Zachary Seguin

SYDE Courses

SYDE 101 – Communications in Systems Design Engineering-Written and Oral

This course introduces first-year students to Systems Design Engineering with a focus on the engineering profession and technical communication skills. Through in-class and independent activities leading to formative and summative assessments, students will consider and reflect on communication intention, audience, content, medium, format, and tone to demonstrate and improve upon their listening, written and oral communication skills for academic, engineering, and professional context. [Offered: F]

SYDE 101L – Communications in Systems Design Engineering-Visualization

This laboratory course introduces students to visual communication methods relevant to engineering analysis and design. Through in-class and independent activities leading to formative and summative assessments, students will consider and reflect on communication intention, audience, content, medium, format, and level of detail to demonstrate and improve upon their skills in graphing, freehand sketching, technical drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). [Offered: F]

SYDE 102 – Seminar

Systems Design first year students will meet with a faculty member designated as their class professor. Performance in assignments, conceptual difficulties with courses, interrelation of coursework, later work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: S]

SYDE 111 – Fundamental Engineering Math 1

Functions: trigonometric, exponential, log, inverse functions. Differential calculus: limits, continuity, derivatives, differentials, applications. Sequences and series: convergence, power series, Taylor expansions. Simple numerical methods. [Offered: F]

SYDE 112 – Fundamental Engineering Math 2

Integration: Indefinite and definite integral; techniques of integration; improper integrals, numerical methods, applications. Vector differential calculus: Partial, total, and directional derivative; Gradient divergence and curl; Jacobian. Applications. [Offered: S]

SYDE 113 – Matrices and Linear Systems

Geometry and algebra: root-finding, vectors, coordinate systems, lines and planes, conic sections, complex numbers. Introduction to numerical computation. Floating point arithmetic, accuracy and sources of error. Matrix algebra, inverses. Analytical and numerical techniques for systems of linear equations. [Offered: F]

SYDE 114 – Numerical and Applied Calculus

Matrices and linear systems: determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, LU decomposition, conditioning, numerical methods. First order ordinary differential equations: analytical techniques, applications, elementary numerical methods, convergence. [Offered: S]

SYDE 121 – Digital Computation

Computer systems, problem solving, data and programs, structured programming, arrays, matrices and pointers, correct and efficient algorithms, data structures. [Offered: F]

SYDE 161 – Introduction to Design

Multidisciplinary system design, the design process, problem definition, life-cycle design, design specification, concept/design generation and evaluation, design for manufacturing and assembly, system modelling and analysis, introduction to mechanical design, prototyping, safety and responsibility in engineering design, design documentation. [Offered: F]

SYDE 162 – Human Factors in Design

Design of human-machine environments, design to reduce human error. Analytical methods of determining user needs in systems with humans. Information processing and human sensory processes and consideration of these elements in the design of systems with humans. Human physical capabilities and consideration of these in ergonomic design. [Offered: S]

SYDE 181 – Physics 1 (Statics)

Basic concepts of mechanics, vectors. Statics of particles. Rigid bodies and force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies. Analysis of trusses and frames. Distributed forces, centroids and moments of inertia. Friction. Virtual work. [Offered: F]

SYDE 182 – Physics 2 (Dynamics)

Kinematics of particles, rectilinear and curvilinear motion. Kinetics of particles, application to space mechanics. Energy and momentum methods. Systems of particles. Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies; planar motion. Vibrations. [Offered: F, W, S]

SYDE 192 – Digital Systems

Digital technology, combinatorial logic, binary arithmetic, synchronous sequential circuits, design methodology, algorithmic state machines, microcomputer interfacing. [Offered: S]

SYDE 192L – Digital Systems Laboratory

Laboratory experiments for students taking SYDE 192. [Offered: S]

SYDE 201 – Seminar

Systems Design second-year students will meet a faculty member designated as their class professor. Performance in assignments, conceptual difficulties with courses, interrelation of coursework, later work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: W]

SYDE 202 – Seminar

Systems Design second-year students will meet a faculty member designated as their class professor. Performance in assignments, conceptual difficulties with courses, interrelation of coursework, later work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: F]

SYDE 211 – Advanced Engineering Math 1

Vector calculus: double and triple integrals, line and surface integrals, fundamental theorems, applications. Difference methods: root-finding, finite and divided differences, numerical differentiation, interpolation. Second order linear ordinary differential equations and systems. Applications in vibration. [Offered: F,W]

