Degree in Electronic Engineering - Minor in Robotics

Become a qualified specialist focused in the field of robotics applied to sectors such as social, educational, therapeutic or care

Projects in Robotics

The goal of the course is to integrate and consolidate the knowledge acquired throughout the degree by developing a robotics project. The student is thus exposed to new challenges, on the acquisition of both technical knowledge as well as traversal abilities such as leadership, teamwork, organization and planning, research, creativity, improvisation, problem solving and time management. Students work in small groups (2 or 3 people) choosing their own and unique project. The main project requirement is that it should try to solve a real-life problem through a robotic system.
Type Subject
Previous Knowledge

Programming, Linux, ROS, python


Learning Outcomes of this subject are:
RA.1 Problem identification, end-users needs
RA.2 Development of creative abilities
RA.3 Search of solutions
RA.4 Risk analysis and contingency plans
RA.5 Design, implementation and evaluation of robotic systems RA.6 Robotic system integration
RA.7 Soft skills development


PART I: Project definition
1. User-centered design methodology review
2. Problems/needs identification
3. Ideas generation
4. Concept definition

PART II: Project development
5. Design
6. Implementation
7. Evaluation
8. Presentation


The development of the project is based on a user-centered design approach for product development, where the students start the process identifying a real problem in society, undergo an idea exploration stage up to the conceptualization of an idea. Such concept is then further analyzed to design, implement and evaluate throughout the academic year.

Each group will set their own golas, timings and work style. At each session, the teachers' task is to follow-up their work, ensuring that all participants have clear allocated roles and tasks, that the project achieves the goals set at the beginning to maximize success, and to guide the students through the whole process. It is not their task to provide solutions nor develop any part of the project.


The subject evaluation is based on the development of the project and its presentation. The mark is computed as follows:

Final mark = 10% project proposal + 40% project development + 10% oral presentation + 20% video + 20% final report

Project development: besides evaluating the technical development of the project, the following soft skills will also be continuously evaluated:
• Teamwork
• Interdisciplinary work
• Creativity
• Organization and planning
• Research
• Problem solving

Video: a “selling the idea” video is required as part of the project. The video shall describe:
• The addressed need
• The concept
• Design and implementation overview (addressed to general public, so no need to go into very specific details)
• Outcome

All these items must be present in the video. The video mark will be based on its content and the attractiveness.

Evaluation Criteria
Basic Bibliography

Noman, D. (1988) The Design of everyday things. Basic Books.

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