16.888 / ESD.77 Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization

Spring 2004

A flow chart of the MSDO framework.
A flow chart of the MSDO framework. (Image courtesy of Olivier de Weck.)

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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Prof. Olivier de Weck
Prof. Karen Willcox

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1.5 hours / session