IAIK’s Systems on Chip: The class of 2016.

This course has reputation, and not too little.

The System-on-Chippers of 2016 are a group of 8 students plus their two teachers Mario Werner and Thomas Unterluggauer. Their project was to build a secure smart-home system.

Today, they have delivered their presentation including a live demo of the system. For me — and I am sure, for many others too — it was a day to be proud of our students.

In case you don’t know:

The course “System-on-Chip Architectures and Modelling” is a course in which a group of students has the opportunity to achieve one common class goal. We try to model real-life situations:

  • The course’s theoretical topics follow the project’s needs; not the other way round.
  • Every participant works on a different task; thus, everyone’s results count for the group.
  • The project has a limited time budget. Oh dear, the deadlines are hard.
  • Trainers and trainees work together in order to achieve a common goal. No “us” and “them”.

If you look carefully at the photo above — well, you don’t have to look carefully, it’s obvious even without looking carefully — you can see a lot more than the 8 student + 2 trainers.

We were glad to have visitors from St. Petersburg in Russia attending the SoC show. The visitors were five Master students with their professor from St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University: Iuliia, Anastasiia, Aygul, Tsagana, Iuliia, and Vadmi.

I must say that I really enjoyed this visit. As the host, I was proud to be able to provide “a good show” without any extra effort from my side. This is how it should be. The five students got entertained not only by the System-on-Chippers, but also by several members of LosFuzzys, the local capture-the-flag team that just got ranked top-notch.

Days like today are a professional feast for a seasoned university worker like me.

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