The Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) specialization prepares future researchers and engineers for a career in either academia or industry in the field of robotics. It addresses both fundamental and application-driven questions.
Students learn fundamental knowledge for the field of robotics, including modeling, dynamical systems, control, sensors, actuators, real-time (embedded) software, artificial intelligence, and (computer) vision. Core topics are:
- Modelling and simulation of (mechatronic) systems
- Control system design
- Systems Engineering as the science of integration
- Modern geometric formulations for robotics
Beyond these core topics, students can choose to specialise further in one of the aforementioned topics through elective courses, internship and final project.
The equally-named Robotics and Mechatronics research group (RaM) is active in all the aforementioned areas, addressing both fundamental theorical aspects as well as practical real-world problems. We address a number of socially and economically relevant application fields. Among them are two prominent fields: the medical field and infrastructure inspection and maintenance. The third large application area is represented by a number of other relevant fields, e.g., security, safety, agriculture, and others.
The Precision Engineering (PE) lab is active in the areas design, modelling and control for precision systems. Design activities focus on design principles for precision mechanisms, modelling on modelling of flexible multibody systems and control activities on integrating physics-based models with data for online control adaptation.
Particularly, design, analysis and control of flexures and flexure based systems are considered. Besides fundamental work in each areas, applications in various fields are considered often requiring integrating the knowledge from the different areas. The main area of application is the high-tech industry (semiconductor manufacturing, instrumentation, electron microscopy, etc.), though other fields, like industrial, biomedical and agricultural applications, are considered as well.
To present a coherent package of courses and lab works, this wide application area inevitably means that the programme will consist of specializations in one application area; the possibility to tailor the programme to individual needs is kept open.
As student of the MSc programme Systems and Control with Robotics and Mechatronics specialisation, you have three options (research chairs) for graduation:
- Robotics and Mechatronics (RaM)
- MS3 department: Applied Mechanics and Data Analysis (MS3-AMDA)
- MS3 department: Precision Engineering (MS3-PE)
To graduate at either RaM or one of the two MS3 chairs, you have different specialisation-linked compulsory courses that need to be included in your programme:
For graduating with RaM, include at least 2 of the following courses as electives:
- Systems Engineering (191211080)
- Transducers Science (201400427)
- Image Processing and Computer Vision (191210910)
- Modern Robotics (191211060)
- Optimal Estimation in Dynamic Systems (191210920)
- Control for UAVs (201700173)
- Real-Time software development (191211090)
- Tele-Interaction in Robotics (201800225)
For graduating with MS3-AMDA or MS3-PE, include at least 2 of the following courses as electives:
- Learning and adaptive control (202000256)
- Flexible multibody dynamics (201900037)
- Machine Learning in Engineering (201900097)
- Robust Control (191560671)
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