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Modeling and Simulation PhD

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College : Graduate Studies Degree :
Department : Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://www.ist.ucf.edu/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Modeling and Simulation PhD is an interdisciplinary degree primarily intended for students with an academic or work background in mathematics, sciences, engineering, or computer science who wish to pursue a career in academia, defense, entertainment, technology or manufacturing.

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CURRICULUM

The Modeling and Simulation PhD requires a minimum of 72 credit hours of course work, including a minimum of 15 dissertation hours. The core consists of five required courses. These core courses will provide an interdisciplinary framework for all students. In addition, students are required to take three of the seven focus area cornerstone courses. The remaining 33 credit hours may consist of additional elective courses and research hours. Students are also expected to produce refereed publications as part of their doctoral studies. At least 27 hours of the total program must consist of formal course work, exclusive of independent study.
Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Students may fulfill the cornerstone course requirements through the courses chosen in the restricted core. Such students will meet the total credit hour requirements with additional elective courses.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • ESI 5531 Discrete Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5255C Interactive Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6258 Human Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6916 Simulation Research Methods and Practicum (3 credit hours)

Choose one advanced research methods course:

  • PSY 6216C Research Methodology (4 credit hours)
  • ESI 6891 IEMS Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6247  Experimental Design and Taguchi Methods (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5512 Evolutionary Computation (3 credit hours)

The purpose of the advanced research methods course is to give students an introduction to how to do research and prepare students for performing research for their dissertations.

Focus Area Cornerstone and Restricted Courses—9 Credit Hours Minimum

The purpose of theses courses is to ensure that students have depth in their focus area as well as have breadth in interdisciplinary modeling and simulation. To achieve depth, students must take the cornerstone course from their track plus one restricted elective 6000-level course in that focus area. In addition, to achieve breadth, students must take the cornerstone course from one other focus area.

Quantitative Aspects of Simulation Focus Area

The Quantitative Aspects of Simulation focus area caters to those who seek to develop skill in the application of advanced quantitative methods to modeling and simulation. Building on backgrounds in mathematics or statistics they will gain experience in modeling and simulation. Graduates will be able to apply mathematics and statistics to build multidisciplinary models and simulations. Typical courses include: Mathematical Modeling, Statistical Aspects of Digital Simulation, Advanced Systems Simulation, and Splines and Data Fitting.

Cornerstone Course
  • MAP 5117 Mathematical Modeling (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • EML 6062 Boundary Element Methods in Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6067 Finite Elements in Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5173 Linear Systems Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6217 Statistical Aspects of Digital Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6358 Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6529 Advanced Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 5117 Mathematical Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6385 Applied Numerical Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6407 Applied Mathematics I (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 5396 Splines and Data Fitting (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6118 Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6207 Optimization Theory (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6408 Applied Mathematics II (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6445 Approximation Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6465 Wavelets and Their Applications (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5825 Stochastic Processes and Applied Probability Theory (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6246 Linear Models (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5703 Data Mining Methodology I (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6704 Data Mining Methodology II (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6326 Theoretical Statistics I (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6327 Theoretical Statistics II (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6714 Data Preparation (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6236 Regression Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6329 Statistical Applications of Matrix Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit hours)

Simulation Infrastructure Focus Area

The Simulation Infrastructure focus area caters to those who wish to gain an indepth understanding of the basic components of simulation systems and their patterns of configuration and communication, including hardware and software issues. Students gain experience in the development of distributed simulation and training environments. Graduates are able to implement such systems or manage a team capable of developing such systems. Typical courses include Performance Models of Computers and Networks, Simulation Design and Analysis, High Performance Computer Architecture, and Analysis of Computer and Communication Systems.

Cornerstone Course
  • CDA 6530 Performance Models of Computers and Networks (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • CDA 5106 Advanced Computer Architecture I (3 credit hours)
  • CDA 6107 Advanced Computer Architecture II (3 credit hours)
  • CNT 5008 Computer Communication Networks Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • COT 5405 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6762 Performance Analysis of Computer and Communication Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5892 Continuous System Simulation II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6785 Computer Network Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6878 Modeling and Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6893 Advanced Topics in Continuous Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5881 Software Engineering I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6885 Software Engineering Quality Assurance Methods (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

Simulation Management Focus Area

The Simulation Management focus area caters to those who wish to gain expertise in the management of projects related to modeling, simulation, and training. Graduates are prepared to manage such projects for military agencies or Modeling and Simulation Training companies. Typical courses include Environment of Technical Organizations, Modeling and Simulation of Real-Time Processes, Management Information Systems, and Project Engineering.

