About the program
This program is designed as a one-year, full-time program. Coursework includes seven foundational courses with lectures and laboratory, and two project courses leading to a final project. Courses emphasize embedded systems hardware and software, sensor networks, real-time systems, security and control. To earn the degree, students must complete 36 units including a capstone project. Courses are offered in technology-enhanced form. While lectures will be held in classrooms, they will be professionally video recorded and available online.
The Master of Embedded & Cyber-physical Systems (MECPS) was designed by a group of faculty from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (HSSoE) and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science (DBSICS). The curriculum focuses on Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems.
Embedded systems are now entrenched into almost every aspect of our daily life, rivaling in ubiquity anything that exists today. Currently, we have tools to help us design embedded systems, making good use of available technologies at a variety of levels and scales, from hardware to interface, operating system, middleware, and software.
Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) (also referred to as Internet of Things, or IoT) are systems-of-systems that tightly couple their cyber (i.e. computation, communication and control), and physical components (sensing and actuation) in the context of applications such as (but not limited to): automotive and transportation, manufacturing, power distribution grid, medical and healthcare, robotics, civil infrastructure, avionics, etc.. Thus, these Cyber Physical Systems marry knowledge from the fields of embedded systems, networking, sensors, real-time systems and control as well as domain-specific knowledge to realize systems that are of untapped complexity and scale.
It is predicted that by 2020-2025 anywhere from 20 to 200 billion devices will connect our homes, buildings, factories, cars, transportation infrastructure, and even our bodies to the Internet. This represents close to 30 devices for every living human! It is expected that the economy of Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems (ECPS) and affiliated industries, or what is now referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) will exceed $6-14 Trillion into the next decade. These numbers give us confidence that graduates who are trained in this domain will not have trouble finding jobs, and ones with high paying salaries at that.