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In partnership with the UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, we are proud to offer our students the unprecedented opportunity to attend the campus course ECE/MAE 148 - Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles.

Utilizing a combination of lectures and practical applications, participants will gain hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art lab with the development of scale autonomous cars that must perform on a simulated city track. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this course is currently offered in Hybrid mode. For more information please see course details below.




*Price includes lab fees



11 weeks*

*Tu and Thu Evenings, 3 hour 50 min ea.


UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

We have reserved only 4 seats for Extension students. Candidates enrolling in this course will have the unique opportunity to take a campus course without being a UC San Diego matriculated student. 


Course Description

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

It’s one thing to learn about computer vision, machine learning, control systems, neural networks and tools like Python and TensorFlow in lectures, books or videos. It’s another to learn these skills by actually using them to build and test small autonomous vehicles. That’s what students are doing in a hands-on engineering class at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Autonomous Vehicles using an accelerated and engaging engineering curriculum that leverages the educational benefits of robotics competitions. Students will work in small diverse teams, learning the best engineering methods and practices similar to what they will see in their professional career. Skills to be learned include project management, adhering to a budget and business planning, working within time constraints, designing to specifications, demonstrating performance, and delivering a well documented project that others can build on.
Integral to the class is a team project in which the class is divided in groups of 4 students. Each group has to develop a project that incorporates a new feature to the car, for example a new sensor, new algorithm, new motor, etc, develop the project and present it at the end of the class. Past class projects and ideas for new projects can be found in our project's page: Past Projects  

See For Yourself


Catch a glimpse of the course here.

Course Details


Term: Summer 2023
Delivery: In person - in accordance to UCSD regulations about COVID.
Lecture: Tu-Th 5:00 - 5:50 pm
Lab:Tu-Th 6:00-8:50 pm



For more information about the course, please contact: Ljubica Plavsich |

Course Number: ECE-40295
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Embedded Systems Engineering

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