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					                                       South Dakota Board of Regents
                                       New Graduate Degree Program

 Note: Use this form to propose a new graduate degree program. The Executive Director or the Board may request
 additional information concerning proposals. Refer to BOR policy 2:1 for the guidelines on external review of
 proposed graduate programs and BOR policy 2:8 on the level and numbering of and enrollment in graduate courses.

           The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare a student to become a scholar, that is, to discover,
 integrate, and apply knowledge, as well as communicate and disseminate it. A well-prepared doctoral graduate will
 have developed the ability to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field and to apply appropriate
 principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at
 the frontiers of knowledge. The graduate will also have an appropriate awareness of and commitment to the ethical
 practices appropriate to the field.
           A central purpose of scholarship is the extension of knowledge, and students in a doctoral program become
 scholars by choosing an area in which to specialize and a professor with whom to work. Individualized programs of
 study may then be developed and committee members selected cooperatively as course work is completed and
 research undertaken. When all courses have been taken, the research finished, the dissertation written, and all
 examinations passed, the graduate should have acquired the knowledge and skills expected of a scholar who has
 made an original contribution to the field and has attained the necessary expertise to continue to do so.
           The professional doctoral degree is earned by two or more years of professional study past the
 baccalaureate degree. This degree prepares an individual for entry into the practice of a recognized profession.
 Examples of professional doctorates are the M.D., Pharm. D., JD, DVM, and Ed. D. degrees.
           In broad terms, the master’s degree indicates that the recipient has mastered a program of advanced,
 specialized study in a particular field. Normally, degree titles indicate one of two major categories. The Master of
 Arts and Master of Science are academic degrees designed to provide an introduction to scholarship activities and
 research. These degrees often serve the needs of individuals teaching in public schools or community colleges
 and/or preparation for further graduate study. The second category leads to professional master’s degrees, such as
 the M.Ed. or MBA. While similar to the MA and MS, these programs tend to emphasize professional practice.
           Despite differences in titles and objectives, all master’s degrees share common characteristics. The degree
 normally requires one to two years of full-time study (or equivalent) and the completion of a minimum of 30
 semester hours of credit, depending on the plan of study. The degree is awarded upon completion of a coherent
 program which is designed to assure mastery of specified knowledge and skills, rather than a random accumulation
 of credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. The basic components of the degree may vary in emphasis, but generally
 include a common core in the discipline; a concentration in a subfield of study; cognate courses outside the
 department as a means of broadening the curriculum or to provide needed skills, an integrative experience to
 synthesize the program’s content and/or to translate theory into practice such as seminars, practicums or internships,
 etc; and a summative experience to measure achievement and intellectual growth such as a thesis, research paper,
 and/or comprehensive examination.

University:                                              SDSM&T
Proposed Graduate Program:                               Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Degree:                                                  M.S.
  Existing or New Degree(s):                             New degree replacing M.S. in Computer Science
Intended Date of Implementation (term):                  Fall 2009
Proposed CIP code:                                       CSC CIP CODE
University Department                                    Computer Science
University Division                                      College of Science and Letters

 University Approval


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To the Board and the Executive Director: I certify that I have read this proposal, that I believe it
to be accurate, and that it has been evaluated and approved as provided by university policy.


          President of the University                                       Date

After approval by the President, a signed copy of the proposal should be transmitted to the Executive
Director. Only after Executive Director review should the proposal be posted on the university web site
and the Board staff and the other universities notified of the URL.


1. What are the purposes of the proposed program?

The M.S. in Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems (RIAS) will provide an
interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree in an emerging technical area. Students in the
program will be required to take courses in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical
Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The primary objective of the RIAS program is to give
students a basic understanding of the mechanical, electrical and computing systems required to
participate in advanced mobile intelligent robotics applications. The program will cover the
essentials of robotics, artificial intelligence, control, communications, sensors and signal
processing. Students will have the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in focus areas such
as pattern recognition, computer vision, nonlinear control, digital signal processing, and
communications. Upon graduation, the student will be able to participate in commercial,
military, and government projects to design and build robots capable interacting with the
environment and performing complex tasks.


