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16.888 / ESD.77 Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization, Spring 2004

A flow chart of the MSDO framework.
A flow chart of the MSDO framework. (Image courtesy of Olivier de Weck.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of lectures, as well as homework assignments with solutions.

Course Description

This course is mainly focused on the quantitative aspects of design and presents a unifying framework called "Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization" (MSDO). The objective of the course is to present tools and methodologies for performing system optimization in a multidisciplinary design context, focusing on three aspects of the problem:

(i) The multidisciplinary character of engineering systems, (ii) design of these complex systems, and (iii) tools for optimization.

There is a version of this course (16.60s) offered through the MIT Professional Institute, targeted at professional engineers.

Technical Requirements

File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt®, is required to open the .zip files found on this course site. Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. Any number of software tools can be used to import the .dat files found on this course site. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations. The .exe files found on this course site are executable programs. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations. MATLAB® software is required to run the .m files found on this course site.

 

Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Olivier de Weck
Prof. Karen Willcox

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Labs:
One session / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate

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