Data and Information Fusion - ME

Multisource Data and Information systems seek to combine information from multiple sources and sensors in a wide variety of applications in order to achieve analysis and decision-supporting inferences that cannot be achieved with a single sensor or source.

Data fusion refers to the combination of data from multiple sensors (either of the same or different types), whereas information fusion refers to the combination of data and information from sensors, human reports, and databases.

This ME degree is designed for professionals who are involved in the design of Multisource Data and Information systems. It combines statistical, computational, and design-oriented courses across the school of engineering to provide the multidisciplinary background necessary for development of fusion systems. The program can be completed entirely online, making it suitable for individuals working in related industries or government laboratories. The program is administered in connection with UB's Center for Multisource Information Fusion, which has a long history of defense and industry research in this area.

Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirements for the concentration in Data and Information Fusion are:  

• A baccalaureate degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, or a pre-approved related science (subject to approval).

• Demonstrated practical engineering experience (formal job or projects). 

• A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis) for all undergraduate work taken during the last two years of the applicant's studies. 

In exceptional cases, the department may authorize admission of an applicant who does not meet all of the above requirements. In such cases the department will establish performance criteria which, when satisfied, will serve as the basis for continuing in the program.

Degree Program Specifics

The specific degree described here is a Master’s in Engineering (ME) in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Data and Information Fusion. The requirements for an ME degree are 8 three-credit courses (total of 24 credits) and six credits of project. 

Course Requirements

Students must take the following six courses:

  • IE 552 Multisensor Info Fusion
  • IE 553 High Level Info Fusion
  • IE 561 Information Systems
  • IE 563 Data Mining in Service Enterprises
  • MAE 674 Optimal Estimation Methods
  • PHI 598 Special Topics-Ontological Engineering

In addition, each student must select two elective courses totaling six credit hours, from any department within the engineering school. These courses should be selected to further enrich the student's educational experience in support of their respective career objectives.

Engineering Project: To complete the 30 credit-hours requirement, the student must conduct an engineering project representing six hours of credit, document the results in a written technical report, and present the results orally in a seminar.  

A limit is imposed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) on the number of project credits which are applicable toward graduate degree requirements. For the ME degree, a maximum of six credit hours for project may be applied. 

Generally, the six-hour project is divided equally between two semesters. Students need to register for IE 591 (Fall semester) and IE 592 (Spring semester), three credit hours each. The ME Project Advisor is usually an Industrial and Systems Engineering or a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department faculty member and member of the Graduate Faculty. Note that advisors from other departments within SEAS can be chosen with permission.

Time Limit for Degree

The time limit for finishing all ME degree requirements is two years of full-time study from the first registration date in the graduate program, excluding approved leaves of absence. For part-time students, a time limit of six years from the first registration date in the graduate program, excluding approved leaves of absence, is permitted. Petition for an extension of time limit requires departmental approval. The student must be currently making active progress toward the degree.