University of Colorado Boulder
Modeling of Autonomous Systems
University of Colorado Boulder

Modeling of Autonomous Systems

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Majid Zamani

Instructor: Majid Zamani

Advanced level

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8 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Model basic autonomous systems including linear control systems, sequential circuits, and simple timed automata in a unified fashion

  • Describe solutions and behaviors of systems

  • Define and illustrate interconnections between system

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There are 4 modules in this course

In this introductory module, we delve into the world of autonomous and cyber-physical systems, their significance, structure, and applications. By studying real-world examples, such as the Ariane 5 rocket failure, adaptive cruise control, and self-driving cars, we will grasp the foundational understanding of the importance of modeling in autonomous systems. Moreover, we'll discuss key components of these systems, the tight interaction between hardware and software, and the ubiquity of autonomous systems in various sectors.

What's included

3 videos8 readings

In Module 2, we delve into the nuances of system modeling. Through instructional videos, students grapple with system definitions, state diagrams, and transition systems. Relevant assignments further solidify this knowledge. Real-world examples, like the Northeast Blackout of 2003, underscore the importance of precise modeling, while practical systems such as a Beverage Vending Machine and Turnstile illustrate core concepts. A truly academic journey into the essence of system modeling awaits.

What's included

3 videos1 reading2 assignments

Module 3 introduces students to the fundamental principles of modeling dynamic systems, focusing on translational mechanical systems, rotational mechanical systems, and analog circuits. Emphasizing the mathematical relationships underlying these systems, the course progresses into more specific examples and dives deep into timed and hybrid automata, providing a comprehensive understanding of the role of timing in systems modeling.

What's included

9 videos1 reading2 assignments

Module 4 dives deep into understanding system solutions, behaviors, and various compositions. Learners will be introduced to the mathematical representations of systems and their behaviors. Through a series of engaging video content, learners will explore parallel, serial, and feedback compositions. Additionally, the module provides practical assignments to enhance comprehension and a detailed study of system modeling.

What's included

4 videos1 reading2 assignments


Majid Zamani
University of Colorado Boulder
2 Courses259 learners

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