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Master Systems and Control
Master SC 2011
Master Systems and Control 2011
Director of Education
Prof.dr.ir. J. Hellendoorn
Dr. P.S.C. Heuberger
Master Systems & Control
The MSc coordinator is the person for questions or problems related to the individual study programme and for monitoring progress.
Every student should consult the MSc coordinator before the end of the first semester to set up an individual study programme using the following ingredients: compulsory courses, current ideas about the theme of the thesis project, the Specialisation Courses that bridge the gap between the compulsory courses and the thesis project and the use of the free elective space. The student submits his/her plan for approval to the Board of Examiners.
In order to finish the programme in two years, the student should plan to take an average of 30 credits worth of courses per semester. At the end of the first year, the student and the MSc coordinator will discuss his/her progress and planning.
The MSc coordinator is dr. Peter Heuberger
Location: 8C, 3rd floor, room 08
Tel: +31 (0)15 27 85331
In association with the University of
Relationship with 3TU graduate school
The MSc programme in Systems and Control at Delft University of Technology is part of the 3TU MSc programme in Systems and Control. The other participating groups in this programme are:
• Control Systems Technology Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, http://www.wtb.tue.nl
• Control Systems Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology,
• Control Engineering Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente, http://www.ce.utwente.nl/
• Mathematical Systems and Control Theory Group, Faculty of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente,
• Laboratory of Mechanical Automation, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Twente,
Relationship with the national graduate school, DISC
The MSc is an excellent way of preparing for the PhD programme offered by the national graduate school, DISC (Dutch Institute of Systems and Control). This is housed in the same research center at Delft University of Technology.
What is the 3TU.Federation?
The three leading universities of technology in the Netherlands - Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente - have joined forces in the 3TU.Federation (www.3tu.nl).
This federation maximizes innovation by combining and concentrating the strengths of all three universities in research, education and knowledge transfer.
Within the framework of this cooperation, five joint MSc programmes have been developed that address key issues in engineering and society. These five MSc programmes are:
• Construction Management and Engineering
• Embedded Systems
• Science Education and Communication
• Sustainable Energy Technology
• Systems and Control
The main advantages for students
The 3TU MSc programmes are developed as exclusive programmes of outstanding academic quality that enable you to study at three of the top universities in the Netherlands.
These programmes focus on areas of innovation developed with state-of-the-art engineering expertise.
You will have the opportunity to acquire qualifications and competences that are in high demand.
With successful graduation you will have obtained an outstanding qualification profile. The 3TU masters combine excellent subject based competences, research skills, the capacity for independent analysis and synthesis and an advanced capability to apply knowledge in practice.
The core programmes of the 3TU masters are largely identical and can be followed at any of the three locations.
The admission procedures, teaching and examination regulations and academic calendars at all three universities have been carefully matched.
You benefit from the special strengths of the three universities by choosing a specialization at any of the three locations.
You are registered at the location of your choice, but you are automatically co-registered at the other two locations to ensure access to the facilities of all three.
Universities of Technology in the Netherlands
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
TU Delft (www.tudelft.nl) is an enterprising university at the forefront of technological development. The university trains the engineers of tomorrow by means of its fundamental and applied research and educational programmes. With its broad knowledge base, worldwide reputation and successful alumni, TU Delft contributes significantly to the development of responsible solutions to urgent societal problems worldwide. The university offers 14 BSc and over 35 MSc programmes. With approximately 15,000 students, TU Delft is the nation’s largest university of technology with the most comprehensive range of engineering courses.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Eindhoven University of Technology (www.tue.nl) offers high-quality education and research for the advancement of engineering science, the development of societal and technological innovations, and the growth of welfare and prosperity. The Eindhoven region has a global reputation in top technology with a strong concentration of high-tech companies (including electronics giant Philips), R&D and higher education institutes. As a main driving force behind the region’s internationally oriented knowledge economy, TU/e focuses on innovation and cutting-edge research. TU/e currently offers 11 BSc programmes and 22 MSc programmes.
University of Twente (UT)
Based in the Eastern Dutch town of Enschede, the University of Twente (www.utwente.nl) is one of Europe’s finest educational establishments encouraging research and entrepreneurship in both technology and social sciences. As a young and innovative institute, UT is internationally respected in a broad range of engineering sciences as well as societal and management disciplines, including cross-disciplinary programmes on e.g. health and technology. UT offers 20 BSc programmes and 31 MSc programmes. And because there is more to life than studying, the Netherlands’ only university with a residential campus has many sports, cultural and training facilities.
