Mechatronics and Physical AI

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Mechatronics and Physical AI is all about a robot’s hardware and the movements it makes. Without specialists in this field, a machine would not be able to move around and would therefore not even qualify as a robot!  

What to expect

In this specialisation, you learn how to design and develop a robotic system with (physical) AI. It needs this to move and interact with the people or objects around it in an intelligent, effective, and safe way. This means combining mechanics, electronics, control, and computing. In this specialisation, you gain advanced knowledge in the field of mechatronics and get familiar with systems engineering, robot interaction, intelligent design, and machine learning. Typical research questions you might tackle in this specialisation involve modelling and simulation of designs, mechatronics, physical design and prototyping, and controller design. 

The compulsory courses of this specialisation are:

If want to know more about the courses, have a look at the curriculum.

During your master's thesis, you could focus on: 

  1. Model-based reinforcement learning of underactuated mechanical systems  
  2. Interaction control for grasping of varying and deformable objects 
  3. Bayesian-based learning of flapping-wing kinematics for bio-inspired aerial vehicles 
  4. Model reference adaptive control for active vibration isolation control 
  5. Design a deep-learning controller for walking with an exoskeleton 
  6. Develop a safety assessment expert tool for collaborative robot systems 
  7. Design an MRI-compatible surgical robot 

Type of degree

On completing this master’s with a specialisation in Mechatronics and Physical Artificial Intelligence, you receive a Master’s degree in Robotics. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc). Your specialisation is mentioned specifically on your diploma supplement, highlighting your specialised knowledge and skills in Mechatronics and Physical Artificial Intelligence. 

Job opportunities

On graduating with this specialisation, you will be an expert in mechatronics and designing complex robotic (sub)systems. You can also get a job as a robotics systems engineer, combining your specialised knowledge with a broader view on other (robotics) disciplines. 

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