Robotics

WB-MI-168

Always wanted to create a robot from scratch? In this minor you will work in a multidisciplinary team and design and build a functional robotic prototype for a customer. You and your team will be working from RoboHouse. Based on your interest teams will be formed. In the first quarter you will mainly take courses outside of your own discipline. During the second quarter the focus is on designing and building the robotic prototype. Have a look at the videos below for an impression of last years. 

For whom?

This minor is open to all TU Delft BSc students Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial Design Engineering with a strong interest in developing a robotic prototype.

What will you learn

During this minor you will learn what it is like to work in a multidisciplinary team and build a working robotic prototype for a customer. You will also learn the basics of the other disciplines in your team. Apart from the courses that mainly take place in the first quarter, you will work in a team on a robotic prototype. This comprises the following technical competences:

  • executing a market analysis, designing the user experience (including external appearance), producing a slick robot (IDE students already possess these competences)
  • calculating forces, torques, stiffness, strength, acceleration/deceleration, collisions and stability of the robot, and designing the mechanical parts and the drive train (ME students already possess these competences)
  • calculating currents, circuit dynamics, and heat production, selecting, reading, and interpreting sensor outputs, and developing, building and testing electronic circuits for power supply, safety, and data processing (EE students already possess these competences)
  • designing, implementing, and testing c++/python software modules for human interfacing, interaction, safety, and autonomous behavior of the robot (CS students already possess these competences).

Course overview

The courses that you have to take depend on your background. There is a different track for each of the 4 disciplines (note that Aerospace Engineering students follow the Mechanical Engineering track). To get acquainted with the specialization of your team members, you will take courses outside of your own discipline.

Course

For which students?

IDE

ME/AE

EE

CSE

IO3881: Design in Robotics

4

4

ET3033TU: Circuit Analysis

 

3

 

3

WB3705: Dynamics for Minor Robotics

 

 

4

4

WB3168: Robot Mechanics

 

1

 

 

WB2632: Project Mechanica

6

 

 

 

TI3115TU: Software Engineering Methods

 

5

5

 

TI3105TU: Introduction to Python

5

 

 

 

WB3703: Introduction to ROS

 

2

2

2

WB3704: Gazebo assignment

 

 

 

2

WB3700: Robotics Minor Project

15

15

15

15

 

Education methods

Number of contact hours
40 hours

Modes of instruction
Differs per course. First quarter will be more heavy on courses which might be helpful for the project. Second quarter mainly focusses on the project.

Impression last year

During the minor you will be part of the Robotics ecosystem in Delft. Your team will have office in RoboHouse to work on the prototype. Please have a look at the videos from 3 of the teams from previous years to get an impression.Or have a look at the demoday aftermovie (online due to corona) from last year.

Register for this minor

Make sure to register for this minor on time! Also, send a motivation letter before April 18th  (please note:  the deadline for registering is earlier!) to m.klomp@tudelft.nl.

Please make sure your motivation letter (plain email text, PDF, or Word) touches on the following (and is no longer than 400 words):

  • Why you are good in your own discipline (compared to peers*)
  • Examples of your contribution to teamwork (during your study or elsewhere)
  • Where you think they might help: (average) grades (for specific team working courses)
  • Examples of your interest for other disciplines
  • Why you think you can run the extra mile**
  • What you hope to learn during this minor

* Do not mention the courses you followed, your peers did those two.
** This minor will take a lot of your time. Experiences from the past show it is really hard (and sometimes unfair to teammates) to combine this with too much other activities.

Contact

Contact

MSc Martin Klomp

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