EE 5378/7378: Mobile Phone Embedded Design

EE 5378/7378 (Fall 2014)
Mobile Phone Embedded Design

Instructor: Professor Joseph Camp
Email: "camp" AT ""
Phone: 214-768-8541 Fax: 214-768-3573
Office location: 340 Junkins Building, SMU campus
Office hours: TTH 11am-12:30pm or by appointment

Time/Place: 9:30-10:50am Tuesday and Thursday, Junkins 203
Lab Time: Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm (with TA)
Thursdays 6:30-9pm (additional time lab will be reserved)
Lab Location: Fondren Library West 103C

Teaching Assistant: Eric Johnson
Email: "emjohnson" AT ""

Course Description: In this course, students learn how to develop embedded software for the most widely used smartphone platforms with an emphasis on wireless and sensing applications. Topics include user interface design such as multi-touch and basic HCI design tenets, storing and fetching data with local and networked systems and databases, localization via GPS and wireless signal triangulation, sensing environmental and user characteristics, networking with various wireless protocols, graphics rendering, multimedia streaming, and designing for performance such as controlling memory leaks, object allocation, and multi-threading. Content from the course draws from various fields including wireless communications and networking, embedded programming, and computer architecture.

Background: CSE 2341 or an equivalent data structures course.



You may discuss lab assignments with classmates but all solutions must be original and individually prepared. Late lab work will be penalized at 15% of its full credit per day up to a maximum of 4 days, after which no late work will be accepted.

Both exams are in-class exams and must be completed independently. The SMU Honor Code will be strictly enforced.

Recommended Textbooks:
Online resources (Android and iPhone are adequate. However, each of the following books puts everything together nicely.)

Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 2nd Edition
By Aaron Hillegass and Mikey Ward, Big Nerd Ranch Guides, November 2013.

iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 4th Edition
By Christian Keur, Aaron Hillegass, and Joe Conway, Big Nerd Ranch Guides, February, 2014.

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
By Bill Phillips and Brian Hardy, Big Nerd Ranch Guides, April 2013.

Android Programming: Pushing the Limits
By Erik Hellman, Wiley, November 2013.

Topics - All with respect to mobile phones:

Disability Accommodations:
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Students may call 214-768-1470 or visit to begin the process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.

Religious Observance:
Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities:
Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)