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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Robotics, Control and Smart Systems (M.Sc.)

Master of Science in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems (RCSS)

The specialized master program in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems (RCSS) provides interdisciplinary academic and educational excellence in advanced sciences and technologies with unique educational, learning and research environment that advances scientific understanding enabling students to develop innovative and intelligent ideas for autonomous and smart products and systems to meet today’s most pressing challenges and prepare them for careers in industry, academia and research.

The Master of Science in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems provides academic excellence through an interdisciplinary education in the fields with the aim to prepare graduate students for careers in industry, academia and research (local, regional and global).
This program is facilitated by the available state of the art equipment at two Mechatronics Laboratories (Mechatronics Design Lab., Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems Lab.) in Mechanical Engineering department and MEM/NEM facilities at Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center (YJSTRC).

Program Objectives:

The Master of Science in Robotics, Control and Smart Systems graduates scientists and engineers who:

  1. Have broad knowledge in both the theoretical and the practical skills of RCSS interdisciplinary field.
  2. Integrate fundamental and advanced knowledge to solve complex interdisciplinary problems in RCSS field,
  3. Undertake interdisciplinary research, find new knowledge, analyze and document results, apply and communicate the results reflecting knowledge depth of the research in RCSS field,
  4. Work independently as well as collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams and be prepared to be team leaders,
  5. Demonstrate competitive professional advancement, pursue higher graduate degrees and engage in advanced academic and research in areas of their interest within industry, research centers, and academia both in local and global environment.


A bachelor’s degree in engineering, with minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in major area is required as a basic requirement or admissions into the RCSS master’s program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for graduate programs. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but who otherwise do not have adequate preparation in sciences or engineering, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Program Structure

A total of 33 credit hours are required for the Master of Science in RCSS. The program of study should include 24 credit hours of courses, 9 credit hours of thesis work.


Courses (24 credit hours):

III. Group III (6 credit hours)

Select (6 credits) from the above two groups or from other graduate courses in engineering, physical sciences, or management subject to advisor and director’s approval. No more than one 400-level course in engineering or other related areas, not in the student’s undergraduate major, may be taken for graduate credit subject to advisor and director’s approval.

Thesis (9 credit hours)

Graduate thesis work is an important part of the requirements for the Master of Science degree program in RCSS. Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty advisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in RCSS 5940  and RCSS 5941 , Graduate Thesis Seminar I and II. Students must register in RCSS 5940  before submitting a thesis topic and in RCSS 5941  during execution of the thesis research to present their thesis plan. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for RCSS 5989 , Graduate Thesis, by the completion of 18 credit hours. Students must register in RCSS 5989  continuously and for at least two semesters. The first two registrations in RCSS 5989  must be for three credit hours, after that RCSS 5989  is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the thesis requirements.