2. Rationale

          A. If a new degree is proposed, what is the rationale?

Autonomous systems are becoming increasingly visible in a wide range of industrial, military,
and service applications. Planetary exploration robots and military aerial vehicles are perhaps the
most visible examples, but additional applications are emerging as the technology matures. For
example, tasks which pose a threat to human life or health are prime areas for deployment of
autonomous systems. Search and rescue, defense, manufacturing, biohazards, and nuclear waste
handling are examples of industries placing increasing reliance on autonomous or semi-
autonomous robotic systems. Autonomous systems are being developed for land, air, and water
deployment. For example, systems are being developed which are capable of mapping mines,
even mines with filled with water such as the Homestake Mine. Few degree programs exist in
the world to address the need for trained scientists and engineers specifically for this field. There
are currently no graduate programs in the region that offer a comparable curriculum.

It is anticipated that DUSEL, Ellsworth Air Force Base, and smaller enterprises within the state
will hire the graduates of this program. Intelligent Autonomous systems is an emerging field
with tremendous growth potential. It will provide a base of expertise needed for companies
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interested in relocation to South Dakota. Having this program will position us to meet the
growing need as it emerges within the state and the region.


     B. What is the rationale for the curriculum?

The choice of curriculum follows the identification of the required skill set to be successful. It
has been designed to provide foundational material in robotics, computing, embedded systems,
autonomous systems, electromechanical systems, control, sensors and data filtering. In addition,
the program provides depth in the core by having focus areas in computer science, electrical
engineering and mechanical engineering. The curriculum also incorporates interdisciplinary,
team-oriented, research projects. This is based directly on industry feedback which identifies the
ability to communicate with engineers in other disciplines, and the ability to work productively
on interdisciplinary teams, as essential skills for the current work environment.

This curriculum leverages the faculty expertise in the multidisciplinary skills in a way that
discipline specific courses cannot. This approach extends the successes we have in our CAMP
program. RIAS will bring the CAMP experience into the graduate level. By doing so, it has
great potential to increase the number of graduate students and bring them into on-going funded
research. The students graduated from RAIS will have the background needed to be a
contributing member of a local startup company or large national organization.


     C. Demonstrate that the curriculum is consistent with current national standards.
     Complete the tables below and explain any unusual aspects of the proposed curriculum.

     There are very few programs of this nature in the United States. Thus, national standards are
still evolving. This program will be one of less than a dozen graduate programs in the country
providing this educational opportunity and, as such, has the potential to be a voice in defining
those standards.

The link below displays a list of institutions involved in robotics and/or AI. None of these
programs is an exact match for the type of program proposed here, specifically, a program
focused on robotics and intelligent autonomous systems. Some programs have depth in artificial
intelligence with little robotics, some are more geared toward industrial robotics, but few have
yet developed an autonomous systems focus in conjunction with these two areas. Europe
appears to have taken the lead in this area with only a small number of tier one institutions, such
as Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, developing programs in this country,
http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~noel/place.htm

    The program is consistent with national and local standards for elite Masters degrees in terms
of the number of credits, the level of coursework, and the research requirement.




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   D. Summary of the Degree

           Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems               Credit
                                                                     Hours      Percent
  Required courses, all students                                      21         70%
  Electives/specialization                                             9         30%


                                     Total required for the degree     30


  Required Courses
  Prefix & Num Course Title                                           Credit   New (yes,
                                                                      Hours      no)
  CSC 515        Robotics                                               3        Yes
  CSC 516        Introduction to Autonomous Systems                     3        Yes
  CSC 547        Artificial Intelligence*                               3        No
  EE 551         Robotic Control Systems                                3        Yes
  EE 618         Sensors and Signal Processing*                         3        No
   *Minor modifications to course content will be required in these courses.

