Professor: Drs. Curtis Menyuk and Andrew Docherty
Semester: Fall 2011 Time: MW 5:30-6:45 Credits: 3
This course teaches the computational methods that every scientist and engineer working in photonics should know in order to be able to understand the scientific literature. The focus will be on applications to light wave propagation through optical fibers and other media, lasers, receivers, and amplifiers. A basic knowledge of electromagnetic theory, probability, and ordinary differential equations is assumed. No background in computational methods is assumed, but experience with MATLAB is useful. The final grade will be based primarily on a computational project. The lead instructor (CRM) is an internationally-renowned expert in computational photonics and has given short courses on this subject for over fifteen years at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference and the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics — the most important scientific meetings in this field. The second instructor (AD) has over ten years’ experience in applying computational methods to photonics problems.
CMPE 677: Agent Architectures and Multi-Agent Systems
Semester: Fall 2011 Time: MW 5:30-6:45 Credits: 3 Room: ITE 277
This course teaches students fundamental techniques for developing intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, including: cognitive, logic-based, reactive, and belief-desire-intention architectures; inter-agent communication languages and protocols; distributed problem-solving, planning and constraint satisfaction methods; distributed models and rational behavior; and learning and adaptation in multi-agent systems.
Professor: Dr. Gymama Slaughter, Assistant Professor
Semester: Fall 2011 Time: MW 4:00-5:15 Credits: 3
This course exposes graduate students to the latest developments in MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). MEMS is a rapidly growing field that combines micron-scale mechanical structures with microelectronics circuits, which have many applications in sensing, actuation, and communication. A wide range of topics including: mechanical and electrical design, bulk and surface micromachining, MEMS design and layout, fabrication processes, and applications will be covered. Software available on the web will be used in all assignments. The course work will be used to develop potential graduate research topics and look at the feasibility of different aspects of MEMS.