Systems science stream

Systems science stream

Students who started their studies of CSE prior to September 2021 follow the previous curriculum. The information below relates to the previous curriculum; if you are started your studies of CSE in September 2021 or later, this information is not applicable. Some courses may no longer be offered, or are offered under a different course code or name – if you cannot register for a course that is part of your program, consult the Academic advisors.  

High-tech systems are defined by a tight interaction between physical systems and computing systems. They are often called “Cyber-Physical Systems”. They are characterized by complex architectures and complex interactions between physical sensors and actuators control, computation, and communication. In the CSE stream Systems Science you study these new technologies and the process to develop them. Protocols, interfaces and algorithms need to be designed to improve (energy) efficiency and automation. Larger systems are never built from scratch anymore, but composed from existing building blocks. An understanding of the essential structures and behaviors of a system - the architecture, laid down in models - is therefore essential. Models are further used to validate often using mathematically based methods and monitor required qualities (reliability, robustness, safety, security and privacy), and to drive the implementation. Experimentation and on- line methods (like self-monitoring) are essential ingredients. As a student graduating in the stream Systems Science you

  • are familiar with the architectures and architectural principles of large-scale software systems 

  • are capable to apply complex model-based methods required for the rigorous functional and quantitative analysis of system behaviors 

  • understand the role of software—foundations as well as processes and tools—in its interaction with hardware and sensors in large-scale software-intensive systems.

Stream mentor:

dr. Jeroen Keiren (

Prior to the beginning of the academic year you should register for 2IMC94.