MW2388 “Applied Biorobotics”

summer term 2019

The 4th edition of this course comes with a number of changes. But first things first, attendance of meetings is mandatory the course meetings are scheduled for

  • Tuesdays, 10 – 12, MW 0337
  • Mondays, 12:30 – 2:15, MW 2253 (exercise)

Additionally the Center of Key Competencies will offer four accompanying courses for relevant soft skill training on

  • Tuesdays, 1 – 5

on the following dates: April, 30th; May 7th; May 21st and June 4th. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these courses. Earned ECTS can be credited towards required soft skills training for MW and RCI students. For CS students the decision of the examination board is still pending.

General Information

Biorobotics is an active research field which aims to reproduce biological performance in robotic applications. The reasoning behind this approach is the vastness of solutions generated in an evolutionary process which might be relevant for addressing technical challenges. These challenges either relate to the interface of technology and biology (e.g. gait rehabilitation devices, robots for harvesting) or independent problems for which nature provides possible solutions (e.g. human hands as an archetype for industrial manipulators). The inspiration can relate to many different fields such as mechanical design, control or optimization.

This course is using the example of a bipedal walking robot to teach biorobotics concepts. Additionally the training of important soft skills (communication, literature research, presentation, feedback, use of different media) will be encouraged. Students learn how to tackle complex problems from a variety of possible angles, explore solutions and develop them in a group environment. Students will document their learning progress in 10 assignment submissions throughout the lecture period.

Topics will be introduced weekly by brief videos. We will discuss the content in more detail in weekly meetings, talk about homework and prepare for exercises. During exercises you will learn the required skills in order to successfully complete the programming assignments and the final project.

Please be aware that the workload during the term is higher than usual and substantial homework is required. The course awards 6 ECTS which corresponds to about 120 hours of work outside the meetings.


Archive

winter term 2018/19

Biorobotics is an active research field which aims to reproduce biological performance in robotic applications. The reasoning behind this approach is the vastness of solutions generated in an evolutionary process which might be relevant for addressing technical challenges. These challenges either relate to the interface of technology and biology (e.g. gait rehabilitation devices, robots for harvesting) or independent problems for which nature provides possible solutions (e.g. human hands as an archetype for industrial manipulators). The inspiration can relate to many different fields such as mechanical design, control or optimization.

This course is using the example of a bipedal walking robot to teach biorobotics concepts. Additionally the training of important soft skills (communication, literature research, presentation, feedback, use of different media) will be encouraged. Students learn how to tackle complex problems from a variety of possible angles, explore solutions and develop them in a group environment. Students will document their learning progress in an electronic portfolio.

Topics will be introduced weekly by brief videos. We will discuss the content in more detail in weekly meetings, talk about homework and prepare for exercises. During exercises you will learn the required skills in order to successfully complete the programming assignments and the final project.

Please be aware that the workload during the term is higher than usual and substantial homework is required. The course awards 6ECTS which corresponds to about 120 hours of work outside the meetings. Attendance of meetings is mandatory, thus you have to make sure to be available on Tuesdays between 10 and 12 and Thursdays between 2 and 4.

winter term 2017/18

Biorobotics is an active research field which aims to reproduce biological performance in robotic applications. The reasoning behind this approach is the vastness of solutions generated in an evolutionary process which might be relevant for addressing technical challenges. These challenges either relate to the interface of technology and biology (e.g. gait rehabilitation devices, robots for harvesting) or independent problems for which nature provides possible solutions (e.g. human hands as an archetype for industrial manipulators). The inspiration can relate to many different fields such as mechanical design, control or optimization.

This course is using the example of a bipedal walking robot to teach biorobotics concepts. Additionally the training of important soft skills (communication, literature research, presentation, feedback, use of different media) will be encouraged. Students learn how to tackle complex problems from a variety of possible angles, explore solutions and develop them in a group environment. Students will document their learning progress in an electronic portfolio.

Topics will be introduced weekly by brief videos. A brief quiz will make sure you got the main points of the video. We will discuss the content in more detail in weekly meetings, talk about homework and prepare for exercises. During exercises you will learn the required skills in order to successfully complete the final project.