MS/SE Concentration in Command, Control,
Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I)
C4I systems are pervasive throughout the civilian and military world, allowing responsible authorities such as commanders or chief executive officers to control resources such as personnel, equipment, and money. Civilian government examples include the air traffic control systems, the drug enforcement C4I systems, law enforcement agency systems, and various emergency preparedness systems. Military systems include national-level crisis management systems, the global command and control system, the NATO command and control systems, and various tactical C3 systems of the military services. Private industry examples include the corporate management systems of large national and multinational firms.
These systems include the equipment, people, and procedures necessary to accomplish the mission. The equipment may include a variety of sensors, communications systems, and information processing and decision-support systems. This area stresses the multidisciplinary approach necessary to understand the field.
The C4I emphasis focuses on the theory and practice of C4I and prepares students for careers in research, design, and development of C4I systems, or in the use and management of C4I systems. The courses offered emphasize the analytical and behavioral aspects of engineering complex C4I systems.
Basic methods course:
Students must complete one of the following:
- ECE 528 - Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- OR 542 - Stochastic Models in Operations Research
Students must complete
two required courses and two elective courses from an approved list. The two required courses are:
- SYST 680/ECE 670/OR 683 Principles of C4I
- SYST 683 Modeling, Simulation, and Gaming
The list of approved electives includes all basic methods courses and the following:
- SYST 671/OR 671 Judgment and Choice Processing and Decision Making
- SYST 684 - Sensor Data Fusion
- SYST 760 - Special Topics in C4I Systems Engineering
- ECE 542 - Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
- ECE 630 - Statistical Communication Theory
- ECE 642 - Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
- OR 651 - Military Operations Research I: Cost Analysis
- OR 652 - Military Operations Research II: Effective Analysis