  Elective Courses in the Program: List courses that may be taken as electives in the
  program. Indicate any new courses to be added specifically for the major.
  Prefix & Num    Course Title                                     Credit   New (yes,
                                                                   Hours      no)
  CSC 533         Graphics                                           3        no
  CSC 549         Pattern Recognition                                3        yes
  CSC 521         GUI                                                3        no
  CSC 510         Parallel Computing                                 3        no
  CSC 564         Image Processing / Computer Vision                 3        no
  CSC 545         Theory of Computation                              3        no
  CENG 544        Networking                                         3        no
  CENG 420        Digital Signal Processing                          4        no
  CENG 547        Embedded and Real Time Computer Systems            4        no
  EE 651          Digital Control Systems                            3        no
  EE 652          Non-linear and Optimal Control Systems             3        no
  EE 624          Advanced Digital Signal Processing                 3        no
  EE 421          Communication Systems                              4        no
  ME 623          Advanced Mechanical Vibrations                     3        no
  ME 683          Advanced Mechanical System Control                 3        no
  ME 722          Advanced Mechanical Design                         3        no
  ME 781          Industrial Robotics                                3        no


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Note: the new courses listed above were approved by the respective departments November
2008. We anticipate approval by April 2009.

Summary of the program

Overview:
    The program will be a thesis-only degree. All students will be expected to write a thesis.
    The program will require 30 credits – 24 of course work plus 6 thesis credits
    The program consists of a core (15 credits) and a specialization (9 credits). Three
      specializations are possible: CS, ME, ECE
    Each class is 3 credits but it is expected each class will also contain an experiential
      learning component which may or may not be listed as an official lab.
    Students will be expected to take a leveling course in areas not covered by their
      undergraduate degrees.

Leveling

       Survey of Circuits and Systems - EE 505
             Students having EE220, EE221 and EE311 or equivalent meet this requirement.
       Survey of Data Structures and Algorithms - CSC 505
             Students having CSC250, CSC300 and CSC372 or equivalent meet this
              requirement.

The core (15 credits):

       Robotics - CSC/CENG 515
       Artificial Intelligence – CSC 547
       Introduction to Autonomous Systems – CSC/CENG 516
       Robotic Control Systems - EE 551
       Sensors and Signal Processing – EE 618

CS Specialization (9 credits):

       Image Processing/Computer Vision - CSC 564
       Pattern recognition - CSC 549
       Communications/Networking - CENG 544
       Graphics - CSC 533
       Graphical User Interfaces - CSC 521
       Parallel Computing - CS 510

ECE Specialization (9 credits):

       Communications/Networking - CENG 544
       Embedded and Real Time Computer Systems – CENG 547
       Digital Controls - EE 651

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       Non-linear Controls - EE 652
       Digital Signal Processing - CENG 420
       Advanced DSP - EE 624
       Advanced Digital Systems - EE 643

ME Specialization (9 credits):

       Advanced Mechanical Vibrations - ME 623
       Advanced Mechanical System Control - ME 683
       Digital Constrols - EE 651
       Non-linear Controls - EE 652
       Advanced Mechanical Design - ME 722
       Industrial Robotics - ME 781

Notes

     If a student completes a core course as an undergraduate elective, they get credit for the
      course and require them to take an additional specialization course to make up the hours.
      The limit on replacement courses is three and more than three would require a petition to
      the graduate program and RIAS faculty approval.

Figure 1 gives a sample student curriculum flow chart for a student entering with an
undergraduate degree in computer science and taking courses in the computer science




specialization.

                                            Figure 1

3. Student Outcomes & Demonstration of Individual Achievement

     A. What specific knowledge and competencies, including technology competencies,
     will all students demonstrate be able to demonstrate before graduation? The
     knowledge and competencies should be specific to the program and not routinely expected
     of all university graduates. Complete Appendix A – Outcomes using the system form.
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     Outcomes discussed below should be the same as those in Appendix A.

