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Can you imagine yourself developing the technology for an autonomous car, or designing an hexacopter for traffic management applications? Then the Applied Computer Science programme is ideal for you.
Applied Computer Science involves everything regarding embedded systems, i.e. designing and programming systems that contain a computer or microcontroller which is not visible on the outside. Electronics is usually a part of the embedded system, and quite of ten mechatronics are involved too. Think of an autonomous robot, a drone, a smart thermostat, an RFID access system or an intelligent baby monitor.
First basic skills will be taught, during lectures, workshops and also in projects. The focus is on technical as well as on social and communication subjects. Technical subjects that will be taught are analogue and digital hardware, design and engineering. Programming will also be part of the course. Hardware combined with software makes everything work! Social and communicative aspects are trained in presentations, interviews and much group work in projects. The projects concern small technical problems to be solved by a group of students.
Students not only learn a lot about the product they design but also about the multidisciplinary character of the design process.
Our general entry requirements apply. Beside these, we require:
Future roles for a computer engineer include a programmer of software and embedded systems, an engineering consultant, a user interface designer or a software architect who can handle complex technical systems.
Mitchell Vrugteveen, student Applied Computer Science
“At the moment my project group and I are working on a great project commissioned by the police. This drone here comes straight from the store, well, as a kit. A fellow built it. We’ll attach a package of sensors underneath the drone, which can detect organic gases, mainly acetone. The sensors are connected to a wireless communication system, for which I wrote the software by using the programming language Java"