IN2106 Intelligent Machine Design Lab: Basic System Design

Lecturer (assistant)
TypePractical course
Duration6 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


After completing this module, students will have in-depth practical knowledge and skills in the development of mechatronic systems. Students are able to develop and commision an autonomous wheel-based mobile platform, which fulfills a defined spectrum of tasks. Furthermore, they have further developed their skills regarding problem solving and teamwork in the context of an interdisciplinary problem.


The module Intelligent Machine Design Lab: Basic System Design (Module 1.2) is part of a three-semester module series, which aims to enable students to develop and build complex and powerful mechatronic systems with high social/economic relevance. Students learn to develop product ideas independently and to transfer them step by step into near-series product prototypes. After completing the module series, students are able to start mechatronic systems and projects of any complexity and to develop and successfully realise their own project ideas, which solve e.g. social, economic or ecological problems. Particular focus is placed on the development of multi-disciplinary design and integration skills and their use in an interdisciplinary team. The modules within a semester as well as between the different semesters build on each other in terms of content. Therefore, successful completion of the previous modules is strongly recommended (content of module 1.1 is required for module 1.2, module 1.1+1.2 is required for module 2.1, etc.). Focus of module 1.2 of this series is the further development and deepening of both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of system development, design and planning as well as practical construction and commissioning of mechatronic systems. In particular, teamwork and problem-solving skills in the context of an interdisciplinary problem are the focus here. The complexity of the targeted mechatronic systems is oriented towards mobile/wheel-based robot platforms that fulfills a defined range of tasks. Based on these requirements, the students must independently develop (design, component selection, ...), build (production, assembly, soldering, ...), programme (microcontroller, ...), commission (evaluation of system behaviour, error analysis ....) and finally present a fully functional system.


- Completion of IMDL Module 1.1 (strongly recommanded) - Programming (C) - Fundamentals of electrical engineering (analogue circuits, ...) - Basics of electronics (microcontrollers, bus systems, ...) - Basics of machine elements - Actuator and sensor systems

Teaching and learning methods

Project work


The module grade is determined by the actual project work, in which the students demonstrate their ability to develop and integrate complex mechatronic systems within a team. This includes a 10-minute presentation as well as a project report in which the students explain their results. Based on this, the functionality of the final software/hardware application as well as its development, the testing process and the theoretical principles used for it will be evaluated.

Recommended literature

- Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ‘Practical Electronics for Inventors’, 4th rev. ed McGraw-Hill Education - Eric S. Roberts, ‘The Art and Science of C’, Pearson Education - Robert l. Norton, ‘Design of Machinery’, Mcgraw-Hill Europe; 3rd Revised edition - Clarence W. De Silva, ‘Mechatronics: Fundamentals and Applications’, Apple Academic Press Inc. - Shimon Y. Nof, ‘Springer Handbook of Automation’, Springer; 2009. Edition - Jan Awrejcewicz, ‘Mechatronics: Ideas, Challenges, Solutions and Applications’, Springer; 1st ed. 2016 Edition - Rochdi Merzouki, ‘Intelligent Mechatronic Systems; Modeling, Control and Diagnosis’, Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2013 Edition - Paul Horowitz, ‘The Art of Electronics’, Cambridge University Press; 3. Edition