Specific knowledge and technical competencies

The proposed degree is a focused graduate degree coupling several engineering disciplines. The
five required courses listed above cover the core content of this degree and will provide the
foundation for advanced study. The electives provide both the depth and the broadening
expected for a graduate experience. The RIAS Program Mission Statement, the RIAS Objectives
and Outcomes below provide a description of the target skill for a RIAS program student.

Mission Statement

The Masters Program in Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems is a multidisciplinary
program supported by the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, Electrical and
Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The RIAS Masters program upholds and
strengthens the mission of SDSM&T by providing excellence in instruction, innovation in
research and scholarship, and service to the university, the profession, and the public. The
primary goal of the RIAS program is to prepare the graduate to enter a rapidly changing field.
We expect our graduates to be capable in electromechanical systems and robotics, artificial
intelligence, control, communications, sensors and signal processing. Students will also have
advanced knowledge in focus areas such as pattern recognition, computer vision, nonlinear
control, digital signal processing, and communications; as well as be sufficiently well versed in
general theory to allow growth within the discipline as it advances. Upon graduation, the student
will be able to participate in commercial, military and government projects to design and build
intelligent autonomous systems capable interacting with the environment and performing
complex tasks. Graduates of the RIAS program are also prepared to assume leadership roles by
possessing good communication skills, the ability to work effectively as team members, and an
appreciation for their social and ethical responsibility in a global setting.

Objectives

The objectives describe the expected accomplishments of graduates of the program
approximately 3 years after graduation.

1. Graduates who have entered industry will have demonstrated a mastery of their field.
2. Graduates will have demonstrated their ability to assume leadership roles through career
advancement or by assuming responsibilities beyond those expected of entry-level positions.
3. Graduates will have the skills and experience to work with other engineering disciplines and
successfully contribute to project teams.
4. Graduates will be involved in their profession and make contributions to the field of robotics
and autonomous systems.
5. Graduates will have the requisite foundation for life-long learning and will possess the skills to
adapt and thrive in the rapidly-changing field of robotics and intelligent autonomous systems.

Outcomes

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At the time of graduation, all students will:

1. have a strong foundation in electromechanical systems and robotics hardware
2. be able to develop and install embedded systems software
3. be able use various sensors to collect environmental information
4. be able to process sensory input, perform signal processing and implement digital data filters
5. have an understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms
6. have an understanding of systems and control, and be able to implement digital control
algorithms
7. have an understanding of positioning, localization, navigation, mapping and environmental
perception
8. have specialized in-depth knowledge in at least one area related to the field of robotics and
autonomous systems
9. have developed and practiced effective communication skills with others in a variety of
disciplines
10. have experience working in teams


     B. What national instruments (examinations) are available to measure individual
     student achievement in this field?

         There are no exams or any other type of proficiency instrument available.

     C. How will mastery by individual students be demonstrated? Describe the specific
     examinations or processes to be used. This is to include external measures.1 What will
     be the consequences for students who do not demonstrate mastery?

         There are no nationally recognized examinations for a student earning an M.S. in
         Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems. Mastery will be demonstrated through :
                1. successful completion of a thesis
                2. successful oral defense of the thesis, open to the public
                3. successful completion of a comprehensive oral examination covering
                coursework required for the degree.

4. What instructional approaches and technologies will be used to teach courses in the
program? This refers to the instructional technologies used to teach courses and NOT the
technology applications students are expected to learn.




1
         What national examination, externally evaluated portfolio or student activity, etc will be used to verify that
individuals have attained a high level of competence and identify those who need additional work?
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         Lecture will be the primary instructional approach supplemented with significant
         laboratory and team project experience. Team projects may involve travel to national
         competitions as we do currently with the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) competition.
         Computing is an essential part of the proposed graduate program and will be deployed
         throughout.

5. Did the University engage any developmental consultants2 to assist with the development
of the curriculum? Were any professional or accrediting associations consulted during the
development of the curriculum? What were the contributions of the consultants and
associations to the development of curriculum? See also section 11 below.

