Preparing students for emerging technologies

  • Last Post 16 March 2017
Nima posted this 27 February 2017

How can innovative mechatronics curricula be designed to prepare the next generation engineers for application areas such as:

  • Autonomous and electrified vehicles in automotive and aerospace industries
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Home automation
  • Medical applications
  • Smart cities
  • Internet of things

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vkapila posted this 04 March 2017

One needs to design a curriculum that includes a sequence of required courses and some specialization courses. See our curriculum here:

Our curriculum includes required courses in mechatronics, advanced mechatronics, robot mechanics, and simulation tools for mechatronics. Specialization requires two courses in the specialty area (assistive mechatronic technologies, mobile robotics, and microrobotics). All students have to do six credits of project or thesis work. Many courses require hands-on, project-based learning through which topics such as home automation, medical applications, smart cities, IoT, among others are addressed. 

tlee posted this 16 March 2017

One of the considerations we're undertaking is the architectural aspects of next generation mechatronics in fields such as IoT. In addition to the traditional framework of physical system + sensors + actuators + processor + software, we need to consider a communications, and distributed and collective computational intelligence typically cloud-based, within a heterogeneous group of physical systems. For the academic world, we shouldn't replicate industry but find workable, academically sound abstractions and architecture to support study, experimentation, and research.