Course Description

Micro-credential - Cyber-physical Systems and Control

Why should I take this Micro-credential?

The rapid growth of embedded systems in the previous decades led to the emergence of large, complex networks of embedded systems operating together, with interdependent control and communication loops. This is the world of cyber-physical systems, synergy of physical components and software that controls them. This world does not exist in isolation—it interacts with the environment and the society continuously. This MC is a thorough study of cyber-physical systems, their vital role in the modern world, means of their production, deployment, testing, and assessment.

What will I learn?

o    How to describe a cyber-physical system and design it
o    How to pick components for a cyber-physical system
o    How to write specifications for a cyber-physical system and test them
o    How to verify cyber-physical system’s performance
o    How to design and code control schemes for cyber-physical systems
o    How to apply machine learning techniques in cyber-physical systems
o    How to coordinate a group of cyber-physical systems
o    How to assess cyber-physical system’s interaction with its surroundings (society, environment)

What will I do?

o    You will participate in lectures and discussions
o    You will design, build, test, and present an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV, drone) performing a complex task alongside similar devices in a cooperative swarm
o    You will build software, hardware, and mechanical components
o    You will continuously critically assess design, implementation, potential applications and consequences of your device’s use

How will this be delivered?

o    Weekly lectures (online and in-person hybrid) on technological and societal aspects of cyber-physical systems, control, and complexity studies
o    Lab work (in person, in situ): development of software, hardware, mechanical parts of uncrewed aerial vehicles, as well as extensive testing
o    Guest lectures from professionals, academics, artists, and social scientists about their experience with complex cyber-physical systems
o    Additional online content on the most recent developments in the field

How will this be assessed?

o    Continuous assessment of individual work, group work, and multi-group work in drone design, construction, testing, control, and integration (60%)
o    Final exam on general and specific issues of cyber-physical systems in technology and society (40%)

Award: 10 ECTS

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CollegeTrinity College Dublin
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategoryConstruction & Engineering
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Awarding BodyTrinity College Dublin
Awarding Body Details10 ECTS
Course Start Date12th September 2023
Course Duration1 Semester
Course Fee€2,040
Entry RequirementsApplicants must have a 2.1 grade in a level 8 degree in Engineering or a cognate discipline • CV & Transcript (2:1) Application Deadline: August 12th 2023
Course CodeDPEEG-CPSC-1M09
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