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2016/2017 Aerospace Engineering Master Aerospace Engineering
Supervisory Control & Cognitive Systems
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. C. Borst    C.Borst@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.M. van Paassen    M.M.vanPaassen@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
AE4302 (Avionics)
AE4316 (Aerospace Human-Machine Systems)
Course Contents
This course is an elective for students that followed the AHMS (AE4316) course and are interested in advanced research topics in supervisory control and how to apply theory into practice. The first few lectures will lay the theoretical foundation for the advanced topics that will be introduced in the practical assignments. By means of letting students design an experiment, collect data, analyse data, and report their findings, the aim of this course is to let students close a typical engineering design cycle comprising theory, prototyping, evaluation, and reporting.

Lecture arrangement:

Classroom lectures will be provided in the first two weeks. After that, students will work in small groups on creating an experiment design, participate in an experiment (collect data), analyse data and report the findings in a scientific article format.

Deadlines and deliverables;

The students' efforts need to be completed before the start of the next quarter/period! The deadline for submitting the experiment design is three weeks after the first lecture and the report is due the last working day of the last exam week.


No written exam. Grading will be based on the quality of the groupís experiment plan (20%) and the scientific article (80%).
Study Goals
1. The student can develop an experimental plan (to investigate and answer a research question) by applying experimental design principles treated in AE4316 and this course;

2. The student can collect and analyse data from a human-in-the-loop experiment at a professional level;

3. The student can elaborate on and discuss the findings of the experiment by applying theoretical constructs introduced in this classroom lectures and AE4316.

4. The student can communicate the experiment design and findings at a professional level by means of a scientific article.
Education Method
Classroom lectures, twice a week, interspersed with practical assignment sessions in one of the simulation facilities at Control & Simulation.
Course Relations
Literature and Study Materials
Collection of lecture slides will be made available on the Bboard.

Recommended book for this course:

Field, A. and Hole, G.J., "How to Design and Report Experiments", Sage Publications Ltd, 2003, ISBN-13: 978-0761973836
No written exam. Grading will be based on the quality of the groupís experiment plan (20%) and a scientific article (80%).