Cornerstone Course
  • EIN 5108 The Environment of Technical Organizations (3 credit hours) or EIN 6528 Simulation Based Life Cycle Engineering (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • EEL 6887 Software Engineering Life-Cycle Control (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5117 Management Information Systems I (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5140 Project Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5346 Engineering Logistics (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6182 Engineering Management (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6339 Operations Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6357 Advanced Engineering Economic Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6528 Simulation-based Life Cycle Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5306 Operations Research (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6358 Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6224 Quality Management (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 7027 Systems Support of Organizational Decision Making (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

Computer Visualization in Modeling and Simulation Focus Area

The Computer Visualization in Modeling and Simulation focus area caters to those who wish to gain expertise in technical aspects of computer graphic systems, virtual environments, and human-centered simulation systems. Graduates have knowledge and experience in applying the state-of-the-art in computer graphics and other human-interface technologies. Typical courses include Computer Graphics Systems, Computer Vision, Machine Perception, Human-Virtual Environment Interaction, and Sensation and Perception. Some students in this focus area may also have an interest in UCF’s Digital Media program.

Cornerstone Course
  • CAP 5725 Computer Graphics I (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • CAP 5415 Computer Vision (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6411 Computer Vision Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6412 Advanced Computer Vision (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5771C Engineering Applications of Computer Graphics (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5874 Expert Systems and Knowledge Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6823 Image Processing II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6843 Machine Perception (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6258 Human Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

Simulation Modeling and Analysis Focus Area

The Simulation Modeling and Analysis focus area caters to those who desire to gain expertise in using simulation as a tool for effective design, planning, analysis, and decision-making. The emphasis of this track is on problem definition, model formulation, design of simulation experiments, and model-based analysis. Graduates are prepared to work with corporate and government decision makers as they model and evaluate the impacts of proposed policies and system designs. Typical courses include Discrete System Simulation, Experimental Design, and Object-Oriented Simulation.

Cornerstone Course
  • ESI 5531 Discrete Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • EEL 5892 Continuous System Simulation II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6878 Modeling and Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6893 Continuous System Simulation II (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6217 Statistical Aspects of Digital Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6247 Experimental Design and Taguchi Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6529 Advanced Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6532 Object-oriented Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

Interactive Simulation/Intelligent Systems Focus Area

The Interactive Simulation/Intelligent Systems focus area responds to the needs of those who wish to pursue or are currently pursuing careers in the training simulation/simulator industries. Graduates specializing in this focus area possess the basic tools to create system designs for simulators and simulator-based training systems and to apply expert systems and other intelligent systems in a simulation setting. Typical required courses include Training Systems Engineering, Simulation of Real-Time Processes, and Intelligent Simulation.

Cornerstone Course
  • EIN 5255C Interactive Simulation (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • CAP 5512 Evolutionary Computation (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5610 Machine Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5251 Usability Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5636 Advanced Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5874 Expert Systems and Knowledge Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6875 Engineering of Artificial Intelligence Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6876 Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6878 Modeling Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6895 Current Issues in Real-Time Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5317 Training System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6645 Real-Time Simulation Agents (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6647 Intelligent Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6649C Intelligent Tutoring Training System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6946 Simulation Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6613 Instructional Systems Design (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)

Human Systems in Modeling and Simulation Focus Area

The Human Systems in Modeling and Simulation focus area caters to those who wish to gain expertise in the content and techniques of human behavior in simulation systems, including human factors, human-computer interaction, virtual worlds, statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, computer techniques, and other research methodologies. Typical problem areas for R&D include human-in-the-loop simulation; team performance under stress; and use of visual, audio, haptic, and other sensory input/output modalities to coordinate human-machine activities. Typical courses include Human Factors, Training Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent Simulation, and Distributed Learning.

