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MicroMasters® Program in

Emerging Automotive Technologies

Chalmers University of Technology (ChalmersX)
7 Courses for $1,260 USD
Credit-eligible MicroMasters® Program
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Take your skills to the frontline of automotive technology and become the engineer of the future

What you will learn

  • Design and simulate electric and hybrid powertrains
  • Understand the fundamentals of passive and active safety concepts
  • Model and simulate vehicle dynamics
  • Implement intelligent perception and decision procedures needed for self-driving cars

Courses in this program

Courses areAdvanced.
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 6 weeks
Learn how electric and conventional powertrains work and methods to analyse their performance and energy consumption.
 
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks
Learn the fundamentals of passive and active safety in automotive engineering
 
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 6 weeks
Learn to design hybrid powertrains which meet the needs of modern vehicles, by combining the strengths of both electric motors and combustion engines
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 7 weeks
Learn how to model and simulate system dynamics in automotive engineering
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 6 weeks
Learn fundamental algorithms for sensor fusion and non-linear filtering with application to automotive perception systems. 
 
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 8 weeks
Learn how to localize and track dynamic objects with a range of applications including autonomous vehicles
 
 
Cost:$200
Effort:10–20 hours per week, for 8 weeks
Learn effective tactics for making key decisions when working with autonomous, self-driving vehicles.
Sven Andersson
Associate Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Mats Svensson
Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Anders Grauers
Associate Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Jonas Fredriksson
Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Lennart Svensson
Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Samuel Jia Qing-Shan
Associate Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Robert Thomson
Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Lars Hammarstrand
PhD, Electrical engineering
Chalmers University of Technology
Karl Granström
Postdoc in the Signal Processing group
Chalmers University of Technology
Marco Dozza
Associate Professor at Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Safety
Chalmers University of Technology
Giulio Bianchi Piccinini
Assistant Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
Jonas Bärgman
Researcher / Associate Professor
Chalmers University of Technology
András Bálint
Researcher
Chalmers University of Technology

The automotive industry is changing in fundamental ways. Today, the internal combustion engine is increasingly complemented or even replaced with an electric motor. Vehicles are becoming more and more autonomous, creating an ever-increasing need for better software. Consequently, skilled automotive engineers are required to meet the demands on high-quality individual mobility and transportation of people and goods, especially when considering environmental challenges and the vision of zero accidents.

In this MicroMasters program, you will learn the fundamentals of not only how a vehicle is designed, but also how to model and simulate the vehicle dynamics. Learn how to implement intelligent perception and decision procedures needed for self-driving cars and how model-based design is widely used in industry to accurately simulate the vehicle but also to design efficient algorithms.

This MicroMasters program provides you with seven courses that give you a holistic perspective on emerging approaches for electric and hybrid powertrains; crash safety and avoidance; and model-based development of embedded controllers. The later part of the program introduces you to recent development within autonomous driving and focus both on the perception and on decision making for state-of-the-art autonomous vehicles.

Graduates from the MicroMasters program will be equipped with the necessary skills for a career within the automotive industry and have a broad perspective of the emerging technologies within the development of automotive technologies.

  • Registrations of electric cars hit a new record in 2016, with over 750,000 sales worldwide. (Source: International Energy Agency)
  • Once technological and regulatory issues have been resolved, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 could be fully autonomous. (Source: McKinsey & Company)
  • This program provides learners with a suitable background when aiming for a career/role within engineering of powertrains, active safety and autonomous driving as well as technical support and sales at different levels.
  • The average salary for Self Driving Car Engineers is $233,000 (Source: Paysa)
"When developing the products and services of tomorrow, the Volvo Group is constantly searching for new skills and competencies in the areas of electrification, connectivity and automation. The ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program provides you with the appropriate skillset to keep pushing the boundaries in the most important technology hub in northern Europe."
- Jan Ove Östensen, Vice President Vehicle Automation, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
"The automotive industry is in a truly transformational phase that will re-shape the industry and society forever. When breaking new ground with world-class driver-assistance and autonomous-driving technologies being at the forefront of knowledge is crucial. Chalmers MicroMasters program on Emerging Automotive Technologies will provide you with a good starting point."
- Dennis Nobelius, CEO Zenuity
"Volvo Cars is facing a comprehensive competence transformation challenge to stay competitive in the automotive market. Electrification, connectivity and automation is driving a paradigm shift. We believe the ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program is a valuable complementary tool for both internal training as well as the external recruitment base capabilities."
- Mats Moberg, Vice President Complete Vehicle Engineering, Volvo Cars R&D

Complete and successfully earn a Verified Certificate in all seven ChalmersX courses plus a final capstone exam.

Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate can apply to Chalmers University of Technology’s Master of Science in Automotive Engineering or in Systems, Control and Mechatronics. If accepted into the Masters program, learners will be accredited course work corresponding to 20-22.5 credits (120 ECTS are required for graduation in the above-mentioned master programs).

To receive credit towards one of the two Master programs learners need to apply and be accepted (formal requirements must be fulfilled) as regular campus students.

Where and when will the final capstone exams take place?

The final capstone exam will be offered on a set schedule (most likely two to three times per year) and will be administered via a virtual proctor. The details are being worked out, but the first exam will not be offered until early 2019, at the earliest.

Which institution issues the verified certificate?

Certificates are issued by edX under the name of ChalmersX and are delivered online through edx.org.

Will I earn a separate certificate for each course or just one for the entire MicroMasters program?

You will receive an individual verified certificate for each Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing the final capstone exam and all six Emerging Automotive Technologies Program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.

Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the six online courses?

No. To earn the MicroMasters program certificate you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all six Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the comprehensive final capstone exam. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.

Do I need to be a verified student to earn the Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program certificate?

Yes. If you are interested in the Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the six Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program courses as well as successfully pass the final capstone exam.

May I take one of the courses even though I have not taken its prerequisite?

Completing the listed prerequisites or ensuring equivalent understanding of the knowledge of the prerequisites is strongly recommended in order to be successful in the course work, but not required

Will having the Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program certificate change the admissions process for the master’s degree program at Chalmers?

No, the admission process follows the same rules as for all other applicants.

Along with the six Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program courses and the capstone exam, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible for a Chalmers Master’s Degree?

Yes. You need to be admitted to the Master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. The Learner will need to complete the application process to Chalmers in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit: https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/programmes/application-admission/how_to_apply/Pages/how-to-apply.aspx

What is considered a passing grade in the MicroMasters program courses?

The grade students must achieve for a passing grade differs between different courses and can be found on the particular course website. Students must have a passing grade in each of the courses and the capstone exam in the MicroMasters program.

Does completion of this MicroMasters program guarantee admission to the Chalmers Master’s degree program?

No. The Learner will need to complete the application process to Chalmers in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit: https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/programmes/application-admission/how_to_apply/Pages/how-to-apply.aspx

What will the final capstone exam be like?

The final will test knowledge across all six Emerging Automotive Technologies courses. It will be a virtually proctored timed exam and will feature problems similar to the graded assignments and course quizzes in the six courses as well as some writing.

Who is the MicroMasters program intended for?

The Emerging Automotive Technologies MicroMasters program is intended for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Engineering or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Engineering Physics

Who can take this program?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine.  While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations.  EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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