Jonathan W. Valvano
Jonathan Walker Valvano – one messy office, four fun classes to teach, ten textbooks, the best job on the planet spanning four decades, thousands of mistakes but a few successes, thousands of brilliant students, two hundred thousand on-line students, and millions of YouTube views; lifelong explorer with one mind, one body, one soul, one lovely horse with beautiful spots, three free-spirited cats, countless friends, three wonderful children; always striving to make the world a better place. You can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but I wouldn't last 4 seconds without the love and companionship of my friends and family. His soldering iron is currently plugged in at his office at EER 5.820 here at The University of Texas at Austin. When this pandemic craziness is over stop by and say hello. Until then, please be safe and take care of each other. History will remember these times, let history remember us well.

Design of Embedded Systems

All three of our MOOCs are currently active. These are free online classes on embedded systems. There is a physical lab kit you must purchase to do the labs, otherwise the courses are free. For more information on the lab kit and software download for these first two MOOCs. The links to enroll on edX for the first two are:
UT.6.10x Embedded Systems - Shape The World: Microcontroller Input/Output  and
UT.6.20x Embedded Systems - Shape The World: Multi-Threaded Interfacing


The third MOOC covers Real-time Operating Systems with Bluetooth Connectivity. The link to enroll on edX for this third MOOC is: UT.12.01x Real-Time Bluetooth Networks - Shape The World  For more information on the lab kit and software download


What I've been working on since March 2020: In response to the urgent local and global requirement for essential patient-focused medical equipment, a team of faculty, researchers, and students at UT Austin, Dell Medical School and the UT Health San Antonio developed a low-cost, reliable and effective medical breathing device — the Automated Bag Breathing Unit (ABBU) — a ventilator-like device that can be utilized when conventional ventilators are not readily available to provide life-saving support for patients with COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. The figure below shows three ABBUs in my research lab in EER5.822.

Robot Systems Learning Kit was completely redesigned, The robot is now easier to build, more reliable, and has new functionalities. The ultimate goal of the learning kit is to design, build, and test a robot system capable of solving complex tasks. Example challenges include exploring a maze, racing autonomously, finding an object, and following a line. However, it is not the final robot that matters, but the educational journey that discovers a wide range of engineering principles along the way. Rather than just providing the robot kit and a challenge to solve, this curriculum follows an educational road map that intentionally exposes deep learning along the way. A new module was added summer 2020, based on the Pololu 3-Channel, OPT3101-Based, Wide FOV Time-of-Flight Distance Sensor for TI-RSLK (part number 3680). More information on RSLK August 2020

Starter code: Example software projects for the TM4C123 ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller

Three textbooks for learning embedded systems on the TM4C123.
Volume 1, Introduction to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers (fifth edition, 6th printing- January 2019),   ISBN: 978-1477508992,  Available from Amazon      Available as Kindle book,   Lecture and Lab Material,    Architecture, assembly language and C programming for the Texas Instruments TM4C123, and TM4C1294.
Volume 2, Real-Time Interfacing to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers (fifth edition, December 2017), ISBN: 978-1463590154,   Textbook for EE445L, Available from Amazon Kindle e-book Lecture and Lab Material     Interfacing and embedded system design for the Texas Instruments TM4C123, and TM4C1294.
Volume 3, Real-Time Operating Systems for ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers (fifth printing, January 2019), ISBN: 978-1466468863,   Textbook for EE445M/EE380L.6,  Available on Amazon  Lecture and Lab Material   Operating systems, signal processing and network design for the Texas Instruments MSP432, TM4C123, and TM4C1294.