         This program is in response to requests from industry. Our Industrial Advisory Council
         (IAC) has consistently pushed for the skills developed in the new program. The
         companies that hire our graduates have provided feedback about what our graduates need
         to know to “hit the ground running”. We have met with individuals from L3, Northrup-
         Grumman and the Army Research Lab. By collecting skills sets from managers of
         intelligent autonomous systems groups and working in conjunction with us, we have
         arrived at the curriculum. There are no accreditation options for this program of study
         and few similar academic program in this country As such, consultants involved in the
         development of the new program have all come from industry.

6. Are students in the program expected to be new to the university, redirected from other
programs or both? Complete the table and explain how the estimates were developed.

                                                                                      Fiscal Years*
                                                             1st                     2nd      3rd   4th
                          Estimates                         FY__                    FY__ FY__ FY__
    Students new to the university                             4                       8        8     8
    Students from other university programs                    8                      16       16    16
                     = Total students in the program (fall)   12                      24       24    24
    Program credit hours (major courses)**                   200                     400      400   400
    Graduates                                                                         12       12    12
      * Do not include current fiscal year.
      ** This is the total number of credit hours generated by students in the program in the required or elective
      program courses. The same numbers are used in Appendix B – Budget.

      Note that the “students from other university programs” are those from undergraduate
      programs (such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering),
      not from other graduate programs. This program is not likely to draw many students away
      from existing graduate programs.




2
          Developmental consultants are experts in the discipline are hired by the university to assist with the
development of a new program (content, courses, experiences, etc). Universities are encouraged to discuss the
selection of developmental consultants with Board staff. See section 11 below.
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7. If program accreditation is available, identify the organization and explain whether
accreditation is required or optional, the resources required, and the University’s plans
concerning the accreditation of this program.

         Accreditation is not available for the proposed program.


8. Does the University request any exceptions to any Board policy for this program?
Explain any requests for exceptions to Board Policy. If no exceptions are requested, enter
“None.”

         None.

9. Program Delivery

   A. Does the University request authorization to deliver this entire program at any off-
   campus locations? If yes, list location(s) and intended start date(s).

   No.

   B. Does the University request authorization to deliver this entire program by distance
   technology? If yes, identify delivery method(s) and intended start date(s).

   No.

   C. Include off-campus tuition and site or delivery costs in the next section and in
   Appendix B. If off-campus or distance delivery authorization is not requested, enter
   “None.”

   None.


10. Costs, Budget and Resources

   A. Explain the amount and source(s) of any one-time and continuing investments in
   personnel, professional development, release time, time redirected from other
   assignments, instructional technology & software, other O&M, facilities, etc needed to
   implement the proposed program. Address off-campus or distance delivery separately.

        This program replaces the Masters program in Computer Science. As such, no
    additional resources are required: no additional faculty, labs, or other funds are needed.
    The only expected exception is the likely need to waive the 7-10 rule for some courses
    during the startup of the program. A new unmanned systems lab, to be built with federal
    dollars (ARL, ARDEC and 2009/10 Earmarks), is planned for campus and will support
    the new program. Student support and equipment is also available from federal funding
    sources. These will support several student projects.
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          NASA SD Space Grant Consortium has selected Robotics to be the main emphasis
      area. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. McGough received approximately $25,000 in funds for
      robotics oriented projects. For 2009, Drs. McGough, Logar and Corwin have received
      another $30,000 for additional robotics projects. $25,000 of this is specifically for
      support of students and projects in the proposed RIAS program.

          We believe that since no new funding from the state will be required, the increase in
      federal funds and industry investment will increase total funds available to this program
      when compared to the existing program.

   B. Complete Appendix B -- Budget and Resources. Table 1 and 2 should be provided
   to support BOR staff analysis.

      See budget page.


