Using the Java-DSP real-time hardware interface in undergraduate classes

Andreas Spanias, Visar Berisha, Min Kwon Ho, Chih Wei Huang, Ashwin Natarajan, Rony Ferzli

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

8 Scopus citations


The Java-DSP (J-DSP) software enables students to perform online computer laboratories in undergraduate classes. Although it was shown, through assessment, that the use of the J-DSP software and labs enhanced the learning experience, the addition of a hardware laboratory provides learning opportunities in real-time signal processing that are very valuable. In this paper, we present two hardware J-DSP interfaces that we developed to expose undergraduate students to real-time DSP. The first interface was developed for the Texas Instruments (TI) DSP Starter Kit (DSK) C6713. The J-DSP/DSK interface enables undergraduate students to design and implement signal processing algorithms real time on DSP hardware using the user-friendly graphical interface of J-DSP. The second interface was developed for use with a real-time wireless sensor network. The hardware includes wireless sensor motes that consist of an accelerometer, magnetometer, thermometer, microphone, and light sensor. Although the sensor motes require tedious low-level programming using the nesC language, the J-DSP interface allows students to acquire and examine data using signal analysis tools from the J-DSP environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424402565, 9781424402564
StatePublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Java-DSP
  • Real time DSP
  • Sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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