Systems, Control and Mechatronics

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

Technical systems, be they consumer products or industrial systems for process and production control, have an increasing need for intelligent control.

By extending mechanical solutions with sensors and electronics there are ample possibilities to create not only new functions, but also make these new solutions effective and apply to quality and safety requirements, cost reductions and environmental demands.

The challenge lies in making the control of these systems accurate (precise), fast and yet robust and flexible.

Programme aim

The aim of the programme is to prepare the students for a professional career by providing a broad systems engineering
base, suited to the engineering of complex, computer-controlled (embedded) products and systems, and offering course packages toward subtopics (e.g. control; automation; mechatronics) and/or fields of application.

Applications span a wide spectrum, from small consumer devices and medical equipment to large systems for process and production control.

A basic idea behind the programme is the systems perspective and the general systems engineering skills. The elective part of the programme can be tailored towards an application area or to more fundamental topics in control, automation or mechatronics.

Programme description

A striking example of the current development can be found in the automotive area, where modern passenger cars increasingly depend on the integration of the car’s mechanical subsystems with a substantial amount of embedded computers, sensors, actuators, and communication devices, making it possible to create cars with active safety functions and new propulsion systems. Other evolving fields of this discipline is HVDC power transmission to minimize loss in the grid and intelligent robots for households and industry, to name a few.

To ensure development within the field, all these systems depend on engineers making them precise, effective, flexible, fast and safe. As a student you will become able to contribute to the development that will lead to the integration of functions for sensing, monitoring and control with a wide range of products and systems.

We prepare you for a professional career by providing a broad systems engineering base. In the basic courses our focus lies in developing your engineering skills on a system level; Discrete event systems, Modelling and simulation, Linear control system design, Embedded control systems and Design project. In the elective part of the programme, we offer course packages toward subtopics e.g. control, automation and mechatronics and/or fields of application.

In collaboration with Universität Stuttgart, we also offer you a possibility to pursue a double degree.

Why apply

The programme leads to a wide range of career opportunities with emphasis on operation, design, development and research of complex technical systems within almost any branch of industry. In fact, the generality of many of the methods offers great opportunities in terms of choosing among many different application domains. The acquired skills are needed at manufacturing companies, supplier companies, consulting firms and utility companies.

Job roles range from applied research to product and system development and operation, as well as extend to sales support and product planning. In addition, other career opportunities may arise as academic researchers, technical advisors, project managers and teachers at different levels.

Other Programmes that might interest you

Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2015. Minor changes may occur.

Programme plan

The programme consists of five compulsory courses together with three semi-compulsory courses and a set of elective courses. In the semi-compulsory/elective part of the programme, it is possible to select courses from defined course packages that will tailor your education towards a certain application or to more fundamental topics in control, automation or mechatronics. The five compulsory courses focus on general systems engineering skills and aim at providing a set of generic methods and tools:
  • In Modelling and simulation the basic tools for systematic modelling from physics and/or experiments and simulation of those are learnt. These skills are used in many branches of systems engineering.
  • Discrete event systems provides the basics for modelling and analysing systems with complex logic often present in man-made systems, for example, within embedded products and production systems.
  • Linear control system design describes the fundamental ideas behind feedback control systems, based upon the triplet sensing – decision – actuation, with focus on model based control system design.
  • In Embedded control systems you learn the principles and mechanisms used in the implementation of control and automation systems, and what the implications are for the system as a whole.
  • In Design project in systems, control and mechatronics, a structured project methodology is used in solving a larger design and implementation problem in a team where the skills from the previous courses are necessary to successfully solve the project.
The semi-compulsory courses consists of (three out of eight should be chosen) Model predictive control; Modelling and control of mechatronic systems; Optimization (one out of three possible courses); Applied signal processing; Discrete event control and optimization; Nonlinear and adaptive control; Simulation of production systems; Sensor fusion and non-linear filtering.

Course packages

Course packages are used to tailor the education towards a certain application or more towards fundamental topics, examples of course packages are:
  • Artificial intelligence provides knowledge about autonomous agents and biologically inspired optimization methods.
  • Automation is focused on automation of manufacturing systems, including virtual simulation, robotics, logistics, and sustainability.
  • Automotive systems extends the control and signal processing courses with courses in vehicle dynamics and hybrid vehicles.
  • Control and signal processing focuses on general methods
  • for control, signal processing and optimization.
  • Electric drives is focused on design of electric drive systems and power electronic converters with possible applications in hybrid vehicles.
  • Mathematical system theory further focuses on general system oriented courses for modelling and analysis of dynamic systems.
  • Mechatronics and embedded systems is focused on both the use and implementation of computers as embedded components for control of mechatronic systems.
  • Mechatronics in mechanics further focuses on the analysis of mechanical systems and the use of electrical drives in mechatronic systems.
  • Power systems is focused on power systems and power electronic equipment connected to the grid including technologies like HVDC power transmission.
  • Process control is focused on control for chemical engineering applications with more courses process engineering.

Programme content in detail

You will find the programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.
Programme content in detail, incl. syllabus and description of the courses

Career opportunities

Due to its integrating properties the programme leads to a wide range of career opportunities with emphasis on operation, design, development and research of complex technical systems within almost any branch of industry. The generality of many of the methods offers great opportunities in terms of choosing among many different domains of application. The acquired skills are needed at manufacturing companies, supplier companies, consulting firms and utility companies. Job roles range from applied research to product and system development and operation, as well as sales support and product planning. In addition, other career opportunities may arise as academic researchers, technical advisors, project managers and teachers at different levels.

 

Research connections

Swedish industry has a strong tradition in systems engineering and the long- lasting partnership between Chalmers and Swedish industry makes Chalmers a perfect choice for students wanting to pursue this rapidly evolving field of engineering.

 

Department of Signals and Systems

Published: Fri 12 Nov 2010. Modified: Tue 03 May 2016