Special Topic Courses

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Permanent Course Descriptions and Outlines

Microelectromechanical Devices

Fundamental concepts for design of microelectromechanical devices (MEMS), including mechanical and thermal behavior of materials and structures, transduction principles, transducer design, and modeling.

Fourier Techniques and Signal Analysis

Introduction to the use of Fourier Methods for analysis of signals.

Fourier Optics and Holography

Applications of the Fourier transform and linear systems theory to the
analysis of optical propagation, diffraction, imaging, holography,
wavefront modulation, and signal processing.


Study of the fundamental principles and primary applications of lasers, and
of detectors of optical radiation.


Provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and primary applications of nanophotonics, which describes the behavior of light and its interactions with matter on the micro- and nano-scale.

Integrated Optics

Theory and design of integrated photonic devices.

Optical Fibers

Provides an in-depth understanding of the light guiding properties of
optical fibers as used in communication systems.

Nonlinear Optics

Provides an introduction to the field of nonlinear optics, exploring the
physical mechanisms, applications, and experimental techniques.

Modulation, Diffractive and Crystal Optics

Provides a working knowledge of temporal and spatial optical modulation,
diffractive optical devices and crystal optics.

Organic Optoelectronics

Fundamental understanding of the optical and electronic properties of organic materials and devices that form the basic of the emerging technological area of printed flexible optoelectronics.

Optoelectronics: Devices, Integration, Packaging, Systems

Optoelectronic devices (detectors, emitters, modulators) from the
practical realized and theoretical performance perspective. Explores
monolithic and hybrid integration of devices, packaging and system

Fiber Optic Networks

Architectural, performance and design aspects of fiber-optic
communications networks, components and technologies. Relationship
between the physical network implementation and the higher-level
network architecture.

Linear Systems and Controls

Introduction to linear system theory and feedback control. Topics include
state space representation, controllability and observability, linear
feedback control.

Digital Control

Techniques for analysis and synthesis of digital control systems. Sample-data systems, state-space systems, and linear feedback design.

Nonlinear Systems and Control

Classical analysis techniques and stability theory for nonlinear systems.
Control design for nonlinear systems, including robotic systems. Design

Optimal Control and Optimization

Optimal control of dynamic systems, numerical optimization techniques and
their applications in solving optimal-trajectory problems.

Adaptive Control

Methods of parameter estimation and adaptive control for systems with
constant or slowly-varying unknown parameters. MATLAB design projects
emphasizing applications to physical systems.

Optimal Estimation

Techniques for signal and state estimation in the presence of measurement
and process noise with the emphasis on Wiener and Kalman filtering.

Intelligent Control

Principles of intelligent systems and their utility in modeling,
identification and control of complex systems; neuro-fuzzy tools applied
to supervisory control; hands-on laboratory experience.

Manufacturing Systems Design

Analytic and simulation tools for design, control and optimization of
manufacturing systems. Discrete event dynamic systems and optimization.
Wednesday, 30 August 2023 2:30 PM EDT