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Systems and Control

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English (100%)
24 months
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Type of institution
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Program description

If you are interested in the analysis and control of dynamic systems in the broadest sense, then the Master’s in Systems and Control is the programme for you.

The Master’s programme in Systems and Control is concerned with the control of the behaviour of dynamic phenomena and systems in interaction with their environment. For applications, think about (mobile) robots, production machines, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), chemical processes, biomechanical devices etc. Students investigate methods for obtaining mathematical models that reflect the key features of a system by employing differential equations, inequalities, algebraic equations or logical constraints.

The next step is to simulate these models using advanced simulation methods. The programme also focuses on techniques for prediction and estimation. The final purpose is to control a system using a control algorithm, e.g. using feed-forward or feedback. This will require to choose inputs and imposing additional constraints on certain variables to influence the system so as to obtain certain desired behaviour. This activity is part of the system design.

Depending on your specialization you will concentrate on elaborating theoretical aspects of control or you may emphasize the technology of developing mechatronic devices and systems.

Systems and Control Curriculum

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science and Process Control. Courses in a variety of mathematical topics and mathematical modeling.

Mathematical systems and control theory is concerned with the mathematical analysis of complex systems, as well their design by addition of control components (feedback), involving system components from various disciplines including electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science and process control.

Instruction modes
Lectures, projects, practical work, assignments.

Systems and Control Tracks

The Systems and Control program allows students to study one of 2 tracks.

Robotics and Mechatronics
Research activities in this specialization focus more and more on the field of advanced robotics, including robotics in medical applications. Mechatronics involves a synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and measurement and control in the design of products and processes. It focuses on Mechatronic Design, which can be defined as follows: the integrated and optimal design of a mechanical system and its embedded control system. By means of an integrated design of the mechanical parts and the measurement and control system, realized in electronic circuits or as an embedded computer program, mechanical constructions can achieve superior performance and become cheaper and more flexible. Well-known examples are the audio CD player and its successors the CD-ROM and DVD as well as many automotive applications, (mobile and flying) robots, advanced production machines, systems for telemanipulation, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and so on. As a student, you will be able to tailor the programme to address your own individual interests and needs.

Control Theory
With the rise of automated manufacturing in the nineteenth century, control mechanisms became far more vital. Watt’s fly-ball governor, a device that controls steam pressure, was a breakthrough that directly contributed to the industrial revolution. Up to this day the manufacturing of servo mechanisms plays an important role in mechanical engineering (e.g. in robot technology.) The electrical engineering community has grappled with many questions having to do with the need for a theoretical underpinning of the behaviour of interconnected components. These questions include: how may we mathematically model a complicated electrical circuit, and conversely, given a mathematical model, how may we implement it as an electrical device? Once mathematically formulated, we see that these problems, derived from the mechanical and electrical engineering domains, have much in common and that in fact they belong to a single area, an area that nowadays is called ‘systems and control’.

Systems and Control Related Programs

Besides the Systems and Control MSc program, University of Twente offers a range of other Technology programs such as the Master Telematics

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Systems and Control Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Systems and Control will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

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About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Academic degree

BSc Maths, BSc EE, BSc AT.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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