Within the field of robotics and drone technology, we offer four courses - below, you will find more information about each course.
Please check the individual course descriptions for possible prerequisites and remember to see at which campus it is offered.
Introduction to Biologically-inspired Robotics and Learning
Robots inspired by the structure as well as by neural mechanisms in animal brains are playing an increasingly important role as a link between biology and robotics. Students will be introduced to biologically-inspired approaches to robotics – embodied artificial intelligence, neurorobotics and biorobotics. You will learn about how neurons for sensing and control in the biological brain work and their equivalent models as well as how to build simple brains for robots by connecting these artificial neurons together to solve a task. You will also learn how neurons in the brain learn to adapt their behaviour to changes in the environment and control the body accordingly. Finally, you will learn how to model mechanisms of biological learning and apply them to build simple brains for robots that learn to solve tasks and to improve their performance.
Robotics: Fundamentals and Applications
Robots are getting smarter and smarter, and taking over a number of tasks for human beings, and there seems to be almost no end to the utilization of robots as novel robotics applications have been being explored and identified continually. This course will give students an overview of the commercially available robots, their application areas, and the state-of-the-art research activities in global robotics community and SDU MMMI research institute, and help students establish strong connection between robotics theory and applications. To this end, fundamentals in robotics will be introduced in the summer course including Kinematics, Dynamics, Control, i.e., KDC pillar modules in robotics, and more importantly, how these theories can be applied in real cases, which will be integrated into a hands-on mini project. In this mini project, you will have opportunity to work on UR (Universal Robots) robot arms for collision avoidance motion planning and control by using the learnt KDC fundamentals. The fundamentals covered in this summer course are mainly for robot arms, but some of them can be general for other types of robots as well.
Design and build drones for environmental monitoring and sustainable precision farming
This course will teach you the basics of computer vision-based drones, often used in environmental monitoring and sustainable precision farming applications. You will work in teams of 3-4 students on theory and laboratory exercises focusing on value sensitive design, drone hardware and software, computer vision algorithms and drone operations.
The exercise results will lead to a mini project where you will design, construct and operate a multirotor drone and camera payload. The teaching and laboratory exercises as well as the indoor and outdoor flight tests will take place at the nearby Danish national drone test center, UAS Denmark, at Hans Christian Andersen Airport. Transport from SDU to the test center will be provided.
Applied Composite Drone Manufacturing
The course offers two intense and interesting weeks where students will get a theoretical knowledge and a special practical experience with composite materials, sustainable materials, mechanical properties, composite design, drone design, and composite manufacturing technologies.
Within the team students will learn how to apply this theoretical knowledge to build their own drone by choosing the optimal design, composite materials, and manufacturing process within the given time, and available materials and technologies.