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Stefan van Sterkenburg

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Stefan van Sterkenburg
E-mail: stefan.vansterkenburg@han.nl
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Mobile Robotics (full-time)

Robotics is the future      

Modern cars provide many support systems for the human driver and the next step is the autonomous car. Companies like Waymo already operate ‘robotaxi’ services specific areas. In the future, robotic vehicles will dominate our traffic environment, providing comfortable and safe mobility services. Car manufacturers change from suppliers of steel/plastic based cars to ICT oriented companies that provide mobility solutions.

This is not only happening in human transport. It also happens in logistics, agriculture and in healthcare. So-called AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) already drive around on in harbors and warehouses. In farming, robots are automating processes in barns, such as milking, feeding and cleaning. In healthcare, mobile robots help in supporting disabled persons, they can distribute goods in hospitals and provide leasure or information to humans.

Mobile robots are complex machines that share a lot of technology that is independent of the application. Think about the necessary electronics (sensors, actuators and controllers), the need to perceive the world using AI technology, the fact that mobile robots show certain kinematic and the need for a good re-usable software architecture that is often based on the Robot Operating System (ROS).

In this minor, you will learn about all these aspects. Minor Mobile Robotics offers you a number of modules that cover the most relevant aspects for developing a mobile robotic solution, whether it is an autonomous car or a mobile cleaning robot. Based on your current educational background, you can choose modules that best fit your interest.

During the second half of the minor, you will work in a project on a real life mobile robotic application. You will do this in a team of fellow minor students and you will use an agile, Scrum-alike approach. In the minor we work together with many companies and research projects that we carry out in cooperation with many companies and knowledge organizations. These companies and projects will provide the assignments for the minor projects.

The minor offers the following theory/practical modules:

  • Mobile Robotics Architectures
  • Machine learning and perception
  • Electronics for Robotics

The project counts for 50% of the course grade and provides a splendid opportunity for you to put theory into practice and improve your project-related competences.

Type of minor
This is a specializing as well as broadening exchange course/minor. This means it enables you to further deepen as well as widen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile). This will depend on the modules that you chose.

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once a year in the first semester of a schoolyear (from September up to January).

Learning outcomes
The learning outcomes listed below may help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals. The course primarily aims at the following professional tasks:

  • To analyze
  • To design
  • To develop

Consequently, the course includes the following learning outcomes:

  • You will be able to understand the relevant aspects involved in bringing a mobile robotics solution to a level that it can become a product or service offering in the market.
  • You will be able to define functional and technical requirements for a mobile robotics solution - consisting of hardware and software elements - in interaction with clients, based on gained knowledge and competences in the modules.
  • You be able to carry out applied research, including design and development activities as part of a multidisciplinary student team, and will understand the necessary steps from the functional level to technical design, including the use of design tools (e.g. simulation tools, software/hardware in-the-loop analysis).
  • You will be able to design and validate a mobile robotics system, or a part of it and/or its model.


The course aims to develop the following core competences:

  • Managing projects in an agile way, including elicitation of requirements into a product backlog
  • Design and development of a mobile robotics system
  • Validation of a product, service or process
  • Conducting an applied research program
  • Effectively cooperating in a multidisciplinary team

Additionally, the minor will also develop other competences, such as:

  • To manage a project and/or a team
  • Advising based on analysis or technical insights
  • Guiding personal professional development
  • To do research

Admission requirements
An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your studies and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

The course is open to 3rd and 4th year Bachelor students from majors in Engineering and ICT (e.g. Embedded Software Development, Software Development, Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering, Industrial Product Design), or any equivalent technical Bachelor level course.

The course provides an advanced level of applied engineering and IT and requires students to have completed at least 2 years of prior study.

Some modules require specific entrance requirements, such as a minimal level of programming experience.

Nice to know
If there are any doubts about students’ preparation, they must complete an intake assessment. A sufficient level of English fluency is a prerequisite for admission to this course.

For example:

  • An IELTS score of at least 6.5 or
  • A TOEFL score of at least 90 (Internet-based), 232 (computer-based) or
  • A Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

The course consists of 2 educational blocks, each with a duration of 9-10 weeks. The first block mainly focuses on 3 theory/practical modules. Each theory/practical module includes its specific type of assessment, or combination of assessments. The different assessment types include: practical assignment, written exam, oral exam, case study. The second block completely focuses on the project. The project will be assessed via a project plan and professional products (designs, reports, presentations, etc.) that will be delivered by the project team. Peer reviews may influence the project grade of the individual team members.

Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday, so doing a part-time job or taking other subjects from Monday to Friday between 9.00 - 17:45 is not an option.

Study load
The study load mainly comprises contact hours with the tutor, tutorials, practice, self-study hours and assignment hours. It is assumed that students in this course will put in 840 clock hours (30 European credit points).

This course is offered once a year, during Semester 1 (September - January).

Working Methods

  • Lectures and practical work 4-5 days per week
  • Exams 
  • Guest lectures
  • Project
  • Exam re-sits (if necessary)

The teaching staff will divide students into groups for practical work and into teams for the project. The teams will be multidisciplinary: you will be working with students from different backgrounds.

Relevant literature information is given at the start of the course.

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