The International Symposium “Embedded Systems and Trends in Teaching Engineering”

The International Scientific Symposium “Embedded Systems and Trends in Teaching Engineering” was held under the auspices of the Department of Technology and Information Technologies of the Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra from 11th to 15th September 2016.

The results of three-year work on the Tempus project “Development of Embedded System Courses with Implementation of Innovative Virtual Approaches for Integration of Research, Education and Production in UA, Ge, AM”, where the Department of Technology and Information Technologies was one of the project partners, were presented at the Symposium.

The main Symposium day was Tuesday 13th September 2016. Prof. Ing. T. Kozík, DrSc. welcomed the Rector of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, prof. RNDr. Ľ. Zelenický, CSc., and the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, prof. PhDr. E. Szórádová, CSc., in his opening speech. He also welcomed the academic officials from the universities participating in the Tempus project and the Symposium participants from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Belgium and Slovakia. More than 70 participants took part and 54 papers were presented at the Symposium.

The Rector of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, prof. RNDr. Ľ. Zelenický, CSc., and the coordinator of the Tempus project DesIRE, Ing. Dirk Van Merode MSc., from the Thomas More University College, Belgium, extended their greetings to the Symposium participants.

New teaching methods and the development of embedded system courses at the universities in the European Union and the Tempus project partners in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia were presented at the Symposium. The objective of the Symposium was to set the stage for the Symposium participants to transfer knowledge and exchange the verified procedures within the development of simultaneous courses and modules and their application at the partner universities.

The keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Carsten Wolff, from the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, presented the paper “Ruhr Valley and Ruhr Master School: Two Pillars of a New Cooperative University of Applied Sciences in Engineering”.

The round-table discussion focused on the evaluation of research and education at universities was part of the Symposium. All the officials and project managers from the universities participating at the Symposium took part in the round-table discussion.

The workshop on Basys3 – Training in FPGA led by the representatives of the Digilent company was organized within the Symposium on 12 September 2016.

The cooperation of the Department of Technology and Information Technologies with the practice was presented at the independent exhibition guaranteed by Mgr. Peter Kuna, PhD. in the Symposium venue.

The social event as part of the Symposium had a motto: “Know your friends and their culture”. The Children Folklore Ensemble “Zbežanček” led by A. Jankovičová and the accordionist Š. Čemez and the ensemble MUSICANTICA SLOVACA from Nitra (Róbert Žilík, Mária Žilíková-Mandáková and Miroslava Blažeková) focusing on the revival of the Medieval, Reneissance and Baroque music from our territory and from other European countries were performing there. In the end, the songs from three Slavonic musicals were interpreted by the students of the Department of Music of the Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra – Veronika Šebeňová and Erik Michálek. The program was created and led by Mgr. A. Čierna, PhD. from the Department of Music of the Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra.

The Organizing Committee of the Symposium headed by prof. Ing. T. Kozík, DrSc. – prof. PhDr. E.Malá, PhD., prof. PaedDr. A. Hašková, PhD., doc. PaedDr. V. Tomková, PhD., doc. PhDr. Z. Kráľová, PhD., PaedDr. M. Valentová, PhD., Mgr. M. Šebo, PhD., Mgr. P. Kuna, PhD., and Mgr. P. Brečka, PhD., provided several other friendly meetings, discussions and Nitra sightseeing besides the program activities for the Symposium participants.

The Organizing Committee would like to thank to all those who supported the Symposium directly or indirectly and thus contributed to the success of the Symposium and to the reputation of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra abroad.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee prof. Ing. Tomáš Kozík, DrSc.