Paul J. Fortier

Paul Fortier

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

508-999-8544

508-999-8489

pfortier@umassd.edu

Science & Engineering 211A


Education

1993University of Massachusetts LowellDSc in Computer Science
1981University of Massachusetts DartmouthMS in Electrical Engineering
1978University of Massachusetts LowellBS in Electrical Engineering

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Principles of real-time and embedded systems operations and control applied to modern hardware platforms such as mobile and internet-of-things systems. As part of this course, embedded real-time design principles are introduced and linked to real-time resource management service issues impacting performance. Students construct real-time embedded resource management components and applications on representative platforms (e.g. handheld and mobile computers, autonomous systems, smart sensors, and others). An embedded real-time hardware/firmware laboratory experience is included.

Principles of real-time and embedded systems operations and control applied to modern hardware platforms such as mobile and internet-of-things systems. As part of this course, embedded real-time design principles are introduced and linked to real-time resource management service issues impacting performance. Students construct real-time embedded resource management components and applications on representative platforms (e.g. handheld and mobile computers, autonomous systems, smart sensors, and others). An embedded real-time hardware/firmware laboratory experience is included.

Principles of real-time and embedded systems operations and control applied to modern hardware platforms such as mobile and internet-of-things systems. As part of this course, embedded real-time design principles are introduced and linked to real-time resource management service issues impacting performance. Students construct real-time embedded resource management components and applications on representative platforms (e.g. handheld and mobile computers, autonomous systems, smart sensors, and others). An embedded real-time hardware/firmware laboratory experience is included.

Provides students with a complete design experience from initial concept development through finished product, expanding on topics taught in ECE 202, ECE 260, ECE 263 and ECE 368. The course format is a hands on laboratory format (3 credits) with 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. Students will develop their own designs, fabricate the design and formulate and carry out test strategies to validate design.

Provides students with a complete design experience from initial concept development through finished product, expanding on topics taught in ECE 202, ECE 260, ECE 263 and ECE 368. The course format is a hands on laboratory format (3 credits) with 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. Students will develop their own designs, fabricate the design and formulate and carry out test strategies to validate design.

The goal of this course is to prepare the student to undertake and successfully complete the capstone design experience embodied in the subsequent course ECE 458 Design Project II. The objectives of this course include providing a firm basis in the methodology of planning and executing an engineering design project, exposing the student to real case studies involving engineering design, forming a design project group and developing group skills in executing design projects, preparing a design project plan, and having the student groups select a design project of appropriate complexity and their faculty advisor in preparation for the subsequent course ECE 458. Included in this course are major written report(s) and major oral presentation(s) as well as minor reports and presentations.

Continuation of ECE 457. Goals of this course are for the student to conduct, successfully complete, and professionally present the results of his/her capstone design project under the oversight of his/her faculty advisor. The objectives of this course include executing the design project plan prepared in ECE 457, conducting group activities associated with the execution of the design project, participating in design reviews, preparing the project report, and presenting and demonstrating the results of the project activities to a group of faculty, students, and industry representatives. Included in this course are major written report(s) and major oral presentation(s) as well as minor reports and presentations.

Continuation of ECE 457. Goals of this course are for the student to conduct, successfully complete, and professionally present the results of his/her capstone design project under the oversight of his/her faculty advisor. The objectives of this course include executing the design project plan prepared in ECE 457, conducting group activities associated with the execution of the design project, participating in design reviews, preparing the project report, and presenting and demonstrating the results of the project activities to a group of faculty, students, and industry representatives. Included in this course are major written report(s) and major oral presentation(s) as well as minor reports and presentations.

Computer forensic principles focusing on hardware, firmware, software and information investigations. Students will develop skills in locating, extracting and analyzing digital information for possible use as evidence in civil, criminal or administrative cases. Topics include overview of computer forensic law, applications of hardware and software tools for computer forensics, volume and file system analysis, computer forensics investigations and computer forensics in the laboratory. Hands-on laboratory exercises are used to improve comprehension.

Synthesis of state machines including data path, I/O and control path design, testing and implementation, Register transfer languages, ASM chart and mixed mode design methodologies, ROM-centered, embedded processor core centered and FPGA implementations using HDL tools and techniques. Specific applications to embedded controllers and sensor interface devices for embedded and real-time systems applications will be discussed. An FPGA based laboratory and semester project experience is included.

Research

Research Interests

  • Computer architecture and evaluation
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Database systems
  • Embedded systems
  • Real-time systems

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