University of California, Riverside

UCR Study Abroad - UCR Summer Abroad Program




2014 Lausanne, Switzerland



Embedded Systems Education in Switzerland

Have you ever wanted to travel to Switzerland? This exciting 4-week program provides an international experience for upper-division UC Riverside students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Students who participate in this program will travel to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the shores of Lake Geneva. At EPFL, students will take two upper-division computer science and electrical engineering courses for credit.

  • General Program Information

    Have you ever wanted to travel to Switzerland?  This exciting 4-week program provides an international experience for upper-division students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.  Students who participate in this program will travel to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the shores of Lake Geneva. At EPFL, students will take two upper-division computer science and electrical engineering courses for credit.

    The basic eligibility requirements for the courses are:

    1.  Good standing in terms of GPA (e.g., at least 2.5; preferably 3.0)
    2.  Upper division standing
    3.  All prerequisites for CS/EE 120B or CS 179J are satisfied. (Students from non-UCR campuses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis)

    In addition to an academic opportunity, this program offers a variety of enticing cultural activities, including:

    • 4-week stay in the beautiful city of Lausanne
      (a city in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland and the second largest city on Lake Geneva)
    • Excursions to nearby cities and towns, such as Geneva, Vevey, Montreux, Gruyères, and Évian (France)
    • Visit the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and tour the Olympic Museum
    • Cultural activities, including museum trips, concerts, and film and music festivals
    • Exposure to Swiss culture and food

    EPFL has many world-class faculty members whose research and teaching emphasizes topics that are synergistic with the proposed course offerings.

    Professor:
    Philip Brisk, Computer Science & Engineering

    Host Institution:
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL),
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Courses:
    Option One:
    CS/EE 120B (Introduction to Embedded Systems; 5 units)
    CS 193 or EE 190 (Independent Studies; 3 units)

    Option Two:
    CS 179J (Senior Capstone Design; 4 units)
    CS 193 or EE 190 (Independent Studies; 4 units)

    Dates:
    August 2-30, 2014
    Note that this is a 5-week Summer Session II course, and will require some academic work prior to departure.

  • Accommodations in Lausanne

    The CUC (Centre Universitaire Catholique) of Lausanne is a student house situated in the heart of the city. Our center houses students from all cultural and spiritual backgrounds studying at the University of Lausanne or the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) as well as students studying the arts.

    Since the early 1960’s the CUC has helped many students during their years of formation. It has helped to build bridges between different cultures and to create an international network of future leaders of our society.

  • Detailed Program Fees

    Program Fees

    Program-Related FeesUndergraduates Graduates 
    Non-refundable application fee/deposit $300.00 Same as undergraduate
    2nd Deposit $700.00 Same as undergraduate
    Course fees – 8 units $2,200.04 $2,699.58
    Remaining Program Fees – Accommodations, transportation, excursions $976.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Additional CostsUndergraduates Graduates 
    Estimated Meal and Personal Costs $800.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Pre-Departure Expenses (Photos, Passports, etc.) $300.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Round-Trip Airfare $1,200.00 Same as undergraduate
  • Courses & Syllabus

    Courses:

    Option One:
    CS/EE 120B (Introduction to Embedded Systems; 5 units)
    CS 193 or EE 190 (Independent Studies; 3 units)

    Option Two:
    CS 179J (Senior Capstone Design; 4 units)
    CS 193 or EE 190 (Independent Studies; 4 units)

    Course One:
    (4-5 units) CS/EE 120B or CS 179J

    CS/EE 120B (5 units) - Introduction to Embedded Systems (taken with CS 193 for 3 units)
    Prerequisite(s): CS 120A/EE120A
    Introduction to hardware and software design of digital computing systems embedded in electronic devices (such as digital cameras or portable video games).  Topics include embedded processor programming, custom processor design, standard peripherals, memories, interfacing, and hardware/software tradeoffs.  Interdisciplinary laboratory involves use of synthesis tools, programmable logic, and microcontrollers and development of working embedded systems.


    CS 179J (4 units) - Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems (taken with CS 193 for 4 units)  
    Prerequisite(s): CS 1000, CS 111/Math 111, CS 122A, and CS 161 with grades of "C-" or better or consent of instructor; ENGR 180W; 3 additional upper-division units in Computer Science.
    Covers the planning, design, implementation, testing, and documentation of a computer architecture and embedded systems-related system.  Incorporates using techniques presented in previous related courses.  Emphasizes professional and ethical responsibilities; the need to stay current on technology; and its global impact on economics, society, and the environment.

    Course Two:
    (3-4 units)  CS 193

    CS 193 (3 or 4 units) - Design Project 
    Prerequisite(s): CS 141; consent of instructor
    Individual hardware or software design project to include establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, implementation, testing, and documentation.

    The basic eligibility requirements for the courses are:

    1.  Good standing in terms of GPA (e.g., at least 2.5; preferably 3.0)
    2.  Upper division standing
    3.  All prerequisites for CS/EE 120B or CS 179J are satisfied. (Students from non-UCR campuses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis)

  • Planned Experiences On-site

    Activities within Lausanne

    1.  Lausanne Festival de la Cité: The Lausanne City Festival lasts for one week, and consists of a variety of smaller events in the afternoon and evening (e.g., concerts, art displays, theatrical/dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings, etc.).  It will be held July 8 - 13, 2014. It also includes a pre-festival the week before.

    2.  Free entrance to Lausanne museums on Saturday, July 5th

    3.  View films at the Cinematheque Suisse: The Swiss Film Archive is a state-approved, non-commercial foundation based in Lausanne.  They offer screenings of various films within the archive at a low cost (5CHF per show).  The films are shown in the original language with French and German subtitles.

    Field Trips outside of Lausanne

    1.  Day-trip to la Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle): This cateau is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva, near the town of Montreux.  The castle was popularized by Lord Byron who wrote the poem The Prisoner of Chillon (1816); Byron carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.  The castle is open to the public.  A typical tour takes 45 minutes to an hour.

    2.  Day-trip to Gruyères: Gruyères is a medieval town located in Fribourg Canton, approximately 1 hour from Lausanne.  It is picturesque, located on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley.  It is the origin of the well-known Gruyère cheese, and the restaurants make excellent fondue.  A trip to Gruyères would typically entail:

    • A tour of the medieval castle

    • A fondue meal (lunch or dinner)

    • A visit to the HR Giger Museum

    3.  Day-trip to Geneva: Geneva is approximately 45 minutes to an hour away from Lausanne, by train.  A day trip to Geneva could potentially include:

    • A visit to the headquarters of the United Nations

    • A visit to the Jet d'Eau (a very large water fountain)

    • A visit to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO)

    • A walk on the shoreline of Lake Geneva

    4.  Day-trip to the Matterhorn: It takes approximately 3 hours to travel from Lausanne to the top of the Matterhorn by train (and later cable car).  On top of the Matterhorn, there really isn't that much to do (in Dr. Brisk's opinion) other than ski, but it is the most popular tourist destination in Switzerland.  Lower down the mountain, the town of Zermatt is quite charming, and could be the starting point for a short hike.

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