SYDE 212 – Probability and Statistics

Elementary probability theory. Random variables and distributions. Binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions. Elementary sampling. Statistical estimation. Tests of hypotheses and significance. Regression. Goodness-of-fit tests. Analysis of experimental measurements. [Offered: F]

SYDE 223 – Data Structures and Algorithms

Algorithms and Data Structures emphasizes the following topics: structured software design, data structures, abstract data types, recursive algorithms, algorithm analysis and design, sorting and searching, hashing, problem-solving strategies and NP-completeness. [Offered: W,S]

SYDE 252 – Linear Systems and Signals

Models and analysis of linear systems. Discrete time systems, continuous time systems; difference and differential equations; impulse and frequency response. Complex frequency, functions of complex variables, transform domain techniques: Z transforms; Fourier analysis, Laplace transform. Transfer functions and frequency response, frequency domain analysis of linear systems; sampling theory, stability, and linear filters. [Offered: F, S]

SYDE 261 – Design, Systems, and Society

This non-technical course will help students understand how others think about technology and then use this knowledge to make better choices when designing, specifying, choosing and implementing technology. The course includes topics such as: meanings of design and their implications; designed in/designed out analysis; reductionism and integration in design; the limits of objective thinking; alternate ways to define function; content and context; "we/me/them/it" analysis; redefining what constitutes acceptable technology; learning from the margins; reading design and understanding system boundaries as being defined by what we do rather than what we say. [Offered: W]

SYDE 262 – Engineering Economics of Design

This course examines a variety of economic factors in Engineering and how they impact design. Topics include business plans, price and output decisions, choosing among alternative inputs, production processes, evaluating alternative investments, equipment service life and depreciation, new products. [Offered: F]

SYDE 281 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids

Introduction to mechanical response of materials and stress-strain relationship. Behaviour of prismatic members in tension, compression, shear, bending and torsion. Shear-force and bending-moment diagrams. Introduction to instability. [Offered: F]

SYDE 282 – Fluid Mechanics

Fundamental concepts in systems involving fluid flow. Basic treatment of statics, kinematics and dynamics of fluids. Conservation of mass, momentum and energy for a control volume. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Flow in pipes and channels. Brief introduction to boundary layers, lift and drag, ideal and compressible flow. [Offered: S]

SYDE 283 – Physics 3 (Electricity, Magnetism and Optics)

Introduction to the fundamental laws of electricity, magnetism and optics; electric fields, voltage, resistance, current, properties of conductors and semiconductors, capacitance, properties of dielectrics, magnetic fields, Faraday's Law and inductance, properties of magnetic materials; electromagnetic waves and the nature of light, geometrical optics: reflection and refraction, physical optics: interference and diffraction. [Offered: W]

SYDE 284 – Materials Chemistry

The course will present how the fundamentals of chemistry are applied to materials science and engineering. Concepts such as chemical bonding, crystal structure, phase diagram, redox reaction, and electrochemistry will be introduced in the context of materials science. Properties, processing and structure of metals, semiconductors, polymers, ceramic, nanomaterials and biomaterials will be presented. [Offered: W]

SYDE 285 – Materials Chemistry

The course will present how the fundamentals of chemistry are applied to materials science and engineering. Concepts such as chemical bonding, crystal structure, phase diagram, redox reaction, and electrochemistry will be introduced in the context of materials science. Properties, processing and structure of metals, semiconductors, polymers, ceramic, nanomaterials and biomaterials will be presented. [Offered: W]

SYDE 286 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids

Introduction to mechanical response of materials and stress-strain relationship. Behaviour of prismatic members in tension, compression, shear, bending and torsion. Shear-force and bending-moment diagrams. Introduction to instability. [Offered: F]

SYDE 292 – Circuits, Instrumentation, and Measurements

Active and passive circuit elements, Kirchhoff's laws, mesh and nodal circuit analysis, principle of superposition; step response of first and second order networks; sinusoidal steady state analysis using complex impedance phasors; input-output relationships, transfer functions and frequency response of linear systems; operational amplifiers, operational amplifier circuits using negative or positive feedback; diodes, operational amplifier circuits using diodes; analog signal detection, conditioning and conversion systems; transducers, difference and instrumentation amplifiers, active filters, A/D and D/A conversion. [Offered: F]

SYDE 292L – Circuits, Instrumentation, and Measurements Laboratory

Laboratory experiments for students taking SYDE 292. [Offered: F]

SYDE 301 – Seminar

Systems Design third year students will meet with a faculty member designated as their class professor. Performance in assignments, conceptual difficulties with courses, interrelation of coursework, later work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: S]