For more information visit www.3tu.nl
Additional information can be obtained from:
Delft: MSc Coordinator, dr. Peter Heuberger email@example.com
Eindhoven: Master S&C Information point, firstname.lastname@example.org
Twente: dr. Jan Willem Polderman, email@example.com
Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC)
The MSc programme in Systems and Control began in September 2003. It is taught by the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology. DCSC is a merger of the three former systems and control groups in the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology (OCP), Information Technology and Systems (ITS) and Applied Sciences (TNW). For more information, visit www.dcsc.tudelft.nl.
The DCSC team consists of four full-time professor and three part-time professors. Every MSc student has one of these professors or an associate professor as their formal thesis supervisor.
> Prof. O.H. Bosgra
Modelling, identification, control and model-based optimisation; applications in mechanical servo systems and industrial production processes.
> Prof. P.M.J. van den Hof
Model-based measurement and control, system identification, signal processing and data-based control; applications in industrial production processes, oil/gas reservoir engineering, and physical imaging systems.
> Prof. M. Verhaegen
Data driven control, system identification, distributed control, Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control with application to control for image processing, windenergy and vehicle mechatronics
> Prof. R. Babuska
Computational intelligence and machine learning techniques for modeling and control of nonlinear systems. Fuzzy systems, neural networks, reinforcement learning. Applications in robotics and mechatronics.
> Prof. B. De Schutter
hybrid and discrete event systems, multi-level and multi-agent control, model predictive control, optimisation, traffic control, transportation networks, water networks, electricity networks, logistics.
> Prof. J. Hellendoorn
Hierarchical and predictive/anticipative control and decision making, computational intelligence (fuzzy logic, neural networks), traffic applications, condition monitoring.
> Prof. E.G.M. Holweg
Intelligent Automotive Systems.
In consultation with the MSc academic counsellor, the student chooses a thesis from a list of available projects posted on the internet. Also listed is the name of the day-to-day supervisor who will coach the student throughout the project.
Most MSc theses fall within the scope of an ongoing research project at the Delft Center for Systems and Control. Alternatively, projects may also be chosen in co-operation with one of the following research groups affiliated to the MSc programme.
> Mechatronic System Design (3mE-PME)
> Biomechanical Engineering (3mE-BmechE)
> Control and Simulation (AE)
> Mathematical System Theory (EEMCS)
> Process & Product Engineering (AS-PPE)
> Bioprocess Technology (AS-BPT)
> Dynamic Traffic Management (CivE-DTM)
> Reservoir Engineering (CivE)
The MSc programme in Systems and Control covers the analysis and design of reliable and high-performance measurement and control strategies for a wide variety of dynamic technological processes. It centres on fundamental generic aspects of systems and control engineering and stresses the multidisciplinary nature of the field, with applications in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics, aerospace engineering and chemical engineering – among them the following.
- High-accuracy positioning and motion-control systems, mechatronics, microsystems, production systems, robotics and smart structures.
- Petrochemical, chemical, physical and biotechnological production processes.
- Transportation systems (automotive, railway, logistics, aerospace).
- Infrastructure networks (water, electricity)
- Physical imaging systems (acoustic and optical imaging).
- Adaptive optincs
- Energy conversion and distribution.
- Biomedical systems, System biology.
The programme brings together issues of physical modelling, experiment design, signal analysis and estimation, model-based control design and optimisation, hardware and software in a study of systems of high complexity and of different kinds, such as linear and nonlinear dynamics, hybrid and embedded systems, and ranging from small-scale microsystems to large-scale industrial plants, structures, and networks.
The MSc Systems and Control graduate possesses the following knowledge and skills.
1. Knowledge of engineering sciences (electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, mathematics) in breadth and in depth, and the ability to apply this to systems and control engineering at an advanced level.
2. Scientific and technical knowledge of systems and control engineering, in breadth and in depth, and the skills to use this effectively. The discipline is mastered at different levels of abstraction, including a reflective understanding of its structure and its relationships with other fields, and to some extent this knowledge reaches the forefront of scientific or industrial research and development. Moreover, the knowledge possessed can form the basis for innovative contributions to the discipline in the form of new designs or the development of new knowledge.
