How can I build a robot or construct a space station on Mars or realise an adventurous new business venture? There can be no progress or innovation without modelling and simulation. It is how we test, prove and build a comprehensible foundation and plan for our creations.
“Modelling and Simulation using MATLAB®” is provided by an impressive line-up of six professors and an expert in online pedagogy. Led by Prof. Georg Fries from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany, the team comes from a wide range of disciplines including engineering, knowledge management, finance and business. From robotics to business planning, vehicles to financial schemes, this interdisciplinary MOOC teaches you the basics of modelling and simulation and then moves you into the programming language and numerical computation and visualisation of MATLAB®.
In order to comprehend and debug small and large development scenarios, engineers use the programming environment MATLAB® to model and simulate their projects before bringing them into the real world. MATLAB® is a powerful tool that aggregates and interprets large amounts of data and feeds them into a machine, allowing you to see your design come to life. However, this MOOC is interdisciplinary, not only focusing on the technical side of creation. Modelling and simulation is also crucial for financial and business projects. Not to mention that engineers themselves need a business model in order to fund and realise their own technical projects.
This MOOC consists of two major parts, each working to guide you step by step through creating a model in MATLAB®. First, you will learn the fundamental principles of modelling and simulation. Next, you will be asked to choose at least three from a total of twelve chapters to focus on until the end of the course. These chapters cover a wide range of topics: digital image processing, audio and video signal processing, control engineering (necessary for controlling robots, e.g.), differential equations, digital communications, and a lot more. Indeed, modelling and simulation can be applied to just about everything. In this course, you have plenty of room to choose the topics that interest you most.
So what can you learn? Build real models like Lego NXT robots and a Lego Segway, simulate a water treatment plant and learn how to apply machine learning algorithms. But that’s not all: you can also learn how to build a business case and use the best practices in knowledge management. Sounds like too much? Don’t worry, iversity’s forums make sure that course users always have the opportunity to support each other.
This course is not just for experts. The course begins in April 2014, but enrol now and learn the most crucial tools for realising your own ideas by modelling the underlying processes.