What Is Embedded System? Why Nigeria Needs More Trained Practitioners

An embedded system is a computer system designed to do a few dedicated and specific functions often with real-time computing constraints. It is embedded as part of a complete device which often includes hardware and mechanical parts. They range from portable devices such as MP3 players and digital watches to large equipments such as automobiles and medical equipments to mention a few.


Justification for trainees

The design and implementation of embedded systems require a broad knowledge in areas traditionally not covered in any one discipline. These areas include (i) Computer Science, which deals mainly with high-level software, (ii) Electrical and Computer Engineering, which deals mainly with hardware and low-level software, and (iii) other engineering disciplines, which deal with application development and numerous other peripherals. In order to effectively train students with various engineering backgrounds to design and implement real-time embedded systems, an interdisciplinary curriculum is needed.


By taking this course, students will receive a unique, highly concentrated training on real-time embedded system design without taking an excessive number of courses. The requirement for additional courses from the selected course list for the training scheme will provide students from different engineering disciplines with depth and breadth on applications of real-time embedded systems in various engineering fields.


The number of embedded electronic systems used in automobile, tractors, and other control systems continue to increase dramatically. The need for engineers well trained in this area is urgent. One of the goals of this training scheme is to provide opportunities for engineers working in industry to keep up with the state-of-arts of the real-time embedded system design. To accommodate this need, the real-time embedded system course sequence will be offered through concentrated short courses and workshops.


Benefits of Training to Participant(s)

–          increased capacity to create wealth

–          self employment

–          consultancy to both local and international firms

Benefits to Economy

–          fast track to national 20-20-20 target

–          diversification of economy

–          job creation



Adapted from Fasmicro Proposal to a national agency in Nigeria

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