 11. Board Policy 2:1: “Proposals for new graduate programs shall be evaluated by
 independent consultants retained by the Board.” Provide the names, telephone numbers,
 and URLs of professional organizations, accrediting bodies, and journals (editors) who
 may be able to assist the Board staff with the identification of consultants.


Reviewer information

      a) Date proposal will be available: Dec 23, 2008.

      b) Program Focus:
              i) The M.S. in Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems (RIAS) will provide
      an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree in an emerging technical area.
              ii) Students in the program will be required to take courses in Computer Science,
      Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
              iii) The primary objective of the RIAS program is to give students a basic
      understanding of the mechanical, electrical and computing systems required to participate
      in advanced mobile intelligent robotics applications.
              iv) The program will cover the essentials of robotics, artificial intelligence,
      control, communications, sensors and signal processing. Students will have the
      opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in focus areas such as pattern recognition,
      computer vision, nonlinear control, digital signal processing, and communications.

      c) Organizations & associations that might be sources of reviewers:

      NASA - Intelligent Systems Division: Autonomous Systems and Robotics
      http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/asr/

      NASA - Intelligent Robotics

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      http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/groups/intelligent-robotics/

      NASA - Autonomous Systems and Robotics
      http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/technology-onepagers/autonomou
      s-systems-landing.html

      Boeing - Phantom Works: Engineering and Information Technology & Advanced
      Platform Systems - John Baumann - john.a.baumann@boeing.com
      http://www.boeing.com/phantom/index.html

      Northrop Grumman - Aerospace Systems - Unmanned Systems
      http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/systems/systems_ums.html

      Raytheon - Space and Airborne Systems
      http://www.raytheon.com/businesses/rsas/index.html

      L3 – Battlefield Intelligence – June Knight - june.a.knight@L-3com.com
      http://www.l-3com.com/




      d) Leading US universities with the degree or similar degree or related instruction
      (specialization, focus, etc)
              i) Carnegie Mellon - School of Computer Science - Robotics Institute -
      http://www.ri.cmu.edu/
            ii) MIT - CSAIL and ASL: Model-Based Embedded and Robotics Systems
      Group - http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mers/
            iii) Stanford - Stanford AI Lab - http://robotics.stanford.edu/
            iv) University of California at Berkeley - Robotics and Intelligent Machines Lab
      - http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/wiki/pmwiki/pmwiki.php
             v) University of Southern California - Center for Robotics and Embedded
      Systems - http://cres.usc.edu/Home/
             vi) Colorado School of Mines - Engineering - Center for Automation, Robotics
      and Distributed Intelligence - http://egweb.mines.edu/cardi/

               None of these programs are identical to the proposed program.



12. Additional Information. Additional information is optional. Use this space for
information not requested above. Limit the number and length of additional attachments.
Identify with capital letters. Letters of support are not necessary and are rarely included with
Board materials. In some cases, response to questions from the Board or the Executive
Director may be provided as appendixes to the original proposal. This item may be deleted if it
is not used.


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Recruitment plan

Recruitment is an essential issue for the new degree program. We will pursue several avenues
to market this new degree. First is a solid web presence. A new wiki system is under
construction to provide an accessible and informative web outlet. A more traditional route is
mail (and email) flyers. Color trifolds and posters will be sent to appropriate undergraduate
programs. Email versions can be sent to international programs.

SDSMT will be hosting the 2009 Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium (MICS) .
Students and faculty from smaller Midwest schools will be in attendance. The annual IEEE
robotics competition and annual IARC, the annual aerial robotics competition, will also be
venues for recruiting since students at these competitions have already demonstrated aptitude and
interest in autonomous robotics.

We will also focus on our current students, especially those nearing completion who are
members of CAMP, and on entering freshmen. Materials are being developed to be used by our
campus recruiting team when recruiting for the undergraduate majors with the expectation that
some students will choose SDSM&T for their undergraduate institution because of the
availability of the specialized master’s degree in robotics and autonomous systems.