3. Thorough knowledge of paradigms, methods and tools, as well as the skills to apply that knowledge actively in analysis, modelling, simulation, design and the conduct of research pertaining innovative, technologically dynamically systems, with an appreciation of different areas of application.
4. The ability to solve technological problems independently and in a systematic way, by means of problem analysis, formulating subproblems and providing innovative technical solutions, including in new and unfamiliar situations. A professional attitude towards identifying and acquiring new expertise, towards monitoring and critically evaluating existing knowledge, towards planning and carrying out research, towards adapting to changing circumstances and towards integrating new knowledge with an appreciation of its ambiguity, incompleteness and limitations.
5. The ability to work both independently and in multidisciplinary teams, interacting effectively with specialists and taking initiatives where necessary.
6. The ability to communicate effectively about his or her work in the English language, to both professionals and non-specialists, including the ability to make presentations and produce reports on, for example, solutions to problems, conclusions, knowledge and considerations.
7. The ability to evaluate and assess the technological, ethical and social impact of his or her work, and to take responsibility with regard to sustainability, economy and social welfare.
8. The willingness to maintain his or her professional competence independently, through life-long learning.
Program Structure 1
Lecture courses (60 EC)
These are divided in four components.
- Compulsory courses (24 EC).
- Elective Systems and Control courses selected from a list provided (at least 20 EC).
- "Free" elective technical courses, chosen by agreement with the MSc thesis supervisor (at least 13 EC).
- At least 3 EC should be devoted to non-technical courses. For student starting their MSc programme after August 31,2011, these courses should contain at least one course on societal and ethical aspects of research. A list with examples courses can be obtained from the education coordinator.
Most courses are assessed by means of an oral or written examination.
Assignments (60 EC)
The assignments are carried out during the second year of the MSc programme, in most cases on an individual basis.
They may include the following.
- An optional traineeship in industry or a project assignment defined in consultation with an external party (industry, research institute, etc.). This is worth 15 EC. If the MSc thesis is prepared in co-operation with and at the premises of an external party, the traineeship component may be combined with the thesis.
- Project work (seminars, project meetings, presentations) (3 EC).
- Preparation of MSc thesis project (literature survey) (15 EC).
- MSc thesis project (42 EC, or 27 EC when combined with an industrial traineeship).
The assignments are assessed on the basis of a written report and, possibly, an oral presentation.
The thesis project is the final assignment in the MSc programme.
The student prepares this thesis as a report of his or her research project. The thesis work is assessed on the basis of an oral presentation by the student and an oral examination before an MSc examining board composed of at least three members of the academic staff, including the thesis supervisor. The examining board may also include external examiners from research institutes or from industrial partners. See section 1.5 for the assignments requirements.
Study programme and general structure
Systems and Control offers an MSc course of two years. Each course year is divided into two semesters and each semester consists of two periods. Each period includes seven weeks of lectures, one so-called white week (lectures allowed, exams generally not) followed by two examination weeks.
For those subjects for which written examinations are held, the student will get at least one opportunity per year to do a resit. Resits are generally held in the first period after the regular period for a certain examination. Resits for the examinations held in period 2B are scheduled for the second half of August.
The study load of a course is expressed in European Credits. This is a result of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which encourages acknowledgement of study results between higher education institutions within the European Union. The study load for one educational year is 60 EC. These ECs give an indication of the weight of a certain part of the course. One EC involves approximately 28 hours of study. These 28 hours include all time spent on the course: lectures, self-education, internship, practicals, examinations, etc.
Fail or Pass Regulation
To pass a course or assignment, a grade of at least 6 is necessary. The grades are rounded off to half points, so 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 etc.
With Honours Regulation
At the discretion of the Board of Examiners, a candidate for the Master’s degree can receive the designation “cum laude” if he or she meets the following conditions:
a) the mark awarded to the components specified in the Master's examination implementation procedures shall average no less than 8, excluding the Master’s Thesis and Literature Study in a list that contains no marks below 6; This average is weighted with respect to the number of ECs.
b) the candidate concerned shall have completed the Master’s degree programme in no more than three years;
c) the mark awarded for the thesis project shall be no less than 9;
d) the examiner of the graduation assignment shall have submitted a proposal for the award of “cum laude”.
Transfering from HBO to TUD
See the information under <Education Type> "Pre-masters Program" and <Education> Pre-master Systems and Control.