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Rajeev Alur
Zisman Family Professor, CIS
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Your CIS Department Contact:

Liz Wai Ping Ng
Graduate Program Coordinator for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
Phone: 215-898-8543
Email: wng@seas.upenn.edu

Embedded Systems Program Overview

EMBS Program Overview

The newly emerging discipline of embedded systems lies at the intersection of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The Master of Science in Engineering in Embedded Systems (EMBS) is offered jointly by the Departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Directed by Rajeev Alur, Zisman Family Professor in CIS, this innovative and unique degree program will train students in the fundamentals of embedded systems design and implementation.  The EMBS degree program is integrated with the Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE) Center.

Who Should Apply?

This program is ideally suited for students with either computer science or electrical engineering academic backgrounds who wish to pursue industrial jobs in automotive, aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics, as well as for practicing engineers in the embedded systems industry who want to gain knowledge in state-of-the-art tools and theories. The core topics span embedded control, real-time operating systems, model-based design and verification, and implementation of embedded systems.  Students enroll in a total of ten courses to complete the EMBS program, five core courses and five electives.

We would like to emphasize that EMBS program is suitable for students who are interested in technical careers in embedded systems industry (automotive, avionics, consumer electronics, medical devices, defense, as the list above suggests). Students interested in more general computer science education should consider our CIS MSE program (suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in computer science) or MCIT program (suitable for students without a degree in computer science).

Note: Due to the sequence of course offerings for the EMBS program, candidates should not apply for Spring admission. 

What Should I Expect After Graduation?

The EMBS program is a new program and while there is no history of students graduating with this degree, recent CIS master's graduates with an interest in embedded systems have joined the following companies: Analog Devices, Boeing, Ericsson, General Motors, Honda, Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer, Reliance Industries, Samsung, Siemens, and Toyota.

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