Stefan Geuns, student on the Master's program in Embedded Systems
'Embedded Systems is more practical in nature than other programs. It combines computer science, the software aspects in other words, and electrical engineering, the hardware side of things. The course is new and relevant because an increasing number of devices require the combination of software and hardware.
Everything needs to be more efficient, faster and at higher quality. That requires continuous development and refinement of the technology, and that is where we come in. Together with fellow students, I have modified a JPEG decoder so that it can also function in an environment with fewer resources than you get with a PC. This contributes towards the development of all devices that are able to receive or store those images, such as mobile phones and television sets. It may sound abstract and complicated, but I find that tinkering and problem-solving highly fascinating.'