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Spring 2017



Syllabus



Textbook: Humanitarian Engineering: Advancing Technology for Sustainable Development, 3rd Edition (free download):

  • There are documents at this site for solving homework problems, and ones referenced in the book bibliography.  
  • The Matlab/Simulink code for simulations in the book and homework assignments is at this site.

Download Matlab/Simulink: OSU students should download the latest version of Matlab/Simulink by clicking here (earlier versions may not work with the code given at this web site).  You will need this for some homework problems, and the use of it will be explained in class via a tutorial.


Assignments: 

  1. Homeworks: Homework assignments will be given regularly.
  2. Midterm and Final Projects: These projects will be assigned about half way, and near the end of the semster.

Schedule:


Week 1:

  1. Introduction/overview of class
  2. Introduction to simulation in Simulink and Matlab
  3. Introduction to Monte Carlo simulation

 

Week 2:

  1. Feedback control for financial advisors, PID control with nonlinearities
  2. Feedback control for financial advisors, Monte Carlo evaluation

 

Week 3:

  1. Add savings and capital, PID and MPC results
  2. Monte Carlo simulations for this case
  3. Compare to dynamic programming (DP) and show poverty trap

 

Week 4:

  1. Tragedy of the commons, nonlinear model, effects of development and population growth on the tragedy
  2. Wealth distribution policy, performance in small equal community
  3. Wealth distribution policy, performance in small equal community

 

Week 5:

  1. Wealth distribution policy, performance in an unequal community, alternative wealth distribution polilcies
  2. Modeling democracy
  3. Modeling democracy, perfomance in various types of communities

 

Week 6:

  1. Environmental justice policy, effects of development and population growth
  2. Models and analysis of economic growth, poverty traps
  3. Stability analysis of poverty traps

 

Week 7:

  1. Stability analysis of poverty traps
  2. Technology diffusion model, stability analysis
  3. Technology diffusion model, stability analysis

 

Week 8:

  1. Sensitivity anlaysis of poverty traps, policy formation
  2. Optimization analysis of poverty traps, policy formulation
  3. Optimization analysis of poverty traps, policy formulation

 

Week 9:

  1. Breaking poverty traps with wealth distribution and democracy
  2. Breaking poverty traps with wealth distribution and democracy
  3. Feedback control for an environmental justice policy

 

Week 10: Spring Break     

 

Week 11:

  1. Cooperative management of community technology, people vs. automation
  2. Cooperative management of community technology, people vs. automation
  3. Feedback control for cooperative management of community technology, alternative strategies

 

Week 12:

  1. Modeling a community, wealth
  2. Modeling a community, health, education, resources
  3. Modeling a community, health, education, resources

 

Week 13:

  1. Community behavior for low and high technology
  2. Sustainable community development index (SCDI)
  3. Sustainable community development index (SCDI) properties and alternatives

 

Week 14:

  1. Impact of key technologies on SCDI
  2. Dynamics of democracy, development, and cultural values: data, differential equation models, phase plane analysis, couplings, human development index component effects   
  3. Dynamics of democracy, development, and cultural values: data, differential equation models, phase plane analysis, couplings, human development index component effects 

 

Week 15:

1.     Course overview, research directions discussion