Cornerstone Course
  • EXP 5256 Human Factors I (3 credit hours) or IDS 6148 Human Systems Integration for Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
Restricted Electives
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Dynamic Media (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6432 Transmedia Story Creation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5248C Ergonomics (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6258 Human Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6215 System Safety Engineering and Management (3 credit hours)
  • EME 5051 Technologies of Instruction and Information Management (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6457 Distance Education: Technology Process Product (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6601 Instructional Simulation Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6613 Instructional System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6614 Instructional Game Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 5208 Sensation and Perception (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6255 Human Performance (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6257 Human Factors II (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6258 Human Factors III (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6506 Human Cognition and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6541 Advanced Human-Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • INP 5825 Human-Computer Interface (HCI) Design: A Team Approach (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6215 Assessment Centers and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6317 Organizational Psychology and Motivation (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6605 Training and Performance Appraisal (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 6216C Research Methodology (4 credit hours)
  • STA 5205 Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

Unrestricted Electives—33 Credit Hours Minimum

The remaining 33 credit hours may consist of additional elective courses, research courses, or dissertation courses, as long as the program of study contains at least 27 hours of formal coursework, exclusive of independent study and research hours.

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours Minimum

  • XXX 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credit hours minimum)

Qualifying Examination

A written test is required covering content of the four core courses. Students in the Modeling and Simulation PhD program must also demonstrate consistent, strong performance in their required core courses, restricted core courses, and focus area corner stone courses. Specifically, students must receive a grade of "B" (3.0 out of 4.0) or better in each required core, restricted core, and focus area corner stone course that appear on their approved program of study. Additionally, students must earn a combined GPA of 3.4 (out of 4.0) in the required core, restricted core and focus area cornerstone courses.

Candidacy Examination

The Candidacy Examination evaluates the student’s preparation to undertake the research in the student’s dissertation topic. A student may sit for the Candidacy Examination upon (1) passing the Qualifying Examination; (2) completing all conditions placed as a result thereof; and (3) completing all but six credits or less of the courses prescribed in the plan of study.

The Candidacy Examination is based on the following:

  • The Candidacy Proposal developed by the student to identify the chosen area of research.
  • Literature Review on the topic of the dissertation.
  • A refereed publication (accepted) related to the disseration research, which may be a proceedings publication.
  • An Oral Defense of the candidacy proposal to the dissertation committee.

Students have the responsibility to select a dissertation adviser from a list of Modeling and Simulation faculty authorized to direct dissertations. The Program Director, assisted by the Program Academic Committee, assists the student and his/her advisers with committee formation, additions, and deletions. The doctoral committee consists of a minimum of five members. All committee members should hold a doctoral or terminal degree and be in fields related to the dissertation topic. At least three members must be regular Modeling and Simulation graduate faculty (one to serve as chair) from at least two colleges. At least one member must be from outside the regular Modeling and Simulation graduate faculty. Non-Modeling and Simulation graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars may serve on the committee, but not as chair. Only regular Modeling and Simulation faculty may serve as chair. In unusual cases, with approval from the Program Director, a committee member may serve as co-chair of the committee. The UCF College of Graduate Studies has the right to review appointments to advisory committees, place a representative on any advisory committee, or appoint a co-adviser.

All members vote on acceptance or rejection of the dissertation proposal and the final dissertation. The dissertation proposal and final dissertation must be approved with at most one dissenting member of the advisory committee. A student is normally given only one opportunity to pass the final dissertation defense, but the Program Director upon the recommendation of the Dissertation Committee may approve a second attempt.

Admission to Candidacy

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours: 

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.  
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.  
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.  
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.  
  • Submittal of an approved program of study. 

Waived Credits

The doctoral program will allow up to 30 credit hours to be waived from an earned master's degree.

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

The dissertation is a project that constitutes independent learning conducted under the guidance of a committee chair and at least three other committee members. Three must be members of the Modeling and Simulation graduate faculty.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive score on the GRE taken within the last five years.
  • Résumé.
  • Goal statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Writing sample.
  • Applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report that is available during the GRE examination.  All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233). 

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.

Selected outstanding applicants who have a GPA of at least 3.4 in the last 60 attempted semester hours of their undergraduate degrees and a very strong GRE score may be considered for direct entrance as doctoral students from their bachelor’s degrees. Students meeting these criteria may be admitted into the program with the approval of the Academic Advisory Board.

Application Deadlines

Modeling and Simulation PhD Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1

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FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Funding for Graduate School, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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