SYDE 302 – Seminar

Systems Design third year students will meet with a faculty member designated as their class professor. Performance in assignments, conceptual difficulties with courses, interrelation of coursework, later work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: W]

SYDE 311 – Advanced Engineering Math 2

Series solutions of ordinary differential equations: Bessel functions, orthogonal functions, Fourier expansions and integral, Legendre polynomials, Sturm-Liouville systems. Partial differential equations: parabolic, hyperbolic and elliptic equations, numerical methods. Numerical integration: Gaussian quadrature, Runge-Kutta methods. Nonlinear systems: qualitative analysis, phase plane, Newton-Raphson method. [Offered: S]

SYDE 312 – Applied Linear Algebra

Vector spaces, linear independence, linear maps and matrix representations. Inner product spaces and orthogonality. Gramm-Schmidt algorithm and orthogonal projection. Interpolation and curve-fitting. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, singular value decomposition. Applications and numerical methods. [Offered: W]

SYDE 322 – Software Design

Software requirements specification; software architecture; design patterns; software testing and quality assurance; software maintenance; design of efficient algorithms and methods for their analysis, mathematical algorithms, string processing algorithms, geometrical algorithms, exhaustive search and traversal techniques, introduction to lower bound theory and NP-completeness. Case studies and engineering examples. [Offered: W]

SYDE 332 – Introduction to Complex Systems

The overwhelming majority of societal and ecological issues of pressing importance are complex systems: nonlinear interacting systems poorly characterized by linear analyses and Gaussian statistics. This course introduces the mathematics needed to understand such interactions, including nonlinear dynamics, critical and bifurcation behaviours, large-scale systems, power-law distributions, and statistical inference. The mathematical methods will be motivated by a set of case studies comprised of pressing large-scale interconnected problems such as global warming, energy shortages, desertification, overpopulation, poverty and economic instability, to be investigated from a systems engineering perspective that will connect the mathematical analyses to real-world examples. [Offered: W]

SYDE 334 – Applied Statistics

Review of basic Normal theory, t, chi-squared, and F distributions. Simple linear regression. Lack of fit. Analysis of variance. Multiple linear regression, variable selection techniques, indicator variables, diagnostics. Brief introduction to non-linear regression, factorial experimentation. [Offered: W]

SYDE 348 – User Centred Design Methods

This course approaches the design of tasks, tools, products and systems from a user-centered design perspective. Emphasis is on the human factors and usability methods and techniques that can and should be applied throughout the iterative design process. While design issues pertaining to human-computer interaction are discussed, the methods presented can be applied to the design of almost any user interface. Major topics include: user research methods for usability and user experience, inspection methods, user testing, applied statistical analysis. [Offered: W]

SYDE 351 – Systems Models 1

Introduction to systems modelling and analysis. Graph theoretic models and formulation of system equations. State space formulation and solution. Time and frequency domain solutions. Application to engineering systems. [Offered: W, S]

SYDE 352 – Introduction to Control Systems

Classical and state space representations of control systems. Stability, controllability, observability and sensitivity. Routh-Hurwitz and root-locus methods. Frequency domain behaviour, Bode plots, Nyquist stability criteria. Pole placement, PID, phase-lead and phase-lag controllers.(labs alt. weeks) [Offered: W]

SYDE 352L – Control Systems Laboratory

Laboratory experiments for students taking SYDE 352. [Offered: W]

SYDE 361 – Engineering Design

The methodology of design: defects, needs and the problem definition; criteria and generation of alternative solutions; feasibility analysis; optimization; selection, implementation and solution. The lecture material is supplemented by a term long design project done in small groups. [Offered: S]

SYDE 362 – Systems Design Workshop 1

Engineering design project course where students work in small groups applying the principles of engineering problem solving, systems analysis, simulation, optimization and design to a problem of their own choosing. Students have individual project supervisors as well as an overall coordinator who provides the framework for the term projects. [Offered: W]

SYDE 372 – Introduction to Pattern Recognition

Pattern recognition as a process of data analysis. Pattern features as components in a random vector representation. Classification techniques: distance measures in feature space, probabilistic (Bayesian) decision theory, linear discriminants. Clustering and feature extraction. Applications: optical character recognition, speech recognition, industrial robot vision, medical diagnosis, remote sensing and satellite image analysis, fault detection and diagnosis in complex systems such as nuclear reactors. [Offered: W]

