Module 1

The idea of this first module is to provide basic courses and a training period on systems architecture and design with a strong focus on the automotive industry application domain. During the training period the trainees will focus on the system engineering aspects of the project that will be executed in module 2.

Module 2

In the past decade we have seen huge developments on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as automated parking, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control etc. Sensing the environment around the vehicle is one of the most important aspects of ADAS Systems, as well as of future autonomous driving.

Module 3

The focus of this module is on the domain software and networked embedded systems.

Technology domain: automotive software and the correspondent hardware platform, including networks and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

  • Automotive hardware platforms: CPUs and buses
  • Automotive applications: data oriented, control oriented
  • Embedded real-time control, with examples
  • Structure of embedded automotive software
  • Tools

Module 4

The education in this module is twofold. The main focus is on core aspects of powertrains (hybrid electric vehicles, topologies, optimization strategies, drive cycle synthesis), vehicle dynamics (analysis and simulation tools for the understanding of the behavior of a vehicle, including commercial vehicles, motor cycles, electric vehicles etc.) and control (motion control). 

Module 5

The final module consists of an (individual) design project at a company. For a period of ten months, each trainee will execute  a challenging design project at a company location. During this period the trainee will typically work in a company team on a design oriented problem, supervised by both company and university supervisors. During such a project a trainee has to deploy a self-managed process from ill-defined wishes (and needs) to concrete results. These projects are usually related to a feasibility analysis, a proof-of-concept, or first-of-a-kind development. The progress will be evaluated regularly and the trainee has to write a final report. At the end of this module, the trainee will participate in an official exam hearing. In this exam both the product of the design project as the underlying process will be evaluated. Upon successful completion he/she will be rewarded the PDEng degree.