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Inspire-U: Battle of the robots

Course Summary: battle of the robots

Robots play an increasingly important role in our lives. Think about robots in a toyshop, welding robots in a car factory and care robots in a hospital. The specific tasks of a robot are dependent of programming. Where some robots are repeating constantly the same tasks, other robots do something dependent on their environment. In this course you will learn how a robot ‘thinks’, how to program a robot and how to perform tasks by a robot. You will also program a robot by yourselves.

Robotics

This course is about robotics and this is a key research theme at the University of Twente. In this research theme they are especially working on the application of robots. Examples of robot application areas are inspection robots (UAVs, UGVs, UUVS), medical robots (assistance to surgeons, diagnostics) and service robots (street cleaning, service to people). The bachelor studies that are partly or exclusively concerned with robotics are Advanced Technology, Creative Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Computer Science.

Example topics for this course:

  • Features and functions of robots
  • Functional decomposition
  • Basic programming
  • Reading out sensors

Course aim

  • You will learn about the features and functions of robots.
  • You will learn about programming and you will program yourself.
  • You will learn to work with sensors and motors.
  • You will learn to have a critical view on other tactics on building a robot.

Course details:

  • Methods: Interactive lectures, tutorials, group work
  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Target group: High school students preparing for a bachelor’s programme at an University (minimum age of 15 years) with an interest in robotics
  • Required knowledge: Basic understanding of computer science 

think tank

InspireU will start with a challenging case on Monday from a real health organization. This health organization will state a modern problem for which a multidisciplinary solution is needed. Therefore you will be divided in a group of four people, which consists of one member of each course. At the end of each afternoon when all the group members have followed their courses, you will come together in your group to discuss and think about the problem, everybody with his own knowledge. On the final day of InspireU, you will combine all experiences and knowledge in an inspiring brainstorm session. At the end of this day you will provide advice and your final solution to the problem owner. The problem owner decides which group has the best applicable and specific solution, and this group will win the Think Tank!

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