SYDE 381 – Thermodynamics

An introductory course in engineering thermodynamics structured for students in Systems Design. Classical thermodynamics is presented as the systematic study of energy; its use, degradation, and waste. Introduction to heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Applications focus on problems of energy and environment. The concepts of statistical thermodynamics are introduced. [Offered: S]

SYDE 383 – Fluid Mechanics

Fundamental concepts in systems involving fluid flow. Basic treatment of statics, kinematics and dynamics of fluids. Conservation of mass, momentum and energy for a control volume. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Flow in pipes and channels. Brief introduction to boundary layers, lift and drag, ideal and compressible flow. [Offered: S]

SYDE 384 – Biological and Human Systems

In this course, students will become familiar with the physiology and anatomical structures of the human body. The structure, functions and properties of the major biological systems (musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular) will be presented in relation to modeling biological systems and the design of biomedical devices (imaging, assistive and diagnostic). Various aspects of pathology and how they influence measurements will also be introduced. [Offered: W]

SYDE 401 – Seminar

Systems Design fourth-year students will meet with a faculty member designated as their class professor. Conceptual difficulties, the interrelation of course work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: F]

SYDE 402 – Seminar

Systems Design fourth-year students will meet with a faculty member designated as their class professor. Conceptual difficulties, the interrelation of course work and engineering practice will be discussed. Non-credit course. [Offered: W]

SYDE 411 – Optimization and Numerical Methods

Root-finding methods. Linear programming, simplex and interior-point methods. Local and global optimization methods. Constrained optimization. Multiobjective and multidisciplinary design optimization.[Offered: F]

SYDE 422 – Machine Intelligence

The objective of this course is to introduce the students to current intelligent system concepts. An overview of different learning schemes will be provided, including: Decision Tree, Bayesian, Inductive, Analytical and Rule-based Learning. The main focus of the course will be on Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms and Reinforcement Learning. [Offered: W]

SYDE 431 – Design Optimization Under Probabilistic Uncertainty

Optimization methods for real world problems have to deal with probabilistic uncertainty either due to data uncertainty or manufacturing uncertainty or both. Maximizing the expected value of the objective function subject to reliability (or risk) constraints is commonly used in such design or decision-making problems. Common methods used are stochastic programming, stochastic dynamic programming, chance-constraints, yield optimization and tolerance design. Example applications are selected from water management, energy systems, financial engineering, and manufacturing. [Offered: F]

SYDE 433 – Conflict Resolution

Formal methods for studying engineering decision making problems involving multiple participants and multiple objectives. Topics include the graph model for conflict resolution, normal game form, metagame analysis, games with misperceptions, preference elicitation, human behaviour under conflict, evolution of a conflict, decision making under uncertainty, sensitivity analyses, multiple criteria decision analysis, group decision and negotiation, coalition analysis, decision support systems, and real-world applications of the foregoing concepts. [Offered: F]

SYDE 444 – Biomedical Measurement and Signal Processing

This course develops an understanding of biomedical measurements through the examination of electromyographic (EMG), and electroencephalographic (EEG), electrocardiographic (ECG) signals. Measurement of human-body position, force, and pressure, and related instrumentation will also be presented. Signal processing techniques will be discussed in the context of extraction and application of useful biomedical signals. [Offered: W]

SYDE 461 – Systems Design Workshop 2

The first half of a two term engineering design project continuing the systems design workshop sequence. An interim progress report is presented at the end of the first term. [Offered: F]

SYDE 462 – Systems Design Workshop 3

The concluding half of the fourth year Systems Design Workshop. [Offered: W]

SYDE 475 – Image Processing

Beginning with a discussion of quantitative models of imaging systems, this course moves on to apply methods of linear systems theory and signal processing to image processing. Simple spatial domain techniques as well as spatial frequency domain methods and digital filter design for image enhancement and restoration are discussed. The key methods and problems are surveyed: edge detection, image denoising, image segmentation, image enhancement, image compression, image registration, and feature detection. Applications to machine vision, remote sensing, and medical imaging will be emphasized. [Offered: F]

SYDE 482 – Dynamic Modelling of Biomechanical Systems

This course combines techniques of kinematic and dynamics analysis of mechanical systems and understanding of biological and human systems to provide advanced skills in the modelling of musculoskeletal and biomechanical systems. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, inverse and forward dynamics, modelling and analysis of biomechanical and musculoskeletal systems, mathematical models, physical models, model assumptions, model validation, biomechanical system simulation, and clinical relevance of studies. Resolution of redundant forces by indeterminate methods using optimization approaches will be introduced. [Offered: W]