Four textbooks for learning embedded systems on the MSP432.
Introduction to Robotics (July 2019)   ISBN: 978-1074544300    Available from Amazon    This book could be used to accompany the Texas Instruments Robot Systems Learning Kit. This book, which is actually a composition of material from the following three books, teaches the fundamentals of microcontroller interfacing and real-time programming in a single book using robotics as the context.
Volume 1, Introduction to the MSP432 Microcontroller (January 2019)    ISBN: 978-1512185676,   Available from Amazon Volume 1 includes architecture, assembly language and C programming for the Texas Instruments MSP432.
Volume 2, Real-Time Interfacing to the MSP432 Microcontroller (January 2019),   ISBN: 978-1514676585    Available from Amazon,    Volume 2 includes interfacing, circuits, real-time systems and the internet of Things (IoT).
Volume 3, Real-Time Operating Systems for ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers (fifth printing, January 2019), ISBN: 978-1466468863,   Available on Amazon  Lecture and Lab Material   Operating systems, signal processing and network design for the Texas Instruments MSP432, TM4C123, and TM4C1294.

On-line reference guide for C:Embedded Software in C for an ARM Cortex M by Valvano and Yerraballi 

Technical documents (Data sheets) for embedded systems. How and why I teach wireless connectivity in my embedded systems lab

How to create project boxes in the makerspace Three new 93 mil acrylic templates


Embedded System Courses I teach at the University of Texas  Keil uVision installation and configuration     Data sheets  How to install EE319K/EE445L/EE345M software on a Macintosh Installing LaunchPad drivers: 1) Download and unzip windows drivers for the TM4C123 from, alternative download 2) Plug TM4C123 LaunchPad board into PC (debug port) and turn on power; 3) Open device manager in Windows, and for each TI driver (twice), a) right click the missing driver (yellow triangle), b) update driver, browse to spot where you just downloaded and install, Windows 7 details. Windows 8 and 10 are similar to Windows 7. Windows 8 and 10 no longer need driver signature turned off.

EE319K/EE319H Introduction to Embedded Systems   Syllabus Spring 2021        Spring 2020 Design Competition     
Undergraduate class: EE319K/EE319H students discover how the computer interacts with its environment. Students have hands-on experiences of how an embedded system could be used to solve EE problems. The analog to digital converter (ADC) and digital to analog converter (DAC) are the chosen mechanism to bridge the CE and EE worlds. EE concepts include Ohms Law, LED voltage/current, resistance measurement, and stepper motor control. CE concepts include I/O device drivers, debugging, stacks, FIFO queues, local variables and interrupts. The hardware construction is performed on a breadboard and debugged using a multimeter. Software is developed in assembly and in C for a ARM Cortex-M TM4C123 microcontroller. Prerequisites: EE306, BME306, or BME303 (BME303 taken Spring 2018 or earlier) with a grade of at least C-.

EE445L Embedded Systems Design Lab   Syllabus Spring 2021    Old Exams  I am teaching EE445L this Spring 2021, Professor McDermott will teach it Fall 2021, and I will teach it again Spring 2022.
Undergraduate lab class: Review of the Arm Cortex M instruction set, TM4C123 I/O, timing hardware and signals, memory organization, data structures in C, programming style, documentation, real time debugging, buffered I/O using interrupts, programmed logic control, table and linked list interpreters, serial and parallel I/O, keyboards, LED's and LCD's, PCB layout, Data Acquisition, Motor control, ZigBee Wi-Fi wireless, and systems. Prerequisite EE319K, EE316 and coregistration in EE333T.  Spring 2008 Design Competition Air Guitar Video    Fall 2008 Design Competition    Spring 2009 Design Competition    Fall 2009 Design Competition   Fall 2010 Design Competition   Fall 2011 Design Competition Video  Fall 2012 Design Competition  ECE photos from Fall 2012     ECE photos from Fall 2015 

EE382V Technology for Embedded Internet of Things   Syllabus Fall 2020   I will teach this again Fall 2021.
Graduate class: Internet of Things (IoT) is ubiquitous in the computing world. Connected devices allow remote data acquisition, distributed processing, and remote actuation. The focus of this class will be low-level technology to implement IoT devices. By exposing fundamental operational behavior, students, when facing a design problem, will be empowered to either select an appropriate existing technology, or to develop new technologies. Prerequisites: EE445L, programming in C and Python.

