engineering.

CEC 300  Computing in Aerospace and Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the computer engineering aspects of systems ranging from embedded sensor and actuator controllers to high-performance computing systems used in air traffic control and weather forecasting. The critical factors that impact the engineering decisions involved, including technological, economic, social, and professional issues are discussed. Key engineering techniques and practices, including database, human-computer interaction, and networks of systems are explored through case studies and representative examples from the aerospace and aviation domains. Pre-Requisite: Junior Standing
Prerequisites: EGR 115 or CS 223.

CEC 315  Signals and Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to signal processing systems for both digital and analog systems. Mathematics of signal representation and signal processing, including functional descriptions of signals and systems. Implications of linearity and time-invariance, and input-output behavior of linear, time-invariant systems. Causality and stability. Zero-input and zero-state responses. Z and Laplace Transforms. Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms for discrete and continuous systems. Extensive use of MATLAB and Simulink.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 or CS 223 Corequisites: MA 345.

CEC 320  Microprocessor Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Study of digital computer organizations. Introduction to microcomputer systems using a current microprocessor. Assembly language programming techniques for microcomputers will be used to study digital computer operation. Input and output techniques, memory devices, RS 232, and other interfacing techniques will be studied. Hardware and software relationships will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: CEC 220 Corequisites: CEC 322.

CEC 322  Microprocessor Systems Laboratory  1 Credit (0,2)

Hands-on experience with a microprocessor is provided through weekly experiments involving hardware and software techniques.
Prerequisites: CEC 222 Corequisites: CEC 320.

CEC 330  Digital Systems Design with Aerospace Applications  4 Credits (3,2)

This is the continuation of Introduction to Digital Circuit Design (CEC 220). Students in this class use tools such as FPGA (field programmable gate array) to design and implement digital circuit components and subsystems that are responsible for the control and operation of an aerospace system. In addition, students will be introduced to high-level design languages, such as VHDL (VHSIC hardware description language), RTL (register transfer language), and their application to the design and development of digital circuits.
Prerequisites: CEC 220 and CEC 222.

CEC 399  Special Topics in Computer Engineering  1-6 Credit

Directed studies of selected topics in computer engineering.

CEC 410  Digital Signal Processing  3 Credits (3,0)

Specification, design, and implementation of offline signal processing systems on general-purpose computers and real-time signal processing systems on special-purpose digital signal processing microprocessors (DSPs). Review of sampling theory and discrete time filtering. Filter design tools. Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion hardware. DSP core architectures and hardware interrupts. Aspects of system-on-a-chip DSPs for data transfer, cache management, external memory reference, and co-processor interface. Real-time operating systems for DSPs. Applications to modern communication and control systems.
Prerequisites: CEC 315 Corequisites: CEC 411.

CEC 411  Digital Signal Processing Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

Laboratory companion course to CEC 410 featuring development of signal generation, processing, and analysis systems using digital signal processing microprocessors (DSPs). DSP software development and debugging environments. Chip- and board-support libraries. Use of algorithm libraries for rapid system development. System development tools, including automatic code generation with Simulink. Culminates in development of stand-alone board-based DSP system.
Prerequisites: CEC 315 Corequisites: CEC 410.

CEC 420  Computer Systems Design I  3 Credits (2,3)

This is the first course in the senior project sequence (CEC 420 and CEC 421). This course introduces students to discussing issues of management, planning, task assignment, resource allocation, requirement collection, and system specification and design. The team working in a distributed environment will develop a base for implementation of a computer-centered system with elements of both hardware and software. The artifacts developed during this course will be used as the foundation for further development during the second course (CEC 421) in the sequence. Pre-Requisite: Computer Engineering Major and Senior status.

CEC 421  Computer Systems Design II  3 Credits (1,6)

This is the second course in the senior project sequence (CEC 420 and CEC 421). This is the continuation of CEC 420. This course continues with project development, focusing on issues of detailed design, modularization, component selection, coding, assembling, and testing. The team working in a distributed environment will implement and test a computer-centered system with elements of both hardware and software.
Prerequisites: CEC 420.

CEC 440  Autonomous Vehicle Design  3 Credits

This course introduces students to the issues involved in the development of autonomous vehicles as applied in aerospace and aviation. This multidisciplinary course is designed to give students a variety of basic concepts and hands-on experience in robotics and automation. Topics include control, sensing, vision, intelligence, and mechanics. To gain hands-on experience, students will participate in a project in which they will design and build an autonomous vehicle that will participate in an international robotics competition.
Prerequisites: CEC 320.

CEC 450  Real-Time Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

The course introduces the concepts of real-time systems from the user and designer viewpoint. The requirements, design, implementation, and basic properties of real-time application software are described with an overview of system software. Related topics such as interrupts, concurrent task synchronization, sharing resources, and software reliability are discussed. A team project on a real-time prototype application may be incorporated in the course.
Prerequisites: CS 225 and CEC 320.

CEC 460  Telecommunications Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Techniques and applications in telecommunications. Types of data communication versus line discipline methodology. Hardware requirements and constraints. Speed versus quality. Security and encoding algorithms.
Prerequisites: CEC 320.

CEC 470  Computer Architecture  3 Credits (3,0)

This course describes in detail the Von Neuman computer architecture, which includes processors, memory, input/ output, and transfer of information; examples of machine language, assembly language, microprogramming, and operating systems will be discussed. Additional topics in advanced computer architecture and computer systems will be covered.
Prerequisites: CEC 320.

CEC 499  Special Topics in Computer Engineering  1-6 Credit

Directed studies of selected topics in computer engineering.