SYDE 522 – Machine Intelligence

The objective of this course is to introduce the students to current intelligent system concepts. An overview of different learning schemes will be provided, including: Decision Tree, Bayesian, Inductive, Analytical and Rule-based Learning. The main focus of the course will be on Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms and Reinforcement Learning. [Offered: W]

SYDE 531 – Design Optimization Under Probabilistic Uncertainty

Optimization methods for real world problems have to deal with probabilistic uncertainty either due to data uncertainty or manufacturing uncertainty or both. Maximizing the expected value of the objective function subject to reliability (or risk) constraints is commonly used in such design or decision-making problems. Common methods used are stochastic programming, stochastic dynamic programming, chance-constraints, yield optimization and tolerance design. Example applications are selected from water management, energy systems, financial engineering, and manufacturing. [Offered: W]

SYDE 533 – Conflict Resolution

Formal methods for studying engineering decision making problems involving multiple participants and multiple objectives. Topics include the graph model for conflict resolution, normal game form, metagame analysis, games with misperceptions, preference elicitation, human behaviour under conflict, evolution of a conflict, decision making under uncertainty, sensitivity analyses, multiple criteria decision analysis, group decision and negotiation, coalition analysis, decision support systems, and real-world applications of the foregoing concepts. [Offered: F]

SYDE 542 – Interface Design

This course focuses on the design of computer interfaces for simple to complex systems. Examples of applications are used to illustrate theoretical approaches. Main topics include: forms of visual display; auditory display and soft controls; context, navigation and layout; development techniques; design for engagement. [Offered: W]

SYDE 543 – Cognitive Ergonomics

This course focuses on the role engineering psychology research plays in design of the information displays and devices associated with simple and complex cognitive tasks. Main topics include: signal detection and target location tasks, navigation tasks, training tasks, communication tasks, human error, stress and mental workload, supervisory control, and situational awareness. [Offered: F]

SYDE 544 – Biomedical Measurement and Signal Processing

This course develops an understanding of biomedical measurements through the examination of electromyographic (EMG), and electroencephalographic (EEG), electrocardiographic (ECG) signals. Measurement of human-body position, force, and pressure, and related instrumentation will also be presented. Signal processing techniques will be discussed in the context of extraction and application of useful biomedical signals. [Offered: W]

SYDE 552 – Computational Neuroscience

Introduction to quantitative principles in the analysis of neurophysiological systems. Biophysics of excitable membranes. Encoding of sensory information in neural spiking activity. Bayesian models in perception and motor control. Models of synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory. [Note for Systems Design Engineering students: It is recommended that one of BIOL 273, 376, 377 or BME 284 or SYDE 384 be taken before or concurrently with SYDE 552. Offered: W]

SYDE 553 – Advanced Dynamics

Newtonian and Eulerian formulation of particle and rigid body kinematics and dynamics. Energy (Lagrangian and Hamiltonian) formulations of particle and rigid body dynamics; generalized co-ordinates, generalized forces, holonomic constraints, Lagrange multipliers. [Offered: F]

SYDE 556 – Simulating Neurobiological Systems

This course develops and applies a general framework for understanding neural computation in the context of recent advances in theoretical and experimental neuroscience. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding representation, nonlinear computation, and dynamics in real neurobiological systems. Students will apply signal processing, control theory, linear algebra, probability theory, and similar quantitative tools for the purpose of modelling sensory, motor, and cognitive systems. Topics covered include single neuron function, neural coding, neural dynamics, attractor networks, learning, statistical inference, locomotion, working memory, etc. Familiarity with neural systems is helpful but not essential. [Offered: W]

SYDE 558 – Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks

Fuzzy systems and neural networks have recently become widely applied to various areas including consumer products, mechatronics systems, industrial process control, information systems, pattern and speech recognition, and prediction of future stock prices to name a few. Fuzzy logic and neural networks share the common ability to improve the decision making process for systems characterized by ill-defined dynamics and working in an imprecise environment. For fuzzy systems this is done through linguistic description of the system by combining fuzzy sets with fuzzy rules following a well-structured numerical estimation procedure. For neural networks, this is done through detecting patterns and relationships from a set of training input-output data gathered from the system, while learning from relationships and adapting to change. The course is mainly intended as introductory material for fuzzy logic and neural networks and outlines the most recent developments in these areas and their applications for intelligent systems design. [Offered: W]

