March 14th 2023

Trust me, I'm an engineer: Embedded Systems Edition

The fifth Embedded Systems Challenge of the Medical & Health Technologies Department was a great success.

As part of the courses "Hardware-oriented Software Development" and "Programming Exercise 3", the ES Challenge took place in the third semester of the Bachelor's degree program in Medical, Health, and Sports Technology. Students had the opportunity to work on their engineering projects and present their results in the form of a pitch presentation at the end of the courses.

Bernhard Hollaus, lecturer in the Department, initiated the ES Challenge. Hollaus recognized that students were on different levels of knowledge regarding hardware-oriented software development, which needed to be brought to the same didactic level. To avoid boring students with more prior knowledge and overwhelming those with less, he introduced the Embedded Systems Challenge about five years ago. In this challenge, students can form project teams and choose topics for which they want to develop an engineering solution.

In the last semester, nine projects on various topics were developed in the Medical, Health, and Sports Technology bachelor's program:

  • Suntracking Photovoltaik Charger (Aichinger, Altmann, Bleckenwgner)
  • GPS Tracker (Freilinger, Klang)
  • Hardware Projekt CoinSort (Krefft, Rettenbacher)
  • Automated tray dispenser (Gruber, Auer, Lener)
  • Update – SPOT Eyes (Mikulic, Stefanowicz, Ladig)
  • Dusk Sense (Fahrradlicht) (Klein, Pareiss, Schneider)
  • Bloom Boost - Irrigation system (Hemper, Schäfer)
  • - Target with weighing sensors (Onur, Aznaid)
  • Fitnesstracker (Thurner, Gufler, Roth)

The project teams presented their developed results to all fellow students and the team from the Medical & Health Technologies Department in the last lecture session. After, all listeners could vote anonymously for the best project.

At the fifth ES Challenge, the "Dusk Sense Bicycle Light" project by Florian Schneider, Sebastian Pareiss, and Robert Klein won first place. Their work involved developing a sensor that illuminates the bicycle depending on daylight while also detecting motion and light intensity, as well as providing speed and distance traveled. The project team was rewarded for their outstanding work with a winner's trophy, certificates, and vouchers.

In feedback talks, students were enthusiastic about this challenge and the opportunity to work on engineering topics practically and independently. The students especially appreciated the participation of the entire department and their keen interest in their projects.

We look forward to further exciting projects in the bachelor's program and are already excited about next year's ES-Challenge.


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The winning team "Dusk Sense" (Schneider, Klein, Pareiss) with the lecturers B. Hollaus and B. Reiter. ©Singer