Seminar on Modern Embedded Systems Application - School of Engineering Sciences

Starting September 13, 2018 - Ending September 13, 2019

Prof. A. O. Ebo Richardson, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus in Electrical & Computer Engineering, from the California State University, Chico, U.S.A will be delivering a Seminar on the topic: Modern Embedded Systems Applications in Engineering and Applied Sciences: Developing Laboratories for Teaching, Projects, Research, and Entrepreneurial Start-Ups.


Date: Monday, 17th September, 2018

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Venue: School of Engineering Sciences Seminar Room, 3rd Floor



A microcontroller is a single electronic, semiconductor device (chip) which has a complete computer (processor, memory and input/output elements) built into it. Microcontrollers are built into equipment that are part of our day-to-day life. Automobile engine control systems, implantable medical devices, remote control devices, office machines, home and industrial appliances, power tools, toys, mobile phones, communication systems and handheld devices are all built around microcontrollers.. Such systems are referred to as ‘Embedded Systems”

Courses in Applied Sciences that utilize instrumentation, as well as Engineering disciplines, use these laboratories for practical, hands-on, project design, research, practical experiments, and demonstrations.

With the experience and skills gained from these laboratories, university graduates could go out to the job arena in Ghana, highly employable. They would be equipped to start their own small companies, including telecommunications hardware companies. They would create, in Ghana, electronics products of the digital age, incorporating both hardware and software. These would include digital instruments needed in factories as test and monitoring instruments. Their skills would spur the rapid growth of Ghana’s agro-processing, and telecommunications hardware industry. Graduates could produce simple instruments for patient monitoring in hospitals and clinics, as well as weather monitoring equipment. Microprocessor-based products comprise both hardware and software. So, students’ expertise in software even by itself could usher in a huge growth industry in software products outsourcing in Ghana. And Ghana could be a significant player in the global software outsourcing market! Some of the very easily implemented applications of microcontrollers are: Digital thermometers, Digital weighing systems, Pressure Monitors. Digital instruments are easily designed and fabricated,…. Control and robotic applications, audio projects, equalizers, spectral extraction, frequency counters; Meteorological instrumentation....wind speed, solar energy research, humidity measurement, agriculture research instruments.


BRIEF BIO : Professor A. O. Ebo Richardson.

Ebo Richardson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, California State University, Chico. He has spent more than forty-five years teaching, conducting research, engaging in collaborative academic initiatives, publishing and presenting conference papers, in U.S. Universities, as well as in Canada, Europe, Singapore, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria.. He also has more than five years’ experience in U.S. Industries, as Electronics and Computer Engineer and Senior Engineer. Prof. Richardson had High School education in Ghana (Adisadel College, Cape Coast), his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Yale University (New Haven Connecticut), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), respectively, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (State College, Pennsylvania).


His Major Professional awards include: 1) 1967, one of eleven Ghanaian winners of African Scholarship Program for American Universities( ASPAU) to Yale University; 2) 1994 Winner at California State University, Chico, of “Professional Achievement Honors, for significant contributions to your field of endeavor”; an extremely competitive award for ..…. “Faculty who have brought prestige to the University by their significant contributions in research, publications, through funded projects, or by receiving awards or fellowships”; 3) 2012: California State University, Chico: Awarded “Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering”, conferred upon Retirement, with Official Citation.… “ Recognizing outstanding and meritorious professional and personal contributions to the growth of the University and its students”. 3) Lifetime Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), U.S.A.