SYDE 575 – Image Processing

Beginning with a discussion of quantitative models of imaging systems, this course moves on to apply methods of linear systems theory and signal processing to image processing. Simple spatial domain techniques as well as spatial frequency domain methods and digital filter design for image enhancement and restoration are discussed. The key methods and problems are surveyed: edge detection, image denoising, image segmentation, image enhancement, image compression, image registration, and feature detection. Applications to machine vision, remote sensing, and medical imaging will be emphasized. [Offered: F]

SYDE 621 – Mathematics of Computation

Review of mathematical and computational preliminaries; sources of error in floating-point arithmetic; solution of linear equations, eigen value problems, singular value decomposition, non-linear equations, ordinary differential equations and issues in designing mathematical software. The emphasis in this course will be on solution techniques rather than modelling and equation formulation.

SYDE 622 – Machine Intelligence

Overview of machine intelligence, underlying assumptions and ill-structured problems. Programming language paradigms, logical and functional programming, object-oriented paradigm, machine intelligence tools and development systems. Knowledge representation hypothesis, logic-based, associational, analogical, procedural, and probabilistic representations. Reasoning, planning, machine learning, and applications.

SYDE 624 – System Simulation: Advanced Topics

Review of continuous (time driven) and discrete (event driven) system simulation methods using digital computers. Simulation languages and their design; man-machine interface considerations; object-oriented methods; visual data representations; front-end and back-end processors; computer animation of simulation output. Developments in systems simulation due to parallel and high-speed computer architectures. Applications of systems simulation in engineering analysis and design.

SYDE 625 – Tools of Intelligent Systems Design

The course outlines fundamentals of intelligent systems design using tools of computational intelligence and soft computing. These include fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms and other hybrid techniques such as neuro fuzzy systems and fuzzy-generated algorithms.

SYDE 631 – Time Series Modelling

The theory and application of time-series modelling are presented for describing phenomena measured at discrete points in time. The types of time-series models include stationary auto regressive moving average (ARMA), nonstationary, special families of seasonal, transfer function-noise (multiple inputs-single output), intervention, and multivariate (multiple inputs-multiple output) models. Applications are used for explaining how the foregoing models are fitted to both natural and socio-economic time series by following the identification, estimation and diagnostic check stages of model construction. Other topics include simulation in engineering design, forecasting in the operation of large-scale projects, and environmental impact assessment.

SYDE 632 – Optimization Methods

This course is intended to give a broad treatment of the subject of practical optimization. Emphasis will be given to understanding the motivation and scope of various optimization techniques for constrained and unconstrained problems. The methods discussed include, but are not limited to: Newton's method and its variants, secant methods and conjugate gradient methods for unconstrained problems; active set methods, penalty methods and Lagrangian methods for constrained problems. In order to use, adapt and modify these methods, details that affect their performance will be discussed.

SYDE 633 – Remote Sensing Systems

A survey of modern quantitative remote sensing using optical, infrared, and microwave radiation. The principles and technologies for acquiring and understanding remotely sensed image data are discussed. Physical principles of EM propagation and interaction between the radiation and terrestrial and atmospheric materials. Principles and operation of sensor systems. Principles of pattern recognition and image processing techniques unique to remote sensing. Applications of remote sensing to monitoring vegetation, soil, oceans, and inland waters, and snow and ice.

SYDE 642 – Cognitive Engineering Methods

This course examines the fundamentals of modern perspectives on interface design for complex systems using current methods in cognitive engineering. We discuss Cognitive Work Analysis, Brunswick's' Lens Model, Goal Directed Task Analysis, Situation Awareness Oriented Design, Naturalistic Decision Making, Contextual Inquiry, Macro-cognitive Methods, Activity Theory, Concept Mapping, Cognitive Task Analysis, Social Network Analysis and their application to different types of human engineering problems. Students in this course will learn multiple methods in cognitive engineering with an emphasis on knowing the differences in foundation, assumptions and appropriate application of the methods. Students will be expected to apply the methods in a realistic research context, applying for ethics clearance and working with actual participants. Examples of appropriate topics may include understanding how people work with complex or automated systems models. Finally this course discusses aspects of the current research environment in cognitive engineering, with the objective of developing successful future researchers in this area.

SYDE 643 – Collaborative Systems Design

Interaction of humans with technological systems often takes place within the broader context of a collaborative setting. Therefore, there is an increasing trend for the design of these systems to incorporate and support group interactions. This course will emphasize the study of collaboration from an interdisciplinary perspective and the derivation of system design criteria. Topics will include group theories, collaboration requirements (including communication, coordination, team awareness), quantitative and qualitative research methods (including laboratory studies, surveys, ethnographic research methods), data analysis, and collaboration technologies.

