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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16.888 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Olivier de Weck
    Prof. Karen Willcox 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 16.888 / ESD.77 Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization

    Spring 2004

    Course Highlights

    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

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .dat, .exe, .m, .xls, .zip.


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