Adaptive Robotics

The minor Adaptive Robotics (AR) is an innovative minor, innovative in the field of education and it’s assessments. The minor is talent guided and there is a lot of attention to talent of the invidual students. The minor is conducted in English. 

The minor is made up of an intensive kick-off phase (2 weeks), followed by an orientation phase (3 weeks). During these phases, the students receive assignments and they get education in the following modules: 

  • ROS for Engineers (Robot Operating System) : A flexible framework for developing robot software. Within the module ROS for Engineers the basics and most used tools and software components of ROS are treated for building various robotic applications.
  • Model Based System Engineering: A design process where in the system is described as a graphic model before it’s built. In this module, students learn the basics of MBSE using SysML (System Modeling Language).          
  • Principles of Robotics: The purpose of this module is to be able to understand the basic concepts and algorithms that underlie the development of mobile robots and robot arms. The emphasis is on driving and mobile arm kinematics, observing the environment, localization and creating a model of the area (map) and path planning.  
  • Vision, Sensors & Perception: An adaptive robot sees it’s environment through sensors such as cameras, laser rangefinders, ultrasonic and they must act in a changing environment. In this module, various camera and observation techniques discussed (1D, 2D and 3D) and a number of filtering techniques are also covered to extract relevant information from sensor data. 
  • Norms, Standards & Safety: Machines and robots must comply with various regulations and standards. This module introduces students to the world standards and they learn the basics of designing safe machines / robots for industrial robots as well as the next generation of robots. 
  • Hardware Abstraction & Embedded Hardware: In this module, students learn how robotic hardware, such as actuators and sensors, are connected to ROS and how this hardware can be abstracted for ROS. Students learn what design choices they must make to implement hardware abstraction for example embedded systems and industrial buses.

In these subjects areas assessments are mostly reviewd through carried out work, think of videos, posters, presentations, development of own teaching materials, etc. Using this the students show that they have achieved their depth learning goal. 

The knowledge gained will be used and expanded within a multidisciplinary group project that has to be performed within 14 weeks of the minor. Hereby students work four days a week on their project, and one day a week on floor with classes and workshops. Students have the opportunity to define their project within specified frameworks themselves in consultation with the teachers. These projects are coached by teachers (both process-oriented and technical content).

The minor provides a new educational model in which students learn to discover their own talents and use, and where education is provided in the form of (multi-day) workshops.

This minor is for students with technical background (specifically mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, IT and automotive) and students who have demonstrated sufficient technical knowledge. This minor is best for students who are open to personal development, talent, technology and a proactive attitude. It’s not advisable to follow this minor before the student has completed an internship or when the student likes to follow more “traditional” education.