Three institutes are conducting the lectures: The Institute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics focuses on mechatronics and robotics. The fundamentals of mechatronic systems engineering are taught by the Institute for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering. The Institute for Theoretical Information Technology covers information theory and coding.
Academic Content & Certificates
The Summer School will introduce students to the fundamentals and challenges related to the engineering of mechatronic systems as well as product innovation. Three subject areas will be explored:
Mechatronics and Robotics
The module “Mechatronics and Robotics” provides an overview of fundamental issues in industrial robotics and related mechatronic systems. Accordingly, the course is divided into two parts, which on the one hand convey the theoretical background of industrial robotics and on the other hand its practical application to lightweight robots.
In detail, the module first addresses the classification of robot structures and presents various robot design concepts and examples of their practical application. Within the next part, the mobility of industrial robots as well as corresponding workspace definitions are introduced in order to gain a first impression of the possibilities of robot motion. The course continues with the mathematical description of serial robots, whereby the Denavit-Hartenberg notation is introduced as one of the key concepts of generalized robot kinematics, resulting in the forward kinematics problem. After several exercises in robot kinematics, the course focuses on various practical questions of industrial robots. Accordingly, the structure and the design of an articulated robot as well as its subdivision into components will be presented. Finally, the fundamentals of robot programming are introduced, which basically concentrate on trajectory planning and object manipulation. In order to increase the clarity of the theoretical concepts presented, most aspects will be demonstrated by means of a physically available lightweight robot arm.
Information Theory and Coding
The goal of this subject area is to establish an understanding of the properties of transmission and information and the relationship between coding and the fundamental limits of information transmission in the context of coding.
The lectures are divided into six topics: Entropy and information; mutual information and KL-divergence; source coding; Huffman coding; channel capacity; and channel coding.
Fundamentals of Mechatronic Systems Engineering
How can a mechatronic system be systematically developed? To do so the students learn and proactively work with tools to first analyze a system by means of systematic engineering design methodologies. The application of these methodologies will allow the students to later synthesize their knowledge to develop new mechatronic systems.
At the end of the program, students will take part in a written final exam or final presentation over the course. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen stating your final grade of the course.
Certificate and Workload
At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.
Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.
Have a look here at the workload of our Summer Schools:
|about 60 hours||2 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 90 hours||3 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 120 hours||4 ECTS credits can be awarded|
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!