SYDE 644 – Human Factors Testing

The focus of the course is on in-depth explorations of primary methods of data collection used in human factors engineering research and product design. We will begin with various philosophical positions regarding human factors for testing and evaluation as they relate to both industrial and research applications. We will discuss the applications and implications of data collection involving human participants; the limitations of statistical analyses; and the potential application of human factors research as guidelines for product or system design. Students will be encouraged to explore human factors methods related to their own area of research.

SYDE 652 – Dynamics of Multibody Systems

In this course, linear graph theory is used to model the topology of 2-d and 3-d systems of rigid bodies connected by mechanical joints, springs, dampers, and actuators. Graph-theoretic methods are then used to systematically derive the kinematic and dynamic equations; the numeric solution of these equations provides a simulation of the system's motion. Topics include: review of kinematics, dynamics and graph theoretic (GT) methods; application to one-dimensional mechanical systems; GT representation of two-dimensional components and systems; formulation and solution of governing system equations; extension to three dimensional mechanical systems with flexible bodies and mechatronic components; application to kinematic and dynamic analysis of mechanisms, robotic manipulators, vehicles and satellites.

SYDE 654 – Graphic Theoretic Models for Complex Systems

This course extends material in SY DE 551 to include complex systems, systems with uncertainty and systems design issues. Material covered includes: non-linear systems models, their formulations and solutions; higher-order sensitivity models and solutions; second moment analysis and robust design methods for systems with probabilistic components. Examples are taken from electro-mechanical disciplines.

SYDE 655 – Optimal Control

This course is intended to provide an understanding of the principles of optimal control and how they are used in various engineering applications. Dynamic programming, variational approach and Pontryagin's Minimum Principle, linear quadratic optimal control, discrete-time optimal control, constrained optimal control systems and model predictive control are introduced. Numerical methods for optimal control problems are also discussed briefly.

SYDE 661 – Model-Based Robust Design

Robust design encompasses the theories and methodologies that make performance measures (responses, critical times, energy, etc.) invariant to uncertainties in design variables (environmental conditions, manufacturing processes, material dimensions and properties, etc.). In this course you will learn how robust design methods and mathematical models of engineering systems help find improved designs at a lower cost. Topics include: the building of simple, efficient, meta-models through computer experiments to replace traditional mechanistic models. Performance measures and their design specifications. Sensitivity and importance analysis to select design variables. Second moment methods using Taylor series to provide parameter (mean) design. Probabilistic methods combined with manufacturing and scrap costs to perform simultaneous parameter design and tolerance allocation. Desirability functions and loss functions to deal with multiple competing performance measures. Integrated design by constrained optimization. Examples come from industrial processes, as well as hydraulic, electrical and mechatronic systems. Mathematics required: Total derivatives, Matrix calculus, Kronecker product, singular value decomposition. Matlab serves as the computing tool. Course notes are available.

SYDE 671 – Advanced Image Processing

This course is intended to provide insights into advanced topics in image processing. The topics discussed include but are not limited to: multi-scale and probabilistic image respresentation and analysis, image restoration, invariant image representation, image reconstruction, image fusion, otical flow, image segmentation, and image registration. Recent research papers and review papers from the field will be sued as complimentary material to weekly lectures.

SYDE 672 – Statistical Image Processing

Images are all around us! The proliferation of low-cost, high-quality imaging devices has led to an explosion in acquired images. Where these images are acquired from a microscope, telescope, satellite, or medical imaging device there is a statistical image processing task: the interference of something - an artery, a road, a DNA marker, an oil spill - from imagery, possibly noisy, blurry, or incomplete. The goal of this course is to address methods for solving multidimensional statistical problems, emphasizing theory, mathematical modeling, and algorithms. Specific topics of interest include inverse problems, multidimensional modeling, random fields, and hierarchical methods.

SYDE 673 – Video Processing and Analysis

This course introduces methods to acquire state (both spatial and temporal) estimations from video streams. Video streams are analyzed as dynamic systems, linear and non-linear. If the system can be approximated as linear and Gaussian in terms of the dynamic noise in the process and measurement, then Kalman filter techniques are used. This refers to sequential state estimation. For nonlinear dynamical systems, the EFK (Extended Kalman filter) can be used by a liberalization of the stat space model. Particle filters are used to address state estimation problems where the systems are non-linear and non-Gaussian. Particle Filters are rooted in Bayesian estimation and Monte Carlo procedures. The course builds upon these techniques in studying visual tracking and the components of Visual SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) procedures.

