Systems Engineering and Management for Robotics

Fall 2017
/ Robotics /

Pre-requisites: None
Co-requisites: None
Units: 12.0


Practically everything around us is a system-from the cell phone in your pocket to the International Space System up in the sky. The higher the complexity of the system, the more its creators benefit from applying formal processes to its development-processes that are collectively known under the umbrella systems engineering. Systems Engineering is a formal discipline that guides a product from conception and design all the way to production, marketing, servicing, and disposal. In this course we will study the fundamental elements of systems engineering as they apply to the development of robotic systems. We will cover topics such as needs analysis, requirements elicitation and formalization, system architecture development, trade studies, verification and validation, etc. In addition, for this course we will cover core topics of Project Management that must be performed in tandem with Systems Engineering to achieve a successful project and product. For the Project Management we will cover work breakdown structures, scheduling, estimation, and risk management. We will study both classical and agile methods in project management. The students will apply most of the elements of this course in the MRSD Project Course I and II, thus giving them the opportunity to put the theory in practice in a real product design activity. Please note that this course is for MRSD students only. (Past project examples: http://mrsd.ri.cmu.edu/project-examples/)


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