This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course is intended for practicing scientists, engineers and management personnel of all disciplines. It aims to give a broad understanding of the basis of intelligent systems including an awareness of the nature of problems in which such systems can be exploited.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 25 - 29 Jan 2021
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £1,310

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750

    Concessions available

Course structure

The course includes a number of practicals and demonstrations designed to supplement the lectures and present an overview of the current state-of-the-art.

Core content

Course content:

  • application areas of intelligent systems,
  • intelligent system architecture,
  • knowledge engineering and control,
  • languages used in expert systems,
  • Bayesian interference,
  • fuzzy logic,
  • decision support systems,
  • introduction to CLIPS (a tool to develop expert systems),
  • introduction to SOAR (a unified architecture for developing intelligent systems).

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security (Technology) MScDefence Simulation and Modelling MSc or the Military Operational Research MSc. Find out more about short course credit points.


Dr Venkat Sastry


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network. 

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.