Systems, Control and Mechatronics

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

Technical systems increasingly employ electronics and computers, to give the final product or system the desired properties. Driving factors are, for example, functional and quality demands, energy utilisation, environmental demands, or cost reductions. The wide range of industrial needs, from small embedded devices to large control systems for transportation, production or electric power distribution, is the primary motivation for this programme.

Programme aim

The aim of the programme is to prepare you for a professional career by providing a broad systems engineering base, suited to the engineering of complex, computer-controlled (embedded) products and systems. The programme also offers course packages towards 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.

Programme description

Modern passenger cars increasingly depend on the integration of the car’s mechanical subsystems, with a substantial number 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 are 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 be 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. In collaboration with Universität Stuttgart, we 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.

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Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2018. Minor changes may occur.

Programme plan

In the basic courses our focus lies in developing your engineering skills on a system level. In the elective part of the programme, we offer course packages towards subtopics, e.g. control, automation and mechatronics, and/or fields of application. 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, you will learn the basic tools for systematic modelling from physics, and/or experiments and simulation of those. These skills are used in many branches of systems engineering.
  • Discrete event systems provides the basics for modelling and analysing systems with complex logic that is often present in man-made systems, for example, within embedded products and production systems.
  • Linear control systems 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 Model-based development of cyber-physical systems, you will apply the knowledge from the previous courses in modeling and control in a real project that includes all phases from modelling, simulation, and control design, to implementation, and validation and testing.
  • 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 compulsory-elective courses in the programme comprise: Robust and nonlinear control; Applied signal processing; Modelling and control of mechatronic systems; Sensor fusion and nonlinear filtering; Constraint programming and applied optimisation; Simulation of production systems; Model predictive control; System identification; Nonlinear optimisation; Discrete optimisation, and Linear and integer optimisation with applications.

Suggested course packages

To guide you through the selection of elective courses, the programme provides multiple course packages that can be used to specialize towards a certain application, or to further focus on general methods:
  • Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence provides knowledge about autonomous agents and biologically inspired optimisation methods.
  • Autonomous Systems contains courses that focus on perception, sensor fusion, and control. This will prepare you for building autonomous systems, for example, selfdriving cars.
  • Control and Signal Processing focuses on general methods for control, signal processing and optimisation.
  • Electric and Hybrid Powertrains – The powertrain in cars and trucks is now often partially or fully electrified. In this course package, you will learn about batteries, the electric and hybrid powertrains, and the control of those.
  • Embedded Systems focuses more on the hardware/software aspects of implementing embedded control systems.
  • Industry 4.0 within production artificial intelligence together with new sensors, e.g. cameras, will make the next generation of automation systems self-configurable, and able to optimize and do self-diagnostics on the production system.
  • Machine Learning – Artifical intelligence and machines that can learn skills based on data will be an important technique in many applications. In this course package, you will learn the key techniques in deep machine learning, and other data-driven methods, like system identification.
  • Mathematical Systems Theory further focuses on general system-oriented courses for modelling and analysis of dynamic 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 in process engineering.
For detailed information on the course packages:
Download the programme brochure (pdf)

Programme content in detail

You will find the programme content in detail, including syllabus and description of the courses for the current year, in the pdf file below or on the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.
Read more about the courses in the programme and the learning outcomes (pdf)
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, such 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 Electrical Engineering

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Published: Fri 12 Nov 2010. Modified: Thu 12 Apr 2018