Admission requirements

This will be a challenging program for which we will need properly prepared students. Students
are required to have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering,
computer engineering, or computer science. Students lacking the appropriate mathematics
preparation will not be admitted until the appropriate remediation has occurred. The TOEFL
will be required for international applicants. The GRE will be recommended for all applications,
and may be required for students who do not clearly demonstrate a sufficiently strong
background. Since the degree requires background in computing, circuits, control theory and
other subjects, and it is not expected that the entering student has multiple degrees, we have
created leveling courses. These will be the crash course to get the student “up to speed” in these
subjects specifically aimed at the RIAS curriculum. The leveling courses are CSC 505 and EE
505 and will be available in the fall to beginning RIAS graduate students.

Program management

We are discontinuing the current MS in Computer Science, the current facilities, resources,
faculty and staff will be available and sufficient for management.

Note on new courses
New course requests have been approved and submitted from the initiating departments as of
Dec 1, 2008. They will be reviewed by campus curriculum committees early February. We
anticipate these courses will be ready for BOR review in April and thus incur no delays to the
new program. Some of the new courses will be of interest to our undergraduate population. We
will offer these to undergraduates which should help with meeting minimum enrollment.


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Library resources

The main resource is IEEE Online which is available free of charge on campus. The library has
adequate holdings of journals and texts to support the robotics projects. Through the
Devereaux Library, there are approximately 150 electronic journal titles available through
various online databases including EbscoHost, ProQuest and WilsonWeb’s Applied Science and
Technology Full-Text. The library has moved toward a more “just in time” model for research
journals to counterbalance the escalating costs of owning journals. With that in mind, the library
has added two extremely powerful and extensive online indexes for the campus, Science
Scitation Index (SSI) and EI Village2 (Compendex). A quick search of SSI on the term comput*
gets 110,791 hits. That same search in Compendex nets 1,930,972 hits. Thus, the library is
providing research faculty and students with access to the citations and is providing the
information through the Interlibrary Loan program.

There are approximately 15,000 books in the Devereaux Library with the words "robot",
"intelligent systems", “computer”, or some variation of the words, in the title or description. In
addition, there are approximately 500 more such books in the library’s Federal Documents
Collection. Most books in this area are current. The library tries to keep its computer-related
holdings current because of the rapid evolution of computer technology. The Devereaux Library
is also the only Patent and Trademark Depository Library in the state of South Dakota. This
designation means that the library has a complete run of all patents in image format (most are on
DVDs) and continues to receive new patents each week. Any cutting edge research in the
computer science or computer engineering fields will be reflected in the patent collection.

The budget for the Computer Science program (initial host department for RIAS) is determined
as part of the overall materials budget for the campus. A base amount is given to each
department across the board to ensure an adequate amount of funding. Over the past few years,
the average annual amount allocated to each department was $3,000.

Any faculty or staff member may request library materials at any time. Every semester, each
department assigns a liaison who works with library staff to order materials based on the amount
allocated by the library for that department. The library also retains some dollars to fill gaps or
deal with special requests.

Library materials may also be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Devereaux Library belongs to
MINITEX, a network based at the University of Minnesota. MINITEX provides access to
materials throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and the University of
Illinois. Devereaux Library also has reciprocal agreements with various libraries throughout the
U.S. In addition, Devereaux Library has contracts with UMI Article Clearinghouse and the
British Library Document Supply Centre for the delivery of articles. Anyone with a valid
SDSM&T ID may submit an electronic Interlibrary Loan request.


Facilities and equipment


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The main facility we will be using are the classrooms and labs on the SDSMT campus. Courses
will make us of the Embedded Systems lab and the MCS Robotics Lab, as well as lab space in
Electrical and Computer Engineering as required. The Unmanned Systems Lab will be the main
site for project development and experimentation. This is a fully funded research lab in support
of student projects on developing various UAV and UGV systems. The Robotics Team lab and
MCS Linux lab will also be available if needed.




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