EE445M/EE380L.6 Embedded and Real-Time Systems Lab  Syllabus Spring 2017 Old Exams   Professor Gerstlauer taught EE445M/EE380L.12 in Fall 2020, and he will teach it again Spring 2022.
Undergraduate/graduate lab class: Arm Cortex M architecture, C programming, interrupt programming, DMA, real time systems, file systems, controller area networks, thread scheduling, thread synchronization, address translation, DC motors, servo motors, frequency period and pulse width measurements, pulse-width modulation, USB, ADC, data acquisition systems, digital filters, digital PID control, Ethernet, robotics. Prerequisite EE445L or EE445S. Old 2014 material
2003 MonsterBot Battle Royale Competition winners  2004 Scooper/Sorter/Racer Robot Competition
2005 Racer Robot Competition
   2006 Battle Robots
2008 Robot Soccer Competition  2009 Robot Soccer/Tennis   Photos from 2010 Formula0001 Racing    2010 Racing Video 2011 Photos 2011 Racing Video  2012 Racing Video  2013 Racing Video


Other links

Electro-Thermal Bioinstrumentation Laboratory and Sponsor Opportunities

Embedded system design, Biomedical instrumentation, cardiac volume measurement using electrical fields, and bioheat transfer

Valvano's research papers

Measurements of pressure, cardiac volume, thermal properties, and blood perfusion. Also there is electrical and thermal modelling.

I got a wifi client system working with the low-cost ESP8266 wifi module for both TM4C123 and MSP432 microcontrollers. The project connects to an access point and fetches weather data from View the ESP8266.c file. Download project. Instructions to create your own data logging server using Google App Engine.

ASEE Workshop on IoT (wifi) slides Download materials as June 2015
ASEE Workshop on IoT (BLE) slides Download materials as June 2016
ASEE Workshop on IoT (RTOS) slides Download materials as June 2017
ASEE Workshop on Robot Systems Learning Kit slides Download the Android app More information on RSLK June 2018

Links to microcomputer related sites

Microcomputers, electronics, software, sensors, devices

EE385J.17/BME384J.2 Real-Time Embedded Instrumentation, last taught Spring 2009
Graduate lab class: Instrumentation and real time software. Prerequisites: Microcomputer interfacing, C, op amps, differential equations.

Embedded Microcomputer Systems: Real Time Interfacing, 3rd Edition, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1111426255 Download all Teaching Materials
Textbook, Cengage Learning, Table of Contents, outline,  extra questions, programs from the book, list of errors9S12 Starter files    9S12 boards/Metrowerks   9S12C32 programs  

Introduction to Embedded Systems: Interfacing to the Freescale 9S12 Textbook, Cengage Publishing 2009, ISBN-10: 049541137X | ISBN-13: 9780495411376 Teaching materials  Web videos of the Example lessons from the book   Instructional Movies   Table of Contents, Book erratalist of all errors

TExaS, Test EXecute And Simulate  Hardware/Software Co-Simulator, integrated simulator including mechanical, electrical, digital and software components, used for designing embedded systems based on the Freescale 9S12 (UPGRADE to latest version)Instructional Movies   Help System in Vista   Help System in Windows 7
TExaS Robots version 1. 83b, a simulated battlefield for 50 9S12DP512-controlled robots (download the file).

Developing Embedded Software in C Using Metrowerks, edited by Ramesh Yerraballi
On-line HTML textbook, overview of C programming for the 9S12

Example design solutions for embedded systems.  Example files for the TI LM3S Microcontrollers   Software and hardware solutions based on the Freescale 9S12  and the Texas Instruments LM4F120, TM4C123, and TM4C1294

Links to 6812 ICC12 C program examples

LED, LCD, RTI, OC, SCI, SPI, DAC, FSM, FIFO, PWM, threads, interpreter,

Developing Assembly Language Software using TExaS

On-line HTML textbook, overview of assembly programming for the 6811 and 6812
Introduction to Embedded Microcomputer Systems: Motorola 6811 and 6812 Simulation
Textbook, Thomson-Engineering, ISBN 0-534-39177-x, outline. Lectures, old exams, and other material

Architecture, Computer Systems, and Embedded Systems (ACSES) Advising

For Biomedical Engineering Advising contack Professor Soloveichik



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