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Intelligent Machining

University at Buffalo and State University of New York via Coursera


Manufacturers are increasingly utilizing machine tools that are self-aware – they perceive their own states and the state of the surrounding environment – and are able to make decisions related to machine activity processes. This is called intelligent machining, and through this course students will receive a primer on its background, tools and related terminology.

Learn how the integration of smart sensors and controls are helping to improve productivity. You’ll be exposed to various sensors and sensing techniques, process control strategies, and open architecture systems that can be leveraged to enable intelligent machining. This course will prepare you to contribute to the implementation of intelligent machining projects.

Main concepts of this course will be delivered through lectures, readings, discussions and various videos.

This is the fifth course in the Digital Manufacturing & Design Technology specialization that explores the many facets of manufacturing’s “Fourth Revolution,” aka Industry 4.0, and features a culminating project involving creation of a roadmap to achieve a self-established DMD-related professional goal. To learn more about the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:


  • Introduction to Intelligent Machining
    • The purpose of this module is to introduce the concepts related to intelligent machining paradigm. The key focus will be discussing two key components of intelligent machining, i.e., sensing and control.
  • Sensors and Sensing Techniques
    • The purpose of this module is to introduce spectrum of sensors used to implement intelligent machining. The module will also discuss the basics of signal processing and analysis techniques that has brought intelligent machining paradigm closer to industrial realization. Following issues pertaining to sensors and sensing techniques will be elaborated up: (1) Which sensors are to be used in each application? (2) How to acquire and process sensor signals?
  • Process Control Strategies
    • The purpose of this module is to introduce the concept of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) that co-ordinate the real-time control functions.
  • Future Directions in Advanced Machining
    • The purpose of this module is to introduce the background related to open architecture software systems to implement intelligent machining.

Taught by

Rahul Rai

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