SYDE 674 – 3D Computer Vision

This course focuses on 3D computer-vision and camera/optical-based 3D shape-measurement techniques. Topics include stereo-camera 3D measurement, structures-light techniques, laser-camera range-sensing, fringe-projection phase shifting methods, curve and surface representation, surface fitting, and range-image registration. The measurement methods will include setup of measurement systems and calibration of instrumentation. Techniques will be demonstrated and practical exercises will be given. Biomedical applications will be discussed. Students will complete an individual course project with written report and oral presentation in class.

SYDE 675 – Pattern Recognition

Pattern recognition addresses the problem of detecting and classifying patterns in data, a process of machine perception in which objects are assigned to classes to which they are most similar. This course introduces the three modern approaches to pattern recognition: statistical, structural and neural. Specific topics include distance and probability based approaches in multidimensional feature spaces, feature extraction, clustering and performance measures; pattern grammars, syntax analysis and grammatical inference; connectionist models, pattern associators, back propagation and self-organizing networks.

SYDE 676 – Information Theory in Pattern Synthesis and Analysis

Fundamental concepts and properties of various information measures are introduced with applications to pattern synthesis and analysis. Applications include (but are not restricted to): pattern recognition and discovery in general event sequences, mixed-mode data and relational structures; inductive learning; random graphs and their application to structural pattern recognition and search strategy in rule networks under uncertainty to class characterization, class discriminations and pattern enhancement of random data and processes. Emphasis is placed on systems and signal pattern analysis.

SYDE 677 – Medical Imaging

This course introduces the fundamental concepts for medical imaging which include medical image formation (X-ray, CT, MRI, sonography); storage and formats (DICOM, DICOM RT, PACS); visualization, detection and analysis (enhancement, segmentation, registration, compression); safety and regulations for imaging devices & software (IEEE standards, Health Canada Licensing, FDA Clearance).

SYDE 682 – Advanced MicroElectroMechanical Systems: Principles, Design & Fabrication

This course provides specific knowledge in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and devices including microactuators, microsensors, micro-domain forces, microfabrication, and their actuation principles. Application domains of MEMS in RF, optics, and biosensing will be discussed. Specific topics include MEMS actuation mechanisms such as electrostatic, electromagnetic, thermal, and piezoelectric; and sensing mechanisms such a peizoresistive, capacitve, optical, and bio-transducer. Topics such as lithography, thin-film deposition methods, etching techniques will be taught. The course covers practical examples, device architecture, fabrication design rules and fabrication procedures.

SYDE 683 – Modeling, Simulation and Design of MEMS and NEMS

This course involves the rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of MEMS design as well as ways of extending MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) to apply to the design of NEMS (nano-electro-mechanical systems). Modeling and simulation processes as they apply to MEMS and NEMS are presented. Concepts covered include basics of statics and dynamics necessary to construct lumped-mass models, an introduction to the use of reduced-order models in MEMS/NEMS design, the use of these modeling techniques with the use of commercial FEM software (COMSOL, ANSYS, and Coventor) in the simulation and design of MEMS/NEMS, and discussing the most effective uses and limitations of each of these approaches. The course involves building effective MEMS by design not by trial and error. Analytical tools for exploring the possibilities of nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) are introduced.

SYDE 684 – Materials Biocompatibility

The course covers fundamental topics of biocompatibility of materials in medicine (polymers, ceramics, metals, composites, bioengineered materials). Fundamental principles of materials science (bonding, atomic/molecular structure) as well as interfacial engineering of materials will be reviewed. Materials response to biological systems such as corrosion, degradation, leaching and fracture will be studied in the context of specific biomedical applications. The host response to materials (immune, inflammatory response and coagulation) will also be treated. Specific examples of material interactions with biological systems such as bone, blood, skin and the eye will be studied.

SYDE 710 – Topics in Mathematics

SYDE 720 – Selected Topics in Computation

SYDE 730 – Selected Topics in Societal-Environmental Systems

SYDE 740 – Selected Topics in Human Systems

SYDE 750 – Topics in Systems Modelling

SYDE 760 – Topics in Engineering Design

SYDE 770 – Selected Topics in Communication and Information Systems

SYDE 780 – Selected Topics in Engineering Sciences